Greatest Business Cards Ever?


In helping to build hype for the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, Panini has been previewing items that will be available as part of their wrapper redemption program. Today’s sneak peek is an interesting one. Available exclusively via instant redemption cards are these “gems”:

That’s right, those are authentic Panini America emlpoyee autographed “work-worn” relic cards.

Not impressed? Well, consider these facts: 1) they are being offered as part of the wrapper redemption program exclusively at the National – they will not be inserted into packs of normal product, 2) they are free – Panini doesn’t OWE you anything for opening their product, this is just a freebie perk, so get over it, and 3) Panini itself is poking fun at the idea of having these cards produced. You can read the entire “reveal” blog post here.

At the very least, it gives collectors a chance to meet some of the top “insiders” at Panini America and serves as a conversation starter…a conversation which will no doubt lead to topics such as “What do you like about our cards?” or “How can we better serve your collecting interests?”

Most interesting, to me at least, is the video Panini posted of the making of. Obviously it focuses on these employee cards, but I assume this is pretty indicative of how all relic cards are producedand is pretty cool to watch.

Now, maybe I need to revisit my business card design…


Bill Simmons Covers the NSCC


A lot of you have probably already seen this, but for those of you who haven’t, here is Bill Simmons’ photo essay of the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention. As with previous installments, I’m never quite sure how many of the wise ass cracks are actual stabs at sports collectors and how many are really poking fun at himself. As a fan of both, I am quite amused with a vast majority of his reflections.

If you were a hobby outsider, you would probably get the impression from his essay that all sports collectors are awkward, over-weight, middle-aged men with far too much disposable income. As an insider, you are able to discern that while that may be the overwhelming stereotype (just because it’s true doesn’t mean it’s not a “stereotype”), there are plenty of other types of collectors out there.

Well, at least we range in age…

Supply Sale


I try not to use the blog to promote our sales too often, especially after our birthday bash contest failed miserably, but I thought this might appeal to the masses a bit.

To help celebrate another successful National Sports Collectors Convention, and to help all of you who brought home way more loot than you expected, we’re running a 10% sale on all card supplies this week. The sale will run from today through 9:30am EDT Sunday, August 14. Even if we sell out a certain stocked item, we will restock and continue to honor the sale through Sunday morning. Looking for something in particular and not seeing it? Let us know and we’ll consider stocking that supply item and it will also be on sale through Sunday. No hidden loop holes here. Just 10% off all supplies.

Simple, no?

Click here to see all sale items.

Gearing Up for The National


When it comes to card collecting, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp on things. I mean, after all, I have been collecting some sort of trading cards (my interests have varied during my lifespan) for about 20 years now. There are many things that I have experienced and a plethora of things I have learned from The Hobby. There is, however, one glaring hole in my hobby résumé.

Card shows.

I hate to admit it, but I’ve never been to a card show. The closest I’ve gotten was that one time my dad took me to a county fair when I was about 12 years old. There was a tent with various locals selling a hodgepodge of junk, one of which was a brick-and-mortar card shop who had a nice (at least from my perspective at the time) assortment of cards. But all of that is set to change in just over a week.

I am going to the National Sports Collectors Convention.

The largest card/memoribilia show in America, if not the world.

It’s safe to say that I’m pretty pumped.

National Sports Collectors Convention

But just as quickly as those excited feelings rush in, nervous feelings are right on their heals. I’m nervous because I want to take full advantage of my day at the show (I would probably be far less tentative if I were going for the entire shindig). What if I miss out on meeting certain people? What if I run out of time to scour all of the important booths? What if I don’t come home with any of my “Most Wanted” cards because I couldn’t find them or they were priced too high? At what point will I consider the show a success or a disappointment, especially since I have no idea when I’ll be able to attend again given the recent East Coast snubs by the planning committee?

I need some help here, people, especially from those of you who have attended the National in the past (or even other card shows for that matter). What are some things I should keep in mind? Are there things I should be taking along (besides a camera and limited cash)? I am not really interested in the autograph signings but would love to add some cards to my collections. Should I take all of my have/want lists, or just focus on one or two?

Any advice you can afford would be greatly appreciated.