Lately, I've been diving into the world of high-end sportscards. I've sold a few "hot" autographs of guys like Porcello and Hanson, and I've been buying packs of the mid- to upper-level products like SPx, Sweet Spot and even a Ballpark Collection, although the latter leaves me cold. I've pulled such hits as Markakis and McLouth autos, a Griffey American Heroes 1-of-1, and a Ryan Braun By the Letter autograph.
The Braun BTL is now the subject of a philosophical debate: Would you rather?
Would you rather have an on-card/on-material autograph of an up-and-coming superstar like Braun, or a glossy, inset auto card of a Hall of Famer?
Personally, I would rather have the HOFer, especially when that is a guy who doesn't normally sign everything in his path. That is why I traded the Braun BTL, numbered out of 10, for a Leaf Limited autograph, numbered out of 100, of Mike Schmidt. As an added bonus, in order to make the trade "even" according to book value, I received an Albert Pujols Fleer Platinum RC.
I think that, although the Braun is a VERY nice card, low numbered, and signed on material, if I can get a pseudo-rare autograph of a Hall of Famer and a rookie card of a no-question-about-it Hall of Famer, I'd do it again. And again. Do you agree?