Everyone seemed to enjoy The Budget eBay Collector in my first month here and the results column from January is still my most commented post. I consider myself a pioneer of sorts because I even had another blogger try the challenge. Even though Scott was unsuccessful, it sounds like he had fun doing it. I had a blast doing it and I figured I would revive the original for March. I was debating whether I should stick with the original rules or augment them for a little less repetitiveness. I decided to stick with most of the original rules, while changing it up a bit to make it a little more challenging.
*QUICK SIDEBAR* The $5 budget applies to eBay purchases only. I will still be buying blasters for Sunday and the occasional unopened box or five from online shops and of course my shipping budget for trades. Yeah it's technically breaking your budget, but I will not purchase singles or lots from anywhere until this experiment is complete.
Here are the original rules of the game from my January post.
1. The $5.00 budget WILL factor include shipping costs meaning no cheap buying of the 1 cent card with $42 shipping here.
3. The goal of this experiment will be to acquire 10 cards that will either fit into my collections or be decent buys (read: trade bait) in general.
5. 15 non consecutive minute time limit per day (I'm using an old stopwatch...remember kids no cheating)...this limit is in place for three reasons. First, to make it a little challenging to select some quality cards. Second, I don't have the time nor the desire to look more than that. Lastly, I know myself and if I looked longer I would break my budget VERY quickly.
6. No cards from a major overproduction era set. Quick sidebar, I hate the term "junk wax" on this blog you will see the replacement term "overproduction era." I started collecting in this time period and to me no matter how many cards were produced, I still think they are great (but don't send me all your quadruples please!).
Rules 1, 3, 5, and 6 will remain the same. Rules 2 & 4 will be augmented slightly. And a rule #7 that I used for the original, but didn't post.
The NEW rules
2. I will allow myself to purchases lots, however each lot will only count as one card toward the goal of 10.
4. EVERY card must be an auto / relic / parallel / serial numbered. Exceptions to this rule will be vintage cards (my definiton of vintage is cards produced the year before I was born...in my case 1975 Topps is the latest I can buy) and of course any cards for my personal collections (Rockies, Mashburns, or 76-78 Topps Rookie Cup Cards I don't have).
7. All cards must be IN HAND by the end of March to count toward the goal.
Some people may ask 'Why on Earth would you make this challenge more difficult?' To them I say, why the hell not? If I fail, I'm not fired from the blog community or anything and there's no point in doing this if it's going to be a cake walk either.
So what do you guys think of the rule changes? Am I crazy? I'll answer that yes I am. Do you think I have a chance at success? Have you ever been probed by alien creatures? (just seeing if you are still reading)
Keep tuned for updates and I hope this version is as enjoyable as the original.