The Numbers: March 27-April 2, 2022

The Numbers: March 27-April 2, 2022

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Extremely consistent sales between this week and last week, and this year and last year, even though I’ve moved a decent chunk of my card inventory to sell (mostly) hands-off via consignment and I’m not considering those sales in these numbers. It’s exciting to see these steady numbers.

3/27/2022 – 4/2/2022

Total items in store: 2451 (down from 2507)

Items sold: 48 (38 via best offer, 5 via seller initiated offer)

Gross sales: $2497.16 (down 9% from one year ago)

Net sales: $1757.23 (down 12% from one year ago)

Lowest price sold (net): $9.18 — Max Strus 2019 autographed rookie card

Max Strus has risen from obscurity to carve out a worthy role on the Miami Heat, so even his most basic rookie autographs will sell for a few bucks. I have five or six more of this same card ready to go as soon as one sells. I’ve been trying to focus my $25 and under card listings on items like this one which will sell quickly and I can acquire the card in large quantities so I can keep refreshing the listing with new pictures once one sells. It’s taken a few years of building knowledge about what sells quickly and what doesn’t, and it’s still a learning process. But I enjoy these sales.

Highest price sold (net): $103.33 — Za’Darius Smith 2018 Panini Instant 1/1 rookie card

Panini Instant cards are a direct result of the 21st century impacting card collecting. They are print to order cards sold directly on the manufacturer’s website, only for a few days or until they sell out, which for rare cards like this One of One is within seconds or minutes. Every manufacturer does a version of these kinds of cards. These cards are not typically as valuable as the rarest cards pulled directly from packs or boxes, but for players (like Za’Darius Smith) who rise from obscurity and don’t have many other rare cards, or rookie card, the Panini Instant 1/1 or autographed versions sell for nice amounts.

Other versions of these on-demand cards have a time-sensitive memento with them, like this card I sold a few months back with a piece of jersey from the NBA finals. I can understand why someone would pay up for that kind of card, especially since once they’re sold out on the manufacturer’s website, there’s no other way to purchase them except through eBay and other card selling sites and groups.

I upgraded this buyer’s package to priority mail (something I usually do for $75 and up anyway) when they sent me a message anxious about receiving their item within a certain timeframe, and they returned to my store this week with a $35 offer on a $50 listing which I happily accepted. Third time is almost never the charm with repeat buyers, but hopefully they’ll be back next week with another purchase.


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