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Happy Thanksgiving, and some football
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

Would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone and their families a great holiday. Lots of great things to be thankful for this year for me - health, happiness, family, friends, the growth of SportsCollectors.net, and that the Yanks didn't win the World Series yet again (wow has it been a while).

So before we all chow down on turkey, let's talk some (my picks in red):

Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions
Joey Harrington comes back to Detroit, and he has been better than I thought he would be - even though way too many INTs. Expect heavy booing!!! After an awful start, the fish have looked better the past few weeks. Even though I like neither team, I'm going to go with the Lions (have to root against any AFC East team not from New England). Look for a big day from big Roy Williams, that guy can make plays.

Tampa Bay Bucs at Dallas Cowboys
After that huge win over the Colts and then a short week, I think the Cowboys are in for a letdown. I little to no faith in the Bucs (especially with Simeon Rice done for the year), and I have to pick the Cowboys here.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Johnson has looked nasty now that their line is coming together, and having Trent Green being back is huge. Their defense needs to blitz, blitz, blitz and keep blitzing Plummer to force him to make stupid mistakes - which he will at some point. I'm seeing a HUGE running game from both teams, but the Chiefs will win out.



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More nice vintage autographed cards
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

I accidently clicked on a banner for Heritage Auctions while surfing, and noticed they had some really nice signed cards ending one week from today. There's some really interesting pieces from deceased HOFers and stars on vintage cards.

Photo Description Auth. Grade Est. Price/
Bid
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Baseballs
1939-40 Play Ball Group Lot of 10. Here we offer ten fine cards from the 1939-40 Play Ball issues that feature black and wh...
 Appraised   EX/MT  $100 - $150 $8
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Baseballs
1953-56 Baseball Cards Group Lot of 21. Twenty-one great cards from an important time in the hobby, all from classic Topps ...
 Appraised   EX/MT  $100 - $200 $22
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
2002 Bowman Signed Barry Bonds #73 PSA Authentic. Beautiful '02 Bowman card provides the perfect canvas for the 10/10 Barry...
 PSA     $100 $26
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1934-36 Diamond Stars Signed Rick Ferrell #48 PSA Authentic. PSA-graded card from the colorful 1935 Diamond Stars issue con...
 PSA     $30 - $50 $24
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1948 Bowman Signed Stan Musial #36 PSA Authentic. Brilliant signed rookie cardboard from one of the best-revered sluggers o...
 PSA     $300 - $450 $110
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1941 Play Ball Signed Pee Wee Reese # 54 PSA Authentic. Hall of Fame favorite Pee Wee Reese has left his perfect signature ...
 PSA     $225 - $275 $180
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961 Fleer Signed Lefty Grove #38. Hot-tempered hurler Lefty Grove was perhaps the most integral part of Connie Mack's fine...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $100 $39
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961 Fleer Signed Chick Hafey #39. Known as much for his spectacled look as he was for his rifle arm and great power from t...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $100 $10
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1967 Topps Signed Elston Howard #25. The first black player to ever wear New York Yankee pinstripes is featured here with E...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $100 $51
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961 Topps Signed Deron Johnson #68. Valuable signed rookie card from the collector-favorite 1961 Topps issue. Yankee rook...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $50 - $90 $26
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961 Fleer Signed Ernie Lombardi #55. A simply unimprovable ink signature appears on this card from the 1961 Fleer baseball...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $125 $12
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1967 Topps Signed Roger Maris #45. Unimprovable example of the great slugger Roger Maris' signature has been applied to his...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $300 $160
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1968 Topps Signed Roger Maris #330. Tremendous example of Roger Maris' blue sharpie signature appears on the provided 1968 ...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $300 $140
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
Mel Ott Cut Signature on 1939 Play Ball #51. Unique display has a fine Mel Ott cut signature glued to his card from the 193...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $500 - $700 $54
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1954 Topps Giants Signed Vada Pinson #56. Long-time Reds hero Vada Pinson has made the offered card for the '54 Topps Giants...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $60 $6
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1956 Topps Signed Duke Snider #150. The Duke of Flatbush Duke Snider has applied his Hall of Fame signature to his 1956 ent...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $35 $20
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1958-61 Topps Ted Kluszewski Signed Cards Group Lot of 2. The Big Klu has signed each of these vintage Topps baseball cards...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $180 $20
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1951-52 Bowman Signed Cards Group Lot of 10. From two of the hobby's most sought-after issues we present this group of ten ...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $100 - $200 $20
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1957-60 Topps Baseball Card Group Lot of 8, Signed by 2. Two signed cards are included here in this fine lot of cards from ...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $75 - $100 $16
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1960-61 Fleer Signed Baseball Cards Group Lot of 21. Fantastic group of signed cards from the Fleer baseball sets issued in...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $300 - $400 $65
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961 Fleer Baseball Signed Cards Group Lot of 4. All four of the cards that we make available from the 1961 Fleer issue hav...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $300 - $400 $70
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1961-68 Baseball Cards Group Lot of 20. Great group of 20 cards from baseball issues released between the years 1961-68, al...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $100 - $200 $25
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1964 Topps Giants Group Lot of 59, Signed by 58. Great near-set of the oversized 1964 Topps Giants is missing only three c...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $900 - $1,200 $425
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1975-84 Signed Baseball Cards Group Lot of 20. Autograph collectors will be delighted to see that this collection of 20 sig...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $200 - $300 $25
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1979 Topps Baseball Signed Cards Group Lot of Over 400. From the '79 Topps baseball issue we see this huge assortment of si...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $200 - $300 $280
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
1982-85 Signed Diamond Kings Group Lot of Over 90. Great group of 92 signed Donruss Diamond Kings cards from 1982-85. Highl...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $750 - $1,000 $280
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
Assorted Baseball Stars Signed Cards Group Lot of 68. Great collection of baseball stars from a variety of modern issues in...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $50 - $100 $75
  Click for larger image   Autographs: Sports Cards
Baseball Hall of Famers Signed Perez-Steele Card and Uncut Sheet. Signed Al Kaline Perez-Steele Great Moments card is joine...
 Authen-
ticated
 
   $50 - $75 $12


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SportsCollectors.Net and Web 2.0
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 0

First off, let me start by saying that I am a tech geek/serial entrepreneur and this post may not interest many of our members. I am always trying to follow interesting companies and technologies that pop up.

Lately there has been a tremendous amount of hype around what is being called Web 2.0. With all the media attention of Fox's purchase of MySpace ($583M) and Google's acquisition of YouTube ($1.65B), it seems there are tons of sites popping up daily where users contribute information, along with some interesting business models and technology propositions.

Everyone seems to define Web 2.0 differently - whether it's about social networks, connecting people through friends, sharing content, or using cool technology like ajax and services. I think this definition by Tim O'Reilly sums it up well:  

A true Web 2.0 application is one that gets better the more people use it ... The real heart of Web 2.0 is harnessing collective intelligence.

[In] the world of Web 2.0 ... we share our knowledge and insights, filter the news for each other, find out obscure facts, and make each other smarter and more responsive.

When I read this quote, it got me thinking just how special our community is here. The more people that contribute to SportsCollectors.Net, the better it becomes and the more it may help all of us individually. I can't even to tell you all how many emails I have received thanking me for creating this site and how much enjoyment it has provided its membership. I came up with the idea of sharing our collective experience to help one another back in 1998, and it seems like so many other companies would like to follow the example we have set together.

I have built all kinds of sites and tools over the years, including a social network with over 500,000+ members. I am a huge believer that groups of passionate people (like the members of this site) can provide the greatest possible benefit - and I will continue to develop more projects with this in mind.  I plan, in the very near future, to announce a new project that expands on this belief and I think will deliver significant value to it's audience. so please stay tuned...  as I think many of you will be interested.

Updated on 12/7/2006: that new site is AuctionCapture.com



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