Heading into 2020 I published my annual goals for the One Million Cubs Project. Well, things have certainly changed in the past four months.
With a lot more time on my hands, I’ve been able to catch up on a lot of things hobby related.
My goal for 2020 was to do less trading, but more volume. Essentially I wanted to do less small trades and focus on much larger bulk trades. As the year started I didn’t really follow that to plan. I also had two large bulk trades scheduled to take place at the Chicago Sports Spectacular in March which was cancelled a day before it was set to begin. Trades have slowed down as I’ve turned focus to a couple other items.
2020 – Year of the Purge
It sounds morbid on the surface, but this was my main hobby goal for the year. I’ve accumulated around two million cards and it has taken up more space than I like (and more space than my wife would like it to take up).
I began selling some medium flat rate boxes with a mix of cards and throwing in some decent cards as a bonus. A few sold here and there, but since the shelter in place the sales have really taken off. You can order a box for just $30 and they contain between 1,500-2,500 cards.
I’ve also taken advantage of eBay’s offer of 50,000 free listings for eBay store owners during the month of March and April. Sales are booming and I have pulled dozens of cards that didn’t sell in my card show quarter boxes for up to $7.50 per card. Pay attention to those quarter and dollar boxes at card shows!
The new website was slow rolled out this year, and I have finally got it to where I like it, but ideas have been rolling in my head on where I want to take it next.
Early in the shelter in place I was beginning to sort my Cubs baseball card collection by players (about a dozen different players), and then the plan was to get them organized and uploaded to Trading Card Database.
One thing that I enjoy is finding some hits I didn’t know I had and showing them off. Many people also ask about pictures of the collection and a majority are not on display. So, I am building an All-Time Chicago Cubs roster on this website, where you will be able to click on any player and see what’s in my collection. I am early on the database building process, but I am hoping to start unveiling it little by little in the next few weeks. It will be a long process that will take much time.
So that’s what has been happening the past couple weeks and what will continue for the next four to six weeks.