Scavenger Life Episode 512: Need To Hear A Unhappy to Completely happy Story?

4/25/21 – 5/1/21

Complete objects in retailer: 2305

Gadgets offered: 52

Product sales: $2242.35 (down 0.9% from one 12 months in the past)

Internet gross sales: $1639.79 (up 11.9% from one 12 months in the past)

Highest worth offered (internet): $528.65 — particulars beneath

Lowest worth offered (internet): $7.30 — a jersey card of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery, who handed away a number of years in the past at a younger age

Positively felt the spring/summer time slowdown strongly these previous couple of weeks, however I used to be saved this week by an uncommon excessive greenback sale. The cardboard I offered hit on all the weather that create worth in fashionable sports activities playing cards: the cardboard contained a big and weird jersey swatch, it was autographed, had a low serial quantity, a shiny design, it’s a rookie card, from a preferred set and it’s a preferred participant. I knew after I acquired this card that it will promote nicely, and as I saved getting watchers on the itemizing (over 30+ by the point I offered), I saved rising the value barely. However a $600+ supply was an excessive amount of to show down.

A lot of the playing cards I promote get taped in between cardboard and perhaps bubble wrap and shipped in a small envelope. The Derwin James card I offered bought the premium therapy — double wrapped and despatched in a small field with further cardboard for cover. My purchaser’s treasure made all of it the best way from New Jersey to California (certainly to a collector or speculator with a wealth of good Chargers playing cards) in simply two days. Actually demonstrates what an unbelievable infrastructure USPS has.

The cardboard that I offered is a Derwin James card. James is a proficient younger soccer participant in his second or third 12 months however in no way the most effective gamers within the league. And he’s a defensive security, not a quarterback or operating again or huge receiver. And he performs for the Los Angeles Chargers, not the Patriots or Cowboys or Packers.

Whereas this was a big sale for me (my second highest sale this 12 months), and nearly actually the most effective Derwin James playing cards, it’s pennies in comparison with excessive greenback playing cards of extra fashionable, or collectible, gamers. Common rookie playing cards (no autograph, no jersey, no serial numbering, no shine) from the identical fashionable set as my Derwin James card (Panini Choose) of one of the best younger quarterback Patrick Mahomes routinely promote for over $1000. And this isn’t all pandemic or “sports activities card bubble” associated — this stage of speculative frenzy has been round playing cards, to 1 diploma or one other, for 15+ years.

I had one other purchaser this week who purchased 10 outsized autograph playing cards of Fifties New York Yankees and Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, which wasn’t practically as profitable a sale but it surely felt good to filter out 10 comparatively low-dollar (~$10 every) objects without delay.

Additionally, Jay, I cherished your unhappy to completely happy story. I associated to it so strongly, particularly when it comes to needing to seek out my very own means in my early twenties and struggling to create these sturdy bonds past what my household gave me, which frequently wasn’t a lot. It’s such a pleasure to listen to in regards to the store lastly opening and to consider all that it’ll carry to the neighborhood, particularly to your youthful workers for a lot of of whom this shall be their first job. That first job shapes a teenager so dramatically and it’s nice to see how you’re taking this step that may have an effect on so many individuals’s lives for the higher.

Preserve itemizing, everybody. Even when this summer time stays sluggish, it’s going to repay across the holidays.