by Juan Martinez I knew what Chris Paul looked like as a Clipper years before it actually happened. It was a scenario that I allowed myself to dream up every year; I would pick up the latest game in the NBA 2K franchise and create a Los Angeles Clippers team that wasn’t a total piece of garbage. Prior to Vinny Del Negro taking over as head coach, I would fire … [Read more...] about Chris Paul Rookie Cards Getting Long Term Boost With Trade to L.A?
Topps, Leaf Commit to Industry Summit
The Topps Company, Inc., the exclusive producer of Major League Baseball trading cards, has expanded its commitment to The Industry Summit, a trade event for those involved in the sports collectibles industry. Under the agreement, Topps will host a Topps Retailing for Success Seminar on Monday, March 19, the first day of the conference. The event will include a … [Read more...] about Topps, Leaf Commit to Industry Summit
Eric Gordon Rookie Cards: The Next Russell Westbrook?
by Juan Martinez The following is a true story: Prior to the 2010 NBA Playoffs, I made a trade for an autographed two-color patch Exquisite rookie card (numbered to 225) of Russell Westbrook. In exchange for the Westbrook, I gave up a 2005-06 Upper Deck Trilogy Rookie Premiere Autograph Patch (numbered to 10) of Danny Granger and a 2001-02 Topps Pristine Rookie Autograph … [Read more...] about Eric Gordon Rookie Cards: The Next Russell Westbrook?
Big Find of 19th Century Baseball Cards
What passes for a "find" these days? A collection of 1960s football cards a long-time collector finally decides to unload? Maybe a group of autographed items from a team out of baseball's history books? All are well and good, but when you can bring a collection of eight baseball cards from the post War era...the post Civil War era...out into the marketplace for the first … [Read more...] about Big Find of 19th Century Baseball Cards
Rogers Archive Grows: Newspapers Gladly Trade Photos for Convenience
He's been a fixture at sports memorabilia conventions for a long time. Now, it takes several tables just to hold a fraction of the inventory of historic sports photographs in his archive. John Rogers is a buying machine when it comes to photos--sports, politics, news or anything in between. A couple of years ago, the man behind the Rogers Photo Archive spent over $1.6 … [Read more...] about Rogers Archive Grows: Newspapers Gladly Trade Photos for Convenience
Editor’s Blog: Are Collectors Smarter?
You hear a lot about the importance of "keeping the kids interested" when industry leaders and dealers talk about the future. Often, though, it seems to come from a business perspective. How will the hobby survive if the kids don't collect? How will shops stay in business if the younger generation loses interest? It turns out there might be something to that, but the … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Are Collectors Smarter?
Editor’s Blog: PSA 10 Gretzky Rookie, Libel Suit, More Bogus Jerseys
After selling off Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series gear, SCP Auctions is preparing for its spring catalog sale. In an email Thursday, the company said it would be offering the single finest PSA graded 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card in existence. The card showing a teenage Great One as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, is the only PSA 10 graded so far. No … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: PSA 10 Gretzky Rookie, Libel Suit, More Bogus Jerseys
Topps Does Vegas, Waiting for the ’11s, Remembering the Bird-Magic Rookie
Topps has agreed to become a major sponsor of The Industry Summit, the upcoming Las Vegas trade event for hobby shop owners and industry leaders. Under the agreement, Topps will host a Retailing for Success Seminar on Monday, March 21, which will include a question-and-answer session with executives from Topps, as well as exclusive previews of Topps' upcoming products … [Read more...] about Topps Does Vegas, Waiting for the ’11s, Remembering the Bird-Magic Rookie
Bad Trade: Family Member Swaps Williams Swag for Auto Repair
Collectors live in fear of the dog tearing up a valuable card. A visitor dropping a drink on their autographed Babe Ruth photo. A young family member selling off something for pennies on the dollar. In suburban Chicago, such a scenario actually played itself out between Christmas and New Year's. A police report indicates that a 20-year-old man who was looking for … [Read more...] about Bad Trade: Family Member Swaps Williams Swag for Auto Repair
Arrest in Rash of Card Store Burglaries
A 27-year-old man is in jail after Spokane, Washington police say he burglarized three area card shops over the last six weeks. Robert J. Frates was arrested after the owner of a fourth shop recognized some items he was being offered in trade as those reported stolen earlier this fall. On October 26, Collector's Corner reported $10,000 of merchandise was stolen in a … [Read more...] about Arrest in Rash of Card Store Burglaries