Posted on 29 August 2010 by Wanna Be Sports Guy
Baseball card values are a curious thing. Much like the stock market, serious wheelers and dealers will buy when a player’s career is at a low point, only to turn around and sell once the value climbs back to profit levels.
But more times than anyone can count, buyers fall victim to the over-inflated hype of young players or crafty veterans enjoying a miraculous season. This is usually accompanied by tears, curses, and the gnashing of teeth. Is is really crazy to pay top dollar for a piece of cardboard? No, as long as you make smart decisions when adding to your collection. Here are some of the cards on the other end of the spectrum, each of which have dropped substantially in value.
Jose Canseco – 1986 Topps Traded XRC
Known more to younger fans as a reality TV star and sports snitch, Canseco, along with Mark McGwire, made up the notorious Bash Brothers duo of Oakland in the late 80’s. Though always something of a middling star in the collectibles world, his popular 86’s XRC did manage to land on a few top 20 lists throughout his later years. Actually, this card is better off now that it was at some points. For a year or two, it fell as low as $1.50.
Mark Prior – 2001 Donruss Elite XRC
Fans of and collectors of Stephens Stratsburg would have done well to remember the Mark Prior phenomenon. For a long stretch, his rookie cards were the hottest thing in the hobby. Then, after his storied failures and injuries, his value took an enormous plunge. In all honesty, it’s surprising that this card is still worth the price of a tank of gas. More of a testament to the stubbornness of card collectors than anything else.
Sammy Sosa – 1990 Leaf RC
Remember when he was one of the biggest names in the game? Now he’s more remembered for that creepy white makeup he wore on the red carpet. The corked bat incident was arguably the beginning of the end for Sosa, whose name will forever be intertwined with the aforementioned McGwire. His Leaf rookie was a hot commodity throughout the third quarter of his career. But now, with his reputation and legacy in the crapper, his prized debut card isn’t far behind.
- Taylor Maxwell
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