In case you haven’t seen it yet, this card is on eBay with over 3 days remaining and is north of the $10,500 mark.  This has to go down as one of the highest selling non-autograph / memorabilia cards of the current generation.  I really do think this is insane because of all the potential bad that can happen.  The last prospect that was even close to what Strasburg has is Mark Prior and we all know how well that went.

Dropping car money on a card seems a little far fetched for me, but apparently there are many out there willing to drop that kind of coin.  This could be the single greatest investment or the most expensive lesson ever learned about prospecting.  What is your take on it?  How much do you think it’s worth.  For me I would have said  $1500 tops.

The auction can be found here <link>

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10 responses »

  1. Derrick says:

    It’s passed $15,000, and wouldn’t even grade as an 8. That centering is horrible. There was a quad auto of Ruth, Dimaggio, Munson, and Maris that went for $7,500. I’d much rather have two of those.

  2. Assuming you aren’t really a fan or some sort of Super Collector, that’s the problem with chasing prospects. There is too much at stake financially for you to be able to turn any kind of gain out of what you put in. Let’s say this thing sells for $15,000. Assuming he is half-way decent and has a moderate to possible HOF worthy career, how long do you think it will take for that return on investment to materialize if you held onto the card? 10 years? 20 years? Ever? I understand the simple concepts of economics and the whole scarcity and supply/demand situations, but come on. This is another case of a hot card that is going to sell repeatedly for a few dollars more each time until the market cools down and someone gets burned.

    • chemgod says:

      Here is my big problem with this kind of money. In the absolute best case scenario he has a Nolan Ryan like career. Would you ever pay that kind of money for a Ryan superfractor non-autographed card? Of course not. It’s not even remotely worth that much.

  3. Kevin says:

    Well who the hell is buying this that has the money he is good but not 15000 good

  4. Mike says:

    If I even had money to spend on cards like this. I would go about $1000. Its not even an auto, just not worth it.

    Anyone know if someone has pulled any of the printing plates??

  5. Kory says:

    I’d say it will never sell for this high again.

  6. jl says:

    This is gotta be the most senseless amount of money ever on a card that has been out less than a month, $15,000 for a 1/1 of a guy who might be the next Brian Taylor, who remembers him, 1991 Topps gold auto once got 500.00 it’s in the bargin bin. My guess, and it’s just a guess Topps or Beckett has a hand in this.

  7. ToddUncommon says:

    I’m skeptical that this is simply a pure straight seller – straight buyer type of situation. As soon as this thing closes, out come the headlines in the USA Today sports section and Good Morning America. It seems to be an auction strictly designed to show that the card market is far from dead, although I don’t think that Topps has anything to do with it. Shilling a quasi-legitimate high-end auction for the sake of headlines seems to be more of an Upper Deck / crappy auction house / Beckett type of thing, historically.

    If this were somebody like Olbermann or some high falutin’ sports bar bidding on this, I can take the auction at face value. Maybe.

    If the winning bidder actually pays, this is the the poster boy auction of stupid dollars in action.

  8. Derrick says:

    There are 90+ bids, and more cancelations because the seller requires the buyer to contact him prior. Shilling; really? That has to be the dumbest thing I’ve heard on this auction.

    The seller is on Blowout, I’ve known him for years. I can’t speak on the buyer side, but the seller is legit.

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