eBay Idiot of the Week: Uncirculated Pot and Pan Bender Auto
This seller is so far removed from reality it is difficult to imagine how he functions in normal society. The product is a worthless, movie-theater giveaway card that someone had personally autographed. Because this is not a "certified" autograph there is no way to confirm that the athlete even touched the card, but that's not the issue here. Let's assume this is a MINT condition card. Let's also assume that the card was personally autographed by Shawn Harper. Finally, let's assume there is a certificate of authenticity to go along with it (which there obviously isn't.) Even if all of these assumptions were true, what would the value of the card be?
It would be whatever someone would be willing to pay for it. Since the Indianapolis Colts have a large fan-base there is a chance someone somewhere collects Shawn Harper memorabilia. If we were to find the most hardcore, fanatical Shawn Harper collector in the world, what do you think he would be willing to pay for this card? I'm guessing five bucks or so.
The fact that this seller has the audacity to request $1,000,000 is laughable. I understand that some people put a large "Buy it Now" (BIN) with the expectation of receiving offers and negotiating, but normally the BIN is somewhere in the range of what the seller actually wants for the product. This seller has zero clue what his card is worth but based on his passionate description I get the feeling he actually believes it is worth a lot more than the Cracker Jacks box he pulled it from.
Even though I had never heard of Shawn Harper, the fact that he could "pop soda cans with his bare hands"intrigued me enough to make the seller an offer (see below). The seller rejected my offer within hours, but I am considering upping my bid simply because he "made the picture show both sides of the card." If that voodoo-magic isn't a selling point, then I don't know what is. Forget Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle, the next time I have a couple hundred thousand dollars to spend I'm going for Shawn Harper.
If anyone wants to help me form an investment group to purchase this rare gridiron relic, please contact me ASAP, with each passing minute the window closes a little more!