2013 Sports Card Products Drop In Price

Below is a chart that shows what each product cost at the original (Pre-Sale) wholesale price, and compares it to the current wholesale price. In addition, I included the price of quasi-distributors Blowout Cards and DA Card World. To buy wholesale sports cards, you need to have a valid Tax ID number. Some wholesale distributors will only sell to you if you have a brick and mortar store. It's possible to buy products at wholesale without a card store, most group breakers buy cards at wholesale.  You do not need a Tax ID number to buy from Blowout or DA Card World.

As you can see most products dropped in price from the original wholesale price. To me, this signals weak demand across most Baseball, Basketball and Football products. Panini and Upper Deck did not make very many hockey products for the 2012-13 NHL season because of the strike shortened year. 2012-13 NBA products featured a "double rookie class" but demand was still soft.

Questions:

  • Aren't these card companies supposed to be making collectible products?
  • How do card stores make money with this landscape and margins?
  • Check that, how does anyone make money with this landscape and margins?
  • How does Panini throw 2 separate VIP parties during 2013 when......... to me......... I have no idea how they could be a profitable company.

Observations:

  • Topps has some cash in the bank and can weather a down year.
  • 2014 will see an uptick as better draft classes are on the horizon for the NBA and NFL.
  • It's a buyers market if you like to stock pile inventory or do group breaks of older product.
  • It's a buyers market if you like to just open boxes.
  • You could probably take a look back over the years and see similar numbers during years when there were weak rookie classes in the MLB, NBA and/or NFL.

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The "Wholesale Pre Sale" Price comes from the original date of solicitation.
Current Wholesale, Blowout Cards and DA Card World prices are from December 3, 2013.
 

 

 

 

 

Wholesale
PRE SALE

 Current
Wholesale

 Blowout
Cards

 DA Card
World

2013 FOOTBALL

 

 

 

 

2013 Panini Absolute Football

$120.00

$110.00

$144.00

$144.95

2013 Panini Certified Football

$75.00

$67.00 

 $69.95

 $77.95

2013 Panini Momentum Football

$150.00

 $122.00

$150.95

$155.95

2013 Panini Elite Football

 $90.00

 $77.00

 $79.95

$83.95

2013 Panini Playbook Football

$150.00

$138.00

$158.95

$159.95

2013 Panini Prizm Football

$75.00

$50.00

$76.95

$85.95

2013 Panini Prizm Football JUMBO

$135.00

$105.00

$146.95

$115.95

2013 Panini Prominence Football

$90.00

 $49.00

-

$68.95

2013 Panini Limited Football

$78.00

 $71.00

$94.00

$94.95

2013 Panini Playbook Football

$150.00

$138.00

$158.95

$159.95

2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Football

$72.00

 $60.00

$76.95

$79.95

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Bowman Football

$72.25

$119.00

$99.95

$139.95

2013 Bowman Sterling Football

$223.25

$170.00

$179.95

$174.95

2013 Topps Football

$47.25

$35.00

$35.95

$39.95

2013 Topps Football JUMBO

 $77.25

 $60.00

 $73.95

 -

2013 Topps Chrome Football

$56.50

$60.00

$65.95

$72.95

2013 Topps Finest Football

$82.00

$87.00

$93.95

$103.95

2013 Topps Inception Football

$74.50

$76.00

-

$82.95

2013 Topps Platinum Football

$78.25

$60.00

$67.95

$69.95

2013 Topps Prime Football

$74.50

$58.00

$64.95

$64.95

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Leaf Metal Draft Football

$70.75

$40.00

$46.95

$42.95

2013 Press Pass Football

$86.75

$50.00

-

$39.95

2013 Press Pass FanFare Football

$78.75

$39.00

$37.95

$40.95

2013 Sage Hit Low Series

$87.50

$40.00

 $44.95

 $39.95

2013 Sage Hit High Series

$87.50

$48.00

$49.95

$39.95

 

 

 

 

 

2013 BASEBALL

 

 

 

 

2013 Panini Cooperstown Baseball

$72.00

$47.00

-

$52.95

2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball

$300.00

 $525.00

-

$619.95

2013 Panini Pinnacle Baseball

$54.00

$33.00

-

$40.95

2012 Panini Prizm Baseball

$75.00

 $38.00

-

$49.95

2013 Panini Prizm Baseball

$75.00

 $53.00

-

$55.95

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks

$75.00

 $69.00

$79.95

$79.95

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Baseball

$90.00

 $90.00

$83.95

$84.95

2013 Panini USA Champions

$54.00

$32.00

$34.95

$36.95

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Bowman Baseball

$53.75

$58.00

$62.95

$59.95

2013 Bowman Baseball JUMBO

$99.25

$127.00

$132.95

$139.95

2013 Bowman Chrome Baseball

$56.50

$45.00

$49.95

$53.95

2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

$53.75

$51.00

$58.95

$59.95

2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Jumbo

$98.75

$118.00

 

$129.95

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball

$74.50

 $85.00

$94.95

$99.95

2013 Bowman Platinum Baseball

$78.50

$60.00

$69.95

$72.95

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

$74.25

$59.00

$64.95

$69.95

2013 Topps Archives Baseball

$74.25

$44.00

 

$49.95

2013 Topps Chrome Baseball

$56.50

 $64.00

$69.95

$75.95

2013 Topps Finest Baseball

$82.00

 $80.00

$86.95

$89.95

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

$89.25

 $65.00

$64.95

$69.95

2013 Topps Heritage Baseball

$53.75

$52.00

$54.95

$64.95

2013 Topps Heritage Minor League

$53.75

$37.00

$40.95

$35.95

2013 Topps Museum Collection Baseball

$163.75

 $180.00

$189.95

$203.95

2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball

$21.00

 $24.00

$28.95

$30.95

2013 Topps Pro Debut Baseball

$53.75

 $48.00

$52.95

$59.95

2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

$47.25

$25.00

$24.95

$29.95

2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball JUMBO

$79.50

 $49.00

$67.95

$69.95

2013 Topps Series 2 Baseball

$47.50

$25.00

$29.95

$26.95

2013 Topps Series 2 Baseball JUMBO

$79.50

$49.00

$49.95

$49.95

2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

$159.75

$145.00

$149.95

$163.95

2013 Topps Tier One Baseball

$82.00

$67.00

$69.95

$71.95

2013 Topps Update Baseball

$47.25

 $28.00

$34.95

$37.95

2013 Topps Update Baseball JUMBO

$79.50

$60.00

$69.95

-

2013 Topps WBC Tribute

$222.50

 $89.00

 $95.95

 $81.95

 

 

 

 

 

2012-13 BASKETBALL

 

 

 

 

2012-13 Panini Absolute Basketball

$120.00

$70.00

$73.95

$75.95

2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball

$75.00

 $45.00

$51.95

$54.95

2012-13 Panini Contenders Basketball

$90.00

 $72.00

$79.95

$77.95

2012-13 Panini Crusade Basketball

$90.00

$57.00

$59.00

$62.95

2012-13 Panini Elite Basketball

$90.00

$70.00

$69.95

$67.95

2012-13 Panini Flawless Basketball

$950.00

-

$2,124.95

$2,250.00

2012-13 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

$150.00

$120.00

$119.95

$122.95

2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball

$112.50

$100.00

-

$99.95

2012-13 Panini Innovation Basketball

$75.00

$57.00

$57.95

$49.95

2012-13 Panini Immaculate Basketball

$300.00

 $480.00

$534.95

-

2012-13 Panini Limited Basketball

$75.00

$55.00

$54.95

$49.95

2012-13 Panini Marquee Basketball

$90.00

$60.00

$59.95

$59.95

2012-13 Panini Momentum Basketball

$150.00

 $88.00

$99.95

$85.95

2012-13 Panini Basketball

$54.00

$36.00

$38.95

$29.95

2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball

$75.00

 $49.00

$48.95

$49.95

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball

$72.00

-

$59.95

$63.95

2012-13 Panini Preferred Basketball

$150.00

$148.00

$149.95

$179.95

2012-13 Panini Select Basketball

$105.00

$98.00

$102.95

$115.95

2012-13 Panini Signature Basketball

$90.00

 $72.00

$78.95

$68.95

 

 

 

 

 

2012-13 HOCKEY

 

 

 

 

2012-13 Panini Anthology Hockey

$75.00

$62.00

$64.95

$67.95

2012-13 Panini Prime Hockey

$187.50

$190.00

$189.95

$209.95

 

 

 

 

 

2013-14 HOCKEY

 

 

 

 

2013-14 Panini Prizm Hockey

$75.00

$60.00

$70.95

$63.95

2013-14 Panini Score Hockey JUMBO

$75.00

$59.00

$64.95

$55.95