Undervalued: Hockey Collectors

Today before church, I posted the above Tweet. I want to unpack this a little:

I feel the value is proportionate and consistent. Rookies get a bump for being rookies with the superstars valued accordingly. Basic jersey cards sell for little patches fetch a premium. Same goes for autos. With all do respect to other sports, I feel that hockey collectors know their players better so you won’t see a crazy fluctuation in prices like you see with baseball and football. When some random guy has a career season, hockey collectors already already knew he was good so you won’t see a huge bump. The only real bumps you see are for unexpected call ups. Even in those cases, if it is really unexpected then the player sometimes doesn’t even have a card made. Diving deeper, while hockey does have a premium team bias, it doesn’t have an extreme undervalued team bias. For example with baseball you have close to a dozen teams where you can get their best prospect’s autograph for value compared to other teams. In hockey, the most undervalued team is the Florida Panthers and even then you have Roberto Luongo giving them a bump. You can’t say that about any of the Florida teams in baseball or even a team like the Royals.

For the record, I put this in the ‘Undervalued’ section of the site because I feel that hockey collectors are not as appreciated as others.

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Random Review: 2007 Just Minors Pack

A lot of you still are unaware of the beauty and legacy that is Just Minors. Before the current prospect rush that we are seeing, Just Minors was blazing the trail. Unfortunately it is not always good to be early to the party as they did not last, even though they would dominate the industry now. For under $10, I picked up a pack to show the beauty of one of my favorite all time brands; and this is coming from someone who isn’t much of a prospect collector other than trying to buy low on future superstars.

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Nobody that lasted but still a fun rip. 2007 didn’t have a lot of star power to offer to begin with.

Random Review: Another Fairfield Product

On Thursday, I stopped into Rite Aid to check if they had Easter candy. As some card collectors can relate too, I ending up spending more on cards than candy even though cards weren’t on my radar going in. For what it’s worth, that is not saying much because I bought a $5 product. It would have never happened if I didn’t embrace the fact that I had time. As I have been doing, I posted on Twitter a few days before.

While I didn’t hit a blatant coach card in this, I did get a few coaches from their playing days.

I got super lucky with this. I know that, you know that, the universe knows that. It is still Fairfield so I wouldn’t go out running to get one of these products. If you are in a Rite Aid or other related store, it wouldn’t hurt to check out. I have seen these with Mike Trout on top.

How was your day: Toys R Us

With Toys R Us closing, I thought that I would go on a little field trip. Well truth be told, it was decided for me when my mom gave me a $25 gift card that would die with the store. So I thought ‘why not?’

Since I live equidistant to 2 stores, Thousand Oaks or Porter Ranch, I took the one that I thought had the best chance at cards. Plus I didn’t want to deal with the Porter Ranch air – if you don’t know what I am talking about, Google it.

I never go to Toys R Us for cards because blasters are usually $25 there. I didn’t have high hopes to begin with. For the sake of this, I limited my (crappy) pictures to the card rack.

First thing I notice at the store is that the signs outside say that everything is up to 30% off but everything inside is only 5% to 10% off. Then I get to the card rack and it is annihilated. Take a look, it is all mini Funkos, Yu Gi Oh, Minecraft, and som Yu Gi Oh cards. The packs of cards that look decent in the picture are some no name kids game.

My blurry pictures are about as good as the quality of stuff available in the section.

The Funko aisle was stocked up.

So I end up buying a Power Rangers things from a knock off Funko company and a Toys R Us exclusive Funko of a Disney princess. I figured that I could flip it until the lady at the register decided to take a sharpie to the bar code. I was not allowed to exchange it for one with a decent bar code.

I originally took 2 other items up. A Walking Dead dog tag that was buried in the mess of a card section and a Street Fighter Ken Toys R Us exclusive Funko. I mixed and matched to get $25 worth. Geez everything was overpriced, I thought the Funko’s said they were only $9.99. I paid $25.08. I decided to go with the Disney Princess one because I didn’t want to start collecting Funkos for myself; cards are bad enough.

Overall the trip was a waste of energy. Even if they had cards, a blaster box would cost you $22.50 which is only worth it to kill a gift card.

I will say this, with Toys R Us accepting gift cards still, if there is something that you want you can probably buy the gift cards for dirt cheap. That is your best bet to get any savings there as everything is overpriced and by the time prices come down, the good stuff will be gone, as you see. Every store is different. Hopefully, you will get lucky. Perhaps if I went to Porter Ranch, I would have done better; although I doubt it. If you did go to your local Toys R Us, put us out of our misery sale, how did you do?

I expect to have a card post up later this week.

 

Random Review: Super Break Frozen Heirloos

I have seen a lot of junk come of these boxes. Having felt the toploader difference, I opened it in this order and was worried that I hit a dud. I am not a fan of the ‘Super Break Certified’ autographs. I wish that they had a sticker that isn’t bland. This product is for sale for $25 on Blowout. While I am happy with my box, I do not recommend it.