Scavenger Life Episode 509: Everybody Doing Again Flips

4/4/21 – 4/10/21

Complete objects in retailer: 2204

Objects bought: 41

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

Internet gross sales: $2066.36 (up 74.2% from one yr in the past)

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

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

Liked the podcast this week. With regards to unbreakable information, the story of lengthy jumper Bob Beamon involves thoughts. Clearly you may Google the small print however this video gives an incredible 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 properly 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 way in which to Germany. Horrors of Conflict is an iconic buying and selling card set from the Thirties and about ten years in the past, one of many bigger non sports activities card producers did a reboot of the set. Like nearly each different trendy card set, the set was concerning the cool inserts, amongst them reduce 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 numerous auctions for these patch playing cards final yr, paying $20-$30 every for them, and have bought one or two a month within the $70-$90 vary since itemizing them. However this was the primary time I bought so many to 1 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 yr for $1.52 and till this previous week, the cardboard sat unlisted in one in all my many ‘junk’ or ‘commons’ bins. Two years in the past, Baddoo was in school A (three rungs from the majors — AA and AAA are the following steps in competitors) and didn’t even carry out very properly at that stage. And there have been no minor leagues final yr due to the pandemic. However he was drafted to the Tigers this yr, who’re horrible, and after performing properly in spring coaching, Baddoo received an opportunity to play in some video games at the beginning of this season. And boy, did his profession ever get off to a Hollywood starting.

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

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

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

His group continues to be horrible, however if you’re a Tigers fan or perhaps a baseball fan, it’s arduous 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 bought for $140.

The wildest half is that this isn’t even one in all his rarest or most desired autographed playing cards! The cardboard I bought 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 tons of and even hundreds relying on desirability (mainly design and rarity).

In all chance, that is the height frenzy for Baddoo playing cards, and in a number of months time costs will drop dramatically. Pitchers will work out Baddoo’s weaknesses and a few of his hits will journey into the opposite group’s gloves as an alternative 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 bought one other Baddoo autograph final yr, 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 “buyers” purchase playing cards based mostly on a person efficiency or sequence of video games. I’m undecided I totally 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, probably the most fascinating units and designs — are far more secure and predictable. There are all the time new units popping out and there are apparent patterns within the forms of playing cards which retain worth and people who don’t. Typically I discover my greatest offers based mostly on a vendor who does an public sale as an alternative of purchase it now or doesn’t create the most effective itemizing.

However Baddoo hit one other house run tonight, so perhaps these shopping for his playing cards this week will get the final chortle. 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.