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The Year of the Big Three

By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

No, I’m not talking about sometime in the 1970s when Lapointe, Robinson and Savard ruled the NHL’s blueline, I’m talking about the 2010-2011 hockey season. After years of Upper Deck monopoly as sole licencee of the NHL, this year saw another player enter the ring in Panini. Both companies were allowed to produce NHL licenced cards and of course, as usual, In The Game was also on the battlefield churning out their usual amazing line-up of products even without a licence. As the hobby year draws to a close, I’m trying to decide who my favorite More >

The Poker Card Tournament

By Henry Salazar aka FL Henry

I love to look through my collection of cards. Over the years I have sorted the cards by players, by card types, separated rookies from veterans, tried to complete sets and done just about anything else that you can think of with my collection. I like to scrutinize the card to see if I think the manufacturer did a good job of putting the card together. Is it designed well? Do I like the color scheme? Is the autograph sharp without being too thin or thick?

 

My true love, however, is the feeling I get when More >

How my Girlfriend Views my, er…Hobby

By Brandon York aka Uof LnMU

When I got divorced, I made myself a rule: I would display memorabilia wherever, whenever, and however I wanted to. (No, this isn’t going to be a divorced guy rant, all appearances to the contrary.) I moved out and got a reasonably sized apartment, and made the conscious decision that I would end up “living the dream”: My new living room sports a team-signed Real Madrid jersey, flanked with signed photos of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali—one corner is devoted to the Reds, another to the Bengals. I also have a wall of memorabilia from More >

Are we the Problem or the Solution?

By Michael Barton aka Monticellocards

How do you think we can get the younger generation interested in card collecting? What should the manufacturers do to ensure the continuity of the hobby? What can we, as individuals, do?

 

Upper Deck recently ran a promotion on Facebook where they wanted collectors to give away cards to their friends or even to strangers as a gift, for nothing in return. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and when this question was posted on Sports Card Forum, I knew this was the article that I had to write this month. As someone with a few More >

Redemptions, the Double Edged Sword

By Stephen Duell aka Spuds1961

Let’s fast forward to today’s redemptions, which is why I call them the double edged sword. Today, you spend your hard earned money on a box of cards only to get the 2 advertised GU cards but half of the times the guaranteed autograph is a redemption. As a collector and a very impatient person I want instant gratification, not having to wait who knows how long.

The other problem with redemptions is if the player you happened to pull never signs guess what? You’ll have a replacement sent to you of the same said book value. More >

The Harper Hype Tells Me Baseball Is Still Number One

By Stephen Duell aka spuds1961

Not number one as far as sport in America but as far as card collecting goes, yes it is. Follow me for a little while and this will seem obvious. I can’t remember the last football or hockey or basketball rookie who has drawn as much attention as last year’s Strasburg cards and this year’s Harper. I know hockey has Taylor Hall and football has Tim Tebow and this year it is Cam Newton, basketball’s 10-11 class was very weak, can’t think of anybody, the 09-10 class had Griffin, Wall, Evans and Jennings, but that still More >