Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Piece of the Game Gathers Momentum

If you missed our interview with Don DuPree, director of the new sports memorabilia TV show, A Piece of the Game, you can listen to it here. Today, creator and appraiser, Rob Steinmetz, appeared on WGN to promote the show.

A Piece of the Game appearance on WGN Morning News from SMM on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2013

PSA Grading Provides . . .

PSA is currently offering 6 FREE grades when you sign up for PSA's Collectors Club! So if you are into grading or have long considered joining PSA's Collectors Club, click on the link or banner to qualify for your free grading submissions.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Collecting Danica Patrick: Options For Everyone

This weekend, the Daytona 500 will have a lot of extra attention on it because of one driver: Danica Patrick. As the first woman to race from Daytona’s pole position, Patrick will secure herself in the annals of NASCAR history.

But long before she starts her engine on Sunday, the world of Danica Patrick collectibles is already running rich with options. Regardless of your budget or collecting preferences, there’s something for everyone—from the casual fan to hardcore collectors.

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Video: If Only Every Athlete Did

Friday, February 22, 2013

MJ at 50: A Look Back at His Airness' Memorabilia

Legally named Michael Jeffrey Jordan, the world simply knows him as Michael or M.J. The former basketball player responsible for captivating not only a nation but the world with his high-flying play rim and his intense competitive nature is turning 50 years old on Sunday, Feb. 17. To put that in terms that will make most of us feel our age, he is officially as close to receiving his AARP card as he is from winning his last NBA Championship in 1998. Read the rest.

Spring Season = TTM Autograph Opportunities

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring Training’s annual tradition also designates the start of another annual season for collectors, referred to as TTM: Through-the-Mail autograph collecting. Read the rest.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Ever Changing Landscape of the Secondary Marketplace

First their was eBay, and for years that was the only outlet for collectors to sell their cards online. Then came the Beckett Marketplace. Since then, a handful of young entrepreneurs have joined the scene providing collectors with several more alternatives including SportLots, Check Out My Cards, and the most recent newcomer, Collector Revolution. That being said, which of these outlets do you most utilize for selling? Take the poll below.

A Question of Integrity: Poll Results- The Bogus Shoeless Joe Jackson

After seeing these results, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to purchase an autograph from about 50% of the respondents. How do the results make you feel about the overall integrity of the hobby?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Random Thoughts Musings, and Other Nonsense

Graded cards. I kind of get it. It eliminates argument or conjecture over condition and helps to preserve determined condition and therefore potential value. However, the thought of paying money to submit my cards for grading makes me cringe. I would rather buy more wax or sell the cards I would submit and buy them graded already. I know, I know, if you have a Bryce Harper Chrome Auto you think you can get a 10 on, submitting it would cost a fraction of what you would have to pay for one. My sentiment was geared more towards vintage cards of proven Hall of Famer's than today's players who are just one injury or PED scandal away from obscurity ala, A-Rod, Sosa, Bonds, McGuire, etc. and thus part of the reason grading of modern cards is something I can't quite put my money into.

Topps flagship baseball is here. Whoopee! (not really)  My collecting habits have changed so drastically since I got back into The Hobby, twelve years ago, that I would rather subject myself to horribly produced box break videos while strapped to a chair and my eyelids pried open than to waste my time and money collating a set I can buy factory sealed in 12 months for less than $40. Well, remembering this scene, maybe not.

Anyways, at one point, I had this goal of putting together every base Topps baseball set, from my birth-year of 1970 to the present. Content with purchasing factory sets annually so I could focus my resources on past sets. Now the only ones I care about or are working on are 1970 and 1973 (my wife's birth year). I have sold large chunks of semi-sets of late and only need 10 cards to complete 1970. I do have complete sets of 1980 through, I believe, 1985 if anyone is interested.

I have gone through a MAJOR collection purge over the last several months and have replaced "collectibles" that I would leave to my kids with things a bit easier to liquidate and tangible; precious metals, fire arms, savings, and signed memorabilia of deceased Hall of Famer's. Don't get me wrong, I still love ripping packs and boxes but since I am not made of money I have to be much more selective and that is why guaranteed hit products like those from Leaf and ITG have a lot more appeal to me as of late as they meet my price point and I don't have to deal with worthless base cards so much.

Heroes of Sport. This company has come on the scene like wildfire. From what I have witnessed of their products, they deliver far more dollar-for-dollar value than ANYTHING else on the market. Now, you have to be able to afford $500 for a box, which I can't, but when you combine some of the hits being pulled and the number and degree of quality prizes being awarded via their raffle drawings, I must admit, it seems as if they have built a nice little business model for themselves.

Message Boards. Man is that one hobby medium that can create rumors and spread hearsay, conjecture and innuendo quicker than an editor can change his shirt. Over the last week or so, two very specific instances were posted on separate boards that gave me pause and became a topic of conversation this past Wednesday on Cardboard Connection Radio. (Forward to about the 30min mark) One on FCB was so erroneous that its ridiculous, the other on Net54 could eventually become evidence in an FBI investigation. I contacted Mark Sapir at Topps for his side of the story on the FCB one. Listen to the show for more details. 

Don't get me wrong, these things can happen on other media as well; blogs, social networks, etc. but when you have a dedicated community as most message boards do, things can spin crazy in a heartbeat.

Collecting the Super Bowl. If you are interested in learning more about collectibles from the big game or from the Ravens and 49'ers, click the links to see some work I did for WorthPoint.