Daily Archives: June 7, 2009

47 New Cards For My Andre Dawson Player Collection!!!

Yes, I said 47!!

I have really been enjoying the SportsLots.com experience, and these 47 cards of ‘The Hawk’ are part of my latest score.  While the site offers an incredible assortment of inventory to choose from, they have quite a way to go to make the shopping experience as user-friendly as it needs to be.  If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to shop around, this site is not for you.  But if you’re a true bargain hunter and have a list of cards you want to obtain, this website may be the best option you have.

On average, each of these cards cost me $0.18 cents a piece.  And with their minimal shipping rates, I spent right around $13 for these cards.

So, now I am up to 258 different Andre Dawson baseball cards.  Luckily there is still quite a bit more out there that I would like to get. 

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I will share the highlights from this purchase with you over the next several weeks.

My journey continues…

Man, Those Ebay Sellers Are A Crafty Bunch!!!

Typically when a player reaches a historic milestone in sports, you can see a significant increase in the eBay auctions for items of that person. I thought it would be interesting to track how Randy Johnson’s 300th win has increased his auction counts over the last few days since his 300th career victory.

I saved the term ‘Randy Johnson 300’ as a favorite in my eBay account, and tracked how many overall auction listings contained these 3 keywords.  On Thursday, there were 53.  Friday led to 92.  Saturday was 118.  And today there are 134 auctions with that phrase in the title.

What’s interesting and crafty about this, is that the auctions have very little to do with ‘The Big Unit’s’ 300th win.  The sellers are just trying to jump on to any momentum his victory gives to their auctions for non-related 300 win stuff.  A majority of what is out there are just random auctions for cards, figurines, shirts, jerseys, and baseball memorabilia.  On Friday a few tickets, both used and unused, from the 300th win game popped up.  And by Saturday more tickets and a few newspapers from the San Francisco area found their way too.  Still though, the majority of the stuff tagged with ‘300’ are just the same old auctions that sellers have been re-listing for months now.

I would be very interested to know if the number of actual bids increased for these non-‘300’ win items since Thursday’s historic game…

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Did You Know…

In 1979, Bob Watson became the first player to hit for the cycle in both the National League and American League.  John Olerud duplicated the feat in 2001.

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** factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’