I think it's also compounded with there being a number of, well, old prospects getting their first Bowman's due to COVID which depresses sale value and makes them less fun to follow. Two of the lowest numbered autos I hit in breaks were Blaine Crim and Colin Peluse who are both mid 20s AAA guys. Brandon Walter is there for Boston. Same deal. Anything can happen of course but dropping 300 to 600 for a box and not even getting an auto of a guy you can hope to follow is really rough.Unfortunate that it has gotten this bad with hits and they really seem to be taking advantage. When is the pendulum going to swing back with this market? Part of the fun with Bowman is getting those obscure prospect autos and being able to follow their path, hoping they break out.
Still trying to find that happy medium of having fun ripping/collecting while being able to unload some value on ebay (of course I am not delusional in recouping my investment). I will not buy panini due to the licensing issue, but I have bought some really neat jersey cards from leaf in the game line where they just show pictures of the back of the jerseys beside the relics and it isn't obvious they are hiding anything. They also come in the sealed one touch cases which are nice for helping to hold value.
For ripping packs, it's hard not to be disappointed lately. Guess I will stick with flagship/heritage/archives for ripping and gamble with clearly authentic or signature series when possible.
I don't really have the answer because it's such an
Irrational market, outside of buying singles to get what you want and do it that way. Like give me $600 and I can build a helluva Bowman jumbo box for ya