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Old 06-19-2012, 03:54 PM
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Default Childhood or adulthood rip off stories

When I was a kid during the Baseball card bubble, I had tons of friends to trade with and talk cards with. Trading was a regular thing, and also frequent trips to the local card shop. One thing that sticks out in my mind are the bad trades or bad buys I made that made me so mad as a kid but now I laugh about it. Some of my cards got stolen too when I was a kid, including entire binders full of them. I am going to open this thread to share stories of being ripped off as a child or as an adult, if you want to share. Also anyone that wants to share about themselves ripping someone else off as a child. I for one victimized my younger brother by trading him beat up commons for his Ken Griffey Jr cards. I would also tell him that certain cards he had were actually mine (even though they were not) and that he stole them, and I would beat him up if he didn't give them back. I was a bad brother but now we have a great relationship.

When I was 11 years old I traded my buddy a 1991 Sergei Federov Hockey card for his 1980 Topps Willie Mccovey card. I thought the signature was real and he told me it was, boy did I feel stupid when I found out it was a feature of some 1980 Topps cards. But we both ended up loosing in the long run both cards are worth $1 or less today.

When I was 10, I really wanted a Hank Aaron rookie card. I saved up $35 and peddled by bike to the local card shop hoping I had enough money. When I got there the young card shop owner said I did not have nearly enough, but they talked me into buying a 1962 Topps Warren Sphann. I did not know who Warren Sphann was at the time but I like that it was from 1962. I didn't really want to buy it but the grown men that worked there told me I would like it. Needless to say I had buyers remorse. My mom was furious about my purchase, but she was not mad at me, she drove down to that card shop and told those men to give me my money back for pressuring a 10 year old to buy something he didn't really want. The men laughed at her and said no.

When I was 16 I had some friends over and suddenly an entire binder of my best cards were gone. The collection turned up a few weeks later laying in someone's front yard. One of my friends who was at my place the day the cards were stolen was the one who miraculously discovered the collection . Of course there were cards missing like a 1979 Topps Walter Payton or that 1962 Topps Sphann. I also had another binder stolen by the same friend but did not discover that until a few years later, because the cards were nothing special.

Let's hear some of your childhood ripoff or adulthood rip off stories. I know we must have tons from our childhood.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:02 PM
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Bought a shoebox full of cards at 16 for $20 from a friend that needed beer money. sold a few in 1992 to pay for my failed wedding. still have all of the 57's but sold the 56's last year for a tidy sum. Will be sending the 57's off to A forum member soon to liquidate. 30 years I've held onto them. Perhaps the Post cereal cards next.

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:06 PM
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I must hold grudges because the story that I am still sore about is when I was a kid, and I saved my allowance for a long time to buy a NM 1987 Fleer complete set from this baseball card store in my local mall for something around $80 which was a fortune for a kid during that time. When I opened the box up, the corners of all of the cards were dented like they had been dropped.

For the flip side, I also remember when I was a kid and inviting friends over to my house, and then for games, I would offer as prizes all of these 80s commons cards that I didn't want (and which even back then weren't worth much). Geez, I was a cheapskate!
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Zach,

I can totally relate to your story...As a 13 yr old in 1990 I was excited to go to the local card shop with my $50 or so, thinking that i had a ton of money. Will never forget how 'little' I felt when the rube behind the counter was bothered that I asked to see a '70 Nolan Ryan, nor have I forgotten the tone in his voice when I asked how much it was and he snickered, "more than you probably have." What an ass. As I got older I was happy that his store closed....
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As a teenager, my friend and I worked out a trade where I was going to receive his 1960 Leaf Duke Snider card for my prized 1991 Upper Deck Dikembe Mutombo rookie card, which I had pulled from a pack, and 10 M-80 firecrackers.

The Mutombo rookie is a cool looking card with the Denver skyline in the background and at the time he had some serious potential. The Duke Snider card was in VG condition at best, but I thought, what the hell? He's a hall of famer.

I come to learn that the Snider card was trimmed and trimmed quite poorly too. I still have it. Man, I wish I had those M-80s back.

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:24 PM
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I wasn't ripped off, but I got low balled pretty badly at the San Leandro show last weekend. I wanted to trade for a guy's Obak premium. I offered him an SGC 40 T206 Cobb Bat Off and a really nice PSA 1 1933 Goudey of Gehrig for his Obak. The guy told me he'd give me $1,000 in trade for my cards. Needless to say I was pretty annoyed.

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:40 PM
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Back in the late 80s I was around 10 yrs old and saved up $20 from selling newspapers (standing in the roads in St. Augustine, FL on the weekends) and went into the local card shop. The owner, a sleezeball who saw that I had $20 to spend, told me he had a "NM" Bo Jackson football rookie card. SUPER HOT! How much? $20! I didn't really even want it, but he talked me into it. Its closer in condition to "VG" by todays standards.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:48 PM
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i remember this one time in 1990 or 91 i went to a card show at my local mall and i had saved like a $100 to buy my favorite players rookie card the 79 topps ozzie smith and of course i found 1 for around $75 and was so excited. I had the card for about 2 weeks and took it to school with my mother of course telling me not to and did anyway and showed some of my friends at lunch who where intersted and put it back into my bookbag and finished the day and when i got home and was going to take it out of my bag and it was gone. lets just say i was heart broken to find that my prized card was gone someone had taken from my bag during recess and never seen it again. This off subject but when i was young i always thought the 33 goudey ruth was the penicle of all cards and now it makes me laugh to know what is really out there.
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Zach,

I can totally relate to your story...As a 13 yr old in 1990 I was excited to go to the local card shop with my $50 or so, thinking that i had a ton of money. Will never forget how 'little' I felt when the rube behind the counter was bothered that I asked to see a '70 Nolan Ryan, nor have I forgotten the tone in his voice when I asked how much it was and he snickered, "more than you probably have." What an ass. As I got older I was happy that his store closed....
I saw one of those guys get taken by a kid who was about 8 at the flea market. He asked about a card and got the same response, "probably more than you have" The kid replied that he'd bet that he had more than the dealer, the card to him if he had more, the contents of his pocket to the dealer if he had less. ----The Kid had about $1500 on him! And a dad who was about 10 feet away, probably a setup, but nobody liked that dealer.

The same dealer would always try to push the latest "hot" set at me, iron ons, minis, big cards....My usual response was that I already had them. So one time I mention that I'm thinking of selling some stuff the next week. He has me come around the back of the van, and hands me two boxes of cards and says "don't come to sell next week, those are on the house" Whenever I was wanting cards and had no money I'd tell him I was going to setup and always got something free.

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We've all been ripped off one time or another. I was ripped off by my best friend's father.

I started collecting cards in the mid 50's when I was a young kid and stopped around the late 70's. I only collected Topps and had several thousand cards. I was a big Yankee fan back then until the Met's came along. I collected everything that had Maris or Mantle on it. I also had every Yankee yearbook from the late 50's to late 60's. In addition I had every Met Yearbook from their first until the early 70's. So, I amassed a huge collection.

Then one day in the late 70's my best friend told me that her father buys sports cards and memorabilia. Since I was a teenager and needed money badly, I said "Great". Her dad came to my apartment and took everything I owned and told me that it was only worth $500. I took the money thinking that I got a great deal.

It wasn't until I was shopping at a mall several months down the road where there was a card show going on at the same time that I knew the scumbag ripped me off. He was selling my yearbooks for $50 to $100 a shot. I don't have to tell you the value of those Mantle cards.

Here I was trusting a friends Dad and he took me for a ride. It's over 35 years ago but I still get pissed off.
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