From what I hear, the eBay Live! annual conference was a pretty big deal. I personally never attended any of them though. But reading up on them, it sounds like sellers were treated like kings at one time. eBay would listen to sellers, and offer fun classes to attend. eBay is still the main place to buy/sell stuff, but I think that sense of community has really been lost. Yeah, the message boards are still there, but it just doesn’t seem like it use to be. eBay tends to care more about the buyers now.
Over the years, eBay has slapped their logo on tons of merchandise. They use to have a store, but that closed up years ago. Some of their merchandise has become quite collectible. During the eBay Live! conference they gave out huge amounts of stuff. That includes their own trading cards.
There was a card set made for almost every single eBay Live! event. Each one has it’s own uniqueness about it, but the set made in 2005 seems to stand out the most to me. Both from a design standpoint and subject matter. eBay was celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2005. They decided to create a set that commemorated the most notable items put up for sale up until that point. The set consists of (13) cards. Card fronts feature an animated drawing of a specific item on foil card stock. On the reverse side, you’ll find a write-up about that item. The checklist includes the following cards:
- Real Arkansas Civil War Dirt
- Size 12 Wedding Dress/Gown
- Early Blown Glass Cathedral Pickle Bottle
- 2005 Jay Leno Harley Davidson
- The Meaning of Life
- Gulfstream II Business Jet
- Kidney For Sale
- Oldest Known Pair of Levis Jeans
- Ghost Cane
- Ten Years of Community and Commerce
- Pierre Omidyar’s Broken Laser Pointer
- Shoeless Joe’s Bat
- Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese
Shoeless Joe’s Bat refers to the famous “Black Betsy”. It sold on August 7, 2001 for $577,610. That was Joe Jackson’s main bat he used throughout his career.
These cards aren’t that difficult to find. Ironically there usually is a good supply on eBay. Its funny to think that eBay made cards. But they did.