It's funny how money (or lack thereof) can really kill your passion for collecting. Money has been tight since my last dated post in June and my love for cards has depleted into oblivion.
But that's not entirely true.
For me, collecting is an easy thing to turn off. It's quite strange because at times, cardboard is all I can think about.
Then, for whatever reason (mostly money) I lock away my cards until there comes a call to cardboard.
Yes... A Call To Cardboard (Should rename my blog to this but it's probably already taken by some guy somewhere else)
I've done this so many times in my life but I always return...when there is a call...
The call this time was you guessed it...
I'm 29 years old and the cards I've collected since 1990-97 and 2010-2014 have lied dormant for months now. I probably should have started this post with the previous sentence but it appears my writing skills have depleted a bit as well. Also, my age is pretty irrelevant to the information in this paragraph.
Anyways, aside from my dry humor, I needed to make some money.
And let me tell you, Ebay is the worst and best place for card collectors and sellers alike. Actually, it's a terrible place for sellers.
And by terrible I also mean horrible. Either the financial state of the hobby is in shambles or I simply do not have the right cards to sell.
And I'm pretty much only selling Autographs and Jersey cards. I sold most of what I listed but for prices way WAY lower than I expected.
The value of new Topps baseball cards greatly depreciate in value only after a couple of years. I was not aware of this because I never really worried about monetary value or what things are worth.
And with everybody and their brother selling these things, most cards I've ever collected in those years aren't worth the cardboard they were printed on. (Or the foil and gloss they rode in on!)
See what I did there?
Plus the eBay final selling fees are outrageous. I could give examples but it's not worth the extra letters. A quick Google search will fill you in on all that mess.
That's why I never got into the whole selling game. The cards bring me joy and even more joy when they aren't associated with a price tag.
I must say though, I found it very rewarding to list and sell a few. I like the experience of selling and trying to make a buck and making sure the customer is completely satisfied.
If I could make a little money here and there buying and selling cards, I would do it way more often.
But that's the thing...profit margins are very slim and the time you put in can take a great deal out of your day.
Plus, how do you keep an inventory? That's the game real sellers have to figure out. I can try and sell my collection all day but in the end you need to keep up your inventory to keep in business.
Buying vintage is usually the best way but my knowledge of vintage is miniscule and I hold on to any vintage I acquire. Pack ripping and box busting is a no no for mostly everyone as it's more gambling than actual business (some will disagree).So that leaves Autos and Game Used which is what the bulk of sellers are trying to get rid of.
See, I'm not very good at this. Of course, nobody just starting out would have it all figured out in the beginning. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated though.
If and when I start collecting again my habits would be drastically different. I collected so many different kinds of things it got too overwhelming. I would narrow it down to a few players, my Mets and stuff from the 90's which is easier to acquire.
Making lists and tracking things in my collection is not for me. I tried my hand at set building and that required too much counting for my tastes. Plus I'm running out of space to put cards.
Trading is awesome but with a tight money situation, it's hard to find the postage money.
Pack ripping and box busting is an ultimate thrill but I seem to have lost interest in most current product. I blame purchasing way too many blasters of Topps baseball on that one.
So that leaves me here...
And I would like to continue selling because I don't mean that in a bad way. At least selling would still give me the opportunity to discover tons of new cardboard.
The call to write this blog post came from my selling and I feel could further spark my passion for the hobby that runs with the seasons.
Sometimes in full bloom and other times as dormant as a bear in a winter slumber.
So bring on the "You Sold Out" chants!
That was a wrestling reference for those who don't know.
This has been another "No Pictures" post brought to you by The Card Sellout...
I mean Raven : p