Time Sensitive Releases and the Future of Collecting – One Year Later

Remember this post? Probably not, but now that a year plus have passed and people are more accustomed to Topps Now, I wanted to revisit the topic.

Originally, I said that the print-to-order, online exclusive, 24 hour (sometimes a week) purchase window cards scared me. Now, I mostly see it as a nuisance. Let’s go […]

Time Sensitive Releases and the Future of Collecting

There’s a new trend in card manufacturing, and quite frankly it scares me a little bit.

This season, Topps introduced a new product called Topps Now. This would not be a retail or hobby release, but instead an online exclusive with a very limited window. Each day, Topps would take events or milestones from the […]

The Future Of Card Collecting

Before we get into the post, I want to make an announcement/request.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND PACKAGES TO THE ADDRESS YOU HAVE FOR ME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

If you have something we’ve talked about, leave a comment or email me before sending it but, barring some sabotage, I will be closing on a house this […]

In Defense Of Topps (and Panini)

The past couple weeks have seen articles written about the card collecting hobby (specifically baseball card collecting) by people that I would personally consider to be outsiders. The authors even allude or admit to their status as outsiders. These high-profile writers are using their newspapers or aggregate blog services to chime the death knell of […]

Thoughts on Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam’s death

Today, the industry lost a major player and a highly influential force when Upper Deck Co-Founder and CEO Richard McWilliam died suddenly. Here’s the story from Beckett for any interested in learning more.

My thoughts upon hearing the news were conflicted. Of course I feel for the families and co-workers affected, and I’ll touch on […]

Why Who Wins the MVP Doesn’t Matter

Let’s compare something shall we?

McDonald's was a little early with the label

Frank Thomas – Two Time MVP Award Winner

2 MVP awards means 2 pictures

Versus

Not so fast, 80s graphic!

Tony Gwynn – Zero-Time MVP Award Winner

I know these two were never in direct competition for the award, […]

My Thoughts On The Recent Jersey Relic Scandal

Recently, a memorabilia dealer was arrested for mail fraud charges associated with the sales altered sports jerseys. Apparently, this dealer was buying regular consumer-market jerseys and altering them to make them look “game-used.” He then, according to his own confession after arrest, sold those fake “game-used” jerseys to all three major card companies of the […]

Was Topps Reading Our Blog?

The answer, of course, is most likely no. Still, humor me.

When Series 1 of 2012 Topps was getting ready to hit the shelves and our grubby little mits, Topps made an announcement regarding the two big name off-season free agent signings. Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols were going to have “Super short prints” in […]

MoyerMania! or: JRC, the Junk Rookie Card

How’s that for a deceptive post title?! But seriously, Jamie Moyer winning his first game of the season the other day (thus becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game in the history of baseball) happened literally hours after I had a conversation with a non-collector friend of mine.

So young. So… not old. […]

Running Out of Options

We’re still in the midst of March Madness, so basketball has been on my mind more often than usual lately. I’ve been neglecting my basketball collections for the most part. One major reason is that they are very specific. There aren’t a lot of people actively looking to push their 1995-96 Series 1 Basketball inserts […]