That’s right folks, you read that correct – Tiger Woods is back – finishing the first round of the Hero World Challenge with a five-birdie 69 in his much-anticipated return to competitive professional golf.
His great start to the weekend will undoubtedly have a major impact on his sports cards. His iconic 2001 Upper Deck SP Authentic Rookies have held steady in price during the last few years as Tiger has fallen out of the ranks on tour.
If Thursday’s opening round plays any indication on how well Tiger has been feeling since his spinal fusion surgery in April, I think we are all in for some very favorable results and quite a few of his signature first-pumps.
The time to stock up on his rookie cards and licensed autographs is right now, as I can only imagine how crazy prices are going to get if Tiger is able to claw his way back to the top or even win a major during 2018 and beyond.
Back in 2009 and 2010 during the height of Tigers career, his rookie card prices were off the charts, some selling for over $10,000. The prices have certainly calmed down since then, but we certainly are on the brink of seeing a resurgence in Tiger, which very well could mean a resurgence in his prices.
Earlier last year, eBay changed the way it display completed auctions – an invaluable tool for many sports card collectors. With this change, eBay made it more difficult to see both the most recent completed sales and best offer prices accepted.
Our wonderful friends at sortsof.com have devised a very slick and simple website to now search and compare numerous eBay auctions at once.
The site allows you to search for any items for sale on eBay’s regular site. Unlike eBay, sortsof.com then allows for you to do another search and compare the results side-by-side. Within the search results you are able to filter by completed auctions and see final prices on best offers and auctions.
This tool has changed the way I search for items on eBay. I can now easily search and compare a number of sports card at once, versus having multiple browser tabs open on my machine. Best off all, the data is all real-time, so you can see completed sales as they happen and you don’t have to wait the 24-hours eBay places on their site for the sales data to appear.
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Yesterday, Panini announced an interesting tidbit regarding their upcoming 2012 Panini Prizm Football release. In addition to the base 100 rookies in the set, there are 25 players who appear on hobby-exclusive, photo-variation RCs that fall one per box on average.
Take a peek at some of the variations:
This years release of Contenders Football marks the 20th anniversary of the set. Over the last 20 years, this set has included some of the most iconic rookie cards in the hobby, with each year passing the cards becoming more desirable and collectible.
With the rookie crop that we have had in 2012 mixed with the milestone set for Contenders, we think that this is going to be a very hot product.
The set is going to consist of 100 base cards, and 100 Rookie Ticket Autographs. 35 of those Rookie Ticket Autographs will be players who attended this years Rookie Photo Shoot. Each box will contain at least 5 autographs, with two of them being on-card RPS Rookie Ticket Autographs. I am guessing that players to be included in the on-card RPS Rookie Tickets will be:
Without a doubt, I am sure that Panini will include some type of gimmick in the set for either short print rookie tickets or alternative photo rookie ticket autographs, much like they have done in the past.
Contenders is set to release on January 23, 2013.