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Old 06-30-2006, 01:59 PM
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Posted By: Gilbert Maines

Variations, errors, and other differences among collectables are either fads which gain and lose in popularity, or they have staying power and maintain their value (and appreciate) over the long haul.

In baseball cards we have seen specific card types gain in popularity more than the general card population. These include:

1)HOFers
2)Rookies
3)Prookies
4)Error cards
5)Misprints
6)Ghosts
7)Spelling errors
8)Color variations
9)Back variations
10)Others

Of these, some I believe will continue to be popular and demand an increasing premium over their more common counterparts. Others will behave more like hula hoops, beanie babies, etc. and wane in popularity.

Although their popularity may not have yet peaked, I think that the possibility of a decrease in emphasis on numbers 2, 3, 7, and 9 is more likely than the others cited. And I do not forecast nos. 5 & 6 ever achieving much significance.

How long before any of these will see a change in popularity is certainly debatable. But that it will be anytime soon appears unlikely.

What is your take on these card types?

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Posted By: Brian McQueen


Sounds like a great idea for a new Poll actually. You could add "Proofs/printer's scrap" or "Handcut variants" to that list as well....

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Posted By: jay behrens

Spelling errors that are not corrected carry no demand. If the error is correct, then there will always be a demand for both card as there will alawys be people that are trying to build master sets.

I don't really see the rookie card phenomena going away. There will always be a big demand for the first card of a player. Color variations and print error/ghost images will always be a niche market. Back variations probably aren't going to explode or decline. We are seeing a big surge in t206 back prices because the set is readily accessable and loved by most, so once you complete the basic set, the next logical step to keep feeding the addiction is to start getting as many backs as you can. There are a ton of back variations in the Diamond Star set, but no one beyond the master set collectors really cards which back they get. This is true of almost all other sets outside of t206s.

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Posted By: warshawlaw

I find that as I develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the cards I collect, I am interested in the manner in which they were produced. Printing freaks tell you a great deal about how the cards were made.

I think ghosts are eminently collectable because of their uniqueness. Most ghosts are wet sheet transfers. They are very rare results of random occurrences in the factory and offer a collector something very different from a run of the mill card that nicely complements a regular set. It also allows you to continue to pursue a favorite set even if you complete the base set. For example, I readily completed my 1948 Leaf boxing set but can still collect it by going after blank backs, ghosts, wrong backs, missing ink cards, etc.

Ditto for back variations, esp. T cards. Collecting a master set or a back variations set is a whole new level of complexity and challenge. I am master-setting some of the T boxing sets and having a great time doing it. Plus, there is the treasure-trove aspect to it, as anyone who's located a T206 Piedmont 460 factory 42 in a commons bin knows.

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