Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is a New Beckett Media Site Scheduled for 2011?

Beckett Media introducted new president, Brian Gulledge, on July 7, 2010. Part of Brian's opening remarks focused on the customer service issues of the Becket Media website and the plan to launch a new site in December, 2010.

At the time, I blogged that this was a pretty aggressive plan. Honestly, I don't visit the website much (I RSS the blog though), but I checked in on today and it looks the same to me.

Is there going to be a new website? Will it be in the last days of 2010? Will there be one in 2011?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Try to Smack that Smile off Gino Marchetti's Face

Hey Rookie - What are you smiling at?

This is Gino Marchetti's 1952 Bowman Large rookie card (#23). I picked up this card on eBay for a fraction of the book value. Yes, add your own book value comment here.

I met Gino at an autograph show a few years ago. He didn't say much (unlike his HOF teammate Art Donovan), but he signed my item, and said thank you.

This is card almost finishes my 52 Bowman Large Texans team set. Two more to go!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

You Say Weiner, I Say Weiner

Now this is a cool vintage card. I've noticed some of the 1952 Bowman cards are landscape instead of portrait - not all, but a handful are designed this way.

This is another one for my Dallas Texans team set. This is card #114, Art Weiner from the 1952 Bowman Large series.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nine Years Later - Hockey Player Epsen Knutsen Closes a Chapter

The hockey nets that cascade around the hockey rink from arena ceilings didn't alway exist. A stray puck from ex-Columbus Blue Jacket Epsen Knutsen changed the safety guidelines in all arenas.

Nearly nine years ago, a puck hit by Knutsen hit and killed 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil. On Friday, Knutsen finally met the mother of that little girl.

The story is here in the Columbus Dispatch.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

1952 Bowman Large Design Fail

For the most part, the 1952 Bowman football series (large and small) looks outstanding. I've been working on a '52 Texans set for both.

There are some great action shots like Zollie Toth and Art Weiner.

And then the series has the John Wozniak card here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Brett Favre Autographing 297 Streak Footballs

It didn't take Brett Favre long to capitalize on his 297 consecutive games streak.

Favre is selling footballs with a 297 game inscription on his official website. If he can't put his socks on, I'm not sure how he can sign a football?

Interesting note from Pete King on Favre's streak ending in Detroit:

  • Lou Gehrig's streak also ended in Detroit.
  • Wally Pipp's streak also ended in Detroit.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dallas Cowboy Gets Michael Vick's Autograph After the Game

"Wow, you guys just officially ended our season, can you sign this glove for me?"

Was that the conversation Tashard Choice had with Michael Vick following Sunday night's game in Dallas?

The Eagles just officially eliminated the Cowboys from the playoff picture (unofficially that was done by Tashard Choice's fumble agains Washington in Week 1), when Choice asked for Vick's autograph on the football field! According to Vick, "that's probably the first time that's ever happened to me." You think?

Do you think Emmitt Smith would have asked for Steve Young's autograph on the field? Would Tony Dorsett had ever asked for Terry Bradshaw's autograph after the game? How do you think the Dallas defense felt about Choice obtaining post-game autographs on the field for the player that beat them?

According the Choice, the glove was for a family member. What if that glove was now for sale on eBay?

The ESPN is story here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Does this Dallas Texan Look "Sneaky Fast?"

The back of this card describes Chris Burford as "Sneaky Fast!"

In 1961, Burford averaged 16.7 yards per reception and 51 catches for 850 yards and 5 touchdowns.

This 1962 Fleer is the latest Dallas Texans card I've picked up on eBay. I only have five more before completing the team set.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Great Action Shots from Dallas Texan E.J. Holub

The 1962 Fleer set I'm collecting is entertaining if nothing else.

I'm focusing on the Dallas Texans and some of these cards are pretty hilarious. This is E.J. Holub, a linebacker from Texas Tech.

As David commented on my previous blog post about the 1962 Texans, "Part of the reason for so many local collegiate guys was to help create an interest in the team by having the fans recognize the players. They were referred to as "Territorial Picks."

Great comment and thanks for the contribution.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Breaking News: I Haven't Blogged Much Lately

This just in . . . there haven't been too many October and November blog posts from me.

About a year or so ago, I decided to start living more. What does that mean? To me, it meant doing instead of watching.

I tackled my fear of heights by skydiving last year and this year I did my first polar bear plunge and started running. If you follow me on twitter, you know I've just completed my first 1/2 marathon - The Rock and Roll Marathon series in Las Vegas (pictured with my medal here).

Do I still love sports cards and marketing? Of course and I'll continue to blog and tweet about both.

I've picked up some nice '62 Fleers and '52 Bowman Larges recently. I'll start blogging about them shortly. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dallas Texans 1962 - Hometown Signings

This is another 1962 Fleer Dallas Texans card I picked up. Once again, the posed action shot of Sherrill Headrick is classic.

The stats on the back indicate that Headrick is from TCU. So far, 3 of the 4 '62 Texans that I've put on the blog came from Texas or Louisiana colleges.

Did they get local players due to easier scouting, public relations, lack of scouting budgets, or all of the above?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Spikes! Put Two Hands on that Football

The faux action shots of this 1962 Fleer set are pretty cool. This is full-back Jack Spikes demonstrating the proper technique to have two hands on the football.

If only I had this picture to show the football team I coached this fall!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

GTSM Pricing Announced for April 2011 NJ Show

Will someone please bring Emmitt Smith back to Earth? Once again the Dancing with the Stars winner has pricing out of this world.

Full size helmet autograph: $350
HOF inscription: $175


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mel Branch 1962 Fleer Dallas Texans

My latest 1962 Fleer Dallas Texan is Mel Branch. It's another card from this fun set that looks Mel is dancing instead of playing football.

Branch was a defensive end for the Texans.

The Texans logo in the bottom right corner is pretty awesome too.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dancing with the Dallas Texans Stars

I started a new team set this week. In addition to the '52 Dallas Texans, I'm now collecting the 1962 Fleer Dallas Texans. This is the Texans team that ended up moving to Kansas City.

I think the Fleer cards pretty hilarious. They have coloration issues, centering is always a struggle, but you an find some cheap, nice ones on eBay.

This is Paul Rochester doing his best Dancing with the Stars. Is he doing the cha-cha?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

1952 Bowman Large George Taliaferro

I've really enjoyed collecting this Bowman Large 1952 Dallas Texans set. It's been a great way to learn about the history of the league and get some great vintage cards for excellent prices.

This is my latest eBay deal - George Taliaferro, #89. The scan doesn't do this card justice. It's pretty well centered, one soft corner and a very minor crease in top left corner. Total eBay price: $8.00.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Philadelphia Spectrum Memorabilia for $25

I always find out about these things a day late!

For $25, fans could enter the Spectrum and take whatever they wanted. It sounds like an awesome deal to get stadium used items like folding chairs, signs, bar stools. My first basketball and hockey games were at the Spectrum, including my first failed autograph attempt (thanks Moses Malone).

More on the last chance for Spectrum memorabilia here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Peter Yarrow Book Signing and Concert

Some musicians have songs that can span generations. Peter Yarrow may be unmatched in this category.

We caught up with Peter at a book store signing last month. Peter signed copies of his "Puff the Magic Dragon" book and a few others. Then treated the 100-200 people in the store to a small concert.

The audience consisted of grandparents, parents and toddlers. He entertained all of us with his song and his great sense of humor.

My boys brought a Puff CD for Peter to sign. The picture here is taken during the small concert and the video I captured from my phone.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Win the Ron Artest Championship Ring

Athletes spend their entire careers chasing them. Ron Artest will spend Christmas auctioning his ring away. . . for charity.

On December 25, Ron Artest will raffle his LA Lakers championship ring to benefit his charity, Xcel University.

To purchase raffle tickets go to: ronartest.com.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Looking For a Reason to Visit a Card Store

As a kid, I loved going to a card store. I went to several and never really had a favorite, but I had a choice depending on where the parents were driving around that day.  

You'd beg to stop at one so you could get a pack of cards, look for a few singles and get back in the car before your mom's Buick started embarrassing you with that annoying car horn.

Fast forward too many years to count and what reason does a kid have to visit a hobby card store?

What can you get a hobby store that you can't at Target, Walmart, eBay, Freedom Cardboard, Sports Card Forum and Beckett.

I've blogged several times here, here, here, and here about ways for card shops to capture the passion of card collectors.

Unfortunately, I'm not seeing a change.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

When Will Sports Cards Have QR Codes?

You've seen this in magazines, Best Buy advertisements, and even in the windows of some businesses.

It's a QR Code. If you scan it with your smart phone camera via a QR Scanner app, it opens a video or URL.

It sounds complicated, but it's not. 
For example, I downloaded a QR scanner from the iPhone app store. There are a ton of free ones out there. I use the AT&T Scanner and QR Scanner.

A few weeks ago there was a code to scan in the Sunday Best Buy ad. When I scanned it, the code launched a 5 minute YouTube video of the highlighted band recording their song - very cool behind the scenes video.

I'm writing a blog post at work about us doing this on business cards to either our corporate home page or to our personal LinkedIn page. The QR Code pictured here goes to my LinkedIn public profile.

When will sports cards have QR codes on the back?
I think this is another way to give the collector extra content and make cards more digital. Some types that I'd like to see the QR code linking to: 
- A video of a current player talking about the upcoming season.
- A video of a player talking about a career highlight. A 500 home run series having a member of the club talking about hitting #500.
- Upper Deck or Topps running giveaways with some of the codes for free cards and boxes.
- A video of a historic moment.
- A video link of the player signing the card you have.

There are a lot of possibilities and it would add some life to the industry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Remember the Blue Road Uniforms

At the time I wasn't a big fan of them, but looking back, I really like the blue road uniforms some teams had.

This Paul Molitor, '84 Topps card has Paul in his blues. I like the Brewers blue, the Blue Jays blue and the Phillies blue . . . the grays that teams wear now, just seem a little boring compared to these.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Favre Texting Scandal Is the Seinfeld Tractor Story

I think nearly everything in life can be related to a Seinfeld or Brady Bunch episode.

All we heard about during the NFL off-season was Brett Favre and his Mississippi tractor riding. Now, all we hear about his Brett Favre and his texting issues.

I'm waiting for the Jennifer Sterger to say: "My boyfriend said I got gonorrhea from a tractor."

And you call that the tractor story?! 

We Can't Have Bullets and Colt .45s, but Redskins are OK?

One of my Topps Million Card give-away is this 1962 Joe Amalfitano card of the Houston Colt .45s. After looking at the wiki page and some of their cool logos the story of the .45s seems really interesting to me.

In today's politically correct world, we could never have another Colt .45s team, just as we can't have a Washington Bullets team name. I get it, I'm not here to argue the name change, but I don't understand what appears to be a double-standard.

We can't have:
- Colt .45s
- Washington Bullets
- Eastern Michigan Hurons
- Miami (OH) Redskins

Why can we have the Washington Redskins and Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians? Why are these images and stereotypes OK?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Signs Your Baseball Career is Going in the Wrong Direction

There are several key signs to alert a player that his baseball career is trending in the right direction. A player's bat speed could slow down, velocity on his pitches may drop or getting injured more frequently are all signs that the career is in the wrong direction.

Former NY Mets pitcher Dennis Ribant could also see this by reading the back of his 1966 Topps card!

This is a '66 card, but the highlight listed in the top right corner is, "Dennis led the midwest league in ERA in 1961."

So his career highlight is 5 years ago . . . and it's a minor league accomplishment. Dennis ended up having a decent 1966 season in New York, but was out of baseball a few years later.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October CSA Autograph Show Line Up

CSA Shows has another unique and collector friendly show this month.

The October 15-17 show has more '72 Dolphin reunion guests and is heavy on the basketball guests. Some of the basketball autograph guests include:
- Magic Johnson
- Jerry West
- George Gervin

There's also a '77-78 Washington Bullets reunion (pictured here) with: Phil Chenier, Bob Dandridge, Kevin Grevey, Elvin Hayes, Tom Henderson, Dick Motta, Joe Pace, Wes Unseld, and Larry Wright. 

My favorite part of CSA Shows is the free admission on Fridays. This is perfect for the card collector who doesn't want to fight the autograph crowds. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Willie Mays Tells Mets - Let Me Sign Autographs

Willie Mays is so concerned about lack of attendance at Citi Field that he wants to have an autograph session (for him) on the field.

According to the NY Daily News, Mays said, "I'd like to come back and do a show there, 'like an autograph session, help myself, help the Mets."

Thanks to Willie for "offering" his services for a price at Citi Field. I think this could be a good idea if:
- Willie's autograph prices come down to reality
- Fans get a tour of the ballpark including, dugout, locker room, around the outfield, bullpen, etc.
- Add some other Mets greats to the line up.

But let's be honest.  Is really Mays really going to sit in the October chill at Citi Field to sign autographs? I think we're looking at next season.

Monday, September 27, 2010

PBS Baseball Tenth Inning By Ken Burns - 9/28

Ken Burns unveils the Tenth Inning on PBS Tuesday, 9/28. This is a two-part follow-up to his baseball documentary.

I really enjoyed the original baseball documentary he did 20 years ago and I'm looking forward to seeing how he documents events following the '94 strike and the steroid era.

You can follow the Tenth Inning here and on facebook, twitter, and foursquare.

I would have liked a promotion baseball card set to come out with this.

Friday, September 24, 2010

When Football Players Had Off-Season Jobs

The backs of vintage cards bring more than the stats.

I picked up this 1952 Bowman Large card of Dallas Texan Brad "Whitie" Ecklund. The best part of his card was the listing of his four years in the Marines seeing action at Okinawa.

I really thought it the last two sentences of the card were interesting:
"Works as a salesman during the off-season. Plans career in coaching and selling."

Sounds like the first steps to product endorsements?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Vince Coleman Autograph Request

Former Met and friend of firecrackers, Vince Coleman, is signing autographs.

Vince is signing at the Mounted Memories November 21 show in Chicago, IL.

What are the chances Vince signs a firecracker for me?

If you don't remember Vince's little problem . . .

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

eBay Auction for Dana White to Tweet You

Twitchange is a celebrity twitter auction that is raising money for aHomeinHaiti.org.

You can bid to have Eva Longoria, Dana White, Jim Rome, Pierre Garcon, and others follow you on twitter for at least 90 days and retweet one of your tweets.

The auction raises money to build the Miriam Center, a home for children with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other disabilities.

How long until TriStar, Mounted Memories and others start selling tweets and followers at card and memorabilia shows?

Monday, September 20, 2010

2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame List

The Hall of Fame announced it's preliminary list for the 2011 Class. Some of the first time notables include:
- Deion Sanders
- Jerome Bettis
- Marshall Faulk
- Curtis Martin
- Jimmy Smith, 
- Willie Roaf
- Dick Vermeil 

Out of that group, I see Deion and Marshall being first ballot HOFers. I think Bettis and Roaf will eventually get in, but it may not be on the first ballot. 


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Reds Missed an Opportunity

The Reds could take a page from the Toronto Blue Jays marketing department.

Last week I blogged about #twittertuesdays at a Blue Jays game. It was a great experience for my family. We were able to meet people, get involved in the game and I could have conversations with other fans cheering for the Blue Jays. (I'm still a Mets fan, but I like to cheer for the home team when I'm at a new stadium.)

September 11 was Pete Rose #4192 celebration day at the Reds game. For the first time in over 20 years, Pete was allowed on the home field of the Cincinnati Reds. It was a great video tribute and it was amazing to see Pete on the field.

But the Reds really missed out on an opportunity to socialize with their customers. They didn't have a hashtag for the event. I twittered from touring the Reds Hall of Fame, from my seats, the concessions and after the ceremony. Using the tweet-see app, I could see hundreds of other people doing the same thing.

Instead of promoting a hashtag, like #4192, and following the conversation. The Reds marketing arm did they same thing they always do at a game: Send their pretty spokesperson to the vending areas to talk about great hotdogs for $10 and a 10% discount on hats at the gift shop. Really? Yes, really.

What they should have done:
  • Promote and follow a hashtag - #4192 is just an example. 
  • Get stories from people who came to see Pete on the field. I sat next to someone who drove to the game from Iowa to see Pete. 
  • Use twitpics of people in their Rose jerseys on the jumbo screen. 
  • Create an online petition to send to Bud Selig for Pete to be reinstated. 
  • Even talk about the cool Pete Rose print give-away at the Reds HOF. 
They missed an opportunity to connect, engage and turn their customers into evangelists.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pete Rose 25 Year Anniversary - Free Print

I attended the Pete Rose 4192 celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Everyone who went through the Reds Hall of Fame received a free print.

The picture has Pete's swing from Sept. 11, 1985. I have the picture of Pete on first base with Steve Garvey, but I didn't have one with the swing. It's a pretty nice print I'll get signed some day. One in ten given-away at the Reds Hall of Fame were already signed - I wasn't lucky enough to win one of those.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Twitter Tuesdays Experience with the Toronto Blue Jays

Twitter, baseball, and watching a game with your kids - it doesn't get much better than that for me.

My family and I recently experienced a Toronto Blue Jays game and their promotion for using the hashtag #twittertuesdays on a Tuesday home game. By following a simple playbook, the Blue Jays entered marketing nirvana by turning their customers into evangelists.

First - the Blue Jays promoted their #twittertuesdays hashtag on their website, with their own twitter account @bluejays, and throughout the stadium.

Second - They offered a contest. The "Most Valuable Tweeter" as decided upon by fan voting, won a free luxury box suite to one of their September home games.

Third - The Blue Jays were social. Social media isn't about finding another channel to broadcast your message. It's about interacting, listening, answering . . . being social.

Before the game, #twittertuesdays announcements were on the screens and throughout the stadium. Using my iPhone (although any smartphone would work) I began tweeting about the experience, mentioned it was my kids' first time in Toronoto, and I even sent a few twitpics (pictures sent via twitter) about the good time we were having. Using the #twittertuesdays hashtag with my tweets, other fans at the game were able to see my updates and interact. The Toronto Blue Jays marketing representative even stopped by our seats to talk to us. She gave us a t-shirt, took our picture and just welcomed us to the game.

During the game the contest began and 100s of people were twittering with the #twittertuesdays hashtag. The @bluejays would respond to some tweets and continued to interact with all of the fans. During the 7th inning, the Blue Jays posted a twitpic of my kids (with ice cream all over their faces) on the giant video screen for 20,000 fans to see!

At the end of the game, the Most Valuable Tweeter was announced. It wasn't me, but I had such a good time talking baseball (over twitter), sitting with my family at a baseball game, winning a t-shirt and getting my kids picture on the giant screen that it didn't really matter. The Blue Jays didn't even win the game, but the experience was great.
The Blue Jays are scoring with #twittertuesdays. They are getting 100s of people at every Tuesday home game to promote their products. These are customers who already paid the Blue Jays for a product and are now sharing their positive experiences with the 100s or 1,000s of people who follow them on twitter.
The cost for this promotion is minimal. The Blue Jays give out a few t-shirts, talk to their customers, and award one person with their best product, the luxury box suite to another game. The marketing effort doesn't stop with the announcement of the winner. What will the Most Valuable Tweeter probably do? That person will continue to give positive comments on twitter about the Blue Jays and their most expensive/best product.
Twitter and Non Twitter Users
To search for twitter conversations and information about #twittertuesdays, go to www.twitter.com and type #twittertuesdays. This will bring a list of tweets using the #twittertuesdays hashtag. Another search is hashtags.org/tag/twittertuesdays. You can RSS any of the searches and add it to your RSS reader as another way to keep track of this hashtag or any other.

TweetDeck users can click the search icon in tweetdeck and type #twittertuesdays. This open another column (if you have less than 10 columns) and continually refreshes as long as you keep it.

I recommend using twitter hashtags for marketing all of your events. You may not be on twitter, but chances are, some of your customers are.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pete Rose 25 Year Anniversary - I Will Be There

The Reds are celebrating Pete Rose's 25th anniversary of hit #4192. Before the game on Sept. 11, Pete will be allowed on the field for the celebration and I'm taking the family to the game.

According to the Reds website, there will be a video tribute and the appearance by the Hit King. 

I grew up in New Jersey and my first memories of Pete Rose was seeing him in a Phillies uniform. I started to follow him then and I'm still a huge fan of his on-the-field baseball accomplishments.

I remember when he broke Ty Cobb's all-time hit record. I was in grade school at the time and that night I was probably doing homework or something while my mom was cleaning and listening to the radio. During a song, the DJ interrupted (Pete was still very popular in Philly) to give the "Ladies and Gentleman, Pete Rose just broke Ty Cobb's all-time hit record" announcement.

My mom and I immediately turned off the radio and turned on the TV. We only had the 3 major channels in our townhouse at the time and all three channels were carrying the live video from Riverfront Stadium. It's one of those memories as a kid that you'll never forget. I still have the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Enquirer from Sept. 12 that has all the coverage.

This Saturday, 25 years later, I'm taking my family to almost the same spot where Pete broke one of baseball's biggest records for the celebration. It's a pretty big deal for me.

I don't know if it'll be one of those memories my kids will remember 25 years from now, but I know I will.

We're going to the Reds Hall of Fame before the game and I'll tweet and send some twitpics throughout the evening on twitter: @JamesRyanJ.

My Super Bowl XLV Prediction

I'm not going with the Jets, Mark Sanchez's playoff numbers were good, his regular seasion numbers were good for a rookie.

I'm not going with Dallas. I'm a big Cowboys fan, but I'm not sold on Tony Romo being able to win a tough one in the playoffs. His performance and happy feet in Minn. last season were ugly.

I'm not going with Green Bay. Has their defense improved that much to shut other teams down if the offense struggles?

I'm not going with San Diego or Baltimore either.

I think it's going to be: Atlanta over New England. I belive the Patriots have another run left in them and the 3rd year for Matt Ryan is going to be huge.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

One of One Million from Topps - Pete Rose 1986

I ordered a few of the cards I received from the Topps Million Card Giveaway. This is the 1986 Pete Rose card that I previously blogged about.

Once I placed the order, it took less than a week to get here, the order process was easy, and the card is in very good condition. I'm pretty happy with this one, the giveaway and the service Topps provided.

Now I'm really looking forward to Saturday, 9/11, Reds game. They are honoring the 25th anniversary of hit #4192.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wally Backman's Brooklyn Impact

The hire of Wally Backman as the Brooklyn Cyclone's manager is already paying off. The Cyclones are in the playoffs.

Backman's Cyclones won the McNamara division and have the best record in the league.

Sunday's Record has an article by Steve Popper about the Mets needing to decide what to do with Backman and he clearly has eyes for the big league level.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Topps Tribute 2010 - Cards from Cardboard Connection

I'm sucker for the old school cards and modern cards that reflect and old design and showcase players from a previous era.

Unfortunately, Topps Tribute 2010 didn't do it for me. I received some cards from Cardboard Connection for their "Three I'd Like to See" promotion. I didn't win the contest, but it was really cool of them to throw some cards my way.

The 2010 Topps Tribute cards I received:
- Rogers Hornsby 50/51
- Walter Johnson
- Johnny Bench

I'm all for the sepia background, but in my opinion, the card is a little bland, it's hard to read the script font they use on the shiny front. I like the thickness of the card and having the player stand-out, but it's just missing something for me.

Let me know if you're collecting the set and are interested in the cards.

Thanks again to Cardboard Connection for the schwag.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The National Facebook Group Being Decommissioned

I started The National facebook group page about 2 years ago. I emailed and called the people running the National Sports Collectors Convention several times about a facebook page, but no one ever returned my call. I wanted to see if they already had one.

When no one returned my messages asking them about a facebook page, I decided to create my own.

I only had one goal for the group page: Create an open forum to discuss the National. A few months after I created the group page, the people running the National finally created a facebook fan page for the event and began spamming our group page. When asked why they were spamming our group page, the answer I received was, "your page is our competition."

Really? How can my group page be your competition? I don't have a product to sell - I'm talking about your product.

We finally came to an understanding that the group page wasn't competition. They also finally realized that I wasn't competing with them, I and everyone in the group were more than customers, we were evangelists for their product.

Their fan page has made good improvements. It also has a long way to go, but this is their first toe dipping into the deep end of social media marketing. In the past two years it has provided a lot of good information, but their needs to be more discussion - more "social" interaction. The fan page is more than a channel to post links to websites. I think a fan page should be about the fans of the product, not just the product.

I'd like to see the National really embrace the social market by providing specials to facebook fans, use twitter and the hashtag #NSCC, and bring in a mobile marketing effort like foursquare or gowalla.

This week I will decommission the group page called "The National." I had a lot of fun running it, posting links and talking about the National, but I think we've hit a redundant stage with the two pages. Thanks to all of those who joined the group and participated in the discussions.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Minor Leauge Manager Ejected and Signs 1st Base for Fan

This brings game-used memorabilia to a whole new level.

Minor league manager, Gary Robinson, of the State College Spikes was thrown out of a game after arguing if a player was hit by a pitch. During his exchange with the umpire, Robinson was tossed out of the game.

Robinson eventually rips first base out of the ground, signs it and gives it to a fan sitting 2 rows behind the dugout.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Answer: Stephen Strasburg

The Question:
Why should collectors avoid the temptation to overspend on rookie cards and buy into the hype of the yearly "greatest player ever?"

That's my weak attempt at Jeopardy.

I hate to see Strasburg have this injury. It hurts the game and the hobby. I kept quiet on all the people talking about buying his latest card and spending thousands of dollars on an autograph card. Everyone has their own taste and interests, but this is why I resist going all in.

Let's hope Bryce Harper isn't next.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pete Rose Returns to Cincinnati to Celebrate 4192

An update to my previous post, Baseball's all-time Hit King, Pete Rose will be on the field at the Great American Ballpark to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of his 4,192nd career hit.

Source - Cincinnati Reds Blog.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ironic and Sad: 25 Year Anniversary of Pete Rose Hit 4192

The Cincinnati Reds have permission to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb's hit record and Pete's finally allowed on the field with them to celebrate. 

This is great news, except Pete can't make the actual Sept. 11th anniversary date. Why? He has a previous commitmment with a casino! Are you kidding me?

Pete will be at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, IN for a roast.  Tickets are $200 a piece for the event.

The Reds may have the on-field celebration Sept. 10 or Sept 12.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dmitri Young to be a Card Corner Club Radio Regular

Former All-Star and current hobby enthusianst, Dimitri Young is going to be a regular on Card Corner Club Radio.

Voice of the Collector announced this week that Young, a previous guest on the show, will soon be a regular contributor.

How cool is that?! Dimitri is more than a former major league player, he has a huge card collection and really gets into the hobby.

If the live show doesn't fit your schedule (Friday nights), then definitely subscribe via RSS. It's a great weekly recap of the week's hobby news.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Like a Beacon of Hope - Sports Cards Vending Machine

I went to my first Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre last week. It was "Twitter Tuesday," which I'll write more about later, but this vending machine jumped out at me.

A vending machine for baseball cards! I love it.

Maybe this is common at every stadium and I haven't noticed before that game. Personally, I'd like for my work place to get one of these. Instead of walking way from my desk to get a cup of coffee, I'd much rather walk away to buy a pack of cards.

I think I can make a case for productivity increase in the workplace by having a 5 minute distraction each day to open a pack of cards.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A New Card Can Make it All Good

It's been a long week at work. It's going to be a long month actually, but there's something about getting a new card in the mail that just helps you get through it all.

Today I added to my '52 Bowman Large Dallas Texans team set with this Buddy Young card. I have the '52 Bowman Small set, and now I'm going large.

Buddy was a 5'4" running back for the Texans and Yanks prior to that. I paid around $8 for this card on eBay.

Now, back to work.

Monday, August 16, 2010

33 Years Since the King Died

Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977. (Or is he living in Kalamazoo, MI?)

Long live the King. I need to get some of these Donruss cards.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vintage Football Card - New eBay Purchase

I was lucky enough to win this Art Donovan, 1952 Bowman Large card.

Were most buyers at the National when this card auction ended? It has a slight crease, but I paid less than $40 for this. I don't think I overpaid, but either way, I'm happy with the card.

My scanner is pretty horrible which is why the bottom and right borders are missing.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rare Magic Johnson Public Autograph Session

I was a New York Knicks basketball fan growing up, but I wouldn't miss a Magic Johnson basketball game on TV. It didn't matter who the Lakers were playing, if Magic was in the game I wanted to watch him play. And when he played the Knicks, it was tough to route against him.

CSA Shows in Chantilly, VA sent an email today announcing that Magic Johnson will be signing autographs at their October 15-17 show. Magic's prices are:
- $125 for flats
- $150 for premium items
- $50 for inscriptions

Looking for a 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention Recap?

A lot of card blogs have a recap post and trip reports from the National, but I think twitter offers the best review. Do a twitter search on the hashtag #NSCC and you'll get more than the recaps. You'll get the reactions of everyone in the moment including the links to the recaps.

Check out: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23nscc

Here's my previous article on what a hashtag can do for your sports card show.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What Would You Pay for Tom Brady's Autograph?

We're headed to a double-dip recession, unemployment is still around 10% and the stock market is going in the wrong direction. But why not spend $899 on an autographed Tom Brady helmet.


TriStar announced details of a rare Tom Brady private autograph session. For $899 you can get your full size helmet signed by Tom. Inscriptions? That will cost an extra $149.

Does that seem a little high to you? And to think I was complaining about Emmitt Smith's HOF prices.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 2 of the 2010 National - Blogger Kiosk

Here's a blogger recap of Day 2 of the 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD:

Please let me know if there are other Day 2 Reports.

Twitter Follow Friday: #NSCC

Slap a hashtag on that tweet! My Follow Friday shout goes to #NSCC. Last year there were a few of us tweeting from the National - this year is another story!

Follow the hashtag and it's as close as you can get to being there. The pictures, recaps and streaming video is fantastic.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 1 of the 2010 National - Blogger Kiosk

Here's a collection of some of the Day 1 National Sports Collectors Convention Reports:

Let me know if there are other Day 1 Reports.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Follow the 2010 National on Twitter

It's not the same as being there, but if you can't get to the National, follow the play-by-play on twitter. The hashtag #NSCC is being used for the 2010 National in Baltimore.

The best and most comprehensive way to follow the National action is by following the hashtag: #NSCC. Here are some pretty easy steps to see the tweets if you are on twitter or not.

Some of the twitter users sending updates are:
- Twitter.com/VOTC
- Twitter.com/stalegum
- Twitter.com/WesYee
- Twitter.com/FCBSportscards
- Twitter.com/TracyHackler
- Twitter.com/chrisolds2009
- Twitter.com/GrandCards
- Twitter.com/witmer
- Twitter.com/StevenTormollan
- Twitter.com/PeteIncaviglia

Add a comment if you have someone to include in the list above.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joe DiMaggio's Military Service Secrets Revealed

Joltin' Joe had a "defective attitude toward the service." According to records revealed on  TheSmokingGun.com, DiMaggio didn't really have glowing reviews in the military.

Reports from Major Emile Stoloff and Major William Barrett say Joe D's "personal problems appeared to be more of consequence to him than his obligations to adjust to the demands of the service." Stoloff added that the Yankee Clipper had a "conscious attitude of hostility and resistance." Ouch!

Years ago, Hunt Auctions did a big DiMaggio military records auction.

More at TheSmokingGun website.

Great Emmitt Smith Autograph Story

I'm pretty sure the keywords "great, Emmitt Smith, and autograph" will put this story #1 on the google search list because unfortunately stories like this are about as rare as riding a unicorn.

I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan and I've been to several autograph shows that feature plenty of former Cowboys players (Aikman, Irvin, Dorsett, Daryl Johnston, Ed Jones, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Drew Pearson, and the list goes on). In all of the events I've been to, I have never heard one collector tell a good story about getting Emmitt Smith's autograph. Never.

Then I read this article about a long-time Dallas fan who has his own Emmitt Smith museum and finally caught up with Emmitt to get his scrapbook signed.