10,000 Baseball Cards – $3000
Baseball Cards range in year from 1970 to 1993. Mostly they are from the late 80′s early 90′s. These cards have all been kept in great condition. There are brands such as Topps, Bowman, Fleer, Score, and Donruss. They are currently taking up much needed storage space in my home and I would like to get rid of them. There are 10000+ cards and I am asking $3000.00. This averages out to 3.5 cents a card. Any questions feel free to call at 925-783-2199 and ask for Bob.
My First Take: First off, let’s forget that he is peddaling crap and focus on his math. He says 10,000 cards for 3000 bucks is 3 .5 cents per card on average. 10000 * 0.035 = 350 in my book, so I don’t know what he’s talking about. At most we are looking at a penny a card, so let’s offer $100 for this one and see where it goes. You know the more I think of it, I should offer the $350, you know 3.5 cents per card and see how he reacts. I love the card suitcases, 3 2000 count ones and 4 800 count ones. So about 10,600 cards total I guess. The cards look like typical bad wax era cards and although they may only be worth $100 total, I’m sure he’ll have a good reason as to why he jacked up the price to 30 cents a card.
Me: Heck of a collection, are the cards still available?
Craigslist Idiot: I’ve gotten a few people that wanted it, but none are willing to pay what I want for them.
Me: Well at 3.5 cents a card, it’s not a bad deal, I think as long as you are willing to piece them out that that price I might be willing. Can you give me some more info on the cards, like a breakdown of year to year or decade to decade even?
CI: Sure, like I said in the ad, most of the cards are from 1986 to 1992. I think there are about 50 or so cards from the 70s, maybe another 100 or so from the early to mid 80s and another 40-500 from the early to mid 90s. Would you like to come by and check them out?
Me: How did you come up with a price for the cards?
CI: That’s easy, just pick up a price guide, most of these cards only go for like 10 cents a card, but some I’ve seen on eBay go for 1-2 bucks each. I’m guessing there are probably a 1000 or so cards in the 1-2 dollar range and the rest are commons, worth about 10 cents each, that’s why I think 3000 is a bargain.
Me: Would you be willing to trade? I mean are you looking to buy anything with the money?
CI: Honestly I am just trying to clear room and pay off some credit cards. You know how it goes. I haven’t collected cards since the mid 90s so it’s just time for them to go.
Me: I am definitely interested in 3.5 cents a card, I mean $350 is steep for mostly commons, but who knows maybe I’ll get lucky and find something. You did say these were unsearched right?
CI: Wait the price is $3000, not $350, and yes I haven’t searched these boxes, so there are plenty of star rookie cards in there. Where did you get $350 from?
Me: Your ad said 3.5 cents a card, so 3.5 cents times 10000 cards is $350. If you want to sell them for $3000 you’re looking for 30 cents a card, and even you just said that most of them are worth only 10 cents a card. So $350 then like your ad said and I can pay cash and pick the up today if you can meet me.
CI: Wait a minute, the price is $3000, I may have misspoke in my ad, but that’s the price, at $350 you would be stealing it from me LOL.
Me: Actually I wouldn’t be stealing it from you since I would pay you $350, which by the way is still too much, I was going to see if you’d drop it to $250 or 2.5 cents a card.
CI: I don’t think you understand what I have here, there are some highly desirable cards in this lot. Cards like Bonds rookies, McGuire rookies, Smoltz, Big Unit, Glavine, ect. These aren’t cheap cards. I can go down to $2500 but not any lower than that. I have bills to pay.
Me: But your ad said 3.5 cents a card, I want to pay 3.5 cents a card, I don’t understand why you want me to pay 10x as much as you originally said you wanted.
CI: It’s clear as day in the ad that I wanted $3000, I’ll take $2500 but that’s it.
Me: But it says 3.5 cents a card, you’re reneging on your ad, I’ll pay you 350 cash and like I said I can pick it up today. Deal?
CI: Is there something wrong with you? The price is $2500, that’s it, not 3.5 cents a card, it’s 2500 take it or leave it. Cash only and you have to come here, we aren’t meeting at a neutral place.
Me: I just don’t understand, you said 3.5 cents in the ad, that’s 350 bucks, and you won’t even meet me, at that price you should be delivering it to me. What if I throw in another 50 bucks, can you drive it to my house and unload it into my basement?
CI: What the heck is wrong with you? 2500 that’s it, im not delivering to your house or moving it to your basement.
Me: 2500 is ludicrous, unless you throw in about 250,000 more cards, and deliver it to my house and unload it into my basement because 250,000 cards is a lot of cards and it could be very heavy, I’m just not that strong.
CI: Listen when you want to stop screwing around and buy this, you can email me again, there are 10,000 cards and its 3000 bucks. Cash only. Until then we are done.
Me: Where do you live? I guess I could rent a Uhaul and pick up the 250,000 cards tonight, but can we set the price at 2000 since I have to rent a Uhaul and all.
CI: Fuck off
Me: Thanks, but I think I’ll pass, even though it’s a solid deal, you know for 250,000 cards, I just think you are acting completely ungrateful. So I will pass on this.
CI: Fuck you and you better hoppe we never meet because I would kick your ass!
Me: What does that have to do with the cards?
End of Emails
My Final Take: Well I bet you’re wondering why I went all switch – a – roo on him? I figured since he was changing his price, I could change the amount of cards and the delivery options. I was giving him a taste of his own medicine and you know what? He didn’t like it one bit. I considered the Monopoly money routine, or the cards in the fire video but once the deal went south I just decided to fuck with him. I have to say this was one of the more amusing ones I have done. Talk about a clueless owner, you could actually tell he was embarrassed by the incorrect math on his end.