Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Impulse Purchase 3

During the waning days of December, I placed a bid on this relic card of Japanese model Mai Hakase and somehow won. It's a piece of the camisole clothing she has on there and it's numbered 133/380.

The back is a close up shot of Ms. Hakase. She just got her own card set released last year, and at age 30 has managed to keep up in an industry where only the youngest and newest can survive. Although at this point she's trying to transition more towards acting and more than just modeling.

Between the only two relics I picked up in 2017 I still think the Honoka sock relic is better but the camisole gave it a nice run for it's money.

As nice as these two are. This is why I gave myself such harsh grades on my budget goal for 2017 and why I need to be even more careful with my spending this year :P.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, January 15, 2018

Super Late

In passing I mentioned how I arranged to get a J.T. Miller Young Guns card sent to me. It was in preparation for his signing event at a bar in NYC.

It arrived two weeks after the event had happened.

What happened?

Well first off I bought the card from Canada. I knew that it would then be considered international shipping but I picked this one because it had Free Shipping.

I knew that international items can take time but I made sure to get the item roughly three weeks before the Miller signing event. If I've had packages and letters from foreign countries (with free shipping) reach me in two weeks in the past, so why the heck not? Plus the estimated arrival period was right where I wanted it to be.

I guess I should've known better than to trust the postal delivery service, even if it was late November/early December. The card finally arrived a week and then some after the end of the estimated delivery time period. I kept in contact with the seller who was super nice and helpful, but it ended in the 3rd best case scenario where the card arrived, but it arrived late.

It's a shame because this card would've looked fantastic with a crisp blue sharpie signature on it. I specifically picked this card because A). rookie card and B). the white ice in the back (and Miller's uni) makes it a perfect specimen to contrast with the ink.

Instead I scrambled with what I had and settled for the 2017-18 Upper Deck base card. It's not bad and I still like it but, I can't help but wonder what might've been if the YG had come in time.

So lesson learned. Buy international cards with the Free Shipping option if you're either not in a hurry or if you can afford to think ahead 2-3 months in advance of whatever plans you have for it.

And if you're in a real hurry, go the domestic route and swallow the $3 shipping fee.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Friday, January 12, 2018

Too Good To Pass Up

Three days. Three days into 2018 and I already managed to make accomplishing one of my New Years Resolutions for 2018 difficult.

I bought a baseball card on eBay.

Decent deals don't come around too often. At least not when you're dealing with niche names like I do. Of course the odds were broken as a very reasonable listing appeared right when I declared I'd go into penny pinching mode.

It included not one...

...but seven Luis Torrens Bowman Chrome autographs. Seven. This type of lot never shows up. Only when someone decides to cut their losses and start to sell off their collection.

But the lot didn't end there.

Accompanying the bases were two refractor autographs.

So nine cards in all with seven base and two refs. What did this run me? Well I could've gotten one and a half blaster boxes with that money. Not that I would've but, considering how there was another lot of BoChro Torrens autos on eBay for basically twice the amount (and with zero ref autos) you can see why this is one of the better lot deals to come around.

As a guy who has studied and observed the Torrens "market" for years, the ideal price of a single LT BoChro base auto is $3, and the ideal price of a ref auto is $5. Any higher than that and you're getting a bad deal. These prices are just for the card itself BTW and doesn't include shipping fee's. By my own standards I managed to come out ahead by $1 in this deal (30 vs 31). That's not insignificant.

But what really made this a bargain for me is that it had free shipping. Obviously I don't take shipping into account for valuing cards individually, but I do at the time of purchasing stuff. If I had had to pay an extra $3-5 for shipping I might've actually let it pass. But it wasn't, it was like what Giancarlo Stanton was to Brian Cashman, a deal that was too good to turn down.

Plus one of my goals coming into this year was to get to 10 Bowman Chrome base autographs of Luis Torrens. Now I'm at 15, which means that I'm going to be eying 20 next.

So while this deal was good and all, this means I'll have to really make sure I don't spend money on cards in February and five other months during the year if I want to pass my goal. Also, I decided to add an addendum to my spending goal. For the six months where I probably will buy cards, I have to keep it to a $50 limit.

Admitting that I might probably spend $300 on cards this year makes me feel really pathetic and like I'm wasting money that can go towards food. But then I look at my year end statements on Paypal for 2017 and realize that I can do so much worse. Wish me luck while you all simultaneously laugh at me for throwing money away.

My consolation prize is that I can say that I have a decent stash going now.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).