June 22, 2010

Strasburg Superfractor back on eBay?

http://blogbeckett.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/strasburg-superfractor-owner-tries-for-hail-mary-in-wake-of-red-11-auction/Last week, Chris Olds had an exclusive interview with the Stephen Strasburg superfractor buyer (link). He talked about his impulse to buy the card and so on. He didn't know what he would do with the card.

I didn’t think of selling the card. I was just anxious to actually receive it.  As for this being a long-term purchase or not, it’s difficult to say. Luckily, my wife is very supportive, even though her first response was “Are you crazy?  That is a lot of money for one baseball card.” But I think after his first start, she was even more supportive.
I would like to keep it displayed at my office, but I suppose everything has its price.  I do consider it to be an investment, hopefully in the best pitcher of all time.  But with Strasburg-mania running so high, I have thought about posting it on eBay just to gauge the interest.  I guess we’ll see.

I guess it didn't take that long. After three stars, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA and, remarkably, 32 strikeouts and five walks in 19 1/3 innings.

So, now, the card is back on eBay (auction link).

According to the auction, the card is off in the grading house, but pictures are available upon request. Additionally, there is a reserve to this auction. I would imagine the reserve is around $20,000 since he paid about $16,800 for it.

I do have questions. I looked at the feedback for the seller. How come he hasn't been active apparently since 2008 and why wouldn't the original seller of the Superfractor card leave him any feedback? Things I think about at midnight while the Yankees are getting clobbered by the Diamondbacks.

Update: Beckett confirmed with the owner of the card, the auction is legit. 

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  1. Great point about the feedback. Very strange indeed.

  2. Actually Sooz, I looked he does have feedback for buying the card. The seller was dunksb_sz10 and the auction closed on June 14th but what he bought is hidden unless you click on the view item. But what I find wierd is that he says the the card is in the process of being graded by Beckett yet he still posted it before the grade? I assume that since the end time of the auction is within 2 hours of the red 1/1 auto he's taking advantage of that auctions publicity. Anyways looks like my estimate for the 1/1 auto was a little shy. I'll laugh if this card goes for more than 50 grand, which was his buy it now price.