Monday, November 26, 2012

Can winners be cynics?

On a recent visit to my LCS, I had a chance to chat with a buddy of mine who pulled this out of 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball:
I asked him how it felt to get a really awesome card like that, and he responded with:
"Man, the thing was numbered out of 49. I told [the owner] to sell it quick before the value dropped on it, almost made the price of my box back."
Maybe there's just a part of my brain that doesn't understand that logic. It did with my Pete Rose auto, mind you; but that was after I heard about this latest set before it got released.
I will probably never be able to open a box of Five Star, the cost/benefit analysis just doesn't work out to me all that well, and I do have way too many other interests.
All that being said, do you (the reader) keep or sell something like this? It'd be a tough call for me, I will admit, and would most likely be determined by my financial situation at the time. I'd probably sell it to pick up a Cardinals auto I didn't have (or a Hornsby relic!), and then use the rest to get something me and son could enjoy.
But that's just me, what about you?


  1. Wow, didn't realize it was out of /49... but still, if I was buying Five Star for re-sale purposes only, I'd be in the same boat as him. However, as a collector, I'd want to hold onto that card, even if it doesn't fit in my Astros/Nolan Ryan collection. It's AWESOME.

  2. I don't think like that when it comes to selling cards. Sometimes, I pull a "hit" that doesn't fit my collection, but, I keep a fellow blogger in mind about trading it to them.