If you're like me (and if you're not, you should be), you didn't get into card collecting to make a fortune, or even a living. It's something you do as a… uh, what's the word? Oh yes, hobby. A fun diversion that make you smile at the end of the day.
Still, it's not like I hate money. On the contrary, I actually go to great lengths to earn it, spending most of my day corralling 7 year olds and trying to teach them to be decent human beings. I mean, sure, I guess I also get some amount of personal satisfaction from the whole "touching lives" part of it, but when it comes down to it, I don't do it for free.
And, while supporting a family of five on a teacher's income isn't always the most luxurious (although the fact we bought our first home for under $77,000 does keep some of the expenses low), if I play my cards right, I can usually buy a rack pack or two of cards and pick up a few cheap single cards on eBay.
But really, what's the secret collecting tip that could save you a good chunk of change?
The tip is to not send cards that have sold for three figures to a trading partner! The above Buster Posey card was sent to my buddy Mark Kaz over at This Way To The Clubhouse. I thought he might enjoy this nice looking horizontal shot of some stupid Giants player, but it turns out that this card has been sold on eBay for as low as $70 but also has broke the $100 mark on more than one occasion.
Mark, being the incredibly upstanding gentleman and one of my closest card blogging friends realized that I must've sent him this SSP photo variation on accident and sent it back, along with all the cards you see above. What a guy!
While I always love getting Tony Gwynn cards that I don't have, I really love the Dave Winfield Burger King card at the top, and the Wally Joyner playing-card-type card is probably my second favorite. I've been trying to compile "Top Five" collections for a few players, and those made the cut for both Winfield and Joyner.
Anyways, I guess a quick collecting hiatus (really just a few months, I guess) has dulled my senses, and after pulling the Posey card from a Walmart rack pack, I shipped it out like an idiot instead of netting myself a nice little stash. I'm not sure what I'll be able to get for it, but if I can get $90+ for it, I think I'll be doing pretty well.
Thanks Mark, for the Posey and for the Padres. I don't know how you come up with these fantastic Friar cards, but I'll keep taking 'em as long as you can dish 'em out.