Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Largest Sportscard Dealer!!

The other day I ran across a sports card seller on eBay who is so incredibly huge, it is unbelievable. This dealer has over 1 million separate sports card listings on eBay right now! To be exact, they have 1,144,572 cards listed. I believe they are all singles too, no lots or sets. They are all store listings, which are 3 cents each to list unless they worked out some type of special deal with eBay, which means that if they paid the standard store listing fee, they paid over $34,337 in listing fees over the last 30 days! It even says in their listings that they are in the process of listing their entire 30 million card inventory on eBay! I don't even want to think about how much time and labor that will take. Who is this dealer of epic proportions? Here they are...

The Largest Sports Card Dealer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Card that Did Not Exist

If you follow Topps Heritage much, you are probably aware that Topps just released the 2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers set, a follow up to the 2008 Topps Heritage set. What you may not realize is that for the past month, there was one card most people thought did not exist...the C285 chrome Jerry Hairston card. Several of the refractor versions have shown up on eBay, but no regular chromes. Until a few days ago. One popped up with a buy it now of $10,000 but the auction was pulled by the seller. Now a second has appeared, and is going as a standard auction with a 99 cent starting bid and no reserve. At the time of writing this, it is already over $50 with more than 6 days to go until the end of the auction. How much is it at now and how much will it end up at? Here is a link to the auction to find out. This one should be very interesting.

2008 Topps Heritage C285 Jerry Hairston


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bill Ripken and the *@#& Face Card

If you were a card collector in the 80's, you will definitely remember the Bill Ripken card that created quite a stir in the hobby. If you are not familiar with the story, Bill Ripken is the brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and also played for the Orioles for a few seasons. The 1989 Fleer card of Bill showed him posing with a bat on his shoulder, and on the bottom of the bat, there was a profane phrase written in sharpie that is very easily seen on the original card. The card created a huge stir and skyrocketed in value almost overnight. Fleer pulled the card and reissued it with quite a few different corrected versions, 12 total versions according to the CNBC article. I found it interesting that Bill admitted to writing the phrase on the bat, but that it was much smaller than it appeared on the card, and he feels that Fleer intentionally enhanced the letters for publicity. If they did, it definitely worked.

Search for Bill Ripken *@#& Face cards on eBay

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Saunders the Red-Nosed Starter

In the spirit of the holidays:

Saunders the red nosed starter, had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows
All of the other pitchers, used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Saunders join in any pitcher games (of pepper)
Then one muggy SoCal day, Scioscia came to say
Saunders with your nose so bright, won't you start on the mound tonight
Then all the Angels loved him, and they shouted out with glee
Saunders the red-nosed starter, you'll go down in history (with 17 wins and a 3.41 ERA in 2008).

Oh yeah, pick some sunscreen!