Scavenger Life Episode 504: eBay Spring Vendor Replace

I posted my numbers in final week’s thread for the primary time, and although I haven’t listened to this week’s podcast but, I need to preserve that constructive momentum!

I principally promote trendy sports activities playing cards, so my gross sales numbers are good however my stock prices are excessive, typically 1/3 of my gross sales and even barely extra.

2/28/21 – 3/6/21

Whole gadgets in retailer: 2274

Objects offered: 54

Product sales: $1889.91

Web gross sales: $1276.52

Highest worth offered: $144 — an autograph of Civil Battle basic Thomas Henderson

Lowest worth offered: $13.24 — A numbered sketch card of late Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay from the hilariously costly Topps Transcendent set

This week felt comparatively ‘sluggish’ (I take advantage of that time period evenly) and that feeling is mirrored in my gross sales that are down 30% from final week. In actuality, that is one thing like a mean week for me over the past 15 months, and it (principally) all evens out.

I had listed a couple of non-sports playing cards early this week, not a distinct segment that I deal in fairly often. With how eBay’s search engine works, it’s most likely not a coincidence that I noticed a variety of non-sports card gadgets promote. Two war-related autographs from the identical set (each to the identical buyer, clearly a collector of some variety), a couple of different non-sports autographs, and even a few media gadgets from my library sale days. Boy, do I miss library gross sales. They weren’t all that worthwhile nevertheless it was a good way to spend a weekend morning.

A little bit anecdote about trendy card accumulating/speculating: I offered two autographed playing cards of Taylor Heinicke this week for about $40 every.

An enormous a part of why these gross sales occurred is due to this week’s information that Washington Soccer Crew had launched quarterback Alex Smith, an older participant who’s near retirement after an extended and reasonably profitable profession. This elevates the principally unproven Heinicke to turn out to be Washington’s starter subsequent season, until or till Washington acquires a brand new quarterback. (They most likely will, however for now, let’s not fear about that.)

Heinicke had solely performed in a couple of video games earlier than this season in a principally itinerant profession, however he was compelled into motion close to the top of the season as a result of Alex Smith was harm and his damage induced him to overlook extra time than the group hoped. Sadly for Washington, they needed to hold taking part in their schedule though they didn’t have their finest quarterback. To almost everybody’s shock, Heinicke nearly led Washington to a victory over Tampa Bay of their playoff matchup, making a couple of actually excellent touchdowns within the course of. Throughout the recreation, and ever since, his few playing cards have skyrocketed in worth, with autographs seeing the most important bump. Unknown gamers are likely to have much less playing cards than these with excessive draft pedigrees, for pretty apparent causes. (Usually talking, nobody needs a card of the third-string working again.)

I had bought a variety of Heinicke playing cards for a couple of {dollars} every earlier than Washington’s playoff recreation on the possibility he would possibly get a chance. More often than not, these little gambles don’t end in making or dropping very a lot, no less than for me. I occurred to get very fortunate this time. It is a entire area of interest inside trendy playing cards known as ‘prospecting.’ Whereas I did very effectively with Heinicke playing cards, I’m a guppy in a sea of sharks who might spend hundreds of {dollars} on one specific uncommon autograph of the subsequent surefire star. Typically these gamers are youngsters, or simply out of faculty. However their athletic potential is sky-high and so are their card costs.

Perhaps sometime I will likely be a type of speculators shopping for and promoting thousand greenback playing cards. I don’t suppose so, however I wouldn’t have predicted this degree of gross sales a couple of years in the past, so who is aware of. Heinicke cash can pay for groceries this week, although. Thanks, Washington Soccer followers.