Oh man, if only!
I had a few clues as to what he might have. He isn't from a rich family. He's 33 years old. And he's a great guy, but he's never really put himself into anything fully. Not fully committed to anything if you see what I mean. All of that added up to junk wax. I had hope though. Maybe some cool insert or rookie???
The poor guy had about 1500 cards, some in a binder, the rest in a box. Some were still in the wrappers. All from 92 and 93. Wait, you say, there's a possibility of a few good cards in there, Piazza and Rivera RC's, Jeter etc! No, the best card (and by a loooong way) was this:
Not bad really, but as for buying his cards, well, I see the Chippah in quarter boxes every show I go to, so I sure aint paying 'book value' for this collection!
I felt bad, because he is a nice guy, and could probably use some extra money. I had to tell him the facts of life. If he craigslisted them, he could get laughed at by anyone who wanted to buy cards. If he e-bayed them, he couldn't get enough to cover shipping. And if he wanted to sell them to me, well, I couldn't see paying more than $5, and that's with the binder and plastic sheets. He took it well, but I still felt vaguely gross. I hate giving bad news.
Anyone else have a similar story?