We cover multiple topics in this 'comeback' edition of the Sports Card Show podcast. We discuss what areas of the baseball card market that are booming. Could that include 1990's 'junk wax' era cards as well? I give you an update on my $100 COMC account and what I did to generate $70+ in sales last month. I give 3 specific NFL 2 year players that I like - one I will be buying cards of soon. We briefly discuss the NFL combine. Finally we close out with some business idea around estate sales & garage sale finds. Lastly our Make America Great segment talks about how I'm willing to pay more for my fruit/veggies if it meant higher wages.
An extended episode of the Sports Card Show Podcast, where we touch on 8 different topics. Included are discussions on the Panini Replay Prizm Mosaic replacement set/boxes that are being offered up by Panini as a "make good". Topps Trancendent baseball was one of the most expensive products of all time - does the hobby really need to go this route? Steve Grad (the Pawn Stars Autograph expert) has moved to Beckett. Has Steph Curry peaked? 2017 Topps is almost here, we discuss what that set means to the hobby. Topps website was hacked, and it was warned beforehand. I discuss my 2016 COMC results from my $100 account. Briefly touch on the LA Lakers - and more.
On today's show we discuss a variety of topics from around the hobby. First I give you an update on my COMC $100 account Black Friday sales. Various topics about PSA/BGS grading cards is discussed - including price fixing for high-grade cards and a million dollar idea. I discuss some of the 2017 NFL draft prospects, including one running back in particular. Panini Replay was a flop and collectors are awaiting an announcement from Panini. That and more.
Miracles happen, weed is legal in California and Trump is president. PSA has been blazing hot fire for 6 years. COMC has Black Friday coming up. Chicago Cubs stars have been lighting up the Arizona Fall League for years.
Today's show is a bonus episode hosted by Ryan. We go into the new $27,000 product Topps announced. Upper Deck ePack angering long time users. Beckett wrote a story about 50 Group Breakers to know in 2014, how many are still in business? Plus many more thoughts about the sports card world.
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.