Thursday, April 30, 2009
Enlightening to some degree I guess. It would be nice however, as a journalist, that you fully report what you found and how it might effect collectors. The only articles I have seen about the Trade Conference are really vanilla in their coverage.It's as if SCD is afraid to give details like its a meeting of some sort of secret society.
What did you specifically find to lead you to believe that Topps maybe in trouble?
Who was the specific manufacturer that paid lip service to a very important industry event that is supposed to shape the hobby's future?
What events were specifically cancelled? (We as collectors, have no idea what this conference entails or these "sponsored" events)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
That being said, I have added a small display ad on the left navigation under the slide show. If you are in the market for anything they are peddling would you do ME a favor, and click on that banner ad.
TOM BRADY -- The University of Michigan Wolverines
RAY LEWIS -- University of Miami Hurricanes
PEYTON MANNING -- University of Tennessee Volunteers
ADRIAN PETERSON -- The University of Oklahoma Sooners
HINES WARD -- University of Georgia Bulldogs
JaMARCUS RUSSELL -- Louisiana State University Tigers
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Look for (3) Autographed cards per box on average!
Look for key rookies including Stamkos, Schenn, Wheeler, Filatov, Brunnstrom, Sutter, Oshie, Doughty, Boedker, Kulemin, Gillies, Mason
Monday, April 27, 2009
Proving once again, that unless you have a lot of discretionary income, there are some things that will always be better reported by industry journalism than the blogsphere.
PS- As of the time of this post The Hobby's "#1 Authority on Collectibles" (sic) has no coverage of this key event.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Big Leauge Chew has been a staple of little league baseball players since I was in T-ball in the mid to late Seventies. Sure enough, every spring, BLC makes it's return to store counters and end caps from Walgreens to 7-Eleven.
With all the lip service paid about bringing kids back into the hobby, I can't think of a better opportunity than for Upper Deck to partner with William Wrigley (BLC's manufacturer) and produce an exclusive 20 card set and have one card inserted per pack of gum. What a kick in the teeth it would be to Topps to have baseball cards associated with a gum that tastes good and kids actually like.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Everything left on the desk is something I am working on. The real key was this little contraption:
Have you seen these? Basically an oversized shoe box with dividers? I am using this to temporarily house my miscellaneous type cards before they go in their respective archival storage device. My Sports Divas are in there, former Kane County Cougars (my local minor league team) players (Miguel Cabrera, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle, Willis), F1 and Indy Racing, Deron Williams, Former college players I like (Brady Quinn, 2004-05 Illini Basketball, etc.
Nothing like getting a little organization in your collection to take stock of what you have, what you need to move and why you collect in the first place.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So eBay is once again messing with the buyer experience by removing the Item Location from the listing page. After being burned a couple times I learned to quickly identify an item's location before clicking Buy It Now.
Well I'm sure that information will be somewhere but now you will have to go looking for it. You can read more about eBay's Spring 2009 Changes at Auction Bytes
Thanks to all of you have inspired me to start, encouraged me to keep going, and given me a reason to continue.
Besides these cards, what was this company (Crane) known for?
What year were these cards issued?
Who is the future HOF'er in this set, with a must have RC for a player collector?
. . . gets this lot. They are great for TTM Auto's :)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Guess I'll try a real Community like Cardboard Connection.
The official league site http://www.indycar.com/, provides a race fans dream with a very sophisticated yet user friendly in race interface that allows you to follow different drivers from an on board camera angle. Other features include aan awesome multi-media microsite and the ability to follow the series on Twitter which provides true behind the scenes details.
One of the most celebrated road courses in the world, aside from Monaco, is the Grand Prix of Long Beach which saw Dario Franchetti take the checkered flag last week. This week the circuit moves to Kansas and their partnership with Versus has added an additional media component including a virtual lap here.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A lot of you know that I also collect comics books. Mostly Punisher, The Dark Knight, and Elektra. The Dark Knight movie, in my opinion was G-R-E-A-T and I saw it 3x in the theater including twice on an IMax screen.
I just saw the trailer for the new Batman: Arkham Asylum game for Xbox 360 coming this summer and it looks awesome. Check it out:
Monday, April 20, 2009
As you can see, not as bad as it could be, but I am running out of space none-the-less and need to move stacks out of my way when I need to sort and collate. So over the next week I vowed to myself to get organized. I'll update you all with the after pictures when I'm done.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
If so, I have a small want list and a major stash of doubles.
Interested in a trade? Please email me at email@example.com
Numbers needed: 473, 460, 426, 414, 413, 412, 384, 383, 367, 338, 332, 321, 318, 304, 290, 254, 253, 249, 240, 227, 222, 219, 205, 191, 175, 173, 166, 161, 159, 145, 135, 133, 128, 126, 114, 110, 103, 98, 71, 63, 57, 43, 36, 8
Thanks in advance!!
It was a whirlwind day for a Chicago sports fan that started at 11:30am CST with an overtime win by the Bulls on the road against the current Champions, the Boston Celtics. 105-103
By the time that game was over the Cubs-Cardinals game had started in a classic dual between these division rivals that didn't end until a 2-run walk-off home run by Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the 11th. 7-5
Next came an excellent pitching match-up in the Sox-Rays game, featuring head to head competition by staff aces Mark Buerhle and Scott Kazmir. The Sox won in dominating fashion 8-3.
Then came the feautured event, like the main match in boxing. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs of the Flames-Blackhawks series. After another sluggish start, the Hawks rebounded in the second period with 3 unanswered goals in an exhibition of "a goalie standing on his head" by Nikolai Khabibulin. 3-2
What a sports day!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Why: He's a legendary HOF'er Duh!
Where: Home Address
Date Received: 4/16/2009
Thank you Mr. Snider.
Where: Home Address
Date Received: 4/16/2009
In the West I think the Calgary Flames have the right stuff since they picked up Olli Jokinen. Miikka Kiprusoff has been there before and so has head coach Mike Keenan. This team does all the little things and their power play is deadly. Dion Phaneuf is a force and he can cover any team’s superstar. I think Calgary will win it all.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Upper Deck Scores Legal Victory Against Topps Sports Card Company Firmly Denies Topps’ Allegations of Any Wrong-Doing
Read the rest of the press release.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Auction houses like Robert Edwards, Legends, Hunt, etc. routinely charge buyer's of sports memorabilia an often exorbitant buyer's premium. This goes to cover grading, marketing and promotion, authentication, shipping and handling, money transaction fee's and more.
A retail owner of a sports card shop has overhead costs such as rent, utilities, marketing, etc built into their product prices.
So can somebody tell me why eBay buyers, and it seems collectors in general, FREAK OUT when a seller's shipping AND handling charge is enough to cover their overhead?
What overhead you ask?
Final Value Fee
PayPal Transaction Fee
Card Storage Materials
On a $10 card that equates to over $6.00. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Listing Fee- $.35c, Buy It Now, Good Til Cancelled
Final Value Fee- $3.00
PayPal Transaction Fee -about $.65c
Card Storage Materials- (One penny sleeve, top-loader and team bag) $.25c
Shipping Materials- (Bubble mailer, packing peanut to meet thickness requirement, label, printer ink) $.50c
Do most sellers charge the their full overhead cost? Not even close. So why bitch about $3-$4 shipping and handling.
If a retailer is trying to make a specific % NET profit AFTER overhead costs why shouldn't an eBay seller not be allowed to do the same thing without suffering the wrath of the blogsphere and message boards.
As a collector, all we are doing when we gripe about an eBay seller's S/H charge is prohibit the listing of commons for set completion, low-end game used cards for player collectors, and hard to find inserts from years gone by.
I know both sides of the argument but I think it's time we realize that an eBay seller's fees are NO different than a buyer's premium or retail mark-up.
So what's all the fuss about . . . . ?
In the spirit of partnership with our sellers, eBay is consolidating most changes into two releases in 2009, and giving you the lead time you need to adjust and take full advantage of the updates. Here's an overview of the first release, scheduled to go live the week of June 15.
All of these updates are designed to drive more buyers to eBay and more sales for you--while making it easier and more profitable for you to sell.
See all the specifics
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
The man who once had 24 complete games in 31 starts has been found dead according to reports by ESPN radio.
In 1976 "The Bird" as a rookie, went 19-9 posting a 2.34 ERA. Heralded as the new dominant pitcher of the era, his stardom was fleeting. Fidrych played only 4 more years appearing in only 27 games.
Condolences to Mark's family.
I'm sure the eBay vultures will be out in full force.
New Availablity Date- 5/11/2009
We are going to create a slide show titled, The Blogsphere's Best Pulls.
To be eligible for the assortment of cards you see below all you have to do is:
1) Post a comment with your name.
2) Email me a scan of your best trading card pull from any sport to firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest will be open for 2 weeks.
Winner will be chosen via Random.org
I will then post the assembled slide show where anyone will be free to use it as they wish.
(3) 2008 Ultimate Collection base cards (Ryan Ludwick, Ryan Doumit, Brandon Phillips)
2008 SP Legendary Cuts GU Jersey Howie Kendrick
2009 SPx Mark Teixeira Dual GU Jersey
2008 SPx Austin Kearns GU Jersey #3/75
2007 Ultimate Collection Torii Hunter GU Jersey
2007/08 UD ICE Kris Russell Jersey
2004/05 SP Authentic Ladislav Nagy Auto
2004/05 SP Authentic Jay Bouwmeester Auto
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The comment I left was really in the form of 2 questions in response to Steve's post.
Licensing will be the KEY issue as you mention. Let's say Upper Deck and Topps were to downsize their operations and produce and market only those lines that reflect their respective strengths. For UD that would be high-end products and for Topps, would be entry level, and set collector oriented brands.
Now let's say a smaller company wants to compete in the high-end market against Upper Deck.
1) Would the "stick to your strengths" model be a viable and profitable option?
2) Would a pro league and its PA grant a price point/product type SPECIFIC license?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Visit the Magazine Exchange
It really is amazing how the talking heads in suits sitting at a round-table product development planning session, simply recycle the same old crap with each new product. No wonder there is a glaring lack of innovation and creativity eminating from the manufacturers. It must be very frustrating for those employees to have their original ideas squashed for the sake of the bottomline.
Please . . .stop making these stupid inserts.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Out of sheer principal I can't believe I would even consider this, but the Becket Marketplace has users (who pay book, LOL), no listing fees and a flat rate of 3.5%, no matter what you sell. I sold a $14.95 card on eBay this weekend thru a BIN transaction and paid almost 12% in final value fees alone.
My question, has anyone ever used the Beckett Marketplace to sell cards and what was your experience?
I am leaning towards just sticking with eBay, like I said , out of sheer principle, because it makes me sick to my stomach at the thought of giving my money to the Evil Empire. However, I have also been getting sick to my stomach with eBay lately.
Is the answer, which makes me sick the least . . . ???
Confused, conflicted, sick.
In 1951, four years before the famed 1955 Topps College All-American Set was to be released, the company issued a 75-card set featuring the top collegiate football players in the land…TOPPS MAGIC. And 58 years later, a beautiful creation of one of Topps’ first ever releases returns.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A second link on the site here, contains sports related autograph articles from contributing writers.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum plans to dedicate a new, permanent exhibit, “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.” The exhibit will be dedicated on April 25 and will explore Aaron’s early days in Mobile, Ala., his climb to the majors, his chase to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list and his current work with the Chasing the Dream Foundation. The Hall of Fame also plans to open a second exhibit called “Hank Aaron: Gallery of Records,” which will open in 2011. The exhibit will feature artifacts from Aaron’s career including the bat and ball used to hit home run No. 714, the bats and balls from his 3,000th hit, 500th and 600th home runs and the balls hit to record his 755th homer and 2,210 RBI. Aaron’s uniform shirt, pants, cap and helmet worn while he hit the record-breaking 715th homer will be in the new exhibit alongside his locker, 1957 World Series Ring, MVP award and many other artifacts."
Eventually the HOF will have to decide how it is going to handle the eventual inclusion of steroid tained athletes. However, until then, it's nice to see that the REAL Home Run King will be given a much deserved honor and additional exposure.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Just Minors Mystery Jersey
2008 Team USA
Just Minors Just Autographs
Just Minors Mystery Bat
Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
Donruss Elite Extra Edition
Just Minors Mystery Mini-Bat
Razor Signature Series
Just Minors Mystery Ball
Just Minors Justifiable
2009 Team USA
This seems awfully excessive in light of the fact that;
1) Less than 10% of the players included in the checklists will make a major league roster for anything more than a cup of coffee.
2) Less than 5% will make a big league's club starting line-up.
3) Less than 1% will turn into All-Star caliber players worth collecting long-term.
The above list contains 17 products, more than one per month. Even if you were to subtract Just Minor's memorabilia oriented products that still leaves 1 prospect themed product per month.
Does The Hobby really need these products? I'd like to see a limit put on the number of minor league issues decreased to 6 per year with only 2 companies producing prospect exclusive content. I'd also like to see Bowman lose it's grandfathered right to produce prospect cards.
I think the above criteria would accomplish two things;
1) Allow Bowman to once again return to prominence as "The Home of the Rookie Card", by insuring that they only include "true RC's" in their product.
2) Add legitimacy to the 2 remaining prospect themed manufacturers by creating increased competition and forcing them to insure that they are focused on only the Top 100 prospects and create innovative designs.
What do you think?
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This is the best talent at QB the Bears have had in my life time!!!
The Vikings are no longer the NFC North favorites.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
New relic items include the bloody sock from Curt Schilling's World Series performance, bottle pieces from Mark McGwire's Andro, and one lucky collector will pull a Barry Bonds steroid used needle. Topps has had that card encapsulated by Beckett to insure no one hurts themselves.
Blasts from the past include Jim Palmer's commercial worn jockey's, George Brett's pine-tarred bat and more
Atlanta Braves fans will be actively looking for Chipper Jone's spit juice cards while NY Yankee fans will be clamoring to get pieces of A-Rod's, Madonna lip-sticked stained shirt collar.
Suffice it to say we are entering a whole other level of collectibles.
You see, shortly before the product was slated to hit shelves during the last full week in March, Brian Price announced that the product’s production was being trimmed and that boxes would have more value. What he didn’t say, however, was how much more value.