Thursday, May 8, 2014

35,000 Cards or How to Make Your Wife Angry

I have a bunch of unused vacation time at work, and they made me take a week of it even though I had nothing planned.  So I decided to use this time to catch up on household projects I've been putting off - things like repairing the backyard gate, replacing rotten wood, some painting and tiling, you know - man stuff.

One of those projects was to go through the absurd amount of cards I have for trade and weed out all the overproduction era "junk" wax.  Pretty much anything made from 1987 through 1993 with the exception of any desirable parallels, stars, and inserts I came across went into piles on my sorting table.  I also threw in the boxes and boxes of 2013 and 2014 Topps and Bowman my card shop guy has provided to me.  By the time I was finished (it took a solid six hours of work), the table looked like this:

No one photograph can do this awesome pile of cardboard justice, so here are eight more:

Were there such a thing as baseball card porn, that was it.

I put everything into two boxes.  Here they are on the hand truck without which they would be utterly immobile:

That bottom box is full to bursting.  I hate the word "literally," but there is literally not even a cubic inch of space remaining in it.

I would donate them all to the nearby school, but they already have tons of these things (as I will mention in a later post).  Instead, I've listed them on Craigslist.  I'm asking $75 for the lot.  I'm assuming somebody will try to talk me down to $50 and I'll end up accepting $60.  That's no problem.  I just want them gone.

Anyway, when my wife saw all this cardboard at once, she was shocked.  I've always been pretty good at hiding the massive number of cards I have, but the very nature of this project prevented that.  At least she was happy to hear it was all going bye-bye.  Hopefully.


  1. Make sure you put in your ad that you have no idea what are in those boxes and don't have time to go through them. I find that in almost every sportscard craigslist ad over this way.

    1. I've noticed people doing that, too. I purposefully noted in the listing exactly what the buyer should expect. I don't want anyone thinking they're going to pull Ripken rookies or '52 Topps out of this thing.

      But if it doesn't sell, I may change my tune.

  2. Some days, I just wake up and the wife is mad at me.

  3. How much would it cost to ship that?!

  4. That table...I can't believe it held up. The mess would have been unreal! I gave 30,000 cards to a local children's hospital back in 1994 or 1995. It was a good feeling. Good luck selling them!

  5. That Sir, is a thing of beauty (but nice to rid yourself of too, I've been there).

  6. Those photos should be hanging in a museum. Beautiful stuff. Best of luck selling them. I listed 20 binders filled with cards for $5 each and didn't get a single bite. On the flipside... sold a bunch of commons last year for $100, so it never hurts to test out the market.