My latest EBay purchase is a 2006 Allen & Ginter card of John Lackey. It cost me 6 cents shipped. This card is technically a short print. That really doesn’t impress me since I don’t collect short prints. But, in 2006 that would be a big deal. In 2006, this card would probably sell for $6 instead of 6 cents. However, in 2012 this card is reduced to a mere common card. And, John Lackey has been reduced to an injury-prone bum. He is also a Red Sox now so that’s another strike against him.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.