While we generally cover baseball cards here, I think it's safe to assume that many of us here are also football fans, and possibly football card collectors. With football season in full swing, that will begin to get more ink here as baseball winds down. Throughout the baseball season, we've proven time and again that monumental events, i.e. no hitters, perfect games, home runs in a first big league at-bat, cause the impulse buyers on eBay and elsewhere to show up and overspend in droves! With baseball still driving the card hobby, does that same "rule" apply to football cards when a much-hyped rookie on and up and coming (albeit not quite there yet) team busts out and proves he might be well worthy of the hype? Let's examine the case of Jahvid Best, the Detroit Lions running back who had his football equivalent of a debutante ball with 232 combined rushing and receiving yards and 3 TDs in Sunday's game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. What difference did 24 hours make in his card values both prior to and just after his breakout game.
Let's take a look at "before" and "after" eBay prices on 2 of Jahvid Best's 2010 auto rookie releases:
2010 Donruss Elite "Turn of the Century" Auto SER# /249
BEFORE - $35.99 on Sept. 15th
AFTER - $75.99 just a few hours after he ran circles around the Eagles on Sunday!!
One game was responsible for a 111% increase in the card's value!!
2010 Rookies &Stars Auto Patch SER# /299
BEFORE - $62.99 just before kickoff Sunday
AFTER - $124.50 shortly after the game
A immediate 98% spike here!!
For cooler heads and patient people, the novelty seems to have subsided during the week.......with the Elite AND the R&S card settling in at more affordable levels, which is where they should stay.........until the clock hits 00:00 on the next 200+ yard, 3 TD performance :-)