What do I do with all of these cards that I don’t want? The age old question. Whether it is a pile of junk wax or cards from packs where you were hit chasing.
As some of you may know, I am considered a community leader in my town. As a result of keeping tabs on things, I thought to ask if a local charity that gives out care packages to troops if they wanted cards. I was expecting a ‘thanks but no thanks.’ However I was given an unenthusiastic ‘YES.’ I wish that I thought of it earlier.
Not every place will take your cards. What works in one community, may not work in another. It is the reality of dealing with people. I know that a lot of you are introverts, I am myself, but don’t be afraid to ask. It is easier than asking your dream date out.
Knowing that not everything will work, I have seen so many people be creative. Here are more ideas that I have personally done: giving them to teachers for prize boxes, giving them to a local little league, giving them out at Halloween, and of course giving them to a church yard sale. Other places worth hitting up are local boys and girls clubs and hospitals. In some cases, I have had to give places team bags. Considering how rewarding it is to give the cards a good home, the team bags are no skin off of my back; especially considering they would be a sixth of shipping anyway.
So did I miss anything? Do you have ideas?
This is the first in what I hope to be many guest blogs. I invited Ron Steve Marion, head honcho of Sportscard Scammers Exposed to write about the forum that he is behind. If you haven’t heard about them, I suggest going back to read last weeks posts which is conveniently linked here: Angry: Sick of being scammed?
I had a guy try to scam me for $20 worth of cards on the 2011 tops football stuff that I’m building and I had seen a couple other scammer pages in the short time that I’ve been on Facebook; but the truth is they were just a bunch a good old boys club where somebody could come and say something negative about somebody else and then everybody would jump on the bandwagon and say somebody was a horrible person in the neck. I wouldn’t even get a chance to defend themselves.
So we allow both sides to tell their story and a lot of times we find that the person that’s initially calling someone else out trying to get them listed turns out to be the bad party in fact. This is why we always allow the other side to defend themselves; and people must post proof.
While these lists go back about two decades or more from old chat rooms and various forms on the Internet like Blowout and Sports Card Forum.
None of the other scammer pages lasted because it ended up becoming a bunch of trolls ganging up on somebody and the admin’s of those page would allow anything and it got to be a really horrible place we’ve had quite a few issues over the years but we’ve taken our opportunities to learn from them.
More than anything it’s just an amazing feeling to have our peers and a hobby look up to us for what we do and we’re just regular guys nothing special we just have really really worked hard to keep the integrity of our hobby together.
I guess that’s kinda my views on our page. The admin Team has changed over the years I’m the only original member left it’s very stressful and it gets to people when you’re around this all day every day all year every year you start to lose a lot of the fun of the hobby because you see so much of the negativity.
But the guys we have doing it now are amazing and they put in so much more work than people realize there’s only five of us.
It’s totally free we host our own webpage off of Facebook. We make our own business cards to hand out at card shows; but networking on Twitter and Instagram are two places we desperately do you want to reach out and start to gain a following but I think it all starts with Facebook.
I would like to thank Ron for sharing this on here, and for running the Scammers Exposed Facebook page.
I have posted about the Sports Card Scammers Exposed Facebook group before on here, out of all topics a ‘This is what’s great about the hobby‘ post, but I don’t recall ever giving it my full blown endorsement. Also because of a lacking Twitter presence, a lot of people are still unaware that it exists.
Basically it is one huge feedback list that has accumulated over time. If you want someone to get on it, you are required to post proof of being scammed. No scam is too small. The group is also great at fishing out aliases of known scammers. If you feel that you are undeserving of being on the list then you can clear your name.
Beware, the people that comment on it have a tendency to talk to hear themselves. Forget scamming, I have blocked a ton of people because of their behavior in the group. 2018 is the year where people don’t think before they say something on social media and that is definitely the case there. They have been doing things to keep this issue in check by not allowing gifs but lets face it: trolls will be trolls and in 2018 they are the cockroaches that are on any page, no matter what it is. Regardless, it is still worth checking out as the group and list itself is an invaluable service to the hobby.
That said, today I saw a post where the first words were “It’s amazing what this page can do…”
So go check them out.
Here is something that a lot of us experience as modern card collectors: This week, my sister handed me a stack of 5 cards that she wants to know the value of. I don’t remember them exactly but the details are as follows:
- Kobe floor relic, not protected
- Antawn Jamison jersey
- Brad Johnson autograph in a screw down
- a random Tim Salmon insert from the junk wax era
- and finally a random Nene numbered rookie card
I estimated the value at give or take $20 to $60. She was so disappointed that she asked me if I was sure and I showed her my sources, COMC & eBay sold listings. She was convinced that because the card was in a screw down that it was worth more. I hated having to explain to her that if she sold it in a screw down then that would make a lot of hardcore collectors run away. I also had to explain that with the exception of Kobe that a lot of the values on the cards peaked when they were playing because we are not talking about Hall of Famers.
With the Kobe card selling at $12, I told her to keep it because it is the only one that will age well. I told her that if she might as well sell the Brad Johnson card. My reasoning for that is that his value will probably stay the same. An $8 autograph now will sell for the same price later just adjusted for inflation. I said that she might as well give the other cards to her kids.
If you are reading this as someone new to the hobby then the first things that you need to realize is that those cards you are sitting on are probably not worth the cost of annual storage space.
Thanks for reading, expect a Random Review on one of the social media channels today. That will be posted here in the next day or two.
I was guilty of putting a penny sleeve on a card today. I was cleaning and the card was staring at me.
I should have cleaned my desk as I have several stacks of cards on there but then I would have had to sort through it. I felt that I was cheating if I had to sleeve more cards, make a pc pile, make a donation one, and if needed trade bait pile.
I started reading a book. I didn’t start it to distract myself because I read a lot. What is relevant is that I used a card as a bookmark. Instead of a card, and touching a card consistently during this challenge, I used something else.
I put off picking up an order at a store so I pretty much haven’t cheated.
Did a ton of work for the site. I can’t believe that I started this site 4 years ago. The ‘Who’ and ‘Why’ portions are no longer 4 years old. I have been playing around with logos for ages and finally came across that I was happy with. I am happy with the logo above but you can’t exactly put it on a shirt or sticker because of the colors and way that it is designed. I have spent a good 50 hours since I started this site working on logo related material. I have downloaded a lot of image editing programs, paid a few people to design one, and turned over a few more stones. As I spent 2 more hours doing on logo related work, I said to myself that the best things come by accident. I should add, and with patience. As I essentially gave up, I stumbled upon something that I am finally happy with.
Still feeling the effects of not checking card sites; especially for the trade deadline. There were two prospects traded that I wanted to check values on because I may have their cards. Between cross referencing receipts to see if I had them and checking recent sales, I felt it on Tuesday.
Of course a redemption that I was waiting six months for comes in the mail . I did not open the package. Also an eBay purchase came in the mail. Another one that I didn’t open. I haven’t been on eBay a lot and that was my only one.
Where I have been spending my money was on Random Review material and a breaker. You may have noticed that I publicized Maine Sports Cards changing their name to The Breaker Exchange. I don’t consider that a cheat as I have been sitting on that information for a while and was waiting to publicize it.
I may have lingered on a Steel City post and a sale post that I thought was too good be true. It took a few seconds to go ‘no, bad Daniel.’ I gave myself a break as it was 8 seconds of hiccups on a day that I fee the homeless. Speaking of that, there is another day that I felt this. You may notice I do a lot of my Random Review, usually Twitter preview posts, on the third and fifth Tuesdays of the month. I have been known to bust open some product afterward on those days.
Day 5 has been the easiest to date. I am appreciating the money that I saved. Two dollars here, five there, twenty there add up. I say this as I am catching myself doing it with other purchases regarding necessities that I would do anyway.
This has made me appreciate the work that I put into AngryCardCollector as a whole. I am constantly on the lookout for things to post, people to interact with, cool products to buy that would be cool to write about. I am the type who feels like I can always do more but doesn’t take time to smell the roses. This is what makes me a good coach. I can tell you a thousand more ways that I want to improve the site even though I am doing a thousand currently.
Seeing a lot of posts from National. Shout out to the average collector who didn’t/couldn’t attend. Remember, it may not seem like it but we are in the majority. That said, I hope to make National one year; hopefully next year.