Flashback Friday… Sharks Christmas Ornaments

Santa2On a whim last week, I Googled “San Jose Sharks Christmas” to see if I could find anything clever to post on my Instagram account.  Upon scrolling through the images, something caught my eye.  Wanting to know more, I clicked on the image and the source of the image was from eBay.

Naturally, I thought the image was from an expired auction but to my amazement, the image redirected me to an active listing.   I immediately put the item in my “watch list” and browsed the seller (wrap-n-rock-gems) to see if he or she had any similar items.  Sure enough, the seller had a similar item that I also put in my “watch list” and then the real fun began.

Not wanting to loose out on these items, mainly because I had never seen them before, I constantly checked my eBay app on my Rezound smart phone to see if anyone had increased the price with a bid.

The auction for the first item was set to end at 11:35 a.m. on Dec. 11.  I made sure my Rezound was charged and put in a feel out bid with three minutes left to test the waters.  My feel out bid did not work as I got the notification “You have been outbidded.”  With about 30-seconds left, I put in a final bid of $19.83 but it wasn’t enough.

Bummed out, I checked the bidding activity to see who won the item and noticed the winning bidder only had a feedback score of seven, which to quote Stephen A. Smith, gave me “cause to pause.”  However, I couldn’t think about it too much because the auction for the second item was ending at 11:45 a.m.  With about 30 seconds left, I put in a bid of $20.05, which luckily won me the item.Santa1

I immediately made the PayPal payment for the item but something told me to included a note to the seller.  Remembering the winning bidder of the first item only had a feedback score of seven, I had a gut feeling he or she might have been a ghost bidder. Going on instinct, I wrote the seller that “should the winning bidder of the first item not be able to pay, I would be more than happy to purchase item.”

Less than two hours later, I received an eBay message that said I had a second chance offer to buy the first item I had lost out on. Without hesitation, I paid for the item while doing my best Daniel Bryan “YES! YES!” imitation.

What were these items you ask? They were brand new San Jose Sharks Limited Edition Christmas Ornaments (3.5 inches tall) in team colors made by The Memory Company back in 2002 and 2003.

Words cannot do the attention to detail on these ornaments justice. They have to be seen in person to truly appreciated (the design pattern of the chair the young Sharks fan is asleep in doesn’t show well in the eBay stock picture, and the face of the puppy looking up at Santa will make you say “aww”).

With these ornaments in the collection, I now have to keep an eye out for the other ornament that goes with them as these two ornaments are the second and third in a limited series (a Google search for the first ornament yielded no results).

If I am able to find and obtain the first ornament, I will post the story here. \m/^_^\m/

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on December 20, 2013, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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