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Editor’s Blog: Expensive Shoes, Growing Company, Signed Sets Sell, Topps in India

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 LeBron James game worn shoesUpper 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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