By Ethan Cahn aka hhliving1101
Well, it’s no secret what has happened this last month, and the impact it will have on us as collectors here in the States. With Topps and Upper Deck out of the football card business for now, we are left with Italian sticker maker Panini, but was that choice more of a marketing tool than anything else?
We all know for the past few years, the NFL has showcased Premier Talent in the UK for a regular season game (usually toward the end of October), as well as preseason games in Mexico and Canada. Could this recent More >
There has been a lot of discussion on various collecting sites about what a ‘Super Collector’ is and if certain collections qualify as one. Both sports card collecting websites ‘The Bench‘ and ‘Sports Card Forum‘ (SCF) have programs where members can submit statistics, pictures and websites and apply for ‘Super Collector’ status on each site. I will try to provide an objective opinion for this subjective term.
I will reference criteria outlined by both websites listed above, but this is by no means absolute, just a suggested starting point.
For a large majority of collectors, reaching Super Collector status starts More >
By Don Sturm aka stewart20rulz
I have spent the last 23 years collecting, trading, buying, and (every now and then) selling baseball cards. Growing up in rural Southeast Missouri, I naturally collected any St. Louis Cardinals cards I could get my hands on. I’ve never really owned any high end cards until after I started collecting Alex Rodriguez cards and memorabilia in 1996. I watched him play in Seattle against the Orioles and Cal Ripken in 1996 when Eddie Murray was attempting to hit his 500th home run. Murray didn’t reach his milestone that day, but I still had the pleasure More >
By Ethan Cahn aka hhliving1101
Exclusive contracts: they say we will have a more rewarding experience this way. How, I ask? You’ve taken away any sort of choice for collectors other than expensive junk, or a little less expensive junk. I’m sorry but why would you cut what the various games represent: competition? Wouldn’t it have been more beneficial if perhaps there were limits to the amount of sets per year? And yes, some of those contracts do say this, but in baseball they would rather put a company out of business than allow a company that has done more for More >
By Matthew Tomkins aka reoddai
Back in February, the Stanley Cup came to town. It was right behind city hall and I was incredibly surprised at the tiny 4-5 person line up. There was a constant stream of people, but they came, saw and then left. I got some really nice photos and the opportunity to touch it.
What I was most excited about was seeing the engraved names of previous Stanley cup winners’ names. I knew that they had every player’s name on the cup, but I always thought that they would be incredibly tiny. Up close, they’re rather large. I More >
By Don White aka doniceage
Every year I send in redemptions for He Shoots He Scores cards. The only thing I do different from everyone else is I send my redemptions on the very last day possible. The one reason I do this is for reference. I get to know how many copies are out there or close to it. Then I just take time to watch eBay to confirm the numbers. It only make sense that a card that has 10 copies would be worth more than one with 20 copies. The problem is you have to know how many More >