SportsCardBlog.net – Finally Turning Out the Lights

I’m finally turning out the lights on SportsCardBlog.net.

I started this blog four years ago. I was fresh out of college and unemployed. I needed something to keep me from going insane after sitting around the house and getting denied for every job I would apply for. It was rough in this economy, I couldn’t get jobs because I had no experience or I was overqualified with my degree.

Having something to look at, analyze, and write about gave me some bit of purpose. It was a great way to waste time and see if I could actually build something from scratch. In fact, I did build something from scratch. At the blog’s high point in 2012, I was doing roughly 25,000-ish unique views a month. Arguably it was one of the top independently run blogs about sports cards on the web, if not the top.

But life got in the way. During that period of time from 2011 through today I got married, started and finished graduate school, worked three different jobs full-time, and had a baby girl. Now I’m trying to start a business, working full-time, and am still a husband and father. I just don’t have time to blog on here. However, I always have time to stop on Twitter to see what is happening and “micro-blog” with everyone I’ve met in the community.

With that being said, I want to say goodbye to blogging and thank you to everyone who has helped this blog achieve what it did.

The Companies

To Panini; Hack, Scotty, and everyone else who I’ve been in contact with – thank you for believing in me enough that you would send thousands of dollars of your product that you all worked so hard on over the years. I hope my joys and criticisms with your product were taken in ways that helped evolve your products over those first few years of Panini America licenses.

To Upper Deck; Chris mainly – thank you for your support of bloggers and those who helped cover the industry. Upper Deck Insiders was a great program that I think still has the ability to improve it’s potential. Your product and your community are still your biggest assets. I think a little more focus on your community will help you progress forward – along with some other things that I know most people in the industry already know.

To Topps; who never really gave me the time of day for some reason – thanks for the press releases and checklists. If there was always one thing that drove visitors for Topps products it was that hype information. #ThanksTopps

DA Card World, COMC, & Mojo Break; some of the classiest companies I’ve worked with. Keep doing things right and good things will keep happening.

If I forgot anyone, sorry.

People

To the Twitterverse; every one of my 3,193 followers as of right now – thanks for your support, reading the blog, retweeting, and commenting on it (whether you hated me or not!). And special shout out to Sport Card Collectors; probably my biggest fan – thanks for the support and continuing to push me for content. I’m proud that what I did helped pave the way for someone as passionate and genuine as you to blog as well.

To the Blogosphere; thank you for welcoming me into the community early on. Keep on being honest, keep on pushing for what’s good in the hobby, and don’t take shit from anyone. Everyone needs a little Stale Gum in them.

The end.

If for some reason you are interested in buying the domain and social media handle, let me know at sportscardblog@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

A Goal Achieved: My Own Licensed Trading Card

2015 Topps Opening Day baseball is here and I am excited. Yes, you heard that correctly. I am excited for 2015 Topps Opening Day baseball. In fact, I went ahead and bought two boxes for $25 each over at DACW.

Well there is a reason why. It’s not because it’s a cheap break. We all know that I’m not a huge set builder. It’s not for the hits, because really? Topps Opening Day? Not full of that wicked mojo. It’s because of this one single card:

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2015 Topps Opening Day Stadium Scenes Kevin Ransom STA-KR

 

One single card makes this entire product for me because it is MY card. My first and probably only licensed card ever made. Just as good as these custom cards I made for my wedding (at least these will sell on eBay or COMC).

Just as I was sitting at Nationals Park a day before my graduate school graduation occurred at George Washington University, I saw an Instagram post from Topps asking for stadium photos in a contest they were running. I thought…”why not?” and took a single photo from our seats in the first row in the 200 level.

And all conspiracy theories aside, this was my personal Instagram account which has no links to my blog or any of that.

So I’m excited to rip open a couple of boxes of Opening Day this year so I can have that feeling of getting my own card pulled.

With that being said, I hear via Twitter that some people want my autograph TTM for this card. So if you do want an autograph for a TTM collection, drop your email in a comment on this post and we’ll get it hooked up. Or send me a message on Twitter.

Achieving Goals, Changing and the Blog

Let me preface this by saying that I plan on getting back to blogging. As I stated back in September I had been working on many larger goals that took preference over working on this blog. Those included education, family, career, all of those important things that are more important to me than blogging. Heck, I can’t even remember the last time I checked my SCB email! I  just wanted to give a status update.

So first and foremost, I completed my Master’s degree in December. That was probably number one on my list as it was the shortest term goal and one that would probably be the easiest to achieve. Next, I wanted to learn or prepare on being a father and actually begin the process of becoming one. That goal was met as well as my wife is due with our first child in July. I don’t know the gender yet, but I am definitely going to be picking up a complete set of 2014 Topps baseball at the end of the year as a memento for the child one day. Finally, career is the most recent goal and is the one I achieved as of two weeks ago. I just got a new job in a field I love, investigation, at a company where my input truly matters, Airbnb.

With all of that, I will have some additional time to blog, at least until the baby is born. I will not, however, return to the one post a day thing. I am going to change the format of this blog just a bit to be more personal and analytical. Originally it was a source of information that had just come out with some opinions thrown in there. Analytics and opinion is a more challenging method for me and I would like to provide some additional substance to the posts. Surprisingly, I was getting stressed with one post a day over a year and a half while working, school, etc. I realized it when I went on my honeymoon and didn’t have to worry about it. It became a job when it was never meant for that purpose. I actually have thought about closing shop too, but I’ve put in a lot of work that I want to continue as a hobby.

So now begins a welcome change as things continue to flesh out. Maybe tonight I will write a little something about exclusive contracts with the news of Upper Deck again receiving an exclusive license for NHL products…

Did Beckett Just Commit Suicide?

For years, Beckett has been on the decline in terms of their place in the sports card marketplace. Informed collectors have continuously displayed their displeasure for the former giant in the sports card collectibles marketplace. The constant complaints on accurate pricing and inflated card prices have made them an illegitimate source in many collectors’ eyes.

Recently, one of the newer dogs on the block, Check Out My Cards (or COMC) has had a deal with Beckett to utilize their Beckett values on their website for pricing on cards. Since COMC was founded, these prices were embedded into the product at COMC. However, with the new year beginning, Beckett has decided to terminate their agreement with COMC. COMC will no longer be allowed to utilize Beckett’s pricing on their website. With it, comes the response from COMC.

The one thing I have learned since my interview with managers at COMC is that you don’t back them down into a corner. They will find a way to rebound while under Tim’s leadership and his abilities behind a keyboard. His response, if done correctly (and I firmly believe it will be), can revolutionize the industry and shift the collectibles marketplace toward a real-time, data driven industry. If Tim is able to bring in pricing data from not only COMC but other online retailers (such as eBay) this could be the next big thing. Others have had the idea but never had the abilities or resources to put it into place. Tim and his team are the people who can make it a reality.

With that said, does this spell the end of Beckett unless they are able to change and adapt to the very industry that has kept them alive all of these years?

Sell or Hold: 2012 Russell Wilson Patch/Auto Rookie

Well ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a brand new game called “Sell or Hold”!

This episode will take a look at one of the hottest young quarterbacks in the National Football League and a card of epic proportions! Well not totally epic as there are definitely some higher end cards out there, but it is a card that I have in my possession. Okay, basically I’m looking for cheap advice. But if it goes over well maybe I’ll do a few more of these when I have a wee bit of time.

SO! The question is… SELL OR HOLD!

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The finer details of the card: 2012 Panini Super Bowl Black Box Russell Wilson 3 Color Patch/Autograph #d/15.

What do you think? Someone offered to buy it off of me around the time of the release of this card, but he wanted a little below what I thought was the asking value.  I also decided to hold onto it due to Wilson’s success and the possibility of a long Seahawks run in the playoffs. Do I wait again to see how the Seahawks fare in getting to a Super Bowl? Do I sell it ahead of time?