Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Hear the rest from someone who likes this product.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Collectors can expect one autograph or memorabilia card in each box, and for $79 dollars the price is right. In this box I got two relics but I’m not sure I was lucky even though I beat the odds.
My two “Clubhouse Collection” cards have that “vintage feel and the card backs are tremendous in both content and design. Ok I got a bat card of Miguel Tejada. He’s a good player, even with what has transpired with him, but he’s not my cup of tea.
Regardless it appears that these two teams will be facing off against each other for 7 games come April 12th when the NHL's postseason starts.
I haven't seen a full line brawl in a l-o-n-g time. This was great!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
American League East Division Champion- New York Yankees
American League Central Division Champion- Detroit Tigers
American League West Division Champion- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
American League Wild Card Winner- Tampa Bay Rays
American League Champion- New York Yankees
American League MVP- Evan Longoria
American League Cy Young- CC Sabathia
American League Home Run Leader- Alex Rodriguez
National League East Division Champion- New York Mets
National League Central Division Champion- Chicago Cubs
National League West Division Champion- Arizona Diamondbacks
National League Wild Card Winner- LA Dodgers/Philadelphia Phillies for a 1 game playoff. Winner- Dodgers
National League Champion- New York Mets
National League MVP- Albert Pujols
National League Cy Young- Cole Hamels
National League Home Run Leader- Ryan Howard
World Series Winner-
New York Yankees in 7 Games
World Series MVP- Andy Petite
Friday, March 27, 2009
Current SRP: $85 per box, $20 per pack
Product Highlights: Randomly inserted redemption cards for complete game used jerseys from former Team USA members including Buster Posey, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and more.
Product Description: Coming hot on the heels of their 2008 release of Draft Picks Signature Series, Razor capitalizes on the popularity of manufactured letter cards to produce the largest checklist of autographed letter patches ever assembled in a singular product.
Player Highlights: Tim Beckham, Jason Castro, Pedro Alvarez, Buster Posey, Kyle Skipworth, Gordon Beckham, Brett Wallace, Aaron Hicks, Justin Smoak and more.
READ MORE AND SEE WHO WE PULLED
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1) National Survey
The publishers of Sports Collectors Digest have commissioned the University of Mississippi to conduct a national survey of current and former collectors of trading cards and sports memorabilia for information on what they like, and don 't like, about the hobby.There is no cost to participate in the survey, and your input is confidential. It will take about 15 minutes to complete. Take the survey.
2) Design A Card Contest
Ever think you could design a better-looking baseball card than what 's already available? Well, here 's your chance. Sports Collectors Digest presents the Sports Card Design Awards, where you can get your work displayed on the cover of SCD, plus win an assortment of quality autographed memorabilia from some of the greatest that have ever played. Complete details.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is a slightly dated PR but I don't remember seeing info posted anywhere else and only mention it because 5 players make their debut and they make reference to an announcement about chase figures. Links go to figure photos.
McFarlane's Sports Picks delivers MLB 25. This classic six-figure lineup features five players making their Sports Picks debuts -- and a return to our "classic" chase figures in alternate uniforms.
JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, New York Yankees (SPORTS PICKS DEBUT)
MARK TEIXEIRA, New York Yankees (SPORTS PICKS DEBUT)
JOSH HAMILTON, Texas Rangers (SPORTS PICKS DEBUT)
RUSSELL MARTIN, Los Angeles Dodgers (SPORTS PICKS DEBUT)
JACOBY ELLSBURY, Boston Red Sox (SPORTS PICKS DEBUT)
JOSE REYES, New York Mets
Original Press Release
The thing that I find so infuriating about this issue is that SCD acts like there are several competing publications for their ad dollars and other than Beckett there simply isn't. Mastro/Legendary would be foolish to pull advertising out of their publication.
I may be making too many assumptions but in my heart of hearts I know this is the crux of why SCD won't tackle this issue head on.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have always wanted to go to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum for the sake of nostalgia and the experience. It's not Cooperstown but the narrator in this video displays a level of enthusiasm as if it were. I would too.
However, I still think this event would be better served being played in the Fall after the World Series. You are always going to have people who won't compete in an invitational exhibition but there would certainly be less team pressure on players given the longer window for injury recovery.
That said, I'm ready for the real thing. April 5th can't get her soon enough.
Monday, March 23, 2009
It is well known that the current economic conditions are very difficult for collectors and manufacturers alike. Unfortunately, for In The Game, this resulted in very disappointing sales for the 2008-09 Between The Pipes.
"Last week I had to make a decision based on the advanced sales of Between The Pipes, whether or not to cancel the release of this product, or not" reported ITG President Dr. Brian H. Price.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
He was kind enought to send me 2 more cards from the monstrous UD 20th Anniversary set I am tackling.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Not only that but (2) #12's, (2) #11's, (1) #10 and (1) #13 teams pulled upsets.
The key to bracketology is getting through the first round with the bulk of your Sweet Sixteen teams and your Finals winner still in it. In that regard mission accomplished.
I went 24-8 with 13 of my Sweet Sixteen teams still alive including my NCAA Champion pick Louisville.
Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Florida State were my 3 losers from my Sweet Sixteen picks.
How did you do?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Take the Quiz
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
“If you think Daisuke Matsuzaka was special, wait until you see the upgrade.”- Los Angeles Times
See the complete WBC checklist.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Read the rest of the story
God help us
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Most collectors consider the four cards in the set depicting basketball and featuring Northwestern, Xavier, Williams, and Luther colleges, to be the very first basketball cards . . .
Friday, March 13, 2009
"It would be nice to see someone at SCD actually conduct a hard-hitting investigative piece updating the events that took place at the National last summer.
There has been scant news on that topic for several months, and then we come to find out that Mastro Auctions is dissolved and VP of Acquisitions Brian Marren is out.
These are only some of the questions that need answers:
What is going on with the FBI's investigation?
Have any charges been filed?
Was the dissolution of the company and release of Marren done to avoid charges ala a backroom plea deal?
Come on, give us some sports collectibles journalism that only someone with your credentials and contacts can provide the consumer and the collecting public.
If the industry media isn't going to be a watch-dog to the alleged criminal activity and abuse of public trust that Mastro Auctions has been accused of, who will?"
Complete Press Release
When bubbles are bursting
and teams are all thirsting
for their chance to cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all
For the number 1 seeding
There'll be parties for hosting
There'll be old war stories
It's the most wonderful time of the year
When their team is near
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This announcement comes quickly on the heels of an article by Michael O'Keeffe of the NY Daily News earlier last month, stating that Mastro Auctions was having cash flow issues and had contacted co-signers of it December auction and asked them to post-pone cashing their checks until they could resolve "a banking error". You can read the article in its entirety here.
In addition, ongoing research on my part, regarding allegations of shill-bidding, card doctoring and other issues of fraud, originally brought to light from a late summer subpoena issued by the FBI on the floor of last year's National, has resulted in little update to this issue in comments either publicly or privately by the people I know at Mastro. Most notably of these is former VP of Acquisitions, Brian Marren, who has left the company as a result of the changes referenced earlier.
More details as they become available.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Guest Review- Russ Cohen
Upper Deck Series One baseball has a lot of great rookie cards and it has some great achievable autograph and memorabilia cards in each box (one auto and two memorabilia cards per box on average). For about $70 the value is there and the Team USA cards are the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned. The card shown deals with the USA win in Beijing in the Summer Olympics over Chinese Tapei and I think with the World Baseball Classic going on right now, even though these players weren’t major leaguers, this tournament has that same feel to it.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
My personal favorite so far is "Because a good bust is better than a nice rack (pack)" :)
It's this type of news that still warrants them as a viable alternative to Beckett (Sucks) despite their own use of an antiquated pricing model. I have always found their editorial, both online and in print, to be much more compeling and informative.
Few of us, if any, would be able to have direct access to this kind of data.
The International Autograph Collectors Club and Dealers Alliance or IADA-CC confirms that Autograph Alert is run by Mr. Koschal.
A search engine inquiry provides too many results to provide a concise synopsis, but suffice it today that it is always important to know the source of an allegation before finding someone immediately guilty. For those wanting to learn more about who is exactly behind the so-called "news" at Autograph Alert, please feel free to do your own research by reading any of the following articles:
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2007/07/15/2007-07-15_lack_of_intent_seen_in_flubs_at_auctions.html The testimony of two experts hired by Daniels to testify that some of the autographs on the photos were forgeries was excluded by the judge. Kincaid said neither Richard Simon nor Stephen Koschal "possess sufficient skill, knowledge or experience in the fields in which they were asked to render opinions."
http://www.uacc.info/page18.html successful lawsuit against Koschal
http://www.uacc.info/page15.html censure of Koschal
http://www.stephenkoschal.com/drseuss_sp_cat.html fakes include
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/426/RipOff0426764.htm http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/424/RipOff0424885.htm (http://autographdealernews.com/Articles.aspx?article=11
http://www.iada-cc.com/NewsDetail.asp?NewsID=131 Koschal was the President now he is kicked out and shunned
http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000330.html koschal published fake Armstrongs as real so he could sell his forgeries
http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000332.html more of the same
Brian Gray also stated in our conversation that the suspected auto-pen signature of Richard Nixon was created before his tenure at Razor started and that by taking a proactive stance and getting in front of the issue he hoped that people would realize they truly do stand behind their product. The collectors in possession of the two cards in question have already resolved the issue. When asked what that specifically meant, Mr. Gray stated, “We are letting the individual owners of the card decide how they want Razor to handle this from a public relations stand point. One of the owners happens to be a celebrity and the other is a very high profile collector well know in the industry. It will be up to them to decide if they want us to publicize how we handle the issue once the cards are re-authenticated.”
To date there has been no response by Upper Deck to this issue and I commend Brian for his transparency and accessibility. Time will tell how the collecting public feels about the long-storied history of autograph authentication but suffice it to say in my research on the subject there is a tremendous amount of libel, slander, politics, back-stabbing, here-say, innuendo, and propaganda that goes on between the so-called “experts” that it’s really hard to know who to believe when it comes to autograph authenticity. There is simply too much money involved and so many people want their piece of it at any cost.
More to come later today.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Atlanta Braves Sent- RHP Anthony Lerew outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Re-signed OF Manny Ramirez to a two-year contract.
Milwaukee Brewers- Invited OF Lorenzo Cain to spring training.
Toronto Blue Jays- Sent RHP Bryan Bullington and LHP Fabio Castro outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Baltimore Orioles- Signed RHP Adam Eaton to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Kansas City Royals- Signed LHP Bruce Chen to a Minor League contract.
Chicago Cubs- Signed 3B Corey Koskie to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Kansas City Royals- Signed RHP Juan Cruz to a two-year contract with a 2011 club option. Designated INF Esteban German for assignment.
Kansas City Royals- LHP Neal Musser cleared waivers and was released.
New York Mets- Signed LHP Ron Villone to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Philadelphia Phillies- Released RHP Adam Eaton.
Atlanta Braves- Placed RHP Tim Hudson on the 60-day disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Signed INF Doug Mientkiewicz to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Arizona Diamondbacks- Reassigned RHP Reid Mahon to Minor League camp.
Atlanta Braves- Signed OF Garret Anderson to a one-year contract.
Cincinnati Reds- Agreed to one-year contracts with LHP Bill Bray, C/IF/OF Wilkin Castillo and IF Paul Janish.
Milwaukee Brewers- Reassigned 2B Jason Bourgeois and C Martin Maldonado to Minor League camp.
Seattle Mariners- Re-signed OF Michael Wilson to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Washington Nationals- Released LHP Odalis Perez.
Cleveland Indians- Agreed to one-year contracts with the following players on the club's 40-man roster: Josh Barfield, Shin-Soo Choo, Aaron Laffey, Jon Meloan, Adam Miller, Anthony Reyes, Tony Sipp, Jeremy Sowers and Wyatt Toregas.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Signed 2B Orlando Hudson to a one-year contract.
Minnesota Twins- Agreed to terms with 3B Joe Crede on a one-year contract. Placed RHP Pat Neshek on the 60-day disabled list.
San Diego Padres- Signed Mexican League RHP Walter Silva to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Seattle Mariners- Released OF Mike Wilson.
Texas Rangers- Signed RHP Kris Benson to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Arizona Diamondbacks-Sent RHP Jailen Peguero outright to Triple-A Reno and invited him to Spring Training.
Atlanta Braves- Re-signed LHP Tom Glavine to a one-year contract.
Chicago Cubs- Released LHP Bill White. Invited RHP Brian Schlitter to Spring Training.
Tampa Bay Rays- Signed RHP Jason Isringhausen to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Cleveland Indians- Acquired RHP Juan Salas from the Tampa Bay Rays for INF Isaias Velasquez. Salas had been designated for assignment on Feb. 12. Designated 3B Andy Marte for assignment.
Kansas City Royals- Claimed INF Tug Hulett off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. He had been designated for assignment on February 15. Designated LHP Neal Musser for assignment.
Tampa Bay Rays- Signed 2B Adam Kennedy to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.
Toronto Blue Jays- Sent LHP Brian Burres and LHP Reid Santos outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.
This notion was easy to establish because common sense dicates the thought process of, "How many can actually exist?" Meaning, it's natural to assume that a genuine George Washington autograph would be extremely rare, right?
Cut signatures of George Washington can apparantely be found from several reputable dealers in the Autograph collecting hobby for $3,500.
I wrongly assumed that a George Washington autograph is currently worth much more than that based on the recent sale of this card.
It seems as if a fast one has been pulled on us, because from the article it seems that those in the know outside the Hobby are laughing at us "cardboard collectors".
In The Game's newest product 1972 - The Year in Hockey belongs to the collector. Collectors in an online survey conducted by In The Game voted 1972 as the most significant year in hockey history and In The Game is committed to creating a product based on the results of this survey.
Once the year was determined, In The Game went to collectors to get their opinions on how they would like to see the product designed and configured.
Never before has a trading card company made a product conceived, configured and designed by collectors.
Here are some of the preliminary product spec:
200 base-card checklist including two checklist cards, 50 different non-memorabilia inserts featuring; Rookies, Born in '72, Past and Present and two other insert sets to be determined, hard-signed autograph cards, game-used memorabilia cards featuring; Game-used Jerseys, Game-Used Emblems, Game-Used Numbers, Lumbergraphs, Forever Linked and others. Famous Fabrics™ inserts including; Scoring Leaders, Playoff Match-Ups, All-Star Teams, Trophy Winners. Designs and checklists will be available in the next few weeks.
"I have had a great time working with collectors on the design and configuration of this product," said ITG President, Dr. Brian H. Price. "This product will be a one-of-a-kind."
Check back at ITG for more information.
I am a big fan of ITG and Dr. Price and hate the fact that UD holds a psuedo monopoly in my second favorite sport. You may have noticed I don't normally post press releases, but occasionally I will in support of ITG.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was recently alerted to an article on http://www.autographalert.com/news.html .
It makes some pretty damning allegations and I was hoping that you could shed some light on this, particularly with regard to the question of who handles autograph authentication for the Razor Oval Office product?
While their have been numerous opinions posted on message boards and blogs, some founded some unfounded, there appears to be some genuine credibility in their allegations and it seems only fair that the collecting public hear your side of the story.
I'll keep you updated.
Thanks to Mario for the post and link in his updates section .
Donruss Contenders Baseball is a great set but it is not going to be for collectors who want an immediate payoff. All the players are rookie minor league stars, most have just finished one season of rookie class or short season baseball. The reason is that the majority of them also played for their colleges last year.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
No you see, this is a legit quad materials card
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Monday, March 2, 2009
I wasn't necessarily going to comment until the offending Book Value Geek took a swipe at my Junk Wax How To Video
No Jay that would be me assigning value to the over produced crap from the 80’s and 90’s by burning them. Pick any card from 87 to 92, find the “value” in your precious price guide and then find one place anywhere online where the real price is equal to the Beckett (Sucks) Value.
All to often collectors like yourself overvalue their collection based on the prices arbitrarily set by Beckett (Sucks). The only correlation that exists to put a monthly price on a card product is directly proportional to the amount of advertising that products manufacturer spent in said issue.
If you can’t see the obvious manufacturer collusion, conflict of interest in grading and auctions there is no point even arguing the point. You are going to believe what you want to believe because you have been spoon-fed the Beckett (Sucks) kool-aid for the majority of your collecting life.
Also the honorable Dr. James Beckett has been so far removed from this publication for years prior to his death that it doesn’t even make sense to reference him.
In all actuality your collection is only worth about 30-40% of what you think its worth and that is something you CAN NOT and WILL NOT accept because it would shatter the fragile sense of reality you have created for yourself by putting an arbitrary overvaluation on your collection.
Also it has only been recently that they have incorporated auction pricing into their supposed value equation. Typically and for several years after the creation of a peer to peer secondary market system called the Internet, Beckett (Sucks) relied on a couple of dozen pricing “contributors” from around the country. These contributors ,to a man, were all hobby shop owners and their card sales reflected the inherent mark-up associated with any retail venture, cards being no different.
So what is your card worth?
What Beckett (Sucks) says it is or what you can sell it for at any given moment you choose to sell it?