He hasn’t played in an NBA game for 11 years but Michael Jordan is still a competitor in the world of online commerce. RedEye.com says eBay data shows MJ-related products total more than $175 million each year. In the last three months alone, they say Jordan items sold amounted to nearly $40 million, about four times as much as the top selling active player, LeBron James.
Much of that comes from the sale of new and used Air Jordan sneakers, which remain hugely popular. Shoe sales account for about ¾ of that $40 million figure from September, October and November.
The average selling price for a Jordan item is $124.07 according to Terapeak, which calculates such things for eBay.
Right now, there are over 75,000 Jordan items on eBay.
Sports card collectors are no different from any other type of shopper: they like a sale.
Dave & Adam’s Card World, one of the hobby’s largest online retailers, launched its Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving night and by Wednesday morning, the company had received nearly 10,000 orders, according to company blogger Dave Buchanan. He says the figure is nearly twice the amount of business they took in during last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions.
That’s a lot of boxes sold—and a lot of orders to ship. They cut a video to show how it happens.
Bidding for two hobby heavyweights continues at SCP Auctions.
The ‘Chesapeake Wagner’ card, graded PSA 1 (MK), stood at $278,005 as of Wednesday night while one of only a few PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards rests at $185,030.
The pre-sale estimate on the Wagner is $400,000+.
By the way, if you win the Wagner, you might as well spring for Honus’ old safe to keep it in. The safe, manufactured specially for Wagner by the F.L. Norton Safe Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., dates from the turn-of-the-century. It weighs about 250 pounds. Wagner’s name “J.H. Wagner” is stenciled across to top in gold paint. It’s in original working condition, according to SCP officials.
Bob D’Angelo of Tampa Bay Online caught up with Leslie Blair, Wagner’s granddaughter, who talked about Honus and the safe.
The auction ends this Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. PST, which marks the 59th anniversary of Wagner’s death in 1955.
The only PSA 10 1967 Topps Rod Carew rookie card is in Mile High Card Company’s latest auction and bidding stands at over $74,000. Over 2,000 Carew rookies have been graded to date.
Once owned by Dmitri Young, the same card sold just 2 ½ years ago for $40,388.
Frozen Pond is currently hosting its semi-annual charity auction in support of the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament (Children’s Aid Foundation) and Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer (Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation).
Up for bid are dozens of signed items from NHL stars past and present including Dryden, Lemieux, Sakic, Yzerman, Horner, Mosienko, Nash, Brodeur, Howe, Mahovlich, Kennedy, Coffey, Bower, Cherry, Hasek, Lecavalier, Iginla, Jagr, Robinson, Esposito, Beliveau, Worsley, M-A Fleury, Bourque, Hull, Lafleur, Sundin, Messier, Bourque, Keon, Gilmour, Sittler, and numerous Wayne Gretzky items.
Other sports are represented as well, with the ability to bid on product signed by Jordan, Erving, Feller, Tyson, Reggie Jackson, Peyton Manning, Flutie, Dickerson, Ismail, Winfield, Jeter, Magic Johnson, Wade, Blake Griffin, Ortiz, Durant, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Derrick Rose, Matt Ryan, Garnett, Moss, Rivera, Favre, and lots of Joe Carter.
The auction is being hosted on NHL.com and a full listing of available items can be found here.
Bidding closes on December 15.