Agenda: After Honeymoon Return

Late last night, after hours of plane flights and flying through 3 countries, I finally returned home from my honeymoon.

I apologize for the lack of posts this month, but I just didn’t have the time to pre-write content that could last for awhile. Planning and executing a stunning wedding and honeymoon was pretty stressful and just took away a lot of my time and energy to write. With all of that behind me now, and great new memories, I have had the time to relax a bit.

So I wanted to share the agenda for things going forward for the next couple weeks. This will help keep me focused as well as I tend to forget things I want to do and say as I have so many things going through my head at the same time.

-Review 2012 Elite football and 2012 Score football

-Catch up on previews

-Combine cards and places I visited on my honeymoon

-Showcase some new items for the man-cave

-Showcase some special cards I received from the 2012 National, without even having to go!

-Get ready for the 2012 Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion

-Start graduate school

This is actually a more daunting list than previously expected. It’s a lot of different types of content over the next couple of weeks but also includes starting graduate school and going off to Hawaii for a week for a friend’s wedding. I should have plenty of content ready for the Hawaii trip but needless to say, it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks.

Thanks for sticking around with me while I was away, but it’s back to business as usual.

Card of the Day: My Wedding Trading Card

Only fitting that my first post back after getting married features the card I had given away as a wedding favor to my family and friends who attended my wedding a couple of days ago.

The design was done by myself and actually took awhile to do because of the specifications needed to get it printed and looking good. But it was all worth it in the end as the card turned out perfect. The back of the card was my favorite part of the card as I was able to utilize a great picture and create an image that looks sort of like the writing is on the wall.

Overall, it was definitely a great conversation piece during the reception as it seemed like everyone wanted me to talk about how I made the cards and how nice they were. It’s definitely a great idea for any card collector. If you have any questions about it, shoot me an email.

And now I leave for my honeymoon. I’m going to try and set up a few posts for when I’m gone, but I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to churn out tonight. I have some reviews I NEED to post, but time has been an issue.

But I’ll be back to posting full time in a week and a half or so.


Have Fun At The NSCC

For those who haven’t heard, the National Sports Collectors Convention starts tomorrow and lasts until Sunday in Baltimore. While I will not be making it this year due to prior commitments, I wanted to wish you all good luck and good “mojo” if you are going.

Since I’ve never been to the event, I don’t have much in the way of advice to give to all of you first timers or veterans out there who still need some advice. I found a great blog post today from a veteran of the shows that everyone attending should be reading.

From The Voice of the Collector, check out his blog post on how to make the most of your experience at an event where you may feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed.

Check out his blog post and good luck.

2012 Topps Olympics Autographs Shooting Skyward

I almost titled that “Shooting Up”. That would have been a terrible accident.

Anyway, with the Olympics getting into full swing and medals being handled out, it’s only natural some of the hottest autographs on the market right now are from the 2012 Topps Olympics set. While I failed to provide a preview for this product, as I should have done, I can’t tell you much.

But what I do know is that some cards are going bonkers right now. For instance, Ryan Lochte scored his first gold medal last night and his autograph is currently well into the $100-$200 range. For a beautifully designed card, despite the sticker auto, the card should continue to rise as he wins more medals…as he probably will.

But several Michael Phelps and Lolo Jones cards are hitting their highest marks as well with Phelps and Lolo getting prices between $400 and as high as $1700 for their autographed cardboard. That’s pretty amazing for sports that are only really mainstream every four years.

But with every medal these popular athletes get, the prices will continue to rise. 2012 Topps Olympics may have been a great product to invest in and then sell during or right after the Olympics as some of those autographs are getting top cash right now.

You Will Love the 2012 Elite Football Acetate Autographs

The one thing I have been pushing since well before this blog was created, was for a company to start using acetate autographs once again. Upper Deck did it in their ICE hockey products and I knew it had to be brought over to other sports. It’s something I love to collect and I actually have a nice little acetate card collection, with a few autographs too.

Well Panini has listened to me. Well, I’d like to think they listened to me. I know a lot of collectors out there feel the same way I do about products and they have brought back what I love. These awesome cards can be found in 2012 Panini Elite football. Check out this Doug Martin:

On card, on acetate, whatever you want to call it, but it’s beautiful. Not only is the design great for an acetate autographed card, Panini has also taken the cues from other companies and collectors and has started to add a little bit of color in the ink. With different color inks meaning different rarity levels, it adds a great element for set collectors, player collectors, and even additional value.

So you will love the acetate autographs in this product. Well at least this set, I noticed some sticker autographs on the Hard Hats acetate autograph set that look at bit off, but these are gorgeous. You will love them.