Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Tough Decision

Two weeks ago I sold my 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig, my White Whale, to help pay towards my medical bills and what I got helped and I was grateful for that too but it was just a dent in what I owe. Shortly after it sold I started making calls to doctor’s offices to set up payment so as soon as the card was delivered and the money hit my bank account the bills were ready to be paid.

In the comments section for that post Ka’Tom asked if I had set up a crowd funding campaign, which I had not because I feel awkward about someone else donating money to help me pay my bills but things have hit me and I have been in a very deep depression the last few days. Most of my posts over the last two weeks have been drafts I have been sitting on, some for almost a year, that I fleshed out and saved.

Thursday night my son and I were talking as I was going through the items I had for sale on eBay and my son saw three specific cards I had up and begged me not to sell them because he said they have been part of his life as long as he can remember. He was truly upset, he will be 17-years old next month, so I know that this is serious for him. That is when I started to consider my options for my next round of bills at the end of February and that bolt of fear hit me because if I didn't sell those cards I was going to be stretched thin.

It didn’t help that I forgot to set aside money to pay for the eBay fees connected to selling the Gehrig card and now I have over $150 in fees for everything I sold and that is on top of everything else. Needless to say last night I decided to take a look at GoFundMe and read through other people’s campaigns and I see that many people are just like me, medical bills adding up and they need help.

I realize the gravity of my situation regarding my health and bills add up, doesn’t help that I am losing my medical insurance. I did set up a campaign and I want to thank Ka’Tom for essentially pointing out the opportunity to me.

I am a very private person and it has taken alot for me to step out of the shadows and ask for help, this is my “Hat in my hand” moment. If you are interested here is the LINK to my campaign.


  1. Hey man, I'm sorry you're in such a tough position. I get how difficult it must have been to swallow your pride and start a GoFundMe page, but I'm glad you did. I wish I had cash to donate, but we're barely scraping by here. That said, I may be able to help your cause by sending you a high-value baseball card or two for you to sell. It wont pay for a medical bill, but it might be enough to recoup those damn eBay fees. Let me know if you're interested, I'd like to help if I can.

    1. I sincerely appreciate the offer but I can not ask that you give up cards from your collection for me.

  2. Tough decision indeed. I'm sure my donation won't completely prevent you from selling those three cards your son wants to keep, but hopefully it helps. By the way... do you sell sketch cards? You're an awesome artist. I'm sure there are collectors out there who would be interested in purchasing your art.