This blog is about sports cards. I tend to only purchase cheap items so don't come hear expecting to see big money cards. My teams collections are Chicago White Sox and Michigan Wolverines. I also have a bunch of player collections.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Big Money in 1989 Fleer?

You all know my regular Ebay habits, so you know I tend to stick to lower priced cards.  I’m currently winning a 1989 Fleer Jack McDowell at $.25/shipped.  Which is my max for a base card but I didn’t have it so I put a bid on it.  Now notice I said winning, not won.  It doesn’t end till tomorrow.  But I got a message earlier today that asked me if I could purchase something else since my bid doesn’t even cover a stamp.  Seriously?  He placed the minimum bid, not me.  Now when the auction is over, and if I win it, I always check for other things listed that I might want in order to take advantage of shipping.  I went ahead and checked his listings and the only other thing he had that interested me was a reprint of an old cracker jack card but the minimum bid is $.65 which is more than I want to pay for it.


On one hand, I understand being frustrated at having to send a card for less than the price of a stamp.  But it’s an 1989 Fleer, did you really expect to get a bunch of money for it?  While Jack McDowell was a great pitcher, his cards aren’t worth much.

He also asked if I wanted any other cards he could throw up for me to bid on.  I’m debating on whether to even respond of just ignore it.  What say all of you?  Should I reply and tell him I’ll take any base card I don’t have for, I don’t know, $.10/piece or just ignore the message and see if he ships it?


  1. Ignore the message. He was the one who set the price and you are capitalizing on it. He should have done his research and realize that junk wax doesn't get you top dollar.

  2. I would actually give him a chance, maybe you'll get lucky and he'll have something for your player collections. His leash wouldn't be very long though.

  3. I'd say ignore it too. He'll still have to send you the McDowell, because buyers have all the power on eBay. He is the one that listed at that starting price and all auction sellers know that the opening bid might be the only one going in. He wanted to get as many views as possible by starting at a low (but low enough for 89 Fleer honestly) price. You didn't do anything wrong, so you shouldn't have to pay an extra fee because he listed too low.

    That being said, I usually will check out a seller's other auctions to see if there is anything worth paying for along with it. But don't try and get anything off eBay's radar, because you will have no recourse if the guy doesn't settle up. And with him already trying to extort you, there is a good chance he isn't the most trustworthy seller ever.

  4. Why would you want an 1989 Fleer Jack McDowell in the first place to make a fuss over it?