What the Pirates do have are a lot of guys where the prices fluctuate all over the place. The two best examples of this are Neil Walker and Starling Marte. One day you will see a nice card that sold for $5 and the next it will be $15 for no reason. It makes it hard to pull the trigger on a higher end release because part of you is thinking it may not show up again, but if it does it could go for a lot less. You really have to gauge how much you want the card in your collection.
2014 Triple Threads Neil Walker Patch /9
This is one of my most recent eBay purchases of Walker. The seller started the auction at 9.99 which I assumed would get some bidding action at some point. High end set, low numbered and a decent patch usually drives the price high. Long story short I was the only one who made an attempt and won the auction. I really think the only reason I won this card is that he started the bidding high. I've seen similar cards go for closer to the $20 mark. Sellers having weird starting bids is a nice way to obtain cards as it scares away a lot bidders.
In my experiences if you just stick to your guns and have a price in mind at some point you will win the card. Sure, their will be circumstances where thriftiness will cause you to lose out on a desired card, but in the long run you will win more than your fair share by sticking to your budget. Ebay has a way to cycle even the lowest numbered of cards several times. Bid with patience my friends!
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