Thursday, December 4, 2008

Remembering Your First . . . eBay Card Purchase

Doesn't everyone remember their first? The first card they purchased on eBay!

I was going through some of my cards Thursday night for several reasons. Most importantly because Mario @ Wax Heaven said I needed to have more card posts if I wanted a snowball's chance in Hell of cracking the "Heavenly Seven!"

OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but the "Heavenly Seven" is my not-so-secret blogger achievement goal!

Seriously now, this 1992 Babe Ruth Collection Card was the first one I purchased eBay ten years ago. I know, many will laugh, but I'll admit it. I liked it. And still do really. I didn't care who made it, how (in)valuable it was, or how it had no significance to the card hobby. I think I paid a dollar for it and that was probably overpaying. But I still like it because:

  • Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker on one card was (and still is) pretty cool to me.
  • The photo is taken after their playing days (obviously).
  • The card highlights their Total Bases with a list of the top 20 (at the time) list on the back.
  • Cobb, Ruth, and Speaker had 16,760 combined bases!
What was your first eBay card purchase?


Anonymous said...

I'll be honest, I don't remember. I joined eBay in 1998, so that probably has something to do with it.

On the other hand, I still remember the big stars from the first pack of baseball cards I ever bought and the first baseball card trade I made... and those happened over 20 years ago.

William Noetling said...

Hmm...I THINK it was a number of complete wrestling sets way back in 1999. At least that's what I THINK. I've bought so many cards on eBay I'm not sure I do remember my first.

zman40 said...

It was a 1975 Topps John Mayberry that I bought the week before Royals Fanfest this pas January. Unfortunately, I bought the card before I realized they didn't take paypal, so I got it about a week after Fanfest. So, Mayberry better be there again this year.

gcrl said...

mine was a 1999 upper deck retro inkredible steve garvey auto. i wrote about it at auto-matic for the people not too long ago.

the second was a 1995 sp championship kirk gibson. after that it gets blurry.

Andrew Chrisman said...

2002 Fleer Flair Curt Schilling jersey

JRJ said...

Someone on eBay didn't take PayPal? Wow, that would have thrown me off too.

Remembering your first trade and pack? Nicely done.

Brian said...

I don't recall my first card purchase, but my first purchase on Ebay was a signed 8x10 of Karl Malone back in 1999. I actually signed up with Ebay because of this auction.