Has our hobby become so obsessed with rookie and prospect cards that they would be willing to rip off a broken-hearted girl out of thousands of dollars worth in baseball cards? That is the question I have posed to the sports card collecting world by placing a phony ad on Craigslist a week ago.
The SOB story is as follows; an irresponsible boyfriend and very obsessed, unemployed collector borrowed his girlfriend’s expensive vehicle and crashed it while under the influence of some drug. Luckily, the damage was only cosmetic but it was enough to end the relationship. Not having the funds to pay off the damage, the man’s collection exchanged hands. To entice greedy collectors, I included four scans of the hottest Bowman Chrome rookie cards of all-time. What do you think will happen?
If you are unfamiliar with those four cards, they are pretty much the biggest cards in the hobby right now. The Pujols alone books for $2,500. If you read the ad you will see that also included is 30 sealed boxes, all Bowman Chrome. So considering this girl has close to $10,000 in baseball cards, surely there will be a good Samaritan out there who will e-mail me frantically about the worth of the cards, right? Anyone?
Well, the answer is a resounding “NO”. Not a single one of the close to 40 people who e-mailed me offered me a single dollar more than the $200 I asked for. That was not surprising since all people care about these days is getting a great “steal” on cards but this would be more like a highway robbery, no? What makes matters worse were the guys who made offers like these;
“I’ll give you $50 but nothing more and only if the cards in the ad are included” -anonymous
“I know a lot about cards and can tell you that those cards you have are worthless. I’ll give you no more than $200”-Jeff on A.O.L
“My son collects but I don’t know anything about them. Will you accept $100? Just make sure the B.C auto of Pujols is included.” -Mike, Boca Raton
“Those cards are not signed or valuable, I can go no higher than $75. Take it or leave it.” Anonymous
“the cards you have are available in any card shop you visit. let me see them and if they are the ones in the ad i can give you sixty.” Donny on Hotmail
Just when I was about to give up on the collecting world, I got an urgent message from Scott of West Palm Beach.
“THOSE CARDS YOU HAVE ARE WORTH THOUSANDS THE PUJOLS ALONE IS A TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR CARD! DONT SELL ANYTHING YOUR BEST CHOICE IS TO SELL EACH CARD AND BOX ON EBAY. WHATEVER YOU DO DONT SELL FOR $200 AND DONT GO TO A CARD SHOP TO SELL IT OFF CAUSE YOU WILL GET RIPPED OFF. DEALERS ARE THE BIGGEST SCUM IN THE WORLD. THEY TROLL CRAIGSLIST LOOKING FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO RIP OFF.
Well, damn—finally someone honest and sincere. Maybe not the best online etiquette but this is the type of collector that doesn’t just care about turning a profit or finding a steal. Thanks, Scott—you restored my faith in the prospecting end of the hobby!