Monday, May 31, 2010
This week's highlights:
Supreme Court weighs in on exclusive licensing
Trish Stratus- Where has she been
Boondock Saints comes to comics
24 and Lost- End of the road
trishstratuscom I uploaded a YouTube video -- Promo - Trish Stratus returns home as the guest host of W... http://youtu.be/M3sqV9uvcMk?a
toppscards Get to know us at Topps. Asst. brand mgr. Kevin Eger had a pretty cool gig at the rookie premiere. We talked about it. http://bit.ly/clUuuA
NHLBlackhawks Greetings from media day! http://yfrog.com/59x5dqj
petermurphyinfo The Dirty Dirt Tour! Peter Murphy live in Europe & North America. Check petermurphy.info for tour news & updates.
mslayel crashing have a great night Show the peeps u value how much u luv them lifes 2 short random pic Love you Lay http://yfrog.com/62immdj
GeekTyrant Out this week in the Gaming world 5.26.10 http://bit.ly/aOv0d3
HBO The @BleacherReport breaks down the Top 10 HBO Sports Specials of all time. Do you agree with this list? http://ow.ly/1QnST
IGN Is Arkham Asylum 2 the last laugh for The Joker? http://go.ign.com/bUHpWJ
CBR PREVIEW: "Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris" #1 http://bit.ly/aXWuS1
danicaracing Two new pics from Danica's appearance on "Mike & Mike" posted @ www.DanicaRacing.com Off-Track Gallery
DanicaPatrick Win the break pedal from my win in Japan, thanks to my team and GoDaddy! http://cot.ag/dw87Ui
blowoutcards Sportkings base card checklist announced: http://tinyurl.com/3ab7bq4
LIFESportsNews Must-See Sport Meccas & Events http://on.life.com/cJdFBO
IGN Jack Bauer's time on TV is done. Did #24's last hour deliver? I http://go.ign.com/ckkibi
mslayel Random pic :-) http://yfrog.com/b9obbaj
ESPNChicago Season could be last for Chicago White Sox's Omar Vizquel http://bit.ly/byVFqP
Microsoft_Xbox Battlestations: Midway is now available on the Games on Demand.
Microsoft_Xbox Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is now available on the Games on Demand.
GettyImagesEdit Skydivers Break World Record! -- http://bit.ly/9bFKvw
SI_Swimsuit Swimsuit Photo of the Day: 2010 Bethany Dempsey photographed by Yu Tsai in New York, New York - http://su.pr/1Nf7Qg
cheaperthandirt Why is ammunition STILL so difficult to find sometimes? http://bit.ly/9FFnm1 We interview CEO Michael Tenny for the... http://bit.ly/bW6LJI
DanicaPatrick 10 Most Awkward Sports Interviews http://bit.ly/aeR3u3
NRAnews More guns less crime: Violent crime falls sharply: Preliminary data indicates that, for the third year in a row, t... http://bit.ly/cCBeOr
MikeAndMike Mike & Mike change tires with Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon. Check out the video and pics. What do you think? http://tinyurl.com/369dfga
FCBsportscards The @toppscards free box give away is here. http://bit.ly/aDHtaQ
PlanetXbox360 Turtle Beach Adds 7.1 Dolby Surround to Any Stereo Headset: http://bit.ly/amod5K
darrenrovell1 One week: More than 7.6M hits on Nike's official "Write The Future" ad YouTube clip http://tinyurl.com/2uzn8k3
LIFESportsNews Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Pictures http://on.life.com/c001uT
ESPNChicago Omar Vizquel matches idol Luis Aparicio for second most hits by a shortstop http://bit.ly/cbMWEC
myhouseofcards Babe Waxpak: The many faces of Topps' metal minis » Redding Record Searchlight http://bit.ly/cFIiLs
BreakingNews U.S. expanded use of covert action in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries - New York Times http://nyti.ms/co8JBe
LRCH58 RT @BleacherReport Jacked Up: The NFL's 10 Hardest Hits on YouTube Bleacher Report http://bit.ly/bn6cqo
SI_Swimsuit Swimsuit Photo of the Day: 2010 Anna Trebunskaya photographed by Steve Erle in Los Angeles, California- http://su.pr/1Fgjr6
nfllabor NFL statement on today’s American Needle decision http://tinyurl.com/39qcsn3
blowoutcards Giving away a FREE Box of 2010 Bowman HOBBY Baseball... http://tinyurl.com/3ys7hlr
chrisolds2009 This could end up being a very, very big deal in the card world: http://bit.ly/9jFh7x
toppscards Posted a gallery of card pics from the NFL Rookie Premiere on the FB fan page. http://bit.ly/9h0iDX
Marvel Find out how to get a free download code for the Iron Man: Extremis motion comic: http://is.gd/cni3F
sportscards Update: : Top 25 Hottest Cards In The Hobby http://www.cardboardconnection.com/top-25-hottest-cards-in-the-hobby
SBJSBD NASCAR Hall inducts the five members of its inaugural class. http://ow.ly/1P59F
LIFESportsNews The Best Big-Game Pitchers http://on.life.com/b20LTw
FrankandSons What if Star Wars was a 1950’s 3D movie? http://bit.ly/aT1J59
amazonmp3 Download Peter Gabriel's cover of Elbow's "Mirrorball" free for a limited time: http://amzn.to/dfoekM
sportscards Update: : Top 5 Jonathan Toews Rookie Cards http://www.cardboardconnection.com/top-5-jonathan-toews-rookie-cards
mslayel Pic ...random again Have a wonderful day Love love http://yfrog.com/1r38phj
trishstratuscom I uploaded a YouTube video -- Trish Stratus on Canada AM (August 2008) http://youtu.be/pwgIqIjcVr8?a
heartbreakcards @SCUncensored I fell like it is my duty to bring this to your attention if you haven't seen it yet: http://vurl.me/SNH
sportscards Update: : Top 25 The Cup Rookie Cards Of All-Time http://www.cardboardconnection.com/top-25-the-cup-rookie-cards-of-all-time
espn 13-year-old Jordan Romero youngest to climb Mount Everest - http://tinyurl.com/27gnr4p
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Yesterday I attended practice and a post-practice media session with locker room Q/A and the head coaches' press conference. Feeling a bit like a fish out of water, I followed the crowd after practice into the dressing room. When I entered that inner sanctum I'll be the first to admit that I was a bit star struck. Here was MY team!! I paused a few minutes to take it all in and realizing I actually had a job to do, I tentatively approached one of the players, former Flyer and current Hawk, Patrick Sharp. I had heard he was a nice guy so figured that would be a good place to start.
Now feeling more confident, I worked the room and worked up the nerve to ask more questions. I got some great sound bytes from Adam Burish, Antti Niemi, and Brent Sopel in addition to Sharp. You can hear all the audio and read my Stanley Cup preview over at http://sportsology.net .
Well today is the BIG day. After finding my way to the Media Work Room and enjoying a pre-game meal and reviewing Game Day Media notes, I am currently in my seat and we are a half hour away from puck drop and I couldn't be more excited.
Now back to "work" ;)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The identity crisis of which I refer can be summarized by 3 products.
1) Bowman Baseball
2) NFL Attax
3) Triple Threads
Catering to a target market that is as polarized as sports trading card collectors is no enviable task. It is impossible to produce one product that meets the needs of the various factions of collectors, be they set builders, rookie card collectors, high-end gamblers, player or team collectors, prospectors, etc. And yet often times that seems what Topps tries to do.
Coming on the success of their Attax line, reportedly accounting for 25% of their trading card revenue, Topps is scheduled to release a NFL licensed version later this summer (early August 2010). Designed as an affordable, kid-friendly trading card game to serve as a potential gateway to the larger collecting hobby, Topps has put a tremendous amount of marketing resources into the game. The problem is, it's boring. The game play engine is too simple and offers little more than a sports card version of the classic playing card game "War". But maybe that's the point, make it simple and cheap and they will buy it. It appears to have worked thus far.
Now we come to find out that Topps will be randomly inserting autographs into the product. Doesn't that defeat the whole point? Or is the NFL version the equivalent of candy cigarettes once designed to serve as a gateway for kids to the real things when they were older. Are we know going to purposefully replant the seed of the hit mentality in a whole new generation of would be collectors? Isn't it that same mentality that got the industry to where it is today?
When the MLB crafted the rookie card logo, it was designed to eliminate confusion in the marketplace. The theory being, that if a player has a break out season start, gets hot mid-season or is a late call-up that helps a team win in the post season, collectors and casual fans will know the current year and be able to find that player's rookie card in current product releases. Simple enough right? So what does Topps do? They find a loophole around the logo to include prospects in current year trading cards. What this means, is for a guy like Jason Heyward, even though his 2010 Bowman card is designated as a Rookie, collectors know his "real" RC can be found in 2007 products and rendering his RC logoed rookie virtually worthless. What a turnoff to the unsuspecting hobby returner, newbie or fan.
So what's the deal? Doesn't Topps have a vested stake in the process of attracting new or one-time collectors to The Hobby? Or converting the sports fan to a casual collector? Of course they do, but 2010 Bowman is a perfect example of where their greed, interferes with the health of The Hobby as a whole.
Triple Threads- Enough people buy this product that the design department of Topps has bought into the mis-guided logic that it doesn't matter what the card looks like only how many relic pieces can be crammed into it. This is a total double edge sword. The cards look like crap but people buy them, in droves. Why should they ever change?
Topps English Premier League, Cricket, UFC, and who knows what else. I would prefer they focus on making a few GREAT products than dozens of mediocre to crappy ones.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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This week's highlights.
Sports Business Awards
Transformers (Megan Fox OUT!)
UD's Survival Plan (Soccer and Lacrosse
myhouseofcards Full swing: Baseball card collecting poised for a comeback http://bit.ly/bNzrxj
myhouseofcards Sports Memorabilia: Does Anyone Collect Anymore Bleacher Report http://bit.ly/bIp68B
GeekWeekOnline And The Replacement For Megan Fox in TRANSFORMERS 3 Is.... http://tinyurl.com/27aq6to
LIFE Check out these photos of terrifying, high-flying motorcycle wrecks - http://on.life.com/9ngYyF
sportscards Update: : Valuable Sports Video Games http://www.cardboardconnection.com/valuable-sports-video-games
FCBsportscards FCB Hot List is Live... http://bit.ly/97tdrk
AfternoonSaloon Hey, we got a Facebook page! You can now (officially?) "Like" us: http://bit.ly/saloonfb
LIFE Go inside the Secret Service and see what life is like protecting the president - http://on.life.com/9KoD1e
mental_floss Amazing 3D Projections on Buildings -- http://bit.ly/95kWj3
boltbrowser Great video explaining #GoogleTV http://bit.ly/aCtBir
sportscards Update: : Five Fastest Rising Hobby Favorites of 2009 http://www.cardboardconnection.com/five-fastest-rising-hobby-stars-of-2009
amazonmp3 Find 9 free sampler albums and more in our Spring Indie & Alternative event: http://amzn.to/dka8W5
justcardboard1 Prospecting? Give this site a try - http://clicky.me/cVz
BreakingNews Google unveils Google TV platform, latest attempt to bridge the gap between the web and television http://bit.ly/aDGNbh
LIFE The name of the gallery says it all....Super Freaky Lifelike Sculptures : http://bit.ly/ciuIJV
AuctionBytes What Are the Benefits of eBay Stores to Small Sellers (AuctionBytes Letter to the Editor) http://bit.ly/cg2ieW
PlanetXbox360 We look at the top 10 video game releases of Summer 2010 and it's a busy couple months: http://bit.ly/9QA2rd
Marvel Marvel One on One: Matt Fraction http://is.gd/cgsuE The writer takes us inside his thought process for the "Iron Man 2" video game.
mental_floss Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell Funny? --> http://bit.ly/9jIlSt
FCBsportscards BGS to cease grading of 2008 BDP Aflac Autographs? http://bit.ly/9g5bio
CBR IDW Comics Now Available on Blackberry http://bit.ly/cwWgxt
BleacherReport The most beloved athlete of our time sporting the most hated facial hair of all time. http://bit.ly/99ySRm
CBR Comics A.M. - The Comics Internet in 2 Minutes http://bit.ly/aGL5Dd
googleio Just announced the Chrome Web Store, an open marketplace for web apps! http://bit.ly/9ttNe1
boltbrowser Wow, #youtube serves up over 2 billion videos a day. Heres a list of the top 10 most viewed http://bit.ly/c5h6ih
LIFE RARE: The Night Marilyn Sang to JFK http://su.pr/1Y8qff
IGN The new Call of Duty: Black Ops trailer is full of awesome. http://go.ign.com/aoHiQU
30YOC Wanna win 12 packs of Upper Deck baseball cards? Come see how - http://bapple2286.wordpress.com/
sportsnetworker Sports Biz: Seven of America’s Most Awesomely Bad Failed Leagues http://ow.ly/17q1oT
GeekTyrant Disney Princesses Get Sexy Comic Book Style Makeover! These are great. http://su.pr/1PnkSw
mental_floss Behind the Lyrics: The Inspirations for Famous Songs -- http://bit.ly/c4lhiu
TopChoiceAwards New post: Top Choice Magazine Trish Stratus cover on WWE Raw in Toronto http://bit.ly/doOAUA
CBR America's Favorite Pastime Becomes a Nightmare in "Sullivan's Sluggers" http://bit.ly/aGea3k
SBJSBD Just 2 days till the Sports Business Awards! Here are the finalists for Pro Sports Team of the Year. http://ow.ly/1MImr
UpperDeckSports Get fired up soccer fans! http://bit.ly/9m73I7
GawkerTV Ten Shows that Advanced Sex on Television http://tv.gawker.com/5536295/
amazonmp3 Quickly sample today's new releases with a playlist of our editors' 25 favorite new songs: http://amzn.to/bzhemk
AP Life returns to Mount St. Helens 30 years after the deadly volcanic eruption. Video Essay: http://bit.ly/bbQVt5
CBR Last Week's Comics Reviewed http://bit.ly/9iF9zK
GeekTyrant A Sequel to ROUNDERS Is in the Cards http://bit.ly/brHpqc
IGN Is buying used games a bad thing? http://go.ign.com/chi3qb
SI_Swimsuit Swimsuit Photo of the Day: 2010 Anna Trebunskaya photographed by Steve Erle in Los Angeles, #California - http://su.pr/2l4nWu
PlanetXbox360 The Splinter Cell: Conviction DLC Will Land on May 27, 2010: http://bit.ly/anTiix
sportsnetworker Top 10 Resources for Sports Management Students http://bit.ly/arxwif
MinorLeagueBlog Check out over 80 of last night's Top Minor League Performances all in one place at http://topprospectalert.com
blowoutcards 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions-Who Will Get In?? http://tinyurl.com/38wzfj9
LIFE Meet Miss USA 2010 http://su.pr/1V71OM
SportsCollector $10,000 Reward for Stolen Baseball Cards: The victim of a major vintage sports card theft is offering a cash rewar... http://bit.ly/cM9nWo
GettyImagesEdit Happy 24th Birthday Megan Fox! Take a look at her hot fashion transformation over the years http://bit.ly/aZrCuv
NRAnews We are now replaying Newt Gingrich's speech to the NRA tonight - Watch it at http://www.nranews.com
UpperDeckSports Soccer fans, check out this new product from Upper Deck: http://bit.ly/aCoHRG
SportsBizNews Podcast on NHL and Gary Bettman http://www.financialpost.com/podcasts/fp-big-picture/index.html
danicaracing "Interview With Danica Patrick" http://bit.ly/bvm4V3
GeekTyrant NAPOLEON DYNAMITE The Animated Series os being Developed http://bit.ly/cKBhF4
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Dottie, has had a few collectible items including a Cooperstown Collection Starting Line-up from 1997 and an independently made baseball card in the AAGPBL set manufactured by Larry Fritsch of Fritsch Sports Cards. A willing through the mail signer well into her years classic B/W photos can also be found signed.
You can see all of her currently available items on eBay.
Over the past ten years I have reviewed just about every brand from nearly every company that has produced cards during that time. Only a small handful has eluded me, and today I get to remove one of them from the short list. A big thanks to TriStar for giving Card Corner Club the nod to review 2010 TNA New Era.
Read the rest.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Image Comics announces the release of SULLIVAN'S SLUGGERS, a powerful collaboration between writer Mark Andrew Smith and artist James Stokoe (ORC STAIN). Smith, winner of a Harvey Award for co-editing POPGUN 1, is also the writer behind the offbeat favorites AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS, AQUA LEUNG and NEW BRIGHTON ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY.
"Sullivan's Sluggers is a great blending of sports comics and horror," says Smith. "It was great to do a story about a baseball team while also at the same time working in the horror genre. I think this book will simultaneously resonate with sports and baseball fans as well as horror fans, making it a perfect storm."
"The horror genre has played a hugely influential role in comics, so it's been really cool to dip my toes in that pool," adds Stokoe. "Mark's cranked out a really fun script that puts a lot of emphasis on stuff that can only be done in comics and has stuffed panels with crazy amounts of gore and action. Our unsung hero, Rodrigo Aviles, is laying down some really vivid and imaginative colors as well. Lots of red splatter and juicy monster gizzards!"
"From THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS to POPGUN, Mark Smith has long been one of Image's most imaginative and prolific writers," observes Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. "He has a great eye for artistic talent and a head full of ideas that in many ways are ahead of their time. Aided and abetted by the incredible James Stokoe, SULLIVAN'S SLUGGERS is easily one of his best projects yet. If you haven't been exposed to the madcap wonder of Mark's work, this is the place to start!"
SULLIVAN'S SLUGGERS: When Sullivan's bedraggled minor league sluggers accept an invitation to play an out-of-town game, they have no idea their small-town destination is cursed. When the sun goes down after the 7th inning stretch, the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town crawling with flesh eating monsters.
SULLIVAN'S SLUGGERS, an all-new 176-page full-color trade written by Mark Andrew Smith and illustrated by James Stokoe and published by Image Comics, will be available in stores on August 11, 2010, for $16.99.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Monday, May 17, 2010
2010 Bowman Rookie Superfractor AUTO Dustin Ackley 1/1 . . . . $3,495
2010 BOWMAN CHROME STARLIN CASTRO RED REFRACTOR AUTO /5 . . . . . $1,600
2010 Bowman Chrome STEPHEN STRASBURG orange ref 11/25 . . . . . . $1.050
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This week's highlights:
Bowman, Bowman and more Bowman
Steiner Sports offers tours
Topps Triple Threads Preview
Playboy goes 3D
Betty White's Muffin
ThePitUpdates Our Facebook Page is Moving to a regular page instead of a group page for better functionality! Follow us here! http://ow.ly/1LdmV
Auctionreport New blog post: Photos: 10 Holy Grails Of Baseball Collecting: Ten Coveted And Valuable Items Yet To... http://www.auctionreport.com/?p=4586
ThePitUpdates Check out ThePit.com's official blog here: http://ow.ly/1LmSa
MariaLKanellis RT @FatheadsShow WWE Diva, Playmate, & Celeb Apprentice @MariaLKanellis WILL be on next Wednesday! edge100.com
danicaracing ESPN feature: "Danica's Double" http://bit.ly/ashuJb
myhouseofcards Check out our blog for a special surprise this weekend! http://airwavesbaseballcardsandme.blogspot.com/ #baseballcards #ebay #sportscards
myhouseofcards The House of Cards has hit 200 Fans on Facebook! Thanks! Enjoy 25% off all GAME USED BASEBALL cards this weekend! http://bit.ly/bzEiE8
foxnews EXCLUSIVE: Toy guns sold in U.S. can easily be converted into the real thing http://fxn.ws/bsd1NT
NHLBlackhawks Full schedules for Conference Final series now available - http://bit.ly/8Yw3P0 . Schedule for West final differs based on BOS-PHI winner.
SteinerSports Want to take a tour around memorabilia heaven? Come take a tour of the Steiner warehouse! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Marvel See exclusive concept art featuring M.O.D.O.C. and more from ''Iron Man: Armored Adventures''! http://is.gd/c9cre
chrisolds2009 Upper Deck set to produce Major League Lacrosse cards: http://bit.ly/a817lQ
SportsCardNews 2010 Bowman Baseball Most Watched Cards: Hot! Hot! Hot! 2010 Bowman Baseball is on fire thanks to an an excl... http://tinyurl.com/39do9xm
SI_24Seven Hoping to climb Mount Everest, skydive & go heli-boarding, Ellyn from Western Ontario is SI's Cheerleader of the Week- http://su.pr/2hLfnK
tcrowntom 5/14/1998 - The final episode of the TV series "Seinfeld" aired. Youtube Seinfeld Bloopers video... http://bit.ly/d7I1zi
boltbrowser BlackBerry Addiction Shows Its Ugly Face On Episode of "The Marriage Ref" http://bit.ly/bCnmNF via@crackberry
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SportsCollector Billings, Montana: Signed Babe Ruth Ball Hotbed: The Babe's visit to Montana just months before his death has pro... http://bit.ly/9yt1v8
mental_floss The Quick 10: 10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines -- http://bit.ly/cjeDPj
GeekTyrant According to Samuel L. Jackson a S.H.I.E.L.D. Movie will Happen after THE AVENGERS http://bit.ly/bLTF2e
sportsnetworker Sports Biz: Arnold Palmer Finally Making Big Money Off His Drink http://ow.ly/17mRIX
SI_24Seven Today's Most Popular: Iowa owners put 'Field of Dreams' site up for sale - http://su.pr/5BcGtk
CBR Holy Pornography, Batman! http://bit.ly/bEFwLn
CBR REVIEW: "The Return of Bruce Wayne" #1 http://bit.ly/drA1BV
SI_Swimsuit Swimsuit Photo of the Day: @DamarisLewis photographed by Walter Chin in #California- http://su.pr/24TRca Lets get her over 1K followers!
toppscards New at ToppsBlog: 2010 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Preview: http://bit.ly/9woA86
PaniniAmerica PANINI AMERICA ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR TRADING CARD DEAL WITH NFL AND NFL PLAYERS http://bit.ly/bnCbdD
sportbabes Danica Patrick stars in trailer for racing game Blur (video) http://bit.ly/8ZqyC8
GeekWeekOnline Read Ted Hope's article 38 Ways The Film Industry Is Failing Today, which we will be discussing on GeekWeek Live. http://tinyurl.com/2fgv8zm
BenBadler The Daily Dish is up, with takes on Strasburg (duh), Ackley, Alvarez, Posey and Weglarz http://bit.ly/avAOQ9
GettyImagesEdit 60 Years Since The First Formula One World Championship Grand Prix! Take a look back-- http://bit.ly/biW6iW
CBR Comics A.M. - The Comics Internet in 2 Minutes http://bit.ly/aSd7oI
NRAnews Article by Ted Nugent: My gun control - http://bit.ly/cQf4eC
Marvel A new Daredevil? http://is.gd/bJ1WK The countdown to Shadowland continues!
LIFE EXCLUSIVE: Yogi's Baseball Memories http://su.pr/1R2nhw
GoogleMobile Got a ticket to @googleio? Search "mobile" to check out the many sessions about developing for the small screen http://bit.ly/bTVSsx
boltbrowser Has Comcast created the killer #iPad app? @lefsetz thinks so. check out the video: http://bit.ly/9ikC5k
foxnews Iran allows Al Qaeda operatives to freely cross its borders, replenish ranks of fighters http://fxn.ws/c7x7sd
blowoutcards 2010 bowman chrome superfractor stephen strasburg 1/1 has been pulled ! http://tinyurl.com/2g2gqyh, Thread- http://tinyurl.com/294cwrq
SportsCardRadio New SportsCardRadio Podcast: Show #52 FB Card Collector Podcast & 2010 Bowman Baseball - http://tinyurl.com/2ab3zzz
IGN Playboy goes from Double D to 3D http://go.ign.com/aGzE6Y
BleacherReport Yo-yo scam artist fools a local TV station. Classic stuff... http://bit.ly/de5i5a
SI_24Seven Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girls - http://su.pr/30CbkO /via @si_photos #NHL #Bruins #Flyers
PlanetXbox360 Co-Op is Heading to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in Onslaught Mode DLC: http://bit.ly/cO4OoB
boltbrowser RT @hnshah: Twitter has 105,779,710 users. 300K new users/day. 600 mill searches/day. 175 employees.
xbox_news Five things you didn't know about '2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa' - USA Today http://ow.ly/17lRf5
JimmyTraina Tim Donaghy's (yes, that Tim Donaghy) column on Deadspin is a must-read if you've ever placed a bet. http://bit.ly/cZQwpY
espn Ken Burns baseball documentary "The Tenth Inning" looks at steroid era - http://tinyurl.com/36ngy3s
tcrowntom Wall Street Journal lists 5 best baseball books of all time... http://bit.ly/aRVizp I want to read 'The Glory of Their Times'
AP An exclusive look at The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, scheduled to open by September 2012: http://bit.ly/cSu7ng
blowoutcards Great discussion for those who break NON-SPORT Cases...Tips, advice, products http://tinyurl.com/38t26r5
ESPNChiHawks Blackhawks blog: Hawks clinch series in style http://bit.ly/9ItMI9
youtube Check out this @google logo art installation made out of recycled computers: http://youtu.be/ufCeXu5qa
SportsCollector PSA Grades Autographs for New Packaged Product: A new venture has put certified, cut autographs three to a box wit... http://bit.ly/aJvycT
SportsCardRadio Collectors are pretty pumped up for this set - http://tinyurl.com/ybsuml2
SportsCardRadio Sports Card Community & Hobby Shop Directory - http://tinyurl.com/27eoux3 Tweet me if you want in. I have other spots as well.
LIFE The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill From Above - http://on.life.com/9QNIBc
xbox_news Microsoft Teams with LG Electronics for Stereo 3D Games on Xbox 360. - X-bit Labs http://ow.ly/17ldUP
eBay Own a piece of Olympic history! Bid on 140 hockey jerseys worn by various NHL players during the 2010 Olympics [www.ebay.ca/nhlpa]
SI_24Seven NASCAR opens $195M Hall of Fame in Charlotte - The NASCAR Hall of Fame is kicking off its opening day with a... http://bit.ly/c2aExW
danicaracing "Q & A with Danica Patrick" http://bit.ly/bmuYH8
VersusIndyCar More IICS Blogs Is Danica Patrick Overrated? http://ow.ly/17l9Sm
BreakingNews No sign of a Quebec family missing since their farmhouse was swallowed up by a giant sinkhole http://bit.ly/blyfZl
IGN Is Facebook gaming in trouble? http://go.ign.com/8Z5xDK
toppscards Interesting ESPN feature on how major leaguers break in their gloves: http://bit.ly/cLcCtG
GeekTyrant Out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD 5.11.10 http://bit.ly/aZPW5m
BleacherReport The 2010 @Playboy Playmate of the Year, Hope Dworaczyk, and 10 other WAGs we'd like to see in 3D: http://bit.ly/9jm6TF
SportsBuyNews Follow us on our official homes! Twitter: @thepitupdates Facebook: http://ow.ly/1JKf9 Blog: www.thepitmarketreport.wordpress.com/
darrenrovell1 Maxim Hot 100: @BrooklynDDecker (#2), @DanicaPatrick (#25), @ErinAndrewsESPN (#58) & @LindseyVonn (#59) http://tinyurl.com/2fx5v3o
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AuctionBytes Google Launches YouTube Ecommerce Channel #AuctionBytesNews http://bit.ly/ap7Bx6
IGN When can you expect Project Natal in your living room? http://go.ign.com/a8tDIC
blowoutcards First Starlin Castro 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto RC... http://tinyurl.com/3xjppnh
CBR Vivid Entertainment Announces New Superhero Imprint http://bit.ly/cUAC7I
bbgeeks Do you have a car insurance app for your BlackBerry? Why not? http://bit.ly/9H3Tdy
CBR "Transformers: War for Cybertron" - Multiplayer Character Customization Trailer http://bit.ly/cbr
LIFE The Stars at Cannes: Classic Shots http://su.pr/1Zulo8
AP AP Exclusive: Playboy 'readers' get 3-D centerfold. June's edition comes with 3-D glasses. http://bit.ly/adtvnT
GeekTyrant Marvel Moving into the 3D Realm of Films http://bit.ly/9lvDkO
SI_24Seven Swimsuit Photo of the Day: 2010 @CherylBurke1 photographed by Steve Erle - http://su.pr/2QcQ82
AuctionBytes eBay Seller Dinged by Non-Paying Customer (AuctionBytes Letter to the Editor) http://bit.ly/bgIxCm
sportscards Update: : Top 25 Upper Deck Young Guns Of All-Time http://www.cardboardconnection.com/top-25-upper-deck-young-guns-of-all-time
LIFE Prohibition: When Booze Ruled http://su.pr/1IsOhN
MinorLeagues #MiLB video highlights, including clips from Strasburg's Triple-A debut and Will Ferrell's "Rojo" night in Round Rock: http://bit.ly/apKNdm
GawkerTV Betty White: Bluffin' with Her Muffin on SNL http://tv.gawker.com/5534354/
ThePitUpdates ThePit.com Sports Market Report www.thepitmarketreport.wordpress.com/
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
eBay 101 is being sure to use a detailed, yet straight forward, title that contains the key words necessary to produce a result in the search listings. eBay 201 is maintaining the mandated minimum DSR (Detailed Seller Ratings) scores. eBay 301 and 401, respectively, are creating bid inducing item descriptions and page listings.
For newer cards, for the most part, if a seller has a decent feedback rating and a fair price, that's all that is really necessary to turn listings into sales. With vintage cards it is a bit different. Vintage buyers are a different breed and come in many shapes and sizes. Some are starting, filling, or upgrading sets while still others are chasing perfection on every card, including commons.
Creating a professional page listing that looks more like the cards are coming from a business and less like from a guy with a shoebox full of vintage cards in his Mom's basement is what I have realized might have been lacking in my previous listings from The Vintage Consignment(s) and more importantly now that I am parsing out high number, semi star, and common lots, I thought it was time to up the ante.
I recently came across a great tool for creating stylish page listings from an HTML template generator called http://www.pagemage.com/. The interface is very turn key and user friendly, seamlessly integrates with eBay itself and your listings can be posted to social media and networking sites like Facebook, Blogger, My Space and more. The best thing is that it is FREE for up to 24 listings per month.
Here is a snapshot of one of my first go-arounds and a link to the actual listing.
IronMan 2 Debuts!
RIP Ernie Harwell
Robert Edwards Auction
Call of Duty: Black Ops
eBayCollectors Just in time for #ironman2 ...original art, vintage comic books & more at the #eBay comic book superhero auction event: http://bit.ly/bir8vg
Marvel Read Iron Man 2 - Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. http://is.gd/bZb4s The Black Widow goes undercover in Marvel movie continuity!
IDWPublishing The A-Team is back! http://bit.ly/bU0ZRk
tcrowntom Sports Illustrated picks the top 20 sportscasters of all time. I bet NO ONE can get their exact order without looking.. http://bit.ly/9KS5mX
MLBNetwork Check out Ernie Harwell's call of Clemens' 20-strikeout game from 9/18/96 on @MLBNetwork #Tigers
NRAnews Illinois: Bill banning semi-automatics threatens jobs at area gun makers: Illinois House members are preparing to ... http://bit.ly/bDqFUV
blowoutcards Dr Price from ITG would like your input for the ITG 10th Anniversary Product ! Great way to interact direct... http://tinyurl.com/2v6pg5r
blowoutcards Upper Deck cuts 119 workers off payroll http://tinyurl.com/23uxuye
IGN Second #MW2 map pack coming this year, but not soon enough. http://go.ign.com/bhU1eq
Marvel Unlimited Hightlights takes a tour of Iron Man's evolution through the years: http://is.gd/bXmPr
NRAnews Little-publicized Senate panel to demand disarming legally innocent under guise of fighting terror - http://bit.ly/aipn2f
amazonmp3 Here's a playlist of our editors' 25 favorite songs from this weeks' new releases: http://amzn.to/9C986U
BleacherReport Yesterday we had a 1 year old girl snowboarding. Today we have a 7 year old girl dunking! http://bit.ly/bcC3rA
CBR PREVIEW: "The Return of Bruce Wayne" #1 http://bit.ly/9P2XZK
cardboardicons Twitter friends, I need your help. Can everyone create an eBay search for "Soriano Plate" and "Jon Lieber Bowman"?
sportscards Update: : Alabama Man Wins $1,000,000 Throwing Perfect Game In Video Game http://bit.ly/d9bFvG
bbgeeks BBGeeks Quick Tip - How to remove Uninstalled apps from AppWorld http://bit.ly/cZcxGE
LIFESportsNews Babe Ruth: Totally Random Trivia http://on.life.com/b6cltC
GeekTyrant This Week in Comics, 05.05.2010 http://bit.ly/bKulOT
tntweknowdrama TNT unveils its summer lineup of original series: http://cot.ag/9wMLcr
sportscards Update: : Topps Announces Cal Ripken eTopps Autograph Opportunity http://bit.ly/9EXZ8M
bbgeeks For those who may have missed it yesterday - an excellent wrap up of BlackBerry Travel apps http://bit.ly/aHVmfp
WaxWombat Collect sketch cards? My friend @CelKrantzArtist is doing commissions. Unbelievably talented artist who does epic work. http://bit.ly/9Xpi3Z
SI_Swimsuit Swimsuit Photo of the Day (via @mdamore4): 2010 @genevievemorton photographed by Walter Chin in #California - http://su.pr/2VbXQD
BleacherReport Video of the 17 year old Phillies fan who ran onto the field and got tasered. http://bit.ly/bTKw0e
bbgeeks RT @BBExaminer: #BlackBerry users finally have a YouTube player worth using! http://afx.cc/eux
SI_24Seven Not everyone's a Formula One fan http://bit.ly/bgecbu
SportsCollector Ideas for Putting Your Worthless Baseball Cards to Use: The garbage dump is calling but you can't bear to part wit... http://bit.ly/d4Ky04
IGN A new spy series from the creator of #Lost just became fall TV's first big pick up http://go.ign.com/9vewxX
GeekTyrant CAPTAIN AMERICA to Set up The Winter Soldier? http://bit.ly/cnZFnC
LIFE In Praise of Classic Comics http://su.pr/9WREBU
SportsCollector T206 Wagner, Turkey Red Set Top REA Auction: All but four of the 1720 available lots were snapped up by bidders as... http://bit.ly/dpLqWs
nytimestech New Role: YouTube as Outlet for Live Sports http://nyti.ms/a5MFq8
JamesRyanJ Going to the National Sports Collectors Convention? #NSCC @SportsCardInfo has a preview http://bit.ly/9p4TiP
sportscards Update: : Recent Autographed Jersey Sales On E-Bay http://www.cardboardconnection.com/recent-autographed-jersey-sales-on-e-bay
sportscards Update: : 2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball Card Art http://www.cardboardconnection.com/2010-topps-national-chicle-baseball-card-art
Ve3tro Video: Call of Duty - Black Ops Announcement Debut Trailer HD 720p http://tinyurl.com/33drk2s
Todd_McFarlane SPORTS TOYS: Here are some photos of our NFL LEGENDS figures coming soon. http://spawn.com/news/news2.aspx?id=13687
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
1. What products from our previous Topps football lines would you like to see us continue or bring back?
This one is easy. Fan Favorites. I love seeing the old school retired players, the greats of the game and legendary Hall of Famers on old Topps designs. Doing this set right would obviously mean ignoring the relics and making sure the autos were hard signed, 2-per box with no more than an $80 price tag and a base set of 200-250 cards.
2. What new products or ideas would you like to see?
I'd really like to see a product incorporate an "audiogram". An embedded MP3 in the card of a player describing a particular winning catch, run, pass, etc. I would buy a product that had no autos or relics but delivered 2-3 of these per box.
What about the idea of using the book type card but when it opens, it unfolds a replica of an NFL stadium, kind of like a pop-up book? It would have to be well designed to not be cheesy but those might be pretty cool.
I've often thought that on a card back instead of the same old bio and stats, a quote from a player's former coach would be cool. So you would have real basic bio info, last year stats and a quote. Real simple, insightful and different.3. Which 2010 NFL Rookies would you like to see us sign to autograph deals?
All of the first round picks.
4. Regarding our products calendar, which releases would you like to see early in the season, late, etc?
To avoid using the dreaded, "photo-shoot worn" or "event worn" rookie relics any product that is going to be heavy on rookies should be autos only in the first part of the year, thus saving game used reliant product for later in the season.
5. Are there any NFL-related themes, anniversaries, celebrations, etc. you’d like to see featured in our 2010 products?
Not per say, but, it is imperative, regardless of the cost to get Walter Payton into products. Not just cut autos but base and parallel cards. There has been a real lack of his cards on the market the last several years.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The Good- Tyler Flowers by Chris Henderson
The Ok- Juan Pierre by Ken Branch
The Bad- Nolan Ryan by Paul Lempa
The Ugly- Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko by Jeff Zachowski
Collectors are in for some short-term growing pains to allow the market, the industry and subsequently The Hobby, to return to a more stable and viable environment. I understood the need to reduce the overall number of brands on the market at any given point. The years from 2001-2005 were ridiculous with the multiple product releases per week. But, in all honesty I would have preferred that to the drought we as collectors personally find ourselves in.
This whole exercise in exclusive licensing, I hope, is a short-term plan to serve as a major market correction. Eventually then, allowing for the addition of a second licensee and a middle ground in the number of products released from the 100+ per year in the aforementioned time frame to the current single digit number released to date, almost mid-way through the calendar year.
Looking at the upcoming releases scheduled, absolutely NOTHING gets me excited.
Bowman- No thanks.
Allen & Ginter- Again? Really? Keep it.
Topps Series 2- More or less out of collector obligation I guess.
T206- Another horse to beat to death ala A&G, no thanks.
So basically, any collector who likes upper mid-range to higher-end product and singles from those products is screwed, plain and simple.
But, for the health of The Hobby, I am willing to suffer through what I hope and pray is only a short-term situation.