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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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On today's show we touch on the Mastro Auctions shill bidding case & how you should avoid these scam houses for the time being. Panini raised prices to dealers 1.5%. What are some vintage players worth buying not named Mantle, Ruth or Mays? What is a true Rookie Card? Or more specifically - what rookie cards would I collect if I was looking to buy my favorite baseball player/prospect. Finally we touch a bit on the 2016 Industry Summit which this year is being held in beautiful Hawaii.
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On today's 1hr+ show we go through a wide range of topics. First I give you an update on my COMC portfolio that I started with $100 dollars about 6 months ago. I discuss the SRP pricing on COMC thanks to a listener question. Other listener question topics include: Where to get investing ideas and buying selling vintage cards. Touch briefly on the auction house shill bidding scandal, more on that to come in a future show. 

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Upper Deck looked like the garage sale was in full effect with a $15,000 set that is mostly manufactured patches. However, they bounced back - in what might be the 21st century style garage sale with a web application that allows you to open packs of card digitally - and then redeem certain ones physically via COMC. The funny thing was, I've discussed similar ideas with Tim from COMC as far back as 2013 ... so it was cool actually seeing one of his concepts actually come to light. 

2015 Donruss Signatures football is another terrible Panini football product. It's going to be a brutal year from a re-sellers standpoint this season, I can imagine many people are going to be forced out of business - or simply will just move on to more profitable ventures,

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The sun is shining here in California, but apparently most of the east coast is covered in snow so we've got a small show here for everyone that needs some entertainment for the day. Arizona Diamondback pitcher & baseball card collector Brad Ziegler was accused of shill bidding auctions on ebay. A California lawmaker wants to essentially add an extra layer of cost to legitimate autograph dealers ... a move that only hurts the guys doing it right. Upper Deck released a $15,000 set where one of the main hits is a sport bike that was used by Michael Jordan Motorsports ... and not actually by the man himself. Upper Deck tried selling the 2008 bike back in 2012 without any success. Sure feels like a garage sale going on at Upper Deck.

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After trading in my DFS twitter timeline for my @SportsCardRadio timeline, I still saw some chatter about how group breaking is going to take the hobby to new heights. Something I've been hearing for several years now. I decided to take a look at the websites of well known, and lesser know breakers I could find the other day - and saw an industry that is far from thriving. In fact, I believe the health of group breaking  as a business model might not be as healthy as much maligned LCS (local card shops). There was also a lack of testimonials, pictures of the breakers themselves, and the websites of most breakers show a business model that is not spitting off much free cash for re-investment into the business. On today's show, I give some suggestions and a state of the industry, which isn't moving nearly as fast & many believe it is.

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