I, and some of you will think I am raving mad, have just paid £14.52 plus £1.01p postage for a rather mundane black and white post card on Ebay.
Normally this sort of postcard (although I have never seen this particular one on ebay before) showing the launch of a lifeboat (Fleetwood's to be exact) would probably attract no bids, or possibly one at the starting price of 0.99p.
But this one was special to me, and so I put a bid on it at the start of the week of £10.50 because I didn't want to loose it, and with my memory, would have probably forgotten it had my kids not kept reminding me about it and to bid on it.
However, because I had put this bid on, I reckon that ebay fever must have taken over and as a result, those who kept trying to out bid me pushed the price up to the total that I had to pay eventually.
Is it a case of sheep following sheep, and because the price keeps going up, those who want to outbid, think there is something unique about such a mundane item.....it sometimes baffles me, just at those plastic lifeboats can sometimes sell for £150.......very strange.
But the reason that it's so special to me that I needed to buy it..............well, it was taken in 1960 ( or there abouts) and I am on it as a little boy watching the Lifeboat being launched..........and I'm wearing a jumper that my mum knitted for me........... Nothing special about that some say.
Sadly it was one of the last questions my mum put to me just before she died of Alhziemers about 6 years ago............"you haven't worn that blue striped jumper I knitted for you in a while".........funny how things get to you and bring a tear to your eye, even at the age of 60.
I think I'd have paid almost anything for that post card tonight