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(Yahoo)   Michael Eisner and friends to buy Topps for $385 million, Honus Wagner rookie card   ( divider line
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2007-03-06 10:10:31 AM  
The #1 sign that the economy is headed for recession is when rich folks start investing in collectibles.

/you could even argue cause and effect
2007-03-06 10:47:35 AM  
Doh... I have been hording Topps for my son filling in 1981 - 2006 over the past few years. I feel sick :(
2007-03-06 10:59:41 AM  
hoarding even
2007-03-06 11:01:07 AM  
Ironically, this is about $385,399,999.90 more than I got for my entire baseball card collection.
2007-03-06 12:48:46 PM  

Ironically, this is about $385,399,999.90 more than I got for my entire baseball card collection.

You paid someone $399,999.90 to take your baseball card collection? Got anymore you'd like to "sell"?

//Yeah, don't worry, I know...I rtfa...
2007-03-06 12:50:07 PM  

So you paid someone $399,999.90 to take your collection. Must have really been crappy.
2007-03-06 12:50:54 PM  
well sheeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

*shakes fist*
2007-03-06 12:51:53 PM  
Henry Huggins would be proud.
2007-03-06 12:52:27 PM  
busy chillin'

Reading the article helps.

385.4> million
2007-03-06 12:52:30 PM  
No Topps

You cannot have 1989 Billy Ripken Fleer "fark face" card.

2007-03-06 12:53:26 PM  
Eisner finished screwing up Disney, now he sets sights on Bazooka Joe.

/ why does he hate our childhood?
2007-03-06 12:53:46 PM  
Bah, typo.
2007-03-06 12:55:48 PM  
Baseball cards and just about every type of card is dead. The new generations don't want a mountain of crap in their house. My dad was a big collector of match covers and one day 1.5 millions match covers will become mine and then quickly be sent to ebay. If they don't sell then I am having a really, really big bonfire in my backyard.

/The lesson is that don't save up crap, only keep what you need.
2007-03-06 12:57:44 PM  

This is Fark. You are not supposed to read the article. Just come into threads and shoot off your opinions and ideas as gospel. And make fun of people with bad math skills and farkers that can't spell. Geeze.

; )
2007-03-06 12:57:53 PM  
I think they make that gum out of recovered building materals and Pepto-Bismol
2007-03-06 12:58:10 PM  
I haven't collected baseball cards since the '94 players strike. I have a very spiffy collection of like '87-'94 cards though.
2007-03-06 12:58:16 PM  
Why must Disney infiltrate everything in my life?
2007-03-06 12:58:55 PM  
I believe that he plans to release a series of cheaply made cards based off of high-value originals.
2007-03-06 01:01:06 PM  
Well, there go Garbage Pail Kids.
2007-03-06 01:01:43 PM  
The tops of what?
2007-03-06 01:01:59 PM  
I bet they drop the cards all together and just start selling gum.
2007-03-06 01:07:40 PM  
Man I wish I was rich and non-gentile.
2007-03-06 01:10:25 PM  
/The lesson is that don't save up crap, only keep what you need.

Except records, of course.

/Has a large box of late 70's to early 90's sports cards that will probably be worthless in the future.
//Rookie Dan Marino from a pack I bought with my own money in 5th grade has a gum stain. :-(
2007-03-06 01:17:38 PM  

2007-03-06 01:26:07 PM  
I've already been defended but I'd like to mention again that if you RTFA you'd see that it was $385.4 million.

busy chillin'

And make fun of people with bad math skills

The irony is that it is you who has the bad math skills:)
2007-03-06 01:30:40 PM
2007-03-06 01:33:36 PM  

The irony is that it is you who has the bad math skills:)

Wonderful, we had to heard from you.

/you mispelled skillz you clewless moran
///I know, hear not heard (for you folks in Peyton column a week ago)
2007-03-06 01:34:52 PM  
For all of the folks spinning their heads over the omitted ".4", you should know that I submitted the headline with "$385.4 million". I don't know why it was removed, nor do I care.
2007-03-06 01:51:55 PM  
Suckers - they just bought one of the worst companies EVAR.

I thought it would be cool to buy Topps stock when I was a 10 year old, but I'm happier I bought the cards instead. The stock price is the same as it was 25 years ago - no splits, just 0% appreciation.
2007-03-06 01:56:19 PM  
dam it! i was coming in to post that jeter card!
2007-03-06 02:04:11 PM  
People still buy baseball cards?
My thought exactly. You can buy them at a "hobby shop" but there are not many of those.
A problem with today's cards is there are too many subsets and specialty cards.
2007-03-06 02:15:09 PM  
Anyone know where to find prices for cards? I got a ton of NFL proset that I think I might want to get rid of.
2007-03-06 02:25:39 PM  
B...b...but the headline.

/yeah yeah, should have RTFA
2007-03-06 02:31:16 PM  
I'm a card collector, so I'm really getting a kick out...

Anyway, for those of you who are curious... Everything that you bought during the "big baseball card boom" of the late 80s, early 90s.... is absolute junk.

All of that stuff was produced by the brazilions of billions.

Do this. Go through, pull out all of the hall of fame caliber players (in case one of them dies in a horrific plane crash, or tries to kill the president... that would get it enough notoriety to sell on eBay...) and keep that little stack of 100 cards.

The rest?

Dip 'em in wax, to use as a starter log in your fireplace.

If you have something pre-1980, it might... MIGHT be worth something.

But don't take it to a "dealer", they'll probably rip you off. Try to find a friend of a friend to look at it. Or email me.

/Nice parade. Looks like rain, though.
2007-03-06 03:25:09 PM  
Well, there goes another childhood collectible. Why do these idiots keep ruining things for our kids?

2007-03-06 03:30:55 PM  
Oh no! My Heroclix!!

/Gotta get up pretty early in the morning to out-nerd me!
2007-03-06 04:29:30 PM  
Michael Eisner is an evil, evil man. Him being rich and successful proves there is no god.
2007-03-06 05:51:19 PM  

Still...a better investment than the vast majority of baseball cards.
2007-03-06 07:55:31 PM  
i, like most kids of the 80s, became a huge baseball card nerd in 1987 or so. it was a cheap hobby around then, never more than 50 cents a pack. and it was easy to become something of an expert for any given year. there were only about 3 big card producers.

but by the time 1990 rolled around, cards starting getting ridiculously expensive. the most collectible card sets shot up to $1.99 really quick, and by the time the strike hit, there were at least a 15 card sets from about 6 producuers each year. with all the all-star cards and other bonus cards, if a kid wanted every Cal Ripken Jr. card from a given year, he'd have well over 50 cards. it was insane.

so why did i drop card collecting? i didn't really outgrow it. the product just outgrew me.

last year was actually the first time in over 10 years where i noticed Topps cards at a lot of drug stores. right by the register. was it a good year for them? or was it just me?

either way, i bought a pack and was kind of amazed with the mini economy that they have for each set now. whole tiers of rarity, they even print odds of getting inserts on the back. and each card has a gold (1000 made) and a platinum (only one made) equivalent, randomly distributed. they're instantly valuable, which is interesting. but it gets to a point, why even bother with the baseball aspect anymore?

/wall of text'd
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