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 keep that constructive momentum!

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

2/28/21 – 3/6/21

Whole gadgets in retailer: 2274

Objects bought: 54

Product sales: $1889.91

Web gross sales: $1276.52

Highest value bought: $144 — an autograph of Civil Conflict basic Thomas Henderson

Lowest value bought: $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 calmly) and that feeling is mirrored in my gross sales that are down 30% from final week. In actuality, that is one thing like a median week for me over the past 15 months, and it (largely) all evens out.

I had listed a number 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 plenty of non-sports card gadgets promote. Two war-related autographs from the identical set (each to the identical buyer, clearly a collector of some form), a number 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 however it was a good way to spend a weekend morning.

Just a little anecdote about trendy card amassing/speculating: I bought two autographed playing cards of Taylor Heinicke this week for about $40 every.

A giant a part of why these gross sales occurred is due to this week’s information that Washington Soccer Group had launched quarterback Alex Smith, an older participant who’s near retirement after a protracted and reasonably profitable profession. This elevates the largely unproven Heinicke to develop into 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 number of video games earlier than this season in a largely itinerant profession, however he was compelled into motion close to the tip of the season as a result of Alex Smith was damage and his damage induced him to overlook extra time than the workforce hoped. Sadly for Washington, they needed to hold enjoying their schedule regardless that 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 number of really excellent touchdowns within the course of. Through the sport, and ever since, his few playing cards have skyrocketed in value, with autographs seeing the largest 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 plenty of Heinicke playing cards for a number of {dollars} every earlier than Washington’s playoff sport on the prospect he may get a possibility. More often than not, these little gambles don’t lead to making or shedding very a lot, not less than for me. I occurred to get very fortunate this time. It is a complete area of interest inside trendy playing cards known as ‘prospecting.’ Whereas I did very properly with Heinicke playing cards, I’m a guppy in a sea of sharks who might spend 1000’s of {dollars} on one explicit uncommon autograph of the following surefire star. Usually 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 stage of gross sales a number of years in the past, so who is aware of. Heinicke cash pays for groceries this week, although. Thanks, Washington Soccer followers.