Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Have You Heard? December 9th is National Hobby Shop Day!!

Many of you may know Michael Fruitman. Mike is the owner of Mike's Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colorado. You can follow him on Twitter here. Also, be sure to "LIKE" his Facebook Page here. Mike is a long-time hobby retailer with a great bit of know-how into running a great LCS.

Earlier this year, he approached GTS Distribution (who, in full disclosure, I am the Senior Marketing Manager for their Sports & Entertainment division) about creating an event timed during the lull of post Black Friday and week before Christmas.

Mike had expressed that the early part of December is always a very slow time of year for his shop and others he's talked with about the subject.

So we created National Hobby Shop Day! So what exactly is National Hobby Shop Day? Well, I'm glad you asked!

Quite simply, This event is designed to drive traffic to retail stores at a time of the year that can see a decrease in foot traffic. GTS Distribution is providing a number of bundled packages to all brick-and-mortar retailers that are sure to create buzz, hype, traffic and sales this holiday season.

2017 National Hobby Shop Day will take place on Saturday, December 9th. All retailers who commit to hosting an in-store promotion on this day will receive the following*:
  • FREE Autographed Jerseys and/or Autographed Sports Memorabilia!
  • $100 Account Credit to Host an In-Store Pizza Party!
  • FREE Packs!
  • FREE UltraPro Supplies Package & BCW Premium Binders
Collectors, whose LCS participates in the event will have a chance to WIN the above mentioned items while chowing down on some pizza.

So please ask your LCS owner is they are aware of  this exciting NEW event.

For more details, checkout this post on the GoGTS.net blog.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yeah, It's Been Awhile . . .

As many of you are aware, the former radio show in which I co-hosted, Cardboard Connection Radio, came to an end in the 4th quarter of 2014. After close to 600 episodes, Doug Cataldo, Russ Cohen and I, simply broke up the band. We are eventually planning a way to get those archived episodes back online in some format. How and when that happens is anybody's guess.

I am also no longer a contributor for the Cardboard Connection site.

So what HAVE I been doing? In the August of 2013, I started doing freelance work for GTS Distribution, on the blog for the Sports & Entertainment division which handles the wholesale distribution of trading cards to retailers. In November of 2014, I became a fulltime employee and am the Marketing Manager for that division and oversee content marketing for GoGTS.net

I still do occasional freelance articles for Worthpoint as well as copy writing for the backs of cards for Leaf Trading Cards. If you have collected any of the Pop Century or Metal Draft products over the last few years, you've seen my work firsthand.

In March of this year, myself and Ivan Lovegren of The Breaks, YouTube fame, launched the hobby's first LIVE streaming web series, titled, Go GTS Live - The Hobby's Web Show. Much like Cardboard Connection Radio, we have on guest from trading card manufacturers and other industry personnel.

With the hobby being such a visual topic, our plan for Cardboard Connection Radio was to turn it into a Web based video show. This is the culmination of those efforts, unfortunately without my longtime business partner Doug Cataldo. However, Russ Cohen, frequently appears on the show with news from various prospect themed events including the NHL Draft and NBA Rookie Photoshoot.

With the ability to now show products we are talking about, we routinely break boxes of new and recently released products and give the BIG hits away to viewers LIVE on-air. The show broadcasts on Thursday nights at 9pm EST on Livestream.com. Come and join us!

If you can't catch the LIVE episode, we upload a recording of the show to YouTube the following day. The former Cardboard Connection Radio - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts now all direct to Go GTS Live.

So I am still very much involved in the hobby and have been blessed to find work in an industry which I truly have a passion for.

I still avidly collect. My single signed baseball collection of 500 Home Run Club members is now up to 15 and my 300 Wins Club collection is up to 7.

I have grown my Notre Dame football collection, adding autographed items of Joe Montana and Joe Theisman to name a few. I completed the master set of the 2013 Upper Deck Notre Dame Football product.

I have really started enjoying collecting entertainment trading card sets of my favorite movies and TV shows. Among these are numerous Marvel titles from recent movies.

I have also started a vintage wax pack collection of classic non-sports trading cards.

And of course, I continue to add to my Chicago sports collection with the Chicago Blackhawks being the most prominent.

As far as current bloggers whose work I really like, one stands out above all; Beans Baseball Card Blog. Keep up the great work! Also a big fan of Autograph Today.

Well, that should bring everybody up to speed. I know it's REALLY lame I haven't posted in over a year, however, I still use my voice about collecting on Twitter, @VOTC and of course the new show. I hope you will check it out.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Relic Cards Reign Supreme in 2014 Topps Supreme Football

Relic Cards Reign Supreme in 2014 Topps Supreme Football - If you like patches, multi-color swatches and unique game worn NFL gear, 2014 Topps Supreme Football might be right up your alley.

While some collectors may believe that relic cards, in general, have become passe, I tend to disagree. Yes, single color swatches of material the size of a nickel have certainly worn out there welcome. However, in looking at some of the breaks of Supreme Football online, including what I found in my box, there is definitely still a place for the colorful cards in the hobby.

Now, the price point of this product certainly makes it one of those high-risk, high-reward value propositions. At about $85 a box, you are getting one (1) hit. I'd like to see two (2) hits at the price point with one of them being a guaranteed patch autograph for that kind of coin.

But without further adieu, here is a look at 2014 Topps Supreme Football and what was in a hobby box.