I saw an exchange on Twitter recently in which two or three people were discussing blogs, forums and the use of other social media for selling and trading cards. In the midst of the discussion, the Blow Out Cards forum was mentioned as one such destination. Now, I haven't been one to put too much time into forums (I think I used to use the Beckett one? But even that was minimal), but it got me thinking about other means to pickup items for the collection.
So while sitting on a bed in the hotel room on our recent vacation, I signed up on the site and posted a few comments before heading over to the buy/sell/trade section. Once there, I found a guy who was selling stuff from 2015 Heritage High Numbers and for a pretty reasonable price. In case you haven't been over to Blow Out, they have a way of leaving feedback much like the one on eBay, so if the seller has positive feedback you should be pretty safe in buying. And best of all- for sellers- there are no fees. Anyway, I picked up a nice sized lot of inserts and SPs to go towards finishing off my set. I forgot to count the number of cards, but judging from the photos below it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 40- all for $23 delivered.
Once I get more familiar with the site, I too will be trying to sell some stuff on there. During our vacation, I talked to my wife about the desire to get back into doing card shows and selling online. I won't be going nuts on breaking large number of cases, but would like to do something on a much smaller scale- just to make a little extra cash and have some fun while doing it.
The one negative thing about the BO forum (or any other such ones, I guess): trash talking, bickering and fighting. Of course, we can have plenty of that on the blogs, as well. One interesting discussion I came across was some of the big case breakers bitching about guys like myself who put their Kevin Costner autos (or whatever) on eBay and undercut them. They seem to think they set the market prices. I'm just a guy who broke a couple boxes and doesn't have to have some big hit to save my butt because I'm breaking 60 cases and am not getting a return on my investment. But I digress. Sorry. I just thought it was lame.