Friday, January 25, 2008

What Are You Buying Now?

If you're selling etopps in-hands of New England Patriots and New York Giants, what are you doing with the money you're making?

If you plan to buy more in-port and get them delivered from etopps prior to the Super Bowl, the window of time to get the cards via UPS Ground is closing depending on where you live from Delaware. I'm lucky that I live in the same zone as their warehouse so UPS Ground means 2 days max delivery time for me.

If you haven't yet, buy baseball right now while the Super Bowl hype is building.

You can still get good prices on 2007 Baseball because once the Super Bowl is over, pitchers and catchers start reporting to Spring Training within two weeks. This is not a lot of time to get all of your baseball ducks in place.

So who do you buy? Since performance is one of the main factors that drives demand for a player, it's tempting to think this demand starts in April on Opening Day. In reality, demand during the off-season is based on performance of the previous season.

For example, in 2006 Nomar Garciaparra had a good year in his first year with the Dodgers. I bought one of his cards under $5 around this time last year. I listed his card in the beginning of March and sold it within 24 hours for $25. In fact, the off-season is ripe to sell players who had a good previous season until Opening Day (unless they get injured during spring training).

There's a degree of risk if you buy players you or anyone predicts will have a good year. I'm tempted to conclude that Albert Pujols will have a good year after what happened last season, paralleling A-Rod's stats between 2006 and 2007. At least this is what my crystal ball tells me.

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