Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I know he doesn't work for MSNBC anymore but I needed a title, so sue me. Keith Olbermann is pretty much an idiot who I would just assume give a stiff arm to in his liberal bleeding heart than have a conversation with about trading cards. However, the truth of the matter is that with his relationship with Topps paired with his public persona, and media savvy, have allowed him to be a pretty good ambassador for The Hobby that we love.


Compare and contrast this with the complete hack job put together by the CBS Morning Show's Armen Keteyian. If you've been living under a rock and missed the story, the bottom line is that it was one of the worst pieces of human interest/investigative journalism I have ever seen. Keteyian relied on the opinion of Alan Mr. "I haven't been to a National in years" Rosen and the attendance, or lack thereof, of a school basement card show on a Tuesday night in Parsippany NJ, to say with resounding authority, "baseball card collecting and the hobby are dead."
Mr. Keteyian has been inundated with collector outcry on Twitter and has agreed to come on the Cardboard Connection Radio Show to discuss further sometime in the next couple of weeks. 

So even though I am not the biggest fan of Keith Olbermann, he is clearly a mainstream press guy that has The Hobby's best interest in mind and THAT is something I can respect.


Chris Harris said...

The fact that Olby is The Hobby's biggest mainstream (yeah, I know "Current TV" is nothing more than a glorified Public Access channel, but work with me here) media voice, is a bit disturbing though.

Justin H. said...

Doc (of Doc D's Trading Cards) was interviewed for that aforementioned CBS piece by Armen Keteyian, as he does that card show in Parsipanny,NJ every Tuesday. He wasn't shown because he (like always) shows nothing but excitement for the industry, which would go against what that entire news segment was about.

They talked about Jeremy Lin, and how great its been for the industry, and as a matter of a fact a customer pulled a Jeremy Lin card while they were taping! PS I can't speak for everyone at the show, but what your "blog" describes the show as being is not what it is in actuality for our business at all.

So from this blog written by a nobody, to a professional journalists opinion piece on the state of the industry, in the end we should all take EVERYONES word with a grain of salt. Hell, you can even do the same for ME! (FYI I'm Doc's son Justin).

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Hi Justin- Rob here. I wrote the above piece and just wanted to say thank you for the comment. Given the poor light the hobby was shown in via the CBS piece as a whole I was wrong to jump to conclusions about the Parsipanny show based only on the footage they (CBS) showed. It was short sighted on my part, I was wrong and I apologize.

Pablo said...

The CBS video really is on the tragic side. Kids don't collect cards anymore because they can get much more excitement from video games and the internet. Dolbermann (oops, I mean Olbermann), who I don't really like, might be cool to hang out with for awhile just to talk sportscards.

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