Sports Card Articles

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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 >

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 >

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Hockey Cards: The Battle for Market Share

By Joey Collins aka Joecoolio

Hockey cards have been around for a long time. The first hockey cards were included in cigarette packages from 1910 to 1913. After World War I, only one more cigarette set was issued, during the 1924-25 season by Champ’s Cigarettes. From 1933 until 1941, O-Pee-Chee printed hockey cards, stopping production for World War II. Toronto’s Parkhurst Products began printing cards in 1951, followed by Brooklyn’s Topps Chewing Gum in 1954-1955. O-Pee-Chee and Topps did not produce cards in 1955 or 1956, but returned for 1957-58.

So now we have a bit of history of when hockey cards More >

Young Hockey Phenoms: The Hockey Card Effect

By Joey Collins aka Joecoolio

Ever since Sidney Crosby entered the NHL and was eligible to be on an official rookie card (he was depicted on cards while in junior, but these were not considered rookie cards), it seems the hockey card industry has come back to life. We all remember the thrill of buying packs in the 1980s as children, even though they were basically worthless (at the time) and each pack only cost 35 cents. We also remember the rise and fall of the hockey card in the early 1990s. Although none of us like to admit it, the More >

Jersey Cards – A Special Place in our Hearts

By Joey Collins aka Joecoolio

As an avid sports card collector, I have seen the days where cards were just cards. Even rookie cards were not marked. We all saw the rise and fall of sports cards in the early 1990s. It seemed everyone was out to make a buck on older cards. Nowadays we see several different kinds of cards. We see base cards, autographs, inserts, parallels, and we also see a special kind of card that contains game- or event-used pieces of equipment. Originally these cards were very rare and only contained pieces of a player’s jersey. These special More >