Thursday, July 25, 2013

Arbitragin' the Hobby

ar·bi·trage  (ärb-träzh)
    The purchase of securities on one market for immediate resale on another market in order to profit from a price discrepancy.


Picked up a lot of four (4) 2012 Topps Gold Sparkle cards on eBay for $5:
  • #180 Mariano Rivera
  • #240 David Wright
  • #379 Sergio Romo (RC)
  • #660 Yu Darvish (RC)
I was looking for the Romo, but jumped at the auction when I saw the Darvish.

The #660 Yu Darvish (RC) Gold Sparkle, raw, starts at ~$11 on COMC.

The card came in and is pristine condition. Sent it off to get graded; I could find only one transaction for the graded version of the card, a Gem Mint, for $40!

So, I figured I've got ~$15 wrapped up in this card, plus I got the Sergio Romo RC, which is what I really wanted.

Hobby arbitrage! Or, as my wife constantly reminds me, "going broke saving money".

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No Love for the Sergio Romo RC

Sergio Romo's MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants occurred on June 26, 2008.

Sergio Romo has pitched for the San Francisco Giants in every season since his debut.

Sergio Romo's first MLB baseball card was released in the 2008 Bowman set. But it was an insert card in the Prospect subset.

Sergio Romo had his next major issue baseball card in 2012 - four years after his debut - in Topps 2012 Series 2 as  #379.

And Topps didn't even give him one of those fancy 'RC' logos.

No love for Romo. :-(

Friday, July 12, 2013

Suprising 2013 Archives Bonus

The last post was about an amazing steal I found on eBay (6 jumbo packs of 2013 Topps Archives for $14), and the seller delivered in a BIG way.

I'm not sure why, but, in addition to the unopened packs, the seller stated they would included some singles as a 'bonus' to the packs. Ok, I figured some singles from the early 90's, no big deal, I'll throw them on Zistle as trade bait.

But the singles they included...omg...I don't know what this person was thinking, but I'm definitely buying from them again. The 'bonus' cards were all from  2013 Archives or Bowman and included a #/500 Adam Eaton RC and a 2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Derek Jeter (RC-DJ).

That Jeter card is selling for ~$25 on eBay!!!

I'm not really sure what to do with the card...I feel like flipping it on COMC or maybe submitting it for grading. Grading doesn't make too much sense because the card is a tough pull to start with (1:136 retail packs) and I don't think it would add much value.

The six packs were good, too, nothing too special except for the Babe Ruth Gallery of Heroes insert. In terms of manufacturing, this is actually one of the most spectacular cards I've ever seen. The card looks and feels like a miniature stained-glass window and the 'glass' panels are transparent.

Thinking about selling it, too, but it has so much potential as a conversation starter, collection centerpiece, etc.

Until next time...

Sunday, July 7, 2013

2013 Topps Archives Steal?

I just nabbed six rack packs of Topps Archives on eBay for $14 ($11 for the packs and $3 for shipping).

This seems like ridiculously low price for the product, as the rack packs sell for ~$6/ea at Wal-Mart and Target.

Did I miss something - is this a terrible product that everybody is trying to move quickly? I like the design, and the low number of inserts make it easier to build the set.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Help! Need Checklist for Oakland Athletics Promo Card Set

So my Mom found a give-away pack of cards from an Oakland Athletics' game in 2006 and I am trying to find the checklist for the set.

The pack I have, pictured below, is shrink-wrapped and I really really really don't want to open it.

The first card in the pack is Eric Chavez (and I'm presuming it's card #1, but have no way of verifying):

And the last card, #12, is for Joe Blanton:

The giveaway was sponsored by the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and was limited to 10,000 sets.

Does anyone know anything more about this set? Other players, etc.?

I can't find anything anywhere.