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Postby bigwords » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:34 pm

I recall in Sam Walker's "Fantasyland" that he hired a woman with great cleavage to go around the room, making an attention-grabbing move, anytime any of the players he wanted came up for bid.

That may be extreme, but I'm wondering if anyone has any good theories on bidding success during live auctions, such as large and unpredictable raises, throwing out non-superstars in early bidding, or any bits of psychological warfare.

How do you win the players you want?
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Postby Another Blown Save » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:58 pm

One basic strategy that I think many people use is to throw players you don't want in the early stage

For me, I always nominate closers and injury-prone starting pitchers early, because I don't want them on my team but other managers usually are willing spend good chunk of money of them.
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Postby thedude » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:04 pm

Get your leaguemates drunk. ;-D
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Postby mak1277 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:06 pm

thedude wrote:Get your leaguemates drunk. ;-D


Amen to that.
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Postby wrveres » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:06 pm

Catchers.

Nominate a new one everytime it is your turn. Start with the mid level catchers and it will get owners overbidding on them. The two or three you are targeting come out last in your bidding unless somebody brings them up.
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Postby bigwords » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:16 pm

I thought about alcohol, but isn't it likely to loosen inhibitions and make owners spend more than they might under sober circumstances? Maybe the trick is to get them drunk the night before, so they are bidding with a hangover. Then, when you are bidding against them, you announce your bids in an extremely high, aggressive voice. Perhaps your opponent will stop bidding against you because his head can't take the screaming.
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Postby thedude » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:18 pm

bigwords wrote:I thought about alcohol, but isn't it likely to loosen inhibitions and make owners spend more than they might under sober circumstances? Maybe the trick is to get them drunk the night before, so they are bidding with a hangover. Then, when you are bidding against them, you announce your bids in an extremely high, aggressive voice. Perhaps your opponent will stop bidding against you because his head can't take the screaming.



Get them drunk and then let them waste their money on Barry Bonds, Griffey, Jeter, ect.
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Postby suppasonic » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:26 pm

Give yourself shots of water, and pretend to be drunk, as well.
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Postby Cleveland Steamers » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:28 pm

Ive never done a live auction...only through forums. I'd loe to get into a local auction league (St.Louis) to try and figure out my own strategies.
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Postby BritSox » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:33 pm

Another Blown Save wrote:One basic strategy that I think many people use is to throw players you don't want in the early stage

For me, I always nominate closers and injury-prone starting pitchers early, because I don't want them on my team but other managers usually are willing spend good chunk of money of them.


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