As a guy who purchases the bulk of his PC additions on eBay, this tool is really quite handy. In the past, I've used sortsof.com and watchcount.com to help me track completed listings of cards... which ends up giving me an idea of what the fair market value of a card is. Unfortunately, neither of these sites go back more than a few months.
To get full access to this valuable tool, all you need to do is create an account which should only take one or two minutes of your time.
Okay time to check out the mystery box of cards they sent...
Ty Cobb Sample Card
It looks like Sportscards.com has acquired a handwritten letter by Ty Cobb, which they've cut up and turned into a memorabilia card. I know this will probably upset some collectors who don't believe in destroying rare pieces of history. On the other hand, I'm sure there are some baseball fans who'd love to own a small piece of history.
Next is this memorabilia card of Harrison Barnes...
2016 Spectra Catalysts Relic #10 (#'d 007/149)
I remember Barnes from his days at UNC and with the Golden State Warriors. Haven't really followed his career since then, but the James Bond serial numbering is pretty cool.
Sportscards.com offers a variety of mystery boxes on their site and it looks like at least one of them guarantees a vintage card like this one:
1976 Topps #230
This card isn't exactly worth hundreds of dollars, but it's a great looking card featuring a Red Sox hall of famer. It's a little off-centered, but the corners and edges are pretty darn sharp.
The fourth item in the box was a pack of 2019 Leaf Draft football:
Here's what I pulled:
Sweet. A cool insert card of the Oakland Athletics' 2018 first round draft pick.
And the card that is taking the blogosphere by storm the past few days...
1978 Grand Slam #78
Okay... maybe I'm being a little dramatic. But it has been shown off on two other awesome blogs in the past two days: Nachos Grande and Johnny's Trading Spot.
Buck Leonard must have signed a ton of these before he passed away in 1997, because in addition to these two blogs, these are all over eBay right now. Don't get the wrong idea. I'm not complaining. It's not often I get to add the signature of a Negro League legend to my collection.
According to his National Baseball Hall of Fame webpage, "the Sporting News ranked the slugger No. 47 on its list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players" of all-time back in 1999.
A huge shout out goes Michael and Sportscards.com for this very generous mystery box... and for creating a very cool online tool that will definitely help me with all of my future eBay purchases.
Today's question of the day:
Do you ever check completed eBay listings to help you determine the price you're willing to spend on an item?
Well that's it for today. Happy Saturday and sayonara!