Pardon me if I caught on a little too late. Last night while surfing a baseball card forum I found a fellow Andrew Miller fan, as energetic and enthusiastic as anyone could be. He went to the forum for the specific purpose of finding new Andrew Miller cards to add to his collection. One by one, collectors would post a comment offering this card and that card and what they expected in return. He would respond with excitement with each and every possible trade until one for an ’07 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Andrew Miller. The owner of the card wanted the Beckett book value and the Andrew Miller collector almost had a heart attack. “How dare you ask me to pay the going rate for a rare, valuable and low-numbered rookie card of a hot prospect?”
How could I expect any less? You can download entire music collections for free, watch full-length movies straight from your media player, and can exchange thousands of expensive programs for nothing, so why should baseball cards be any different? It seems that all the printed price guides will never be in tune with the eBay and Naxcom’s of the online world. So will there ever be a day that you can average 70% or more of your money back on baseball cards? I mean, I could buy baseball cards for the rest of my life but the truth is that the money well is running low and adding a little cash to the Pay Pal by selling a few cards on eBay wouldn’t hurt. Should I just hang on to my collection of Michael Bourne autographs until he’s a Hall of Famer and then cash in?