Monday, October 31, 2022

Trade Me Anything XVI Preamble: The Keepers

This past weekend was an exceedingly busy one.  Bucks game Friday night, followed by the last kid soccer game of the fall, a family Christmas photo session, then the neighborhood trick-or-treat extravaganza known as the Spooktacular on Saturday night.  Between each event, I was able to snake a moment here and there to open some packs of my annual box of Topps Update Series baseball cards.  It was a decent box, and I think that the cards I'm offering up for trade are going to be spread among a greater number of teams than usual.

This year there were three cards I couldn't bear to let go.  All of them are shiny.  Here's a look at what you cannot have.

#US58 Hunter Renfroe Rainbow Foil Parallel
A Hamburger Helper sliding mitten?  That weird batting helmet with the yellow backdrop behind the logo?  Heck yes!  This one looks better, oddly enough, when scanned than in person.  That blue really shines through.
#T87C-24 Ken Griffey, Jr. 1987 Topps Chrome Refractor
Griffey looks to be rounding the bases with his tongue sticking out.  I've never seen this on a card before.  No way I was letting one of you get your grubby little hands on this gem.

#DGDC-62 Eddie Mathews Diamond Greats Die Cut
After Hank Aaron, this is the local baseball player I wish I could have seen play in person.  In case you're wondering, for basketball it's Alcindor, and for the Pack I would love to have seen Ray Nitschke bury people.

Watch this space in the coming days to find out what can be claimed to trade me absolutely anything for.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Bidding Under the Influence #19

Date: October 14, 2022
Time of Bid: 7:52:09 PM
Card: 2013 Bowman #40 Aaron Rodgers
Price: $0.30 (+Free Shipping)
What Was I Thinking?:
Let's face it, Aaron Rodgers has SUCKED this year.  Not being much of a football card collector, I have only a few of his cards.  Just about any Rodgers card is a novel one to me, and this one shows him during his more mobile days.  The back of this card talks more about Roger Staubach than Aaron, which is something absolutely no one wants.  The real reason I bought this card, the auction for which ended much earlier than most of my BUIs, was the interesting price structure offered by the seller.  This card was originally a one cent auction on eBay, meaning that you could potentially win the card for a penny.  While I wasn't able to do that, I did manage to submit a bid second before the close.  With a 30-cent sale price combined with free shipping, I managed to cause the seller to pay for the privilege of sending the card to me.  Since first class US postage is $0.60, the guy took a 30-cent loss on the card.  (And that's before any eBay fees.)  He actually would have been better off just throwing it in the garbage, and since he is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, I could imagine that this would have been an act of catharsis.
After I hit "Publish," I'll be leaving the seller some positive feedback.  He deserves it.