Has It Really Come To This?

Now I don't like to drag someone down just for the sake of doing it but I will let my post on Mark Spitz from my other blog stand for my feelings about Michael Phelps. And so it was with a certain level of sadness I see that the dedicated Phelps Collectors have pushed a g.d. Sports Illustrated for Kids card into the $40 book value range...[Gosh, I hope the fair use doctrine covers pricing guides as well as music, movies, etc...]

I guess first off, how do you get a mint Sports Illustrated for Kids card when at least two of the sides have perforated edges? You can see the problem clearly on this photo?

Second, would someone really pay this much for this card? There is currently one eBay auction with this card up for sale with no bids with a $20 starting bid price. I'll check back when the bidding is over but my guess is that Real Value will beat Book Value in this round of the eternal struggle.


mmosley said…
The Tiger Woods card from many years ago is worth $1000's in mint condition. Beckett grades them somehow!
I don't get it either. How about800 bucks for his autographed card? Is he the greatest swimmer of all-time? Probably, but where is this great demand coming from? Are there people out there that collect Olympic and or swimming cards?
Gellman said…
eternal struggle? Since when is book value anything more than a fly on your shoulder that you flick off?
Matt Flaten said…

Wait, you don't see your battle against book value as a struggle against the Evil Empire...I'm surprised. 8-)

Okay, I will admit a little dramatic license on the "eternal struggle" bit but after reading your post today taking back the term "Joe Collector" I know you aren't afraid of a little bit of drama. Now that's a battle against the Evil Empire. 8-)
madding said…
I honestly had no idea that they kept making those SI For Kids cards. I figured they probably died out after the early 90s. For that matter, I didn't even know that the magazine lived on.