Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flip Quest Update - A doozy

How appropriate that, on the last day of the regular season, I have a good update to give.  I am now profitable on everything.  The million card deal and the thunderbird deal are both official money makers for me (pops champagne cork).  As far as bulk goes, I still have TONS ... like ... 98% of everything, and I still haven't hardly touched anything.  I did, however, sell the bulk of the "good stuff" that was immediately visibly evident from both collections.

In addition to this, I picked up another small $100 lot from a friend who came over with 2014 football stuff for the most part.  I added that into a lot and they are gone now as well.  Oh, and - the gamecube sold.

I went garage saling yesterday with the family for a few hours and here is what we picked up:

The picture isn't loading ... because we got nothing!  We did get some menchies though, so that made it all worthwhile.

I still have a final reveal which, if all goes well, should happen in a few weeks.  Would be great if the A's are still playing baseball then as well!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Custom Gypsy Queen Mini for a Friend

A friend of mine came over today to pick up 100 boxes of unopened stuff - the last of my "new" stash (the '06 to '12 boxes).  I found out it was his birthday, so I thought this was perfect.  He had spent a long time building the 2012 Gypsy Queen set, and a while back, he sent me a pic of him in uniform while on the phone.  The pic was apparently taken by a flip phone camera, so I was a bit worried about quality.

After we talked about the 8,000 pound cardboard gorilla in my garage, I asked him if he liked red or blue autographs best.  Puzzled for a second, he finally answered red.

I told him good, because I'm going to need for you to autograph this.  I gave him his card


He loved it.  I was really happy to see how much he liked it.  I pulled out another copy and had him sign my version in blue so that way I have one too.  Here is the card:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Flip Quest Update!

When it rains, it pours.

Aside from selling another book, the soccer lot, and 2 boxes of cards (with one pending payment) I bought another massive lot. This was from the same guy who sold me the unopened boxes last weekend. I had asked previously if this was all he had, and he said no. He said he had about 2x as much in loose cards in boxes, etc. but could not fit them in his truck. I asked if I could see them, though he was nearly an hour away, and he said sure!

The day before I was supposed to go over there, he asked to meet. I was confused because I thought he had mentioned the rest of them could not fit in his truck. I really wanted to go to his house to see them so that way none would be left behind. His girlfriend was worried about me being stranger danger / the craigs list killer, which is completely understandable. There are a lot of creeps out there!

After church, I checked my texts, and he said the coast was clear for me to come over. I made the trip, and here is what I saw in his garage:

He sent over some pictures previously, and it looked like 150 or so long / short boxes of cards. I was hopeful that they were all complete sets, but they were not. Many boxes just had loose cards. He had a few boxes of loose cards in holders. Many of them were the typical 1987 Topps Tony Gwynn in a semi rigid, etc. But there were various game used / auto cards, inserts, rookies, etc.

He even showed me a Griffey case that supposedly contained a coin in it. The case was NASTY and was falling apart. He told me he didn't ever open it because he didn't want it to be devalued. I told him things like that are generally some type of alloy and not worth much. The only time those things seem to be worth something is if they are made of pure silver ... then they are worth the amount of silver. I told him it probably was not, or it would say that on top of the box and said it should be fine for him to open. Well, he opened it and it was pure silver, LOL. Not my strongest negotiation tactic when trying to get him to lower the price!

We agreed on price at $250 below what he was asking, and I loaded up the cardboard mobile:

I have not looked through nearly anything yet, but here are some things I did find which are possibly the best items in the whole bunch:

Sealed boxes of 2003 bowman chrome football and 2003 sweet spot baseball

1952 topps reprint set, 1988 topps tiffany set, 1991 stadium club football set and 1992 bowman baseball set

various sleeved cards

my favorites here are the dominators autographed Nolan Ryan and Don Mattingly

There was also 1986 Donruss rated rookie Canseco that was autographed & one not autographed so I'll go ahead and keep them!

These cards (and the boxes of cards I got last weekend from him) were apparently his father's who passed away. He does not collect cards at all. He also got a sweet thunderbird from which his father used to own. For documentation sake, I'll combine the wax box purchase and this purchase together & call it the Thunderbird lot.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Flip Quest Update

Figured I'd do a little update.

I bought a nice lot of refractors and inserts. Here are the pics. (Everything is already gone except for the soccer)

I sold another book, the black ottoman, drafting table, the Ryan Howard A&G mini hand # card, geotrax set, baseball footbal & racing lot as mentioned above, and several boxes from the wax box hoard I picked up. Here is where we are at now. I may end up picking up quite a few more cards this weekend; I'm not sure just yet.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another Haul?!?!

I just got back from picking up 150+ wax boxes from the 90's. Very cool stuff! Also included were sets, Nolan Ryan autographed baseball, etc. Here are some pics.  You take the good with the bad!  Thankfully, there was a lot of good :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mouschi and the Million Card Acquisition

If you have been following my flip quest, you have probably noticed recently that I have not been updating much - that is partially because I've been busy with other things (like house hunting for my folks, my deep love for making customs, writing articles, etc.) but also because I haven't purchased anything substantial in the way of cardboard.

Until now.

I was recently browsing some online ads, and ran across someone who said they had a million cards for sale for a thousand bucks. My mind immediately goes to the following:

- the dude doesn't have a million cards
- the cardboard mobile (my minivan's name) would have to make several trips for this, if we did a deal

I started floating toward "meh, it is probably 150,000 1988 donruss commons". Then after I went back to the posting, I noticed he said that while the key star rookies and such were pulled - the majority were from the 1996 to 2008 era.

Here are some pics he posted:

Again, my mind went back to one trip I made about 45 minutes to an hour away from a guy who said he had over a million cards. As a guy who moves cards in bulk, quantity is important. I went there, and he probably only had around 200,000. :/

To top it off, many of the boxes were filled with ... Eric Anthony?

Oh well. Win some, lose some.

I got in contact with the gentleman on this collection, and garnered some more information on the collection. It actually was an inventory that was on beckett when he was a dealer. Apparently, he had been a dealer for years, and was wanting to move out of his rent house. The landlord had not been keeping it up as he should, but moving the cards would take a herculean effort to move.

He told me the bulk of the cards were in order. For instance, if a box was labeled 2008 bowman chrome football, while the box may not be full, it would in fact have said cards, and they would be in numerical order.

While that is impressive, it doesn't help me too terribly much for the way I move these cards personally. I was just thinking HOLY COW - what kind of time was put into not only sorting, but putting all these on the beckett site at one point?!

As I looked at our texts back and forth, I found that we had spoken about a year earlier. He mentioned he had over 1500 jersey cards, which he wanted to sell all of averaging $4 each. That was over $6,400 right there so I declined.

The thousand dollars he was asking for his collection was a far cry from that, but as I re-read the ad, he said he was taking best offers. Does this mean he is wanting more or less? I assumed less, because who posts a price and expects more?

Apparently everybody these days.

While house hunting, I've put an offer on two in the past few weeks - both over the asking price because the realtor said they would not accept anything less ... both were rejected.

But I digress ... I agreed to go to the gentleman's home, and was worried that perhaps things weren't as they seemed.

Was this the place that was going to have a million cards in it? at a little over 800 square feet, how could they even really fit to where someone could comfortably live in it as well???

Across the street was a house that looks to have seen better days - I think it is screaming for some artsy pictures to be taken there. I bet a photographer could do some good work with people posing various places on the property:

It is truly amazing how diverse this city is!

ANYWAY ... back on track again... (sorry!)

I looked inside each room, and I quickly learned how you can live with a million plus cards in an 800+ sq ft house. You don't just put them in the card room, which is stacked from wall to wall...

You also have them in your bedroom

and kitchen ....

and replace your washer / dryer with cards ...

and ... well, you get the picture(s).

After looking through several boxes, I decided to bring up price.

"well ... I know you mentioned on your ad you were asking $1,000..."

He quickly responded "I just put $1,000 because it told me to put something there. I wouldn't take just $1,000 for these ever."

This was a far cry from what I gathered from our phone conversation. I believe he had told me if someone came with a thousand cash, he would sell them since it would be all profit.

He continued to tell me, he would do $1,400 for the baseball, $1,200 for football, $800 for basketball or rock bottom $2,500 for everything.

My heart sank. The television playing a large man crying in the background added to the melancholy I was feeling. I reminded him of our phone conversation and the 45 minute trip I took because of it. He offered me an apology ... that I misunderstood. :/

After a while, I offered $1,500 (which, by the way, is hard for me to do, as my heart was set on $1,000!). He immediately shot it down.


Ultimately, we agreed on $2,000 and I said OK! I generally don't talk about what I paid, but since this is for my flip quest, I thought it would be a good idea to document it. I only had $1,500 on me, so I wanted to make sure i got the best stuff first - because surely this was going to take more than one trip... or what it?

The cardboard mobile rides again!

Yes ... it took 4 trips, back and forth of this ....

Nearly 350 miles in 24 hours on about 3 hours of sleep, fueled by lots of caffeine, a rain storm of Biblical proportions and a lot of music / talk show listening. I ended the trip on DC Talk's cd Jesus Freak circa 1995 - DEF. worth the listen, if you haven't already. Superb both musically and lyrically.

On the trips up, driving had little adventures. Trips back, on the other hand, was a different story. When you are hauling this

and this

each little sudden dip in the freeway becomes something akin to a roller-coaster ride, where you feel an instance of zero gravity while filled with fear waiting for your vehicle filled with hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pounds of cardboard to come back to earth...wondering if your suspension and tires can take it.

Yeah, it kept me alert.

I have got to say though - I was not smelling the greatest after all this. Not only did the driving on very little sleep get to me - it was the sheer energy exerted to move this haul ... twice. First to my car, and then into my garage.

Here is a pic of my son who is over 5 ft tall looking at some of them ...

These boxes are heavy after you carry the first few hundred!

While I don't anticipate any $100 cards, I am relieved to know that there are some interesting items and cool cards!

Early 80's cards

2 boxes full of Nolan Ryan (sorry for the pic quality - i know we have better pics of big foot out there from the 70's!)

early 80's basketball near set (no magic or bird!) and a binder of promo / oversized cards

Gotta love the Michael Jordan Hanes promo!

No inventory buy-out is complete without at least SOME bobbleheads!

some refractors

vintage (i would guess about 10-20k cards from the 70's)

and finally, 4 boxes full of game used / autographed cards. Nothing huge, but there are some goodies.

All in all, this is going to be a very good money maker - I am just unsure of how I'm going to attack this yet, and how long it will take. In the mean time, I'll have a blast going through it all!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Flip Quest Update

Not much change - just sold 4 other books for $28. Mainly showing this: MORE PACKAGES!

I should be able to reveal what is going on soon :)