The Hobby Bros Be Hatin’

Seriously, Bro…Do You Even Know Sports Cards?

Back in March, I wrote about how Connor Bedard’s Young Guns rookie card was trending downward in value. I also posted the link to my story on X/Twitter…and boy, did that rub some people the wrong way!

While most agreed with my analysis, some did not – and their comments were funny. Here are some of my favorites:

I think you are bing disingenuous by counting poor condition cards and cards listed with no shipping to Canada as “comps”

It’s definitely not UNDER 400. It’s still selling for mid 500s. Anyone who bought it at 1200 when it was first hitting is a dope. It will settle in the 3-400 range.

If you are surprised by this, you don’t know anything about sports cards. Everything drops after retail hits the shelves.

Rooting for cards to plummet in value sure is a choice.

New to the hobby, or just repeating the same story and replacing the card?

Ouch! Maybe I’m naive at times – but I sure as heck ain’t new to this 🙂 

Granted, my analysis of the Bedard Young Guns card and its downward trajectory was hardly hard-hitting stuff. When the supply starts to meet the demand, prices go down. That’s how these things usually work.

My whole point was that the card’s eBay sales price dropped by around 60% in less than two weeks’ time. 

Now, what is really interesting is what is happening to eBay sales of Bedard’s Young Guns cards now that his first autographed rookie cards were issued back in April with the release of 2023-24 SP Game Used Hockey. 

Since then, his Young Guns card has continued to plummet in value. While an ungraded copy of the card can still sell for upwards of $500, average sales of late have been between $250 and $350 – a far cry from the $900 it was fetching two months ago. Even PSA 9 graded copies of his Young Guns card have been selling for between $250 and $400. 

It appears that the Herd of Hobby Bros has moved on to greener pastures, grazing for the next shiny thing they think they can flip for a huge profit. 

Note: This article is an updated version of an editorial that originally appeared in Volume 2 – Issue 13 of the Puck Junk Newsletter. For stories like these, plus news and updates about hockey cards and collectibles, subscribe to the newsletter here.

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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