Congratulations, you’ve decided to join a group break. Because your wife somehow got ahold of your last credit card statement and despite that Bryce Harper being numbered “want of one,” the kids are sick of eating ramen noodles. But that’s okay, because you were somehow able to scrounge up enough money for one spot in a group break. Now the only question is, what team do you pick in order to get the most bang for your buck? Obviously you can pick your home town team, but what if your favorite team is the Astros? (Sorry Astros fans, but you know it’s true) Well lucky for you, I’ve gone ahead and put together this list of the best options available when picking teams for a group break. The results are based on recent eBay sales as well as checklists from recent hot products.
#5) Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles have proven to be a hot commodity lately, thanks in large part to young rookie prospects. This past week a Manny Machado/Dylan Bundy Heritage Gold refractor sold for just over $600. The O’s were also lucky enough to sign this Cal Ripken Jr. kid a few years ago and he’s really beginning to pay off for them now and his autos are going strong. Although Baltimore may not be as prominent on set checklists as other teams on the list, the combination of young prospects and legendary fan favorites have made a worthy investment.
#4) New York Yankees
Despite signing Rip van Winkle to a five year, two hundred million dollar contract this past offseason, Yank cards are still selling strong and featured heavily in many set checklists. There are 58 different Yankees’ cards featured in the 2013 Topps Tribute set, which includes 30 different relic/patch cards. Leading the Evil Empire in card sales is Derek Jeter, as some of his recent Tribute patches have been sold within the $200-300 range. They’ve been going strong for the last twenty years and there’s still no reason to ignore them now. Well, besides that it’s the Yankees, but you get my point.
#3) Los Angeles Angels
With so many ball players seemingly taking their talents to Los Angeles lately, the Angels are coming through strong in recent card sales. However, it’s a combination of the team’s home grown talent and free agent acquisitions that put the Angels on the list. Yes, I’m talking about Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Trout’s and Pujols’ short printed refractors and relics have seen return on investment. The team is fairly decently spread across sets but has a good presence in Topps Gypsy Queen, which features eleven different Angels’ autograph cards. It will be interesting to see how Angels’ cards fare with the slow start to the season this year
#2) San Francisco Giants
By combining two of the last three World Series titles and some of the most storied players to ever play the game, the Giants have refused to card collectors forget about this franchise. Hits for the Giants have been spread more evenly across several sets than any other team on the list. Despite what they’ve accomplished in recent years, today’s players continued to be overshadowed by past Giants, notably Willie Mays whose Topps Heritage real one autograph special edition has recently topped the $600 mark.
#1) Washington Nationals
C’mon, what did you expect? Of course the Nats are the hottest team to pick right now. Bryce Harper continues to lead the way in terms of volume for Nationals cards but currently it’s not just his autos and patches that are hot. While Tribute autos and parallels will surely go big money as they come out, The Washington Senators variation cards featured in this year’s Topps Heritage set are proving to be quite popular as well. Harper’s Senator’s error variation has been sold for around $600-$700 and Ryan Zimmerman’s Senators Variation have even gone for upwards of $500. Not bad, considering the Nationals and Senators were never even the same team.
Article by Michael Roche
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