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The eBay problem: Part 2

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Autographed cards are indeed worth more than a regular card. We all know that. but how much more are they worth?

There are several cards I need to make my Edmonton Oilers frame, and I have been diligently scouring eBay and other websites, hoping someone would have the cards I need posted at a reasonable price.

Today I found that someone posted two of the cards I need: Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky Franchise Inks. However, the asking price is absurdly high. The seller is asking $1,000 for the Messier Autograph and $750 AMERICAN for the Gretzky Autograph. That's rediculous! I seriously doubt that ANYONE will pay $1,307 and $980 respectibly for those two cards (plus shipping no less!)

This is the other eBay problem. You want the item, in this case two autographed cards, yet the seller has priced you right out of the game. I want those two cards desperatly, but I can't pay $2,300! thats two mortgage payments!

People seriously over-value what an Item is actually worth. You see it all the time on shows like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars, especailly the latter. People ask to pawn a certain item for a large sum, but the guy behind the counter knows it isn't worth as much as they want to get paid for it. eBay has the same problem. People over-value items too much, like these two hockey cards. People need to start bringing prices down, so items will actually sell.

In the mean time, i guess I will just have to wait until someone posts those two cards at a more reasonable price, or I miraculously pull them from a box.


  1. spikeowen's Avatar
    Battlebeast, I can sympathize with you. I am trying to put together three football projects from 1985 Topps, 1986 Topps, and 1989 Pro Set. I am writing letters to as many of the TTM signers that will sign through the mail. Many former NFL players faithfully sign through the mail. Unfortunately, not everyone does. So I have to find my missing cards in other ways. Ebay has been great, but there are certainly some people who believe that their cards are worth far more they really are. It sucks to see the cards that I need, available, yet be so overpriced that, I too, would have to sacrifice our mortgage. I have found that on average, any of the above set, common players should price between $5 - $10. One big card that I would need is a 1985 League leaders card, signed by both Dan Marino and Joe Montana. All the cards that I have seen priced, range about $400 bucks. Too me, just astronomical. Walter Payton cards usually are listed around $100 +, with some less if they are a team card or a record breaker. Anyways, as I was surfing the blogs, I ran across yours, and totally felt for you. I have had some success though, with trying to send an email directly to the seller although not always, but sometimes, and really more like RARELY, I do have a person that will budge enough to get me to bite. Anyways, I wish you luck on your project and happy hunting!

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