If you've purchased enough sports cards off of eBay, then I'm sure you've received the occasional freebie. Sometimes it's a handful of base cards from a recent product. Maybe it's a free pack of 1988 Score baseball. I've even received a complimentary memorabilia card before.
Today's post isn't about those kinds of freebies. It's about two unique situations that have taken place over the past five weeks.
Last Thursday, I submitted a "Best Offer" for a five card 2016 Archives autographed card lot over on eBay. The guy countered my offer and I accepted. Later that afternoon, I received this message:
At first, I was disappointed because I needed four of the five cards for my set. But it was a harmless mistake... and 2016 Archives is still pretty fresh, which means that there are plenty of autograph lots to be had. So it didn't take long for me to move on with my life and card collection.
Earlier in the week, I received this 2016 Bowman Chrome refractor of Yoan Moncada:
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much of a prospector... but I do love me some shiny refractors. I did a little research and it looks like Moncada has a solid shot at making the Bigs. If not, I feel bad for the Red Sox and the sixty-three million dollars spent on their top prospect. Only time will tell. The good news is I don't have much invested in this card.
A few weeks earlier, I purchased this 2012 Exquisite Legacy Signatures card of Archie Griffin:
Griffin is the only person to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice... and based on what I've read... this feat may be hard to repeat.
I have been wanting to add one of his Press Pass signatures to my collection for several years, but I recently discovered that he has a few Upper Deck autographs as well. Last month, I won this on-card autographed #'d to 60 card with a bid of $19.50 (+ $4.70 shipping).
A week later... the seller sent me a eBay message letting me know that the card had been shipped, but the tracking kept showing up as "In Transit". I wasn't too worried and told him I appreciated him following up on the sale.
Five days later, the seller sent me a full refund with this message:
I was honestly a little bummed, because I really excited to add this card to my collection. At least I got my money back and I knew there would be other Griffins to be had.
A little over a week later... a padded envelope arrived in my mailbox. I sent the seller a message on eBay offering to resend the money... but he never replied. I left him positive feedback and a nice note. Figured it was the least I could do, since he essentially gave me an autograph that had been sitting on my Top 10 list for several years.
Two cool freebies from eBay vendors in five weeks. Not bad considering the coolest Free-Bay item before that was a Eric Chavez jersey card I received a few years ago.
What about you...
What are some of the coolest Free-Bay items you've received?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!