Obviously some products are higher risk, than others. I'm not taking that big of a risk when I buy a pack of 1989 Bowman for a quarter at a card show. However the annual Topps Archives Signature Series packs are definitely on the other end of the spectrum. Most online card shops have them for $30 to $50 per pack.
What comes in a pack? One signed buyback card that has been encapsulated by Topps. I consider this a high risk product, because you could drop $180 and pull autographs of AJ Burnett, Brad Ausmus, Charles Johnson, Mike Cameron, Todd Zeile, and Willie Wilson and nobody who is familiar with this product would be shocked. In fact Mario over at The Baseball Card Blog (formerly known as Wax Heaven), recently called it "one of the worst breaks I've watched this year". Sure Topps added superstars and hall of famers to the checklist, but based on what I've seen, they're short printed and are possibly case hits.
The bottom line is you won't find me spending $30 on one of these packs. On the other hand, I have no problem picking up the crumbs being sold on eBay. I've bought a few lots which set me back anywhere from $3 to $6 per card.
Today I wanted to share a few of these Archives Signature Series buybacks that I recently added to my collection:
1999 Stadium Club #190
Andruw Jones could straight up ball in the outfield. He had a cannon for an arm and this photographer captured him showing off his leaping ability. The icing on the cake is the gold Sharpie signature running across this card.
Most collectors aren't going to be to impressed with the next card:, because he's not wearing his Royals jersey:
1993 Topps #318
Willie Wilson spent his first fifteen seasons in Kansas City... and that's how I will always remember his career. However, I was pretty excited to see this card arrive in the lot. I'm sure I knew about Wilson being an Athletic... but as I get older... this sort of trivia tends to slip my mind. This card will not allow that to happen again.
And rounding out this post is this popular hall of fame manager:
1990 Topps #23T
Back in the day, I enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves play on TBS... so I had the opportunity to see Bobby Cox in action on a variety of occasions. This card popped up either on a blog or a YT video and I wanted a copy ever since.
I paid a little more for this particular lot of cards ($77 + $9.99 shipping for 13 cards) and I'm pretty sure the Cox was the card that drove up the price. The two copies that have recently sold on eBay have closed for $32.89 (+ $2.93 shipping) and $36.89 (+ $3.99 shipping). I think I bid on both of those cards.
That's why I enjoy purchasing these cards as part of card lots... because it allows me to grab these buyback autographs for pennies on the dollar. No shame in scrambling for scraps.
That's it for today. Happy Tuesday and sayonara!