Category Archives: Hobbies

eBay Entrepreneur

Well, I had posted the Transformers on eBay that my brother and I found at my parents house. They went very quickly, and fairly successfully. Eleven of the fifteen I posted were sold successfully. There were 35 people watching the Optimus Prime and Devastator auctions each. Most of the others had five to ten watchers. Slag, Warpath, Brawn, Snarl, Hot Rod, Thrust, Hound, Skids, Windcharger, Optimus Prime, and Devastator all sold. Twin Twist, Topspin, Grapple, and Astrotrain did not sell. I will try to repost them this weekend. I want to be sure I stay on the wave of the movie – it is free advertising and the demand is high for Generation 1 Transformers. I saw advertisements to eBay for G1 Transformers on the Gizmodo and Engadget web blogs, as well as a permanent link on the eBay home page.

I also posted a number of my comic books this weekend. I posted them in lots of five to ten comics. The included lots of Spawn, McFarlane Spider-Man and Eastman & Laird’s original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These did not get anywhere near the amount of attention that the Transformers did. Only two of the lots sold – one set of McFarlane Spider-Man books, and one of X-Factor books.

All Grown Up…

Well, it was bound to happen. I have had many hobbies over the years, and since I have gotten married my hobbies have not gotten the attention that they used to. I used to collect comic books, baseball cards, hockey cards, play Warhammer 40K, Magic: The Gathering, and read massive amounts of Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels.

This weekend, while at my parents’ house, my brother found an old box of Transformers. The ones from the mid 1980’s. The movie is coming out very soon, if it is not out already, and we both thought it would be a good idea to put them up on eBay. A few months ago, I sold all my old camera equipment from college, and it sold very well. So I spent this past weekend posting photos of all of our old Transformers hoping that it will do the same.

This has inspired me to start to clean house. I still collect coins (a very light collector, compared to most other numismatists), but I figured it was time to get rid of most of my other collections. So, I have been photographing my comics, and posting them on eBay in lots of 5 or so. We will see how well they sell. You can check out my online store here. I will be posting more comics as the wee goes on. There are a couple I will keep, frame them, and hang them in my office real nice (McFarlane Spider-Man #1 ,Spawn #1, the Donatello OneShot from Mirage Studios, things like that). At some point, I will be going to my parents’ house again real soon and cleaning out all my stuff from their attic. I will be selling my last bit of photo equipment from college, and all of my baseball and hockey card sets.