Sunday, February 24, 2019
Price Explosion: 1973 Calbee Edition
I've noticed recently that prices on vintage (pre 1997) Calbee cards, and those from the 1970s in particular, seem to be selling for a bit more than they used to. While I'm still getting pretty good deals on stuff, it also seems like I'm getting outbid more than I used to on stuff and am having to up my bidding strategies a bit to stay competetive.
Some cards in particular though seem to be going through the roof in price. Yesterday an auction for 1973 Calbee card 125 provided a good example of this. The card features Motoi Mitsuo and Higashida Masayoshi who played for the Lions in Fukuoka. Neither is a hall of famer, though Motoi could be considered a "Hall of Very Good-er".
The card is one of the harder to find ones in the 1973 set as it was regionally issued only in Kyushu that year. But the price it went for blew my socks off: 311,000 Yen! That is about $3,000 US.
As I noted in an earlier post, Japanese collectors in general aren't too fussy about condition and this one isn't in the best, its got some stains on the back:
I think 1973 Calbee set collectors have been driving the price of these regional issues through the roof like this, there just aren't enough of them out there to satiate demand. This is one of the main reasons that, despite my love for the 1973 Calbee set, I've kind of written off the idea of ever being able to put it together, the regional issues have become just way too expensive. Its also a reason why I'm really in a hurry to finish off my 75-76(-77) Calbee set as soon as I can, its got a lot of regional issues in it too but thus far the prices on them havne't exploded like this!