Do Auction Houses Hold A Moral Responsibility to Prevent a Market from Flooding?

Card Ladder
May 3, 20241 min read

The age old question of, should an auction house either refuse to sell mass quantity of an item or spread it out to prevent a destabilization in that cards market? At the end of the day, the reality is that a person can sell whatever cards they own whenever they want too. However that is no fun and ruins the frequently discussed topic, so today we will be looking at one collectors decision to flood the 2003 LeBron James Top Prospect Gold /100 market.

The 2003 Upper Deck Top Prospect base set features 3 LeBron James rookie cards, card numbers; #3, #55, and #60. The gold parallel from this set is /100 and was a relatively rare/hard to find card.

Card #

All Non Goldin Sales in Last 2 Years

% of Pop

Goldin Sales in Last 2 Months

% of Pop

#3

1

1%

21

21%

#55

3

3%

21

21%

#60

6

6%

18

18%

What are your thoughts on this? Should an auction house space the listings out or let 20% of the popular of a card end in one night after less than 2-6 sales the prior 24 months?