First off, I’d like to thank the thousand or so bidders that have patronized our eBay auctions over the last year. Your enthusiasm and kind encouragement have truly been an inspiration and it has been a great joy to interact and build friendships with many of you. Thank you for “discovering” our Helmar art and I believe that your support will be rewarded in the future.
It has been a great satisfaction to learn that many others share my passion for sports art done in the old, authentic vintage styles. When I first began making our distinctive Helmar cards I truly believed that just a handful of others would “get it” and support our projects. For once I am glad to admit that I was wrong; from the very start we have experienced an outpouring of warmth and even devotion. In an age where beautiful old cards often go without bids, every one of the several thousand Helmar art cards offered over the last three years through eBay has successfully found a new home. I find that remarkable and humbling.
This is not to say that we haven’t had our critics. I have been thankful for them because they often have been the catalysts for some improvement or another. Over time many, if not most, have come to at least give us some respect for our efforts. To my surprise, several of the most strident voices eventually became very active clients. They deserve credit and my thanks for having open minds and a willingness to engage and explore the world of Helmar.
Now to bidding improvements. I have been contacted by several bidders concerned about the practice of placing a very great number of bids, sometimes thirty or even more on a single listing, but only in exceedingly tiny increments. Even I find this perplexing and annoying. One frustrated email described it as similar to “schoolyard bullying”. In a sense, he is correct. The practice may be entertaining to some but it does detract from the enjoyment of most. It also frustrates and scares off new collectors. I have contacted the relevant parties and suggested alternate bidding strategies. Hopefully that is the last of it.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have other ideas on how we can improve our product or service. I can assure you that if you take the time to give your input, we will value your thoughts and give them the consideration that they deserve. Thanks again, Charles