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Super Bowl Prediction Contest
Monday, January 24, 2011
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 1



The premium member who accurately predicts the winning team, final score, and MVP of the 2011 Super Bowl will win 1998 Ron Mix Hall of Fame postcards signed by Andy Robustelli and Gino Marchetti.

To enter, premium members can visit the contest thread on the message board and provide the following information:

Winning Team:
Score:
MVP:

Please only enter this information and nothing else, as all comments will be removed. Contest submissions will be open up until the morning of the big game.

In the event that multiple members enter the same winning information, we will only consider the first person to submit their prediction. So please check not to enter the same information as another member.

Once you make your picks, you will not be able to edit them.



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Good Bye Tuff Stuff
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 1

SportsCollectorsDaily is reporting that Tuff Stuff Ceases Publication. This marks a pretty interesting, but inevitable event for the hobby. Thanks to kdunkin for posting this on our message board.

SportsCollectorsDaily writes in the article:

Newspapers and magazines have taken the brunt of the rapid switch to an electronic-based information system in recent years. The impact has been felt in the sports memorabilia industry with various cutbacks taking place on the number and variety of print issues produced and the size of many of the hobby’s long-running publications. Now, F+W Publications, parent company of Tuff Stuff Collectors Monthly and Sports Collectors Digest, has laid off four sports editorial staff members and will cease publication of Tuff Stuff after the upcoming February issue.

Tuff Stuff, which began 25 years ago, caters mostly to collectors of modern era cards. The magazine featured a color cover, with articles and pricing information inside. It was one of the few hobby publications with a distribution base that included many drug, grocery and convenience stores across North America.

Staffers say declining ad revenue was the reason for the sudden shutdown of the magazine.


I have never been a fan of printed monthly price guides, as I feel the values they contain do not accurately reflect market values. And the values certainly don't get updated adequately after cards are intially released - just look up Tim Couch or Akili Smith rookie cards and try to find anyone who would pay anything near those values. If I was to look at one magazine, it would always be Tuff Stuff before Beckett. I preferred their format and column features, plus SportsCollectors.Net has been mentioned in the magazine quite a few times.

Both the Tuff Stuff and SCD online site have always been seriously lacking. They never adjusted with the times and built out all the features collectors wanted - community, marketplace, online price guides, etc. I always assumed they didn't want to compete with their print editions and were scared a top notch web site would turn off their advertisers (mostly big auction houses). They missed a fantastic oppurtunity and allowed others to fill these voids

My guess is that Beckett won't suffer the same fate, as grading sports cards (or a license to print money as I refer to it) has completely enhanced their business model. Their site really is nowhere near where it could potentially be, but they have done a much better job than the Krause sites. While I think their price guides aren't so useful, they do have market share as being the top known hobby publication.

With all of that said, sites like this one and SportsCardDatabase.com seem to do a better job providing collectors the information and community they are looking for. Theses sites provide us with unprecedented access to up to date and accurate information, in addition to the opportunity to connect with other collectors.

I'm planning to spend considerable resources this year adding functionality and content to both sites to help better serve sports collectors. As always, I thank everyone for using these sites, contributing to them, and providing great feedback.

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Happy New Year 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 2

Over the past 3 years, I have really looked forward writing a blog post on December 31st highlighting the accomplishments of the SportsCollectors.Net community. The numbers always seem to do a pretty good job of telling some of the story:

12/31/10 12/31/09 12/31/08 12/31/07
Successes 673,677 578,826 483,735 378,537
Requests 922,224 798,034 670,300 527,214
Autographed Trade Items 61,976 47,236 29,167 17,841
Message Board Posts 398,082 284,566 201,851 132,334
Photos 91,578 54,439 21,581 N/A
Private Signings 269 N/A N/A N/A
Members 28,323 25,683 22,285 19,062
Premium Members 5,579 4,866 4,161 3,503

You all must really love what we have going, as there is impressive growth once again across the board - and it's amazing the contributions of this community.

Last year we made a pretty major commitment to upgrading the servers that power SCN and this year we took big time advantage of the bigger capacity. There were two big new functionalities we rolled out in 2010:

  1. I have been a pretty devoted autographed set collector for years, and it was really painful trying to keep track of who I needed and thier signing habits. SportsCollectors.Net came up with a solution to his very common challenge for collectors by cross referencing Player Signing habits with sports cards in sets from SportsCardDatabase.com. In June, we launched the Card Sets and Wantlists.

  2. Private signings have exploded in popularity on the site, with many members offering to get some tough signers at reasonable prices. The problem was that it was difficult to follow all the signings being offered on our message board, so we launched the Private Signings section this month. So far so good, as we already have had 269 approved signings listed in the new section.

In 2011, I have plans for more great stuff on the way. As always appreciate your ideas for functionality on the site.

In August I spent 3 days at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD. It was really a fun time and I enjoyed getting to meet many of our members.

My Collection in 2010

I started off the year writing more players in January and February, but totally slowed down after. I sent out 156 request and received 119 successes for a 76% success rate. The highlights were when my buddy sweetal found working addresses for both Pearl Washington and Shelton Jones for my 1989 Hoops set - I am now 6 cards away from finishing it (Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing AS, John Stockton AS, Sylvester Gray, Allen Leavell, and John "Hot Plate" Williams).

Other somewhat surprising successes this year were from Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, and Sterling Sharpe. All three are future HOFers in my eyes and I would have never thought any of them would be signing by mail at the beginning of the year.

Many of our members share a fun project I am working on, collecting signed rookie cards of Hall of Famers. This year I made some nice progess in this area, going from 67 to 142 in my signed Hall of Fame Rookie Cards albulm posted in the photos section. Of the 75 I added in 2010 - 5 were from SCN private signings, the Jerry Rice was in trade, about 2/3 of the others were from getting guys to sign via mail (some with donations), and the rest were from buying on eBay or at the National.

Closing out 2010 and Looking to 2011

I just wanted to thank everyone again for all your support. You folks (our members) and your passion for this hobby are what makes SCN. You all inspire me to enjoy the hobby more every year, and I am happy to have gotten to know many of you. I want you all to have a happy, prosperous, and safe New Year.

I really want to find time to write more blog posts about collecting and updates on the things we are working on. I was very about on this front in 2010 as this was only my 7th post, so I'd like it to be much more frequent.

There's some really big things on the way for both SCN and SportsCardDatabase for 2011 and beyond.



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