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Let’s face it; PSA, SGC and Beckett are just third party authenticators. There is no guarantee, whether intentional or not, that the graders will get it right. It’s now on us, to be a ‘fourth party grader’ of sorts to ensure that we are not getting scammed.
Yet the graders provide a level of ‘certainty’ in what used to be a very uncertain marketplace. But with the recent events, should we still trust the third party graders? Is there any sort of indication that PSA or any other graders have knowingly graded altered cards?
In this piece I review the history of the grading companies, what has transpired in recent years, and whether we as collectors should continue to rely on the graders in providing this consistency to our beloved hobby.
I’ve also surveyed All Vintage Cards followers for their own feedback and will present the results at the conclusion of this article.
Yet as I know many of you are the adventurous type, I write this article with hopes that we all can be more educated on the topic, and that the wide variety of fake Jordan cards are on display for the masses.
In this piece, I am posting many of the fake images that I’ve received, while helping to explain some of the differences between the fakes and the real card.
Some are REALLY bad counterfeits and it’s super easy to figure out.
But some are quite good and it’s hard for even me to tell.
I hope this helps everyone in their quest in securing a Jordan rookie card.
There are celebrity look-a likes, brother cards, print variations and some of the more interesting cartoon color combinations you’ve ever seen.
And with all of that, the cards can be found for a fraction the price of some of the other more popular tobacco or caramel cards of the era.
One variation to the set (aka W515-2) is known as ‘The Little Wonder Picture Series’ due to the additional words ‘The Little Wonder Picture Series’ (hence the title for this post) printed across the entire uncut strip.
Let’s take a closer look at the W515 Strip Card Set.
The history of basketball cards is quite interesting; notably the first official set wasn’t issued until 1948 by Bowman, even though the first professional league (the National Basketball League) was formed in 1898.
Thus, the path for basketball cards has gone down a bit of a different path versus baseball cards. Basketball didn’t really become a household sport until the late 1940’s even thought it was quite popular at American colleges.
I have an investment background so this is only natural for me–my whole life is involved with finding the best funds or stocks for a portfolio. Of course, part of that equation revolves around finding good value.
As I always say, card prices are a determination of demand versus supply. For stocks, it’s a similar story.
And if there’s excess supply (think 1988 Topps) with minimal demand, the cards are pretty much worthless.
But if there’s excess demand versus supply (think Tesla in the stock market or the Green Portrait Cobb) the price rockets higher.
With cards, we determine a card’s scarcity and attempt to evaluate the future demand based on a myriad of factors – player popularity, the card set popularity, etc.
This is NEVER a perfect science and not all collectors think this way, but it’s a good habit to get into if you are making some serious investments in baseball cards.
There are some givens for me. Names like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner will never see a drop in future demand.
But depending on the card set we are considering, there could be more variability in demand over time.
Sure, there’s no certainty in any of this, but it’s the way I think about collecting.
I know common T206 cards might see an increase in line with inflation over time, but there’s no reason to think they should increase significantly in value.
I mean how much future demand should we expect for Buck Congalton’s T206 over time?
So, with that said, I am assembling what I call the All Vintage Cards ‘Value’ Portfolio.
In the stock market, funds labeled as “value” tend to have valuation characteristics below that of the market. Due to this value discrepancy, investors look for these lower valued stocks in hopes there is some reversion to the mean with valuation.
For example, today Ford (ticker F) would be considered a ‘value’ play, as it trades at a very low multiple versus its earnings (or P/E ratio). Whereas a company such as Tesla (TSLA) is very optimistically valued and trades at a significant premium to its expected future earnings.
Hence, I’m attempting to put a portfolio together of cards that I think offer good relative value and have opportunity for future appreciation.
Before getting started, I will reiterate this IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE. While I think cards are a good portfolio diversifier, please do your own homework. Don’t assume that I will be right about any of this!
Thus, without further adieu, here are the components of the All Vintage Cards ‘Value’ Portfolio.
If you’ve spent any time in the tobacco groups on Facebook, you’re well aware of the popularity and the mystique of the T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait Card.
If you’re new to the ‘Monster’ you might not realize that Cobb has four cards in the set. A green and a red portrait card along with a ‘Bat off Shoulder’ and a ‘Bat on Shoulder’ card.
The portrait cards have consistently over time been the most valuable of the four, with the green portrait card the rarest and most valuable.
In this piece we take a closer look at the values and the scarcity of the Cobb cards and attempt to determine the future values. Our main goal of this piece is to determine whether the Green portrait Cobb is worthy of the premium it holds over the other Cobb cards in the set and other Cobb cards in different sets.
From a popularity standpoint, Cobb’s cards remain in high demand, with his four T206 cards remaining among the most highly sought after in the hobby. In fact, using the tools at All Vintage Search we can see that the Cobb cards in the white borders set are among the top ranked for ‘watchers’ at eBay.
Follow along as we examine the population reports and historical values. Have a question on a T206 Cobb? Feel free to get in touch with me at email@example.com
In continuation of our coverage of the most valuable sports cards of all time (see our recent Baseball and Basketball pieces) in this article we present the Most Valuable Football Cards of all time.
Many older vintage football cards don’t quite get the same level of respect as their baseball counterparts. Sometimes I wonder why; I guess baseball being America’s past time has led to a sort of lack of attention for older football players.
Because of this, I do believe that vintage football cards offer good value for collectors seeking a good investment opportunity. The only problem is that I’m not sure what the catalyst would be to help close that gap between older baseball and football cards.
I’m all ears–let me know in the comments if you can envision a scenario in which vintage football cards start to appreciate significantly versus vintage baseball cards.
Whatever the case, we hope you enjoy the following list of the most valuable football cards of all time. Some of the cards are quite rare, such as the first card on our list (N302 Dunlop) and some are not as rare and are mostly supported by the strong demand for the player and card.
We try to update these lists every year, but if you see something that should be on the list, let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any stock investors that were active traders during the late 1990’s the mention of the word ‘bubble’ brings back some rather unpleasant memories.
A more recent ‘bubble’ that younger collectors would be more familiar with involves the recent hysteria surrounding Bitcoin and other associated cryptocurrencies. Cards even experienced their own bubble during the early 90’s.