Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Greater Accountability/Oversight Needed in Sports Card Industry

It was with great dismay that I read the lead story at Sports Collector's Daily today. Titled, "FBI: Six Memorabilia Dealers Charged With Fraud Involving Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars". Another in a seemingly never-ending parade of news stories that delivered yet another black-eye to this hobby we love. Coming just a few short months removed from The National, an event that saw one of its very dealers arrested, and escorted off the show floor in handcuffs, six more dealers have been charged with selling bogus memorabilia as game used.

While this is troubling in and of itself, what was really bother- some about this particular story was that at least one of the victims in this fraud was an un-named trading card company. The result of this means that we might ALL be potential victims.

It's time for the licensing authorities of the major sports to mandate that all material to be used in the manufactuing and marketing cards of memorabilia and relic cards that will be categorized as "game-used" be purchased directly from the team, league or athlete ONLY and with strict guidelines on acceptable provenance.

The proliferation of relic and memorabilia cards, as we all know, has relegated them to common inserts, often times not even worth the paper they are printed on. However, there are still plenty of these cards that are in demand, carry a premium and have worth on the secondary market. The ambigious and at times, confusing language utilized on the backs of these cards carry no claim of responsibility or authenticity.

The fact that at least one trading card company has been fleeced by these crooks, means quite simply, that it is high time that someone step in and stop this insanity. The industry cannot police itself and it certainly isn't the government's responsibility. The weight of this issue lies directly at the feet of the leagues and player associations making millions in royalties and fees.

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Now THIS is a Collection

The Other Side of the Mic

As a weekly radio show host for Cardboard Connection Radio, I've conducted my fair share of interviews.  This week my role was reversed as I gave an interview for WorthPoint's series of collector spotlights. Here is a link to the piece.

Monday, October 17, 2011

RIP Dan Wheldon and Death Profiteering

It was with great sadness as I watched the IZOD IndyCar race live from Las Vegas, NV yesterday to hear of Dan Wheldon's passing from injuries he sustained in the worst race crash I have ever seen. If you have not seen the video, it is truly chilling. As fans, we easily forget just how dangerous this sport can be.

As a lifelong race fan of multiple race series, Formula 1 and IndyCar in particular, Indy racing has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up with a Grandma who lived in Indianapolis, I have been to the International Motor Speedway on several occasions. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dan Wheldon who is survived by a wife and two beautiful children, ages 7 months and 2 years. Their lives will never be the same. The racing community is a tight knit group of people and they are all suffering today. Two other drivers remain hospitalized, Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand.

Now, a subject I have discussed at length in the past, with much loathing, but for whatever reason, this reaches an all new low. Of the 583 Dan Wheldon items listed on eBay, over 520 of them have been listed since his death was announced. WHAT THE F@*& IS WRONG WITH YOU SICK PEOPLE!?!!? Is the need for some quick cash so great that you just wait for these opportunities to happen!?!?! Seriously! YOU ARE SICK AND DEMENTED!!! I own his rookie card and an autograph and the last thing I felt compelled to do was to rush to the keyboard and list them on eBay. I deplore the everyone of you, you sick bastards.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Great Moments in Bench Clearing History

With the surprise announcement last week that the Chicago White Sox had hired former 3rd baseman, Robin Ventura, and coupled with the constant camera shots of Nolan Ryan during the AL playoffs, I couldn't help but be reminded of this classic.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fun With Video and Baseball Cards

You may have already seen this on Freedom Cardboard, here is the link to the thread. But if not, this is good stuff. I guess he has other videos on his YouTube channel.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Marshall Fogel Collection

You may have seen this already but if you haven't, you have to see this guy's collection. Talk about impressive. "Is it still a hobby?" he is asked by CNBC's Darren Rovell. (Smiles) "Probably not at this point." Referring to the fact that the collection has turned into a real life retirement plan. Watch.

Signed Football

Autographs on Demand

Autographs For Sale

I'm Starting a Sports Memorabilia Company