Last weekend I was up to my usual "I'm bored and searching ebay" routine. Probably not the most effective use of my time, but I typically have a few different go-to searches that I like to check once or twice a week. While searching for Pirate cards, I saw an auction ending that day for a poorly listed Jack Wilson card I have never seen. But that's not the story for today.
Seeing the poorly listed title, I figured I would check the seller's other auctions to see if there were any other deals to be had. Immediately a few nice autographs, including a Bob Feller IP auto with no bids were more than just cause to scroll through the rest of the search results.
One card in particular popped out at me. A John Smoltz auto with no bids? Now don't get me wrong: I hated the Braves in the 90's. I was never a Smoltz fan. But...I DO love the 90's. And I certainly can't pass up a HOF caliber player for a mere $.99, right?
I don't think Smoltz has many autographs out there, and the card would be a nice addition to the cornucopia of no-name players and 90's minor star autos that I've been building. I put in a bid, went and did some other things, and thought nothing more of it. I mean...odds are there are some Brave fans who value this card far more than I possible could, right?
Wrong, apparently. I was the only bid, so after tacking on another $.50 for combined shipping, I have a John Smoltz auto in my collection for less than the price of a medium Frosty at Wendy's. Not bad, if I do say so myself.