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