Boy the difference a few weeks can make in the sports card world.
2 weeks ago I was buying boxes of 2018 Topps Update for $80 at my local flea market and the guy was hugging me. Today, I can’t even get a hug from my local dealer for $80. No seriously. I tried. He said If I gave him another $50 he’d give me a hug and a box of Update. **Shrugs**
Anyways, with the prices of these Acuna Rookies skyrocketing over the past week or so, I wanted to take a moment to put this blog out to keep you from making a bad decision.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ACUNA ROOKIE CRAZE:
The chance of you pulling a BAT DOWN SP RC out of a box of 2018 Topps Update box is 0%.
If you buy a case, your chances slightly increase to 0% lol
Yes you read that correct. 0%. No, it’s not because you’re luck is as bad as mine…. it’s because the BAT DOWN is NOT in UPDATE!
STOP WASTING YOUR MONEY CHASING A CARD IN THE WRONG PRODUCT!
The Acuna Bat Down SSP RC is ONLY in 2018 Topps Series 2.
They are severely short printed, and can only be found on average of 1 per case. This card shares base numbering with the much more common Ryan Sherriff card.
Now let’s do some simple math before you go diving head first into a case of Topps Series 2.
Case cost: The last series 2 case closed At $900 on Ebay.
Price of a PSA 10 BAT DOWN ACUNA SSP RC: $6-700
You do the math here. Is it worth it? HELLL NAW!
The real power move would be ponying up for 2-3 of these bad boys/girls and putting them away for a little bit to see how the market unfolds. If you’re wrong, you won’t get burned too bad…. if you’re right, $6-700 may look like a steal a few years from now.
NOW, am I running out and buying a 2018 Topps Bat Down Acuna? Probably not. I don’t see how this card could get much higher than it is right now. The hype is unreal. Everyone is speculating like never before. Prices are NOW at where they SHOULD be down the road in my opinion.
Could I be wrong? Of course. Am I wrong? Probably not. (just kidding… or am I?)
2018 TOPPS UPDATE ACUNA ROOKIES:
So I still believe that there is value in buying some boxes of 2018 Topps Update.
A PSA 10 Update Acuna RC just closed at $135 on the bay. A box is currently selling for $160-180.
Buying a box of 2018 Update gives you a shot at Acuna’s base rookie, some SP variations, as well as autographs and color.
A much safer bet in my opinion, with a lot more growth potential would be 2018 Update Acuna over 2018 Topps Series 2 Bat Down SSP Acuna.
FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM:
Let the other guys buy into the hype on the bat down Acuna, while you sit back and strategically pick off the overlooked ones.
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