Twenty-six years of Mets team sets could cost you just under $1,000.
I found this eBay auction this week that is selling every Mets team set card from 1962 - 1988. The auction appears to include the Seaver and Ryan rookies... and Ed Kranepool!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Twenty-six years of Mets team sets could cost you just under $1,000.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Instead, the Easter Bunny at our house gives out baseball cards and packs of them. The boys usually get a few packs of Topps, maybe an Upper Deck pack, t-shirts, and some chocolate candy.
I'm thinking of getting a few Jumbo Topps packs and maybe even some old-school wax packs this year!
Friday, April 15, 2011
I really like this card with Yogi and his coaches. For me this card has three classic pieces:
1 - Yogi
2 - Any card with just the coaches is good for me
3 - The black/white coaches' heads on a yellow background is greatness!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The road map to building apps has become easier. The programs are better and there are plenty of consultants ready to do the heavy lifting if you need it.
To take the National to the next step, they need an App for the National Sports Collectors Convention. Apps for conventions are almost common at this point. For comparison, I downloaded the StarWars Celebration V app to my iPhone. It's for last year's event, but the set-up for the National can be similar.
If I were designing the structure, I'd go this route:
- Home Screen - Sign up for email newsletter option and countdown to the National
- News - latest official information and tweets.
- Guests - the National could use a Tri-Star autograph list
- Schedule - Hours of the show and link to buy tickets.
- Fan Photos - Anyone can upload tickets to a Flickr page
- Exhibitors - List of dealers attending the show
- Map - Map of convention space
- Travel - Travel information, hotels, trains, etc.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I've met some great people at the National Sports Collectors Convention just by talking to them at their booth and getting to know them. I had to take the initiave to get to the know them and meet them. I think the National should help with this. It would assist the buyer and the seller.
Promote Your Product
Most of us the people who attend the National are not buying a product made by the people at the National, they are buying products made by the vendors at the National. I'd like to see the National help their vendors provide the following mandatory information on a sign at their booth or via QR Code:
- Vendor Name
- Vendor website and phone number
- Vendor location
- Number of years in business
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Assuming the National organizers recognize twitter (no evidence to support this yet), I'd like to see them organize a tweet-up. Other than posting prices on their facebook fan page, I haven't seen the National do a lot to hear what their customers are saying.
A National Tweet-up would provide organizers of the National to hear from their buyes.
- What do they love about the National?
- What bothers them?
- Where could areas be improved?
My message to the National:
Use twtvite.com to schedule a tweet-up. Listen to their concerns. Give some door prizes to thank people for their time and interact with your buyers.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
These are all ways to improve partnerships, pricing, marketing and vendor opportunities with the National. Hitting those keys areas can make the National more than just a sports memorabilia show - it can become a premier conference standard.
My question to the National: Is this the media most influential to your buyers?
The answer: Probably not.
Most collectors and hobby enthusiasts are not referring to page 2 of the ESPN website for their hobby news. They are reading sites like this and this and forums like this. It's time the National made it easier for their most influential outlets to cover their event. They need to have a Blogger Central.
What is Blogger Central?
It's a conference room with tables, chairs, outlets, free wifi and a place for bloggers to collect their thoughts and report on the National Sports Collectors Convention while they are at the event. Bloggers who want to write about the National should have to request credentials so they can have access to an area to report on their experience. Credentials should include:
- Access to Blogger Central room to report
- Access to some of the National organizers for interviews
- Access to behind the scenes of the National
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The first night of the National (Wednesday) is their "sneak peak" night. I went to the 2009 Cleveland National and "sneak peak" was code for "there's hardly anyone there."
The vendors were not completely set-up and the ones who were, several were not ready for customers. The big name card companies weren't running any promotions and most didn't have their tables ready.
The hours for the "sneak peak" are 4pm - 8pm. Why should we pay $4.50 an hour to attend a half-empty card show?
The "sneak peak" should become a Red Carpet Kick-off.
Let's do this right and do the following:
- Make the show free on Wednesday Night Only
- Have Ozzie Guillen, Mike Ditka or a Chicago legend cut the ribbon to open the show
- Offer special raffle prizes to the first 100 or so people who walk through the doors
- Team up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as I blogged about here.
- Make it mandatory for booth owners to be set-up by 4:00.
- Give collectors a cheerleader tunnel to run through as they enter the show.
- Have a band rock out some music as people wait in line and enter the show.
- Run some CCTV of the event with monitors placed in the show.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
We've all heard of the K.I.S.S. method for products and processes (Keep It Simple Stup...). I think the pricing structure for the National needs some adjustments. Right now, just to walk in the door to the National you have to choose:
- One Day Pass - $18
- VIP Package - $129
- Super VIP Package $129
- All Access VIP Page - $229
- All Access Super VIP Package $279
I shouldn't have to create and Excel Spreadsheet to determine what admission ticket I need to attend a card show. It's the same show and the same dealers for everyone, can we cut the VIP, Super VIP, and Really Super Nice But Still Overpriced VIP packages?
Assuming you keep the $18 single day admission price, then offer a full weekend ticket plan for $50 and skip the rest of the items. I love autographs, but the Rick Reuschel complimentary autograph for a VIP ticket isn't worth the extra $100.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
On Monday I blogged that I would dedicate the next several posts to ways the National can improve. Partnering with JDRF in honor of Ron Santo is a great first step.
Santo was a Chicago legend, a hero to many fans, and an inspiration to millions of Americans suffering from Diabetes.
I'd like to see the National partner with JDRF to raise money for the foundation. Some ideas to do this:
- Turn the Preview Night (4 hours on Wednesday) to the JDRF night - all admission funds go to the foundation.
- Host an auction of memorabilia donated by some of the vendors attending and friends of Santo.
- Host a dinner after the Wednesday night show to benefit JDRF
- Provide focus on one cause for one person's legacy
- Grab the attention by making it a one night event or proceeds from the entire weekend
- Engage and focus collectors
- Make it easy to take action by having an auction, a dinner or proceeds from the weekend donated.
Monday, March 7, 2011
The National Sports Collectors Convention has started their email marketing campaign, launched some prices and began spamming the facebook fan page. Does that sound familiar? Well, it should. It's the same process and product with problems we (collectors) have received for years.
My next blog posts are dedicated to identifying these opportunities and providing solutions for them.
I really want to see The National do well. I started the original facebook group for The National and along with VOTC, started the twitter hashtag #NSCC for use when discussing it. The next several posts will reveal:
- Partnership Opportunities
- Pricing Opportunities
- Marketing Opportunities
- Vendor Management Opportunities
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I love the feeling of completing a page in the sports card binder - especially when it finishes the team set. I started building the '62 Fleer Texans team set a year or so ago. It didn't need to take that long, but I didn't want to over pay for cards on eBay or find some looked worn out.
The Bill Miller card looks very different than others in the set. Most of the cards have players with a odd face and different frozen actions. Miller's card actually looks like he was running a pattern to catch a pass.
Now it's on to the next team set to build. I'm one card a way from finishing my '52 Bowman Large Dallas Texans team set a few away from finishing my '87 Topps Mets set.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
I briefly met Duke at an MAB show May 20, 2007. It was a Mets show and Duke was there signing autographs.
The picture here is Duke signing a nice Dodgers jersey. The jersey belonged to the person immediately in front of me in line. Duke's autograph four years ago wasn't the best and he didn't say much to people in line. He signed a baseball for me with the HOF '80 inscription. He looked at me, said thank you and that was plenty for me.
I'm not a Dodgers fan, but you don't have to be on to appreciate Duke Snider. RIP.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The move seems to have taken place immediately. The StarsLive365 website, that holds the Field of Dreams autograph schedule, has Dick Butkus, Andre Dawson and Joe Montana listed for signings. I went to this store quite a few times to get Pete's autograph.
I thought everything in the store was over-priced and you had to get special permission from Pete to sign something you brought in, but the overall experience was great. You get to sit right next to him as he signs your item, you get a few minutes to talk to him and you get a photo taken.
A few years ago Pete did a pretty cool autographcast from Las Vegas, I blogged about it here. At the time, I thought it was awesome. I could talk to him on the phone, he signed my item and then had it on the camera. Of course today with facetime and Skype, it's not as big of a deal, but I haven't seen other companies try running with this yet.
Pete may not be done with Las Vegas. According to the LVJ, Rose could be on his way to Luxor - further down on the Las Vegas Strip. A year ago there were some rumors that Luxor would be getting into the memorabilia business, perhaps this is part of it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This 1962 Fleer Jerry Mays card is the latest add to my Dallas Texans team set.
I really lucked out with my last four cards of this set. I found one eBay seller listing the last four Texans cards that I needed and was combining the shipping. All four cards cost $3.00 to ship. Not a bad deal.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Abner Haynes, 1962 Fleer, Dallas Texans is the latest addition. Haynes was the AFL Player-of-the-Year in 1960.
Once again, the back of the card has the great description. "Fleet, shifty Haynes sprinted 841 yards in 179 carries for an average of 4.7."
Oh that shifty Haynes.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Signings Hotline has a twitter account. You can follow them at twitter.com/SigningsHotline.
I'd like to see their twitter feed used for:
- Offer some free autograph listing tips
- Twitter contests for free autographs - I'm sure some of their sponsors would participate
- Twitter trivia contests for 30 day free trials or membership extensions
- Re-tweets of autograph show recaps from bloggers
- Signings news from autograph companies like CSA, Mounted Memories, and MAB
I hope it's used for making connections with collectors, listening and learning more about the collectors' needs instead of treating it like a megaphone.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
- It couldn't cost much
- It would be easy to obtain
- It would be easy to store
I decided to go with World Series programs. Baseball is probably my favorite sport and the World Series programs only cost about $10-15 a piece. Tip: Buy them on eBay after the series is over.
The programs also give a recap of the season and can capture the era with all of the ads and other stories. Have you ever read an old program and see the "color TV" or "Yoo-hoo Sports Drink" ads?
I recently picked up the 2010 World Series programs. Of course this year MLB made two versions: one for the Rangers and one for the Giants. I ended up going with the winning team.
Of course, I go through all this work and some day they'll say, "Why the h--l did the old man get a Giants World Series program?"
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thanks to Jason for the great start on my new project.
I decided to go with the '87 Topps Mets set because this was a team that I watched a lot during the '87 season. I was a big fan of the WWOR crew when I was growing up in south Jersey.
Of course the '87 season was disappointing. I still blame Roger McDowell for part a good part in that.
I had a lot of the '87 Topps set during that season. Unfortunately they lined the pennant on my wall instead of a occupying a page in my binder. This set will stay in the binder.
Friday, February 4, 2011
The signing was on Saturday with Dick Gordon Sports and I had the autograph in my hand by Thursday. Great service. They even sent a picture of Marvin Miller signing the baseball. To me, this is better than a COA.
This is a great autograph to add to my collection and the first I've done through a memorabilia dealer.
It's a pretty good autograph considering Miller is almost 100 years old!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I've never picked up an autograph I didn't get in person until this one, and all my other autographs have a picture of the person signing the item. It's my own COA. I thought it would be helpful for my kids one day when I'm long gone and they are trying to make money for the iPad 15 or whatever!
As you can see in scan, Dick Gordon Sports came through. He emailed this photo to me yesterday. My baseball is on the way!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I used some eBay bucks to get this card for free. I'm a big fan of the eBay bucks now.
I really like the '52 Bowman style and the back of the card says, "He captained the 1917 Fighting Irish . . . " How many cards reference a player from the 1917 Notre Dame team?!
Now I just need to capture the elusive Jim Lansford to complete the set.
Monday, January 31, 2011
I downloaded the iPhone version today (I can't test the android version) and it's great for local fans, collectors and fans coming to watch the game.
The Super Bowl Events section list the events by date and selecting one of the events will bring you a list of the details and where the event is located. This listing includes autograph opportunities and memorabilia information.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Super Bowl week is hitting Dallas. I've been to two Super Bowl weeks (only to the game once) and the NFL Experience is awesome.
The card shows are cool and so is the NFL Experience. If you're in the Dallas area, definitely check it out and bring the following in your backpack:
- Mini Helmet with the Super Bowl logo
NFL Experience schedule
Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday: NFL Experience closed, NFL Shop open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: NFL Experience closed, NFL Shop open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 3: 3 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 4: 3 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 5: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Feb. 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, January 28, 2011
MAB's Pinstripe Passion Show is scheduled (snow permitting) for Jan. 29 -30. New York Yankees' General Manager Brian Cashman will be selling his autograph for $49 plus a $10 inscription.
This is the first time I remember seeing a front office executive sitting at an autograph show table to sell their signature.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This one goes with my '62 Fleer Dallas Texans team set I'm building. Where did they take this picture? It looks like a river bank in the background.
I have no idea why Saxton was nicknamed the "The Rabbit" when he played for Texas before jumping to the Texans. Wouldn't Jackelope be a little more fun?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I already have this '52 Bowman Large card of James Hammond. The eBay auction bid was $4 so I placed the bid. After I won it for $4, I checked my spreadsheet and had my duh moment.
Oh well, it's $4, it's a cool card... I "won" auctions far worse than this I suppose.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
To promote a pre-Super Bowl party, Miles tweeted clues about the location and where he would be. Four hundred or so fans solved the riddles and were able to meet Miles Austin and get a few autographs.
Like it or not, twitter is bringing us closer to the athletes we cheer. If you're in a town with your favorite team (sadly I am not), I definitely recommend following some of the players on twitter. Now is the time to sign up with Super Bowl parties and athlete appearances becoming more common.
Friday, January 14, 2011
That said, I'm making my first through the mail autograph order. Dick Gordon Sports is representing Marvin Miller at the MAB autograph show on Jan. 30.
Dick Gordon Sports has a good reputation and solid reviews on SigningsHotline.com and MAB has always been solid. I ordered an MLB baseball for autograph.
I can't wait to get this one in Feb!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Signings hotline has a new format and honestly, I'm not a fan so far. I'm all for change and trying things new, but this isn't working:
- Best Practice & Maintenance should not be the first forum working - I go to signings hotline for signings information, not maintenance.
- I have to click about 3 or 4 more times to get the same information than before the upgrade.
- Before the upgrade I could see what threads had been updated, now I can only see the most recent.
- RSS Technology for getting updates
- Mobile App Development
Monday, January 10, 2011
The 9-year old killed in the weekend's shooting is the granddaughter of former Mets Manager Dallas Green. Christina Taylor Green is also the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green. Christina was born on 9-11-01.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Super Bowl 45 will have tours of the locker rooms and other areas of the Cowboys stadium.
If you're going to be in the Dallas area during Super Bowl week, this is a must see! The events in the days before the Super Bowl are a ton of fun. There are a lot of autograph opportunities and chances to see current and former players. I wish I was going to be at this one!
More about the tours here.