Sunday, January 3, 2010

eBay Quick Hits

Another year, another decade.... the same eBay. These cards arrived a couple of weeks ago, and are my first eBay purchases in a while. In case you haven't been able to tell, my opinion of eBay as a trading card marketplace has been significantly lowered in the past few months, and posts like these will be fewer and farther between in 2010. Both cards came from the same seller, which was the main reason I picked them both up.

2009 Topps Heritage High Adam Jones "Clubhouse Collection" relic
There's nothing finer than a dirty jersey swatch. Seeing the brown streaks on this card makes me think about Adam possibly making a diving catch in center field while wearing the jersey that ended up in this card. I guess he could have also been eating chocolate ice cream, and missed his mouth. The sad thing is, the world may never know how this white jersey got so stained. Do you see that there on the top of the card? It's tape, and it's on the top loader only. Why do so many eBay seller and trade partners tape up perfectly good top-loaders or tape them together? I am officially starting up a new non-profit called P.A.T.T. It stands for People Against the Taping of Top-loaders. Who's with me? Anyone care to make a donation?

2009 Topps Unique Nick Markakis "Solo Shot" relic
What can I say about Topps Unique that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed out and depleted. Being a player collector sucks sometimes, but having this card in my Markakis collection is necessary evil. At least Topps took the time stamp these with a serial number, so you can be sure of the print run.

It's a big Sunday for me and my Baltimore Ravens. A win against the lowly but tricky Oakland Raiders, and the season continues. A loss, and the season is over. Both teams are near the top of the league in penalties per game, and the Ravens have been notorious this season for beating themselves by doing dumb shit. It could be a long and ugly afternoon, but the Ravens should emerge victorious, and go on to face the Pats or Bengals in the first round of the playoffs. If anyone needs me, I'll be biting my nails on the couch, in front of the TV.


  1. Those cards look pretty good... for me to POOP on!

    As an aside, I am rooting for the Ravens to win today.

  2. gotta say beardy, I sell alot on eBay and I stopped taping TLs a while back in favor of the teambag. I do, however use old, yellowed or scratched TLs with tape to protect larger cards and trade packages. guess I am your "middle of the road".

  3. I have a stack of about 20 top loaders with scotch tape (the diabolical invisible kind, not the easily removed frosted kind) marking up brand new top loaders. Terribly irritating.

  4. You're absolutely right about eBay going downhill. Unfortunately, they have a monopoly on the online auction. I'm with you on the taping of top loaders. I also hate people who write on top loaders and team bags in magic markers. Unnecessary.

  5. I've posted on the ole blog a couple of times how there is a special place in hell for those that tape top loaders. But here's the thing.
    I've got a monster box FULL of damaged top loaders and snap cases. So where can I use them up??
    Trade packages of course. It's all about recycling.

  6. Agreed Canuck, recycling is always a good thing. Just don't tape the top loaders together when you send out trades. That drives me batty.

    Mojo, I'm talkin to you brother.

  7. I wonder if the brown streaks on Jones' card are bloodstains, which makes the card a little more interesting, if maybe a little 'icky.'