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 :).