Scavenger Life Episode 506: We Don’t Have The Luxurious Of Being Mediocre

3/14/21 – 3/20/21

Complete gadgets in retailer: 2295

Objects bought: 84

Product sales: $3178.98 (up 200.3% from this week final 12 months)

Web gross sales: $2153.19 (up 226.4% from this week final 12 months)

Highest worth bought: $187.74 — an autograph rookie refractor (refractor = shiny) of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager graded 9 mint

Lowest worth bought: $11.97 — a plain, unadorned rookie draft card of Australian basketball participant Joe Ingles, who was not drafted and solely has just a few rookie playing cards

Final week, my gross sales had been barely larger as a result of I had about 10 gross sales of $75-$100 and 10 gross sales of $100 or extra. This week was way more typical (not less than for loopy stimulus sports activities card bubble occasions): 8 from $75-$100 and 4 over $100.

Even after I promote 84 gadgets, I by no means have 84 packages to ship out as a result of I all the time have just a few consumers who buy a number of gadgets. This week, I had one sale of 12 gadgets to 1 purchaser for $170 much less Canada delivery and costs.

All 12 gadgets had been totally different hockey gamers printing plates. Printing plates are the varied colours (black/yellow/cyan/magenta) utilized in stamping ink on the playing cards. Most producers insert printing plates plates as a “hit card” each x variety of packs or bins, usually with an accompanying autograph from the participant, or a bit of their jersey. Just a few producers use the plates to create a brand new product, just like the Panini Plates & Patches set. You obtain not less than one printing plate and patch card in each Plates & Patches field, however the identify is usually branding. There are many common playing cards past the plates and patches playing cards, although “common playing cards” in most units in 2021 usually have an autograph, a bit of jersey and/or some sort of foil/colourful design and serial quantity.

Have I discussed how excessive the price of shopping for a field of buying and selling playing cards is in 2021? Every 5 card field of 2020 Plates & Patches soccer playing cards will set you again not less than $375. That’s over $60 for every card, and Plates & Patches isn’t even a premium costly model! It’s fairly run of the mill common by way of pricing. Essentially the most high-end bins run $1000 or extra for a field of 5-10 playing cards, so you are able to do the mathematics at how absurdly costly a 12-box case will get. Most collectors don’t get their playing cards by way of shopping for bins anymore. They both purchase or commerce for particular person playing cards or buy “their” crew (or participant) in “field breaks” or “case breaks.” Here’s a very well-written article on case breaks that explains the method higher than I can.

I do know what breaks are, however I’ve by no means participated in a single because it’s mainly all luck. No must take a shortcut and gamble after I have already got a system the place I can earn money so long as I put within the work. I initially bought the plates I bought this week by way of varied eBay auctions final month, all from the identical vendor. This is quite common with buying and selling playing cards, most sellers use auctions, but it surely’s an inefficient strategy to promote and costs differ lots. I believe many eBay buying and selling card sellers must promote this week to pay for his or her purchases subsequent week. In reality, I used to be like that for just a few years. It’s solely this previous 12 months the place I’ve really damaged out of it, considerably from the elevated demand (extra folks shopping for playing cards) however principally from smarter shopping for habits.

Like these plates. The 12 plates I bought this week price me simply over $5 every, and even after delivery to Canada and costs, I made a tidy $90 revenue. I had every plate listed at $20 and I had already bought another plates at that worth. However I had the pliability to go all the way down to $15 and even $10 and nonetheless make a revenue, and at any time when I get a purchaser who sends me a bunch of gives on the similar time, I’m all the time inclined to take it.

I’ve a brand new lot buy of over 100 plates within the mail which I’m trying ahead to. Sadly, this can in all probability be my final cache of plates till subsequent 12 months’s units come out. However not less than I went out with a bang. I acquired very fortunate with my successful bid and solely paid about $3.50 for every plate. Most will get listed at $20 with just a few at larger costs if the gamers are collectible or standard. A handful will promote inside twenty-four hours of itemizing, as collectors usually give attention to a sure participant and arrange saved searches (e.g. ‘Mario Lemieux plate’) to alert them to new listings in order that they don’t miss their gamers’ playing cards (particularly the uncommon ones) earlier than one other collector snaps them up. They must be fast, particularly with probably the most fascinating playing cards. I’ll make again my preliminary ~$400 funding with the primary 25 or in order that promote, after which the remainder is all revenue.

I cherished this week’s podcast a lot. Inspiring and grounded on the similar time. It’s so vital to seek out one thing that’s price placing within the additional effort and time on, just like the considerate belongings you embrace for friends who keep at your Air BnB’s.