Recently I've been spending an awful lot of time on ebay. It seems as if there is nothing that is not available. It kind of sneaks up on you too because you can spend a lot of money, a little bit at a time. $6 here - no problem. $5-there - piece of cake. $17.25 - yeah but look what I'm getting! So you end up spending $50-60 all in one day.
Then what happens? The next day you're back on ebay "just looking" You have to go back there to leave feedback and other stuff right? What's the harm in just taking a look around while you're there? You are watching those other cards anyway "just to get an idea what things are going for." Next thing you know, there goes another $42.37.
So far I've managed to keep myself in check reasonably well. What concerns me is I end up buying stuff that I wasn't looking for and don't really need (not that I NEED any of this, but you know what I mean). Every day is a new day to buy stuff and everything looks like a good deal. In a future post I put up the stuff that I've bought so far so everyone can tell me how bad I got screwed.
What I'd like to know now is how people determine what is a good deal? For example. I just bought the Rickey Henderson Topps RC that I've wanted since childhood for $12.50. Good deal? How the hell should I know? All I know is that I wanted it and I had $12.50 to spare. I guess I could look it up in my Beckett, but who give a crap what Beckett thinks it's worth? I'm sure it would make me feel good about myself though. That is until I see it going for $4 or something. So again, how do people determine what they will spend 0n a particular car/lot/box?
Another thing. I really like opening boxes and packs. There are a lot available on ebay. Should I be leary of them? Can people go through and somehow pick out the good packs and leave the junk? I usually feel better when a box is still wrapped in plastic. But, how hard would it be for someone to rewrap a box? I'm seriously asking. I have no idea.
Example of a box quandary: Growing up the 84 Mattingly was one of the most kick-ass cards any kid could have. I have one myself and I consider it one of the prizes of my collection. I could give a shit what Beckett thinks about its value. It's EXTREMELY valuable to me. The prospect of opening a pack of 84 Topps and finding one in there makes me positively giddy. It makes me feel 12 years old just thinking about it and what a monster pull that would have been considered back then. So then I find this on ebay:
What do I do? Do I bid on it? Is it to much of a risk that it's been tampered with? It's probably wax packs so those are probably easier to screw with? Would any of you get it? I just don't want to be a sucker.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks dudes.
Fred C. Harris and Brendan C. Boyd
5 weeks ago