The Wall Street Journal writer Tim Marchman contacted me earlier this week to discuss the status of some of the most investment-worthy baseball cards of the 1980s.
The pleasure was all mine.
His requests sent me sauntering down memory lane, thumbing through one yellowing page after another of Beckett Baseball magazines from two decades ago to capture 1989 prices of key cards featuring Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds and others.
For comparison’s sake, Marchman also requested current Beckett prices of those same cards. So I departed the covered wagon of antiquated page-turning for what seemed like the time machine of Beckett.com, which seemingly instantly spit out up-to-the-day prices for those cards.
(For what’s it worth, that juxtaposition of an antique Beckett — issue #50, I believe; for perspective consider that we’re on issue #291 now — and the Beckett.com search bar is quite arresting.)
To make a short story long, Marchman’s piece — which cites, among other things, the precipitous decline of Canseco’s 1986 Donruss card and the modest gains for RCs of Griffey and Greg Maddux — appeared in Thursday’s WSJ and on WSJ.com.
For what it’s worth, five of the seven cards chronicled in the WSJ article are actually worth more now than they were 20 years ago. When adjusted for inflation, however, that number drops to three.
– Tracy Hackler