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Old 08-23-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Value of printing plates?

So I am very new to the actual "collecting" hobby rather than just "buying lots of packs and a few cheap boxes", and hadn't heard of printing plates before seeing them on this site. I am curious as to the estimated value/what they should cost on average. I'm assuming that (for obvious reasons) certain players' plates cost more, but does the brand matter? IE, are bowman plates usually more than UD plates, or Topps plates, etc etc.
For arguments sake, let's take Mr. Mccann, the centerpiece of my currently low-end PC. How much do his plates generally run? I have the possibility of some income in the not-too-distant future and I'd like to start moving more towards higher-end pieces.
If anybody has some in their PC or for sale, I'd love to see some scans...


Thanks in advance! Really enjoying my time on the forum so far. You guys/gals are great!
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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rookies are worth more, mccann plates are about 25
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:53 PM   #3
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I am recently back in the hobby and had never seen a printing plate until I busted one last week from a case of 2011 Bowman.

All I could see was $ in my eyes...kept thinking 1/1 (shoulda been thinking 4/4)...thought I had hit the lottery...Ubaldo Jimenez...solid semi-star...let's just say I was less then impressed by what they sell for on ebay.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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Its all according to what brand the plate is from. I have 2 mccann printing plates sir. I have a 09 topps ticket to stardom plate that i paid 30 for then a 2011 topps series 2 plate that i paid 40ish for. Some ppl rly overvalue printing plates tho so good luck!
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:17 PM   #5
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I bought this recently for a little under $50
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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Printing plate value is so weird. My Seneca ones cost $30, $30, and $32, which is remarkable in its consistency. I used to collect plates for a hot second and actually got one for $3 once (A Bowman David Murphy) and two others for free (one in a trade, one in a contest). So it's hard to put a definitive value on them, but many sell in the $15-40 range, with scrubs on the lower end and stars/semi stars higher.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:31 PM   #7
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I bought this recently for a little under $50
He got that because my sniper program shut down to update while I was away from the keyboard
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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He got that because my sniper program shut down to update while I was away from the keyboard
Haha I was surprised I got it with a max bid of $55 when we were talking about it earlier.

Thank you Sniper program!

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:09 PM   #9
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Wide range of value. I pulled a Gypsy Queen Ryne Sandberg printing plate and it sold for $130. Now with Topps Series 1 I pulled a MICKEY MANTLE printing plate and it sold for about $75. My Joey Votto plate sold for about $60. So almost as much as the Mantle and Votto isn't a superstar.

I was very surprised that my Sandberg sold for so much and more than the Mantle. Also, the printing plates are much easier to pull in Gypsy Queen. Roughly 3-5 per case and with Series 1 they fall at about 1 per 3 cases (from my experience). The majority of all my printing plates from GQ sold for around $15-40 (Castro $45) and the majority of my printing plates from Series 1 sold for $10-25.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:20 PM   #10
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For the ones that I have I usually pay right around $20 for Span. Paid about $40 for the Seth Blair's, and got the Delmon Young, Brian Dinkelman, and Niko Goodrum for <$10 each. I know some people don't like them. I don't think they are the greatest thing but I think they're pretty cool.




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Old 08-23-2011, 10:41 PM   #11
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thanks for all the info guys- some great replies in here. basically, the feel i'm getting then it that this listing on the 'Bay: eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices is a bit on the expensive side...

still looking to find some other mccann plates as id love the $15-$30 range like it sounds like I might could find some for...
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thanks for all the info guys- some great replies in here. basically, the feel i'm getting then it that this listing on the 'Bay: eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices is a bit on the expensive side...

still looking to find some other mccann plates as id love the $15-$30 range like it sounds like I might could find some for...
Yeah it definitely is. But stay on it...I got my first Seneca Plate at a Best Offer price of $30 from a guy who originally had it listed as a Buy It Now $50. Most prices come down eventually!
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:01 AM   #13
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Printing plates are so tough to put a price on, because just like any other 1/1, it's worth what ever it sells for. They are fun to collect and I purchase printing plates to get signed in person. The most I have paid for one was $40 for an Ozzie Martinez, but most of mine I pay less than $10 for.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #14
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i sold a pacquiao plate for $1000k this year. i saw what the auto's were going for, and listed it 1000k bin... some guy offered 700 right away, half hour later someone bought it at the asking price... it was unreal. the most i had ever seen a non-baseball plate sell for... gotta love ginter!

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Old 08-24-2011, 12:58 AM   #15
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Personally I like the idea of printing plates as I feel they are a cool addition to a product since they were actually used to make the cards, and gives collectors a chance to add a rare 1/1 to their collection...still waiting to pull my first one! lol

Some people hate them but as I said above I find them cool, and they are a heck of a lot cheaper then a true 1/1 (superfractor, etc.)
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:49 AM   #16
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i sold a pacquiao plate for $1000k this year....
k typically means a grand, or 1000, so wouldn't 1000k = 1 million... ?
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...I find them cool, and they are a heck of a lot cheaper then a true 1/1 (superfractor, etc.)
exactly what i was thinking...
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