The lesson, apparently, is never to let the vintage guy loose amongst the shinies.
Ever since I was given the shiny Alex Rios in a trade from Shane at Shoebox Legends, I had been thinking it would be pretty awesome to score another one. There didn’t seem to be any more Blue Jays from that particular set, so I shelved the notion for a bit.
Then I saw it (cue relevatory music):
It was a Lawrie. On a ’71. It was magic.
And it was SHINY – oh so very, very shiny.
Most of the Lawrie parallels from that set were this flat-looking gold colour. A tad lame-looking, actually. This, however, this was a rainbow. It was clearly very special. Unique, too. None of the rest looked like this one. It had to be the rarity amongst the rarities.
I bit. Threw a bid down. Waited.
In the last day of the auction, though, I found that I had competition. My bid wasn’t enough. In my frenzy not to lose the most fabulous Lawrie ever in existence, I forgot everything I ever knew about eBay. We got into a back and forth bidding war. Higher, higher went the price. I’d be ahead, then behind, then ahead again.
All the while, a this little voice was saying something in the back of my mind: “These things don’t scan. These things don’t scan.”
I ignored that voice. I had a picture that showed this one was different from the rest. I had to have it. Back and forth went the bidding.
Finally, I put in a bid and there was silence. My competitor was backing off. I debated topping up my bid to protect myself from the last-second snipe.
“These things don’t scan,” said the voice.
“You’re a moron,” it added, helpfully.
I decided at that point that I didn’t want to spend another cent on something where I hadn’t checked just how hard to find it really was. This is sometimes risky. I missed out on a ’71 OPC Clemente because I had no clue at the time how special a card it was. Here, though, I thought I’d go do some homework. If my rival wanted to snipe me, he could have it.
He did. The knockout bid came with 2 seconds to go, and Magic Brett went away, never to return. In the meantime, I went and checked and to my everlasting relief, this card was not all that unusual and certainly not that pricey. It just doesn’t scan.
I jumped on a Buy It Now card for a smallish fraction of what I’d been bidding minutes earlier. A week or so later, it arrived. It was beautiful, majestic, rainbow-toned and shiny, oh, so shiny.
And you just have to trust me about that because it doesn’t scan worth a damn.