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This needs to be said about our hobby and card “values” in wake of Rousey loss

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I’m not an MMA fan per se. I don’t buy Pay Per Views, seek Online streaming of events or even care really about who’s the champ of their weight class in whatever promotion.

But unless you were living under a rock last night there was no chance you were going to avoid the hot topic: Ronda Rousey getting knocked out by Holly Holm with a kick to the neck and a succession of punches to the face and head to end the fight and Rousey’s reign as baddest woman on the planet.

You’ve all seen the video or still images. No need for me to go there.

I watched this madness unveil on Twitter via countless reactions and a seemingly endless barrage of bandwagon jumpers.

But what started to upset me, as a card collector, was when discussions started to center around how a Ronda Rousey 2012 Topps Finest autograph sold on eBay for $1,300 before the fight and how blazing hot Holly Holm’s rookie cards immediately after the fight.

Rovell is not a hobby guy.  He’s a sports business reporter, so he’s always looking for a numbers angle. I don’t fault him for that.

While what he tweeted is true if you believe what you see on eBay, the perception of actual worth of a card gets misconstrued before, during and after big events such as the Rousey-Holm fight.

The reaction to Rovell’s tweet included mostly discussion about how the Rousey card is seemingly worthless now and how dumb collectors are.

Additionally, this conversation about the Rousey card then leads to a discussion about Holm’s card(s).

During the minutes that made of the entire fight, Holm’s card went on eBay from just a few dollars to one hitting triple figures.

While this is all true, what you won’t hear from the mainstream media outlets or via their reporter’s Twitter streams is that many of the immediate high sales on eBay for cards of people involved in significant events often go unpaid and the “worth” or “value” ends of being incorrectly reported to the masses. 

True, Rousey cards lost value generally speaking and interest for Holm’s card increased based on the outcome of UFC 193. But they surely are not to the extreme that some would have you believe based on the immediate numbers shown on eBay.

Collectibles by nature are volatile and what’s important for everyone to understand is that the value of a card is determined in the exact moment a transaction is actually completed. And a deal it’s not actually complete until cash or goods are exchanged and the items is delivered.


Topps replacing 2009 UFC Michael Bisping autos with Junior Dos Santos or Shane Carwin

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I received a neat little package from Topps today in the mail — my replacement for the failed Michael Bisping 2009 Topps UFC Autograph redemption. Apparently Bisping didn’t sign his cards/stickers so Topps is replacing them with signatures of Junior Dos Santos or Shane Carwin.

This card looks much better in person. It’s a clear sticker ‘graph on foilboard. What’s interesting to note is that I cannot find another 2009 Dos Santos signature anywhere.

Card of the Day: 2006 Allen & Ginter Randy Couture autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by Cardboard Icons
coutureI’m not much of a UFC or MMA fan, but I figured I’d post this today since Randy Couture apparently got pummeled this weekend by Brock Lesnar. I have nothing against the sport, in fact, I’m a bit jealous of the fans who understand the techniques and can breakdown a fight. I just am not compelled to go out of my way to watch it. If it is on, I’ll pull up a chair. Any who, here we’ve got a 2006 Allen & Ginter Randy Couture base card that was signed through the mail. Couture was a good TTM signed for a while, so if you’re so inclined you might want to fire one his way.