Saturday, March 29, 2014

Do the Right Thing

I sold a professional baseball player one of his own cards.

I put ten cards up on eBay last week – mostly stuff I pulled from 2014 Topps that didn’t have Griffey on it.  I had a printing plate, one of those uniform letter patch 1/1’s, a nice Goldschmidt acetate #/10, and a few of the rarer parallels.

Anyway, the auctions all ended last night, and all but one card sold.  Not long after that I started receiving payment e-mails from Paypal, and lo and behold, there was the player’s name….as the buyer.  He had been bidding on his own baseball card.   It’s a very uncommon name, too, so I know this wasn’t just some dude with the same name.  I don’t blame him at all for wanting it either as it is the super neat 2013 Topps Update sparkle blue parallel numbered out of only 25.  It sold for $10.50.

It didn’t take me long at all to decide what I should do.  There’s no way I’m going to accept this man’s money for his own card.  I’m refunding him and sending him the card for nothing.  I figure it’s the right thing to do, and I’d rather have a clear conscience than ten bucks any day.

That’s it.  I just thought it was a cool story.


  1. That IS a cool story. I always wonder how many players collect. Brad Ziegler and Pat Neshek are the two that immediately come to mind, but nobody else.

    1. Whoa - you guessed it! Pat Neshek.

    2. Neshek made the Cardinals Opening Day roster this year as an NRI, but he's had a rough start. I hope he turns it around. It's fun having a fellow baseball card nerd on my favorite team.

  2. That's awesome! I applaud you. Maybe throw a base card of him in there and send a SASE with the card? Snag an auto?

  3. Good choice, very cool.
    I was thinking the same with the auto.

  4. That's very cool of you. I'd hope that I'd do the honorable thing and make the same choice as you... but something says I would have taken the money and ran ;-) But I'm a firm believer in cardboard karma... so I'm sure something good is waiting for you just around the corner.