How Our Top 10 Lists Are Organized

1990 Upper Deck Heroes Reggie Jackson AU

The goal of these lists is to provide education on what's popular right now. Emphasis is placed on variety and/or non-obvious high sales (when applicable).

The lists are compiled with a few simple guidelines:

  • What: eBay Completed Sold Listings
  • Format: Auction Style Listings Only (Done to gauge market interest)
    • Update 2/2018: Any
  • Selection: Top 10 Highest End Prices
    • Editor's Choice Edition: The selection consists of publisher favorites regardless of price.
    • 1990s Edition: Update 3/2018: After some months of preparing these lists, I've witnessed the same cards being listed in consecutive months. The trend appears to be buy-slab-resale. Since noticing this, I've made it a point to be even more scrutinizing with what cards get added each month. Our Top 10 Lists may not feature the 10 highest final value yielding auctions but they will feature 10 of the most popular auctions whereby through bidder activity, final sale value, and/or unicorn rarity. To that degree, these are in fact, top performing auctions.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Parameters: No more than two cards of any one player are featured. (Added 4/2018)

The following is a breakdown of what's included in and kept out of each Top 10 List.


Active Lists: As of January 2018 and until further notice, only the following two lists are being published monthly*** 

Editor's Choice: This list is reserved for blogger picks. These are the favorites among the writer who published the article. There aren't any parameters and as such, anything goes.

Baseball

1990s Edition: This list is for cards from this decade. This list may include 1/1s. No more than two cards of any one player are featured.

  • Not included: Rookie Cards, and vintage HOFer themes. Scrutiny is placed on PSA 10 examples due to the existence of set collectors.

Inactive Lists: As of January 2018 and until further notice, the following lists are no longer being published monthly***

Baseball

1 of 1 Edition: This list is for modern 1/1s featuring veterans. Occasionally added are cards depicting players who haven't yet achieved veteran status and they are approved accordingly.

  • Not included: 1990s-era 1/1s, rookie cards, redemption cards, and most BuyBacks.

Rookie Edition: This list is exclusively for prospect and rookie cards from the current year. This list may include 1/1s.

  • Not included: Rookie Cards from previous years, and redemption cards

Vintage Edition: This list is for vintage cards from up to 1979.

  • Not included: Rookie Cards, and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle - While this isn't a rookie card, it is the most iconic post-war card and as such consistently commands a premium in any condition.

Basketball

1990s Edition: This list is for cards from this decade. This list may include 1/1s. Rookie Cards may also be included but very selectively. No more than two Michael Jordan cards are included per list and emphasis is placed almost exclusively on non-AU/GU cards.

  • Not included: Vintage HOFer themes. Scrutiny is placed on PSA 10 examples due to the existence of set collectors.

Football

1990s Edition: This list is for cards from this decade. This list may include 1/1s. Rookie Cards may also be included but very selectively.No more than two Peyton Manning cards are included per list and emphasis is placed almost exclusively on non-AU/GU cards.

  • Not included: Vintage HOFer themes. Scrutiny is placed on PSA 10 examples due to the existence of set collectors.

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