I recently picked up a collection from Craigslist. After seeing the post I arranged to look at it, and it exceeded my expectations. Then, after unloading the contents in my basement and perusing through boxes it became an even better find.
The description on Craigslist was fairly vague, though it did include some of the “hits” in the collection. When I look at collections to buy, I want there to be immediate value off the top. What I mean by that is I want to quickly flip items to recoup my costs. Then, I can cherry pick the rest of my collection to sell here and there, use a bunch for trade, and of course keep the Cubs memorabilia.
At first glance based on the Craigslist ad, it did not seem worth it. In fact, I passed on the ad at first. I circled back a day or two later and considered a low ball offer. Since I did not have many plans for the weekend, I reached out to arrange a look.
When I arrived, the seller took me down to his basement to a card room and closet. The two rooms were filled with boxes of cards, binders, and other memorabilia. I asked what was included and his response floored me: “It all needs to go.” After seeing a few items, I didn’t even negotiate the price, and thanked the heavens that I didn’t just send the guy a low ball offer. Take a look at what I got!
This post is being updated one year after the purchase. Most of the items have been traded or sold.
I do have some singles of the 1980-81 Topps Hockey scratch off cards in my eBay Store.
While many of the Hostess cards have been traded, several 1970’s Hostess are available in my eBay Store.
The above 1973 TCMA All-Time Greats set sat in a box for several months. One day I pulled it out and checked pricing. I was shocked, and listed it for sale on eBay. It sold within 24 hours for $200.
I sold the two Gale Sayers cards, but I am keeping the Jim McMahon rookie card. He was my idol as a five-year old. Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a Bears team set collection, but I should probably just focus on Cubs cards.
Since the 1990’s I’ve been a pro wrestling fan, and have some random wrestling cards in my collection. I don’t collect them, but these vintage WWF wrestling cards were too good to get rid of.
The 1982 Donruss wax packs have sold, and I’ve opened some random packs. Still a few unopened boxes. Maybe with the additional time, I’ll have to do a junk wax rip soon.
The 1971 Topps Garvey is in really nice condition. The 1971 Topps Steve Garvey card is listed for sale in my eBay Store and I tried to take some close pictures for a buyer to decide. The signed baseball will be listed in my eBay Store soon.
I sold the unopened George Brett poster to Big Shep from the About the Cards podcast. The other Brett poster sold on eBay. There were a few others that included Rod Carew, Willie Stargell and Ron Guidry. I was shocked when the Guidry eBay auction ended…$120. Yes, it was paid.
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Wow – what a find. A pudge rookie!!!