Those Wacky Auctions
My opinion only, (as if it matters) (Updated July 31st, 2022)
I am not only a huge football card collector, but I buy almost exclusively on eBay, probably about 85% ebay. Anyway, I'm always checking on cards to complete a set or looking at cards to start that next set and I'm always amazed at auctions that start at some ridiculous price. My first thought is always, is this how you're saving for your kid's college tuition? For whatever reason, the following auctions are a few that I noticed that made me look twice:
1) 1992 Proline Profiles " Don Shula" Autograph: Now I understand that Don has an incredible coaching record, but let's be honest, unless Don is buying this card himself, there is zero chance this card sells at that price. $999.00 for a NM-MT graded card is a huge asking price.
2) 2006 Upper Deck SP Authentic "Laurence Maroney" Rookie Autograph Patch: Sometimes when I see auctions such as this, I think that the person really doesn't want to sell the card listed, but he will if you offer them "this much". Or they could just be showing "the world" their latest addition to their collection. Also, I've never been a big fan of getting cards #'d to a player's jersey #, but some of us do collect those cards. Either way, this card is severely over-priced.
3) 2003 Playoff Absolute "Troy Polamalu" Rookie #149: Like Don Shula above, Troy was an amazing football player and had many amazing impact plays, but to say that this card is worth $799 is just plain silly. I will gladly leave this card to the Steeler nation to snag.
4) 1997 Press Pass "Orlando Pace" Rookie Autograph #21: Now this card isn't such a stretch at $499. I've seen it recently go for just over $103 in early 2022. But $500 for Orlando Pace is just asking a tad too much, even for an autographed short-printed card. Sorry Orlando, but a SB win and a HOF nod doesn't guarantee a $500 card.
5) 1992 Proline Profiles "Troy Aikman" #6 of 9: Now a really glitzy card holder with a player's name does not $50 make. Seriously? This is a $2.00 card and a $2.00 card holder. This card will never sell for $50. I'd take that bet to Vegas. I don't care how dumb cowboy fans are, they can't be that dumb.
6) 2012 Panini "Robert Griffith III" Tools of the Trade Towel #2: This was such a unique and different memorabilia card, but there is no way I'd pay anything close to $600 for one of these. I don't care if its the Redskin eye or not. Even at $59.99, I'd probably have to pass. If I was the seller of this card, I'd offer it up to Daniel Snyder. He's been known to overpay for things.
7) 2000 Upper Deck Gold Reserve "Travis Taylor" Facemasks #FM-TT: Hey, I loved Travis Taylor. And as of this writing I still need this card, but there is no way this card is worth $105 bucks. I guess I shouldn't complain, at least the shipping is free.
8) 2001 Topps Stadium Club: "Joe Horn" Lone Star Autograph #LS-JH: Joe Horn was a great wide receiver and definitely deserves all the accolades of helping resurrect the Saints franchise, but $92 bucks with $5 shipping? You've gotta be kidding me. I got this card for a buck.
9) 1999 Fleer Mystique: "Akili Smith" Fresh Ink Autograph #27: Look, poor Akili just didn't pan out. As much as I rooted for him to do so, it just didn't happen. And unfortunately, this $299 sale isn't going to pan out either.
10) 1999 Upper Deck HoloGrFX: "Peyton Manning" UD Authentics #PM: A Peyton Manning autograph card can go for this and on a regular basis too. But not this card. This set, (like the 2002 Upper Deck SP Rookie autograph cards), have a horrible card stock / ink combination that Upper Deck should've been aware of. Look how the ink has bubbled. Its awful. This card should sell nowhere close to this.
I am always finding these wacky auctions so check back from time to time to see what other surprising auctions are out there. Thanks for looking.