Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sports- World Series Starts, NBA Season Opens
The Hobby- Stalegum writes a term paper, Panini rolling in new product, Topps Chrome contests continue, Top 10 Football Cards, FCB Hot List and more
Photography- Galleries of Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman, Women of Punk, All-time #1'a in Women's Tennis, NFL Cheerleaders, 1955 World Series (never seen images)
Movies- Early details on Avatar 2, Transformers IV and Dark Knight 3
Gaming- XBOX Kinect launch
and lots more!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Yep. The unmistakable presence of a fricken corner ding, and a good one too. Looking at the cards in the rest of the pack, they were all dinged too. The rack pack had obviously been dropped at one point in time.
My emotions went from ecstatic to bummed. But that's when I remembered the real reason for this exercise. It was to recapture that lost feeling. NOT cash in BIG TIME!! So I settled down and with my primary mission accomplished, I'm happy. Thanks Cal.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
What is a plus, is that those same cards are signed on card, which as you know is a logistical challenge for the manufacturer an yet a highly demanded commodity for the collector. Serial numbered in several colored parallels, a Certified hallmark, versions can be found with numbering ranging from 250 (Mirror Red) down to the elusive 1-of-1 (Mirror Black). On design flaw to the Freshman Signature cards, in my opinion, is the area designated for the player autograph itself. Instead of color scaling the player image in the background (like a watermark) so that the area to sign still shows the player image in the background, their is no opaqueness to it at all and looks to cut the player in half. The problem is compounded with the addition of a memorabilia swatch which, again, in my opinion makes the card overly busy and crowded looking.
With a current SRP of $80 per box (10 packs per box) and $10 per pack(5 cards per pack) collectors will find the following:
- 1 Autograph
- 2 Memorabilia Cards
- 1 Additional Auto or Memorabilia Card
- 1 Mirror Red Parallel
- 4 Additional parallels or inserts
This is what my box yielded:
53 Total Cards- 43 Base Card, 3 inserts, 2 Parallels, 3 Memorabilia Cards, 2 Autographs
Mirror Reds- Phil Esposito and Sam Gagner #'d/ 250
Collision Course- Daniel Carcillo #'d/ 250
Throwback Threads- Dennis Maruk (Cleveland Barons) #'d/500
Masked Marvels- Mike Smith #'d/500
Freshman Signatures- Nick Spaling, Brandon Yip both Mirror Reds #'d/ 250
Fabric of the Game- Nathan Horton #18/25
THE BIG HIT-
Shirt Off My Back Dual- Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos #'d 15/50
Unlike Absolute Memorabilia Football which went to great length to detail the origins of the material used in the memorabilia cards with specific language on the card back, this important component is missing from Certified. Particularly I'd like to know what's with the red swatch on the Nathan Horton card? It is such a glaring distraction from the card and should be black or yellow to color coordinate the whole card appropriately.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Follow the link to Sports Collector's Daily for a truly captivating article.
The Hobby- Panini launches a blog, Certified Hockey goes LIVE, new Shoeless Joe Jackson RC discovered, Young Gun hockey preview, changes to Topps Chrome Wrapper Redemption Program and much more.
Music- The Cars reunite, Rhapsody comes to Blackberry, Amazon $5 CD's include My Chemical Romance, Green Day and more
Movies- Jackass 3D a hit, Angelina Jolie cast as Cleopatra in James Cameron next venture
Lots more. Check it out!
Friday, October 22, 2010
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Well it was obviously the "Uncertified Signatures" that caught me researching various listings on the site. For example, how is it this seller has managed to obtain in person autos of some truly dynamic pairings and has dozens of them?
Or this piece? Which I would LOVE to own were it not for its dubious COA from ProSignedSports.
Now I am admittedly not the expert at spotting forgeries that Gellman from Sports Cards Uncensored is, but I do know that the age old saying, "If it looks to good to be true, it probably is?" carries tremendous weight when it comes to autographed items.
What do you guys thinks?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Doug Cataldo- Random thought for the day and a topic for this week's show...
Is it time for a new hobby entity to enter the fray? One that can have the impact of Upper Deck's entry in 1989? One that will focus on the collectors? One that will take all things into consideration from design, to content, to cost, to secondary market, to... the future? Because from all I am seeing, a lot of those things are being sacrificed at the expense of the collectors who are sick of the same old same old. I think that creativity is truly the key to the future of this hobby & it's time for a reboot. Just because someone can do a job well doesn't mean they are the right person for the it, if they just deliver the norm day in and day out. It's time to shake things up & get new blood at some of the trading card companies. Stop consulting with dinosaurs & fossils and look towards the future or their will be no future.
Jon Waldman- Doug, I agree with you. The problem that exists though is finding that new blood. The traditional path was finding people in hobby media, like Jeff Morris, Fabio and Baron -- guys who learned all the ins and outs about the hobby or as much ...as they could while on the media side. Could a couple of the elite bloggers be recruited (ie those that don't just use their space to piss and moan)? Sure; but a lot of these writers are still relatively fresh (for comparison sake, I was working in hobby media for 5 years or so). Two years down the road, if a blogger is still committed, then I expect them to start getting headhunted.
Jon Waldman- As for other creativity, there are some great home-made designers out there who could be recruited, similar to the guys who customize McFarlanes.
Doug Cataldo- Yeah but it's a pretty secluded club. The media part of it gets you ready for some of the work load, but you have to know and love the hobby and the subject be it sports or non-sports to do a product development job. Having a team that's open to both suggestions and criticism and also bosses that will let you break the mold sometimes. Because from what I see, product development all falls on simple formulas and no one is adding any new elements to the mix...
Jon Waldman- Depends how you define development Doug. There have been some great concepts that have come out, such as the 1972 series that ITG did last year. Some, however, would say it was similar to Franchises or Original Six. I agree though that it has to be guys and gals around the table that will listen, but that is the same as any business and comes down to a CEO or director that will have his or her ears open. Sometimes it's personality, sometimes it's training.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This is an idea I have thought about on and off and am not sure I have articulated it well. Most likely because it is an idea that I have not fully wrapped around in my own mind so sorry for me thinking out loud. Do any of you know what I'm saying?
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday October 15th
Tracy Hackler former chief editor of Beckett and new Marketing figure at Panini. We'll ask Tracy what he is doing at Panini, what his role is, how he came to the decision to leave Beckett and get an insider's perspective on how those Magic Johnson autograph stickers ended up on Jordan Swagerty baseball cards.
In case you missed our interview with Tracy at this year's National, you can see that on Card Corner Club's YouTube channel.
For those of you wondering, I am able to seperate people from the businesses they work for. I have never had a personal problem with Tracy in anyway as evidenced by the interview at The National.
MR. GEM MINT 10!! GEM MINT !!ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? Don West joins us to talk about his new resurgance in the sports collectibles market, and getting his own trading card from tristar in TNA Icons.
Join us! It's going to be fun.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Video Games: XBOX gets ready to go 3D, NHL '11 Review
Comic Books: DC lowers cost of continuing series, NY Comic Con
Sports- MLB Post Season!!, Puck drops on 2010-11 NHL season
The Hobby- Late season releases hurt LCS, Topps Chrome, EEE, The Cup
Check out these stories an many more . . . NOW!!!
[“We've all seen the pictures and heard the gossip about her,” Cooke said. “But digging into her story and learning about her really focused me on the fact that she's a real person and not just a pin-up model or a one-note person.” Cooke hasn't created a white-washed version of Patrick's NASCAR performances, either. The comic covers the critics who say that Patrick hasn't had enough success on the track to deserve all the attention that she gets.]
Readers of this blog know I'm a Danica fan. I know she has had more resources thrown at her then she probably deserves, particularly on the NASCAR circuit but she is a consistent top-10 finisher in the IZOD Indy Racing League and she is good for the sport and good for the trading card hobby. So suffice it to say, this book will be on my Christmas list.
The other story that came out this week had me even more intrigued. The NHL website released details of a seemingly odd pairing in superhero creator extraordinaire Stan Lee and the NHL which "announced Thursday their unprecedented partnership to form Guardian Media Entertainment LLC. This partnership creates the platform from which to launch Stan Lee's vision for his latest superhero franchise, The Guardian Project, which will encompass the creation of 30 Guardians (one to represent each NHL team) as a new series of superheroes, with a creative concept that organically and authentically incorporates various NHL elements but is not set in the world of hockey."
Friday, October 8, 2010
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
From top to bottom; 2010 Panini Epix Jay Cutler Jersey, 2010 UD NCAA Sweet Spot Matt Forte Dual Jersey, 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome Jared Mitchell Auto.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Today I received my September 30th invoice. Five days late but that's another story. I immediately noticed something drastically different. In the past, eBay has provided a 21-day grace period from the date of invoice to the time the prior month's invoice will be debited from your account. Today's invoice said my bank account will be debited for the due amount "sometime within the next 5-7 days". First of all, when did this change take place? Well looking back at my eBay invoices, it appears the practice took effect with the July 31st invoice. Having bought and sold on eBay for so long, I don't know what made me actually open and read this invoice. So while apparently this isn't current news, I certainly don't remember reading about it in the monthly eBay Feedback & Updates Newsletter, which I do read, or seeing it as a direct message or anywhere else they communicate user announcements, LIKE WHEN I LOG IN.
They built the sandbox I know. I get to play in it as long as I play by the rules, which is fine. However, not being taken for granted and shown the common courtesy of being communicated to of pending changes, and certainly those involving issues of banking and cash flow, would seem to be the least they could do.
Fortunately for me, I'm a small player whose livelihood isn't dependent on my eBay sales. I feel sorry for the guy who does and somehow, like myself, missed the memo.
Monday, October 4, 2010
A quick note, due to the fiasco that has come as a result of the "Rookie Card Logo", there are often wide discrepancies in the years from the cards collectors refer to as a player's RC and the year the MLB says is their rookie card. For the purpose of this post I will be referring to the player's first recognized card and making a note, when applicable, of the year the player's RC logo card appears.
Joey Votto- Coming off a Triple Crown caliber season Votto has the rare gift of being able to hit for average and power. A few timely hits, a couple of majestic home runs and a good team showing could push his cards up 20-30% short-term and 10% long-term.
Key RC- 2002 Bowman Chrome #BDP44
My 2010 MLB predictions are as follows.
AL East- Yankees
AL Central- White Sox
AL West- Angels
AL Wildcard- Red Sox
NL East- Phillies
NL Central- Cardinals
NL West- Rockies
NL Wildcard- Dodgers
World Series Match-up - Boston vs Phillies with Boston in 6
The only thing I got 100% correct was the Phillies winning the NL East. The Yankees made the post season but as the wild card.
I honestly didn't see the Braves giving it the run they did or the Rangers to skate in the AL West. My Chicago White Sox, on paper, looked like the team to beat but they never hit on all cylinders following the All-Star break.
What I really want at this point is to see something fresh for a World Series match-up. TV ratings and the suits at MLB be damned I am rooting for a small market and smaller market World Series in the Reds vs. the Rangers which is probably a pipe dream. While it's true that Bud and his cronies would much prefer to see the 1st and 4th largest markets in NY and Philly in a rematch, most of the rest of the country doesn't. So while there are certainly plenty of people in those respective metro markets, do they out weight the rest of the country? Perhaps.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Whenever there is a release that costs around $82.00 that’s enough of an investment that the collector is expecting some instant value and value down the road, this set offers the value down the road but I’m not sure about the instant value.
I managed to get 43 rookies cards, which means they are falling almost at a rate of two per pack. If you are looking to get a Sam Bradford or Golden Tate then you will, but it won’t have a lot of value on the secondary market.
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1952 Mantle Redeemed from MCG
New Customer Service Procedures
Topps Chrome Incentive
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Friday, October 1, 2010
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