Upper Deck says it has sold the shoes LeBron James wore in his first game back in Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat. The game took place nearly a year ago and Upper Deck had James sign them. They were offered as part of Upper Deck Authenticated’s Suite One-of-One program where super high-end sports collectibles are available for purchase. Upper Deck says the shoes were sold to a private collector. The asking price had been $50,000. No word on whether that's what they actually sold for.
One of the hobby's fastest growing companies has to be CheckOutMyCards.com. We wrote about them not long after they started, then followed up a couple of years ago. They were in a 2,000 square-foot warehouse in early 2008. Two years later, they moved to a 6,000 square-foot facility. Now, according to a blog post on their website, they've signed a lease for a 27,000 square-foot facility.
Unique business models that satisfy a need will work--even in an industry that so many say is "struggling" or even "dying".
Meanwhile, the Buffalo News posted a business article on comic book and sports card shops vs. the internet.
The collection of 14,000+ autographed baseball cards being offered by Collect Auctions (a complete run of signed sets from 1974-90), sold for $87,750 late last week. The very cool Lou Gehrig signed note to an autograph seeking fan brought $9787 and a signed Christy Mathewson letter went for $9423.
Topps, which brought its Attax card game franchise to India earlier this year with pro cricket players featured, apparently has a smash hit on its hands. The company now has a WWE card franchise going over there and plans more cricket-related launches.