Scavenger Life Episode 507: The Professionalization of On-line Promoting

3/21/21 – 3/27/21

Complete objects in retailer: 2275

Objects offered: 58

Product sales: $2766.48 (up 146.7% from one yr in the past)

Internet gross sales: $1931.96 (up 138.3% from one yr in the past)

Highest value offered (internet): $132.64 — an autographed hat button rookie card of former Washington Soccer Workforce quarterback Dwayne Haskins, now on the Pittsburgh Steelers, from Panini’s costly Nationwide Treasures set

Lowest value offered (internet): $3.53 — one other rookie card of Australian NBA participant Joe Ingles — $8 greatest supply going all the best way to Australia (I paid simply over $1 for the cardboard so technically it’s revenue however yikes)

This week felt sluggish all through, and that culminated in a particularly sluggish weekend this previous Friday/Saturday/Sunday — usually I’ve 25-30 packages to carry to the submit workplace on a Monday, however this week I solely had a dozen. I’m not even a bit upset about it — this final yr has been so large for me, but in addition a ton of labor. This weekend needed to be my first in months with lower than 20 packages to do, so it virtually felt like a break. I’m wanting to take a real break in a month or two as soon as I’m vaccinated and have gotten via a few of my many unlisted bins of playing cards.

Monitoring these numbers has been so helpful to me, not solely to present me type of a really feel from week to week but in addition to assist me discover tendencies. For instance, as a lot because it makes me considerably comfortable that I can package deal up a basketball card of an obscure participant in New Jersey and ship it in a padded yellow envelope which makes all of it the best way to Australia in a number of quick weeks, I both want to lift my delivery fee to Australia (which is already $15) or, extra realistically, by no means take a proposal beneath $10 on a global package deal.

One different word (why not) on the excessive priced sale. Right here is my itemizing in case anybody’s curious what a $100+ trendy soccer card seems like. A pair tidbits in regards to the card, and sort of card, particularly.

First is that the participant on the cardboard, Dwayne Haskins was a first-round quarterback picked a mere two years in the past (so he’s fairly younger) however just isn’t off to the most effective begin to his profession. The truth is, he’s already been launched by his unique crew and signed on with a brand new one for a a lot lesser contract. This was all due to his personal boneheaded errors, the kinds most younger folks make however clearly there’s a larger microscope once you’re a professional athlete. Haskins broke Covid protocols a number of instances and made some extremely poor performs. Perhaps he might have gotten away with one or the opposite, however with each points, the crew was so pissed off that they really launched him midseason, fairly uncommon in soccer and particularly for younger quarterbacks. Haskins is a backup on his new crew, which has already stated they’ll give him an opportunity however count on that he makes no errors. So he’s a younger participant with some potential (increased costs on his playing cards) however has on no account proven probably the most potential (so decrease than same-age gamers who’re succeeding) and doubtless one mistake away from being reduce once more (decrease costs nonetheless since he’s on a brief leash). In a yr, the cardboard might be value considerably extra (if Haskins has gotten an opportunity along with his new crew and is flourishing), about the identical (if he hasn’t performed a lot) or considerably much less (if he has made extra boneheaded errors and his new crew elements methods with him). That’s an excessive amount of volatility for my style.

A part of why this card was so costly is the set it’s from, Nationwide Treasures, which in 2019 ran over $1000 per 4 card field. This yr’s Nationwide Treasures set was much more costly and subsequent yr there are anticipated to be quarterbacks taken with the #1, #2, #3 and #4 picks within the draft for the primary time in NFL historical past, and costs will go up accordingly. Regardless of the hefty price ticket, lots of the playing cards from these bins are common autographs or jersey playing cards which usually promote for $20 every or much less. A hat button card is among the “nicer” and decrease numbered inserts, and if the participant have been extra profitable than Haskins it will promote for a number of a whole lot, probably 1000’s if the participant is an actual star. Whereas the Haskins card is a pleasant one, it’s on no account probably the most distinctive or fascinating card within the set — for instance, this booklet card (not my itemizing) with jersey swatches from about 25 rookies or this reduce signature card (additionally not my itemizing) of Fred Rogers, sure the TV presenter who was everybody’s favourite neighbor.

Final, the Haskins card was truly broken in a number of locations despite the fact that it’s only a few years previous. I purchased it that method, from an eBay public sale a number of months prior when Haskins’s card values have been at their lowest, proper after Haskins had been launched from his first crew and whereas he was nonetheless in search of a crew to take an opportunity on him. Essentially the most noticeable injury occurred primarily due to the cardboard’s thickness — in some unspecified time in the future because it bounced from place to position earlier than it ended up (briefly) in my possession, it developed a slight tear beneath the button inset. I disclosed that tear, together with the cardboard’s different flaws, in a number of locations in my itemizing and waited for the precise purchaser to return alongside who wished the cardboard regardless of its imperfections. This degree of injury makes the cardboard virtually nugatory to some collectors, however my expertise is that not each collector is out for a card in gem excellent situation, even when lots of people concerned within the sports activities card bubble will concentrate on grading and situation. I promote a number of graded playing cards each week, and I perceive the attraction of them. However largely I promote imperfect, ungraded trendy playing cards which can be distinctive or fascinating indirectly, and I attempt to make an trustworthy itemizing with good footage and package deal them like they’re particular to me since they’re actually particular to the customer. (knock on wooden) that’s labored nicely for me for a number of years now.

I spent extra time taking pictures than itemizing this week (good to have that luxurious) however I’m trying ahead to getting some listings achieved tomorrow or Wednesday whereas listening to the podcast. Comfortable begin of the brand new quarter, everybody. I hope you all have an excellent week of gross sales with patrons spending all their eBay bucks in your retailer.