Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cleve's Auction Night: $2 For The Skinflint

Apparently I have a reputation at Cleve's for being on the cheap side.   A few weeks ago, the lovely wife went birthday shopping for me and knew that a gift certificate at Cleve's would be a hit.   While she was at his shop (I would love to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting of the minds) she asked if $150 would be a good amount for me.

Ever the smart aleck, Cleve sat back in his chair and rubbed his chin and acted like he was doing some quick math in his head.  "Well, for the way your husband spends, I'd say $150 will probably last him about 6 months."  All the regulars that were in that day started rolling with laughter.

"So what you're telling me is that my husband is cheap?" my wife replied.

Cleve and the regulars replied with more laughter.  I'd get defensive about it, except that they're right.

So now I've got a gift certificate to Cleve's, courtesy the lovely wife, that will last me until the Holiday Season.  Actually, if my last auction "haul" is an indication, $150 will last a lot longer than that.  I walked out this week with only a $2 purchase, which is the minimum bid one can place on an auction item.   But, it was a great $2:

The lot was for 2 cards from 2012 Bowman Platinum, and both cards were of interest to me.  Wil Myers is a top prospect for the Rays, and I was able to watch him play several times in person while he was with the Royals AA affiliate here in Northwest Arkansas.   It's a pretty card, and numbered to #399.  I would have paid $2 for it by itself.

But it came with a second card, which I was happy to get as well:

I'm always happy to get Darvish rookies, so this was a perfect bonus card for me.


2012 Bowman Platinum Myers/Darvish Lot  $2   A+:  I may be cheap, but I still get good cards. 


The Lost Collector said...

Ask him to convert the remaining $148 to quarters and play his card vending machine.

Play at the Plate said...

$2 well spent. Would I be wrong to say I seriously like your wife? My wife would never ever buy me a certificate to a card store.

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