Buying Cards on the Cheap

Recently I sort of stumbled upon a new way to buy cards cheaply on eBay. How cheap? For less than the price of a postage stamp in most cases and I didn’t  even have to leave the house!

If you’re in a similar situation (my closest card shop is about an hour away), you’ve probably explored new ways to purchase cards in a cost-effective manor. In my explorations, I began purchasing cards of Bryce Harper for my personal collection for $.99 with free shipping using the Buy It Now option. Then one day I thought I’d take a shot at some auctions that a seller had started at a penny but these also had the perk of free shipping. So, I bid $1 thinking that in a worst-case scenario I wouldn’t be paying anymore than normal but there would a chance of me saving a few cents if I won the card  for less than my $1 bid. 

As luck would have it, I won one of the auctions for less than $1. I don’t remember the exact price but this buying method struck a nerve. 

For whatever reason I stopped using this method for a little while. However, I’ve recently started using this again and I’ve expanded my searches to include other players I collect such as Frank Thomas, Brooks Robinson, and Manny Machado. 

It’s working, too! I’ve been able to get a few steals and I’m loving it!

Here are some of my recent purchases:

Bryce Harper: 35 cents

Manny Machado: 38 cents

Brooks Robinson: 17 cents

Frank Thomas: 30 cents

I was able to get all four of these cards delivered to my house for $1.20! That’s a bargain for any card collector with the way the card shops have dried up. 

Give this method a whirl. I’m sure you’ll get a few bargains here and there. 


Andrew Shaw Addition – and Why I Heart this eBay Seller

My frustrations as a player collector aren’t only with high-priced buy it now cards.  One of my other biggest gripes is when I want to buy a cheap card that I need, but I have to pay $3 or more to ship it.  WHAT SENSE DOES IT MAKE TO PAY THAT FOR A $1 CARD???!!!

There are some ways to get around it.  One is to buy it on COMC, if available.  You can also often find lower shipping on sites such as Sports Card Direct and Sportlots.  These three are options I have chosen many times.  I haven’t been able to “cut the cord” on eBay, so to speak.  However, I have gone other places and saved myself money.

LINK: Why are YOU letting eBay dominate, while likely complaining about eBay?

Unfortunately, they are still the biggest player in the game.  Until buyers and sellers go elsewhere, they will remain at the top.  I will still buy there, but only if I can’t find what I’m looking for elsewhere.

This eBay seller made me very happy, though.

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Why are YOU letting eBay dominate, while likely complaining about eBay?

Kin Kinsley
August 5, 2016

Rarely does a day go by that I don’t see someone online complaining about eBay.  Sometimes it’s a seller complaining about fees, not being able to leave negatives, or any other number of things.  Other times, it’s buyers complaining about high prices or something else.

I won’t say that I disagree about these issues.  My question is WHY are you letting eBay dominate?  There are options out there.  Perhaps you have to do a little more work, but isn’t it worth it to pay lower fees as a seller or a lower cost as a buyer?

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Buying Beckett Publications Online…It’s Simple Really

If you’re like me, your options for a local card shop are slim and the ones that do exist are overpriced. So, when it comes to buying little hobby necessities like storage supplies or a Beckett, it can sometimes be a hassle. Sometimes it’s such a hassle that’s it not worth the time I’d have to spend accomplishing that day’s task. 

Then one day, you just have an epiphany. You’re not sure how it happens it it does and it’s a pretty good feeling. The particular epiphany I’m talking about is the one where I realized I could probably buy Beckett issues directly from the source. 

I was right! And they’re affordable!

A few weeks back I was searching for the new Beckett Vintage Collector and I was not having any luck finding it. I typically buy my Beckett publications on my iPad but since my son has taken ownership of the iPad, I’ve resorted back to in-hand copies. In doing so, finding the latest issues can be somewhat of a chore because I usually purchase them at Walmart. Well, this time I was having trouble finding the latest BVC and then one day it hit me: check eBay! 

I’m glad I did. Beckett has an eBay seller page (you can visit here) where they sell their publications and sometimes they’re cheaper than you can find them on the newsstand or in you local card shop! 

Bottom line…I was able to get the brand new Beckett Vintage Collector for $9.99 with free shipping and handling! My search was over and it was quite painless. I encourage everyone to use this method when purchasing their Becketts. It worked extremely well for me and it was a good value!

Raymond Berry Mailday – Part 1

If I “need” a vintage card of a particular player, the first place I go is to Invest in Baseball‘s eBay page.  I’ve made multiple purchases from them.  They’ve treated me right and they have good prices.

I wanted to pick up a few Raymond Berry cards.  I’ve seen that he is a fantastic TTM signer and wanted to get a few of them for myself.  I ended up picking up four cards, that I will send over two separate mailings.  I have no intention of selling any autographs that I get, but I also don’t want to appear greedy by sending too many at once.

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Mailday: 1986 Bosch Indy Set & Duplicates

If you are reading this, it has probably happened to you.  Whether on Wikipedia, YouTube or elsewhere, you have entered a rabbit hole.  Typically it is a good thing.  In this case, it was.

Searching eBay one evening, looking for IndyCar things, I came across an Al Unser Jr. autograph.  I checked COMC like I do any time that I “find” something.  I did not find what I was looking for at the price that I was looking for.  However, I found a card that I wasn’t aware existed. Continue reading

Apparently, this @eBay user has cable, not DirecTv

I don’t understand why people have issues just fixing mistakes they make.

One day in the mail, I received a “postage due” not from USPS for a package shipped to me.  Not only is it annoying because, well, I’d ALREADY PAID POSTAGE, but also, I had to wait an additional five days to receive my item.  I have a job and a life.  It’s not always an easy thing to just “head over” to the post office.  I had paid $3 shipping, which is completely fair.  When I received the bubble mailer, it had 98 cents postage on it.  I don’t know how any seller can think this is a legitimate amount of postage on a bubble mailer.

Again, I was in the middle of a busy couple of weeks.  So about a week later, I messaged seller “slapshot58,” simply asking for a refund for the money that I had to pay the post office to pick my item up.  All I asked was that amount, which I felt was completely fair.  I didn’t ask for anything else, regardless of the time and inconvenience this caused.


I felt that my message was polite and to the point.  To be honest, I thought I’d get something to the effect of, “my apologies, I have refunded the amount.” I thought wrong.  This was the reply:


Well, the reason is because you didn’t pay enough. Regardless, I politely replied with the message and two pics below.  I sent the pics so that the seller knew that I was being legit.


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After waiting more than two days, I still hadn’t received any form of response from the seller, so I followed up.


At least I received a reply this time.  However, the seller still seems to think that I work for the postal service.


I’m getting pretty annoyed at this point, but I’ve decided that I will be civil through all of this.


I received no reply or refund and it had been four days at this point.  I’d never been through anything like this before, so I filed a claim.  Perhaps I did it incorrectly, but again, I’d never dealt with such a ridiculous situation before.  So, I filed as not received but put into the text of the claim that all I was looking for was the refund for the shipping.


It didn’t take long for the seller to respond through the claim with these three messages:




In addition, I received these this message, but not through the claim.


Can anyone tell me how I’ve been a hassle?  I’ve simply asked for something that should legitimately be refunded.  I’ve been polite (at least in my opinion) the entire time.  When I read this (the next day) I had no sympathy whatsoever, hence my reply:


At that point, I went to bed for the night and saw this message the next day:


So, I withdrew the claim so that he could get access to his account, refund my money and we could move on.  More than two days later, still nothing (shocker), so I messaged again:


Finally, after more than a week, I received a resolution and one more classy message:


Well, it was the end of the communication, no doubt.  Am I in the wrong here?  I’d love to hear your opinion.

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