I have alternately gone back and forth tonight on my opinion of how I fared at Cleve's just a few hours ago. I initially left the auction feeling a little let down, mostly due to what I didn't get.
There were a couple of cards on the docket tonight that I really wanted, but I was soundly beaten on both of them. One was a magnificent 1959 Roberto Clemente. It was clean, perfectly centered and had sharp corners. I hoped I might be able to get it for $25, but it went for around $40 something. The other was a 1933 Goudey of some fella I don't remember. But it was a 1933 Goudey, and it too was in great shape. It went for north of $40 also, and was out of my range. I can live with missing the Goudey, since I didn't know anything about the player and one of these days I'll get one at a price I can live with.
That Clemente is going to haunt me for a while though. It was absolutely gorgeous, and at a minimum I could have flipped it for a nice profit if I had a case of buyer's remorse.
However, no one wants to hear me whine about what I didn't get. Let's get to what I brought home.
After I win an item, I quickly have a gut instinct as to if it was a good purchase or not. Yes, it would make sense to think that if my immediate reaction was that it was a bad purchase, I should not have made it in the first place, only moments beforehand. That's the power of impulse purchasing, and that is why I keep telling myself I need to have a detailed strategy going into each auction. That said, after some reflection, I think my gut instinct was wrong on almost every purchase I made tonight. I'll explain purchase by purchase:
Ok, I was excited about this then, and am excited about it now. I got this 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn Rookie for $4. I'll take that every time I can get it.
Joe Johnson Rookies $3 B+: Nice cards of the former Razorback
Derek Jeter 1993 UD $2 B+: Solid pickup of the Yankee great
1983 Topps Gwynn Rookie $4 A-: I will make this purchase any and every chance I get, no matter how many I accumulate.
1973 Hank Aaron $5 B: This should be an A+ but for that blasted cut on the side of the card.
1959 Topps Lot $3 A: The Herzog alone was worth $3 and this pair will go nicely in my sampler album.
1959 Clemente Miss: F: I wish I had that to do over again. Big time fail on my part.