July 27, 2017 § 6 Comments
Recently I saw a question on Twitter asking if anyone got anything good out of Ebay hot packs. I have been avoiding hot packs for a while because I bought some about five to ten years ago and never pulled anything good. I feel that I did buy them for the right reasons though. I remember that I was curious about a set and with blaster boxes having no guarantees, I would rather take a flier on a hot pack, as opposed to a few retail packs for the same price.
I have nothing against the packs themselves, I just question the sellers. How did the sellers know there is a hit in there? How do they know what type when very few boxes list the specific types of hits you get. Were they the vilified pack searchers that we hate at retail stores? Were they resealed junk hits?
I felt like taking the dive for two reasons:
1. I felt that this would make for a great post.
2. I basically own every hit for sale for my Prestige collection. I figure the few that I am missing, that should be affordable, are in packs somewhere. So kind of out of desperation.
Obviously I bought a Prestige pack. After I won that I got a Donruss Racing pack for six bucks from the same seller. As a SoCal vegetarian who is a member of the LGBT+ family, Nascar and me kind of go like oil and water but I do own a few Nascar cards. Whenever I find a cool looking Nascar card in the cheap boxes, I grab it. They have some awesome event used material, that offers unique material – it feels wrong saying event used, but I don’t think they are called games. These two packs cost me around $15 when all was said and done. So basically $7 a pack. If they are unsearched, you really can’t go wrong at that price.
Bobby Allison autograph. I have no idea who he is but this card is selling for $10 right now on Ebay. So if it does sell for that much, when accounting for fees, I can make my money back.
I feel that I did amazing with this pack. A four colored patch numbered to twenty-five. I have the non-Prime version of this card. Funny story about this card, I went through a lot to get the one I had before. You cannot find this card listed on Ebay or COMC. It is just one of those that you think would be a dime a dozen but I had to buy Panini Points then get the card through that program to finish off my True Colors set. So not the hit that I was looking for but if I put it on Ebay, I will be the only one selling it so I will have some leverage. I will keep it for my personal collection though because it is a great card. It wasn’t the Isiah Thomas (Pistons) Bonus Shots jersey, Peja Bonus Shots autograph, Michael Finley Bonus Shots autograph, or Kobe Bonus Shots autograph that I need but hey, I did great.
Maybe I got lucky but I feel that I did great. A Prime patch out of a hot pack, I feel that I am the one that got away with murder when I probably did a little better than break even. Still this was a fun little exercise. I probably won’t buy many more hot packs but I have a little faith now.
July 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
USPS tracking said that I had a package in the mail that would arrive yesterday, Friday. It didn’t arrive this weekend. I accidentally spent over $20 at http://www.cincycardsandsupplies.com/. I bit on his Corey Seager cards and the next thing I knew, I added a dozen cards to my cart. Great site. He shipped the next day following my order. I have ordered from him in the past and will order again. Keep an eye out on my Twitter where I will post my finds.
I have an unopened box of cards sitting on my desk from Blowout Cards 4th of July sale. I don’t feel like opening it. Instead of my weekly post about cards, I am doing this. I wrote a post about Chester Bennington and dealing with suicidal thoughts. I didn’t post it here because I have been making an effort to stop posts like these on here but this one is important to me. I feel like I have written parts of this post before so I am sorry if I am repeating myself to some of you. It was in response to everyone posting the suicide hotline on their social media, saying that they would be there for those suffering, and to quell some misconceptions. I am sick of people blaming drugs. I talked further about it alluding how you can blame a car in a car crash but it was the driver’s error who caused it. You can find that post here: https://wordpress.com/post/danieladubay.wordpress.com/89
I told the people at Punched that I would post their link on here. It is a fun site that gives you deals on stuff in exchange for playing a game. Right now there are very few players so you could easily snag a great deal. I have bought a ton of stuff because of them including a $250 projector where they paid me the next day back for it, minus tax. You can find them here: https://punched.com/
July 11, 2017 § Leave a comment
Let me tell you how my last three hours has been: I was lounging around glad that the day was over because my PTSD really got to me today. I was glad the day was winding down and I could sleep soon to get away from my thoughts. Fate had other plans. My sister yells for me because there is an injured bird in the backyard that she wants to save. When you are down something like this can do one of two things: cheer you up because it gets you out of your head or bring you down further. I took route three, and went numb. She asks if I can take it to the vet. So she calls the only animal hospital we know that takes wild animals and they say that they can take it, thank you ConejoVet.com. It’s only ten miles away but they are two freeways away during rush hour. Will this animal survive it?
So I make the drive. When I drive, I normally blast some
Christian heavy music. I don’t do that and spend the whole drive talking to the bird. I am talking to it, saying prayers. We make eye contact the whole way as this thing is suffering. This poor thing is looking at me in misery. I knew someone who said cute animals are the worst and this was the case. It was a cute suffering animals, as heart wrenching as it gets. All I can think is ‘please don’t die.’ In between those thoughts I am thinking, ‘fuck finances, I am going to treat myself to a blaster box after this.’ I was already looking for NFL rookie autographs earlier today because I wanted to check the price of a few that I want to start a personal collection of. Unfortunately Panini hasn’t flooded the market yet so the prices are all out of whack.
So the bird survives the trip; thank God. By this point, I am so spent that I barely make eye contact with the girl helping me. My self conscious makes me feel like an asshole because she is disabled and all I can think is ‘I hope that she knows that I have nothing against her, I just want to get out of here because this is depressing.’ I am told that the bird will probably survive as it is a broken wing. I keep going back and forth about buy a box of cards. I say ‘fuck it, maybe karma for helping this animal out will give me something good.’ Ha.
So my choices were Contenders football or Hit high series. 2 autographs or 3. I was going to go for Panini but when I grabbed the Hit box, I noticed under it was a $14.99 price tag. It wasn’t for Hit but I took my chances. In line I looked at the checklist and I was excited. There are 3 players who I want in my PC and I have a chance at 2 of them. I was thankful because I could at least get a card of them for my PC because I rarely pull doubles of base cards in the past.
Well the autographs were nothing to write home about. One guy is next to impossible to search for history on in Aaron Bailey. Seriously it is 2017. I know it’s a common name but he is an NFL player. Search engines failed me so I had to search NFL.com just to find info on him. It looks like the Ravens signed him. The other two are Lions and Eagles 4th and 5th rounders respectively.
The product was decent but I was so disappointed with the results. I got a bunch of doubles on my base cards, completely whiffing on one of the players I coveted: a QB in this draft class. I at least got a pair of Christian McCaffrey doubles. He can bust out but he is a Panther so those will always be in PC. If this was any other time, I would be ticked. I got the rookies from a bunch of skill position players that have a ton of hype; you know the receivers and running backs.
July 8, 2017 § Leave a comment
This post has been triggered by my tantrum Twitter last night which led to some great conversations with the community. Recently I have buying up Panini Points in hopes of being prepared should Panini add a card that I need for my Prestige collection in its rewards catalog. I have bought 3 or 4 of them and paid for shipping for all but one that came in a plain white envelope. Now for the record, if I pay anything under $2, I have no problem getting my card in a PWE as long as it is toploaded. Recently one of those cards came in a PWE without a toploader for a card where shipping was $2.89. This leads me to two questions: the neverending PWE debate and should redemptions:
I have been burned so many times by people who charge me for shipping and ship in a PWE that I have included a message in the top of my Ebay profile:
“AngryCardCollector.com I don t run a card shop. Anything I sell is to get money so I can buy more cards. If I buy a card from you where you charge me more than $2 in shipping and don t ship in a bubble mailer, I will ask for a refund on shipping.”
http://www.ebay.com/usr/pandanwh. I am actually going to change it soon because this week I realized that I could say it clearer grammatically. I just haven’t changed it because I don’t want the seller that I am dealing with to call me out on it. I am also going to include that I will leave negative feedback if not refunded because that has been my modus-operandi: whenever I get a PWE and confirm that I was charged over $2 shipping I ask for a refund and leave negative feedback if the seller gets angry at me or refuses to do it. I know more than anyone that being a seller is hard enough but I do live by a few rules and this PWE issue is one of them. I also always ask for $2 back so the seller so can at least keep his stamp money; although in my mind a seller who sends a card in a PWE deserves to lose all of it.
For those that don’t know: shipping in a bubble mailer under five ounces within the US is $2.67. Now I have no problem if I am charged anything under $4 to account for the cost of a bubble mailer. Also while Ebay gives a discount on shipping, they negate that by taking a higher percentage of a seller’s shipping cost; probably because too many people get greedy and try to make money off shipping.
Before moving on to the redemption question, I am going to bring up a tangent. I will leave the seller that I am currently having an issue with negative feedback unless he refunds me in the time frame that I gave him for one very reason: he says that I didn’t ask nicely so he is refusing. So I must ask what is a nice way to say: “Hey, I don’t like that you screwed me on shipping. Refund me before midnight on this day or I will negative feedback.” Obviously I say it a tad nicer but you get the gist of it. As far as I am concerned, you can write this out in the nicest way possible, if that is even a scenario, and the seller will still call you out because he sees right through it. So as far as I am concerned saying that you won’t refund anyone for that reason, regardless of the issue, is a way of showing that you are the dick and not the person who you are accusing. Although, for the record: I do not deny being a dick in some of my messages with sellers. In a few cases, it takes the seller two messages to respond, so I am forced to get harsh.
Now moving on to redemptions. As far as I am concerned, any card being shipped in a PWE deserves a PWE; there are no exceptions. This included redemptions. Also redemptions deserve their own bubble mailer if you charge over $2 shipping. This is actually a perk for me as I reuse bubble mailers because I unfortunately live in a world where $2 matters to me – call me cheap but I am not denying that and that is the reality of someone living on a tight budget.
Panini points are a joke. I am not denying that, even though I have picked up cards that are valuable to me via the program. The points are at the bottom of the redemption ladder. Now just because points are the cheapest of the redemptions, doesn’t mean that they deserve any less than other redemptions. Taking away the Trout’s of the world, let’s use another example: take a redemption for a player like Justin Bohr, David West, or any late round NFL draft prospect. Their cards have always come to me in a bubble mailer. I would love to hear if they haven’t for you.
I have been collecting hardcore since 2003, and have bought several redemption cards. When shipped to me, they have always come in a bubble mailer when I paid for one. Truthfully I have never thought about redemptions deserving less when shipped. As far as I am concerned they are no different to me than base cards or inserts that are worthy of being sold individually. Some people have taken me to task for demanding my points be at least toploaded. Here is my rationale for this: while I throw the card away after I use the code, what if I was going to flip it? I would want it in the best condition possible. Card condition reflects on me regardless if it is a base or Ted Williams autograph.
I would love to hear people’s opinions on this. Also feel free to call me out if you think that I am wrong on any of this. My mind wants to be changed because I know that will make me easier to deal with when this inevitably happens again. This is a never ending debate in the card community so don’t be afraid to share. I also re-Tweet thoughtful responses on Twitter to this.
July 5, 2017 § 1 Comment
You know what I am not buying? When someone says that a card is only worth what it last went for on Ebay. Now before I have disagreements, I will admit that for cards that are readily available, and ones their are plenty of can be dictated by Ebay auctions.
When I was killing my Ebay gift cards this spring, thank you Swagbucks, I got a few steals, but I also paid more than I should’ve at times. On the cards that I got steals on, I was so worried that the right bidder would find the card and I would be in a bidding war. I had snagged a card for $3 that I could realistically resell for on the internet for $50; and not just to the right collector as I feel it’s value is higher because it never turns up. So because I snagged the card at $3, does that mean that it worth $3? Heck no. I was prepared to go to $30 and expected to lose the card even then. The only reason why I was even prepared to kill my budget was because it is never on the market.
Now I will admit: I do think that by winning the auction at that price, that I lowered the value for a future seller though.
There are way too many variables. What time does the sale end? Was it set up so bidding took place at a peak bidding time. When I search for a player’s autograph, I do 2 searches: one with the word ‘auto’ and another with the word ‘autograph.’ Most of time, a card or two pops up that I didn’t see.
Here is another problem, that I actually encountered the other day. I had an auction that I didn’t save on my watch list but wanted to go back later. I tried to search for it, knowing what the title said and it wouldn’t come up. I had to go back in my internet history to find it.
Card values fluctuate like crazy. If we go by Ebay auctions then I am sure the fluctuations would be crazier. Ebay auctions are crazy as it is. Don’t believe me on what I am saying? Well how about this: is a Kris Bryant autographed card worth $10 because the seller didn’t know how to spell his name? How about the Aaron Judge autographs that sold before this year? Are they worth what they sold for? Is that one outlier now that sold for $35 what it is worth? Prospects prove my point on this.
People are still trying to recoup the value on Robert Griffin autographs. His autograph should go for pennies but people are still turning down ten dollar offers when that is a beyond reasonable price for it now. It’s like because the Johnny Manziel market evened itself out so quick, the Griffin sellers are trying to make up for their losses. Newsflash: the guy isn’t even signed.
I can give so many more examples. How about auctions without descriptions? When the seller is so lazy, he just posts the title and a picture. Should a seller’s laziness affect a card value? Not in my opinion. He is being punished by not getting eyeballs on his auction; that should be the only punishment. Other sellers shouldn’t be punished because he is an idiot.
Anyway the reason why I wrote this is because I am sick of people going by value based off Ebay auctions. I had parts of this written for several months and started writing this because whenever I tried to sell my cards, people were using auctions as a guide. I was overvaluing my cards but the fact is that a reasonable price was probably somewhere in the middle. I was also over enthused as a I was working hard on my Prestige collection. A lot of the value cards that I talk about getting are Prestige case hits – I know that I will be asked that question, so I might as well answer it now. Speaking of cards that I was selling, it wouldn’t hurt to put my Ebay seller link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/pandanwh/m.html?item=122405528261&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562