Monday, September 15, 2008

No Pricing Due to Scarcity . . . Whatever

Ok, this one I sort of understand. Sort of. Actually, I think it is just a classic example of CYA, sure laziness or a combination of the two.

A game used, autographed card, with a serial numbered print run of between 1 and 20 has very little difference in value REGARDLESS OF THE BRAND IT WAS PULLED FROM!

A few years ago Beckett actually tried something that I thought was a decent idea. Anybody remember the matrix called the C.H.A.R.T? It was a fancy acronymn for something that I don't remember now but the principle was simple in theory.

Example: A single game used jersey, 1-color swatch card of Alex Rodriguez numbered to 100 has a price range value of between $x and $y It doesn't matter if comes out of Topps Series One or Sterling. The range still applied and this pricing model was very simple to use and understand. It provided a quick snapshot of expected value.

I imagine the reason this was abandoned is because Joe Collector Nation revolted, demanding to know the precise Book Value of their 2004 Alex Rodriguez Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Red jersey parallel numbered to 75

The C.H.A.R.T. pricing model even made it possible to approximate a range for low numbered cards. Now Beckett provides us the useless information for a card serial numbered to 20 or less: No Pricing Due to Scarcity.

Really? Ok, well in the exact moment in time when I choose to sell a few cards of the aforementioned numbering I can tell you exactly what they were/are worth.

2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame
Johnny Mize Game Used Uniform
Serial numbered 1 of 1
On September 14th was worth $75.55

2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Game Used Uniform
Serial numbered 1 of 15
On September 14th was worth $20.49

2004 Leaf Certified Materials
Wade Boggs Game Used Jersey Autograph
Serial numbered 9 of 10
On September 14th was worth $18.49

Hey Joe, you might want to print this out and put it in your Beckett Annual.


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