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Old 05-19-2017, 02:13 PM
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Back when I started collecting, seriously signed rookie cards were not priced very different from 2nd or 3rd year cards. Now they are out of sight as we all know. Take Stargell who on a regular card may be $30 and a RC is $1000+. Any idea why this started? In many ways the last card the player has would be much harder to get signed.
From 2002-2010 I did spring training and got lots of stars though not on rookie cards as I just did cards I liked the look of and oddball ones (Konami etc). Thing is on the new and upcoming stars Trout, Harper, etc rookie card signatures should be the most common as they were much more gracious signers before they became big stars. Once they've been in the big leagues a few years they are much harder autographs to get.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:36 PM
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I think it's just the nature of the rookie card in general. Unless we're talking about the 52 Mantle or some short print / variation, typically the rookie card is the most valuable card for any player without a signature.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:28 PM
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The run up on signed rookies started about a year ago. I picked up a mays right before they started with the insane prices and very happy I did. Like everything else I suspect there will be a pullback at some point.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:15 PM
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Back when I started collecting, seriously signed rookie cards were not priced very different from 2nd or 3rd year cards. Now they are out of sight as we all know. Take Stargell who on a regular card may be $30 and a RC is $1000+. Any idea why this started? In many ways the last card the player has would be much harder to get signed.
From 2002-2010 I did spring training and got lots of stars though not on rookie cards as I just did cards I liked the look of and oddball ones (Konami etc). Thing is on the new and upcoming stars Trout, Harper, etc rookie card signatures should be the most common as they were much more gracious signers before they became big stars. Once they've been in the big leagues a few years they are much harder autographs to get.
$1,000 for a signed Stargell rookie? Maybe two years ago. I have one and would still pay $1,000 a pop for one today...short of the card being in such bad shape it looks like Kleenex.

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Old 05-19-2017, 05:29 PM
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I was going to start a run on signed Brooks Robinson cards and have tried to pick up a signed rookie. The problem, at least for me I guess, is that I want a relatively vintage signature, in pen, on the card. There are numerous rookie cards signed in sharpie, at a decent price as well, but just can't do it.

I'm unsure why the escalating prices, but I do know they are rising at a fast pace.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:02 PM
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I was going to start a run on signed Brooks Robinson cards and have tried to pick up a signed rookie. The problem, at least for me I guess, is that I want a relatively vintage signature, in pen, on the card. There are numerous rookie cards signed in sharpie, at a decent price as well, but just can't do it.

I'm unsure why the escalating prices, but I do know they are rising at a fast pace.
I agree with the vintage pen aspect. I paid at least a 50% premium for my Stargell signed rookie as it was signed in 1963 or 1964.

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Old 05-20-2017, 01:13 PM
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I agree with the vintage pen aspect. I paid at least a 50% premium for my Stargell signed rookie as it was signed in 1963 or 1964.

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How bout a picture? Would love to see it.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:40 PM
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First off the Stargell is a exception because he passed away young. Modern cards a different animal all together, it's apples and oranges. I know I was always told not to get a nice card autograph. That if I wanted to have one signed I should use a beater. This is were I noticed the difference. You see a lot of vintagevsigned cards in excellent condition that are now bringing a premium.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:41 PM
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I had a Stargell and. Rose both with rookie era signatures. I sold the Rose.






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Old 05-20-2017, 05:16 PM
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I'm a bit biased lol but here's a pretty good article on The Controversial Collectability of Signed Rookie Cards

https://www.psacard.com/articles/art...d-rookie-cards
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