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bounty37h
06-17-2008, 10:08 AM
Any of oyu collectors bust open any 08 Bowmansyet? I busted 2 boxes, got some of the Reds prospects, am trying to figure out how many/who is in the set-rookies, first cards, etc. How did you guys do for autos/mem cards?

AccordinglyReds
06-18-2008, 02:05 AM
There doesn't seem to be as good of prospects this year in Bowman 2008. I've only got a single Hobby pack, and the best I got was Austin Jackson. GL..

aerontg
06-18-2008, 03:27 AM
Any of oyu collectors bust open any 08 Bowmansyet? I busted 2 boxes, got some of the Reds prospects, am trying to figure out how many/who is in the set-rookies, first cards, etc. How did you guys do for autos/mem cards?

How on earth can you guys afford cards nowadays? What's a box of Bowman 08 run, anyways? It seems there are packs of cards from various vendors running around $2-5 each. That's really bad. I remember when cards costed 50 cents per pack, but I guess today they just keep pumping out more and more and more brands of cards. Sorry to rain on your parade, I just can't believe how greedy the card business has gotten.

dougdirt
06-18-2008, 04:37 AM
How on earth can you guys afford cards nowadays? What's a box of Bowman 08 run, anyways? It seems there are packs of cards from various vendors running around $2-5 each. That's really bad. I remember when cards costed 50 cents per pack, but I guess today they just keep pumping out more and more and more brands of cards. Sorry to rain on your parade, I just can't believe how greedy the card business has gotten.

Of course when cards were 50 cents per pack what were people making a year, 15,000? Then there was the odds that what could you sell for anything back then? Now days there are much stronger odds that you can really make some money from your $5 pack. I am not so sure that the companies are greedy as you call it, the money is justified. The card quality is MUCH better, the variety you can get is much better and think of the stuff you can actually get. Cards with game used materials on them, autographs of players.... both alive and dead. Yeah, packs are more expensive (some upwards of $1,000 a pack) but you can still get your $1 pack if you want, Topps Total is out there somewhere.

Personally, I try to just buy singles. Keeps my prices down and I get exactly what I want.

juvey21
06-18-2008, 08:27 AM
i recently purchased both todd frazier and devin mesoraco bowman sterling autographs...in hopes that one day they will be hall of famers;)

Danny Serafini
06-18-2008, 10:05 AM
but you can still get your $1 pack if you want, Topps Total is out there somewhere.

Total was a wonderful set, but unfortunately they haven't made it for several years, at least not for baseball.

dougdirt
06-18-2008, 01:29 PM
Total was a wonderful set, but unfortunately they haven't made it for several years, at least not for baseball.

Yeah, I think they did stop making it in 2006 didn't they? There is another similar set that is real cheap like it out, I bought a few packs for my cousin a month ago but I don't remember what it was.

Danny Serafini
06-18-2008, 01:50 PM
I loved Total because they had all sorts of oddball players not normally included. I only collect Reds, so to me the sets with a larger number of players are of more value than the high end premium stuff with the same 3 or 4 players recycled over and over again. The Kahn's sets they give away at GABP are a treasure trove, every year there's a few players you won't find in any set Topps or Upper Deck puts out. That had Victor Santos in last year's set for crying out loud. Not the kind of thing that will bring much of a financial return, but it's what I love digging around for.

bounty37h
06-18-2008, 01:59 PM
Doug, think your thinking of the Topps Opening Day, .99 a pack. My wife actually picked up a handful of htose packs last night for me, we had a long talk about them-they are what cards used to be, cheap, nice (actually had a nice, simple design this year), gum, good for the kids. There def are higher $ packs, I dont have the money for the high high dollar ones, although I am always tempted. I tried for a while to keep up with it and collect it all-just too much, and too much that doesn't hold value. Now, I buy a few packs of new basic releases start of each year, and then pick a few brands/releases I like to buy boxes each year. At this point, I pretty much only buy boxes of Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Allen&Ginter. Like the "old timey" sets when they come out, or the artists sets-loved the Gallery set when it was out, so may buy those as well, depending on product and cost.

dougdirt
06-18-2008, 02:06 PM
Doug, think your thinking of the Topps Opening Day, .99 a pack. My wife actually picked up a handful of htose packs last night for me, we had a long talk about them-they are what cards used to be, cheap, nice (actually had a nice, simple design this year), gum, good for the kids. There def are higher $ packs, I dont have the money for the high high dollar ones, although I am always tempted. I tried for a while to keep up with it and collect it all-just too much, and too much that doesn't hold value. Now, I buy a few packs of new basic releases start of each year, and then pick a few brands/releases I like to buy boxes each year. At this point, I pretty much only buy boxes of Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Allen&Ginter. Like the "old timey" sets when they come out, or the artists sets-loved the Gallery set when it was out, so may buy those as well, depending on product and cost.
Thats what it was. Speaking of gum in the packs..... I still have some 80's boxes downstairs with gum in the packs. I almost want to try a piece..... but I am scared of dying this young.

bounty37h
06-18-2008, 02:17 PM
Haha, I bustd a box of 86 Topps last yeaqr,the gum was pretty much dust in the packs, crumbled at the touch. At least now, the packs that do use gum, they wrap it first before it goes in the pack :)

BuckeyeRedleg
06-18-2008, 03:56 PM
One question.

What would make you want to open a box of '86 Topps? :)

bounty37h
06-18-2008, 04:04 PM
^ Had a couple laying around, one was in bad shape, the wrap was half off the box, so decidd to go ahead and bust it open, see what was inside.

HotCorner
06-18-2008, 04:08 PM
The sports trading card business changed in the '90's more toward a focus on the special inserts and away from general card collecting. Subsequently the prices for packs of cards increased dramatically. It became a business to all - including kids. Hopefully the new Topps cards will stay around because they are more geared toward collecting.

BuckeyeRedleg
06-18-2008, 04:11 PM
I remember the Vince Coleman rookie card being the prize of 1986 Topps.

Then Fielder went crazy in Detroit five years later and everyone went back to their commons to find his rookie Blue Jays card. I think it may have even topped out at $6 in the early 90's.

Is there any card going for more than a $1 in that set? I don't think it ended up with any significant rookies unless you include the Bonds XRC in the updated set.

dougdirt
06-18-2008, 04:14 PM
The sports trading card business changed in the '90's more toward a focus on the special inserts and away from general card collecting. Subsequently the prices for packs of cards increased dramatically. It became a business to all - including kids. Hopefully the new Topps cards will stay around because they are more geared toward collecting.

Well it depends. Collecting is a pretty interesting term. I only collect rookie cards and autographs. Some guys only collect sets. Some guys only collect specific teams. No matter who/what you collect, there is a nice little niche for you in the hobby still.

sh0619
06-18-2008, 04:46 PM
Any of oyu collectors bust open any 08 Bowmansyet? I busted 2 boxes, got some of the Reds prospects, am trying to figure out how many/who is in the set-rookies, first cards, etc. How did you guys do for autos/mem cards?

08 Bowman Chrome i have seen Ben Juckich and Sean Henry

bounty37h
06-18-2008, 05:27 PM
^ I got both those guys, is that all the Reds in the set as far as rooks or 1'st year cards?

bounty37h
06-18-2008, 05:32 PM
Well it depends. Collecting is a pretty interesting term. I only collect rookie cards and autographs. Some guys only collect sets. Some guys only collect specific teams. No matter who/what you collect, there is a nice little niche for you in the hobby still.

Doug, your so right, I have complained before about the hobby changing so much (too many products, mem cards-why ruin a great jersey for a .5 inch piece of cloth that you can hardly tell what it was?), but your point is taken, there is a niche for everyone, if they have any desire. My niche is kind of broad, I collect cards still, but as I said, limited now to only couple releases each year, and rarely put sets together unless just love the set-like last years A&G. I collect autos of all kinds, and Reds mem of all types. My wife has started to really enjoy busting packs, and will buy them for us now, but think she mostly likes the thrill of looking for the big hit, they are like lotto tix to her :)

juvey21
06-27-2008, 05:44 PM
i pulled a johnny cueto 2008 topps chrome auto printing plate...the card is a 1 of 1!!! pretty sharp.

AccordinglyReds
06-27-2008, 05:45 PM
i pulled a johnny cueto 2008 topps chrome auto printing plate...the card is a 1 of 1!!! pretty sharp.

omg.....

nice pull :thumbup::eek:

juvey21
06-27-2008, 05:54 PM
omg.....

nice pull :thumbup::eek:

thanks!!!

Redeye fly
06-27-2008, 06:19 PM
I really haven't bought or seriously collected cards in years. I guess you can't really say I outgrew it, although I think when you're a kid you get more excited about what you might possibly find in a pack or box. It's just more a case of my time and money going to other things.

I still think one of the best finds or pulls I ever managed to accomplish though occurred when I bought a "grab bag" of 1985 Donruss team sets for like $1 and when I opened it up, it was the Boston Red Sox team set with a Clemens rookie right on top. Of course, that was pre controversy.;)