The pandemic caused a huge boom to the sports card industry and many saw the "lottery tickets" that could result in hitting key cards sold in packs as a side hustle and way to get rich quick. It has left many retail places with empty shelves for trading cards, action figures, and other collectible markets for well over a year.
It is entirely possible that as things begin to open up and mandates become looser that normalcy returns and eventually trading cards prices stabilize, but I think the bubble is still very real for a few more years.
Target is known to offer exclusive products over the years and we have seen demand for those products only rise over time.
Beginning in 2011 Topps Update, Topps began offering exclusive red parallel cards in Target packs. These red border parallel cards can fetch huge money now of the rookies. Even some of the stars from that release from a decade ago can fetch larger dollars up to the original price of the blaster boxes they came in.
The McCutchen 2011 Topps Update red border is a card I've coveted for nearly a decade.
I recently picked up one of those exclusives and couldn't hit the buy-it-now fast enough.
The red border Target exclusive from 2011 Topps Update has eluded me and I even missed out on an auction for one last year. It's an iconic set. It's a popular parallel exclusive to chase after.
And I bought it for $4 B-I-N
Time to cross that one off the list.
One card I unfortunately can't cross off and fear the prices will skyrocket now due to (even) less product being available for sale is the 2021 Topps Heritage red border exclusive of Andrew McCutchen.
I regrettably missed putting in a sniper bid and lost an eBay auction and the only one that was listed on COMC.com sold VERY QUICKLY upon being listed.
I know it's a long stretch, but if anyone gets a red border Target exclusive from 2021 Topps Heritage of Cutch please let me know. I am very interested in adding this to my collection.
Do you think 2021 Target exclusive cards will hold more value in the future with many products being pulled from shelves this year?