The Numbers: August 7-13, 2022

The Numbers: August 7-13, 2022

It is nice to see so many people posting in this thread again. It was too quiet last week.

I had a nice experience with eBay support this week as a buyer. I splurged on a nice new pillow for myself, but the seller used FedEx and there was a classic FedEx problem — package marked as delivered at 3:00 AM, but didn’t show up that day, or the next day, or the next. I opened a case and the seller uploaded the tracking and didn’t respond. I lost the case. But I filed an appeal and eBay refunded my money. Good to know that persistence and calm messages still get things done with eBay.

8/7/2022 – 8/13/2022

Total items in store: 1381 (up from 1373 last week)

Items sold: 43 (33 via best offer, 1 via seller initiated offer, 21 via promoted listings)

Gross sales: $3631.34 (up 22% from one year ago)

Net sales: $2677.31 (up 28% from one year ago)

Average sales price: $84.45 (up 100% from one year ago)

Time spent searching through online auction listings for new trading cards inventory: 13 hours (up from 10 hours last week)

Highest price sold (net): $368.43 — Brett Favre 2022 National Black box 1/1 autograph

This was my big prize from the National card show. The manufacturer Panini offered a trade-in program at the show where you could swap specific outstanding redemption cards in your account for one (or more) Black Boxes which contain a 1/1 stamped autograph inside. I had five or six eligible redemptions to trade, but I had never used this program before, so I only traded in two of them. The two cards I traded in cost me something like $50 total and I received one black box in return. Because the buy-in was so low, I decided to open my black box, and was lucky enough to find a popular player like Favre inside. I priced it high ($500) but in line with other expensive Favre autographs and the card sold within 24 hours of listing. The buyer sent me a few messages the day the package was marked delivered telling me how happy he was to add this to his and his daughter’s collection and how much he liked the card. It was another reminder that there’s no real reason to get nervous about selling something that’s a little more expensive. Most buyers, regardless of how much disposable income they have, just want to receive their item.

Lowest price sold (net): $11.82 — Cayden Wallace 2021 Onyx autograph

Onyx is one of a handful of companies who don’t have any licenses with the pro leagues, which you can always tell because the player on the card will be wearing a generic uniform. No logos or team names. I don’t sell a ton of cards like this since they don’t hold much value long-term. But certain players autographs are worth buying and selling for a brief period, like after the player gets drafted but before his new pro uniform cards have been made.

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