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Topps to be sold to Eisner group
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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Group led by Eisner buying card maker Topps

I was reading headlines from ESPN this morning and noticed the news. I have been completely turned off by where the sportscard market has gone the past few years with the game used 1/1 annoying chase stuff. I can't even remember the last time I bought a new unopened pack - must be at least 10 years. So I am desperately hoping someone with new ideas can bring excitement back to the hobby so many of us grew up with. New leadership from other industries (like Disney) could do just that. Only time will tell.



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Fun Facts for Online Auction Buyers
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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I have menitoned in this blog before that I launched a FREE site dedicated to providing buyers with information to get the best deals in online auctions - http://www.AuctionCapture.com.

Over the past few months, more and more people have started using it and winning auctions. We've taken samples* and done analysis, and  we've seen some interesting trends:

  • Auctions that end from 6-11pm EST on Sundays have the highest closing prices. This is the time window that seems produce the lowest percentage of auctions that end without any bids.

  • Auctions that end from 3-8am EST on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have the lowest closing prices.

  • Auctions posted in the wrong category generally close at 15-20% lower than similar items in more closely related categories.
     
  • Auctions posted with misspellings of key words in the titles close at 25% lower than similar items with correct spellings.

  • Auctions from sellers with low starting bids and very high feedback have higher ending prices than similar auctions from sellers with lower feedback/newer accounts. It would seem that when sellers get a good reputation, more people visit and bid on their auctions. 

  • There is more buyer loyalty than we expected. We saw a trend of repeat bidders and winners on auctions from sellers that they had previously won an auction from.

Summary:

I'd suggest that you consider buying at off peak times, creating saved searches with misspellings, and consider buying from new sellers.

* The representative sample used was a subset of data collected from November 2006-January 2007 in the Sports Memorabilia, Collectibles, and Cards categories across the multiple auction sites available on AuctionCapture. Results may vary using a larger sample over a longer period of time. 



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Top 100 baseball cards from the 1980's
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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Since I have been slacking off on posting on the SCN blog,  so I thought it would be fun taking a trip down memory lane... Like many of our members, I grew up collecting in the 1980's. It was a such great time as baseball cards seemed to explode in popularity because:

  • there were only 3 main sets per year (Topps, Fleer, and Donruss)
  • there was no crazy inserts, jerseys, parallels, etc that have ruined the hobby
  • there was no grading companies
  • so many adults wanted to relive their youth (when they collected in the 1950-1960's) and enjoy the hobby with their sons/daughters 

Below is a list of the top 100 cards (from core brands - UD, Topps, Fleer, Donruss, Score) from 1980-1989:

1984 Fleer Update #27 Roger Clemens $221.25
1987 Donruss Opening Day #163A Barry Bonds (Johnny Ray pictured) $212.40
1982 Topps Traded #98T Cal Ripken $96.67
1989 Fleer #616B Bill Ripken Whiteout $82.00
1982 Fleer #576A John Littlefield - Reversed Negative $66.40
1984 Fleer Update #93 Kirby Puckett $58.00
1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson $35.07
1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. $34.50
1985 Fleer #155 Roger Clemens $30.50
1982 Topps #21 Cal Ripken $30.32
1982 Donruss #405 Cal Ripken $28.56
1984 Donruss #248 Don Mattingly $27.74
1982 Fleer #176 Cal Ripken $26.29
1987 Fleer #604 Barry Bonds $24.61
1985 Donruss #273 Roger Clemens $22.80
1986 Fleer Update #14 Barry Bonds $20.94
1985 Topps #181 Roger Clemens $20.55
1986 Topps Traded #11T Barry Bonds $18.65
1985 Topps #401 Mark McGwire $18.50
1984 Fleer Update #43 Dwight Gooden $16.96
1989 Fleer #616C Bill Ripken White Scribble $16.25
1985 Leaf #99 Roger Clemens $15.58
1983 Topps #482 Tony Gwynn $15.16
1987 Leaf #219 Barry Bonds $13.66
1987 Donruss Opening Day #163B Barry Bonds Correct $13.39
1986 Donruss Rookies #11 Barry Bonds $13.00
1983 Topps Traded #108T Darryl Strawberry $12.75
1984 Fleer #131 Don Mattingly $12.50
1984 Donruss #106 Cal Ripken $12.33
1983 Topps #83 Ryne Sandberg $11.61
1989 Fleer #616D Bill Ripken Black Scribble $10.35
1988 Topps Rookies #13 Mark McGwire $10.34
1983 Donruss #277 Ryne Sandberg $10.23
1983 Fleer #360 Tony Gwynn $10.16
1984 Topps #8 Don Mattingly $9.94
1988 Score Rookie/Traded #105T Roberto Alomar $9.90
1989 Fleer #616A Bill Ripken FxxxFace $9.86
1989 Score Young Superstars II #18 Ken Griffey Jr. $9.82
1982 Topps Traded #109T Ozzie Smith $9.63
1980 Topps #580 Nolan Ryan $9.59
1984 Donruss #60 Nolan Ryan $9.44
1984 Donruss #324 Tony Gwynn $9.08
1983 Topps #498 Wade Boggs $9.00
1983 Donruss #598 Tony Gwynn $8.67
1987 Donruss #361 Barry Bonds $8.57
1983 Fleer #179 Wade Boggs $8.29
1989 Upper Deck #25 Randy Johnson $7.90
1984 Donruss #311 Ryne Sandberg $7.73
1984 Fleer Update #102 Pete Rose $7.70
1984 Fleer #17 Cal Ripken $7.46
1985 Fleer #286 Kirby Puckett $7.41
1983 Fleer #507 Ryne Sandberg $7.12
1983 Donruss #586 Wade Boggs $6.81
1987 Donruss Rookies #1 Mark McGwire $6.71
1988 Score Rookie/Traded #103T Craig Biggio $6.69
1985 Donruss #424B Tom Seaver - Correct $6.62
1986 Fleer All-Stars #5 Cal Ripken $6.60
1987 Fleer All-Stars #11 Roger Clemens $6.60
1981 Topps Traded #850 Fernando Valenzuela $6.53
1981 Squirt #28 Rickey Henderson $6.50
1984 Topps Traded #42T Dwight Gooden $6.50
1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco $6.47
1983 Topps #163 Cal Ripken $6.37
1984 Donruss #61 Pete Rose $6.33
1985 Donruss #438 Kirby Puckett $6.33
1981 Topps #261 Rickey Henderson $6.29
1985 Topps #536 Kirby Puckett $6.29
1984 Donruss #53 George Brett $6.20
1980 Topps #393 Ozzie Smith $6.15
1986 Fleer Future Hall of Famers #5 Nolan Ryan $6.11
1987 Leaf #36 Greg Maddux $6.10
1984 Fleer Update #103 Bret Saberhagen $6.04
1987 Donruss #36 Greg Maddux $5.97
1989 Score Young Superstars II #32 Randy Johnson $5.87
1986 Fleer #649 Jose Canseco $5.76
1981 Topps #315 Kirk Gibson $5.72
1984 Donruss #68 Darryl Strawberry $5.68
1987 Leaf #46 Mark McGwire $5.68
1984 Donruss #183 Mike Schmidt $5.67
1989 Score Rookie/Traded #100T Ken Griffey Jr. $5.57
1987 Topps #320 Barry Bonds $5.50
1989 Donruss Rookies #3 Ken Griffey Jr. $5.48
1984 Donruss #41 Joe Carter $5.35
1989 Donruss #33 Ken Griffey Jr. $5.34
1989 Bowman #220 Ken Griffey Jr. $5.33
1986 Fleer All-Stars #1 Don Mattingly $5.25
1987 Fleer Update #68 Greg Maddux $5.18
1987 Donruss #46 Mark McGwire $5.16
1989 Topps Traded #41T Ken Griffey Jr. $5.15
1981 Fleer Sticker Cards #108 Nolan Ryan $5.13
1987 Donruss Rookies #52 Greg Maddux $5.11
1980 Topps #540 Pete Rose $5.07
1980 Kellogg's #9 George Brett $5.06
1987 Fleer #369 Bo Jackson $5.06
1981 Topps #302 Fernando Valenzuela/Mike Scioscia $5.02
1984 Donruss #151 Wade Boggs $5.02
1988 Score Rookie/Traded #80T Mark Grace $5.02
1989 Scoremasters #30 Ken Griffey Jr. $5.01
1980 Topps #450 George Brett $4.99
1984 Fleer #239 Nolan Ryan $4.93

It's amazing just how different the list looks now than it would have in 1989. The 1984 Fleer Update Clemens probably would have still been in the top 3, but I remember the 1980 Rickey Henderson and 1984 Donruss Mattingly being much higher then.   

The only guys still playing from this list are Maddux, Clemens, Randy Johnson, Bonds, and Griffey Jr.



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