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Friday, October 16, 2009

Graded Cards and their rarity

I have commented many times that cards produced in the last 40 years are not that rare. What drives their popularity to a degree is that each one is "the card" If you want George Brett's rookie you instantly know that it's the 75 Topps card you want. If I say Adrian Peterson Rookie, many people will think 2007 Exquisite as the best card but frankly you have your choice of 100's of Peterson rookies numbered in varied quantities. My point is that there is no way that some of these cards should be valued as high as they are given production numbers, thus the "it" factor is what makes them valuable. Peterson cards are valuable because he is the best right now, given the production numbers and the cost to acquire new, they should be much more valuable but they aren't because of how many different versions there are.

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.

1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10
0 1 6 4 40 31 216 107 415 273 978 1027 2632 4040 6292 5903 3393 1272 55

1976 Topps Walter Payton
1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10 Total
0 2 10 20 25 39 81 96 122 145 193 220 274 283 264 142 56 17 1 1990

1980-81 Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson

1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10 Total
0 1 1 2 5 5 19 21 58 52 154 177 324 339 272 148 34 10 0 1622

1968 Nolan Ryan

1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10 Total
6 56 53 104 116 131 153 174 149 167 146 123 93 70 31 11 7 0 0 1590

1973 Mike Schmidt

1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10 Total
2 1 5 12 24 38 48 75 73 73 83 85 99 59 40 11 7 0 0 735

1975 George Brett

1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10 Total
0 8 14 14 23 41 49 73 79 104 136 159 176 128 107 53 13 1 0 1178

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