I was surfing some of the lots on eBay recently and came across this Bowman blowout lot. 2,200 cards from the 2011 Bowman and Bowman Chrome set riddled with all the goodies that chromies love, autographs, refractors, and rookies. I get asked from time to time what I look for when purchasing an investment lot and the first thing I say is that I try to make my money back as soon as possible. This can be done by liquidating most of the high dollar/high demand cards in auction-style listings. I also try to trim the chaff early in the liquidation process. “Chaff” is a reference to the low-dollar, low-demand cards of players that will not likely appreciate much in value over time. This can be done in a number of ways, either in a bulk auction, trade with other online collectors, cash-in at a local card shop, etc.
Once the lot has been trimmed down and expenses have been recouped (don’t forget those pesky eBay fees), I like to examine what I have left and develop a future strategy for it. In a lot like this, I would hopefully have more to liquidate in a conventional auction, increasing my profitable revenue. Some of the cards would be placed in an eBay or Beckett Marketplace store at slightly above market, and the rest of it would be packed away for future potential listings.
This lot is a HUGE Bowman investment lot. I have a friend who owns a card shop that paid $400 for a lot similar to this one, and he was quite pleased with the haul. This lot currently sits at $90 (don’t forget the $30 for shipping) with just under two days left.
If you are a vendor or eBay store owner, keep your tabs on this one.