Beckett announced their new appraisal service. For $15, per appraisal, they will provide a pricing guestimate on cards that, for years, in the price guide have been listed as, "No Pricing Due to Scarcity". One question, what's changed, that again for a fee, they can now provide you that pricing. Let's call this added revenue stream what it is, a your guess is as good as mine, cash grab.
Panini's Golden Age of Baseball is live and has me intrigued. I know a lot of collectors don't like non-baseball subjects in their baseball products, but in all honesty, I like the variety and change of pace. I get burnt out on products featuring the same couple of hundred player in every . . . . single . . . . . release . . . . . .year . . . .after . . . .year . . . . . . after . . . . . . .year. I like the look of the cards and the mash-up feel of Americana meets Cooperstown.
I don't understand some of the complaining over the release of Leaf Memories. Delivering hard signed autos on this classic design, in my opinion, makes this version of 1990 Leaf infinitely better than the first one and who didn't LOVE the first one.
I gave away (5) 5,000 count boxes of junk wax. It was very liberating and I do not miss them at all.
My girls (7 and 4) LOVE, My Little Pony, baseball, not so much. In my continuing effort to share my hobbies with them, I am so excited to give them their collector tin of cards and comic book.
Sosa, Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame with an asterisk. Dale Murphy deserves in, no asterisk required ;)
I believe this has been the year of the micro-manufacturer. Leaf, Benchwarmer and Creative Cardboard Concepts, the umbrella company for ITG, SportKings, and Famous Fabrics, have done a tremendous job at finding the right formula for their products in terms of value proposition and pack-out configuration.
The early look of Panini's National Treasure's Baseball is proof positive that the Topps monopoly must end.
The scam that occurred over on the Blowout Cards' forum was epic in terms of its development and complexity. I feel bad for the people that got scammed but I'd like to believe that I would never send someone thousands of dollars without knowing what I was getting and had recourse to prosecute for non-delivery. Buyer beware. Just because you talk to people on a forum "all the time" doesn't make them your friend. They are an anonymous, online acquaintance and you should act accordingly.
For me and my family, Christmas is still a very special time of the year as we celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, without whom, I wouldn't be here today. Merry Christmas to you and your families if I don't post before then.