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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Observe & Report

The best part about blogging is the fact that it is self-regulated.  If you have something to say, you can say it.  If you have nothing to say, you don't have to trump something up.  If you don't have time to blog, you don't have to. 

That's kind of where I have been lately.  A couple weeks ago while driving to work in the morning, I was rear ended while sitting at an intersection.  My truck was recommended to be undriveable by the tow company that arrived at the scene and even the police officer that responded to the accident said I better hold off.  I was taken to the hospital with a head injury as my seat belt failed to catch and my head ricocheted off the steering wheel.  Airbags?  Well 9 times out of 10, they don't deploy in a rear end collision so there you have it.

After being checked out, there were no neck or back injuries.  The only issue was the fact my eye was slashed open and my vision had yet to return.  I was sent to a specialist and now have a bunch of follow ups to figure out if my vision will return.  My truck has still not been returned and I have been in a rental since then.  As for insurance, it will all be taken care of by the guy who hit me and I am not worried about it so other than the vision thing, which is improving, all is well.

Speaking of all things being well, that brings me to my next point.  The "million card giveaway" that I recently came into contact with is now a reality.  The price was cut in half and some additional incentives were added to the pot so I was cornered into a position where I really had no option.  I took the plunge and am now slowly taking possession of the collection.  It probably would have only taken 2-3 trips with my truck, but I think I have already covered that.  The rental car they gave me is a small, compact car that holds maybe a couple dozen monster boxes. 

But the issue I am dealing with at this point is space.  I have none.  The boxes have all taken up residence in my garage for the time being until I have some time and energy to start going through them.  I have gone through quite a few and found some great stuff which I am sure I will talk about later on, but in the grand scheme of things, I haven't even dented what is out there. 

My goal here is to make my cash back as quickly as I can and then use the rest to fill some sets, round out some collections, and maybe start making some trades for some stuff in my PC.  I have been trying to figure out the best way to do this.  I have looked at COMC, Ebay, Sportlots, and Sportsbuy.  I am still torn with what to do.  While COMC does most of the work, there is a big front end cost and an even bigger penalty for cashout at the end.  Ebay, as we all know, is full of fees and craziness, plus chances are you are only going to get 10-20% of what you want.  Although the odds of selling the items are pretty good.  Sportlots looks interesting but it seems more focused on common cards for set builders.  Sportsbuy, or NAXCOM as most people remember, seems to be a pretty good option for now but I am just not sure on the amount of people that see this on a daily basis. 

Any advice from the peanut gallery?