Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vintage versus Neo-Vintage, Who Wins?

I'm sure you've seen the great post over at Bad Wax on the future of Neo-vintage sets like Goudey, Heritage, A & G, etc. Like I said in the comments, at first I really loved these offerings but got ambivalent real quick for a variety of reasons, the last straw being that I can get off-grade vintage for cheaper than new neo-vintage. 

I don't know who collects what out there, but compare the cards below and tell me which you like best. Admittedly, you know David Price and have no idea who Johnny Vergez is, and the two Goudeys are "different years," but let's give this a shot. 

I love the Price, and I am a big Price fan, but the Vergez is really cool.  I wanted an original Goudey just to have one and got the Vergez for around $10. From the card stock to the weight of the card to the shadows suggesting the grandstands off to the right this card is also really sweet.

What do you think?


  1. sweet. the detailing in the face and colouring is awesome.

  2. I was just working on a similar post, but now I don't have to. You hit it on the head for me. It's crazy what kind of vintage gems can be had for cheap. If you're not a condition freak, most of it is cheaper than today's stuff and a whole lot more rare. In ten years I wonder what the value of those two cards will be? I'm betting on the vintage. But I do have to admit, I buy the new stuff too. I usually hate myself after opening it and wished I would of spent my money elsewhere.

  3. Neo-vintage (great term) is intoxicating, but when we came to our senses, we stopped buying blasters etc. and saved our pennies for true vintage. There's just no comparison once we realized that we don't necessarily have to spend big bucks to get the real thing. And we can always upgrade over time.