2014 In The Game Past Present Future Sale Sheet Baseball

2014 In The Game Past, Present, Future Baseball Sales Results – Swing & A Major Miss

1969 Topps Craig Nettles RC
1969 Topps Craig Nettles RC

This was a product with great potential that I feel took a cheap way out to fulfilling it’s orders. The Sale Sheet showed the promise of “vintage” Buy-Back Rookie cards and HOF Buy-Back Autographs, but the end results were a bit deceiving. The oldest Buy Back card we hit in our break for instance was a 1969 Craig Nettles RC PSA 9 (MC) or Miss Cut which only brought back $20.

Box Avg Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $145 $11 -$134 2011 Plates & Patches $83 ; Y.A. Tittle Auto $15
2 $145 $37 -$108 2011 Topps Chrome $129 ; John Mackey Auto $10
3 $145 $70 -$75 2007 UD Premier $100
4 $145 $64 -$81 2008 SP Rookie Threads $129
5 $145 $25 -$120 2012 Panini Black $147 ; Jimmy Johnson Auto $34
6 $145 $79 -$66 2013 Playbook $99 ; Maxie Baughan Auto $21
7 $145 $145 $0 2012 Topps Supreme $113 ; Herb Adderley Auto $22
8 $145 $44 -$101 2011 Playoff Contenders $114 ; Joe Namath Auto $51
9 $145 $44 -$101
10 $145 $19 -$126
Totals $1,450 $538 -$912

Other “notable” Buy Back Rookies we hit in our 10 box case were a 1974 Topps Dave Winfield RC PSA 4 ($10)and a 1985 Donruss Kirby Puckett ($10). After that the Buy Back signed “vintage” cards were a 1994 Ted Williams Card Co. Bobby Doer Auto ($5), 1984 Fleer Bert Blyleven Auto ($10) and a 1975 Topps Goose Gossage Auto ($10).

2014 ITG Past Present Future 1/1 Cut Auto
2014 ITG Past Present Future 1/1 Cut Auto

From the Buy Back perspective these are all cards that could be had in the bargain bin section of any local card show or auction on eBay. ¬†One advantage of repackaged products “should” be the packager/manufacture can leverage volume in their purchasing power to procure a number of quality cards for a better price than an individual collector buying a single. I did not feel or see that with this product and simply having PSA create a custom slab label does not make the card under the plastic any more desirable.

2014 ITG Past Present Future Robin Yount Patch /5
2014 ITG Past Present Future Robin Yount Patch /5

Even our 1/1 Cut Auto which I assume was the case hit of Johnny Sain sold for a meager $18. The cards that seemed to be the most popular from the “Special” hits in the box were the patches which we hit Robin Yount and Duke Snider….they were very large swatches and fetched decent prices. I think two areas of potential improvement would be to remove the Die Cut PPF letters to reveal more of the Game Used Patch since they appear to be one large cut. Also just adding a head shot photo even without logo would increase the value for collectors.

As you can see the numbers were pretty brutal with over 16 Autographed cards remaining unsold that were listed for 7 days at $3 each. When collectors are paying $145 a box at sites like Blow Out Cards you expect more value, but as you can see 6 of our boxes from a sealed case lost over $100 each! That is practically no return. The “Best” box we hit broke us even, but the drop-off was major from that anomaly.

With an overall negative Return On Investment (ROI) of -62.9% we are advising you avoid opening this product at all costs.

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