Manny Lawson Mailday - 1/15/09
by, 01-15-2009 at 03:49 PM (1144 Views)
Anyone who knows me realizes I'm not really a mainstream player collector. I like lower-end, under the radar guy, because:
1. Cheap to collect.
2. More fulfilling in my opinion as their cards are harder to find.
So, I got something in the mail today with a little story behind it. Here is the card.
2006 Topps Printing Plate Cyan #314 Manny Lawson 1/1
So here's the story...
The card was made available on a particular auction site a while back. I meant to bid on it but forgot as I never bid on a card until the last day. The card had an opening bid price of $19.99 and a BIN of $50. When I went back to check on it, I saw it had no bidders. I sent a message through that site to the seller stating that I would be willing to give him $15 cash for it. Since he lived an hour south of me, I'd be willing to come pick it up so he wouldn't have to mail it (Parents live in the same area). So with no postage, no paypal or that site's fees, I figured $15 was a solid offer considering what he was willing to accept if he had only 1 bidder.
The seller declined and stated he would be coming to Raleigh and setting up at the card show and he'd have it there. I said cool as i was setting up at the same show. I asked him what price would he have on it there. He said $50...which left me going . Now if he couldn't get that on that particular site...what makes him think he'd get that a card show? Yes, the player went to NC State, but seriously.
Anyhow, obviously it did not sell there, nor did I even bother to check it out at the show. I knew it was a matter of time until it popped up again and sure enough it did. It was listed with a $3.00 starting bid and a $20 BIN. With 30 seconds left to go, I made my bid ($15 including shipping). I won it for $9.39 shipped as seen here:
So now I have the card in my possession at a discount for what I was originally willing to pay for it and the seller is now stuck with shipping costs, paypal fees and ebay fees. Patience is a virtue my friends...
Moral of today's story: Seller's greed = Bad Karma