On today's show we discuss a range of topics. We start with Topps' announcement of the Topps Crossover set. Now that Topps is out of the Football card game, what is Panini's flagship product? We discuss listing on COMC in Q4 to take advantage of the fee structure. I talk about web traffic vs conversions - something Mike Smeth public defenders must not know about yet.
@SportsCardNews and Colin make a RARE back2back appearance on the Sports Card Show Podcast. You know something HUGE must have happened for us to interrupt our summer for more sports card talk.[caption id="attachment_6357" align="alignnone" width="300"] Mike Smeth Owner Of Cardboardconnection.com[/caption]This time it comes from website cardboardconnection.com. The owner/self proclaimed "CEO" of the website is Michael Smeth, aka Mike Smeth. Apparently for a few years he's been stalking victims online, including Panini's own Tracy Hackler!
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We've also had confirmed reports that Mike Smeth was investigated by the FBI as early as 2010.On March __ 2016, Mike Smeth was arrested on FIVE FELONY CHARGES.Earlier in the year - its believed Smeth's wife was arrested too.All appears to be spinning out of control for Mike Smeth and his family.Listen To Show #195 Below
On today's show we break down the collector demographic that made the trek all the way out to Atlantic City to attend the show. We talk about COMC's upcoming plans after Ryan spoke with Tim on the show floor. We discuss the Topps meeting held with collectors. Group breakers are discussed. High rolling in vegas and to Pearl Jam concerts. The owner of Cardboard Connection offered us gas money 2 years ago - now is too broke to attend the event. His booth sits empty while former employees work for competeting companies. Needless to say a full victory lap is in order when a clown like this GOES BROKE. LOL
Breaker Culture Website provides reviews & rankings of group breakers.
Upper Deck makes a bid on the NBA license. I discuss how the landscape could change with 2 licensees ... or possibly Upper Deck getting a small piece of an NBA license.
SportsCardRadio.com gets daily hits on its website for people looking for 2016 Topps Football. Obviously the news that Panini has the exclusive NFL trading card license for the next (presumably) 10 years hasn't trickled down to all collectors yet. My guess is very few people who casually buy cards know about this yet.
Listener shows 1 day flip on COMC/ebay. Bought the card for $1 on COMC - then sold it later in the day on eBay (via COMC) for $8. And now has to do nothing else but figure out how to spend the money. Let other collectors complain/worry about COMC's customer service while you scoop the money bags that are laying on the ground.
Money Flowing to COMC from eBay sales will have a big impact on the hobby - as long as 20% cashout fee stays in place. In order to get top dollar in the future - you will need to sell into COMC's ecosystem. Almost all eBay sales money flows into PayPal accounts - which can easily be transferred, spent & withdrawn to use for many other things than cards. COMC account balances are different because the money can only be spent on cards, blowout or cash with a 20% penalty. This will leave COMC sellers in a very lucrative position when all this eBay money (that used to go to PayPal) is now sitting in COMC accounts where the #1 cashout option is to buy more cards. Anyone not selling into this ecosystem won't get top dollar unless it's a premium/hot card - which are rare these days.
8 Years have gone by since the 1st Sports Card Show podcast. Glad to still be around the hobby and thanks to everyone that has tuned in over the years.
Upper Deck's Digital/Physical Card Set
- It's called Upper Deck Fusion and it only costs $0.79 per pack.
- Trade cheaper Fusion for S1/S2 young guns??
Ben Simmons Signs Exclusive with Upper Deck
- In a cock-block move Upper Deck signs the #1 overall pick to an exclusive deal. If the Lakers' Brandon Ingram and other players don't emerge, Panini's NBA products could really suffer slow year 1 sales.
2016 National Sports Collectors Convention
First COMC eBay sales
- Sales data seemed to be imported into your seller dashboard over in a 1 hour(ish) window.
- Sold 3 cards so far. One card I wasn't the lowest price on the site, which is one advantage of the cross-listing feature is that sellers like me might not have to adjust to the lowest price.
Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors
NBA Summer League has been going in Orlando & Las Vegas. This is a really good time to get a look at NBA prospects that you can target to purchase during the 16/17 NBA Season. Last season I really like Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers - and he had a really nice rookie season.
Held for the Pelicans can pull his own shot.
Brandon Ingram reminds me of a young Kevin Durant body-wise & footwork. His defense ability is better than Durant's.
Zubac of the Lakers is a young center with very good footwork. Expect fans to bid his cards up in year one.
Jared Goff's mom is buying his cards off eBay. Here's the thread on blowout about it.
Today we go round the world in about 50 minuets. We talk about the events in Orlando. BREXIT. Lightly discuss the NBA draft. The opening of the NFL season. We discuss Panini Instant. I discuss scaling down your collection. And redemption substitutions. We'll be back next month full strength but wanted to sneak a show in here.
Last week COMC announced it will begin cross listing items on eBay. That should likely make COMC the largest seller of trading cards on eBay once they fully ramp up. A new fee structure and other changes should occur - but selling your cards essentially across three channels (COMC, Amazon, eBay) is pretty cool. We discuss this and other broader ecommerce topics.
Back in August 2013 on Show #136 I suggest how companies need to start selling direct to the consumer more. Recently Topps announced it was pulling the pre-orders for 2016 Topps Finest Baseball and I believe this is only the beginning. ToppsNOW and other aspects of Topps distribution will be directly to the consumer. I discuss the NFL draft. We discuss some of the listings/cards you can buy & resell.
On today's show I explain the Panini Group Buyout rumors that are swirling in Italy. Don't be fooled, this will effect the American business - and many feel it already has. The deal hinges on the company getting a bank to extend them a whopping $170 million line of credit. A listener e-mailed in with tax questions. There's a really good thread about it here. Finally I run down the QB/WR/RB's I like and don't like leading up to the NFL draft.