The card world is buzzing about the recent monster sales of a handful of Panini Totally Certified green parallels. The cards are numbered to 5 and have been selling in the 4 figure range for the biggest names. Even the non-auto version are banking serious coin.
Low numbered basketball parelells have a hell of a history. The Precious Metal and Jambalaya cards from the late ’90s sells for thousands. I guess Panini is trying to recapture the glory, and they seem to have succeeded.
It could be a small number of super collectors trying to finish sets that are driving up the cost, but I think it may be something else. I think folks are getting tired of autos and relics. They are looking for something different. Grabbing a nice looking low numbered set of cards makes for a nice change of pace.