Hockey Card Collecting in 2019-20 is Absurd
Hockey Card Collecting in 2019-20 is absurd, is it a hobby or an investors game? Last week I wrote an article titled are hockey cards an investment or a hobby. It is becoming very hard to find deals on single cards.
Cale Makar and the Hughes brothers are dominating sales right now as far as rookies are concerned. If you are like me I prefer collecting rookie cards of players who I feel are under-rated. It is becoming more difficult to find those deals. The Quinn Hughes pictured in this hockey card collecting article was pulled from a break I did a couple months ago. It is currently selling in the $500 range.
Hockey card collecting in 2019-20 is absurd. There seems to be a surge on investors in the hobby and prices just don’t make sense at this time. Is it because there are a lot of people at home due to CoVid19 pandemic?. Upper Deck is pumping out new product every two weeks. You can’t possibly collect everything you want unless you have a credit card with unlimited funds.
For example lets say you are a huge fan of the Colorado Avalanche. Your personal hockey card collection already contains Nathan Mackinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. Now in 2019-20 you have Cale Makar to add to your collection and next season Bowen Byram.
Cale Makar cards are selling at outrageous prices. You can pick up a Makar rookie for between $20 and $3000. Cale has 386 cards to this date. Thanks to Break Ninja for taking the time to put the list together.
386 hockey cards of Cale Makar in one year. I think UD may be over producing what do you think? Personally I can’t afford to chase the majority of his cards. Most are out of reach for the average hockey card collector. Who is driving the prices and why are they so high? Cale hasn’t won any awards, he is a finalist for rookie of the year and that’s it. He is a fine young defenseman, but we still don’t know what he will become.
You can add Quinn Hughes and Jack Hughes to the list of over priced and over hyped hockey cards of rookies. They are just out of reach for most collectors. The investors are driving the prices, and when you have investors you unfortunately have greed mixed in. You have to be lucky enough to pull one in a personal box or a hockey group break.
To give you a little perspective, Victor Hedman Young Gun rookie cards sell for $30. Cale Makar sells for $75. Quinn Hughes sells for $60 According to these numbers they are both over hyped at this point in time and best to avoid unless you can find a deal somewhere.
Last weekend I went searching for players that are not over hyped and perhaps good deals can be had. I started with the 2017-18 rookie class. Most players are out of range for the average collector. Hischier, Heiskanen, Makar and Pettersson were out of reach if you want an RPA from The Cup or Black Diamond.
Scouring the list further I found that Filip Chytil, Michael Rasmussen, Jusso Valimaki, and Kristian Vesalainen were affordable alternatives. Chytil is becoming harder to find deals on but they are out there if you are persistent. Filip will be a solid top six option for the Rangers possibly as soon as next season. I was lucky enough to find an RPA of Chytil from the UD Premier product for under $30.
Kristian Vesalainen is affordable in all products and a great investment at minimal cost. I picked up an RPA of Vesalainen for under $20. Josh Norris would be an interesting option but UD has not made hockey cards of him at this time. Those were the only bargains I found from the 2017-18 NHL Draft class.
Moving on to the 2018-19 NHL Draft class I found a couple bargains starting with Isac Lundestrom of the Anaheim Ducks. A complete player that plays a 200 foot game and possibly a future Selke winner. I am a huge Oiler fan so I initially figured I would collect Evan Bouchard but his cards are completely out of range for the higher end product. A player that was drafted just before Bouchard is Adam Boqvist and his cards are still reasonable. Noah Dobson of the Islanders is also selling for reasonable prices.
With the debut in training camp that Philip Broberg just had I can’t imagine what his cards will sell for when Upper Deck releases them in next years product. I just have to hope all the Investors don’t gouge the price on him. Wishful thinking I suppose.
Dach, Hughes, Kakko are out of reach this year. Next years Upper Deck players to chase are Dylan Cozens, Alex Turcotte, Moritz Seider, Trevor Zegras, lets hope we can afford a couple of them. Not to mention a few players from the 2019-20 NHL Draft class will be included. Players like Lafreniere, Byfield, Stutzle and Perfetti etc.
Hockey card collecting in 2019-20 is absurd and bargains are almost impossible to find on any current player of importance. The trick is to find the diamonds in the rough. There are a few out there, you just have to find them. Good luck in your hockey card collecting venture.