Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sometimes EBAY Does Not Make Sense

I admit that when it comes to buying on EBAY I am usually a bargain hunter.  Unless I find a Ray Lankford card I need or a nice lot of cards, I generally do not spend more than $5-10 on a single card and that is including the shipping cost.  One of my favorite searches is for certified autographed Cardinals cards.  Last year there were quite a few prospects with their first autographed cards in Bowman products.  Austin Gomber was one of them.

Gomber is a left handed pitcher who is ranked among the Cardinals top 15 prospects.  He will start the year in Double A, but should see time in Triple A before the end of the season.  He only throws in the 90 mph range, but has a very good change up.  He may end up being a loogy in the Majors in the next few years.

This is a 2016 Bowman Chrome auto that has been selling in the $5-7 range since its release.  I was lucky enough to win an auction last week for $1.25.  I guess ending an auction on a Tuesday afternoon does affect the ending price.  The seller offered two shipping options: $1 for PWE, and $2.75 for a bubble envelope.  I took a chance on the PWE option and promptly paid the $2.25.  I guess the seller either did not pay attention or was feeling generous because the card arrived in a bubble envelope with a $2.67 mailing label.  Add in the EBAY and Paypal fees, he lost close to $1. 


  1. The PWE option is something that I love about Sportlots and just trading through blogs. It gets really old paying $3 shipping on a card you bought for 99 cents.

    1. I love shopping on Sportlots. I try to buy 10-15 card lots from the same seller. Most of the time is is $5-6 total including shipping.