A little of this and a little of that.
Weather here in the southern Midwest is summer-like. We’re ready for baseball!
You’ll see a story on Chris Speakman in our pages. He’s a New Englander who has created some really neat ‘propaganda’ poster art. If you’ve never heard of the propaganda posters from World War II, do a little research and you’ll see where his theme comes from. If you’re a Red Sox fan and collector, I would think they’re a must.
There are some incredibly talented sports artists out there. We’ve featured several in our pages over the last 3-4 months alone. From Mike Floyd’s hand-drawn baseballs to Greg Kreindler’s nostalgic pieces and the others we’ve shown you, there’s enough there for a baseball-themed art show that I think would be a huge success if they could all get together. The pieces are truly collectors items & better than any insert card–autographed or not!
If you are a sports memorabilia dealer or sports card shop owner, you might want to reserve space in our new directory. We’ll offer your store name/location/e-mail address and a link to your website…all for about 50 cents a day. I haven’t met a business person in this hobby who can’t use more customers and this is a very inexpensive way to advertise. We hope collectors will use it to find a shop or dealer near them and that those who are heading to a different city or state will use it to find a place they can pass time while on the road. We know there are other directories out there, but our audience is unique and growing each day. The secret for sellers is to find new customers–and we expect the folks who stumble on our site with something to sell can use the directory to find someone nearby who is willing to buy their collection/autographed ball, etc. For more information on our directory of baseball card shops and sports memorabilia dealers, drop me an e-mail ([email protected]). It will launch very shortly!
I’m more of a vintage collector, but I did buy some 2007 Topps boxes yesterday as a rite of spring. Not crazy about the large number of rather meaningless inserts but I like the design. Got one Jeter card and a Delmon Young 2006 highlights autographed card. His signature is horrible. Looks like "04 07" instead of "Delmon Young". And it’s on a hologram sticker. Here’s a story we shared from KCRG TV in Iowa about one of their local prospects signing those very same holograms this winter.
Also in the mailbox…two bleacher tickets to a late September game between the Red Sox and Twins at Fenway Park. I’d forgotten about it, but I’d won them last year when Topps had their promotion. I’d never been to Fenway and I figured if I couldn’t go, I could probably find a buyer. Now we have to decide. Mrs. Editor is all for going (really) but it would mean using some vacation time to do it.