Cards from Canada - This past weekend's Signature Sundays post was brought to you by my longtime hobby buddy Douglas, who blogs at Sportscards from the Dollar Store. As I ind...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Capitalizing on a Poorly Listed Charlie Hustle
I understand the gravity of the betting, and that it's clearly a violation of the rules. I also understand that Rose didn't help his own case at all by denying the accusations for so many years. On top of that, the guy seems to have a "bristly" personality and doesn't seem very easy to like. Despite all of that, I wish Pete and Major League Baseball could somehow settle their differences while he's still around to do so. Just seems like a shame for the sport that the all-time hit king could pass in the coming years without that reconciliation ever happening. If folks think Bonds and Clemens will eventually get into Cooperstown, then why not Rose?
Anyway, enough about that. This post is about my second card purchase of the calendar year. After picking up a Bill Nyrop RC on New Year's Day for 99 cents, I hadn't purchased anything for a few days. That changed when I got an email that my eBay Bucks certificate from the fourth quarter of 2018 was available, and I had a credit just shy of $15 to spend. I hit the site looking for a bargain and boy did I ever find one:
I certainly would not have imagined that I'd be landing a copy of this one during what I've dubbed the "Year of Frugality" for my collection, of all times. How did I manage that? Well, this is a classic case of a seller just doing an awful disservice to themselves when listing their card. Check out this screenshot from the completed auction:
Might be a little hard to see, you can click the image for a larger version, but these mistakes led to me taking this card home at the bargain basement price of just $30.99. Add in my eBay Bucks discount, and I added one of the vintage baseball cards I've always desired most to my collection for less than the price of a retail blaster!
Can you think of a time when you scored an amazing deal on eBay thanks to an item being poorly listed, or poorly described? I'm certainly glad I stumbled upon this one!
1964 Topps Pete Rose - $16.07 ($30.99 -$14.92 eBay Bucks)
2019 Running Total (as of 1/5/19) - $17.06