I get that basketball and cards are like a foreign language to me, but I still remain puzzled by some of the trends that pop up as a result of production. Over the last week or two, we have gotten a first hand view into one of these situations. Jeremy Lin, a player discarded already by one team in his career, has caught fire considerably after a few incredible games during a recent stretch. As a result of these games, Lin’s cards have gone from bargain bin junk to ridiculous prices in a matter of days. In fact, the cards have gotten so expensive, that I would consider someone to be insane to buy into them right now.
Check out these ridiculous prices:
Lin looks to be making the most of his shot at the big time, but how much of his steep value spike is a result of collectors in other countries, and can the prices sustain themselves? I have to believe that even if Lin continues to play at his top game, the cards are not going to get any more valuable. At this point, all odds point to the cards already approaching their ceiling, especially as Panini rushes to make more cards of him in his new uniform.
The NBA and its collectors are a bunch unlike any others. Sometimes, I have to put on a different set of glasses to make sure that I don’t apply a football or baseball filter to its volatile pricing that never ceases to amaze.