5/31/20

WHY ARE CARD VALUES AND UNOPEN BOX PRICES SO HIGH AND GOING HIGHER EACH DAY?


Card singles and unopen box products prices seem to be going up daily, and it's not just Michael Jordan, Kobe, Mike Trout and Tom Brady.  Just about everything is shooting up.  The hobby is on fire.  2019 was our best year ever at Sports Cards Plus and, the first four months of 2020 has dwarfed the same time period of 2019.

It used to be that buyers looked at eBay completed sold prices ("comparables") to determine what they should pay for their next purchase.  For more than two months now, single card prices and unopen box prices have gone up so fast that what something sold for a month ago, a week ago or even yesterday, is no indication of what it will sell for today or tomorrow.

On March 24th, COVID-19 force the closing down of in-store retail operations across the United States.  Unemployment is estimated to be 20% or higher.  The stock market crashed by over 30% in just a few days.  It looked bad for retailers.


Up until then, we never put much effort into internet sales.  Our in-store sales were so good, we didn't have time or the desire to diversify our operations.  But then came the forced closedown.  In late March, Sports Cards Plus went scrambling to enhance our on-line sales. The response was an unexpected boom in sales.  Single card values doubled, tripled, and some went up 400% or more.  It resulted in an overwhelming demand for unopen products which resulted in corresponding wholesale and retail box price increases.  But why?


Historically, card values took a dip during sports off-season.  And with all sports closed down, everyone in the sports collecting business feared the worst in late March.  But just the opposite occurred.  Card values quickly took a sharp upward trend...... Why?


Here is my take:


1. Sports cards and memorabilia is purchased with discretionary money.  People who had discretionary money typically were allowed to work from home with during the "stay at home lock-down."  

Because they no longer had to commute to work, they had more free time.  They saved money on gas, car bills (car insurance companies issued rebates for less travel), they were eating at home rather than eating out, and they were spending next to nothing on retail purchases and entertainment.


And then there's the "$1200 Stimulus Check" per person.  With promising good news hitting the television and internet, most people no longer feared the worst.  The long-term future looks good.

What were they to do with this extra discretionary money and extra free time?  They went to the internet because there was no live sports to watch....or bet on.  Many sports fans, some of which were past sports collectors got re-acquainted with today's sports collecting market.  They saw all the great stuff for sale on eBay.  They bought some stuff and like most of us, they started following what they had bought and found values going up because of all the new money entering in the sports collecting market.  This encouraged these new buyers to buy more, hoping for continued success; and continued investing success resulted in more and more buying.


Those which enjoyed sports betting found betting/investing in sports cards to be nearly as exhilarating.  Since just about everything was on a steady upward trend, it was easy money to bet on sports cards.  The only questions being, how high will it go and what/when should one sell?  Since everything continues to go up, the investor continues his quest and inventory depletes. And thus, the sports collecting market remains on a steady upward trend.


2. On March 24th, the Manufacturers were also forced to shut down operations.  They were not allowed to resume operations until about April 30th.  And, they were required to resume at less than full capacity.  This meant that for about six weeks, the "stay at home collectors" had to feed their hunger for sports cards from existing inventories which quickly depleted from the high demand.  High demand and dwindling supply resulted in higher prices.

3. Kobe Bryant's death on January 26th turned Kobe Bryant fans and most NBA fans to eBay to seek and purchase a memento of this NBA great.  Within minutes after his death his cards and memorabilia were gobbled up.  More cards and memorabilia took their place but at much higher prices.  A Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Rookie card (ungraded) which previously sold for about $15 soon sold for $800.

Of course, $800 is much too high for an ungraded version of Kobe's Topps Rookie Card and values later corrected to today's value of about $150 (about 10 times the value for this card on January 25th).  These new eyes on the sports collecting market, whether they picked up a bargain or paid too much for Kobe cards, generated tremendous interest in the sports collecting world.  It open their eyes to possibilities as well as introducing them to our community.

4. New collecting money and skyrocketing prices for new cards, turned attention to the relatively low cost and possibly undervalued rookie cards and star cards of the 70's, 80's and 90's.  Soon these cards increased by 100%, 200% and more.  Unopened "junk wax" which sat on retail shelves at $10, $20, and $30 per box, doubled and tripled in price as collectors busted these boxes in hopes of finding a "Gem Mint" card.

5. Card Grading Companies, Beckett, PSA, etc. provide buyers the means to objectively determine card quality.  The better the condition of a card, the more valuable it becomes.  This gives collectors security in their purchases.  Internet buyers are now much less fearful of possible fraud.

6. Group Breaking, already popular with late night card investors, got a shot in the arm from this new collector/investor money.  Group Breakers went searching for more and more product to bust for their audience, which quickly reduced product availability and increased product pricing.

Break customers finding a high demand market for their "big hits" returned to their favorite breaker in search of the next big hit.  Increased prices for "Group Break Spots" did not deter customers because the lure of a possible high dollar hit was too much to resist.

7.  Now that new products are in full production, what will happen to the card market?  Will card values go down? Will unopen box prices go down?  .....I don't think so.  Older boxes have all but disappeared.  Try finding a case of 2013-14 National Treasures Basketball for under $30,000.  I sold a case of 2017 National Treasures NFL Football for $21,000.00 a month ago.  Now the only one I see on the market is $35,000.00.

So that only leaves new product for box buyers and group breakers.  Manufacturers are limited in the number of boxes they can produce because the number of assets (autographs and memorabilia) of the highly desirable rookies and stars is limited.  Mike Trout and Derrek Jeter just don't want to sign 30,000 cards per year.  While I believe the manufactures will increase production to try to feed the demand, demand will exceed availability.

What about card singles?  As long as card investors take a measured approach in selling their newly acquired single cards, card values should continue to go up but at a more reasonable rate.  I see new collectors/investors come into my store every day.  As long as they get a positive experience in our community, they will become buyers and collectors.  I see great days ahead.

5/3/20

SPORTS CARDS PLUS DOORS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC STARTING MONDAY MAY 4th 11am to 7pm


Starting this Monday May 4th, Sports Cards Plus will again open its doors to the public from 11am to 7pm.

Our goal to to provide a safe, family-fun collecting atmosphere.  Everyone's safety is foremost in our minds as we move forward.  The following operating procedures will help to insure everyone's safety.

1. All customers MUST WEAR A MASK to be allowed into our store.  If you don't have a mask, we invite you to place an order by phone and we will take your order out to your car.

2. We will only have 5 customers in our store at any time.  EACH DAY will take reservations for 30 minute slots.  Call before you drive to our store to insure you will not have to wait outside our door to gain entrance into the store.

--- You may stay past your 30 minute reserved slot if the next time slot has a vacancy.

--- This may not go 100% smooth.  Your patience will be appreciated.

3. All customers are asked to maintain "social distancing" guidelines.  We will set up THREE TABLES set 6' apart so that customers can safely open their purchases while in our store.  

--- For now, to minimize touching of shared supplies, we will not be offering free supplies for people busting purchases in our store.  

4. For the safely of the next customer, please minimize handling of cards & boxes in our store.  Ask Jeff & Charlie to help you find what you are looking for.

5. For now, we will not be buying cards or collections.  There will be a few exceptions.  Call before you come in.


4/24/20

"Retail-To-Go" SALE STARTS FRIDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS - STAY SAFE & SAVE MONEY

Sports Cards Plus and other retail stores across San Antonio have been approved for "Retail-To-Go" sales starting this Friday, April 24th.  And, we are going to celebrate with a HUGE SALE!

In the last 5 weeks, we've been limited to selling to our loyal customers via telephone orders and on the internet.  Thanks to you, we've been doing great and we're showing our appreciation with a SALE!

If you have been following prices on eBay and other retail internet sites, you know prices have steadily gone up during the "Lockdown."  Although our prices have also gone up, our internet sales for April have be our very best ever.  

Because our "Retail-To-Go" allows us to avoid eBay FEES & SHIPPING COSTS, we are sharing these savings with you. You will save $10 to $100 per box during this WEEKEND SALE.  Check post below for our LOWEST PRICES.  

Below are the rules for "Retail-To-Go."

1. Call 210-524-2337 with your order and pay with your credit card.  Schedule your pick up in our parking lot.

2. When you arrive call 210-524-2337 to let us know you are in our parking lot.  Pop your trunk and we will place your order in your trunk.

3. For everyone's SAFETY, no one can be allowed in the store.  Remember to ware a mask and "Social Distancing."  

4. For everyone's SAFETY, Jeff and I will hand sanitize between customers and wear a mask when we deliver your order.

Jeff & I look forward to seeing you this weekend and save you some money.

4/23/20

CALL 210-524-2337 FROM 11am TO 6pm MONDAY thru SATURDAY and SAVE BIG BUCKS



CALL 210-524-2337 TODAY from 11am to 6pm for these great deals.  FREE SHIPPING for orders over $500.  Shipping for smaller orders are $5 and up.


………………………………………..….Big Internet Dealers…Our Price
2020 PRIZM Draft Picks Hobby Football (5 Autos) $275…..$249.95
2020 Leaf Metal Draft JUMBO FB (10 Autos).…….$375…..$349.95
2020 Topps Gypsy Queen Hobby Baseball………...$150….$139.95
2020 TOPPS INCEPTION Baseball…………………$125….$119.95
2020 Topps Hobby Baseball…………………………...$ 80…..$ 74.95
2020 Topps HTA JUMBO Baseball……………………$180….$169.95
2019-20 SELECT Basketball (limit 2 at)…..………...$750…..$699.95
2019-20 SELECT HYBRID Basketball (limit 2 at).....$500.....$459.95
2019-20 DONRUSS CHOICE (rare Australia Excl)…$325….$299.95
2019-20 Donruss Optic Hobby Bskt………………….$550….$499.95
2019-20 Donruss Optic Fast Break Bskt…………….$350….$334.95
2019-20 Donruss Optic 20-Pack Retail Bskt………...$330….$299.95
2019-20 Donruss Optic Multi-Pack Basketball………$450…$429.95
2019-20 CONTENDERS NBA HOBBY Bskt……..…...$430….$399.95
2019-20 Panini Origins Hobby Basketball……………$275…$249.95
2019-20 PRIZM HOBBY JUMBO Basketball…..……..$1200...$1149
2019-20 PRIZM 24-PACK RETAIL Basketball………..$350.....$339.95
2019-20 PRIZM Choice Basketball……………………..$660…$649.95
2019-20 PRIZM Multi-Pack Basketball…………………$600…$559.95
2019-20 HOOPS HOBBY Basketball…………………...$225....$199.95
2019-20 CERTIFIED Basketball…………………………$275….$259.95
2019-20 ABSOLUTE Basketball…………………………$275…$259.95
2019-20 PRIZM DRAFT Hobby Basketball…………….$325....$319.95
2019-20 CONTENDERS DRAFT Hobby Bskt………….$225…$209.95
2019-20 DONRUSS HOBBY BASKETBALL……………$450…$399.95
2018-19 PRIZM HOBBY JUMBO BASKETBALL………$1500..$1399
2018-19 PRIZM Fast Break BASKETBALL……………..OUT…CALL
2018-19 PRIZM CHOICE BASKETBALL……………..…$650….$649.95
2018-19 DONRUSS OPTIC HOBBY BASKETBALL…..$700.…$649.95
2018-19 DONRUSS OPTIC CHOICE BSKT…………….$600….$559.95
2018-19 DONRUSS OPTIC FAST BREAK BSKT………$500….$454.95
2018-19 CONTENDERS HOBBY BASKETBALL………$530…..$499.95
2018-19 IMPECCABLE BASKETBALL…………………$1250…$1149.95
2018-19 SELECT HOBBY BASKETBALL………………$700.…$659.95
2018-19 CORNERSTONES BASKETBALL……………..$250….$224.95
2018-19 COURT KINGS HOBBY BASKETBALL………$200….$179.95
2018-19 SPECTRA BASKETBALL……………………….$450….$429.95
2018-19 CHRONICLES HOBBY BASKETBALL………..$400.....$359.95
2018-19 CONTENDERS OPTIC HOBBY BSKT…………$375….$359.95
2018-19 ENCASED BASKETBALL……………………….$350….$329.95
2018-19 NOIR BASKETBALL…………………………......$1100.…$999.95
2018-19 OPULENCE BASKETBALL………………….….$1200…$1150
2018-19 IMMACULATE BASKETBALL……………….….$1500…$1395
2018-19 NATIONAL TREASURES NBA BASKETBALL…..,,.…..$4100
2018-19 FLAWLESS NBA BASKETBALL……………………,,,.…$4495
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2019 PANINI ONE Football……………………………..$210…..$199.95
2019 Panini SELECT Hobby Football ………..…….…$375…..$369.95
2019 Plates & Patches Hobby Football…………….…$200…..$184.95
2019 Panini LIMITED Football………………………….$200…..$179.95
2019 CONTENDERS NFL HOBBY Football…………..$300…..$279.95
2019 CONTENDERS NFL FOTL Football………….….$350…..$329.95
2019 Donruss Optic HOBBY Football……………….....$275…..$249.95
2019 Donruss Optic FB Collectors Box……………......$ 95…...$ 84.95
2019 PRIZM HOBBY FOOTBALL…………………….…$410…..$389.95
2019 OBSIDIAN FOOTBALL………………………….…$225…...$199.95
2019 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL………………………..…$225…...$189.95
2019 DONRUSS HOBBY FOOTBALL……………….....$175…...$159.95
2019 ELEMENTS FOOTBALL…………………………...$200…...$169.95
2019 CERTIFIED FOOTBALL…………………………...$170……$149.95
2019 LUMINANCE FOOTBALL………………………….$170..….$149.95
2019 SCORE FOOTBALL………………………………...$150..….$129.95
2019 UNPARALLELED FOOTBALL………………….…$200..….$179.95
2019 XR FOOTBALL………………………………………$200……$179.95
2019 PHOENIX FOOTBALL………………………………$225…...$199.95
2019 ORIGINS FOOTBALL……………………………….$225……$199.95
2019 ILLUSIONS FOOTBALL…………………………….$250……$229.95
2019 ELITE HOBBY FOOTBALL………………………...$175..…..$169.95
2019 GOLD STANDARD FOOTBALL…………………...$275..…..$239.95
2019 ABSOLUTE HOBBY FOOTBALL………………….$250…...$219.95
2019 SPECTRA FOOTBALL………………………………$600..….$539.95
2019 IMMACULATE NFL FOOTBALL………………..….$650.…..$599.95
2019 IMMACULATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL’’……….....$325…...$299.95
2019 NATIONAL TREASURES NFL FOOTBALL……...$1255….$1199.95
2019 IMPECCABLE FOOTBALL…………………………$800..….$749.95
2019 FLAWLESS NFL FOOTBALL………………………$2700….$2650
2020 Topps Heritage Hobby Baseball…………………..$ 85…...$ 84.95
2020 Topps Series 1 Hobby Baseball…………………...$ 80…...$ 74.95
2020 Topps Series 1 HTA JUMBO Baseball……………$180…..$169.95
2019 Bowman’s Best Hobby Baseball…………………..$210…..$189.95
2019 Topps Triple Threads Baseball…………………….$300…..$274.95
2019 Bowman Chrome Hobby Baseball………………...$200…..$179.95
2019 Bowman Chrome HTA Choice Baseball………….$250…..$229.95
2019 Panini Leather & Lumber Baseball………………..$180…..$164.95
2019 Panini Immaculate Baseball………………………...OUT…..$259.95
2019 NATIONAL TREASURES BASEBALL……………..$590…..$519.95
2019 FLAWLESS BASEBALL……………………………..$1700….$1599

3/20/20

Call 210-524-2337 MONDAY thru SATURDAY FROM 12pm TO 6pm TO PLACE YOUR ORDER. FREE SHIPPING for orders over $500

Thanks to all our customers for your continued support.  Because of you, we have been able to buy large and offer you the best prices possible.  Once this is all over, we can get back to offering you a fun, family-friendly collecting experience.

Sports Cards Plus is closed to in-store sale but offer the following services


1. Call 210-524-2337 Monday thru Saturday from 12pm to 6pm to phone in your order.   Pay by phone and order will be shipped within 24 hours. 


2. Go to www.SportsCardsPlusSanAntonio.com to place your order via our website.  FREE SHIPPING on orders of over $500. 


Check our Daily Facebook posts for our "Lowest Price in The Galaxy."

We will not admit customers inside the store. This is for everyone's safety. 

At this time, we will NOT be purchasing cards. DO NOT BRING IN CARDS FOR SALE.

3/10/20

2019 CONTENDERS OPTIC FOOTBALL ($120/box) PUTS THE SHINE IN NUMBERED PARALLEL AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE CARDS MARCH 11th AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS


2019 Panini Contenders Optic Football puts a premium shiny coat on the main Contenders set. Autographs of top Rookies, NFL Stars and Legends remain the big draw, but with an expanded rainbow of colors. Hobby boxes keep things simple with just six cards. Two are autographs (one is on-card), which are joined by an insert, parallel and a pair of base cards.

Like the regular Contenders line, veteran Season Tickets make up the shell of the base set. In addition to the regular versions, there are Red (/199), Blue (/99), Orange (/50), Gold (/10) and Gold Vinyl (1/1) parallels.

Rookie Ticket RPS Autographs have hard signatures from many of the key names in the 2019 draft class. Parallels are available in Red (/199), Teal (/149), Blue (/75), Orange (/50), Green Pulsar (/27) and Gold Vinyl (1/1).


Regular Rookie Ticket Autographs take the checklist deeper. These don’t have on-card signatures, though. The parallel mix is a little more brief as well: Blue (/75), Orange (/50), Gold (/10) and Gold Vinyl (1/1).

Rookie Ticket Autographs (/125 or less) aren’t the only signatures in 2019 Panini Contenders Optic Football. Rookie of the Year Contenders is another place to find on-card ink. Parallels include Orange (/50), Green Pulsar (/27), Gold (/10) and Gold Vinyl (1/1).


Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey are among the players on the Player of the Year Contenders Autographs (/99 or less) checklist.


Legendary Contenders Autographs (/99 or less) delve into the game’s past.


Contenders Tribute delve into the brand’s history, offering up new opti-chrome versions of some cornerstone autographs. A variety of years and designs are used here including 1999, 2002 and 2007.


Other inserts includ MVP Contenders (/165), All-Time Contenders, Winning Tickets and colorful, die-cut Supernova cards.


    What to expect in a hobby box:
  • Autographs – 2
  • Inserts – 1
  • Parallels – 1
  • Base Cards – 2

2019-20 IMPECCABLE BASKETBALL ($1099/box) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH WITH 5 AUTOS/BOX.

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2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball Elegance Rookie Jersey Autographs Holo Silver2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball returns with five autographs per box, plus one Silver NBA Logo, Gold NBA Logo, Silver Draft Logo, Silver HOF Logo or Stainless Stars card per box, on average! Since its introduction to the NBA Basketball collecting world, these high-end singles have become one the most sought-after among collectors.  While its Rookie Cards have not approached those of National Treasures or hobby boxes include five total autographs as well as either a metal card or one containing pieces of silver or gold.


2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball Overview


If autographs are a focal point for Impeccable then the Elegance Rookie Jersey Autographs are a cornerstone. All come with on-card signatures. The football version of these cards have both a patch and a helmet piece. That’s not possible in basketball so the swatch is limited to a prime jersey piece or patch. These also have multiple levels of parallels with more premium pieces and smaller quantities.


Impeccable Victory is an autograph insert that highlights big wins from specific games.


Once again, Impeccable has multiple autograph inserts that play a numbers game, highlighting a variety of things like stats, jersey numbers, milestones and accomplishments. Print runs run alongside the numbers they’re honoring.


A new addition in 2019-20 Impeccable Basketball are Canvas Creations Autographs. While much of the product emphasizes white space, color dominate these. Extravagance Autographs also make their debut.


2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball Stainless StarsAs for the metal and precious metal cards that combine to land one per box, these come in a variety of forms. Stainless Stars are on metal card stock.


Silver and gold cards come with custom medallions made of the precious metals. Silver themes include Draft Logo, Hall of Fame Logo and NBA Logo. Scarce gold cards are available in the form of NBA Logo.

2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball cards:

  • Autographs – 5
  • Silver, Gold or Stainless Stars Inserts – 1