Hall of Fame Bargains in 2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball
With the release 2011 Playoff Prime Cuts, it is clear that the demand for the product isn't as strong as many expected. This could be due to a few key reasons. First, it lacks MLB logos, but we knew that going in. Second, more and more collectors seem to be turning away from products that are heavy on sticker autographs instead of those that are signed on-card. A third likely reason is the high cost per box. Together, this has created a lull in the secondary market.
That's not to say that there aren't some massive hits, because there are. They're just rare.
What's interesting is the opportunity that now exists for collectors. There was a time when relic cards could demand a premium. However, as the hobby and collectors evolve, the memorabilia card has lost much of its appeal. This is especially true for single-colored relics of current players that are typically white or gray.
However, for collectors who target Hall of Fame players like Jackie Robinson or Satchel Paige, relic cards still have both historical and financial value. Memorabilia cards put history in the hands of collectors. For those of us who love to chase legends, now may be the time to buy.
Even though 2011 Playoff Prime Cuts has only been out for a short time, lots of low-numbered single-, dual-, and triple-memorabilia cards are ending daily online for prices that seem far too low. Below are some recent examples. Keep in mind that prices listed also include delivery.
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball Luis Aparicio Icons Jersey 18/25 - $9.50
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball Lou Brock Icons Dual-Memorabilia 3/5 - $16
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball Harmon Killebrew Timeline Triple-Jersey 2/10 - $26
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball Phil Niekro Icons Triple-Memorabilia with Patch 5/5 - $28
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball Curt Flood Timeline Jersey 12/25 - $36
It's understandable that the lack of full licensing may be a deterrent to some. Logos and team names are part of the game's identity. But if baseball history is more important, there are tons of deals.