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2009 Ballpark Collection Mini-Review

Posted by houstoncollector on October 1, 2009

I want to preface this by stating that I have not purchased this product, and likely will not.  This is based on watching a number of box breaks, and looking at the product on eBay and elsewhere.

Boxes of this are selling online for $140-170, while packs can be found for around $45 or so, and each have guaranteed either 3 jersey cards, or 2 jersey cards and an auto.  The question, of course is, is the product worth it?

In looking at 390 current auctions available on eBay, and 254 completed auctions, I have to say….no, not unless you /really/ enjoy gambling.  This product really feels like a dump ground for swatches of material that haven’t been used elsewhere, and autograph stickers that have been kicking around for a while.

When in over 600 auctions I can’t find a single multi-colored patch in a mid-to-high-end product, that tells me something.  Sure, there’s a chance of getting HOF materials from the product and a slight chance at HOF autographs.  For the most part though, you’re going to get single, dual, quad, or maybe six or eight single-color swatches on a card, predominately white, with a few autographs, mostly of mid-level and below players.  When you’re spending $150-160 a box, on average, even getting eight to twelve GU and one to four AU in a box…really isn’t worth it.  After all, even if you average $10 per card, you’re only going to get back $120 out of the box, and more than likely you’ll average $5 per hit unless you hit a seriously good card.  That’s $60 out of a $150 investment.  Not a good return, and further proof that we’ve reached our saturation limit on game-used cards.  It’s time for the industry to wake up and smell the manure.

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