That moment when you decide to buy the cards instead of waiting to trade for them

I woke up this morning several hours before the sun rose and did the usual routine of checking eBay for new items. Among the new posts was a three-card lot of 2019 Topps Clayton Kershaw inserts.

There was the 1984 Design, and both 150th insert cards. The three-card lot was offered for sale at $1.29 + $1 PWE shipping, bringing the grand total to $2.29, which is about 75% of the cost for a single lack of cards.

And instead of mashing the Buy It Now option, I waited. And I waited. And then waited some more because I wrestled with “breaking the seal.”

You see, none of these cards are rare. They’ll all be on COMC at some point for like 50 cents each, or someone will offer me them in a trade. So I had a hard time hitting that BIN button immediately because eventually they would be mine. In some ways there is a belief in me that once you start buying cheap cards, it cheapens the act of trading as one starts to wonder if it’s worth the time and effort to find, sort, negotiate and eventually finalize a deal and ship cards. I hate that these are things to think about, but they’re all realities when trading with a partner who is not in front of you.

In this case I eventually hit the Buy It Now because when it came down to it, the low shipping cost for this lot was likely less than it would have cost me to ship out comparable cards in a trade for the same card.

Am I the only one who thinks about these things?

2 Responses to “That moment when you decide to buy the cards instead of waiting to trade for them”

  1. Base Card Hero Says:

    I buy when I can. I would absolutely love to trade, but there are too many sets, inserts, and parallels. The odds of finding someone with the cards I want to trade is pretty slim.

    Buy away!

  2. It’s tough not to buy a whole slew of inserts when they are in front of you at a dealer table. But then I see other collectors post cards they bought and I think “I have that in my extras, I could have sent it to you”. It’s just a matter of opportunity. I’ve got a lot of extra base and inserts from the last few years that I’d love to move,

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