Grand Cards: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

Wow, has this whole "back to school" thing ever caught me off guard. It's only 9:30 and it is designated mental break time even though I've got a long way to go tonight, I'm afraid. Mental break, ho!

I won big in A Cardboard Problem's case break of 2010 Topps 206. In addition to a team set, a handful of Bronze and mini parallels and two, count 'em two autographs, I also came away with these:

2010 Topps 206 Ty Cobb Silk (#/50)

2010 Topps 206 #T2C45 Miguel Cabrera Gold Chrome (#/50)

That's four hits from that case for the Tigers. And here I am, about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Karma (cardma?) is going to come back and get me, I just know. Why? Because I kind of want to sell them.

It's odd, actually, because even with my draconian new collecting policies in which I only collect pre-designated items for specific collecting needs, things like "Silk" and "Mini" tend to pass muster. And, in fact, I find both of these cards to be pretty nice examples of both silks and minis. The problem, I think, lies with the alt ighty ollar. These card are semi-big hits that I wasn't going to chase down on my own. I could sell them and buy cards that I would have gone after, say, other Tigers autographs from T206. Or from A&G. Or any number of other mid-dollar value cards that I would prefer to have in my collection.

At the same time, would I regret selling them? I could chase down the rest of the Tigers from T206, only to find that I'd be only two cards away (A Cabrera Silk and a Cobb Gold) from a master set had I not sold. Would I regret not keeping them in that scenario? Can I summarily dismiss the silks and gold minis as unnecessary parallel subsets that I can ignore? Would I feel differently if these cards were not parallels, in the "they use the same picture as the regular card" sense of the word?

Probably, Maybe and Yes. I'm a bit OCD with card-set completeness, so completing the rest of the set and having only a silk or a gold to chase down is appealing and this gives me quite the head start. Which leads me to #2--If I sell them I can mentally separate the need to chase down silks and golds. To me they won't count. Like the stamp card that I'm not going after (unless I can find it really cheap...) Now, had Topps made these inserts and not parallels, maybe we'd be talking.

I don't know. What do you think? Are these cards worth keeping? If it was your collection, what would you do? What is your opportunity cost of keeping versus selling? Why do I keep going back and forth over this? Why do I have so much homework that needs to get done??

Any help would be appreciated.


  1. Dump the gold, keep the silk. A player's head should not take up 25% of a card side. It is freakish. The Cobb silk? It looks classy. I'm not crazy about the cutout so you can wipe your BBQ stained fingers on it, but I like the picture. Ditch the homework. At least for tonight.

  2. I'd keep them both, but what are you looking for from this year's sets? If you're getting exactly what you want, trade them. Don't get rid of them for the sake of making a move though. Those trade deadline deals don't always work out.

  3. That silk Cobb is great looking. Congrats.