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 optimistic momentum!

I principally promote fashionable 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 objects in retailer: 2274

Gadgets bought: 54

Product sales: $1889.91

Web gross sales: $1276.52

Highest worth bought: $144 — an autograph of Civil Warfare basic Thomas Henderson

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

This week felt comparatively ‘gradual’ (I exploit 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 median 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 numerous non-sports card objects 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 objects 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.

A little bit anecdote about fashionable card gathering/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 Workforce 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 develop into Washington’s starter subsequent season, except 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 tip of the season as a result of Alex Smith was damage and his damage precipitated him to overlook extra time than the crew hoped. Sadly for Washington, they needed to hold enjoying their schedule despite the fact that they didn’t have their greatest quarterback. To just about everybody’s shock, Heinicke virtually led Washington to a victory over Tampa Bay of their playoff matchup, making a couple of really excellent touchdowns within the course of. Through the recreation, and ever since, his few playing cards have skyrocketed in worth, 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. (Typically talking, nobody needs a card of the third-string operating again.)

I had bought numerous Heinicke playing cards for a couple of {dollars} every earlier than Washington’s playoff recreation on the possibility he may get a possibility. More often than not, these little gambles don’t lead to making or shedding very a lot, at the least for me. I occurred to get very fortunate this time. This can be a entire area of interest inside fashionable playing cards referred to as ‘prospecting.’ Whereas I did very effectively with Heinicke playing cards, I’m a guppy in a sea of sharks who could 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 might be a type of speculators shopping for and promoting thousand greenback playing cards. I don’t assume 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.