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    Starting LineUps

    Do people still collect these anymore? Do they have any value? A guy at work was telling me he had a bunch of them at home, still in the box, or on card, whatever it's called when they are unopened, that are just collecting dust and he'd be looking to move them. I told him that I didn't know if they were worth anything but I'd ask. Anyone?


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    I have all my original ones from '88 to 2001.
    According to eBay sales, 95% aren't even worth the actual cost of shipping them, which is sad because I still think they're awesome.

    Some of my favorites are the 12" figures with cloth uniforms, especially the first run of Hall of Famers like Ruth, Cobb and Young. Beautiful big poseable figures, but worth about half of their original $20 price.
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    For whatever reason, they're pretty much worthless. I like the very few I have but dont seek them. I see them at flea markets and shows all the time for $2-$3 each. Some dealers will even give you 15 of them for $20. I think the SLU's were a great concept and they took off when they first came out but the appeal of them faded after a couple years just like most toys do. I do remember walking in to a local toys r us and seeing 20 Sid Bream SLU's hanging on the hook for $7.99 for at least 2 years. Thinking that if SLU's were made again today, they'd have to be McFarlane quality and regionally distributed by teams in their home markets.

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    I had a friend who use to collect them , he had dozens. He was always chasing variants or short prints. Sad to here there not holding any value.

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    I pick up the '88s when I can get them for less than $10 delivered. Figure they will get back to the old $180 Beckett value by 2188.


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    Agreed most aren't worth the shipping cost but might make a little in bulk. There ARE however a few that were distributed regionally that can have some value so definitely research the lesser names!


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    It looks like SLUs are making a comeback this year, at least in the form of stadium giveaways. The following MLB teams will be giving away SLUs this year:

    Orioles: Manny Machado on June 3

    Rays: Chris Archer on June 22 (this is the only one I found with a picture. Looks cool to me: http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/schedul...c_id=tb&y=2017

    Athletics: Marcus Semien on June 18

    Mets: David Wright on May 20

    Nationals: Bryce Harper on August 29

    Cubs: TBD on August 15

    The Buccaneers gave away a Jameis Winston SLU last season.

    Maybe this new potential popularity will help drive up prices of old SLUs. I doubt it, but maybe!?!?

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    Quite possible! I remember seeing that Winston and thinking what a great idea it was. Might not amount to more than a bobblehead but certainly more rare than most originals. I love the idea and wish Milwaukee had some coming


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer Andy View Post
    Quite possible! I remember seeing that Winston and thinking what a great idea it was. Might not amount to more than a bobblehead but certainly more rare than most originals. I love the idea and wish Milwaukee had some coming


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    I really wish the Pirates were giving away one (or several) SLUs this year.

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    I believe a bid part of the value increase (and subsequent decrease) were people hoarding all the good ones. The early pieces that were more regional were harder to find, but by the mid 90s, nothing was rare, yet people were hoarding them all. After finding the prices didn't hold, people were stuck with bulky crap that wasn't worth anything, so they started dumping them back onto the market. That is why you can find pieces once worth $30-40 for a buck sometimes. I still have a good 500+ unopened and a bunch more I opened. At least the cards are easy to store for a later date.

    I bought a lot of 4 figures (unopened) about 2 years ago that included the FP of Chipper Jones that was a $100+ piece when it was hot. I got the lot for $1 plus around $15 s/h. Sadly, this was one of only a couple packages that never made it to me over my nearly 20 year ebay career. The PO showed it delivered, but it was not!

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    Alot of the early basketball ones were just released regionally so they have stayed valuable...
    Currently looking for: 2012 Ultra football (1992 style) #31 Rudy and Gold parallel version of 2011 Bowman Platinum Chase Utley #94.

    Always looking for: 2008 BC Jake Peavy Orange Refractors /25, have 6 so far.

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    Except for Maddux's '89 SLU I only purchased the cards (or in some cases cracked a few) to fill my oddball binder. Like almost all collectibles in the 90's everything was overproduced and left sealed. It reminds me of the late 90's when my mom was buying beanie babies only to leave the tag on and seal them in zip lock bags. A couple of years ago she asked me if I wanted them and after checking on eBay I came to the realization that they would be better served getting donated to Toys for Tots. I don't even want to know how much she 'invested' in them. The SLU's and that sort of thing reminded me how every single thing became a 'limited edition'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra79 View Post
    Except for Maddux's '89 SLU I only purchased the cards (or in some cases cracked a few) to fill my oddball binder. Like almost all collectibles in the 90's everything was overproduced and left sealed. It reminds me of the late 90's when my mom was buying beanie babies only to leave the tag on and seal them in zip lock bags. A couple of years ago she asked me if I wanted them and after checking on eBay I came to the realization that they would be better served getting donated to Toys for Tots. I don't even want to know how much she 'invested' in them. The SLU's and that sort of thing reminded me how every single thing became a 'limited edition'.
    When you said limited edition it made me think of Jerry Seinfeld's bit on limited edition cars..."it's limited to how many we can sell."

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    I was collecting Maddux in 93 when his extended SLU came out. I wanted it so bad, but it immediately became hot and expensive. I ended up getting it later and probably still paid a good bit, maybe $25-30 for one. I added the 89 and 90 SLUs later to go with the other cheaper and easier to find versions. Maddux is still a favorite of mine. I'd love to nab a few more of the oddballs I missed out on before his popularity exploded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanwood View Post
    When you said limited edition it made me think of Jerry Seinfeld's bit on limited edition cars..."it's limited to how many we can sell."
    So true!!!!

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