Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Well ladies and gentleman, how's this for an improvment: Multi-player Co-Op. Sick!!!!
Watch the Trailer Now
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Read the rest of the article I wrote for Sportsology.net
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Product Review UD Premier Has Tremendous Potential To Enthrall The NBA Audience But Falls Short Of A Curtain Call
Monday, May 25, 2009
I knew CCA had questionable credentials but I didn't realize to the degree until I read the following piece at Frozen Pond . For starters, check out this quote; "Just to deepen the conspiracy theory a little, STAT Authentic is run by a gentleman named Ted Taylor who has been involved with SCD as a friend and writer for over 30 years. Taylor apparently also works for Coach’s Corner as their head of Public Relations, and is quoted in a testimonial on their website as saying they are his “number one choice for buying and consigning”.
CCA is FLOODING the market with obvious forgeries and no one is doing anything about it. What's worse, is Sports Collector's Digest is complict in this travesty and what makes me sick is that instead of protecting collector's interest, they have chosen to use their voice in the hobby to defraud the collecting public.
This all started when Mike The Ring Guy, got into a heated debate with T.S. O'Connell on his blog, causing Mike to start his own. Then T.S. O'Connell has the AUDACITY to tell Mike to "leave the blogging to him". The back and forth comments are here.
In addition, a gentleman has created a series of videos over the last several months, detailing some specific items found on CCA's website that are obvious forgeries. They can be found here on YouTube.
With the amount of material being dumped into the market, who can you really trust and what can be done about this?
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
His reasoning is noted here in his most recent post which is titled, "Online Commentary System Is Deeply Flawed ... ". Please go read this and come back to finish reading this post and comment.
An old school reporter who has produced some great work over the years has repeatedly failed to embrace the new mediums available to The Industry and instead has used his blog as just another editorial venue when in fact, blogs are all about ENGAGEMENT. In his own words, "I have never responded to any of the comments in any fashion. Not once." (The bold is his not mine). Exactly T.S., instead of face the music of criticsim regarding advertiser conflicts of interest, answering legitimate questions regarding your beloved Bill Mastro, you have hid behind a wall that has been long removed thanks to the Internet.
I am disgusted that you, representing a publication that, at times, still provides credible hobby editorial and journalism has failed to engage your audience, instead choosing to piously silence your critics by removing their VOICE.
Go collect your precious '54 Topps and stop pretending to "be involved" in The Hobby that has clearly and sadly passed you by.
Special thanks to Mike at http://www.sports-rings.com/blog.htm
Thursday, May 21, 2009
McFarlane doesn't make Indy Driver SportsPicks, yet. So instead figure aficionados will need to turn to the Die Cast genre. An entity in and of itself. Available in numerous scales, and for those of you unfamiliar with the nomanclature, the larger the number behind the "1" the smaller the die cast. Thus 1:18 would be a car 3x as large as a diecust scaled 1:64. Prices vary but are readily available on eBay. I have seen some very cool collections with a die cast of a drivers car beside a an autographed photo or card of the driver.
It really is amazing, that no matter what the sport, their is a universe of collectibles available.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Question: Would you want to see a new release in baseball, with this design?
Monday, May 18, 2009
As you might have seen, Mike and Tony came back from the Hawaii trade conference with a wonderful prize to give away to our members. After much consideration, it was decided by the hockey team that this quadruple autograph of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux would be given to the Champion of Champions.
Yes to win this beauty, members will have to accumulate points throughout the year in the following contests:
- NHL Draft Predictor- Free Agency Contest- SCF’s Bingo Special- Preseason Contest- Regular Season Pool Contest- Pick to Win league- Olympic Tournament- Show and Tell contest- Scavenger Hunt- Playoffs Pool
For most of these contests, the following championship points will be granted:
1st place 10 points, 2nd place 8 points, 3rd place 6 points, 4th place 5 points, 5th place 4 points, 6th place 3 points, 7th place 2 points, 8th place 1 point
At the conclusion of the last contest, the playoffs pool (2010 edition), the leader in the standings will be awarded with the quad autograph. Please note that staff will be able to participate in the individual contest but will not receive any “race for the quad” points as we are not eligible to win this card. If a staffer wins a contest, the person in second position will receive the maximum 10 points, the third position will get 8 points etc..
However, to be eligible to win the prize, participation on SCF is a must. Therefore, for any long term contest (Free Agency, Pre-season, Regular and Playoffs pool) there will be a minimum requirement of 5 trades made on SCF from the opening of registration of each of four long term contest until the end of it (Therefore a total of 20 trades in the year will be required). DIFFERENT trades must be used to qualify for each contest.
The second qualifying requirement will be to digg every contest http://www.sportscardforum.com/showthread.php?t=578411as this helps getting SCF high up in the search engines.
Please also digg the contest as a whole:http://digg.com/hockey/SCF_s_Race_for_the_Quad_Gretzky_Howe_Lemieux_Orr_...
All members must be in good standing to be eligible for the quad auto, what this means is:- No serious infractions: a serious infraction is any infraction worth over 3 points- No suspension: if you get suspended during the contest, you are no longer eligible- No negative feedback during the duration of the contest (any negative feedback received will be investigated)
Participation in all contests is not obligatory but doing so will greatly increase your chances of winning the card.
But for now, get ready to trade on the best trading site hockey collectors and enjoy the 2009-2010 hockey season with our race for the quad!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
2009 UD Goudy has a distinctive look and just like most art pieces either you love it or you hate it. Each box guarantees an autograph and a memorabilia card and for around $80 this set offers good value.
One item that excites me about this set is the rookies are falling at a rate of around 1 in every 2.5 packs. And I only got one mini in my 18 packs. This year the rookie crop seems a little light while we wait on David Price, so Travis Snider and Phil Coke are some of the better names out there at the moment. As the season goes on this could change and it usually does.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Join Russ Cohen and I as we talk about what's new, what's coming, what's good and what's bad on the card front and on the sports front. Baseball, Football and Hockey Fans will love this episode for sure. Click here to listen OR on the player in the left navigation. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
From a collectibles stand point, he has a plethora of material to choose from including both raw and graded copies of his 1957 Topps RC. In VG to VGEx, which is a very respectable condition for cards of this vintage, copies can be had from $100 to $150.
Because of his longevity, and willingness to sign, his autograph prices are very reasonable and single signed baseballs from a reputable dealer can be had for around $65. (I use Rich Altman's Hollywood Collectibles)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I'd like to add to this or create a part 2 becasue I think it would be fun to keep a living, breathing archive of readers best pulls. If you missed out on the contest but want your card added to the Slideshow, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the code for your own use. You can change the dimesions by editing the width and height. Access via GoogleDocs.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Label/Receipt Number: 7006 2150 0000 0788 9661
There is no record of this item.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Why: If you've ever seen the old school NFL films, this guy was the original running quarterback. Not to gain yardage but to scramble long enough to find an open receiver.
What: Autograph Card
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Couldn't get anybody to bite on the 1998 UD Collector's Choice Factory Set or the 1993 UD Factory Set or The MLB Showdown Starter Box and 250 booster cards. Oh well maybe next weekend. Or maybe I should F*@% with chemgod at Badwax and put 'em on Craig's List?!?! LOL!!
I took the opportunity to unload some accumulated junk wax. (Yes I didn't actually burn it all.) Search the blog for " Junk Wax" for a How To video. Anyway I set out a few 5000 count boxes organized by sport and put a sign $.5c a piece or 100 for $3 and 200 for $5. I also had about 150 cards in top loaders that were star cards and some rookies from the '90's and marked them $1 each.
Some guy came up with the whole stack of top loaders and asked me if I would cut him a deal. He got 178 for $35. At a quarter a piece for cards that would have been used as wall insulation in my next How To video, I think it was definetly a win-win.
Oh, gotta go more people.
After being totally screwed out of $25 in a wax give-away at BoxBusters (not Ross's fault AT ALL), it was sweet justice that I won his Tristar contest. Thanks again!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
My Reggie (above)
Their Reggie (UD 2008 Ball Park Collection)
Why: Loved watching him run through people
What: 1989 ProSet (Turn your junk wax into a legit collectible and if it doesn't get returned, who cares?)
Where: Home Address Date
Thank you Mr. Walker
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We are handling these "allegations" at present and have no comment "for now".
Stay tuned as the drama that is razor, continues to unfold.
Nice scoop by Mario at Wax Heaven
The Hobby has changed in many ways through out the years and for those readers who are new to collecting or getting back into collecting, I present a Hobby Glossary. I am sure I will forget a few or screw-up a few, so please, in the comments provide a corrected or new term and definition when applicable, so this post can serve as a resource for our returning brethren. So let's get started.
Short Print or SP- A card printed in less quantity than other cards in the set. These are often rookies.
Insert- A subset of the main or base set.
Serial Numbered- Cards produced in a limited, known quantity, stamped and occasionally hand written, the serial numbering is designated as xx/xxx. The theory being, the lower the serial number the more collectible the card.
Parallel- A card similar in look to a base card from the set with some sort of differentiator. Examples, different colored border, serial numbering, etc.
Variations- A card that "varies" in some way from an identically numbered card in the set. For example, the regular version of a card has the player in a home uniform and the variation in an away uniform. Typically used in retro or flashback themed products like Heritage.
Refractor- A card that utilizes a different finish on the card stock to create a "reflective" type appearance. Often found with various color borders. Typically found in brands such as Topps Finest, Topps and Bowman Chrome to name a few.
Common- A standard base card in a set.
Stars- Pujols, A-Rod, Jeter, etc
Semi or Minor Stars- Chase Utley, Lance Berkman, etc
Standard Condition References-
P- Poor, F- Fair, G- Good, VG- Very Good, NM- Near Mint, M- Mint
Card Grading- Having a 3rd party company examine the card for condition and assign it a numerical value from 1-10. 1 being Poor and 10 being Mint. Different companies try to one up each other with half point grading scales and other terms have entered the glossary like Pristine and Gem Mint.
Slabbed- A card that has been graded or authenticated is then encapsulated in a relatively indestructible and tamper proof case.
Book Value (Don't get me started)- An antiquated pricing structure used by only the most moronic of collectors. The advent of the Internet created the ability to sell cards direct to other collectors on a secondary market creating historical data to determine a card's Real Value.
Flagship Brand- A trading card manufacturer's most produced, and readily available set. i.e Topps Series 1 and 2, and UD Series 1 and 2
Brand Acronyms- Upper Deck utilizes several variations of SP which we now know means Short Print. Some of these include SPA - Authentic, SP Legendary Cuts, SPx. Topps has A&G for Allen & Ginter. (Help me out with others guys)
Unlicensed Product- A product featuring retired players or minor league players that is not officially licensed by the MLBPA. Donruss and Razor Entertainment.
Multi-sport Products- Fairly self explanatory. A product containing players from multiple sports. Examples- Sport Kings, Donruss Sport Legends.
TCG- Trading card game. Current on the sports market is Topps Attax.
Game-Used or GU- A card containing what is supposed to be a piece of material worn by a player in a game.
Event used- Similar to above but NOT worn in a game. Might have been worn at a photo-shoot, Draft Day event or other.
Auto or AU- A card bearing an authentic signature.
Premier or high-end product- On the high side of the dollar scale. Products of this type typically guarantee a minimum number of game used and or autographed cards.
Low-end or entry level product- Your more "kid-friendly" products with typical pack prices ranges between $.99c and $3.00.
Patch- A game used card containing a multi-colored jersey swatch typically off the player's jersey numbers, team insignia, or name.
Swatch- The piece of material on a game used card.
Manufactured Patch Cards- Not all cards with a logo, lettering etc are game used. Often they are produced by the manufacturer and are really just another insert.
Cut Signature- An autographed card made using a signature from another source such as a cancelled check.
On-card or hard-signed- A card bearing an autograph that is actually signed on the card.
Sticker autograph- To save time, expense, and delays, companies have started having athletes sign stickers that are then placed on cards. Less desirable than a hard signed card.
TTM- Through the mail. Used in reference to an autograph request sent via mail.
Redemption- A card that is part of the product but was not completed in time for actual distribution upon the product's release date. Most often applies to autographed cards.
UD- Upper Deck
DLP- Donruss Leaf Playoff, now owned by Panini
Penny Sleeve- Individual card holder made of thin plastic. Also called a sleeve.
Top Loader- A rigid card holder.
Snap Tight- A card holder used for thicker trading cards. Come in different thicknesses based on the point value of the card stock. The higher the pt. stock the thicker the card.
Hinged case- Card holders with a hinged lid that come in several varieties to accommodate different quantities.
Magnetic Holder- Similar to a snap tight but held together with a magnetic. Both types often feature diamond cut inlays so the corners of a card do not touch the case.
Junk Wax- Typically referred to cards from an era of over-production, 1986-1994
Vintage- Typically referred to card produce prior to 1970. Some collectors will stretch this to 1973 the last year Topps was produced in more than two series.
High numbers- Refers to vintage cards released later in the season and are the later cards numbered in a set i.e. 600-700.
Craig's List Idiot or CI- A person selling cards typically from the junk wax era with no clue to what the cards are really worth. Avoid at all costs.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It infuriates me that the very same hobby entity, that is where they are today because of collectors, would so callously and maliciously slap them in the face.
They have proved once again that the only interest they serve in the hobby is their own and collectors be damned.