This is a pretty unique type of week. Not only have we started to see Contenders retail start to show up on shelves, but the Andrew Luck Contenders Championship Ticket 1/1 has crossed into ridiculous bidding territory. The championship ticket 1/1 auto is definitely one of the most valuable PANINI cards of the year, and the seller has posted it up for auction. That is the problem.
The card’s sale is likely to fall incomplete, as a sad reality of eBay is going to take hold as soon as the auction ends. People can place bids on anything they want, at any price, and no one will hold them accountable. It takes A LOT for eBay to drop the ban hammer on a buyer, and without negative feedback, there is no way to truly penalize a buyer from placing a $50,000 bid. For this reason, the bidding on the Luck Championship ticket has gotten out of control. That hasnt stopped Panini from going nuts though.
Almost on cue, as if to fully capitalize on the national attention brought by the other sale, the Andrew Luck Topps Chrome Superfractor Auto 1/1 has also been posted as an auction after selling for more than $10,000 a few months ago. This card WILL have the exact same result, as there is no way it can end well at the prices many people will see:
Even funnier – every possible Andrew Luck 1/1 that can be offered up is getting posted with Michael Jordan level price tags:
Here is the one saving grace that both cards can have – enter the story of the Stephen Strasburg Superfractor from 2010 Bowman. The card was shooting up in price as Stras was tearing up batters on the way to tearing a tendon in his elbow. A casual buyer with a ton of money, who was basing his purchase on national news coverage, placed a legit bid over 20K, and won the card. The same thing COULD happen here too – but not likely – with both auctions likely ending past the price of a Mercedes.
There is also the situation of the perceived value condition of both cards. The Championship ticket has a TERRIBLE surface, the Chrome looks relatively great. The Chrome Superfractor IS a more valuable card, but may end below where the Contenders ticket ends. Both factors are ridiculously nuts.
What I want everyone to understand, is that the hype will fly with these two cards. Dont get caught up.