Early 2021 eBay Prices
Haven't posted some of the nicer eBay listings in quite a while, so I'm sure a bunch of interesting finds have expired off of my watchlist.
95 SkyBox Paydirt Red - $76 (These do pop up occasionally, but not exactly easy to come by. Plus there are four different colors.)
96 Action Packed Sculptor's Proof Redemption - $100 (I wasn't going to pay that much for an expired redemption, but to be honest I can't remember ever seeing another one for sale. I think people figure expired redemptions are not worth anything and just toss them.)
96 Select Certified Mirror Blue (50 Made) - $148 (The set to have from 1996.)
96 Select Certified Mirror Red Premium Stock - $399 (I wanted to pull the trigger on this one, but I hate graded cards, I also hate the thought of breaking them out of the case, but I've done it before.)
96 Upper Deck Game Jersey - $483 (The original. These have always sold on the high end, but have gone up in price recently.)
98 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor (100 Made) - $116 (Who doesn't like a little radiation?)
98 Metal Precious Metal Gems (50 Made) - $400 (You always see the checklist gems card a lot more than the base card, I'm not sure why.)
98 Upper Deck Black Diamond Quad - $71 (The auction title for this wasn't listed very well, didn't mention anything about quad in the title. An hour before the auction ended it was still at $2 and only had 3 page views. Thought I would get a nice steal. My $55 bid wasn't enough, even though $71 is still a damn good price in my opinion. 4 bidders, 13 bids. I guess all the page views were players.)
99 1999 Skybox E-X Century Essential Credentials (25 Made) - $1,275 (PWCC auction, BGS 9.5 so who knows.)
00 Upper Deck MVP Souvenirs Auto (25 Made) - $400? (Great low numbered card from 2000. Sold through BIN so not exactly sure what final price was, but less than $400.)
04 Upper Deck Immortal Inscriptions (45 Made) - $123 (Not a huge, rare, or overly expensive card, but I have always liked the design of this card.)
05 Topps Turkey Red Cabinet Auto (25 Made) - $231 (Probably a good price, love the design.)
One of These Is Not Like the Other
So you have a bunch of money burning a hole in your pocket, which one of these two cards would you choose to buy? The one on the right? Eeeeeeh! Wrong answer! Unfortunately, some poor schmuck on eBay paid over $300 for it. In fact, there were multiple bidders at the top willing that pay that much.
The example on the left is courtesy of Joe Montana collector Don. The card on the right is not reprinted. The holographic stickers on the front are real. The authenticity sticker on the back is real, in fact the serial numbers are less than 15 apart (hard to tell exactly due to image quality) on these two examples which tells you it's from the same product and not removed from some miscellaneous card. It's hard to make out the serial number, but it appears to be 9/10 (it wasn't stated in the auction).
So in case you haven't noticed yet, the autographs are fake. I checked every 2008 Topps Rookie Progression autograph card I could find and every autograph had blue ink. The fake on the right has black ink. So you're asking yourself WTF... My best guess is the autographs were faded or damaged in some way (e.g., water damaged, smudged) that significantly reduced the value causing someone to erase three HOF quarterback autographs.
If we take a closer look at the top of the Elway sticker, ink is visible where it was hastily rubbed off and collected at the edge of the sticker. I guess we'll never know why unless the culprit steps forward. The only silver lining is had this been the real McCoy, it would have sold for x2-3 times the price, which tells me enough people realized it wasn't real, but unfortunately it was a costly mistake for someone.