This has happened to me the past two years.
I go through a collecting slow-down. There are so many dang card releases, I kind of get overwhelmed. The result is, I put the cards away for most of the summer. Look at my last three posts. They're about football cards. I have not bought a pack of cards since I was at Target a month ago. I picked up some Power Packs for a buck fifty nine.
Maybe it's a 'living in Michigan thing'. We suffer through 8 months of crappy weather. Then, we have to jam all of the best outdoor activities into a 4 month window. Collecting takes a back seat to golf, hiking, beaching, softball, chillin' on the deck, and a million other fun things we do.
About the only collecting I am doing right now is chasing down the last of the 2010 Topps Magic Game-Used Jersey Football cards that I need to complete the set. I make a daily pilgrimage to the usual haunts.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an eBay seller that was asking a ridiculous price for a Darrius Heyward-Bey card #'d 01/25. Well, the seller must have took my suggestion to heart. He lowered his price by 5 bucks. Still too high, but when one is chasing a set numbered to 25, a bit of overpaying must be done. Today, my newest addition showed up.
Yup, it's numbered 20/25. What happened to the 01/25 you ask? I wondered the same thing.
Here is a link to the auction/listing. Go take a quick peek and come back. I will wait.
(sips the Merlot, checks Facebook)
OK. Odd listing eh? XX/25. What the heck is that?
I sent the seller a message.
"What happened to the 01/25 that was pictured in the listing."
"I checked our inventory, and the 01 is in our showroom. If you don't want the one we sent, return it unopened and we will refund your money."
At this point, I don't really give a crap if the card is numbered 1 or 20. It's one of 25 and that's all that matters to me. I am keeping it.
I did send the jackball another message.
"Since you sent me a card other than the one that I was due to receive, and I don't really feel like messing around with a shipping mess, how about "future considerations" when I make you an offer on a card?"
"OK. Sounds good. Thanks for your business."
It's one of those weird collecting things that happens. I could have been all bent outta shape about the snafu. It just ain't worth the effort to get all worked up about.