Beckett Says 1986 Topps Considered Highly Valuable
By: Elton E Phunt
(Dallas, TX) – In what can only be described as Earth shattering news, card industry pricing standard Beckett Magazine released news yesterday of a major shortage of 1986 Topps cards. Thanks to recent social media groups calling for a mass burning and burial of the famed over produced set, there is now a massive shortage of the set.
Topps officials are scratching their heads as well, VP of marketing was quoted as saying, “We were having fun with the social media event and decided to burn every 1986 card we had in out vault. We tried to give them away with our recent Million Card Giveaway event but the people who won the cards didn’t want them.” Topps burned the entire vault stock of nearly five million cards. Citing the need to “clean house of all worthless cards.”
For years, the joke on you tube was to use the factory sets as starter logs when lighting the fireplace. They have also been used as doorstops, makeshift bats for wiffle ball, even toilet paper (in a pinch). In fact so many of the cards were destroyed that the nearly 500 billion cards that were manufactured have been reduced to only, “Maybe only 500,000 total cards still out there.” says industry expert Joe Collector.
Long time advocate of the set Chemgod from the wildly popular blog Badwax.net was contacted for a comment. It seems that he was so distraught over learning this news that he had to release a public statement as he was too choked up for words:
“I heard the news late on Thursday. For years I’ve been using the set for making my custom cards. I decided on the 1986 Topps set because I had thought it was easily the most worthless set in the history of baseball cards. I mean seriously I had nearly a million cards of the set by myself. How am I supposed to every do another Craigslist Idiot. These people are now sitting on a small fortune, instead I feel like the idiot. This is clearly a dark day for myself”
Facebook President of Viral Marketing was stunned the burn and burial event went so well. He was quoted as saying,”I can;t believe more than like 10 people did this. I mean it’s almost unheard of that more than 10 people show up and participate in a group event.” Facebook executives were optimistic about the event once Topps itself got involved, “Once Topps through it out there that they were going to burn their entire stock, it fired up the rest of the baseball card world. We had a feeling this was going to be something special.”
The value of cards started to skyrocket last night and into this morning. eBay VP of Collectible Marketing says that the online auction site has never seen anything like this. Usually we have about 20,000 to 30,000 of these cards on sale at any one time. As of this morning we had 30, and not a single one was selling for under $1500.” It’s true, at the time of this report a PSA Gem Mint 10 card of Nick Esasky was currently in the midst of a bidding war 103 bids moved this card from 99 cents to it’s current bid of $8975 and there is still over a day left.
Nick Esasky’s GEM Mint 10 1986 Topps card
Current high bidder GoTtAhAvEtOpPs86 was quoted as saying, “Yeah Esasky wasn’t the greatest player, but it’s a Gem Mint 10 1986 Topps card, I mean it might very well be the only one left in existence.” The employees at Beckett Grading and PSA are swamped with grading requests, “I think when it’s all over every 1986 Topps Card in existence might be slabbed and graded.”, he continued, “We’ve easily received 15,000 grading requests in the past day.”
Already dozens of social media groups have been sprouting up asking for collectors to do a burn and burial of other mass produced sets. Doug C. Ollector, started the group, Burn and Bury 1991 Donruss Cards, “I’ve seen the effect of the 1986 Topps burning and burying and I’m hoping we can do the same for 1991 Donruss.”
Picture of Doug C. Ollector
Donruss was recently bought out by Panini Cards. VP of Marketing for Panini was quoted as saying, “Regardless of how many people burn 1991 Donruss Baseball cards, we will not be burning the cards from our vault.” he went on, “We at Panini want our cards to be kept at the low values they are currently at. We want older cards to be affordable to young collectors.”
Possibly the most interesting news of the day came from Upper Deck Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. Upper Deck officials have announced the purchase of the New York city burial site. Apparently Upper Deck is going to capitalize on what’s left of the cards, as they plan a set release in early fall 2011 entitled 2011 Upper Deck Burn baby Burn. Where pieces of the burnt cards will be inserted into Upper Deck cards. The base set will feature reprints of the original set, since Upper Deck doesn’t currently have a license with major league baseball, they will be burning any area of the card which might feature a logo. Upper Deck President Richard McWilliams said, “Here at Upper Deck we strive to bring the game closer to the collector. I can’t think of a better way than inserting the burnt and dirt encrusted cards from the NYC burial site into out cards. It’s going to be the next big thing in card collecting.”
Update 3:45pm Eastern – The Nick Esasky card finished up just shy of $16,000. Beckett released an updated statement that the 1986 Topps set is now the most desirable set of all time, beating out the 1909 T206 Tobacco release and the 1952 Topps set featuring Topp’s first card of Mickey Mantle.