Hobby News

Falling in Love with your Inventory

By James Friedman

Having been a Business Consultant for almost fifteen years, I know all of the important practices for business owners to follow and all of the pitfalls to avoid. Over the years I have often thought about owning my own business.

Whenever I have thought about owning a business, it is natural that I would think about taking my hobby and making it into a business. Many collectors have thought, or at least day-dreamed about this. If you’re going to spent hours each week working, why not do something you enjoy? What better way than buying and selling cards? However, More >

IPA Franco Harris

By Kevin O’Connor aka rainman67ko

Living in Pittsburgh has its perks. You’re never far from the stadiums or arenas, down town has the theater district, and city garage parking is an easy walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the North Shore. Mellon Arena and the new Consol Energy Center are also readily accessible from downtown or the interstates. The Strip District has its own multi cultural appeal with its markets, and there are still ethno-centric neighborhoods with festivals occurring throughout the year.

Last Fall, on a cloudy rain threatening day, my son Brandon and I ventured More >

2009-10 Panini National Treasures Basketball Preview

2009-10 Panini National Treasures Basketball is scheduled to release on 4 Aug, 2010 and will cost $320+ per box with Panini placing a SRP at $400. Each box contains one pack with eight cards per pack. Collectors can expect a mix of six autographs or memorabilia cards, one common card numbered to 99 and one legend/rookie/parallel or insert per box. The base set contains 238 cards. Get the best prices on 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball boxes on eBay!

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2009-10 Panini National Treasures Case Break One or more of the following; Kobe Bryant autograph, Bill Russell autograph, Magic More >

Autographs for a Cause

by Josh Glover aka sonics_79

For many autograph seekers, collecting autographs is simply a fun way to be a part of the game they love. This season, however, the Detroit Tigers with the help of pitcher Jeremy Bonderman have begun to give even the casual collector a new way to appreciate signed memorabilia with their “Autographs for A Cause” program.

The program is simple. Fans can send in a card or 8×10 photo with a 10 or 20 dollar donation, and receive their item back signed. Current Tigers reported to be participating in the program are Jeremy Bonderman, Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, More >

Observations from the Common Collector

By Ethan Cahn aka hhliving1101

With today’s trends to buy online, be it for boxes or singles alike, what do the shops bring to us, the collectors? Sure, the “support your local business” call is there, but realistically, would YOU pay $149 for a box you can buy for $100 online? Now please understand I am coming from an area that has 2 disadvantages, 1. I live in a tourist town (i.e., inflated prices already), and 2. they are the only shop within 100 miles of me.

Panini has decided to use only 4 US distributors (2 stateside; if you truly look More >

2010 Topps Baseball Factory Set

The 2010 Topps Baseball Factory Set releases on 23 July and will cost about $50 per set. There are a total of 660 cards plus one special five-card pack of Red Parallel cards packed in a shrink-wrapped, full-color display box. Get the best price on 2010 Topps Baseball Factory sets on eBay!

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS: - New! Hobby Exclusive 5-Card Pack Of Numbered Red Parallel Cards Included In Every Hobby Set! - Appeals to both Baseball Fans and Card Collectors! - Collectors Return Year After Year to Purchase a Complete Set! - Ships Immediately Following The All-Star Game!

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS: Every Base and Subset Card More >