Can a museum really sell out of tickets? Apparently so.
I planned to attend the Clark County Historical Society's 50 Year Anniversary Celebration for Harvey Haddix. Thanks to Phungo for the heads-up last week.
Haddix pitched 12 1/3 innings of perfect baseball 50 years ago and is from the Springfield, Ohio area. The historical society was having some artifacts, guest speakers and such. I called Friday for more information and I was informed they were sold out?! WHAT?
How does a museum sell out? Think about - a non-profit organization, in a recession, is selling out of tickets? If you're a non-profit (or profit in this economy) you should never sell out of anything. You're leaving money on the table! Either move the event to a bigger venue or charge more money.
So... (yes I'm still grumpy about this), I planned to take the family and spend the afternoon in Springfield getting closer to baseball history and could not go because they stopped selling tickets! Amazing.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Can a museum really sell out of tickets? Apparently so.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
- Pay $10-$15 to get into the Museum store (paying to get in a store?).
- Pay $15-$29 for one of Tony Dungy's books at their museum store (the books are $10 cheaper online).
I've been to several book signings and I have never been charged to:
1) walk through the doors of the store and
2) buy the book from them if I already have it.
The stores and museums I've been to for these events understand their goal is to bring people into the store/museum and get new memberships - not make a few dollars on a book or entrance into the store.
- Entrance to the museum and book store was free while Tony Dungy was signing
- I could bring my own copy of Tony Dungy's book to get signed
- They offered a 10% discount to become a Hall of Fame Insider Club member
- Give all members first in line access to the Dungy book signing
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The fall-out over a Sports Collector's Digest possible conflict of interest continues. Autograph Alert continues the pressure.
SCD could have answered the questions on their forum and on their blog, but they decided to cut-off the debate by not allowing comments on their blog. Stopping comments/questions on your site does not end the discussion, it moves it. The discussion has moved to Autograph Alert, Voice of the Collector and Sports Rings.
I asked TS earlier this week to reconsider and allow comments again, but this hasn't happened yet. They need to get their arms around the situation and begin to answer questions from their customers.
Say it ain't so! Mounted Memories is once again running the autograph session at the Football Hall of Fame this summer.
Their shows web site has "Canton Induction Weekend" listed as an "upcoming signing." Mounted Memories has run the autograph shows the last 4 years and in the process, has priced out the average collector.
The football HOF previously had "tent sessions" where you could you buy one ticket and get multiple autographs of Hall of Famers in the tents. Since MountedMemories was outsourced as the autograph vendor, the tent sessions have ended and prices have spiked. Fortunately, some Canton malls have autograph sessions throughout the weekend with prices for the average collector. Two years ago, Art Donovan was signing at one of the malls where he signed my 1952 Dallas Texans helmet. He was awesome and worth the $25!
Hopefully, the local malls will come through again with some great guests.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I've been a card collector forever, but I finally received my first 1/1 card! I don't open too many new (overpriced) packs anymore which could explain why it's taken me this long to get a 1/1.
I got this David Ortiz 1/1 sketch card from 2009 Topps - my redemption came in this week. I like the sketch cards, I think they look cool - I just wish it was a player I liked more. At least I have a good friend who's a Sox fan and will appreciate it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
This week T.S. O'Connell from Sports Collector's Digest turned off the comments on his Infield Dirt blog. That's not a typo - he turned off comments on his blog. [Major credit to Voice of the Collector for being the first to blog about this change.]
This just in . . . it's not a blog, if you don't allow comments.
I have emailed T.S. in the past (and did yesterday asking about this) - I think he's someone that really cares about the hobby, but playing the "hear no evil/see no evil" game doesn't help things.
Online "commentary" isn't flawed as the title of T.S.' blog post states. The flaw occurs in how corporations use it. Companies engage in social media to bring them closer to the customers. To hear their voice, get their feedback, and have a conversation with the people who pay their salaries. Blogging is social media - if you aren't listening then you're just another web site or medium.
My social media soap box:
It's the rise of social media like blogs, facebook, and twitter that has taught companies to listen to their customers and that customers like to be heard. Don't run away from comments, encourage feedback and use it to gather precious data about your customer's preferences. Use the feedback tool as a way to show them how much you respect their opinions and appreciate the time they dedicate to sharing it with you.
My advice to T.S. - allow the comments, moderate them before posting if you must (I have to do that now because of spam) and have a conversation with your customers.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I've always said, it's the inscription that can really make an autograph baseball unique. This Mickey Mantle one is the best... no wonder the family paid $2,700 for it and deny it is real.
Here's a cool story of some of the more memorable baseball autograph inscriptions out there.
Here are some I'd like to see!
- I'm sorry I took fertility drugs - Manny Ramirez
- I'm sorry for everything Jeter ever said about me - Alex Rodriguez
- F--- Face - Billy Ripken
- Nolan - I'm sorry I charged the mound - Robin Ventura
- Robin - I'm sorry I pounded on your face - N. Ryan
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Beckett's Hobby Hook Up was a one night fling.
Monday, May 18, 2009
If it's the future of media and about blogging, then why is it an in-person event instead of a virtual event?
"Blogs with Balls" is an expo to talk about the future of sports media. It's $50, but if you're in the New York area, it might be cool to check out. Yes, I'm stuck on a new media expo needing to be an in-person event - I'll get over it.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
People with The National are following this blog and I think it's great. Thanks for following everyone.
For months I've been emailing and calling folks at the National and asking them to join the facebook group I created. Facebook groups are great ways for corporations to keep a conversation going with people who really want more information and to share their experiences with people who have their same passion. (If you want more information about social media marketing, follow me on Twitter.)
The National never responded to my emails or phone calls . . . until I checked out their home page. Apparently, they thought it was a great idea to get in the game too so they started their own fan page on facebook to post press releases. It's not exactly the social part of social marketing, but it's a step in the right direction.
I think it's great whenever a company moves where their customers are talking about them. I'm not sure they understand the "social" part in social marketing otherwise they would have joined the page already created and answered my emails but I've learned that changes to social media take time. This is a good step for them.
So if you want a recap on their press releases, join their group. If you want to talk about the show, the autograph guest list (yawn so far), and share pictures, then join this facebook group.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
No more NFL Super Bowl Experience?! Fans in south Florida (home of his year's big game) must be upset over this.
The Beckett Blog reported this week the Super Bowl Experience for XLIV (44 if you're not Roman) has been canceled!
I've been to two of the SB Experiences and they are awesome. The Topps Card show is good, the autograph pavilion is run like a 3-ring circus most of the time, but the autographs are free, and there is so much to do there. I have picked up quite a few autographs at the shows including Todd McFarlane, Larry Johnson, Braylon Edwards, Chad Johnson, Roy Williams, and Archie Manning (pictured here in Arizona).
I emailed the NFL on Tuesday to get confirmation that the card show and Experience was canceled. I'll add to this post once I get a reply.
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Check out the 2009 Press Pass inscription from the newest Green Bay Packer, B.J. Raji - "Sore Eagles" instead of "Soar Eagles." BRILLIANT!
The card is being sold on eBay with a bid price of $180 (as of this posting).
I'm still waiting for the "wow" autograph guest from TriStar to be announced. LeBron James would be perfect!
Sure, this National has Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Jim Brown, and Gayle Sayers but these guys have been around the autograph block more than a few times. I want someone new, someone exciting and someone "wow." What guest could TriStar bring who hasn't been at numerous shows in the last year?
OK - it's a long shot, I know. So here are some other guests that would be "wow" guests:
- Jose Canceco
- Kirk Radomski
- Selena Roberts
- Bill Cowher
- John Madden
I'm looking forward to the National, but I'm getting a little nervous that this one won't be any different than the show in Cleveland a couple of years ago. Maybe it's just me, but in the middle of recession, I'm a little more careful with my hobby dollars. I'm guessing others are like this too. We're about 9 weeks away - so I guess we'll find out soon.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Mets great Gary Carter has a blog!
Carter, currently managing the Long Island Ducks, is blogging about his managing style, the prospects on his team, and even the two new ballparks in New York.
I know Gary's been a little too honest campaigning for the Mets manger position, but I still believe he's been treated poorly by the current Mets organization. Really, could he be any worse than managing two historic September collapses?
My Gary Carter autograph collection:
- Hall of Fame
- Shea Stadium Baseball
- 1981 All Star Game Baseball
- 1984 All Star Game Baseball
- Gold Glove Baseball
- 1986 Baseball
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thanks to the great Phungo blog for the highlight on Saturday. Phungo does a great job reviewing sports cards and memorabilia news and allowed me to participate in the Phungo 5 Q&A. They were great questions from a great blogger.
Thanks again for the shout-out.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Odd Man Out is a brief snapshot of life in the low baseball minor leagues. The story begins on a Yale pitching mound and ends a year later during cuts at Angels spring training.