Scavenger Life Episode 524: NYC Avenue Scavenging

Welcome again, Jay and Ryanne. It was nice to listen to about your trip and even higher to listen to in regards to the attainable new helper.

I didn’t publish my numbers final week with the podcast on pause, so listed here are two weeks price. I hit a milestone in gross sales within the final week of July. There’s a small caveat associated to it: the final week of July was the Nationwide Sports activities Card Conference so my idea is plenty of card collectors/speculators who had been unable to attend had been on eBay. Concern of lacking out and all that. Not not like how gross sales had been virtually all final summer season. With that mentioned, my gross sales are even increased than they had been final summer season, and I’m very desirous to see what occurs within the fall and winter.

One of many good issues about reaching a brand new degree of eBay gross sales is that I’ve an enormous backlog of unlisted stock, and it’s not all junk. Discovering good stock to switch what had bought was one among my greatest obstacles as I grew the shop from 500 to 1000 listings after which from 1000 to 2000. It’s good to have the ability to spend money on nicer stock. That’s actually why my gross sales are up a lot — I’ve been itemizing much more and a lot of the gadgets are higher high quality.

7/25/21 – 7/31/2021

Objects bought: 100 (64 by finest provide, 16 by vendor initiated provide)

Product sales: $4586.01 (up 62.7% from one yr in the past)

Web gross sales: $3279.41 (up 64.3% from one yr in the past)

Highest worth bought (internet): $469.49 — Baker Mayfield autographed cracked ice rookie

Why is that this card so precious? Mayfield is the younger quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, who made the playoffs final yr for the primary time in 18 years. This card hit on all the weather that create worth in fashionable playing cards — autograph, rookie, common design (the cracked ice foil) and low serial quantity. This specific card wasn’t one which you could possibly discover in packs, as an alternative it was launched on the producer Panini’s web site to buy with redemption factors. The worth of these factors dipped dramatically final yr throughout the early a part of the pandemic, so I stocked up on factors then (all eBay purchases). Plenty of essentially the most precious playing cards in my retailer had been bought for Panini factors.

Lowest worth bought (internet): $7.97 — Mahler Symphony No. 9 DVD

8/1/2021 – 8/7/2021

Whole gadgets in retailer: 3062

Objects bought: 72 (55 by finest provide, 2 by vendor initiated provide)

Product sales: $3925.11 (up 134% from one yr in the past)

Web gross sales: $2848.81 (up 137% from one yr in the past)

Highest worth bought (internet): $380.85 — Ryan Tannehill NFL defend patch

Playing cards with a novel piece of jersey within the card, just like the staff’s brand or NFL brand, promote for a premium. This card occurs to be a well-liked quarterback and a highly regarded set (Nationwide Treasures). It bought for my full purchase it now worth which is all the time actually thrilling.

Lowest worth bought (internet): $9.81 — Lonzo Ball white pulsar prizm

This card may need been my lowest sale worth of the week (in truth my solely sale beneath $10), however just a few years in the past this set (Obsidian white pulsar prizms) had been the preferred playing cards round for a short second.

Like plenty of Panini’s most original choices, these specific packs had been launched solely on their web site and bought out inside a couple of minutes. Similar because the Mayfield above, these packs had been additionally solely purchasable utilizing redemption factors, the equal of one thing like $150 per pack. (Loopy I do know) The entire playing cards within the packs have the identical shiny (white pulsar) design. No autographs, no variations, no jerseys, no serial numbers. Both your pack incorporates good gamers who’re price greater than what you paid, otherwise you’re unfortunate and also you get skunked.

Typically, after you open your packs and don’t get the brand new scorching rookie or star participant price a whole bunch, you may listing all of the playing cards on eBay for public sale to get no matter cash you may for them. That could be $20 for 2 packs’ price (6 playing cards) as a result of auctions are bizarre and unpredictable. It’s so unusual to consider what number of fashionable card patrons repeatedly spend a whole bunch of {dollars} on packs or containers hoping to get fortunate, and after they don’t, flip round and promote their pulls for a fraction of the unique worth.