Thursday, February 28, 2013

LINDEN CARD OF THE WEEK - Seeing A Trend Develop

Over the past couple of months there has been an interesting trend developing.  One which I didn't think would ever arrive and one that I am oh so very thankful for.

Trevor Linden cards are coming down in price.

I don't know if it's the oversaturation of Linden cards on the market, the waning desire for some collectors to pull the trigger on some of his pieces or if the NHL lockout had something to do with it.

Whatever the reason is, it's helped me a great deal in landing some low numbered items for a fraction of what I was expecting to pay.

The most recent card to hit the mailbox was one that presented a first in the world of my Linden pc.

Only because there was some Beckett slab surgery to be had.

I am at a loss why someone would slab a low numbered card like this only to put it out on the open market afterwards.  I really believe the slabbing dropped the price a bit rather than enhance the value.

It was on the wantlist and I knew that if I won the auction, the first thing I would do is free the card from its plastic case.

2012/13 Upper Deck Artifacts
#93 Dual Jersey Auto  /12

As you can see.....I won said auction.

I've never had to free a card from a graded slab before.  I actually had to youtube it to see what the best way to go about it would be.  And while it helped immensely, I really should have done it outside.  I'm now destined to step on a plastic shard in my office at some point.  I can feel it coming.

This card, numbered to just 12, is about the 5th or 6th to arrive so far this year where the price tag has been more than reasonable.  Instead of coming up with a Linden Card Of The Year for 2013, I might just do a Linden STEAL Of The Year.  There are definitely a number of cards that could gun for the title.

Stay tuned, my next Linden card show will hopefully air a number of these great pickups.


  1. Forgive my ignorance...why is it bad to slab this card? And why did you want to free it?

    1. Slabbing is most definitely a personal preference and at the end of the day if somebody wants to encase a card...have at er.

      I'll answer the second part of your question first. I freed the card from the plastic case because by leaving it in it would be inconsistent with the rest of my collection (I like things a certain way with my pc.....I'm weird like that).

      It's not "wrong" to slab a card but I think spanning cards should be done with vintage or rookie cards. Cards where you want it graded to show it is authentic and to preserve its condition. This Linden was given a 9 out of 10. Even if it was a 10, what does that give the seller? Hooray, my 4 month old card is in pristine condition. Who cares.

      I could understand it more if he slabbed it and then kept it. But to spend $10 to have it graded and then put it up for sale makes no sense. Not the way to make a buck.....on a card like that anyways.

      Just my opinion.

    2. That should read "slabbing". I hate autocorrect.

    3. @AvenueDave : I'm happy you asked, I was wondering the same thing.

  2. I'm agree with you, Sealed this card has no interest!
    this is a very nice card anyway!

  3. But if it is to preserve for the future, why not ...

    1. I think if it is to preserve it for the future, then there are many other - less expensive - ways of doing so.

      To me, getting it graded is to ensure authenticity and to build value. This card needed neither of that.

      And, like I said, I think it actually hurt the resale value in this instance. My gain though as I immediately cracked it from the slab.

  4. Fantastic card idea...keep it up..!!!!!