NonSports Forum

Net54baseball.com
Welcome to Net54baseball.com. These forums are devoted to both Pre- and Post- war baseball cards and vintage memorabilia, as well as other sports. There is a separate section for Buying, Selling and Trading - the B/S/T area!! If you give an opinion of a person or company your full name needs to be in your post. Contact the moderator at leon@net54baseball.com should you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy!
Net54baseball.com
Net54baseball.com
ebay GSB
T206s on Ebay
Pre-WWII Cards
Post WWII Cards
Vintage Memorabilia
Babe Ruth Cards
Ty Cobb Cards
Lou Gehrig Cards
Mickey Mantle Cards
Goudey Cards
Bowman Cards
T205s on Ebay
Tobacco "T" Cards
Caramel "E" Cards
Vintage Baseball Postcards
Football Cards on Ebay
Exhibit Cards
Strip Cards
Baking Cards
Sporting News
Playball Cards on Ebay

Go Back   Net54baseball.com Forums > Net54baseball Main Forum - WWII & Older Baseball Cards > Net54baseball Vintage (WWII & Older) Baseball Cards & New Member Introductions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:00 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default Funding your hobby...

Does anyone actively look to "buy low, sell high" with stuff online or elsewhere in order to make cash on the side to fund your hobby? I've had the inverse of that equation down for decades now, :-) but seriously. Increasingly I think this may be something I would have the ability to do if I could be disciplined about it. I've just never approached buying cards with that mindset. (Normally my style is more of the "buy now, figure out how to fund it later..." variety).

If so I would be interested in any specific pointers, thoughts folks have. I know for example waiting out auctions at deals over high-priced Buy-It-Now's would probably be one tactic.

Thanks.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...

Last edited by jchcollins; 02-12-2019 at 02:01 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:10 PM
gonzo gonzo is offline
Michael G0nz@lez
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 168
Default

Depending on exactly what you collect, you could buy lots from which you only need/want a few cards, and part out the rest of the lot individually. In some cases, you can essentially get the cards you wanted for free, or nearly so.
__________________
WTB/WTTF: (larger want list here)
ē T205s: rare backs and freaks
ē Christy Mathewson: T332 Helmar Stamp
ē Christy Mathewson: 1914 Pritchard Stamp

See the Want List for "Successful net54 transactions" list.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:13 PM
Ricky Ricky is offline
Rich
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 116
Default

I just sneak money out of my wife's purse...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:14 PM
Peter_Spaeth's Avatar
Peter_Spaeth Peter_Spaeth is offline
Peter Spaeth
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 18,584
Default

Keep in mind paypal transactions are now reported to the IRS, in case that's a factor for you.
__________________
Stuff trumps all. Even tainted stuff.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:20 PM
ALBB ALBB is online now
Albert Bee
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 170
Default buy low sell high

I think many guys stay glued to Ebay in that hope of - Wow, I steal that ..and I can turn it around for a profit. Most times when you add the shipping and now this annoying" state sales tax "or some other add on.....it doesnt work out..especially when - after all is said and done..that 57T Drysdale which cost you $ 29, you barely sell it for $34 a month later !


Also, when an item it bought off ebay..and then attempted to be sold on Net54....dont you think most passionate collectors have seen it..maybe even bid on it
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:28 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default Funding your hobby...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
I just sneak money out of my wife's purse...


I wish. Right now my collection is kind of a revolving door. Essentially the only "new" money I spend on cards each year is Christmas and birthday money, things like that. There is certainly no category in the family budget for my card habit. If I splurge on something later which is not tied to that, I usually have to wind up selling something from my collection to make up the difference. This actually usually works out; I sometimes tire of certain things and it keeps my interest in the cards new and usually somewhat varied.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...

Last edited by jchcollins; 02-12-2019 at 03:28 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:31 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter_Spaeth View Post
Keep in mind paypal transactions are now reported to the IRS, in case that's a factor for you.
Yeah but only if over $20K or more than 200 payments in a year, I think.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2019, 02:48 PM
packs packs is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 5,426
Default

I always keep an eye open for a deal. I buy cards all the time that I have no interest in but am able to pick up on the cheap for resale only.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:01 PM
x2drich2000 x2drich2000 is online now
(DJ) Rich.ard.s
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,424
Default

It is definitely possible to do. The big question is how much time and effort do you want to put into it and how long are you willing to hold an item to get the price you want. I believe knowledge and patience are the keys. I'm a firm believer you could make money selling 88 Donruss, if you buy them at the right price.

DJ
__________________
Current Wantlist:
E93 - Cobb
E92 Nadja - Bescher, Bridwell, Cobb, Crawford, Donovan, Doolan, Doyle (with bat), Evers, Kleinow, Lobert, Mathewson, Tinker, Wagner (throwing), Zimmerman
W554 - Anyone with any red backstamp, Fonseca, Klein, Rommel
E/T Young Backrun - Need E90-1, E92 black Crofts Candy, E92 Dockman, E101, E105, T216 (all versions)
E92 Red Crofts - Anyone especially Barry, Shean, and Evers
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:05 PM
Ricky Ricky is offline
Rich
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 116
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jchcollins View Post
I wish. Right now my collection is kind of a revolving door. Essentially the only "new" money I spend on cards each year is Christmas and birthday money, things like that. There is certainly no category in the family budget for my card habit. If I splurge on something later which is not tied to that, I usually have to wind up selling something from my collection to make up the difference. This actually usually works out, I sometimes tire of certain things and it keeps my interest in the cards new and usually somewhat varied.
I get too attached to my cards to do this, even though it's a smart way to operate. If I sold any of my vintage cards, as soon as I did, I know I'd want them back...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:06 PM
thatkidfromjerrymaguire thatkidfromjerrymaguire is offline
member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 57
Default

Great question John. I've bought cards strictly for resale a couple times, but I keep coming back around to just trying to enjoy my cards without over thinking the profit side of it. Trying to buy and sell cards for profit suddenly starts to feel like too much work

That's another cool aspect about this hobby...you absolutely CAN use it to generate a little extra cash, and it appears that there are some people on this board that are making a living out of it. And that's awesome!

But I've realized I personally have more fun acquiring cards I like in slightly lesser condition to look at them in my albums, research the players, etc. I do try and be sure not to overspend on the cards I buy, because I'd love to be able to at least sell my cards for near the same price I bought them if I ever quit enjoying them.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:11 PM
thatkidfromjerrymaguire thatkidfromjerrymaguire is offline
member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 57
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by x2drich2000 View Post
I'm a firm believer you could make money selling 88 Donruss, if you buy them at the right price.

DJ
Haha...I'm pretty much with you, however I don't think anyone in history has ever made money selling 88 Donruss (except maybe my local card shop owner circa 1988 selling me boxes of that stuff at full price when I was chasing that Roberto Alomar Rated Rookie and those Diamond Kings).
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:14 PM
Vintageismygame Vintageismygame is offline
Matt
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 388
Default

I picked up a property management client on the side that pays north of $3k/month. I might have 15 hours a month invested in actually being at the property.

I fund my Roth IRA first, put $10k in my regular investment account and the rest is spent on my choosing (aka cardboard).
__________________
Collecting T206 Set 485/524

Successful transactions with: Wildfireschulte, bengineno9, Davids resale shop, dougcats, wcsportscards, Bryan Long, Moonlight Graham, sycks22, Set Builder, itjclarke, mybuddyinc x 2, Double-P-Enterprises, Michael McGuffin, sebie43, T2069bk, JollyRoger, LukeLyon x 2, drjdog5150, Beatles Guy, GehrigFan, piecesofthegame, AddieJoss, Marty, HOF Yankees, FrankWakefield, Tim Fritz, vcuono, T206blogcom, btcarfagno x 3, Bleedinblue, Tolstoi, brewing
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:17 PM
DHogan's Avatar
DHogan DHogan is offline
Dave
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Boston
Posts: 556
Default

My father in-law accused me of stealing my wife's money. He knew I collected sports cards. I told him that's how I pay for my card collection. He likes me a whole lot less now.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-12-2019, 03:30 PM
Luke's Avatar
Luke Luke is offline
Luke Lyon
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,767
Default

If you understand the market for the items you collect extremely well, you can start doing this today. You just need to know instantly when you see something what it's value is. If you don't know any sets/issues/players, etc this well, then you either need to spend a lot of time studying, or just decide to not worry about it. I'm sure there are tons of people on the board who keep their eye out for things they collect and occasionally buy something they don't need just because they come across it and it's a good deal.
__________________
ThatT206Life.com
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-12-2019, 04:56 PM
swarmee's Avatar
swarmee swarmee is offline
J0hn Raff3rty
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Niceville FL
Posts: 4,028
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jchcollins View Post
Does anyone actively look to "buy low, sell high" with stuff online or elsewhere in order to make cash on the side to fund your hobby?
This is exactly what COMC is for...
For example, I just bought 15 nice 1962 Topps Mars Attacks cards at $10 each and expect them to resell between $25-30 each. Then I'll buy a Mantle I need with the profit.
__________________
--
PWCC: The Fish Stinks From the Head
PSA: Regularly Get Cheated
BGS: Can't detect trimming on modern
SGC: Closed auto authentication business
JSA: Approved same T206 Autos before SGC
Oh, what a difference a year makes.

Last edited by swarmee; 02-12-2019 at 05:01 PM. Reason: add'l info
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-12-2019, 05:05 PM
AGuinness's Avatar
AGuinness AGuinness is offline
Garth Guibord
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 624
Default

I've primarily funded things the same way, year-end bonuses, gifts, etc.
After I got back into the hobby, one thing that appealed to me was buying some of the important cards that were big when I was growing up but could never afford. Part of my idea was that I could potentially hold them for a while, sell at a profit and put the money back into other cards. And at times, it worked nicely - other times, not so much.
One of the cards I got early on was a T206 Speaker (Sweet Cap back), which opened the door to learning a whole lot more about T206s and pre-war stuff. That made me rethink things and started me on my T206 journey I'm still on now. I sold that first Speaker to help with my T206 project (not done yet!), and now I find it challenging to put the money I get from selling stuff into other cards I plan on selling because my PC has so much stuff I want to fill in.
A couple quick thoughts:
COMC is a great place to flip and learn lessons about flipping. I've tried various strategies (modern rookies, autos, slabs, buying wax, etc.) and figured out a few things that I prefer. While I've made plenty of dumb mistakes, I've also learned a lot and been able to cycle through funds there, reinvesting some and using some for purchases. I haven't put in any money in years, but have bought plenty of cards that now reside in my PC.
One of the biggest/best pieces of advice I took to was to buy things that you'll appreciate or like even if they lose value. In other words, if it's something you end up not being able to sell for bupkis, but you still can enjoy, that's going to be a good buy no matter what.
I do think that selling things helps with buying things, as the process helps build appreciation for what attributes matter most, certain downsides to specific cards (such as common print defects that might not be calculated into a grade) and in knowing the cost and work going into a sale.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-12-2019, 05:09 PM
mechanicalman's Avatar
mechanicalman mechanicalman is offline
Sam Sw@rtz
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 993
Default

Personally, I find that putting my time and energy into non-baseball card ventures affords me more disposal income to spend on baseball cards.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-12-2019, 06:45 PM
vintagetoppsguy's Avatar
vintagetoppsguy vintagetoppsguy is offline
D@v!d J@m3s
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Richmond, TX
Posts: 5,199
Default

I'll buy anything that I think I can make a profit on. I have several different selling platforms - eBay, neighborhood website, bulletin board at work (we have 5000+ employees), Craigslist, etc. That's how I fund most of my card purchases.

Anybody need a Chi cordless curling iron? I just picked up a lot of 10 brand new in the box. Seriously.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-12-2019, 06:54 PM
BeanTown's Avatar
BeanTown BeanTown is offline
Jay Cee
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,190
Default

When investing, its always good to diversify and put your money in something you have a little knowledge about. Its always good to invest in yourself than other people companies. Do your research, ask questions, and keep buying cardboard I say!
__________________
Love Ty Cobb rare items
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 02-12-2019, 06:54 PM
Rhotchkiss's Avatar
Rhotchkiss Rhotchkiss is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,417
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
I get too attached to my cards to do this, even though it's a smart way to operate. If I sold any of my vintage cards, as soon as I did, I know I'd want them back...
This x10
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 02-12-2019, 06:56 PM
Throttlesteer Throttlesteer is offline
Anson
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 482
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter_Spaeth View Post
Keep in mind paypal transactions are now reported to the IRS, in case that's a factor for you.
That explains 5he guys in black suits in the blacked out Suburban parked across the street from my house
__________________
An$on Lyt!e
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-12-2019, 07:02 PM
bmattioli's Avatar
bmattioli bmattioli is offline
Bruce M@ttioli
member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hartford CT
Posts: 130
Default

I metal detect, scrap metal, turn in cans and bottles etc.. anything to make a buck for my Flea market hunts from Apr-Dec.. I'm in redraws..
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 02-12-2019, 07:25 PM
Rich Falvo Rich Falvo is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: RI
Posts: 305
Default

I try to stick with only spending money that I earned from selling off other stuff. Not always successful. Iím getting better at selling stuff from sets that I will never finish or stuff that I never take out to look at. Iíve been selling most of my coin stuff to fund baseball cards because Iím enjoying the cards more.
__________________
Looking for most Cycle, EPDG, American Beauty or Tolstoi backs for Providence players.

Successful transactions with Luke, frankbmd, Dougscats, Baseball*Collectibles, Thromdog, Lug-nut, Ronnie73, cammb
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 02-12-2019, 07:26 PM
Jobu's Avatar
Jobu Jobu is online now
Bry@n
member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: WI
Posts: 2,401
Default

Ryan, I am going to request one exemption.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhotchkiss View Post
This x10
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 02-12-2019, 07:43 PM
savedfrommyspokes's Avatar
savedfrommyspokes savedfrommyspokes is offline
Member
Larry More.y
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,476
Default

I have built my entire collection off of buying/selling for a profit. My comment to anyone considering this method to fund their collection is I realize the greatest profits from sellers I regularly buy from.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 02-12-2019, 07:57 PM
JollyElm's Avatar
JollyElm JollyElm is offline
D@rrΣn Hu.ghΣs
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 4,049
Default

Virtually every single card I buy is bought 'knowing' I could turn a profit on it were I to sell it...but, let's be honest, I know for damn sure that I am wrong with regard to 99.9% of them.
__________________
Check out my bucket(s). Virtually everything is available for trade:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/152396...57685904801706
http://s1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee404/JollyElm/
http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/elmjack44/library/

ďI was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.Ē
Casey Stengel
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 02-12-2019, 08:05 PM
hcv123 hcv123 is offline
Howard Chasser
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 1,450
Default Like any other market....

The more knowledge you have about it, the greater potential there is to profit in it. I have gone through periods of only funding my collection through sales from it and other times where other monies have been added. I regularly say - there is nothing I own materially that I would not sell (some things that there may not be anyone willing to pay the price at which I would sell it - hence leaving them a part of my collection till then). Many of the items that I collect are in pretty short supply (think between 1 and 20 known examples). I have owned some for a bit of time and in no hurry, only sell when a buyer is willing to meet my price (or close to it after a bit of haggling).
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 02-12-2019, 09:58 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ALBB View Post
..especially when - after all is said and done..that 57T Drysdale which cost you $ 29, you barely sell it for $34 a month later !
This story sounds very familiar, except with me it was a '57 Koufax in about VG condition 15 or so years ago - that I bought for $50 and probably sold for $40.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 02-12-2019, 10:01 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
I get too attached to my cards to do this, even though it's a smart way to operate. If I sold any of my vintage cards, as soon as I did, I know I'd want them back...
I often get this feeling too, but 95% of the time it's what I call "pre-" seller's regret. In that I think about and agonize over which cards I really want to sell before I actually do it, but then a large majority of the time after they are gone, I don't think twice about it and am able to move on. I have a few passive regrets on cards that got away years ago - I remember getting rid of them and occasionally wish I hadn't - but it's nothing that keeps me up at night.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 02-12-2019, 10:12 PM
jchcollins's Avatar
jchcollins jchcollins is offline
John
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NC
Posts: 1,281
Default

Thanks all for the encouraging replies here. I think at a minimum I'm going to check out COMC more in-depth. I've always heard about them, but have never taken the time to really learn what it's all about. As for the rest, I feel like I have as good a shot as anyone to be at least marginally successful in flipping cards for profit if I really took that approach. I already fund "most of" my new purchases with card sales, but I could stand to get more efficient and proactive about it rather than always acting after the fact.
__________________
T206, T212, 1972 Topps. HOF postwar singles. All types of vintage Cubs...

Last edited by jchcollins; 02-12-2019 at 10:13 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 02-12-2019, 10:50 PM
doug.goodman doug.goodman is offline
Doug Goodman
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: On tour somewhere
Posts: 2,145
Default

I sell my services to others for money to fund my hobby.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 02-12-2019, 11:21 PM
Directly Directly is offline
Tom Re.bert
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 167
Default Buy-sell-trade

Open your eyes, look around--many collectors aren't interested in just buying baseball cards.

Diversify--look around!

This week I bought a antique sign and some other artifacts for $305.00
Sold the lot for $1050---

Purchase a raw 1968 Ryan RC a 1958 Gibson RC and a 1972 Munson RC for $550 sent to PSA sold for 1550.00

One time I bought a piece of jade for 25.00-sold too cheap for 500.00

Bought a Civil War belt buckle for $100 sold too cheap for 800.00

--Buy-sell-trade--if you think someone might pay more-buy it--!
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 02-12-2019, 11:27 PM
Gobucsmagic74's Avatar
Gobucsmagic74 Gobucsmagic74 is offline
Dan
Dan Hi.cks
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Rockledge, Fl
Posts: 1,541
Default

Yes, I flip. Couldnít afford to collect the cards I have without doing so. Currently have about $12k invested in a modest collection worth between $75-$80k.
__________________
B/S/T deals completed with Kzoo, VintageGamerN00b, RayBShotz, Batter67up, brian29575, ChuckLaw08, itjclarke, 3-2-count, GradyM333, 39special, sox1903wschamp, Republicaninmass, BKasarda, vcuono, mlfink83, vintagewhitesox, bobbvc, bobbyw8469, 71buc, MattyFan, pencil1974(3), Webster, CMIZ5290, glchen, sycks22, Epps, GehrigFan, 1952boyntoncollector, wilkiebaby11, chiprop, ezez420, aloondilana, BosseFieldBoy, AddieJoss, Baseball*Collectibles
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 02-13-2019, 01:23 AM
pokerplyr80's Avatar
pokerplyr80 pokerplyr80 is offline
je.sse @rnot
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: California
Posts: 3,276
Default

I've bought a few cards I felt were under valued and sold later for a profit. And have sold others to help fund new purchases. I've come out ahead more often than not. But I primarily just buy cards I enjoy owning and hold onto them for a while.
__________________
Successful transactions with peter spaeth, don's cards, vwtdi, wolf441, 111gecko, Clydewally, Jim, SPMIDD, MattyC, jmb, botn, E107collector, begsu1013, and a few others.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:09 AM
tschock tschock is offline
T@yl0r $ch0ck
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 1,086
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doug.goodman View Post
I sell my services to others for money to fund my hobby.
LOL
D0ug G00dM@n, Card Prostitute!
(said in the spirit and voice of Dan Aykroyd's character, Fred Garvin)
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 02-13-2019, 11:52 AM
AGuinness's Avatar
AGuinness AGuinness is offline
Garth Guibord
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 624
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jchcollins View Post
Thanks all for the encouraging replies here. I think at a minimum I'm going to check out COMC more in-depth. I've always heard about them, but have never taken the time to really learn what it's all about. As for the rest, I feel like I have as good a shot as anyone to be at least marginally successful in flipping cards for profit if I really took that approach. I already fund "most of" my new purchases with card sales, but I could stand to get more efficient and proactive about it rather than always acting after the fact.
Quick add-on about COMC: they changed their fees structure as of Jan. 1 in part to try and make higher-priced cards move easier. In the past, COMC has definitely been a place where many people had museum prices for items, even low-grade/high demand cards with low eye appeal. It remains to be seen if the new fees structure will bring those prices down, but from my experience, COMC is somewhere to go for lower priced items for my PC.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Directly View Post
Open your eyes, look around--many collectors aren't interested in just buying baseball cards.

Diversify--look around!

This week I bought a antique sign and some other artifacts for $305.00
Sold the lot for $1050---

Purchase a raw 1968 Ryan RC a 1958 Gibson RC and a 1972 Munson RC for $550 sent to PSA sold for 1550.00

One time I bought a piece of jade for 25.00-sold too cheap for 500.00

Bought a Civil War belt buckle for $100 sold too cheap for 800.00

--Buy-sell-trade--if you think someone might pay more-buy it--!
That's impressive! I'd definitely love to do this, but I barely have the time to enjoy researching the cards/sets that I want and keep an eye out for the examples I can afford. Maybe when we become empty-nesters in 12 years I'll take up finding other stuff to flip!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gobucsmagic74 View Post
Yes, I flip. Couldnít afford to collect the cards I have without doing so. Currently have about $12k invested in a modest collection worth between $75-$80k.
Well done! I think for me, at some point, I'd pull out the cash I initially put in and enjoy the hobby without any real skin in the game!
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 02-13-2019, 04:36 PM
doug.goodman doug.goodman is offline
Doug Goodman
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: On tour somewhere
Posts: 2,145
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tschock View Post
LOL
D0ug G00dM@n, Card Prostitute!
(said in the spirit and voice of Dan Aykroyd's character, Fred Garvin)
That's pretty funny.
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 02-13-2019, 05:09 PM
Bocabirdman's Avatar
Bocabirdman Bocabirdman is offline
Mike
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Rat Mouth
Posts: 2,437
Default

Card Prostitute? I have been doing that for years. When I finish with my next client and the one after that I will have done two.
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 02-15-2019, 03:12 PM
Leon's Avatar
Leon Leon is online now
Leon
peasant/forum owner
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: near Dallas
Posts: 27,468
Default Funding my hobby

I lose on most card deals but make up for it in volume!!
And whomever only talks about winning purchases, they are either not telling the whole story or haven't done enough deals..

.
__________________
Leon Luckey
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 02-15-2019, 08:49 PM
familytoad's Avatar
familytoad familytoad is offline
Br1@n L1ndh0lm3
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Posts: 1,392
Default Trade

I just trade pictures of dead presidents on paper for pictures of dead ballplayers on cardboard.

Itís rather simple.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Leon View Post
I lose on most card deals but make up for it in volume!!
And whomever only talks about winning purchases, they are either not telling the whole story or haven't done enough deals..

.
__________________
Thanks!

Brian L
Familytoad
Ridgefield, WA

See my SGC HOF Collection here:
http://www.sgccard.com/customsetcomposition.aspx?id=463
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 02-16-2019, 06:44 AM
seablaster's Avatar
seablaster seablaster is offline
seablaster@yahoo.com
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 454
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leon View Post
And whomever only talks about winning purchases, they are either not telling the whole story or haven't done enough deals..
Straight truth right there.
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 02-16-2019, 06:48 AM
ullmandds's Avatar
ullmandds ullmandds is offline
pete ullman
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: saint paul, mn
Posts: 8,849
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Directly View Post
Open your eyes, look around--many collectors aren't interested in just buying baseball cards.

Diversify--look around!

This week I bought a antique sign and some other artifacts for $305.00
Sold the lot for $1050---

Purchase a raw 1968 Ryan RC a 1958 Gibson RC and a 1972 Munson RC for $550 sent to PSA sold for 1550.00

One time I bought a piece of jade for 25.00-sold too cheap for 500.00

Bought a Civil War belt buckle for $100 sold too cheap for 800.00

--Buy-sell-trade--if you think someone might pay more-buy it--!
YUP! I do this!!!! I buy anything I see I know I can make money from...mostly NOT baseball cards...then I parlay that plus plus into my hobbies!
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 02-16-2019, 07:02 AM
frankbmd's Avatar
frankbmd frankbmd is offline
Fr@nk Burke++
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Between the 1st tee and the 19th hole
Posts: 5,800
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by familytoad View Post
I just trade pictures of dead presidents on paper for pictures of dead ballplayers on cardboard.

Itís rather simple.


Partially correct Brian.

Ben is dead, but not a president, but an interesting fellow nonetheless less.

Iíll trade 4 pristine Abes for one of your Bens though.

LMK
__________________
FRANK:BUR:KETT - RAUCOUS SPORTS CARD FORUM MEMBER BUT CLEARLY........

GOOD FOR THE HOBBY AND THE FORUM WITH A VAULT IN AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION


518/1000 Monster Number

Over*760* successful B/S/T transactions completed in 2012-19.
Over 550 sales with satisfied Board members served.
Thank you all.



Now nearly PQ.
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 02-16-2019, 03:13 PM
barrysloate barrysloate is offline
Barry Sloate
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 8,154
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by frankbmd View Post
Partially correct Brian.

Ben is dead, but not a president, but an interesting fellow nonetheless less.

Iíll trade 4 pristine Abes for one of your Bens though.

LMK
Benjamin Franklin can go fly a kite for all I care.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hobby history: The hobby 50 years ago, July 1967 trdcrdkid Net54baseball Vintage (WWII & Older) Baseball Cards & New Member Introductions 8 07-23-2017 04:41 PM
Hobby history: Card dealers of the 1960s: James T. Elder (+ hobby drama, 1968-69) trdcrdkid Net54baseball Vintage (WWII & Older) Baseball Cards & New Member Introductions 12 03-08-2017 06:23 PM
Funding Collection Ideas KMayUSA6060 Modern Baseball Cards Forum (1980-Present) 7 07-21-2016 06:37 PM
Hobby Newsflash! Re: Top 250 Cards In Hobby MattyC Net54baseball Vintage (WWII & Older) Baseball Cards & New Member Introductions 10 01-17-2014 05:08 PM
ahh...when you have a wife...and it comes to funding cards.... Archive Net54baseball Vintage (WWII & Older) Baseball Cards & New Member Introductions 27 11-07-2007 04:00 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44 AM.


ebay GSB