I think this is longest I have gone without blogging since starting Voice of the Collector five years ago this August. It's not that I don't have anything to say about the hobby, far from it. It's just that I get to talk about collecting for 180-minutes, every week on Cardboard Connection Radio. If you've never tuned-in, you should check it out, either live, or download it later. We have great guests from industry execs and athletes, commentary, news and opinion about the hobby we all love.
I've also been doing some freelance writing for a collectibles website called WorthPoint. The audience is much different than the more educated collectors who listen to our show or read blogs and participate on forums but if you want to see what I'm up to over there, here is a link to my article library.
In addition to all that I still write for Cardboard Connection. We are in the process of updating an extensive article archive on brands and specific sets providing collectors one more reason to make the site their one stop resource for sports card news and information. In fact the site is having a huge contest where you can win a Damian Lillard Green Prizm RC #/15 and hobby boxes of Topps 2013 UFC Knockout and 2013 Gypsy Queen.
As if all that wasn't keeping my free time busy enough, I am fortunate and blessed to be covering the Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago for Sportsology. I had the privilege of doing this in 2010 when the Blackhawks won The Cup and I am hoping for a repeat performance this year. You can check out my series preview here and a recap of Game One here.
I still open a ton of product and you can catch all the highlights on YouTube. We deliver short, sweet and to the point videos of the product highlights and the hits we find. No messing with opening packs and dry commentary. Check it out!
As for the 2013 trading card season, it's been as expected for the most part but here are some of my random observations.
- Nice to see press Pass with an entertainment product for Parks and Recreation. A show that is driven by a constant stream of A-level guests and they were able to get almost all of them to sign for the product.
- Cryptozoic continues to amaze and dominate in the non-sport category. With licenses for DC, Archer, Fringe, and more, the company has really filled a much needed void since Inkworks left the market.
- Topps Archives Baseball and Football delivered a nostalgic thrill ride. Fun products for taking a trip down memory lane.
- Topps Museum Collection has delivered some amazing cards. The box I opened was probably the worst in the entire production. Advertised to include a GUARANTEED (4) hits including an autographed relic, that card was missing in my box and I wasn't happy about it. You can't GUARANTEE something and then not deliver. It's simply inexcusable.
- Past and Present Basketball is a solid value for the money.
- Leaf Trading Cards landing the former lead graphic designer from Upper Deck was a coupe. In addition to landing key product development manager Gregg Kohn, Leaf is poised for great things.
- Leaf's Best of Basketball is great. Patrick Ewing hasn't signed for anyone in forever and still managed to get him in the product with game used patch autos.
- Panini doing an autograph set of the Bad News Bears in Golden Age Baseball is AWESOME!!
- USA Baseball having a pack product is pretty cool. It brings the pack opening experience to a strong brand and Panini delivered it well.
- Gypsy Queen bores me.
Well that's enough for now. Keep collecting and check out Cardboard Connection Radio!