I know everyone's talking about the Super game which was (shockingly) won by the Boston Americans..
But I really don't want to discuss that. Someday I'll explain how I can love the Red Sox but hate the Patriots. Maybe in the fall, while both teams are playing. Right now I want to vent about some sports-card specific frustration, which is making me very anxious.
For the past two months I have been setting aside COMC credit, Paypal cash, and actual paper money to make two major sports card purchases: multiple boxes of 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball, and one last PSA grading order before my subscription expires in April.
The Heritage set is scheduled for release at the beginning of March, and I had listed plenty of cards to sell on both COMC and eBay with the goal of accumulating about $300 - which would have covered 4 boxes of cards, a box of 9-pocket pages, and a new baseball card album for my new cards. I even thought that maybe possibly I could afford a case of Heritage if everything went right for me.
Nothing has gone right for me.
Let's start with the PSA BS. I have a stack of 19-20 cards I want to submit for grading. Half of them are for my 1956 Topps Baseball project while some of the others are commons and/or have enough flaws that grading them might not be worthwhile. This was PSA's set registry special for January:
Collectors Club Special #1:
$6.00 per Card – 25 Card Minimum Quantity Required
- For cards from 1956-present valued under $100 each
- Sport and non-sport cards
- Regular size, thick/patch, Tallboy, and Coins/Pins cards are accepted
- Excluding T3's, Supersized, and Dual Service Cards
- For Collectors Club members only
- Turnaround time approximately 50 business days/varies with demand
- Click here for Full Details!
The same 25 card minimum was required for pre-1956 cards. So not only would I have to find ten more cards to grade, I'd have to hold off on grading these four cards:
until PSA offered a special with no minimum. I was hoping that would be this month, but once again I'm SOL because February's specials are the exact same as January's.
As for "Project Heritage"...that's not going so well, either. In order for me to earn a $250 gift coupon for Blowout Cards I need to sell $290 worth of cards on COMC. That should not have been a problem, since I have about $1,000 worth of inventory and have been posting sales at least once a week. But it seems like no matter what I try, it doesn't work. 50% off a reasonable market price, 90% off a jacked-up price, 20% of a rock-bottom price. Even a port sale didn't fetch more than a couple lowball offers.
After my last sale I was up around $130, still well short of my goal. That's when I checked Blowout Cards and noticed that the price of 2017 Topps Heritage had gone up by $5 a box. Now I'd need another $30 in COMC credit to cover the price increase.
I was going backwards, and the goalposts were moving farther away. I felt like the Atlanta Falcons. Andso I decided that if I couldn't accomplish my main goal, then I at least needed to try and accomplish my secondary goal.
I bought another ten cards for my 1956 Topps set and two more 'backup' vintage cards in case there are some hidden flaws that render two of them ungradeable. Which means I'm down to $100 after spending $4 on shipping to get these cards by the end of Febtober
Not that I need to rush, since PSA will probably have the same special in Smarch.
COMC is a buyer's market, and it's just as difficult to make decent money selling decent cards as it is to resist buying more cards. I know I'll feel a bit better in two weeks when my cards arrive, but it's so freaking frustrating. When the new batch arrives I'll scan 'em up and discuss, but for now I'll share some more cards in my "to be graded' pile (these were from my last COMC order)
Also I have updated my 1956 Topps tab, and I'm working on a tradelist but I'm only halfway through listing all my hockey traders and I'm already exhausted. It might be easier if y'all just tell me what you collect and drop me an e-mail (sutherlandct @ gmail .com) to get things started. I've tried to reach out to a few of you on possible trades but haven't found any contact info. Perhaps my next entry will be another "trading post".