Card of the Day #47

Chase Utley 2002 Bowman Autograph

The Card Chase

I am a huge Phillies fan.  I have been watching them for many years.  While I was attending the last Reading, PA card show I came across a dealer that had a bunch of Phillies cards.  Browsing the table I saw a Chase Utley 2001 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects Futures Game – Game-Worn Jersey Rookie card.  I looked at the price tag and it said $60.00.  I didn’t think that was too bad so I asked the dealer, “what would you want for it?”.  He said, “I can do $40.00.”  I thought that was a great deal and I took it.  I had been wating this card for awhile but never encountered any, not even online.  This card is one of my favorite Phillies cards.  Chase Utley is having one of his best years ever.  His cards are going through the roof, and it can be tempting to sell.  Right now, these cards are selling for $80.00 – $100.00.  I could make a nice little return for a $40.00 investment, but I will not be selling.  This card will reman in my personal collection for a long time.  Is it possible for a prospector to also have a personal collection?  Or does everything have a price?  Personally, I have never been that big into prospecting.  I’m just glad that I was able to get a great deal on a card that I really wanted.

Hot Players = Misleading Sellers

One of the hottest players in baseball this year is Chase Utley of the Phillies.  Utley is currently batting .325 and leads all of Major League Baseball with 21 HR’s.  The next person behind Utley with HR’s is Dan Uggla of the Marlins with 18.  When a player becomes as popular as Chase Utley, there will be a lot of sellers that will try and mislead customers.  Recently, I checked out completed auctions for Utley cards and found someone that had sold a 2005 Upper Deck SPx base card for $20.00.  After further inspection of the auction I found that the seller marketed the card as a rookie.  Utley wasn’t a rookie in 2005.  His rookie cards come from 2001.  Because this player has become so popular, people will bid on cards without doing any research.  Right now isn’t even the time to be buying Chase Utley cards because the prices are so high.  Before buying a rookie card of a player who is on a big hot streak, please do your research before buying.  Some sellers will use any excuse to make a card a rookie when it really isn’t.