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Topps Wacky Packages Become Wacky Digibles Facebook App

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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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.

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

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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]

Notable Collector Marshall Fogel Talks About Baseball Cards As An Investment

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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:


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

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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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Cop Out Movie: Clerks’ Kevin Smith Brings Vintage Baseball Cards To Hollywood

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Kevin Smith, the famed director of cult classics like Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, has just thrown we baseball card collectors a major bone.  Smith has finally wrapped production on the upcoming Cop Out.  The film, which stars Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, and Stifler, is a buddy cop flick centered around a memorabilia collector and the theft of a very expensive piece of vintage cardboard.

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