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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Russell Martin All-Star Jersey Diamond Parallel, All Made Possible Because of eBay Ineptitude

Note to eBay sellers: if your aim is to make money off of the items you list, make sure to list them properly. Of course, if you're trying to part with cards I want, including those of Russell Martin, I'm all for terribly worded and pictured items.


Because without terrible wording and a terrible picture, this awesome relic, #'d 42/60 and containing a piece of Russ' 2011 All-Star Game Festivities Jersey, would have run me more than the roughly four and a half dollars it did. Because every other /60 diamond parallel jersey swatch of his I've seen on the Bay certainly sold for more. I think my favorite aspect of the card is the diamonds in the desert, which gives it a distinctly awesome night card feel. Someone would approve. But then again, he'd hate that it was Russ as a Yankee.


This seller failed to list that it was the parallel version, and took a mediocre picture of the card. Now, the serial numbering was visible, and the diamond-y look was visible and obvious too, but it was such a terrible listing that it clearly affected the final price the card ended at. Here's the description the seller came up with: "2011 Topps--Russell Martin-- game worn jersey baseball card", with a further description of "great condition". You can find the image he or she used below.


Thanks, random eBayer. You've helped my collection immensely.

9 comments:

  1. Nice eye, glad you found this on the cheap. Nice work by the seller.

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  2. see, eBay is good for something sometimes...nice pickup Greg

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  3. Gotta love that. My favorite is finding Ryan Bruan or Bryan Braun cards for cheap.

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  4. A.J.- Haha, thanks!

    Robert- I'm nothing if not a sucker for eBay.

    Moe- Gracias good sir.

    Cam- You have no idea how hard I laughed when I read "Bryan Braun". That's so ridiculous it's truly comical! And good for you, most importantly.

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  5. Bryan Braun is only the greatest Braun to have ever lived! He's only matched in his excellence by Price Fielder.

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  6. dude - thats a very nice card. but i wouldnt exactly say the ebay pic was worhtless. although it doesnt show the full brilliance of the diamond night, at that angle it looks like a starry night, and those cacti look great. that would have def. caught my eye as a cool looking card.
    for under $5, even better.
    BTW - i wouldnt bid against you on that too, cuz im also not interested in martin wearing pinstripes.

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  7. Stealing Home- Thanks! And yeah, the picture's not that terrible, but it could be better. I do love that it looks like a night card though.

    And sweet, I've got the market semi-cornered on Martin as a Yankee cards haha! At least amongst Dodgers fans....

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