My main point is that I spent squat on baseball card packs this year because I get a much better bang for my back just buying the singles I want on the secondary market. If I want to gamble on "hits", I'd have better odds with Lottery scratch offs and be able to buy exactly the cards I want.
The prices on eBay for base singles, numbered parallels, inserts, autos and game used relics is in the toilet. The plethora of material has driven values to the lowest I have ever seen them. However, with the recent announcement by Topps that they have signed both Sandy Koufax and Hank Aaron to autograph deals, there is reason for optimism for 2011.
Neither of these Hall of Fame players, particularly, Koufax, signs cards with much regularity. In addition, it appears that the cards are hard signed, on-card. Imagine pulling this beauty from a pack of 2011 Heritage.
I vehemently believe that a return to sets focused entirely on retired players, with no more that 3 produced per year, would bring a much need vigor and renewed vitality to what has become a stale market place.