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Posted on November 25, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Bench Warmer, black friday, Blowout Cards, COMC.com, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
It’s not just a big sales day, it’a a whole lot of work — and, to some degree, an experience for collectors.
Black Friday is nearly here, and, for card companies, it’s a chance to add to the creative pieces collectors can chase. For card sellers, it’s a chance to be creative with marketing and to ensure they are utilizing all of their sales potential as best they can.
These days, that’s not just a website or simple storefront for many dealers. It’s a multi-channel online approach that creates and fosters surges of traffic — as well as collector interest — throughout the biggest sales weekend of the year. It’s building an audience and an experience — and, of course, both of those things benefit a brand that can stick with collectors the remainder of the year.
How big can it be online?
“In the past, the website has averaged between two to three million pageviews on Black Friday,” said Chris Park of Sterling, Va.-based Blowout Cards.
And that’s just one of the company’s platforms.
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Posted on November 25, 2013 – 11:01 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 SPx Hockey, 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey, Nathan MacKinnon, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Trilogy Update | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Collectors will be getting an update to Upper Deck Trilogy.
UD will put UD Trilogy Update cards in 2013-14 SPx, which is scheduled to come out in February. The cards will feature 13-14 rookies, which were not in the initial release, including No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon.
Each box of SPx will come with four hits of autographs and memorabilia cards with at least one Autograph Rookie Jersey card.
Posted on November 23, 2013 – 12:03 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, 2013 Topps Chrome Football variations, Topps | Comments (2)
By Dan Good | Contributing Writer
2013 Topps Chrome Football is back – and with it, photo variations.
A total of 55 players, 30 veterans and 25 rookies, appear on variations.
The variation photos should look familiar. The same poses were used on variation cards in 2013 Topps Football.
Base Rookie Variation cards fall at a rate of 1:340 hobby packs. For veterans, it’s every 283 packs.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Baseball Card Exchange, Collecting USA, Reed Kasaoka | Comments (1)
The following is an excerpt — and also some extra info — from the upcoming Collecting USA issue in Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which arrives in hobby shops next month.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Imagine your job is to get in a Ryder truck and drive from city to city to examine card collections, make offers, buy cards and load the truck for your next stop. Mile markers, highways, iTunes and baseball cards are your best friends for days on end — if you’re even sure what day it is.
That’s the job of Reed Kasaoka, the buyer for Baseball Card Exchange, a leading dealer of vintage wax in the hobby.
He’s spent a decade on the road as a buyer and he’s seen plenty of collections, loaded plenty of trucks and more.
We caught up with him in the midst of a five-day road trip for this Q&A about his days of helping people “collect USA” while traveling the USA, too.
Q: You travel the U.S. buying cards, putting in thousands of miles a year in a Ryder truck. Any idea how many other people in the industry do what you do?
A: I think I’m the only person in the hobby whose full-time job is to travel and buy cards. Any dealer would gladly jump in a truck to pick up a significant collection, but once they get back to their office, that’s when the real work begins. They have to unload the truck, process and sort the collection, price each item, find ways to market to the public or other dealers, pack and ship orders, and do all the paperwork. I’m lucky to have co-workers and a boss who take care of all these steps, freeing me up to just concentrate on buying cards.
Q: Have you ever logged how many miles you have done in a year? What’s the longest stretch of days on the road you have done? And how many years have you done this now?
A: I’ve been a dealer since I was 14, but didn’t start traveling extensively until May 2004, when I moved from Hawaii to Buffalo, N.Y. I’m not sure of actual miles I drive each year on the road, but 2013 has been the busiest year of my career, and I’ll log about 35,000 miles this year. The longest trip was in the Summer of 2006. I drove from Buffalo to the National Convention in Anaheim, spending 32 days on the road covering 7,979 miles.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 10:45 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, Mark McGwire, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals, Topps | Comments (24)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The former single-season home run champion and Bash Brother is back.
Mark McGwire is back in Topps baseball card sets — with autographs — after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a deal with the former Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals slugger who is now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The signatures will be his first for the company.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 1:47 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection, basketball, LeBron James, NBA, NCAA | Comments (3)
Beckett Basketball Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of 2012-13 Exquisite Collection. Check out her reaction to the big hit.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 1:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, nfl, Topps | Comments (2)
Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Chrome Football.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 12:34 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 Bowman Sterling Football | Comments (1)
Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Bowman Sterling Football cards.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 11:40 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | basketball autographs, Bob Cousy, Inkredible, Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Nate Archibald, NBA, Tiny Archibald | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
BRONX, NY – The teens dribble across the John F. Kennedy High School court, one player after the other. Forward. Only with their left hands. Backward.
A man in sweats stands at the top of the key, overseeing the drill and offering feedback. He’s not the head coach or a school employee, just somebody who wants to give back. He also happens to be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and NBA’s Top 50 team, New York City’s own Nate “Tiny” Archibald.
Archibald, one of the quickest and hardest players to defend in his day, remains the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season, 1972-73.
Archibald could easily be stalking the sidelines of an NBA team somewhere, coaching in the pros or being a special assistant to someone with a big title.
But that’s not where the 65-year-old wants to be. No, he’d rather attend high school and college basketball games around the city.