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    The Upside of the Modern Baseball Card

    The leverage in the price of scarce, high-grade, limited print key cards of star players means that the market for the modern baseball card could change quickly.

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    As the career of a true Hall of Fame-caliber star player progresses, the demand for the highest quality examples of that player’s key cards will tend to grow, and
    I don't think this is true anymore. The HOF bump has pretty much turned into nothing lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwaldo View Post
    I don't think this is true anymore. The HOF bump has pretty much turned into nothing lately.
    True. For the recent run of borderline selection and relief pitchers, no one seems to care. And for those whose who have the overwhelming credentials to get in, they've already hit their peak. Jeter is the possible exception. Most of his values are hype driven. He's a great player, but still, the card values are mostly driven by hype and people who believe it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaClyde View Post
    True. For the recent run of borderline selection and relief pitchers, no one seems to care. And for those whose who have the overwhelming credentials to get in, they've already hit their peak. Jeter is the possible exception. Most of his values are hype driven. He's a great player, but still, the card values are mostly driven by hype and people who believe it.
    I think the overproduced non wanted cards of the late 1980s and early 1990s hurt it too. Nobody is showing off a Tom Glavine that they just bought off of eBay. It will be a while too before any "rare" rookie cards of Hall of Famers actually make it into the HOF. Maybe the first being Ichiro but his stuff basically peaked early on in his career and shouldn't see that big of a bump at HOF election time either.

    Plus another factor has to be that when players were elected into the HOF their only really key card was their rookie card. You could rattle off the year of the card and practically draw the card from memory since the cards were so iconic. Now nothing is really iconic and there are vastly more choices to go after.
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