There was some hobby reading produced in newspapers around the U.S. over the long holiday weekend. If you were busy camping, sorting cards or avoiding Hurricane Arthur, we've rounded u some of the stories that touched on hobby topics.
A couple of them focused on the industry in general. Goodsports Sports Cards in Edwardsville, IL has been around for 15 years, long enough to see a lot of change in the industry, despite arriving after the boom/bust early 1990's. The Edwardsville Intelligencer talked with owner Ben Farnsworth about the hobby and his own store.
One of the country's largest buyers--and unopened specialists--Baseball Card Exchange, was the subject of a feature in The Times of Northwest Indiana. BBCE has long operated online with a couple of large warehouses full of anything and everything, but in April, the company opened a retail outlet to serve customers in the region.
I went to a Brewers-Rockies game at Miller Park a week ago last Sunday and like a lot of fans, my 'ticket' turned out to be a self-printed 8x10 page with a bar code that was scanned when I arrived at the gate. No paper tickets to tear in half these days.
In fact, what was once a souvenir staple is now disappearing. Often, it's only season ticket holders who get something you can hold in your hand and it seems more common in the NFL or college football where there are only a few home games each season.
Collectors of tickets and stubs aren't crazy about this trend according to this story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
An Illinois man latched onto a sign that's believed to have been made by the Brooklyn Dodgers just after they entered the clubhouse after winning the 1955 World Series--Brooklyn's only title.
The post has been autographed at the time by numerous players but Series hero Johnny Podres was missing--as were a couple of other players on the roster.
Jack Rooney went on a mission to track down those signatures and his story--including the meeting with Podres--was the subject of a feature in the Troy Record.
The Columbus Clippers, AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, passed out a special card set over the weekend. In addition to spotlighting their own players, they put 50 armed service members past and present on cardboard and passed out sets to fans.
The first 6,000 families in attendance at Friday and Saturday night games received them. Some of those local service members were in attendance so there may have been some autograph signing going on.
Such a nice thing to do and hopefully other teams (and card companies) will continue to work in cards of those who may not be famous but should be honored just the same.