Occasionally, some of my acquisitions are items that completely surprise me. Seeing the first issue of a magazine at the newsstand. Discovering something like Sci-Fox or The DRINK on the freebie table at a convention.
This was another serendipitous incident. My collection includes a number of items relating to the Sci-Fi Channel, and not too long ago, I did a search using "sci fi channel" as the parameters. As I was looking through the results, I came across a promotional item that the channel did for the San Diego Comic-Con in 2007. The item was a "catalog" of different items appearing in the series Eureka. (I have a similar fake catalog that was produced a few years earlier for the series Invisible Man.)
I put the item on my Watch List while I made the usual inquiry of the seller. In other words, "Do you take money orders?" He said yes, and three days ago, I placed my bid.
The auction ended today, and I was online when it ended. That last hour was just a little nerve-wracking. Even though no one else had placed a bid, I am always more than a little worried that someone would swoop in at the last second to steal it from me. But those last seconds ticked away without any other activity.
Once I confirmed that I was the winner, I quickly sent a request for the total amount, and I received an invoice not too long ago. Of course, with today being Sunday, I won't be mailing the payment until tomorrow.
Today is also my birthday, so this ended up being a nice little present to myself. If only all auctions would end this easily.