In my hobby, the two main factors on determining value of an item are the rarity of the item and of course the overall condition of the piece. Whether the card or comic is extremely scarce and/or in mint condition can make the difference between several hundred or thousands of dollars in a sale. This, to us as collectors, is the what we strive to obtain and cherish - the rare, "I've got the only one in the world," gem-mint, masterpiece.
Then, I also have a box of "commons" of the players or comics that were generally over-produced by the manufacturer and hold very little value. The funny thing is that every so often, a comic finally get noticed or the player starts performing well, and like magic the item is no longer a "common." Now, it suddenly holds potential to increase in value and thus, people are eager to get what was once literally unwanted and undesirable.
I've learned over the years as a collector to take care of both my high-value
pieces as well as my commons. You just never know who is going to go from unnoticed to the star of the show.
In our society, we tend to categorize people into classes based on numerous factors that are often unfair or irrelevant at best. I think in the world's view of people as a whole, there are quite a few commons and only a few rare, masterpieces. We put value on outward appearance and forget that true beauty comes from within. We tend to think that the world is operating soley by the elite class but forget that without that "common" player, the entire set is not complete.
I wonder how many "gem-mints" God has in his "common box?"
Something tells me that we are all masterpieces to him!