- Signed Reds Jersey with "Charlie Hustle" inscription
- Signed Black Bat with all of records hand written in a silver sharpie
- 3 Personalized Signed Baseballs
- Signed Baseball with "4256 Hit King" inscription
- Signed Baseball with "1963 ROY" inscription
- Signed Baseball with "1975 WS MVP" inscription
- Signed Baseball with "1973 NL MVP" inscription
- Signed Baseball with "1963Fort Knox" and his co. # inscription
- Signed Gold Glove Baseball with "1969 and 1979" Gold Glove inscription
- Signed 1980 World Series Baseball with "WS Champs" inscription
- Signed Minn. All-Star Game baseball with "Last All-Star Game" inscription
- Signed Baseball with "I caught Boone's bobble in the 9th" inscription
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Miami and Las Vegas both get pretty warm in the summer and have a pretty active nightlife (not that I would know). But the similarities seem to end there.
So why did I see Jason Taylor on the Strip? It seems like an odd way to workout his relationship problems with his new coach and GM.
I just got back from a few days in Las Vegas and I walked right by Jason Taylor at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. He appeared to be in work out gear, stopped at one of the shops and headed straight for the Wynn Country Club entrance at the back of the casino.
Friday, June 20, 2008
It can be difficult to find a reliable dealer to buy helmets and such from so I was a bit nervous when Helmet Hut said they didn't distribute NFL Riddell RK Helmets to consumers anymore, but they gave the Real Stuff Sports web site.
I'm anxious to get this helmet signed by Dawson. I think it's pretty unique and will look cool with a '62 AFL Champions inscription!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I'm not a huge Willie Randolph fan. I think he deserved to be fired following last season's historic collapse. But not this way.
The Mets let Willie travel with the team on a West Coast Road trip while Omar Minaya flew separately and circled liked a bird of prey.
All Willie does from there is handle himself with class, respect, and lead the team to their 3rd win in 4 games. He conducts his post game press conference and even mentions that the win is something his team can build with.
Then in the midnight hour, Omar talks to Randolph to give him the boot!
Why did it take until 3am EDT to fire him?
Why make Willie travel 2,000 miles to fire him?
Why wait until after Willie's post-game press conference and leave him hanging out to dry?
This appears to be a cowardly move by the organization to try and save face and do the deed away from the NY media spotlight.
The move needed to be made, but it's 8 months too late. They should have done it after last season's collapse and start fresh this season.
Dear Eric Davis -
How do you get back from the West Coast when you're stranded here?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Your Blog Needs More Love
They are the sports cards Leader
Beckett hears your screams
How about a little Humpday Haiku love?!
Anyway, Have you noticed the Beckett blog changes? Congrats to Eric and Beckett for cracking the Beckett virgin vault of opinions.
Beckett's blog has a link titled, "What's Coming Up" section that invites guest bloggers and a way for other blogs to get noticed and highlighted on the site. Mario from Wax Heaven has a guest blog entry scheduled soon.
I think this is a great start with Beckett. Lets wait and see if this is the beginning of a plan to create a web community or if they are only throwing bloggers a bone? Either way, it's time for sports cards bloggers to take advantage and let their opinions get heard!
Is TuffStuff or Sports Collector's Digest going to do the same?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
If you're a baseball fan, check out this book - you can find it on paperback.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I'm not expert on blogging, the web 2.0, trading cards, or marketing. But for the sake of this post, I'll pretend to be one from my blogging chair.
Kudos to Beckett (Eric) with a quick response to my post about the leaders of the industry (Beckett, SCD, TuffStuff) being more inclusive and bringing the community together... blah, blah, blah, read the rest of that post here. I think Eric's going to do great with his new role @ Beckett.
But how do you do expand the blog and be more inclusive? And what does that mean? Here's an example:
A few weeks ago Beckett had a cool story on their blog about attempted destruction of their grading cases. It was very creative, promoted their product, and who doesn't like trying to destroy something. But that was it?! Beckett can be more inclusive by expanding on that idea:
What punishment will your grading cases accept? Let us see!
Beckett could run a campaign by asking you to send your YouTube video of what kind of damage your Beckett Grading case will take WITHOUT getting destroyed. Now I'm not saying to get your graded Mantle rookie and see if it'll survive a shark attack, but put something to test. Be creative with it.
If Beckett did this, they'd have a ton to gain and we'd all have fun using their product.
They could run a huge campaign on it where the winner of the most creative grading case punishment got 10 graded cards for free and were featured in the next multi-sport trading card magazine, put on their web site and whatever else.
Now that's interactive marketing, that's web 2.0, and that's getting 100s of people to use your product, believe in it, and sharing the video of your product with 1,000s of people on the internet.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Red Wings shouldn't miss out on one of the best (and cheapest) ways to remember and treasure their Stanley Cup Trophy victory - Thursday's Detroit Free Press newspaper!
You can order a single copy of the Detroit Free Press by reading their FAQ page. It has links and phone numbers to call.
In my opinion, this is the best way to capture the moment. I have a some Dallas Morning News papers from the day after a couple of Super Bowl wins and a Baltimore Sun from the day after Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's streak.
Some people frame it for a few bucks or get it signed by players on the team, or just read it and add it to the collection. Having the front page of the paper also helps you capture the mood of the nation during the championship win. One of my paper's has a side-bar column story on disgraced Congressman Bob Packwood! ha!
Remember, newspapers are made on the cheapest and lightest paper. It won't hold well over time if you have it exposed to the sun, have it folded or get signatures on it.
What are some of the memorabilia items that you buy when your team wins the championship?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
One of these magazines should do blog reviews or blog profiles in their next magazine, web site, and blog.
Blogrolls aren't doing these great sites justice. There are so many great blogs that have started in the past year or so and it's impossible to find them all.
A few months ago, Beckett had a posting on their blog that asked readers about topics for their next magazine. I suggested the web 2.0 feature, and they responded that it was a great idea, but since then . . .
If Beckett, Sports Collector's Digest and TuffStuff want to be considered the leaders in the industry, then they need to reach out an embrace all the good work that is being done to improve the hobby.
Start a weekly feature to promote a blog, start a monthly column in your magazine, and become the glue that brings the community together. Putting a url on the blogroll is only the start.
To TuffStuff's credit, I know they've invited bloggers on their radio show - I'm sure my invitation was lost in the mail. :) And Mario @ Wax Heaven consistently talks about other cool blogs and does a few features. Chris @ the Gavel Chat is great at this too.
Beckett has been posting YouTube videos of their box breaks, but there are a lot of blogs and collectors out there that do the same thing. Why not post their box break on the site? It doesn't take away from the Beckett break and it brings another perspective and opinion to the community.
It's time for the leaders of the industry to step up, lead by example, and bring this diverse web 2.0 to everyone.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I don't know how these guys keep up with all the sports memorabilia sites, but they have a ton of them!
2 Clicks Sports Memorabilia tries to bring the community a little closer together by listing memorabilia sites and providing brief descriptions of what you'll find on each one.
It's a pretty cool site and I'm sure it'll grow in functionality. I'd think someday they'll have some kind of search wizard and a way to measure how successful your search was. I would think it would some day have a "was this helpful" type of metric.
Check it out - I think you'll find a lot of cool memorabilia sites.
Is this it? The Detroit News is reporting that a group of investors failed to make a partial payment to keep the wrecking ball out of Tiger Stadium.
I wish there was a way to preserve Tiger Stadium, make it a museum, a minor league park or something. But it's sad to see it's going to be torn down to make room for a Walmart or something.
I'll add more if there is info on how collector's can get a piece of Tiger Stadium, but I think a lot of it is gone.