Sports Trading Card Price Tracker We talk a lot about price movement of single cards and sports trading card boxes on The Sports Card Show Podcast. Each month we'll pick some hot items in the sports card world and monitor the price action over the month. Sometimes we make prediction on if the price is going to go up or down.
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February 14, 2011

These 2011 Commemorative Patch cards are either a hit or miss with collectors. They are not game used or even event used patches. Quite simply they are a normal patch you could buy online or at a store and Topps has decided to use them with their trading cards. New collectors can sometimes be confused by these cards and online sellers sometimes don't make it clear that these cards contain manufactured patches.

2011 Topps San Francisco Giants cards have been red hot since the product release date on February 2. Cards of the World Series Champions have been the best sellers and have garnered the highest selling prices of any 2011 Topps Baseball Cards. Even players who do not get much hobby love are seeing record prices thanks to Giants fans eagerly buying any card for top dollar. Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez and Andres Torres are names not associated with high dollar baseball cards. Each one of those players has had a card sell for over $50.00 from the 2011 Topps Baseball set which is a great win for card collectors.

The 2011 Commemorative Patch cards are inserted 1 per Retail Blaster Box and come in their own special pack. 49 players have a Commemorative Patch card including SF Giants star Buster Posey.

A retail blaster box will run you about $18-20 depending where you buy. Early sellers of this card have got to be delighted that they could sell this card for the entire price of the box. As you can see, it's best to sell these cards early as the price online has dropped by over 50% in less then two weeks since the release of 2011 Topps Baseball.
2011 Topps Buster Posey Commemorative Patch
2011 Topps Buster Posey Commemorative Patch Price Chart

Key prices on the graph are as follows:

  • Highest Price: $23.85 - February 4, 2011
  • Lowest Price: $10.50 - February 13, 2011
  • Average Price: $18.05 - 19 Completed Auctions
I fully expect the price to continue to drop on these cards and collectors should be able to find these cards for less than $10.00 going forward. All the prices in the graph include shipping.

2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist
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February 12, 2011

When Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV it cemented his legacy as one of the best QB's to hit the NFL scene in the last 10 years. He still has many more years to prove he will become one of the all-time greats but the writing is on the wall that he will end up having a Hall-of-Fame type career.

One of the best Aaron Rodgers rookie cards from 2005 was his Upper Deck Exquisite Jersey Autograph, serial numbered #/199.  Thanks to Steal Second who helped with tracking the prices for this card during the Packers march toward the Super Bowl. As you can see, even though Rodgers went onto win MVP and get the Lombardi Trophy, prices remained flat for his 2005 Exquisite Rookie even after the big game. All of the cards tracked were ungraded versions - premium patch cards and high grade versions sell for a premium, as high as $3,000.00.

2005 UD Exquisite Aaron Rodgers RC on eBay
2005 Upper Deck Exquisite Aaron Rodgers Rookie RC Auto 2005 Upper Deck Exquisite Aaron Rodgers Rookie Card Back
2005 UD Exquisite Aaron Rodgers Rookie Price Chart

Key prices on the graph are as follows:

  • Highest Price: $1,300.00 - January 25th
  • Lowest Price: $700.00 - February 4th
  • Average Price: $907.21 - 15 Completed Auctions
Special Thanks to Steal Second


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January 31, 2011

Gary Brown was a 1st round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2010 (Pick #24) 2011 will be his first full season of Minor League Baseball - so he is a prospect many people will be keeping an eye on in the Giants organization. We have seen recently that the Giants are willing to move prospects up the ranks quicker than in years past (see Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and a World Championship Ring) so we expect them to continue that trend in future years if the MLB team needs them. Gary Brown is a long shot to make the MLB this season, but with how much Brandon Belt cards have gone up (despite not playing in the MLB) its worth taking a shot on some of these prospects before they get the full spotlight of scouts on them.

2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball has a Gary Brown Autograph, however it is a sticker autograph, and despite this being a redemption card, I was willing to wait because its an on-card signature. I have also seen his Refractor and other cards already selling online - so I'm guessing that Gary Brown has already signed these cards and the redemption should come back pretty quickly.

I wanted to make sure I got this card at the best possible price because there were usually 2-3 auctions ending per day, so there was never any reason to over pay. Baseball is also in the off-season, so Gary Brown can't do too much to make his cards to up/down at the moment. I decided to track about a dozen auctions before I made a bid on one myself. My rule for counting a final price was:

#1 Had to be a redemption card
#2 Had to be an auction - started at a reasonable price > $4.00
#3 Shipping had to be less than $3
#4 The seller had to have reasonable feedback
#5 Price was calculated as if you bought just that 1 card from the seller
(no shipping discount)

Card On eBay: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Auto Redemption

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Autograph Redemption Card
Low Price: $6.25

High Price: $10.07

Average Price
(16 Auctions): $8.25

Purchased: $7.50

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Autograph Redemption Price Graph

I monitored the sales and plotted them in a graph using Microsoft Excel, I found that with the first dozen sales, people would pay around $7.00 - $8.00 pretty regularly, with some auctions ending closer to $9-$10. By simply tracking the results and looking at the graph it let me bid on auctions comfortably knowing I should never pay over $8.00 total for this card. I ended up getting the card for $7.50 total, which is lower than the average price paid covering these 16 completed listings. I actually put in the bid the day before the auction closed ... instead of waiting for the last seconds because I knew my price. Also, anyone placing a bid on that card is now getting into the higher range for which that card has been selling for. I found that people are less willing to bid on these cards because the price is already 'right' and they can find other auctions on eBay that are currently 'lower' in price. This does not apply to all cards/auctions - but I found that bidding the day before was better than waiting to the last second.

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