By Linda Mankefors
There are two camps within hockey collectors: Those who send cards for grading, and those who don’t. The majority is the latter, and the majority often consider the first group as somewhat picky, peculiar nerds. This article won’t be about the art of grading, but the art of judging condition of a card based on grades.
I have found that collector’s ways of dealing with this matter is sloppy and ignorant to say the least. Since I don’t want to draw the conclusion everyone is trying to make their cards better (which equals more value) it most likely comes More >
Card collectors: smart traders or blind idiots? This is the question I pose. Before everyone starts hurling insults my way, read, then judge for yourself.
I, like many of you, like to inform myself on the ups and downs in the card collecting market. We use pricing guides like Tuff Stuff or Beckett to see who is hot and who’s not, so to speak. Who is going to be the next Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mickey Mantle or Joe Montana? It seems we’re willing to spend tons of money on boxes of cards in hope of that one pull we all More >
Player collecting is one of the top ways that sports card collectors collect nowadays so you can imagine how difficult it might be for any one person to get every card of say Brett Favre or Alex Rodriguez. However, have you ever thought about how hard it is to get every card of a no-name veteran like Paul Byrd or Antonio Daniels?
A lot of people might think that getting a large collection of that no-name veteran would be easier task since getting say 20% of his cards would take hundreds less cards.
Using the player’s mentioned above, one can see how this theory More >
By Linda Mankefors
We know the trend ever since the start of this new century; more jersey cards, more autographs and more rookies and lower serial numbers for each.
Anyone else but me quite tired of it?
Buying a box ”guaranteed” to contain two or three jersey cards, or even one jersey card per pack, frankly, is as thrilling as the little burp you allow yourself after breakfast at home. We’ve come to a point where a common game-used card simply is worthless. I suspect per paper weight, an envelope might cost more. It doesn’t matter if Beckett claims they’re worth $5 or More >
I came back to collecting a year and three months ago, and while it was quite obvious to me that I wanted to collect Patrick Roy, I had no idea of the sheer volume of cards of his out there and of the level of organization it would take to seriously collect him. In the beginning, it was quite easy, I had nothing and therefore needed everything that was out there, but after a few months of solid trading, the situation changed drastically.
I realized that looking at Photobuckets and trying to remember what I did or did not have just More >
Description The 2007-2008 offering of SP Authentic includes 100 base cards, 60 SP notables cards, 30 Rookie Future Watch cards and 60 autographed Rookie Future Watch cards. Each card features a picture of the player in action against a white background apart from the area immediately around the player which looks like a greyish ice surface. The sides of the card have a hint of the player’s team colour. Unlike many of its other releases, Upper Deck did not grace us with an array of parallel cards in this set, I bet the set collectors will be glad to hear this. More >