It’s funny how important minor league cards are in today’s collecting world. I mean, that’s exactly what Bowman and Upper Deck do these days, right? They put out baseball cards of kids fresh out of high school and collectors like you and I pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to own them. I can understand why these cards are popular, considering how much Albert Pujol’s famous 2001 Bowman Chrome autograph sells for but what about the forgotten minor league cards of the 80’s? Why do they have almost no value in the market today?
Surely a minor league card of Ken Griffey Jr. produced in 1988 by a company called “ProCards” has a much smaller print run than 1989 Upper Deck, right? While I don’t know the specific number I do know that today Griffey’s minor league cards sell for under $10 while his mass-produced 1989 Upper Deck fetches big bucks when graded high. You can even buy Frank Thomas’ minor league card for under $2.00 and Mark McGwire’s for under $10. So is this a case of smart promotion by Topps?
How in the world did the guys from Bowman start releasing nothing but rookie cards in their sets and expect to survive? No Nolan Ryan or Bo Jackson, not even a Jose Canseco. Sure, today 80% of Bowman cards from 1990 to 2008 are of players chasing “Crash Davis” for the all-time home run record, but somehow it has gotten bigger and more profitable with each year that passes.
Meanwhile, there is a rare, never before seen to many, Minor League card of your favorite player you can pick up for cheap. It may not have the flash of today’s cards but they are beautiful and in my opinion, just as important.