(10-23-2013 01:19 PM)alw1978 Wrote: Yeah, I've noticed that as well.
One other thing on the price guide front which annoys the crap out of me is that the prices often aren't all that realistic to actual market value AND that the prices rarely change.
Case in point, I bought a Beckett Baseball a year or so ago. Just picked a new one up last week and all of my 1940s/1950s vintage stuff is the same and no real changes to anything else I have. It's really the biggest reason I only buy price guides once every 10-12 months. I don't buy the newer stuff, so have no interest in the new release pricing.
The vintage stuff is all over the map, too. An example is the 1951 Bowman Mantle RC, which is underpriced IMO. It books at $8,000.00 and in poor condition, which is supposed to be 5% of the value per Beckett's guide, it would be $400.00. Good luck finding one that's even in terrible condition for that price. Here's one that was absolutely horrible looking that went for nearly $900.00. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mickey-Mantle-19...7675.l2557
Poor-Fair Mantle's regularly sell above the 5-10% window even on a place like eBay.
(10-29-2013 08:29 PM)TaToRz Wrote: supply/demand.. simple.. i saw a guy liquidate his collection on ebay.. first rare card (raw) went for $350+.. last card (same btw) which was graded a PSA 9 went for $127. I flipped! but alas i knew the laws of supply and demand. prob is i bought his "last one" ungraded for more than the psa 9.. doh!