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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2012 Topps Museum Collection

- Top 20 Most Expensive Cards Sold On eBay -
(Through June 22 -- Auctions Only)

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2012 Topps Museum Collection Yu Darvish Gold Auto Redemption Card

#1  

Player: Yu Darvish (Redemption)

Set: Archival Autograph Gold Parallel

Card #: #AA-YU

Serial: #/5

eBay Seller: go-bassn

Date: May 4, 2012

Sold: $1,150 (15 Bids)

 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Willie Mays & Hank Aaron Dual Autograph Redemption

#2  

Players: Hank Aaron & Willie Mays
(Redemption)

Set: Archival Dual Autograph

Card #: #DAA-MAA

 

 

eBay Seller: hotcorner2980

Date: April 29, 2012

Sold: $868.58 (23 Bids)

 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Yu Garvish Archival Autograph Redemption Card

#3  

Player: Yu Darvish (Redemption)

Set: Archival Autograph

Card #: #AA-YU

Serial: #/25

eBay Seller: wiltiger7

Date: April 27, 2012

Sold: $775.99
- Another One Sold 5/3 For $510

 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Ken Griffey Jr Signature Swatch Triple Relic Auto Redemption

#4  

Player: Ken Griffey Jr.
(Redemption)

Set: Signature Swatch
Triple Patch Relic Auto

 

eBay Seller: bugsybear12

Date: April 29, 2012

Sold: $535.99 (18 Bids)
 

 
2012 Topps Museum Collection Derek Jeter Momentous Material Patch Card #5  

Player: Derek Jeter

Set: Momentous Material

 

Serial: #5/5

eBay Seller: x2r0110249

Date: May 7, 2012

Sold: $526.76 (16 Bids)
- The same card sold the week before for $510 and was re-listed
 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autograph Sandy Koufax Card #/25

#6  

Player: Sandy Koufax

Set: Archival Autograph

Card #: #AA-SK

Serial: #15/25

eBay Seller: waxliquidators

Date: April 26, 2012

Sold: $504.32 (31 Bids)
- Another One Sold 6/4 For $373.96
 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Hank Aaron Silver Border Autograph

#7  

Player: Hank Aaron

Set: Silver Border Auto

 

Serial: #8/10

eBay Seller: bbcardstor

Date: May 6, 2012

Sold: $388.88 (23 Bids)
- Another One Sold 6/2 For $300
 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Cal Ripken Jr. Silver Border Autograph Card

#8  

Player: Cal Ripken Jr.

Set: Silver Border Auto

 

Serial: #4/10

eBay Seller: chcy899

Date: June 7, 2012

Sold: $380.55 (22 Bids)
 

 
2012 Topps Museum Collection Gary Carter Momentous Jersey Patch Autograph #9  

Player: Gary Carter

Set: Momentous Material Auto

 

Serial: #9/10

eBay Seller: littletrain

Date: May 2, 2012

Sold: $355.00 (18 Bids)
 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Prince Fielder MLB Logo Patch Card

#10  

Player: Prince Fielder

Set: MLB Logo Patch

 

Serial: #1/1

eBay Seller: jmp4582

Date: May 6, 2012

Sold: $355.00 (11 Bids)
 

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection Roy Halladay MLB Logo Patch Card

#11  

Player: Roy Halladay

Set: MLB Logo Patch

 

Serial: #1/1

eBay Seller: arteepower

Date: May 27, 2012

Sold: $354.00 (25 Bids)
 

 

#12
Player: Derek Jeter - Don Mattingly
Set: Momentous Material Dual Jumbo Relic Book
2012 Topps Museum Collection Don Mattingly - Derek Jeter Dual Jumbo Material Book Card


Serial: #4/5

eBay Seller: jdreyes83

Date: May 3, 2012

Sold: $331.25
(19 Bids)
 

 
2012 Topps Museum Collection Ken Griffey Jr. Autograph #13 #14

Player: Ken Griffey Jr.

Set: Framed Auto

Serial: #13/15

eBay Seller: eeidlitz

Date: May 24, 2012

Sold: $315.00 (23 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Collection Adrew McCutchen Autograph Patch Card
2012 Topps Museum Collection Albert Pujols Autograph #3/5

#15

Player: Albert Pujols

Set: Autograph

Serial: #3/5

eBay Seller: dolphinfanatic3939

Date: June 16, 2012

Sold: $305.00 (35 Bids)

Player: Andrew McCutchen

Set: Patch Autograph

Serial: #3/10

eBay Seller: goinggolfingchris1

Date: May 1, 2012

Sold: $314.99 (20 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Felix Hernandez Autograph Patch

#16

Player: Felix Hernandez

Set: Patch Autograph

Serial: #3/10

eBay Seller: melb475

Date: May 17, 2012

Sold: $299.00 (16 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Collection Clayton Kershaw Autograph Patch Card

#17

Player: Clayton Kershaw

Set: Patch Autograph

Serial: #2/10

eBay Seller: waxliquidators

Date: April 28, 2012

Sold: $299.00 (16 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Collection Aroldis Chapman Autograph Patch Card

#18

Player: Aroldis Chapman

Set: Patch Autograph

Serial: #2/10

eBay Seller: playiruiuc

Date: May 15, 2012

Sold: $260.19 (31 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Collection Justin Upton Jersey Patch Autograph

#19

Player: Justin Upton

Set: Patch Autograph

Serial: #1/10

eBay Seller: waxliquidators

Date: May 7, 2012

Sold: $260.00 (19 Bids)

2012 Topps Museum Collection Willie Mays Autograph

#20

Player: Willie Mays

Set: Gold Framed Auto

Serial: #/15?

eBay Seller: chris1776hunting

Date: June 10, 2012

Sold: $257.01 (20 Bids)
- The seller noted "
this is an error card of a HOFer!!!! Missing the gold embossed number on the front. Supposed to be numbered out of 15"
 

 

With a name like Museum Collection, there better be some big hits inside - and this set certainly has them. Interesting to note that the top 4 auctions were redemption cards. Out of all these cards, one of my favorite is #5 - the Derek Jeter card with the Majestic jersey tag, that card is really nice. Looks like the seller sold it once, but then had to re-list it - which ended up working out for him because it sold for more the second time around.

A few of the cards sold the very first couple of weeks of the sets release for a good amount over what any other card sold for after that. Sometimes those early release sales are risky though, you could not get paid and by the time you can re-list your auction, 2 or 3 could have sold. Either way, if you can get your hands on the hot new product & the hot cards inside, it pays to sell that very first couple of weeks.

 
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LeBron James

Surely LeBron James haters will continue to hate despite winning an NBA Championship for the first time last night. They'll say he needs to win "not five, not six, not seven" to earn their praise. That's okay, LeBron set a pretty high bar for himself, given that he is the 'chosen one'.

Speaking of high bars, LeBron James rookies have been the modern benchmark for what your autographs, rookies, and rare cards can sell for. In recent years, Panini has held an exclusive license to make NBA trading cards - while LeBron remains an Upper Deck exclusive athlete with regards to signatures. Aside from a handful of sets that get released (and usually show LeBron in his high school uniform) there are no officially licensed autograph cards with LeBron in a Miami Heat uniform made by Panini. So you can bet his autograph cards from Upper Deck are HOT sellers right now because he just has less stuff out there than most athletes of his caliber.

Given that LeBron's autographs are unusually rare because of his exclusive contract with Upper Deck, I wanted to track what people were paying for just straight cardboard with LeBron's face on it. The 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James rookie #111 was my choice because it was a card that could be easily found in good condition. In fact, the BGS Population Report states that as of 6/22/2012 3,896 had been graded with 1,873 being Gem Mint or BGS 9.5. Talk about an easy card to find in good condition - in fact more are graded Gem Mint 9.5 than Mint 9.0!

As you can see, collectors started to pay more for the 03/04 Topps Chrome RC right when it became apparent that King James was going to win his first NBA championship. I fully expect this card to continue to sell in the high $130's - $140's (if not higher) over the summer as LeBron and the Miami Heat go on their media tour as NBA Champions. With the upcoming unique 2012/13 NBA basketball card market that features sets with two rookie classes (because of the lockout) I would be cautious about buying LeBron now. Collectors will be forking over big dollars for cards next season, and don't you think Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd rookies are a little cheaper now over this time last year? If you think LeBron will win "not five, not six ...." you would be best to purchase at some point when people are hating on him again, because right now he's getting some much deserved respect for his basketball talents.

2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James RC Price Graph
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2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James RC #111 BGS 9.5
  • 1/2/2012 -- $102.50
  • 2/14/2012 -- $112.00
  • 3/14/2012 -- $98.00
  • 4/26/2012 -- $102.50
  • 4/29/2012 -- $111.09
  • 5/1/2012 -- $114.40
  • 5/8/2012 -- $117.49
  • 5/13/2012 -- $120.20
  • 5/24/2012 -- $126.50
  • 6/4/2012 -- $103.51
  • 6/10/2012 -- $102.50
  • 6/12/2012 -- $112.50
  • 6/14/2012 -- $112.50
  • 6/16/2012 -- $104.99
  • 6/16/2012 -- $119.50
  • 6/17/2012 -- $110.59
  • 6/17/2012 -- $110.00
  • 6/18/2012 -- $109.49
  • 6/19/2012 -- $121.50
  • 6/21/2012 -- $113.50
  • 6/21/2012 -- $132.50
  • 6/22/2012 -- $150.00

- Completed eBay Auction Data

What's It Selling For Now? 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James BGS 9.5

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Matt Cain flirted with a perfect game before he actually threw one when he tossed 9 innings of 1 hit baseball (with no walks) against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 13. Fast forward 2 months later and one of the games most consistent pitchers made San Francisco (and MLB) history when he threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012.

Seems like everyone wants a piece of the perfect game, I've even heard of a bat company making exactly 2012 replica bats with Matt Cain's face on them to re-sell. I'm sure the streets after home games will be filled with guys selling bootleg Matt Cain Perfect Game items for the rest of the season too. And for as long as eBay has been around - Perfect Games/No Hitters have always been when savvy sellers unload cards to collectors. Human nature is somewhat tilted towards buying things that are hot (or in demand) and not buying things that are cold (or out of demand). This is obviously the reverse logic if you're trying to save money, but the sellers who part with Cain's cards during his perfect game "Honeymoon" period, are often taking advantage of a short term boost in demand/price.

You can see by the graph and price data from eBay over the last 6 months, Cain's 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks rookie card wasn't selling at super high prices despite having an All-Star like season before the perfect game. However, once he threw the perfect game on June 13th, his cards took off like a rocket, peaking at around $26 dollars ... or over $20 dollars more than most were selling for pre-prefect game.

Naturally a card that isn't all that particularly rare selling for $15+ dollars starts to draw more sellers to the market. At the same time, buyers excitement for a perfect game diminishes as the news cycle rolls over (which included a compelling NBA Finals match-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant). Matt Cain's 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks RC has now established a very healthy downtrend on eBay, and I expect this card to fall back into the $5 - $7 range here soon.

2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Matt Cain Rookie Card
I expect more collectors will recognize Matt Cain cards because of his perfect game, and he is having a very good career, but collectors could ignore his cards much like they were before the perfection as time passes.
2002 Matt Cain Bowman Chrome Draft Picks RC Price Graph

Pre-Perfect Game
1/15/2012 $3.14
2/5/2012 $4.49
3/9/2012 $5.50
4/30/2012 $3.50
5/4/2012 $2.25
5/7/2012 $2.91

Day Of Perfect Game
6/13/2012 $12.00
6/13/2012 $13.49
6/13/2012 $15.00
6/13/2012 $25.99
6/13/2012 $19.99
6/13/2012 $17.99

After Perfect Game
6/14/2012 $11.99
6/14/2012 $17.99
6/15/2012 $20.00
6/15/2012 $15.50
6/15/2012 $14.95
6/15/2012 $12.95
6/16/2012 $14.38
6/17/2012 $15.50
6/17/2012 $10.50
6/17/2012 $12.00
6/18/2012 $9.50

Mixture of Buy It Now and Auction Data. Shipping is NOT Counted. This was for raw (or un-graded) copies of Matt Cain's
2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks #BDP25 rookie card sold on from January 1 - 6/18/2012

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