By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

Goodbye my precious…

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled: “A Big Business” the premise was simple; it seems to me like the hobby has changed from what I remembered from the days of my youth.  No longer are card collectors looking to simply collect base sets, no now, we are chasing the game-used cards, the autographs and the short printed rookies. Not only are we starved for those goodies but for many of us, it’s not even about adding them to our collection to improve it no… What many want to do is sell them on a make a profit.

I used to be a straight up player collector. I collected two players and it had never crossed my mind to sell any of my pulls. No, for me, pulling a Sidney Crosby autographed jersey card meant one thing only; that I could trade it for an awesome new Roy or Brodeur card. In the last few weeks though, things have changed for me. What can I say; life is one long and winding road on which there are many twists and turns. One day everything is going A-Okay and then the next day you realize that your bank account stands at -600$… While this is by no means a good situation to be in, I can say that I was happy to have a way to get me out of that hole. Sure, it did hurt initially and I felt like I was selling my soul to the devil for listing some of my Brodeur cards on eBay.  However, something weird happened… the day after I sold my Brodeur The Cup RC Patch Tribute autographed Patch 6/10, the sun still rose and the earth didn’t come to a standstill.

Bottom line is, I had gotten myself out of a tricky situation and I felt good for it. I then started thinking about my current situation. I recently came back to Canada after 8 years spent in England and as a result, at the ripe old age of 31, I am starting everything over again. Remember when you left your parents’ house to go and live on your own? Remember how much it cost you to buy EVERYTHING you needed to have a comfortable home? I think once we’ve done this, we kind of forget about it because generally, we do not have to do it again. It’s different for me though, I did it once in England back in 2002 and now I’m doing it all over again. So I started wondering…what do I need the most?  A Martin Brodeur collection or an oven? A Game Night Ticket dual autograph or a microwave? Well, unfortunately, the answers to those questions were all too obvious and soon, I was listing more cards on eBay.

Yup, I took the plunge; I decided to part with my Brodeur collection. Would I have been able to make the decision had I not had my Roy collection safely stored away?

Gone but not forgotten is this memento of the 2009 National Sports Collectors Convention

Perhaps not, but in hindsight, I am nonetheless happy that I made the call.  Am I getting as much money as I spent on the cards in the first place? No I don’t think so aside from a few exceptions, in fact, here is the breakdown of the sales I have done so far:

The Cup RC Patch Auto 6/10: $675
Brodeur/Lecavalier Game Night Ticket dual autograph 5/5: $102.51
Brodeur/Lundqvist Game Night Ticket dual autograph 6/10: $92.77
Brodeur/Price/Fleury Triple auto 21/35: $66.85
Honorary Scripted Patches 6/10: $49.99
The Cup Signature Patch 31/75: $49.99
The Cup Signature Patch 10/75: $95.55
Brodeur/Gomez Stanley Cup Signatures: $24.99
The Cup Honorable Number: $71.00
Total: $1228.65

It is a significant amount of money I must say and I am still selling the rest of the collection. I will use the money wisely on stuff I truly need (which means no wax for me for a while). It’s a shame I was not able to hold on to the collection but in the end, I am grateful for the return I am getting when I need it the most. I’m sure I’m not the only one in my situation, in fact I know a fellow collector and friend who recently had to make the same kind of decision for different reasons and it took him some time to make the move as well but, when all is said and done, it’s only cardboard and sometimes life just has to take priority over our hobby no matter how much we enjoy it.

So, for the foreseeable future, I will be parting with Brodeur cards. Little by little, this is not like ripping off a band-aid, saturating the market would do me no favour so I am listing 4 or 5 cards at a time and enjoying the ones I’ve not listed yet for just a little while longer. If you are in the market for some Brodeur cards, feel free to contact me on SCF (Pheebs888) or to check out my auctions on eBay (Pheebs8882).

In fact, right now, selling has kind of become a hobby of mine… The cards are listed on eBay and I really enjoy watching the listings end and seeing the final amounts. It’s a little bit like busting wax in reverse…just a different kind of gamble.  One of these days, when things have settled for me, I’ll be buying the cards again and the way cardboard is being churned out by the manufacturers right now, it may not be all that expensive by then as Sean’s latest article (Can the Market Sustain these Prices?) tells us…