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    So, uhh, what happened?

    I’ve been out of the hobby for a few years and haven’t been paying that close of attention.

    What on earth happened to the price of BC autos? Looks like they’ve gone up between 3-5x price wise. Star autos typically topped out between $100 and $200, now they’re $500-$800 all of a sudden? I get the Trout and Judge effect, but jeez. Even current prospect autos of the mid range guys were $30, now they’re $90-$100. Even vets have gotten a sizable boost.

    I’m guessing people have started focusing on first prospect autos and RCs since there’s such a glut of other stuff out there?

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    Prospecting is all the rage. I like to get one or two autos of kids in the Red Sox system but lately it's been hard to do that and stay responsible. I stick to my retired guys for the most part, they aren't doing much these days to drive their prices up.

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    Wow, this guy...

    Lol, welcome back man, and umm, inflation or something?


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    Good to see your name again!

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    Its the Ohtani effect! Best regards, David
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    I think people have finally figured out the RC / First Bowman/ First auto card mess.

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    Welcome back! Some big new stars have pushed the prices up the past few years, like Judge, Ohtani..........
    Also the Yankees have some young stars and Yankee prospects tend to further drive the market!
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    There has been a glut of BC rookie auto’s of guys who became big stars driving prices up. Now every prospect is viewed as the next Trout, Judge etc.

    I can’t imagine it won’t crash at some point. All it takes is looking back at previous years BC to see how few actually pan out.


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    I'm going to start stocking up on Alex Gordon and Billy Butler.

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    Meanwhile Freddie freeman stuff is still cheap.


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    All these millennials got rich off crypto and are binging on lambos and high-end modern cards. That's one theory.

    But yeah, whatever the reason, the cost of entry on top prospects has gone up a few levels since you left. Base BC autos of top guys used to be $50-75, now they come out of the box 3-4x that much, with further escalators for color. Print runs have been increased significantly over even just 2 years ago, along with checklists, making the standard numbered cards, or just one specific player, harder to find. And Topps is not shy about putting out high-end products that's largely indistinguishable from one another, and often completely forgettable. Panini isn't far off, either, and seems to be doing quite well without a license. Rising manufacturer costs for product, singular RC attractions each of the past couple seasons, and the wide variety of top prospects crushing it leads to a lot of demand even with the greater production.

    You can still get tons of great cards cheap, though, if you aren't prospecting or aiming only for superduperfractors.
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    $100 chrome autos are now a bit undervalued at times.
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    Four letters: FOMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyCorona View Post
    Four letters: FOMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc00 View Post
    I'm going to start stocking up on Alex Gordon and Billy Butler.
    I’d personally stock up on Phil Bickford but someone already cornered the market on him.


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