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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January 20, 2010

eBay Price Check:
2009 Donruss Elite EEE Aroldis Chapman Auto #/695
Time Frame: March 15, 2010

Average Online Price: $61.00 (3 Total Auctions)

Aroldis Chapman recently signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Who knows how fast he will make it through their system but the hype is already behind this Cuban defector. This is his first certified Autograph RC card. Aroldis Chapman already has some Base (Non-Auto) Rookie cards on the market, and you can find a complete list by checking out our RC Checklist for Aroldis Chapman.

This prediction is for the base version #/695. I think after about 2 months the excitement behind this card might cool. Other companies may include him in a set or simpy collectors will be on to the current prospect playing well in the MLB. This one could go either way! If he is tearing up the Minor Leagues and speeds up to the Majors (which is possible) then the value would go up quite a bit. But I get a feeling that he might need some seasoning in the Minors before getting a call-up to the bigs. Therefore, I see a small drop in price. I don't see much competition, but I see other prospects taking the stage come Mid March.
2009 Donruss Elite EEE Aroldis Chapman Auto RC
Our Prediction: Down Arrow 10%  (About $6 Per Card Decrease)
RESULT:
Correct - The Price Did drop with all the Strasburg and Heyward hype.
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January 2, 2010

eBay Product Search: 2010 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box

Time Frame: February 1, 2010 (1 Week After Going Live)

Average Online Price: $60.00 Per 36 Pack Box

This year Topps has exclusive rights to MLB baseball cards. Upper Deck and others will still take their shots but Topps will be the real deal. I expect baseball collectors to unite around Topps and make it the leading brand, making each set highly collectible.

Who knows what surprises Topps has in store as I'm sure some cards on the Checklist will be SP or rare. I think a set like this can go either way. If the Jumbo Box Version sells better on eBay than 36 Pack boxes might not blow up as much.

However if 2009 was any kind of sign, I think 2010 will pop right off the bat. I think we're looking at $65 - $70.00 as the average price paid when the cards go live in late January 2010.


Our Prediction: Up Arrow 10% (About $6 Per Box Increase)


Find a Box Now on eBay: 2010 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box


RESULTS:
MISS - Boxes are actually selling for about 10% less.
2010 Topps Albert Pujols
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December 30, 2009
To kick off the start of 2010 Sports Card Radio will monitor the price action of certain cards over time to see if we can provide some insight before the price jumps or falls. Sometimes it will be boxes of cards, sometimes single cards. A time frame will be set and we will use eBay auction data to determine the 'value' of the cards.

Below are this December 2009 picks:

Ungraded RC Card: 2008/09 Upper Deck Bryce Harper USA Rookie #47

Time Frame: June 2010 (MLB Baseball Draft)

Average eBay Price Paid: $19.80 (Avg From 3 Completed Auctions)


The hype train for Bryce Harper is just leaving the station. Wait until his agent gets him on TV and in print media to start driving up the bidding war that will be his MLB contract. Bryce has his GED in hand and will be the center of attention in the June 2010 MLB Draft.

We think this can only mean good things for his cards.

Our Prediction: Up Arrow 25% Or More (About $5 Per Card Increase)


Be Sure To Check Out: Bryce Harper RC Rolodex Page


Check The eBay Price: 2008/09 Upper Deck Bryce Harper USA Rookie #47

 

RESULT:
Correct - Price Went Up Right Around Draft Time & Beyond

Bryce Harper 2008 2009 UD USA RC Card #47


Check The eBay Price Now:
2009/10 Tyreke Evans Exquisite RC #/225

Time Frame: Mid-February (NBA All-Star Game)

Average eBay Price Paid: $202.80 (Avg From 5 Completed Auctions)
Tyreke Evans Exquisite RC Rookie Card

This is a card that has already jumped about 100% in value during the month of December 2009. It sells for more than his Donruss Elite Autograph #/499 but comes from the last Exquisite Basketball set made from Upper Deck which makes it a must have for Tyreke Evans collectors.

Tyreke is putting up huge numbers on a small team and with Kevin Martin sure to return (and take up shots) his numbers may not get any better. That being said, even a cool down in numbers will make him the front runner for the 2009/10 Rookie Of The Year ROY Award. Plus seems like Tyreke can't avoid the injury bug, making him hit/miss early in his RC year.

We call for a modest price decrease as the All-Star Game approaches.

Our Prediction: Down Arrow 15%  (About $30 Per Card Decrease)

Result:
Correct - Price Did Drop Even Though He Played Well



Check The eBay Price Now:
2004 Playoff Contenders Philip Rivers Auto

Time Frame: Super Bowl Sunday (2/1/2010)

Average eBay Price Paid: $89.00 (Avg From 4 Completed Auctions)
Philip Rivers Playoff Contenders Rookie RC Card
Many think the San Diego Chargers are Super Bowl bound meaning Philip Rivers cards would climb in value. There is no telling what will happen during the 2009 NFL Playoffs but we at Sports Card Radio feel that the Chargers don't have what it takes to win Super Bowl 43.

A huge numbers year, ends in playoff disaster for Rivers.


Our Prediction: Down Arrow 12%  (About $10 Per Card Decrease)


Results:
This was a MISS - His 2004 Playoff Contenders still sells well.
We did call playoff disaster however...Chargers often loose in the Playoffs.
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