Month: March 2018

Living an alternative (baseball card buying) lifestyle, Part I — Becoming a social butterfly

Card buying and collecting has been revolutionized over the past 20 years. While the glut of product has made set building and pursuit of hits for relic and auto collectors of a particular player or team both expensive and difficult via traditional methods, the arrival of eBay changed the hobby forever.

If there’s one thing we have learned as collectors and hobbyists whether buying or selling on eBay, however, it is that change is inevitable. While eBay still claims to be for the little guy, most Power Sellers and other experts will quickly point out that the master plan of CEO John Donahoe has been to rebuild eBay into Amazon. Seller fees continue to gradually increase, leading to a more costly presence for smaller Store owners, to the point where inventory of available cards to fit your collection is dwindling despite eBay’s still very formidable marketing muscle.

Online sports card buying is here to stay, and the increasing dissatisfaction with eBay has opened the door for multiple new sites and ways to buy and/or sell cards. In the first of a multi-part series on this blog, we’ll give you the hook up to a few of them.

***DISCLAIMER*** The writer of this blog has not bought and/or sold cards on all of the sites listed, and is in no way endorsing them, their fee structure, feedback system, or anything else regarding their site. I welcome any and all comments both pro and con on this blog so we can get a better idea which ones to patronize and which ones to avoid. As always, the individual buyer or seller is as responsible for how the experience goes on these sites as the customer support of the site itself.

Social networks have begun to have a strong Group presence among card buyers and sellers. We’ll start this series by giving you several Facebook-based Groups and Pages devoted to buying, selling, and trading. You might find a great buy while stalking your long lost ex! 🙂

Baseball Card buying, trading, and selling – A very active group (currently 147 members and growing) with some really good higher end relics and autos to be found. I have done some trading here and had very pleasant experiences thus far. Like most Facebook Groups and social networking itself, there is some bickering and pettyness among certain members, but overall a great place for player and team collectors.

Yardsellr – Founded by former eBay execs, Yardsellr was designed to integrate the “yard sale” experience into social networking. You can easily blast your inventory onto Facebook and Twitter from the Yardsellr site. The good news for sellers is there are no listing or final value fees here! The bad news for buyers is that an additional fee is tacked onto their purchase price. Another difference between here and eBay is that while PayPal is accepted here, it isn’t forced on you. Their merchandise is divided into blocks…..you can find one for Baseball Cards. And many of the blocks have dedicated Facebook Pages, which brings us to…….

The Sports Card Block on Yardsellr – Nice, large pics of the current sports card inventory on Yardsellr along with links to the listings.

There are also PLENTY of local “online yard sale” pages and groups on Facebook. The size of the following normally depends on the size of the city. My home county has an Etowah County Online Yard Sale!! page 5,000+ members strong! Shipping costs and hassles, not to mention sales tax, could be alleviated on top of getting a nice bargain.

Now more than ever, eBay certainly cannot be ignored, but there are plenty of ways around it to find great bargains and better terms for sellers, and in this case you never have to leave Facebook, where you might spend too much time anyway!

Please comment if I missed a Facebook-based card buying, selling, or trading group OR list a local “yard sale” page or group you may know about that has cards.

Men’s Shoulder Bags

Part One: The English Gentle man

Edward Marks is really a seasoned English gent, an accurate survivor of his tradition. He retired through the British army after 40 years of dedicated service where he achieved the proud status of Sargent Major. Now in retirement he resides peacefully in reference to his memories in a tiny village around the edge of the downs. Today, Mark is carefully planning for a hike through the downs and outlined on his single bed the ideal collection of clothes. He will be wearing a Harris Tweed Jacket and cap, Flannel Check Shirt, Olive Green Moleskin Trousers and hiking boots, perfectly suited a walk in the united states side. Before leaving the property there is another very important thing to treat, selecting the right shoulder bag to transport his requisites. This inanimate object is often a faithful companion and without them Mark would happy loss and discomfort. He reaches out and removes an eco friendly canvas bag with leather straps from his collection hanging from wooden pegs within the entry hall to his home.

Now the bag is preparing to perform its vital function. Mark gives his choice bag slightly shake and inspects the within for any remnants of last use. He places the bag within the kitchen table when in front of a selection of objects, and can sustain him on his days outing; ham cheese and tomato sandwich, engrossed in wax paper, one orange, engrossed in an old kerchief, a leather pouch containing Old Holbourn tobacco and papers, flask of piping hot tea, sketch pad and drawing pencils lastly a spare hanky.

He is currently fully able to step out in to a perfect spring day. Slinging the bag over his left shoulder he feels great comfort and satisfaction, there is certainly an odd form of security one gets from your shoulder bag. And, even odder could be the attachment going without running shoes, though tattered and torn it can be and no longer carried out a use by day. The old faithful bag will lie close to similarly tattered sneakers and lots of failed attempts happen to be made to discard them, an impossible task.

Part Two: The New York Stock Broker

In complete contrast on the tranquil nature of Edwards Marks peaceful surrounding from the English Countryside, through the Atlantic Ocean Marcus Steiner, a new positively aggressive stock broker was in a similar mode of daily preparation. Markus graduated from Harvard with first degree honours in finance and economics. His very life feeds on success; his whole existence is driven by adrenaline. He is over a career path consulting from the share trading market. It’s a vicious industry simply the tough survive. He rises very early from the city that never sleeps.

After a protein rich breakfast is fully consumed he performs his ritual Yoga exercises and religiously chants some self-motivating scripts to get ready him for battle within the stock room floor.

Marcus is standing beside and spelled out before him are collections of clothing, he carefully selects the most likely to reflect his powerful intentions for the day. A finely tailored blue Marino Wool suit, crisp Egyptian cotton shirt, red and blue striped handmade silk tie, darkish leather shoes with matching belt. Now it’s time to pick that all important companion men’s bags to store electronic communication devices, pens, business cards, latest financial review, wallet, pens and dark glasses. He slings the bag over his shoulder using a great air of confidence and steps out on the crowded streets. Marcus is capably willing to take about the finance world he thrives on, enclosed in the leather bag all the jobs that reflect his intentions and details at hand to indicate his skills.

Conclusion

Two individuals on the opposite end of any scale and from vastly different cultural influences have something in keeping. They both rely heavily on much the same companion (the shoulder bag) though its contents vary, it performs exactly the same function. The bag originally born away from function has now turned into a fashion accessory in a ever growing demand. You will see men spanning various ages carrying them personally, dangling from shoulders or clinging for their backs. Do you have a favourite companion bag?

This article draws within the functional elements of men’s shoulder bags. There are loads of choices that range in material composition, size and price. We wish you well on your own search for that faithful companion men’s shoulder bag.