Tuesday, August 26, 2008

T.J Scwartz is NOT On My Side

It pains me to have to admit it, but in order for me to know what the Hobby nemesis' are up to, I am forced to, occasionally, spend my hard earned dollars on both infamous Hobby rags which I won't dignify by naming. You already know who they are anyway. So before you call me a hypocrite understand that it is one of the only ways to monitor the bad guys. As evidenced in this month's issue.

In a recent article by long-time dealer, turned regular contributor to the column, On Your Side, Schwartz discusses the topic of autographs and their subsequent value increase upon a person's passing. In his opening paragraph, he states, "I have been dealing and collecting autographs for more than 25 years . . . . .While many (of you) will view the following as unfortunate in the long run (as I do), the grim reality is that one of the factors associated with your collectibles increasing in value is when people pass away or become incapacitated."

OK, Mr. Compassion. Are we really supposed to believe that someone who self admittedly made their living in the sports collectibles field, including the sale of autographs, is the least bit upset when someone, they didn't even know, but whose autographs are part of their inventory, passes away. Hardly, it's more like . . . . . . $KA-CHING$. If not, then who is flooding the market with autographs from the likes of Darryl Kyle, Bobby Murcer, George Carlin, Charlton Heston, Jim McKay and Johnny Podres, to name a few, when they die? We all get it. It's simply a matter of supply and demand, buy low - sell high and in some cases just plain greed.

I do not beget anyone from making a living in the collectibles and memorabilia market if done honestly (no counterfeits, forgeries, pack searching, tampering, etc) but don't for the minute begin to tell me you hesitatingly feel bad at the same time. That's plain B*^% S*&^!!

You think I'm being too harsh? Let's hear from the man himself. In his last paragraph he writes, "The bottom line is that as an avid collector (he leaves out dealer- my words) when someone famous dies, sadly many of us say to ourselves, "What do I have signed of that person?" first, and "Too bad" second. I suppose it depends on whether one has a personal connection with the person or is merely an investor but I find myself caring more than I thought I might many years ago. . . . Either way, it is too bad when someone passes but also not too bad when something you have goes up in value. It's a slippery slope but so goes the Hobby."

Don't pretend for a second to care Schwartz, it's that kind of phoniness that makes you clearly NOT on my side, the collector side.

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