No Love for Five Star FB!?!

I must say, I absolute LOVE the way Five Star FB looks this year.  I think the cards look amazing.  Personally I think they look much nicer and higher end than National Treasures.  All of the Five Star is on-card for the autographs.  A lot of the NT is on-card, but most of the veteran content is on sticker.  With that being said, the cards just don’t sell as well out of Five Star and I can’t figure out why.  Let’s look at a few examples that show the designs and the prices.  Please note that all of the cards shown went auction style and not BIN.  I think that gives a better idea of what the cards actually are worth.  You can always be patient and get a better offer if you like BIN, but that doesn’t necessarily tell true value.  You can click on any of the pictures to see the eBay listing.

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Sold for $149.06.

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Sold for $141.37.

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Sold for $307.99.

I personally like the Five Star the best of those 3 cards.  I think the Century Legends one looks awful.  Black and White picture and sticker autograph.  And yet it still sold for basically the same at the Five Star.  Yes, it is #ed to 25 and not 85.  But I don’t really think that makes that much difference.  I’d rather have the one that looks really nice and is #ed to 85.

The RCs are where you notice the bigger difference.

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Sold for $833.00.

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Sold for $2175.00.

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Sold for $428.00

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Sold for $280.00.

This makes absolutely no sense to me.  I do like the way the NT look.  However, the Five Star look really nice as well.  Yes, the patches are bigger on the NT, but that can’t be what all of the price difference is about.  Personally I’ll buy the Five Star all day long at half the price (or a lot less than half in some cases).  Both cards come out of boxes that cost over $400.  Currently I have NT for $550 and the Five Star for $475 on the store website.  Is it simply because the box is $75 more?  That doesn’t seem to be it to me.  Five Star not only doesn’t compete with Treasures, it doesn’t seem to have any “extra” value.  Here are a few Andrew Luck Auto Patches from other products that sold for more than the Luck Five Star Auto Patch above:

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Sold for $335.75.

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Sold for $287.05.

I just don’t get it.  Honestly I understand why an autographed patch out of Five Star sells for about the same as it does out of other products like Valor or Bowman Sterling.  Truth is that it’s the same card, just out of a different product.  What I don’t get is why then does the NT sell for SO MUCH more?  Five Star RC Patch Auto #ed to 50 sells for $280 and a National Treasures RC Auto Patch #ed to 49 sells for $2175.  That’s just crazy.  I know that the NT RC is now considered the RC to own since Exquisite is gone.  I get that.  What I don’t get is why.  No one seems to even consider the fact that Five Star is just as good.  And this isn’t all RCs as I showed earlier with the Favre.  Is there really that much equity in the name National Treasures?

I’d love to hear from some of you collectors.  Do you buy Five Star or NT?  Do you buy both?  Do you buy neither?  Which one do you think looks better?  Again, I like the Five Star more.  The cards are thicker card stock.  The foil on the cards really makes them stand out.  I do like the NT, but they are a little boring to me.  I know Exquisite used to have a lot of white on it, but not as much as the NT.  There is almost no foil or design at all.  And I’m not a fan of the NFL Shield die-cut personally.

So what do you all think makes them sell higher?  Anyone who posts a comment with their opinion will receive a free card.  This won’t be a $100 card, but it won’t be a $1 card either.  All you have to do is post a comment and I’ll reach out to you for your address.  I look forward to hearing your opinions.



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