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
June 29, 2017 § Leave a comment
First off, I am running a contest where I am giving away a PDF file of my new book. You can find that link here: https://twitter.com/angryccollector/status/880143105692909568
For $9.99 you are promised a McDavid rookie, hobby pack, and an autograph. So let’s see what I got.
The contents of the pack.
The auto: Mike Moore rookie auto – he can now be found in a European Hockey League; and not even an elite one.
The pack: Vanguard pack – I feel like this is a reach to say that it is a hobby pack. If I bought this for the hobby pack, I would be livid. Fortunately I bought it for the McDavid pre-rookie.
I got what I paid for. That said, it was still very disappointing. I bought it for the McDavid pro-rookie so I still left content.
June 24, 2017 § Leave a comment
I am proud to announce the release of my book. You can find the paperback of My Life is Fiction: The Coaching Diaries, on Amazon right now. Pre-order is up for the Kindle version. It will go live next Friday, June 30th. The Kindle version is much cheaper, and the version that I strongly recommend. Plus the Kindle version is at an introductory price of $2.99. So grab it before it goes up to $3.99 soon.
The Coaching Diaries is a fictionalized version my experience coaching youth baseball.
Read in real time journal entries the thoughts of a coach throughout a season. Seen through the eyes of a coach who is battling depression. Join the ride with him as he takes you through two season in a competitive youth baseball league; coaching kids ages three to six.
At times situations are funny. Others are sad. This book has it all.
This book covers two seasons so it is essentially two books in one.
It is a great value at 280 pages. Truthfully you can probably get through it in three or four bathroom sittings.
Why My Life is Fiction? For starters, I might write more books under this heading. I write what I know best, and allow myself to be a character. So you are getting a fictionalized version of Daniel A. DuBay
June 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Going to give it to your straight readers: I did not do any card activity at all this week. My budget simply didn’t allow it.
I have two packs of cards that I need to open but am waiting until I absolutely need to squash my appetite to open some packs; even though the packs I have are retail. I even have a few posts written as backup in case I have a week where I am sick. I am just using this entry to point out that even though I wish that I could have something newsworthy to my card collection every week, it is not doable.
I am working on a e-book. Look for announcement on that soon.
I have been obsessed with this site of late:
– Punched.com <<<Check out the “Knockout Deals.” I have been able to load up on gifts for my my loved ones.
June 7, 2017 § 1 Comment
I have been so good about not buying blaster boxes this year and only buying packs or singles; until May that is. I saw a repack product with hobby packs that had Prestige basketball on the cover and took the dive at $11.99.
They also hooked me with the 2 jumbo packs, which I was curious about.
To my surprise, every pack shown on the box was what they gave me.
I started with the Prestige pack. 2 of the better rookies from the set in Noel and Dieng.
Pinnacle has always been one of my favorite products. This pack didn’t disappoint. I got an Artist Proof and a jersey card.
The Hoops pack was also fun. Pulled a Dennis Schroeder and Noel rookie. The only thing better would have been pulling a Giannis or CJ McCollum rookies.
NBA Hoops had some seriously underrated insert sets. My personal favorite are the Hoops Dreams inserts; something about the design screams premium insert to me. I also liked the Class Action insert. Look at the photography on the Howard card.
Overall I was very happy with this product. Of the 88 cards in the box, I will only donate the ones below, the rest all keepers. Basketball is my main personal collection so I might be more enthusiastic about this product compared to the average person. Definitely worth a flier if for under $15.
June 4, 2017 § Leave a comment
May 30, 2017 § Leave a comment
In remembrance of my uncle, one of the first things I did when I found out that he died, after asking my mom a thousand questions like is she okay, was hit Ebay to snatch up his work that was on my want list. Random side tangent, despite being in the business, artist and their families have a bad tendency not to appreciate what they do. Drawings are just work supplies to them like does a tattoo artist keep his multiple rough drafts, no he tosses them. Well that is what comic book artists have had a tendency to do and that is why original artwork from back in the day is so scarce. (My experience relates to hearing a bunch of these stories second hand and also experience with my dad Bill DuBay, not my Uncle for the record.) My family wishes that we kept all of my dad’s old stuff. Tangent over. Although that does lead me to one of the pics. I thought that I was getting a steal and buying original artwork but in my haze regarding my uncle’s death, I realized that I overpaid for a print. All is well that ends well though as I will definitely hang it up.
As a low budget spender to begin with, I didn’t have much to but I bought a few things. I mainly bought what I would regret passing on, if in hindsight said comics don’t turn up for sale again. Thank you credit.
So 4 comics, 1 print. I spent about $30 and don’t regret it, even if I thought I was getting something better than I actually did.
I had to grab a bunch of his Ninja Turtles work. They were a special part of my childhood. I had no idea then that my uncle worked on these until very recently; interestingly my mom didn’t either because if she did, I would’ve had these around as a kid. These comics predate the Turtles phenomenon as they were made in 1986 so it is cool that my Uncle got in at the ground level of one of something so relevant to me. Seeing his name next to Kevin Eastman is as cool to me as him working with Jack Kirby is to most comic book lovers; seriously though my uncle worked with greats and I am so proud to share the same blood as him because he was great himself.
I took a $2 flier on a Ninja Turtles parody type deal that he did. Below is the artwork that will be up on my wall soon. I regret not getting an original piece of his when he was healthy.