Sports Trading Card Price Tracker We talk a lot about price movement of single cards and sports trading card boxes on The Sports Card Show Podcast. Each month we'll pick some hot items in the sports card world and monitor the price action over the month. Sometimes we make prediction on if the price is going to go up or down.
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2011 Topps Baseball Series 1 has a scheduled street release date of February 2, 2011.  Initial prices for last years Topps Series 1 Boxes dipped upon release, but as the market for Baseball cards heated up with prospects like Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward playing well, box prices started to rise.

2011 Topps Series One Baseball will include Diamond Giveaway Codes - which essentially replaces the Million Card Giveaway from 2010. A late addition to the product by Topps was a Wrapper Redemption Program for Hobby and Jumbo Packs only. Details, including a full checklist and the address to send the wrappers can be found on our 2011 Topps Baseball Series 1 Checklist page.

2011 Topps Baseball Series 1 Retail Box

2011 Topps Baseball Box Configurations
Hobby Box
36 Packs
11 Cards Per Pack
Full Retail Box
24 Packs
11 Cards Per Pack
Jumbo Box
10 Packs
51 Cards Per Pack

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Average Online Hobby Box Pre-Sale Price: $50 -$80 Including Shipping -

Top Rated Sellers on eBay Pre-Selling Topps Series 1 Baseball

Please note these boxes are from vendors who are eBay Top Rated Sellers and does not include everyone who is selling 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Boxes.

Average Online Jumbo Box Pre-Sale Price: $90 -$120 Including Shipping -
eBay Top Rated Sellers only - does not include all sellers.
Key 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball Information:
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January 23, 2011

Values of Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman rookie cards soared in value during the summer of '10 when he was the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. Many of the high end parallel cards ended up on the 2010 Most Watched Cards list - including this 2010 Bowman Red Parallel, serial numbered 1/1, which checked in at #5.
It turned out to be a bad dream for buyers of Strasburg cards during this time. When he went down with an arm injury in late August - values of his rookie cards plummeted like the housing market in 2008. This 2010 Bowman Red Parallel is a perfect example, the card sold at the peak of the Strasburg mania in June 2010 for $4,850.

Original Auction - June 2010 - Pre-Injury

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Parallel RC 1/1
Watchers: 1,033 - #5 Most Watched Card on eBay - 2010
Final Price: $4,850.00
Ended - June 2010

Collectors get a rare treat - because in January 2011, this card was re-listed on eBay. It will be interesting to see just how big a price difference there is between the two auctions.

January 2011 Auction - Post-Injury

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Parallel RC 1/1
Watchers: 110+
Final Price: $1,425.00
Ends - January 25, 2011
2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red /1 RC

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December 30th, 2010

Blake Griffin's 2009/10 NBA rookie season got off on the wrong foot when he got injured in the pre-season and missed the entire regular season. Prices for his Panini rookie cards slipped below those of Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry - who both had spectacular rookie seasons. Smart collectors were buying Griffin with the hopes he could come back in 10/11 and produce in a big way.
One of the more plentiful jersey autograph rookie cards of Blake Griffin comes from the 2009/10 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball set - the base RC is serial numbered #/499.  These cards feature a sticker autograph and a jersey/ball combination from the NBA Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot.
Once Blake came back from injury in 10/11 and started to put up ESPN highlight dunks night in and night out, his cards started to get hot on eBay. Here at Sports Card Radio we really like Griffin and we think the price for these cards will continue to rise as he gets more exposure around the league.

The only drawbacks for Griffin is of course another bad injury and the fact that he plays for one of the leagues sad sack franchises in the LA Clippers. We saw the career of former #1 overall pick and SCR favorite Michael Olowokandi go down the tubes in L.A. in part because of poor coaching and management. It remains to be seen if that franchise can ever get it together.

2009/10 Blake Griffin Panini Absolute Basketball RC /499
$100.92 -- Average Price - 7 Completed Auctions
2009/1 Panini Absolute Blake Griffin RPM Auto/Jersey Ball

Prediction Up Arrow ~ 10% Increase or Selling for at least $110.00 March 1st 2011

RESULTS: Ding! We hit the mark with this one as we predicted this price jump just before the Blake Griffin hype train started to gain momentum. After winning the dunk contest and daily highlights on ESPN, these cards now sell for over $140.00.


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