To be honest, I didn't think it would happen.
In my twenties, I used eBay a lot. I was one of those people that supplemented their income by going to yard sales and then flipping what I found online. It wasn't a bad side hustle. I still remember my biggest score - a stack of vintage Sports Illustrated magazines from the 60's and 70's that I had little trouble selling for well over what I paid.
That was a long time ago, and I haven't sold anything since them. My purchases were rare as well. So much so that when I logged in last year, my account was gone. Despite my email still being on file, I had to create a new eBay ID. My sale/purchase history, all of my positive feedback - gone. So, when I started reading about people getting $25 credit on eBay, I figured I wouldn't be one of them.
Then I got the email. Sure enough, I got eBay's golden ticket - a code for $25 off my next purchase. I wasn't going to let that slip away, so I logged onto eBay and started searching.
I figured this would be a good opportunity to add an autographed Red Sox card to my collection, so that's what I searched for, keeping my price range in that golden $25.01-$30.00 range. Lots of great Red Sox players popped up - a signed Mo Vaughn, a Dwight Evans relic/auto, Wade Boggs - the possibilities were endless!
Then I saw it. A card that just was too beautiful to pass up. The price was right too - $25.56, free shipping. After applying my $25 gift, I spent (with tax) a grand total of $1.91 for this:
I couldn't go wrong with a Red Sox Hall of Famer like Jim Rice! The card itself, a 2013 Topps Five-Star, is amazing, and Rice has one of the cleanest signatures in baseball. The card is incredibly thick - not exactly sure but I want to say about 1/4 inch, and is serial numbered to 386 copies. It looks great in hand and I'm so excited to add it to my collection!