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02-12-2013, 12:45 PM #1
Why Don't We Have "_____-Sanity" in Hockey Cards?
I was reflecting on the recent (ish) trends in basketball and football that we've seen in the past season or so, in which players went from relatively unknowns to hobby mega-stars virtually overnight. I'm of course referring to Jeremy Lin and Colin Kaepernick in their respective sports.
Lin was a guy that you could get his cards for next to nothing - he wasn't on the Knicks starting five until an injury forced his recall from their affiliate team, and even then he was just used sparingly until one magical night. Then he pretty much singlehandedly carried them to a winning streak and his hobby values went thermonuclear. The craze of Linsanity went on for about six weeks until he got injured, but in the meantime it was a huge injection to the basketball hobby and a lot of people got very rich selling cards that were in a commons bin only weeks before.
For Kaepernick, he was the back-up to an established #1 QB in San Francisco that had led his team efficiently to the NFC Championship Game the previous season and had guided the 49ers to a 6-2 start. Then Alex Smith got injured, and Kaepernick took over the helm. He was excellent in his first NFL start and the Niners demolished the Bears. He led the team to a second place finish in the NFC and took them all the way to the Super Bowl. All along his values climbed exponentially as fans hoped to get in on his cards anticipating a Super Bowl victory that would lead Kaepernick to the elite of the hobby along with Aaron Rodgers and other young players that made an immediate impact and took their team to a championship.
All of this begs the question - why don't we have similar explosions in hockey? There have been short-term boosts to key playoff performers like Jaro Halak in 2010 or Jonathan Quick this past year, but there has never been a true explosion of a player's values that has been sustained or anywhere near as prolific as it has been in the other sports.
Is this just because the hockey market is so much smaller and that the sport itself isn't as popular in the US?
02-12-2013, 01:00 PM #2
Didn't gagner score a bunch of goals in one night last year causing his value to skyrocket for five days?
02-12-2013, 01:28 PM #3
02-12-2013, 01:34 PM #4
I do find it a little strange how few modern day hockey cards hit $1000. I remember profitting off the Varlamov craze a couple years ago, but nothing like the Kaepernick or Lin craze. I sold a Lin RC /499 for over $100 and a bunch of common Kaep Topps RC for $5+ a piece. I think Fritz is right on this, I mean people don't really "prospect" in hockey. I don't think where the sport is popular has anything to do with it, because there can be Canadian buyers that act crazy haha, because the sport in Canada is almost more popular in a way then football here. The collecting aspect is just different. I wish hockey cards had that gold mine product like the other sports do, but a lot of people will agree that the most value in cards is in hockey. Just not the biggest "gold" card if you will.
02-12-2013, 01:46 PM #5
Dave Gagner in the 90's? Yes. Same thing with Boosh. When Boosh set the modern equivalent of Shutouts in a row, people went Berserk for his cards. I had 5 Mexican Select Rookies that were fetching .25 cents if you could sell them, then one week later I sold them all for over $8.00 each. I believe the original BV was $2.00 - $3.00
02-12-2013, 02:19 PM #6
I think it's "hype" value. Especially with Baseball, Basketball, and NFL Football. Those three sports are widely covered on US networks, that a larger audience takes in all the banter when someone explodes with talent, and can virtually prop someone up overnight. Hockey doesn't get that kind of exposure, so not much hype is given to anyone. At the same time consistency plays a part. When Sam Gagner had his good night last year, did he go on to pile up a ton more points after that? No! So then hype was short lived.
Now only if we could just get CFL Football in the mix...... Then there's hope for Curling!!!!
02-12-2013, 02:21 PM #7
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02-12-2013, 02:38 PM #9
I would definitely make a card for that British guy that yells that out!
02-12-2013, 03:00 PM #10