Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write. After spending years and years passing on every late 1980s and early 90s collection or stack of unopened boxes that walked into the shop, we've recently made a concerted effort to start stocking some of it. While I can't go quite so far as to scream "the junk wax era is back, baby!," we've actually spent time … [Read more...] about Shop Talk: Investing in Junk
1980s baseball boxes
So, just what is a vintage baseball card, anyway? The idea came to me recently, though it certainly wasn't on my own. See, a baseball card group to which I belong, Old Baseball Cards, debated the topic a week or so ago. As you can imagine, answers were sort of all over the place because getting a consensus on something like that is basically impossible. To find a … [Read more...] about What Qualifies as a Vintage Baseball Card?
The 1985 Topps baseball card set is perhaps one of the best examples of how quickly fortunes can change for not just one or two cards, but an entire set and, in many ways, an entire generation of players. As early as 1986, it would have sounded like madness to suggest that the '85 Topps cards of some of the games most popular and productive players would be anything less … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Once Golden, 1985 Topps Ultimately Served Disappointment
Editor’s Note: What follows is a second (edited) excerpt from Jeff’s book, The Modern Baseball Card Investor. The first excerpt, The Four Basic Types of Ungraded Strategies, can be found here. As of January 2014, unopened boxes of 1987 Donruss could be had for $20 to $30 per box, with multi-box lots and 20-box cases running for as little as under $20 per box. Each box … [Read more...] about Book Excerpt: Grade Scarcity and Box Value