Originally Posted by Spider-Fan
I am perfectly happy if there really is a declining value of top artists. Then maybe I can afford to add some of those cards to my collection! I'm not really concerned with their 'later' value.... I'm not planning on selling them
Its sucks for the artists though who are only getting paid a couple of bucks per card for the sets and can't get much for their APs because pack cards are so cheap.
No matter what the cards sell for on ebay, the artists are still making the same amount of money. It would be worth asking if AP sales have taken a dip as that's a way that companies compensate the artists.
I've been buying some sketch cards I like for about a month and have about ten. Since I don't buy boxes I do understand that there does need to be a financial incentive for someone to open up multiple cases of cards or else there wouldn't be so many singles on the market.
If I track down an artist I really like who's cards sell for a bunch of money, typically I'll shoot 'em an email to do a comic book sketch cover. The $50 that I can put into buying a trading card can get me at almost halfway to a larger sketch of one of my fav characters.