A man died today. A human being. Yes he was somewhat famous and he played baseball but a human died today. Tyler Skaggs lost his life today. We don’t know why, but it doesn’t matter if he is the next Chris Benoit or the next Thurman Munson; people are affected by his death.
For those that watch my videos, you know that my desk is basically all cards. I did a lot of cleaning today and found his autographed card on my desk. I actually had it on there to sell when he made an all star team or signed a huge contract. Now, the only way that I am giving it up is if it goes in the hands of an Angels collector. It is a shame that I finally searched him online today and saw that he is someone I should have collected before as there is a really good chance that we were born in the same hospital.
Card collecting can be a nasty hobby. Today shows the dark side. Tyler Skaggs was a dollar bin autograph. Now he is a commodity. The amount of listings for his cards today on eBay have doubled. It is embarrassing. Notably, Probstein has listed 3 of them since the announcement. Let’s see Rick blame his consigners for that one. If you live under a rock, there a ton of evidence that Probstein is bad for the hobby that you can find on other sites. I am not going to take credit for any of the work that has been done there.
I don’t care about the people who had his autograph for sale and finally sold it today. I feel that it is embarrassing for someone to list a card with RIP in it 30 minutes after the announcement of his death. Wait a week. The price is now inflated and twice what you would have got for it before.
I am not saying there is a good time to sell it. I saw a Facebook group today ban all sales on his cards for a week. I think that is fair. Truthfully, I don’t know what is fair. I just know that listing his card because of his death at an inflated price is wrong.
We see this all the time with Hall of Famers. There is a huge segment of the collecting population who collects players and waits for them to die, so they can sell for a profit.
Let’s not miss the point. A bigger question is whether it is right to sell cards immediately when someone dies. In the world that I live in, any time one needs to ask themselves a question, they probably already know the answer to it. I have been asked a lot today if selling his cards is right, well if you are asking, then you know the answer. American society has moved away from business and ethics going hand in hand. This needs to be corrected and will be corrected as 99% of American society is good. You are good.