John Staples turned 54 earlier this month, but the card shop owner from Phoenix, Arizona, was doing the gift-giving. “Big John,” who also runs a Facebook page for vintage card traders, coordinated “a fun project I’ve always wanted to do”— building and completing a vintage set for a young collector. And doing it for free. Tim Tush, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in … [Read more...] about The Good That Came from a Stolen 1975 Topps Set
Remember that near set of 1915 Cracker Jack cards that we wrote about last month? Found in a Kansas farm auction in 1979, the cards stayed with the couple who uncovered them inside an old board game until just a few weeks ago. Now living in the state of Washington, they consigned them to a local auction house. Word got out and Tuesday night, the collection of primarily low … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: $15 Cracker Jack Find Sells for $46K; New Card Shop Opens; Leaf’s New Hire
On Thursday, we asked collectors a simple question on Facebook: What can the card manufacturers improve on? In about two hours, we had about 50 responses from passionate collectors, casual collectors, dealers and those who say they used to be collectors gave up the hobby or one reason or another. That's the interesting thing about Facebook and other social media. It's not … [Read more...] about Facebook Pulse: What Can the Card Companies Do Better?
You may have already noticed, but we've made a few changes to the website, some of them cosmetic and some of them aimed at allowing you to share our content with friends and fellow collectors. We've increased the speed so that pages on the site will hopefully load faster for you. We have added the Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook share buttons to the top of the page and … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Site Improvements, Social Network for Collectors
by Rich Klein It has been a while since our last Ramblings because as John Lennon once sang, "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans". I had a column planned to touch on some of the events which I consider to be major "tipping" points in hobby history but events of the past week and a previous request from our editor are why I'm swinging back to a … [Read more...] about Mishap Has Rich’s Ramblings in Mending, Thinking Mode
The Topps Company has acquired GMG Entertainment, the leading publisher of digital currency cards, it was announced by Ryan O’Hara, the CEO of Topps. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. GMG has been providing gift cards for Facebook, which users can buy and use for that company's online games. The market for digital currency is increasing as more free games are … [Read more...] about Topps Buys Maker of Digital Currency Cards
Last week, I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I thought the baseball card shop might be making a small comeback. In case you missed the italics, let me repeat the word "small". No one is suggesting that they're going to start popping up in every neighborhood like they did in the late 1980s and early 90s. That ship left its port a long time ago. Numbers? Nope. I have … [Read more...] about Baseball Card Shop Making a Mini Comeback?
Promoting sports memorabilia shows used to be pretty simple 20 years ago. Put an ad in the newspaper. Put up some flyers wherever you could. Ask the hotel or hall to put it on their marquee. Put an ad in a trade paper if your event was big enough to warrant regional interest. You can still use those ideas, but times have changed. If you're not in tune with … [Read more...] about Show Promotion: Where to Find Customers
SCP Auctions is finalizing its next big catalog sale. Among the items up for bid will be the purchase agreement between the Red Sox and San Diego's Pacific Coast League team that brought Ted Williams to the majors. Boston gave up two players and cash to get Williams' iconic signature on the document in December of 1937. A 1933 Goudey Lajoie, 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card, … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: News and Notes
by Greg Johnson Those of us in the hunt for signed baseballs to add to our collection would love to set ourselves apart from the crowd. We'd love to have the inside scoop to be able to get autographs easier. If you have wondered if there are things you can do to be ahead of the curve and get a piece of game worn memorabilia or an autograph without as much effort as the … [Read more...] about Landing Free Sports Memorabilia: Get Social