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

3/21/21 – 3/27/21

Complete objects in retailer: 2275

Objects bought: 58

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

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

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

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

This week felt gradual all through, and that culminated in a particularly gradual weekend this previous Friday/Saturday/Sunday — sometimes I’ve 25-30 packages to deliver to the publish workplace on a Monday, however this week I solely had a dozen. I’m not even a bit of upset about it — this final yr has been so super 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 desperate 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 offer me type of a really feel from week to week but in addition to assist me discover traits. For instance, as a lot because it makes me considerably glad that I can bundle 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 way in which to Australia in a couple of brief weeks, I both want to boost my transport charge to Australia (which is already $15) or, extra realistically, by no means take a suggestion beneath $10 on a global bundle.

One different notice (why not) on the excessive priced sale. Right here is my itemizing in case anybody’s curious what a $100+ fashionable soccer card appears to be like like. A pair tidbits concerning 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 is just not off to the perfect begin to his profession. In truth, he’s already been launched by his authentic workforce and signed on with a brand new one for a a lot lesser contract. This was all due to his personal boneheaded errors, the categories most younger folks make however clearly there’s a larger microscope if you’re a professional athlete. Haskins broke Covid protocols a couple of instances and made some extremely poor performs. Perhaps he might have gotten away with one or the opposite, however with each points, the workforce 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 workforce, which has already mentioned they’ll give him an opportunity however anticipate 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 essentially the most potential (so decrease than same-age gamers who’re succeeding) and possibly one mistake away from being lower once more (decrease costs nonetheless since he’s on a brief leash). In a yr, the cardboard could possibly be price considerably extra (if Haskins has gotten an opportunity along with his new workforce 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 workforce 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 frequently promote for $20 every or much less. A hat button card is likely one of the “nicer” and decrease numbered inserts, and if the participant had been extra profitable than Haskins it might promote for a number of lots of, probably 1000’s if the participant is an actual star. Whereas the Haskins card is a pleasant one, it’s on no account essentially the most distinctive or attention-grabbing card within the set — for instance, this booklet card (not my itemizing) with jersey swatches from about 25 rookies or this lower signature card (additionally not my itemizing) of Fred Rogers, sure the TV presenter who was everybody’s favourite neighbor.

Final, the Haskins card was really broken in a number of locations regardless that it’s just some years previous. I purchased it that means, from an eBay public sale a couple of months prior when Haskins’s card values had been at their lowest, proper after Haskins had been launched from his first workforce and whereas he was nonetheless in search of a workforce to take an opportunity on him. Probably 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 (quickly) 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 best purchaser to come back alongside who needed the cardboard regardless of its imperfections. This degree of harm 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 couple of graded playing cards each week, and I perceive the enchantment of them. However largely I promote imperfect, ungraded fashionable playing cards which might be distinctive or attention-grabbing not directly, and I attempt to make an trustworthy itemizing with good footage and bundle them like they’re particular to me since they’re actually particular to the customer. (knock on wooden) that’s labored properly for me for a couple of years now.

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