Well, I did not get a chance to check out eBay yesterday but I am rearin' to go today. Recap:
I lost that autograph lot at $24.05. I am currently losing a PSA 7 Slaughter at $30. I am not going to up my bid.
Today I see a PSA 5 Slaughter for $40. Pass. I see a raw Slaughter with one bid at $6.50. Listing states EX+ and no creases. Surface is scuffed and corners are bad. This card is certainly not EX+. I would like one that is actually EX+. Probstein has a PSA 4 Mantle currently at $507.77.
I see a Mantle, perfectly centered with what appears to be fake corner wear. Natural corner wear has a frayed quality to it. Fake corner wear has a flattening effect, like someone pushed the corner down onto a table. Ahhh, the description states the card is a reprint. Why not say reprint in the headline?
Someone is selling a GMA 1 reprint Mantle for $1. The card is covered in mold. Why? Just why?
Well that is all for auction. Let's see what there is in BINs:
What is the deal with all the Mantle reprints today? Okay, I just filtered out reprints. Now I see a Hodges for $29.99. Seller says card is EX and he calls the card high grade. He is silent on creasing but to his credit provides some high resolution and close-up scans. There is some staining on the lower back edge. The back also seems to show a hairline crease, mid-way down, starting from the left edge and heading right about an inch or so. Pass.
Someone make Dean's and COMC go away! Ugh, how did a reprint Mays get in there? I just filtered out reprints!! Maybe if I hold my breath, I can get through the Dean's and COMC minefield quickly. I'm seeing a bunch of listings for 1954 Bowman Power For Peace Airforce non-sports cards. I wouldn't mind purchasing some of these but they are a little expensive for non-sports, anywhere from $3 to $10 per card.
I see an 8-lot with an Erskine and other minor stars for $80. Pass. There is a Slaughter for $35. Seller says EX with no creases. I see some wear and something that looks like a hairline crease on the back. Pass, though I am tempted. I'd be willing to drop $25, not $35.
I have seen Siriussports around forever and have bought some cards from him in the past. I am disappointed to see his listings featuring trimmed cards for $7 to $8 each. A little too high for trimmed cards. Wow! Another seller has a PSA 2 Williams for $800. Tempting. I see a PSA 3 Mays for $150. Too high. There is a Mantle 3.5 for $600. Too high.
I spoke too soon about a PSA 3 Mays for $150 being too high. Some dillweed has a PSA 2 up for $260. Okay, that is all for today. Another disappointing day. I need just six cards. I may have to start looking outside of eBay to complete the set.
May 7, 2020
I was really disappointed on May 5 when it seemed like all the listings on eBay were shoddy. Then I arrived home from work and had four or five packages waiting for me. Receiving the packages is the fun part. I received the Reynolds from 707. Free shipping means regular envelope and card in a top loader, no other protection. The Reynolds was dinged up which I found disappointing for a $12 card. Luckily, I won another Reynolds in a six-lot which was much nicer than the one I received from 707. I was able to upgrade a bunch of cards from that six lot. I received my Al Robertson complete with a big crease that I could not detect through the scan and the seller was silent as to creasing. Man, eBay sellers are flat out nasty! Can we have card shows yet?!!!
Anyway, my set is really shaping up and it is fun to flip through the binder. I received my Pesky PSA 6 and placed the seller's business card in the slot in the binder. I think I am going to try and obtain a raw Pesky. I don't really want to crack this one out of the slab. I'll just keep it until I can obtain a raw card.
I took a day off because I had already viewed all the cards ending yesterday. Let's see what is up today on FleeceBay:
Probstein's Mantle that I observed the other day ends tonight and is up to $568. Some outfit called Southernfriedcards with just 36 feedback has a waterlogged Mantle, clearly fake, with five bids at $34. Someone is getting scammed. In the description, the seller says he is selling it as a reprint but does not know for sure. Yeah right! I recommend avoiding that seller.
I see an eight-lot with an Erskine. I have had nice luck with upgrades from my small lot purchases. The eight-lot is starting at $15.50 and ends in two days. I am going to throw down $30. There is a Beckett 5 Mantle for $800. Pass. Now I see an absolutely trashed Bob Friend for 75 cents plus $4.05 shipping. See below. Who in their right mind would purchase this card? The bigger question may be, why even post this on eBay? I think I would throw that card in a quarter box for a card show.
Someone is asking $1,650 for a PSA 6 Mantle. Pass. There are a ton of autograph listings in the BINs today. Oh there's the Dean's and COMC minefield. I just won't buy from these folks. Dean's is too high and COMC does not offer any description whatsoever and rarely includes a back scan.
I see a beat-up Yogi for $60. Pass. Here's another listing that just makes me wonder. See below. A trimmed Adcock for $2 plus 55-cents shipping. I wouldn't take that card if it was free. As a seller, I don't think I could ask more than a dime in good conscience.
May 14, 2020
Took some time off again. I received those five lots and was able to upgrade some cards. I think my best purchases have been the lots because the overall price per card is much cheaper than my single purchases and I have been able to use some of the cards as upgrades.
I won that 8-lot with Erskine from May 7. I am still waiting for it to arrive. I am down to just five cards and have started to do individual searches for these cards. It does not make sense to weed through all of the 1954 Bowman listings when I just need the five cards.
Let's see what I can find today. I am going to start with Slaughter. There are 114 cards up. I see one with a corner crease for just 8 bucks. Tempting but I want one without a crease. COMC has one that actually included a bunch of scans. They grade the card Poor to Fair. Pass.
I see one that looks like it has some paper loss on Enos's cheek. Pass. Most cards are low grade, high priced. Wow! I see a listing where the seller is either posing as Greg Morris or just flat out swiped his listing. Here is a link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-Bowman-Set-Break-62-Enos-Slaughter-VG-VGEX-GMCARDS/402089320659?hash=item5d9e6420d3:g:A5sAAOSwYA5eRLmQ. I don't know how long the link will be active but you gotta see it to believe it. Look in the heading where it clearly states "GMCARDS." This guy ain't GMCARDS. Man, fraud is incredibly pervasive on eBay!!
Okay, I found one that I would like to buy but there are some problems. First off, the seller has some negative feedback. I'm hesitant to purchase anything from someone with negs. Do you guys buy stuff from sellers with negative feedback? Second problem, no mention of creases. There does not seem to be any creases from the scans but I can't tell for sure. I didn't think the Al Robertson I purchased was creased and it arrive with a huge crease across the middle of the card. I just can't pull the trigger unless the seller specifically states that the card is not creased. I hate when guys say "check the scan." The scans do not show all of the creases. Pass!
I found one that I have placed in my cart and just may purchase. Price is $14 plus $3.75 shipping. Card is off center but has sharp corners and edges. Seller says EX+. In my opinion, a card cannot be EX+ when it has centering issues. Seller is silent on creases and I just can't tell from the scans. If I can't find anything else, I will take a chance on this once.
Siriussports has one for 24 bucks. Looks like there is a scratch. Pass. Okay, I don't really like what I am seeing. Prices are way too high. More sellers with negative feedback. I am going to purchase that one I placed in my shopping cart. Woot! Down to four cards!!
That's all the time I have for today. Maybe I'll check out the Mantles tomorrow.