During a time when many collectors have had to quit buying new products or simply sold off their collection, Topps’ Triple Threads and Upper Deck’s Sweet Spot have provided a surprising return on investment during this recession.
It all began with the heavily publicized game-used bat barrel cards Upper Deck produced for Sweet Spot. Now, while those cards were promoted everywhere, it’s the Game-Used Patch Jumbos that have pulled surprising sales.
Recently, an Ichiro bat barrel #’d to four hit eBay and while it stalled for several days under one thousand dollars, the final sale of $3,650 was shocking to say the least, considering there are three others to be found.
Meanwhile, the product that was panned in some circles, Triple Threads, has been a huge performer on the secondary market thanks to Wood and White Whales #’d to 1, along with other low-numbered parallels and foldout cards.
Perhaps the greatest card in Triple Threads, a “one of a kind” cut signature featuring Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and Tris Speaker, was recently pulled by a young collector’s father and posted on the Topps message board.
Typical of the message board atmosphere, rather than congratulate him on a pull of a lifetime, other members questioned him and pretty much called him a liar … that is until he provided a front and back scan of the card.
Message board antics aside, just by looking at some of the completed auctions on eBay it appears that the myth of Topps not being able to produce a good, high-end baseball release has now been debunked.
As for Upper Deck’s Sweet Spot, while it’s not their last 2009 release on the calendar, it is the final brand to feature MLB logos. It appears that much like Seinfeld, Upper Deck went out on top.
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