Scavenger Life Episode 509: Everybody Doing Again Flips

4/4/21 – 4/10/21

Complete gadgets in retailer: 2204

Objects offered: 41

Product sales: $2877.04 (up 76.8% from one 12 months in the past)

Web gross sales: $2066.36 (up 74.2% from one 12 months in the past)

Highest worth offered (web): $368.17 — 6 commemorative patch playing cards from the Horrors of Conflict set

Lowest worth offered (web): $7.76 — 1 of the 4 metallic printing plates (used within the printing technique of the cardboard) of race automobile driver Brett Bodine

Beloved the podcast this week. With reference to unbreakable data, the story of lengthy jumper Bob Beamon involves thoughts. Clearly you may Google the main points however this video offers an excellent abstract.

Skip to 1:32 for Bob Beamon and his part of the video lasts about ten minutes. However I give my highest advice to the video creator, Jon Bois, who makes esoteric movies about sports activities which are each humorous and nicely researched. This explicit video is concerning the historical past of athletes named Bob (Bob Beamon amongst them) and touches on each well-known and not-so-famous athletes.

It was such a thrill to get up this previous Tuesday to the $400+ sale of patch playing cards that are presently en route all the best way to Germany. Horrors of Conflict is an iconic buying and selling card set from the Nineteen Thirties and about ten years in the past, one of many bigger non sports activities card producers did a reboot of the set. Like virtually each different fashionable card set, the set was concerning the cool inserts, amongst them lower signatures of army generals, playing cards with items of uniforms from WW2 and earlier, and the commemorative patch playing cards (e.g. twenty fifth infantry) like those that went to my purchaser in Germany. I even have a saved seek for this set as a result of it’s so collectible. I gained various auctions for these patch playing cards final 12 months, paying $20-$30 every for them, and have offered one or two a month within the $70-$90 vary since itemizing them. However this was the primary time I offered so many to at least one purchaser.

My most worthwhile sale this week, like many baseball card sellers, was an autograph of latest Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo. I had bought an autograph card of his at public sale final 12 months for $1.52 and till this previous week, the cardboard sat unlisted in certainly one of my many ‘junk’ or ‘commons’ containers. Two years in the past, Baddoo was at school A (three rungs from the majors — AA and AAA are the following steps in competitors) and didn’t even carry out very nicely at that degree. And there have been no minor leagues final 12 months due to the pandemic. However he was drafted to the Tigers this 12 months, who’re horrible, and after performing nicely in spring coaching, Baddoo bought an opportunity to play in some video games at first of this season. And boy, did his profession ever get off to a Hollywood starting.

First recreation: residence run on the primary pitch of his first at-bat

Second recreation: two hits together with a grand slam residence run

Third recreation: single within the ninth inning to win the sport

His crew remains to be horrible, however if you’re a Tigers fan or perhaps a baseball fan, it’s exhausting to not be charmed by his mother and father dancing within the stands each time he will get a success and all of the followers getting excited each time he comes as much as the plate. So his card costs have risen dramatically. I dug out my autograph this week and listed it for $149.99 and inside an hour it had offered for $140.

The wildest half is that this isn’t even certainly one of his rarest or most desired autographed playing cards! The cardboard I offered was manufactured by Panini, who doesn’t have a license with MLB. His most fascinating Topps playing cards, particularly the preferred set Bowman Chrome, have been promoting within the a whole bunch and even hundreds relying on desirability (mainly design and rarity).

In all probability, that is the height frenzy for Baddoo playing cards, and in a number of months time costs will drop dramatically. Pitchers will determine Baddoo’s weaknesses and a few of his hits will journey into the opposite crew’s gloves as a substitute of over the fence. A brand new sizzling participant will take the league by storm and collectors/speculators/whoever is paying these loopy costs will transfer on to another person. This occurs yearly in each sport.

I truly offered one other Baddoo autograph final 12 months, a blue Bowman Chrome, for $17.85. On the time, I used to be proud of the $10 or no matter it was in revenue. That very same card is presently promoting within the $300 vary. That’s the most effective instance of the sports activities card bubble for you. In a nutshell: these bizarre outlier sale values the place speculators and “traders” purchase playing cards primarily based on a person efficiency or sequence of video games. I’m undecided I absolutely perceive their motivations, however I’m completely happy to promote to those patrons a handful of instances each week.

I’ll take the income from my one sale and reinvest them in a lot safer bets. Bubble apart, most card values — the most effective gamers, essentially the most fascinating units and designs — are far more steady and predictable. There are at all times new units popping out and there are apparent patterns within the sorts of playing cards which retain worth and people who don’t. Usually I discover my finest offers primarily based on a vendor who does an public sale as a substitute of purchase it now or doesn’t create the most effective itemizing.

However Baddoo hit one other residence run tonight, so possibly these shopping for his playing cards this week will get the final snigger. I wouldn’t guess on it, however I by no means would have guessed that my little $1.52 buy final fall would have netted me over $100 revenue, both.