Would you spend it on trading cards?
After the 2008 season, Evan Longoria was on top of the Hobby world. In just 122 games, Evan crushed 27 home runs, won the Rookie of the Year, and helped the lowly Tampa Bay Rays reach the World Series.
In 2009, Evan was able to play a full season but his numbers didn’t look much different from the year prior. Yes, 33 home runs and 113 RBI equates to a great offensive season but nothing like what many who spent thousands on his cards expected.
Unfortunately, no one told this crazy eBay seller who tried to sell a “Rainbow” of Evan’s most-desired card, 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects, for a measly $350,000 dollars. Oh, he also wanted $200 for shipping.
The entire lot included:
Refractor #’d to 500
Xfractor #’d to 250
Blue Refractor #’d to 150
Gold Refractor #’d to 50
Orange Refractor #’d to 25
Red Refractor #’d to 5
For the record, the Red Refractor is one card an Evan Longoria fan could chase down for years but the rest are not that rare and can be found on eBay many times throughout the year. As for the prices, looking at eBay’s completed auctions, you can find all those cards for:
Prices in bold completed, italics currently available
Base Card – $180
Refractor – $149
Xfractor – $599
Blue Refractor – $417
Gold Refractor – no current sales
Orange Refractor – $700+
Red Refractor – no current sales
Now, I’m no math wiz but unless the Red and Gold Refractors sell for A LOT of money, I just don’t see the entire lot being even remotely close to what the seller was asking for. Furthermore, it should be noted that the “Holy Grail” of Evan Longoria cards, the Superfractor, wasn’t on the list.
I’m willing to bet that even if the 1/1 Superfractor and all four printing plates were included (making it a real rainbow), it still wouldn’t hit a lot more than ten thousand dollars. Yes, that’s an insane price but not completely unheard of in these days of prospecting and “high-end” collectors.