Okay, as promised a little bitching must take place.
The set in question: 2005 Bowman. Base flagship set.
Fifteen years have passed. Highest valued card in the set is probably the Verlander RC #174 (which I need two of). This card can be had for $14.00. I have no quams with that (not that I'll pay that). The Kemp Rc is second behind Verlander (can be had for a buck), but I have him. ****UPDATE: I JUST BOUGHT A NM VERLANDER FOR $4.70 ON EBAY). My issue at hand is the nobody 1st year cards of players that more than likely never got their cup of coffee and if they did were not allowed to use the clubhouse pisser.
Why in the hell 15 years later can you not find these cards rotting away in a dime box somewhere waiting for a set builder to come and rescue them. No instead, they are holding out for anywhere between .60 and $2.00 for guys long since done and never heard of for the most part. Those are the ComC prices, not the value set by Beckett. Hell even the Jeter can be had for less than a buck. What is Beckett thinking? They are not short printed. There are plenty of these cards out there. Just look at the quantities available on ComC or over at Cardbarrel. They aren't selling at those prices.
I need 18 of these cards to finish the set. Plus the Verlander.
105, 153, 166, 201, 235, 239, 246, 254, 274, 278, 286, 291, 300, 310, 312, 313, 319, 324.
Things like this just irks me to no end. Makes me want to rip apart all of (100%) of my set builds, those I've finished and those that undoubtedly will take the rest of my life to complete. This would pull thousands and thousands of dollars from the hobby the industry as a whole. And I am just one collector. What is Beckett thinking?.......At best list those cards at a dime. Then all will be well. Literally, if there was ever a time to get the card manufacturers , MLB, and Beckett in line it is now.
With all that the MLB is experiencing it wouldn't take too much of an effort for the collector's and fans to raise enough hell to make the above mentioned companies take notice (not that they would or will do anything). What can I say, I had to vent. My .02 cents which is all I feel any of those cards are worth. BTW, if you have any of them, let's trade. I promise to return an equal nobody from over a decade ago.