October 27, 2015

Live By Free Shipping, Die By Free Shipping

"Live by free shipping, die by free shipping" is the mantra I live by when buying anything on eBay. Lord only knows how much more I have spent on an item on eBay because the auction offered free shipping. And while sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised, usually free shipping when it comes to trading cards means the "plain white envelope." I've come to accept this fact and role the dice on receiving the card undamaged to save a little money on the card itself.

Although I've received damaged cards because of the P.W.E. I can't remember the last time it happened. Hat tip to the USPS. Unfortunately the P.W.E. jinx bit me this week when I received this in the mail.

The reverse side told me that oops, your letter was damaged in the USPS sorting machinery! Our bad on that one bro! After taking the envelope out it looked like something had taken a big old bite out of the corner of the envelope.

So what was inside? A 1955 Bowman Andy Pafko of course! I looks like the toploader plastic was actually melted a bit.

Here's a closer look at the melted part. This card must have really gotten stuck in the machine. I had to cut the plastic out all around the card to rescue it because the cardboard and the plastic had sort of become one entity at the damaged point.


You may have noticed there was another card included in that toploader. Some eBay sellers will include a bonus card along with your main purchase and usually I'm pleasantly surprised by this. And if everything had gone alright in receiving the card and I then received this nice little 1981 Topps Glenn Hubbard it would have been five stars all around! But now I wonder if the damage was caused by having the second card in there making the package just that much that little bit more thick.

With a little work I got the card out and put it between some heavy books to try to bring it back to a more normal state. In the end it doesn't look too bad but the damage is still obvious. This wasn't a card I was ever going to have graded, it was just another Pafko card for the collection that was listed at a great price plus...you guessed it...free shipping. 

1955 Bowman Andy Pafko #12

I also received another eBay auction package this week from an auction that also had free shipping and the two packages couldn't have been more different. Now this is how you should mark up a package!

The funny part is that the card inside that amazing packaging was damaged...I mean to say, I was buying a damaged card. This was a 1949 Bowman Andy Pafko with an obvious crease and a chunk taken out of the bottom right corner. If you've read this blog before than you know I'm an Andy Pafko hoarder and so I'll take any of his playing days cards no matter what the condition and sometimes the damaged ones bring me a little more joy.

1949 Bowman Andy Pafko #63

So the undamaged card came to me damaged and the damaged card came packed as if it was a gem mint 10. Go figure!

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