They say nothing ever beats your first time. While that may be true about your first woman & vehicle, it surely can’t be the same for baseball cards, can it? Well, Joba Chamberlain’s 2007 Bowman Chrome autograph is still scorching on the after market, specially the different Refractors, almost a year after the initial release. His regular autograph has sold for as high as $160 and no lower than $132 in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, his much cooler-looking autograph redemption from the very popular ’07 Topps Finest is a bonafide dud on eBay. Several sold on eBay last week for well under $100, including one for just over $80! That’s pretty shocking considering that it’s basically the same exact card.
It can’t possibly have anything to do with the sticker vs. on-card autograph debate, can it? After all, Joba may have had his greasy, Kentucky Fried Chicken eatin’ fingers on the Chrome card but hey, he also touched the sticker sheet for the Finest card (and possibly even licked it for all we know). Also, the card stock on the Finest is a little thicker. As far as design, I love the Finest look but many minimalist will prefer the Bowman portrait. So why is one card selling for so much more and is there a Finest Joba Refractor?
Me personally, I’d much rather have the Finest because to me it’s not about the price but what it’s worth to my collecting heart. Of course, if I were to open a pack of ’07 Bowman Chrome and pull a Joba Gold Refractor I would probably run home to delete this blog and pretend it never happened. Afterwards, I’d go make a killing on Ebay.
So collectors, what’s it gonna be? How will you take your overrated, over-priced future Relief Pitcher? Bowman Chrome or Topps Finest?