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Shriners Auditorium Show – Wilmington, Mass. – November 7, 2009

By Jeff Woodward aka schwood

In early November, I attended the Shriners Auditorium card show in Wilmington, Mass. This show is run by the Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club (GBSSC). What a great show! There are close to 250 tables, and this show certainly does not disappoint. Starting last year, it is held twice a year now – once in November and once in the summer. Unfortunately, I missed the one in the summer.

As on typical day (at this show in particular), I start out by showing up early on Saturday, walk through the convention center and get a feel for More >

Topps Loses NFL License

By Matt McNabb aka ISONJ30G

It’s been six days since football card collectors received quite a shock with the news that 2009 would be the final year, for the foreseeable future, of Topps-branded football cards. But still, more questions than answers remain.

On November 9 the NFLPA’s marketing arm, Players Inc., announced it would not renew Topps’ license to produce officially licensed NFL football cards, starting with the 2010 season. This announcement caps a rollercoaster series of months for collectors:

- Topps has the exclusive MLB license starting in 2010; - Panini has the exclusive NBA license starting in October 2009; - Panini More >

Web Site Review:

By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

Nowadays there are fewer and fewer local card shops and more and more Internet sellers. From eBay to local stores that also have a Web site to stores that are exclusively online, the consumer has many options. Presented with all those alternatives, who should you buy from? This article will take a closer look and review one of the big players in the hobby – Blowout Cards ( To give you as complete a picture as possible of their Web site, we will examine it using eight criteria:

- First Impressions - Navigation - Content - Attractors More >

Yanks Win! Yanks Win!

By Carol Pickering aka Capt55

I’m writing this for my Dad, who passed away January 4th, 1990. May he REST IN PEACE.

Growing up in Toronto, we had an International League team, owned by the Boston Red Sox. As a kid, I went to many games with my dad. He loved baseball, and we were there for the last game played at the stadium. It was Bat Day that day, and he was happy watching live baseball, but nothing could compare to his New York Yankees. They were his team; he loved them with all his heart.

My dad was the biggest Yankee More >

Coaching Upper Deck’s 2009 NHL Rookie Boot Camp

By Andrew Long aka Samuwry7

Mississauaga, Ontario – 9 A.M., inside the Hershey Center. I alternate my stare between the vacant rink and the rumpled, dog-earred paper with my Upper Deck-approved lines on it. I know them backwards and forwards, and I also know I’ll almost certainly improvise beyond them, but for now, it’s the only thing to do from being overtaken by nerves.

Nearby, middle managers and minnows of Upper Deck scuttle, making preparations. In just an hour, 14 NHL rookies will arrive to begin shooting the 2009 Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut Boot Camp, and on the first “action” call More >

Trade Value and the White Whale Effect

By Darcy Ryan Brooke-Bisschop aka bb_bros

I wrote an article recently that identified five factors that I take into account when I enter into trade discussions that allow me to go beyond the book value of a card in an effort to maximize my return in a deal.

The first factor that I identified was what I refer to as the White Whale Effect. The term “white whale” is often used by collectors in reference to a card, or cards, on their want lists that seems to elude them endlessly.

Cards can become white whales for a number of reasons. Some of those More >