and I hate Prospect sets.
Ever since the days of Impel, pro cards, etc, I have hated these sets. Don't confuse my hatred of Prospect sets with those of minor league team sets that are given away at games. These are often the closest things that fans have to hometown heroes. I am talking about the sets that are currently produced by Razor and Tristar and to a lessor extent the Bowman Prospect sets.
Here is why: Who the Hell are these guys. Nothing like throwing down serious cash on a Box of Razor or Tristar and coming up with absolutely no one that you recognize. Out of a set of 100 or so, maybe 4-7 if you are lucky will go on to a long career. Sometimes more I suppose. At least with '52 Rookies and Bowman, you get some guys that have been to the bigs, but with the prospect sets you get crap.
Now you might recognize some names of these guys because the names are thrown around everywhere these days. For some perspective, think of the 80's. I could do this for the 70's too.
Big name players: 1980: Rickey
1981: Tim Raines, Fernando, Kirk Gibson, Harold Baines
1983: Sandberg, Boggs, and Gwynn
1984: Mattingly, Strawberry, Puckett, Clemens, maybe Gooden
1985: Ironically out of the USA set McGwire
1986: Canseco, Bonds, Bo
1988: Glavine, Grace, Biggio, Smoltz
1989: Randy Johnson, Griffey, Sheffield
1990: Big Hurt, Sosa
There are some other good rookies in those years, but not even the ones above have particularly valuable cards. Sure, they are known, but prospectors are out for big dollar cards. If there are 100 cards in a set and even 10 go on to a big career, your success rate is 10%. Go buy a lottery ticket. Your payoff on 75 powerball tickets will probably be bigger.
Another way to think of it is, say you bought a ton 2001 Bowman chrome boxes at 100 a box. What were your chances of pulling a Pujeoloso or a Reyes auto? Same with the prospect sets now. What are your chances of pulling the auto card of the player that makes it?