Thursday, December 21, 2006
The Holy Trinity of Baseball Cards
Disclaimer: The words "Holy Trinity" are not in reference with religion, if you take offense, leave!
And now back to the blog.
I was searching around eBay last night seeing what I can get myself and others for Christmas and I came across a certian card that usually goes for well over $40,000 for a fair conditioned card. I was the first bidder with $30, weak. Five minutes later I get an e-mail stating that I was outbid. Of course.
The card was a 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92, one of the most sought after cards in the business. Although the twin copy of the card (#160) is valued more, the #92 remains as one of the three cards in the Holy Trinity not only of the Yankees brand, but of all of baseball. To own this card with a PSA rating of 4 or higher is commendable.
Another card that is in both the eyes of Yankees fans and baseball fans is the most famous of all cards. This card is the second most vaulable card in the market behind the Honus Wagner card. The 1952 Mickey Mantle #311. Although this card is one of the most valuable cards, it is not his rookie card. His actual rookie card was issued with the 1951 Bowmen set, but is not worth as much since Bowmen was not a huge company at the time. Although Topps issued a commemorative reprint set of past Mantle cards including the #311 back in 1996 when they retired #7 from circulation, it did not affect the original cards value and demand. This card can go upwards of $15,000 to $20,000 with a PSA rating of 8.5 or higher.
The final card in the trinity is one of a more recent nature. The 1993 SP Foil Derek Jeter #279 card features Jeter tossing the ball underhand to Randy Velarde (not shown on card) on a silver foil background. The card is worth more than the 1993 Topps Draft Pick and the Bowmen version for reason's I dont understand. This card can be found on eBay for up to $200 for a PSA rating of 9.5 or 10.
You may disagree with the final selection for the Holy Trinity, but these three cards are one of the most respected and wanted cards in the trading business. I have both the Gehrig and Mantle reprints, and if you have any of the originals, we need to talk.
And since we are on the topic of old and worthy baeball cards, the most prized one in my collection is a 1962 Topps Roger Maris #1 worth around $90. This card was produced after his record breaking season.
Posted by Steve Kenul at 6:46 PM
EuroYank posted at 1:18 AM
Wow I never met a ghetto blogger from the Bronx, how do you keep out of jail?
Steve Kenul posted at 4:39 PM
1) I am not in the ghetto
2) I am not in the Bronx (read my profile)
3) Not all New Yorkers wind up in jail
posted at 8:12 PM
The Upperdeck Jeter is hard to find in a PSA 9.5 or 10 because a lot of those foil cards show damage right out of the pack.
It's worth more than the Topps and Bowman because it is from the premium upperdeck set instead of the base set. Plus, wasn't that the first year of those?
It's been a long time since I saw a Beckett, but the 52 Mickey was like $40k or something, so it has really dropped in price...
Steve Kenul posted at 8:32 PM
Hence the reason why the Jeter card is high in price.
Also, it is a premium card.
The Mantle has dropped in value, but is still one of the sought after cards in all of sports.
posted at 7:07 PM
Hey man, you and I were in a battle yesterday, but it just dissappeared. Do you know what happened?
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