Thursday, July 18, 2019
Bob Uecker is surprisingly costly and so disappointingly undervalued
One of the toughest 1960's Topps baseball cards to get in terms of actual costs vs. book value belongs to Bob Uecker. I just can't figure it out though. Did somebody try to buy up all of his cards over the years or what? Uecker's 1964 Topps card lists for only $40, which means that I should be able to find one in Poor condition for somewhere between $4-$8 (10%-20% BV), but actually finding one for under $30 (75% BV) is even a little bit of a challenge. For comparison purposes, '64T Rose books at $250 and Clemente books at $200, but with a little patience I found them both for about $25 and $20 each, respectively (10% BV). I can easily find a low-grade '64T Koufax ($120 BV), Musial ($100 BV), Mays ($100 BV), or Aaron ($100 BV) for far less than I can find a low-grade Uecker ($40 BV). It's truly amazing. I understand that the market is what it is, but the question remains--do price guides actually understand the market anymore? His value hasn't changed since at least the '90s. Should Bob Uecker actually be in the Hall-of-Fame as a broadcaster? I mean his cards are worth more than Aaron, Mays, Musial, and Koufax. Even knowing this, Uecker's card market still never fails to surprise me year after year as I attempt to mark his card off of my wantlists. With a BV of $15 for '63T and a BV of $40 for '64T, leading price guides appear clueless as to Uecker's true value as well as with many other cards. This isn't a price fluctuating thing. Uecker's high market is consistent. Both '63T and '64T need to be bumped up to at least $100 BV. You know what that means. If all other card values in '64T remain the same, then the top cards of '64T in order goes: Mantle $500, Rose $250, Clemente $200, Koufax $120, and then 4 tied for $100 (Aaron, Musial, Mays, and Uecker). Truly unbelievable. It is what it is. Bob Uecker doesn't come cheap.