February 17th, 2010

Topps Wacky Packages Become Wacky Digibles Facebook App

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Early last month, Topps launched a facebook application named Wacky Digibles.  While it doesn’t really touch on the sports card theme very much, it may still have some appeal to hardcore collectors.  In 1967, Topps launched a series of cards they dubbed “Wacky Packages.”  You can read more about them over on Wikipedia; however, the short of the long is this: they were trading cards that parodied various brand products.  Wacky Packages were really popular during various times and even spawned the popular collectible series known as the Garbage Pale Kids.

The application allows you to buy cards (aka digibles) for your own collection, or give them to friends.  In addition, Topps made it a point to make some harder to get than others, thus feeding into the inherent desires of most every collector.  It seems that they plan to continually release new digibles every so often.  he release of the facebook application coincides with the release of a new line of Wacky Pages cards, which you can buy over on the Topps online store.

February 13th, 2010

1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets Find Featured In Hunt Auctions

Joe Jackson 1911 T5 Pinkerton CabinetThe 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets are one of those sets that seem to elude many collectors.  The cards are tough, very tough in fact.  Recently, a private collector with 49 of these tobacco branded cabinets decided to part with his treasures.  Included in the massive lot of items are examples of the infamous Shoeless Joe Jackson (pictured) as well as Hall of Famers like Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, and Eddie Plank.  Luckily, every collector has the chance to acquire one of these hobby gems as the group has been put up for sale by Hunt Auctions in their current auction.

Produced in 1911 and designated as the T5 set in the American Card Catalog, these sepia toned photographs were mounted on cardboard stock that measures roughly 4-¾” by 7-¾”.  While the mounts are often grey, the cards also appear against a tan background.  For that matter, you can find non-mounted examples with some frequency.  In those instances, it is possible to find the cards with postcard or scorecard backings.

The cards themselves feature various baseball stars in the midst of playing their favorite game (or at least the one they were most likely best at).  At the bottom of each image, you will find the player name along with the designated card number, their position, and their team at the time of issue.  More on the find and the cards themselves after the jump!

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February 11th, 2010

Goodwin And Company Masterpieces Auction Ends Today

joe-doyle-N.Y. Nat’l Goodwin & Co’s first auction of 2010 is set to wrap up tonight (February 11, 2010).  Longtime hobbyist Bill Goodwin has put together an 1,100 lot auction with some very nice items.  The undisputed king of the auction is the 1910 T206 Joe Doyle, New York Nat’l card.  The tough to find misprint is one of the most notable cards in the entire hobby.

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The full catalog of available items is on display at Goodwin & Co’s auction site.  Even if you aren’t packing the thousands of dollars necessary to finance one of those big hitter cards, many lots remain quite affordable as of this writing.

February 10th, 2010

Topps & Michael Eisner Hire New CEO: TV Guide’s Ryan O’Hara

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The Topps company announced some big news yesterday.  Michael Eisner, the former Disney exec who (along with Madison Dearborn) bought Topps in 2007, has gobbled up outgoing TV Guide CEO Ryan O’Hara to fill the same position with the famed trading card company.

O’Hara, who stepped down at TV Guide last week, is scheduled to make the move from Los Angeles to New York City on March 1st.  O’Hara will take over for Scott Silverstein, who will remain on as a member of the board of directors.  More details after the jump!

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February 8th, 2010

Legendary Auctions February Sale Goes Live February 10th, Bidding Begins on the 15th

legendary-auctions-logo Legendary Auction’s’ first event of 2010 is about to go live.  On Wednesday, February 10th, visitors to the Legendary website will be able to preview all available listings for the company’s upcoming auction.  Then, on February 15th, registered bidders will have at it.  The auction’s sports lots end on March 2nd and 3rd (photography lots end on the 4th).

February 5th, 2010

DJ’S Sportscards Store & Tim Lincecum Featured On ESPN [Baseball Card Collecting]

 Jim Caple is a writer for ESPN.com.  Though the majority of his posts speak specifically to on-field activities, he’ll venture outside of that niche every so often.  Recently, Caple made a trip to Renton, Wash. to visit with DJ Joss, the owner of DJ Sportscards.  Amongst other things, DJ’s was the longtime card shop of Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum.

It’s an interesting interview in which Caple asks Joss a lot of questions related to the Upper Deck/MLB lawsuit.  Joss has been in the hobby since 1988, when at the age of 16, he bought out the card supply from the comic book shop he worked at.

In addition to the video (embedded above), Caple put together a nice article that summarizes his experience.  Throughout the article, there is a strong yearning for the enjoyment of collecting, something many of us can relate to.

If you happen to live in the area, you can find DJ’s at 1630 Duvall Ave NE #D, Renton, WA 98059. Otherwise, take a gander at their website, where you can order direct.

February 3rd, 2010

SCP Auctions January Auction Winds Down

1935-joe-dimaggio-zeenut In just under 24-hours, SCP Auctions latest endeavor will wind down.  The near 30-year old auction house has made it a point of offering top notch items; their latest sampling is no different.  One of the more interesting items is a 1935 Zeenut of Joe DiMaggio.  This pre-rookie card of Joltin’ Joe is particularly noteworthy for three reasons.  First, it was autographed by the Yankee Clipper himself.  Second, the card derives from the Barry Halper collection.  Halper, whose collection first hit the public hands in 1998, was the owner of many of the hobbies most important cards.  Finally, the Zeenut remains wholly intact as it still has the promotional coupon at the bottom of the card.   Many of the early 20th century cards had their coupons redeemed for “valuable premiums” back in the day.

You can still get your bids in if you head over to the SCP Auction site before Thursday evening.

February 2nd, 2010

Major League Baseball Properties Sues Upper Deck Card Company Over Trademark Infringement

upper-deck-logo Major League Baseball Properties is the marketing appendage of Major League Baseball.  Amongst other things, MLBP is responsible for making sure all of MLB’s licenses are enforced and that people play nice in the sand box.

This past Monday, MLB filed suite against trading card company Upper Deck (UD) for using team logos on baseball cards without permission.  To hobbyists around the country, this news is mildly surprising, albeit not completely out of left field.

Roughly six-months ago,  MLBP and Topps signed an multi-year agreement that provided Topps with the exclusive rights to produce imagery that includes team logos and uniforms.  In essence, this gave Topps a monopoly on baseball card manufacturing.

At the time of that deal, Upper Deck made it known that they would continue to produce a full line of MLB baseball cards due to their own deal with the Major League Baseball players association.

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Last week, UD released its "Signature Stars" (above) and "Ultimate Collection" line of cards.  While you won’t find any nicknames and such, there are at least a handful of cards where you can see partial or complete logos.  We’ll see what happens, but with a $2.4 million dollar asking price, UD can’t be feeling good right now.

[via Michael O’Keeffe and NYDN]

February 1st, 2010

Notable Collector Marshall Fogel Talks About Baseball Cards As An Investment

Several months ago, CNBC ran a little article on the card collecting hobby.  The centerpiece of that chat was Denver attorney Marshall Fogel, a heavy hitter who has put together one of the most respected collections around.  Only in the game since ‘89, Fogel pops up on the PSA registry with frequency and is owner of some of the most expensive cards around.  In fact, he has even been interviewed by PSA head honcho Joe Orlando.

While there aren’t any serious revelations in the piece, especially to those who are active in the hobby, there are some nice videos and a series of other articles that are worth reading.  Check out the video below:


January 29th, 2010

eBay Offers Free Listings, Eliminates Store Inventory Format, And Changes Fee Structure

ebay-logo In news that is sure to stir up coffee talk, eBay made more than a few major announcements with regards to its website auction listings.  In addition to some noteworthy supplemental changes, on March 30th, 2010, eBay will will eliminate their Store Inventory format and will introduce a new price structure.  For store owners with current listings, those items will be automatically converted to the standard Fixed-Price format.

Amongst some of the more intriguing changes, there will be a new option that gives sellers up to one hundred sub-$1 listings a month.  If items don’t sell, you don’t pay a thing.  Continuing along that path, there will be a flat 9% final value fee on all items (capped at $50).

Changes to the Store Inventory are particularly important to baseball card collectors and dealers, as a number of them rely on store listings to conduct transactions.  For high-volume dealers, listing fees will drop significantly; for those who sell less frequently, they will see insertion fees go up.

One of the more impactful ramifications of this decision is that the store listings will now be available in the main search results area.  In previous iterations, store listings were grouped together in a section outside of the core search results.

For a breakdown of the changes, keep on reading!

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