Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week: 2012 Panini Prizm

This weeks Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week is a simple one. I have always wanted another company to come out with their own version of Topps Chrome and that's exactly what Panini did. One thing I like about their version more than Topps is the fact these cards don't bend due to the fact the chrome is thicker.

So here is today's Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week:

Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week: 2012 Panini Prizm

This weeks Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week is a simple one. I have always wanted another company to come out with their own version of Topps Chrome and that's exactly what Panini did. One thing I like about their version more than Topps is the fact these cards don't bend due to the fact the chrome is thicker.

So here is today's Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week:

Upper Deck Card Of The Week: 2013 Fleer Retro Metal Marquise Goodwin


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's In The Mail Box?

Stop what you are doing! There is no time for that. You need to check out what arrived in my mail box first!!! Once you see what I got, you will not only be happy that you stopped what you were doing, but you may want to check this post as many times as you can because you won't believe I won this card for FREE in a contest. I know I can't take my eyes off from it.

Every month the people over at Beckett Auctions put up a card you can win. First it was a Michael Jordan auto. Than it was a 1/1 Wayne Gretzky auto that was soon followed up by a Kobe Bryant auto. At first, I gotta admit I was a little hesitant. I mean, who just gives away autos from top stars in the hobby. However, with last weeks announcement that I had won July's contest,  I can now say first hand that they actually do.

July's prize arrived yesterday and inside of the box labeled Beckett Media on the outside of it, I received in this graded LeBron James 2012-2013 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection autograph.It is just simply stunning to say the least.

What at first I thought as crazy, isn't anymore and this month they have a Super Bowl champion's autograph up for grabs in Russell Wilson. By now you are probably saying, ummmm let us in on how to win so we can enter. Well, that's easy. Like Beckett Auctions on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, then you can do any of the following that counts for entries:
  1. Bid on their Auctions (you should at least check out the items. I would be surprised if you couldn't find something that you want. I know I have found plenty) at http://auctions.beckett.com/catalog.aspx
  2. SHARE any of their Facebook posts 
  3. Re-tweet any of their tweets on Twitter
  4. They will also offer out other chances to gain extra entries such as bidding on an item on a certain day
All I can say to you now is good luck. This is not a joke. They are really giving some incredible prizes away and I would like to thank them again for mine. This is by far the best card in my collection.

LeBron James Is Going Home...With Me!

Earlier this month LeBron James announced that he was going home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. Yesterday, I went to my mail box and found out that he was actually coming home with me instead.

This was probably the biggest mail day I have ever had and now the best card that I own. I won a contest from Beckett Auction and scored this pretty sweet graded 2012-2013 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James autograph:

I was overly ecstatic to win such a card. I know a lot of fans, even collectors, lost respect for LeBron when he left Cleveland for Miami but I didn't. Honestly, I guarantee if any of us were put in a situation where we could win NBA titles with our friends, wouldn't we have jumped all over that? 

Before his career is done, I expect James to pull home at least another couple titles and maybe break a few more records.However, I don't compare him to Jordan at all. There will never be another Jordan as he was one of a kind. With that being said though, LeBron will make his place in NBA history and will be someone that future players might be compared to. He is also someone I now have an auto card of that will remain in my collection, just like his legacy that will be left in the NBA.

LeBron James Is Going Home...With Me!

Earlier this month LeBron James announced that he was going home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. Yesterday, I went to my mail box and found out that he was actually coming home with me instead.

This was probably the biggest mail day I have ever had and now the best card that I own. I won a contest from Beckett Auction and scored this pretty sweet graded 2012-2013 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James autograph:

I was overly ecstatic to win such a card. I know a lot of fans, even collectors, lost respect for LeBron when he left Cleveland for Miami but I didn't. Honestly, I guarantee if any of us were put in a situation where we could win NBA titles with our friends, wouldn't we have jumped all over that? 

Before his career is done, I expect James to pull home at least another couple titles and maybe break a few more records.However, I don't compare him to Jordan at all. There will never be another Jordan as he was one of a kind. With that being said though, LeBron will make his place in NBA history and will be someone that future players might be compared to. He is also someone I now have an auto card of that will remain in my collection, just like his legacy that will be left in the NBA.

That 90's Card: 1999-2000 Topps Season's Best Kobe Bryant


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time To Sort!

All of us collectors know it's time to sort when your desk starts to look like this:

For a collector usually known to keep up with sorting, I have fallen behind the past few months with a busy schedule and trying to give you guys something to read with my three blogs. Not to mention, my sorting is much more indepth than a lot of collectors. I sort base cards by number then into 800ct boxes. Then star players, NY Giants, NY Yankees, rookies, inserts, rookie inserts, all separated by sport, team, etc into binders. Then I have a doubles pile that even gets sorted into giveaways, freebies, etc. It takes a lot of time and is a lot of work to keep my collection somewhat organized.

I plan on tackling this project, some of it dreaded, this week. Hopefully by weeks end I will have an updated picture for you to show you my progress.

Time To Sort!

All of us collectors know it's time to sort when your desk starts to look like this:

For a collector usually known to keep up with sorting, I have fallen behind the past few months with a busy schedule and trying to give you guys something to read with my three blogs. Not to mention, my sorting is much more indepth than a lot of collectors. I sort base cards by number then into 800ct boxes. Then star players, NY Giants, NY Yankees, rookies, inserts, rookie inserts, all separated by sport, team, etc into binders. Then I have a doubles pile that even gets sorted into giveaways, freebies, etc. It takes a lot of time and is a lot of work to keep my collection somewhat organized.

I plan on tackling this project, some of it dreaded, this week. Hopefully by weeks end I will have an updated picture for you to show you my progress.

That 90's Card: 1995 Sportflix Man 2 Man Troy Aikman/Dan Marino


Monday, July 28, 2014

Winner Of The Baseball Cards From The Pack Gambler

Another months contest with The Pack Gambler has ended. Another great turnout as well for some great prizes. Here are those again:
Miller Auto
Posey mini /199
5 - 2014 Topps Chipz
 
The Pack Gambler is also putting in a 50% off coupon to his store as well.

However, there could only be ONE winner. This weeks winner wasn't hard to choose knowing they were the only one to pick the winner and exact score of the LA/SF game right on and that person is.....Rob Robinson. A big congrats goes out to him! Rob, please contact The Pack Gambler or myself via Twitter or email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address so we can get these cards out to you.

A big thanks goes out to The Pack Gambler again for another great contest! If you haven't checked out their site yet, please do so. Also make sure you are following them on Twitter or have Liked them on Facebook. I think another great Pack Gambler contest is in store for August!

Speaking of August, Week 1 of our August contest starts this week! Stay tuned!

Nice Twitter Contest Mail Day

This shout out is a bit delayed because I already had posts in place for Saturday and Sunday, but there was no way I wasn't going to give a shout out for this great mail day.

Last week, I won a Twitter contest from @RJDUB81 and the prize arrived not much longer after the win.

Now onto the goods!

First off, I had a choice for the main prize which I chose a UFC auto. The key about this particular auto is that its a rookie one which fits perfectly into my rookie card PC.

Secondly, he asked for my PC teams/players and here is what he sent from the NY Giants. Not only are these cards Giants, but they are from my favorite era of collecting, the 90's. There were some sweet additions  in the first part of the Giants part of the prize with LT Playoff insert from 1993, an Ike Hillard 1996 rookie insert, a Tiki Barber rookie card and one from one of my favorite all-time QB's in Kerry Collins. This was just the start.

Next in the prize pack was a rookie card of one of my favorite Giants:

Up next, I saw this card of Hanspard/Barber and immediately fell in love! Really nice layout and it was shiny. My eyes are always drawn to shiny things!

The final two were my favorites of the package, not that they all weren't great, but these two cards were stunning. The first one is this beauty. Great photograph of Rodney Hampton with hologram...DROOOOL! I have also never owned one of these so being my first and a Giant..WOO HOO!

Finally, a 1996 Pacific Collection Litho-Cel of Amani Toomer with both the card and Litho-Cel card. I have never seen one put together up close and now I own one?!?!? Superb! Doesn't get any better than that.

Here is what the Litho-Cell card looks like separate from each other:
A huge thanks goes out to @RJDUB8 again for this mail day. If you have Twitter, I strongly recommend you go give him a follow for hobby talk, giveaways and more!

Nice Twitter Contest Mail Day

This shout out is a bit delayed because I already had posts in place for Saturday and Sunday, but there was no way I wasn't going to give a shout out for this great mail day.

Last week, I won a Twitter contest from @RJDUB81 and the prize arrived not much longer after the win.

Now onto the goods!

First off, I had a choice for the main prize which I chose a UFC auto. The key about this particular auto is that its a rookie one which fits perfectly into my rookie card PC.

Secondly, he asked for my PC teams/players and here is what he sent from the NY Giants. Not only are these cards Giants, but they are from my favorite era of collecting, the 90's. There were some sweet additions  in the first part of the Giants part of the prize with LT Playoff insert from 1993, an Ike Hillard 1996 rookie insert, a Tiki Barber rookie card and one from one of my favorite all-time QB's in Kerry Collins. This was just the start.

Next in the prize pack was a rookie card of one of my favorite Giants:

Up next, I saw this card of Hanspard/Barber and immediately fell in love! Really nice layout and it was shiny. My eyes are always drawn to shiny things!

The final two were my favorites of the package, not that they all weren't great, but these two cards were stunning. The first one is this beauty. Great photograph of Rodney Hampton with hologram...DROOOOL! I have also never owned one of these so being my first and a Giant..WOO HOO!

Finally, a 1996 Pacific Collection Litho-Cel of Amani Toomer with both the card and Litho-Cel card. I have never seen one put together up close and now I own one?!?!? Superb! Doesn't get any better than that.

Here is what the Litho-Cell card looks like separate from each other:
A huge thanks goes out to @RJDUB8 again for this mail day. If you have Twitter, I strongly recommend you go give him a follow for hobby talk, giveaways and more!

You Might Be A Card Collector If.......

You Might Be A Card Collector If.......you go to a Library asking where the Beckett section is

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Card Bin: What Did I Find This Time?

Yes, it seems redundant that I name this NEW segment the same name as this blog, but this is what I call this bin:


I think most of us collectors have that one place we store all of our extra cards that are not PC related. This is where I stick mine. I also use this as a once-in-awhile dig through to bring back memories or for a just for fun experience. I will start posting cards from this bin to show you what's hiding in there. I honestly have no idea what is in there, I only know its autographs and memorabilia cards from the past 14 years. So this should be fun for both you and I!

Onto today's find:

2009 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Dan Uggla
Thoughts on today's find are welcomed!

The Card Bin: What Did I Find This Time?

Yes, it seems redundant that I name this NEW segment the same name as this blog, but this is what I call this bin:


I think most of us collectors have that one place we store all of our extra cards that are not PC related. This is where I stick mine. I also use this as a once-in-awhile dig through to bring back memories or for a just for fun experience. I will start posting cards from this bin to show you what's hiding in there. I honestly have no idea what is in there, I only know its autographs and memorabilia cards from the past 14 years. So this should be fun for both you and I!

Onto today's find:

2009 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Dan Uggla
Thoughts on today's find are welcomed!

NEW Posts On The Card Bin!

If you haven't checked out my newest blog yet, go check it out! New posts daily on a variety of topics. Today's post will be my first of the new segment, The Card Bin. When I asked both on Twitter and on Facebook if you guys would be into seeing a post about jersey and autographed cards in a bin that I haven't looked at in awhile the main response was YES!

So make sure you check out The Card Bin later this morning for more!
http://thecardbin.blogspot.com/

That 90's Card:1995 Score Backfield Stars Emmitt Smith


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week: 2012 Bowman

For this weeks, Rueben Randle show off, I went Bowman. First I must say that I am not at all a fan of this design. The artsy background, the logoless helmet, and the big writing on the word Giants. But, it is a PC piece and one I am showing off as my PC Card Of The Week.

Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week: 2012 Bowman

For this weeks, Rueben Randle show off, I went Bowman. First I must say that I am not at all a fan of this design. The artsy background, the logoless helmet, and the big writing on the word Giants. But, it is a PC piece and one I am showing off as my PC Card Of The Week.

That 90's Card: 1999 NBA Hoops Sheryl Swoopes


Friday, July 25, 2014

HOBBY TOPIC

Another post in our new series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic: The National

Well, though this is a sad topic for me as I will never be able to go, I am curious however, your guys thoughts on it!

Have you ever been? What's the greatest part? Which booth is your favorite? How much do you usually spend when you go? What will you be looking to get this year? And so on and so forth. Just spill it!

Let's hear your thoughts!

Unannounced Veteran Base Card Variations In Score Football 2014?

Last night while putting away my NY Giants cards into their assigned binder, I noticed something that struck me odd. Three different Victor Cruz base cards from 2014 Score. I knew there was two with his regular base and the Top 100, but what was this third one? Upon further inspecting, I found out that the base card #144, had two different variations.

I was excited, yet, worried at the same time. I was excited to have one, while worrying at the same time if I had more than one of these unannounced variations? I bought a ton of Score and have already sorted them tossing my doubles into a double pile and giving some away as well. OH MAN!

So I did what any collector with questions would, I headed to social media to find answers and I knew the guy that would most likely would be able to answer them is Mr. Tracy Hackler.

I asked him the tough question about these unannounced Score 2014 veteran base card variations and if I had missed info on these. I also asked if there was any info coming out if none had been released yet.

Here was his response:

"You didn't miss it. I just found out about them today! I know there's 10 vet variations. More info to come."

So for now, I am digging my doubles out of my double pile to keep til this info gets released because there could be hidden treasures within. Will keep you guys updated if I find anymore variations.

UPDATED: Here is a link to Cardboard Connection with pics to some of these variations

Unannounced Veteran Base Card Variations In Score Football 2014?

Last night while putting away my NY Giants cards into their assigned binder, I noticed something that struck me odd. Three different Victor Cruz base cards from 2014 Score. I knew there was two with his regular base and the Top 100, but what was this third one? Upon further inspecting, I found out that the base card #144, had two different variations.

I was excited, yet, worried at the same time. I was excited to have one, while worrying at the same time if I had more than one of these unannounced variations? I bought a ton of Score and have already sorted them tossing my doubles into a double pile and giving some away as well. OH MAN!

So I did what any collector with questions would, I headed to social media to find answers and I knew the guy that would most likely would be able to answer them is Mr. Tracy Hackler.

I asked him the tough question about these unannounced Score 2014 veteran base card variations and if I had missed info on these. I also asked if there was any info coming out if none had been released yet.

Here was his response:

"You didn't miss it. I just found out about them today! I know there's 10 vet variations. More info to come."

So for now, I am digging my doubles out of my double pile to keep til this info gets released because there could be hidden treasures within. Will keep you guys updated if I find anymore variations.

UPDATED: Here is a link to Cardboard Connection with pics to some of these variations

That 90's Mail Day: Jammin JDcards 1997 Spx Set Numbers

Well, as you know from many posts on here about the product, I am a huge Spx fan. Especially between the years of 1996-1998 when they combined color, micro-etching and a huge hologram. But, recently when buying a box of the product, you can see that break on this blog, I didn't get a complete set of base cards. Knowing that I now had 1996 football complete, I had to have 1997 as well. So I went on a hunt to find my missing ones and my first thought was to hit up Jammin JDcards, who themselves just broke a box.

Luckily Jammin JDcards had some that I needed they were selling on their SITE. Here are six more to my set including a key Brett Favre:

Now I am only missing about 10 that I will need to hunt down elsewhere but I will not stop til I am finished and when I find them, I will show them off on here.

As always, comments are encouraged on this mail day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week: 1997 Donruss Studio 8x10 Card

This is the first in many posts in the Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week. So to kick it off, I wanted to show you what I store all of my Griffey cards in....


That's right...a Ken Griffey Jr trapper keeper. I keep it real.

 Back in 1997, Donruss Studio created 8x10 versions of their base cards. Today's Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week is one of those. I really like the picture... but here is the pun on why...it looks like it was taken in a Studio..har har har

Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week: 1997 Donruss Studio 8x10 Card

This is the first in many posts in the Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week. So to kick it off, I wanted to show you what I store all of my Griffey cards in....


That's right...a Ken Griffey Jr trapper keeper. I keep it real.

 Back in 1997, Donruss Studio created 8x10 versions of their base cards. Today's Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week is one of those. I really like the picture... but here is the pun on why...it looks like it was taken in a Studio..har har har

LATESTS POSTS on The Card Bin

If you haven't checked out my other blog, The Card Bin, well why not? Some great posts up recently! Including this one posted yesterday on Exclusive Card Licensing in the hobby.

Exclusively Yours, The Leagues

Or this one on my Derek Jeter collecting in 2014 so far:
My 2014 Card Season In Jeter Thus Far @Yankees #Jeter #FinalSeason
http://thecardbin.blogspot.com/2014/07/my-2014-card-season-in-jeter-thus-far.html


 I have a ton more coming up as I will be revealing my Ken Griffey Jr collection, Rueben Randle, collection, more opinion stories. If you haven't subscribed to it, added it to your Blog list, or kept the link close by, I think you should!

Thanks for all of the support on here and I hope all of that translates to there!

Topps Card Of The Week: 2014 Bowman Masahiro Tananka


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Exclusively Yours, The Leagues

Last week, Twitter was a buzz over rumors that Topps will soon be losing their NFL license to a possible Panini exclusive. This would be the final big sport to no longer have more than one manufacturer making their cards. This news took many collectors by surprise also leaving many breathless. I know it did to me. I couldn't imagine a football card season without my beloved Topps Chrome that I have collected since 1996.

So before I go on my rant again about exclusive licenses, I wanted to clear the air. I am a big fan of Panini, their products and all of the fun promotions they run. My rant is not about them, its about license exclusives and how bad those are for the hobby. Now, I will rant.

As us collectors can already tell, exclusives are not the best thing for the hobby. We already know this from the other two (going on three maybe even four with the NFL) leagues cards, so if this NFL rumor turns out to be true, this could only damage the hobby to me even more. Show of hands, how many of us already complain about MLB and NBA cards? I know I can raise my hand to this and I see you raising yours as well. I have actually dulled down on collecting MLB and NBA cards since. I like variety and we all know variety is the spice of life, so what happens when there isn't variety? Our life goes tasteless? Does this hold true for the hobby when there is no longer any variety for any sport? Will the hobby go lose it's flavor?

Exclusives to me, are like eating the same kind of cereal everyday as your only option. Sure, Honey Nut Cheerios tastes great, but would you honestly want to eat it everyday of your life without ever being able to try another brand of cereal? I strongly doubt it. Exclusives are in place to take out the competition. Without competition it takes out creativity and competitive pricing. Without creativity we are forced to buy same ole same ole releases year in and year out offering the same designs, same product layout, same everything (as we can tell already from MLB and NBA).Without competitive pricing, we are forced to spend more than we want on stuff that may not give us back what we pay. Without the companies being forced to outdo one another, we are stuck with whatever they feel like releasing. It's not like we have the option to buy another companies MLB, NBA, NFL (still rumored) or NHL cards. We are stuck with that particular company. The only way out is if we give up collecting in general or buy older product. Obviously, not collecting is a big issue as we would lose our hobby and possibly push the future of the hobby in kids away, but buying older product is an issue as well because that causes problems such as expired redemptions and cards possibly sticking together from years of sitting around.

Having the possibility of all four major sports in exclusives is scary. I for one, miss pro products from Upper Deck a lot. I also miss Topps basketball, hockey and possibly now football. This is why the 90's were such a great time to collect. You got to enjoy all of these sports from every major manufacturer. Sure, people say the 90's were overproduced which drove down values, in someways if you think about it, isn't what's on the market today overproduced and driving down values? Because if you pick up a Beckett and compared values from now to 10, even 5 years ago, things have dropped immensely. However, look at the beautiful,creative, and sometimes valuable products that were put out in the 90's as opposed to today even with the so-called overproduction. The companies all had to compete against each other so we would buy their products because with every release they would put out their best to lure us in. This is why I think that the 90's were so popular in collecting and why I have gone back and bought some of those products recently. To me the hobby isn't about value, it's about fun. Isn't that what it should be?

Let's look back at some to the things we are missing in today's collecting that I got to enjoy at one point. Try not to drool on your keyboard:

RIP to all of these:

 

Soon we will lose this:

And then the rumored this:
Hopefully, what was being said on Twitter is just what I called it, a rumor. If this turns out to be true, this means that another league only cares about one thing, money and we all know that money talks. What I want to know however, is if these leagues care about their "brand", whatever happened to caring about their fans who support their "brands" and listening to what they want?

In closing, here is what I propose should happen to the hobby, I think the leagues need to give a license to all major manufacturers such as Upper Deck, Panini and Topps for the four major sports. To keep the cards valuable and not overproduced, limit the amount of products they are allowed per sport. Maybe something like 7 products per sport per manufacturer. I think if this was to happen, we would all be provided with variety, the best products these companies can put out as they would have competition, and most importantly, competitive pricing so that we all can afford to stay in the hobby we love.

Exclusively Yours, The Leagues

Last week, Twitter was a buzz over rumors that Topps will soon be losing their NFL license to a possible Panini exclusive. This would be the final big sport to no longer have more than one manufacturer making their cards. This news took many collectors by surprise also leaving many breathless. I know it did to me. I couldn't imagine a football card season without my beloved Topps Chrome that I have collected since 1996.

So before I go on my rant again about exclusive licenses, I wanted to clear the air. I am a big fan of Panini, their products and all of the fun promotions they run. My rant is not about them, its about license exclusives and how bad those are for the hobby. Now, I will rant.

As us collectors can already tell, exclusives are not the best thing for the hobby. We already know this from the other two (going on three maybe even four with the NFL) leagues cards, so if this NFL rumor turns out to be true, this could only damage the hobby to me even more. Show of hands, how many of us already complain about MLB and NBA cards? I know I can raise my hand to this and I see you raising yours as well. I have actually dulled down on collecting MLB and NBA cards since. I like variety and we all know variety is the spice of life, so what happens when there isn't variety? Our life goes tasteless? Does this hold true for the hobby when there is no longer any variety for any sport? Will the hobby go lose it's flavor?

Exclusives to me, are like eating the same kind of cereal everyday as your only option. Sure, Honey Nut Cheerios tastes great, but would you honestly want to eat it everyday of your life without ever being able to try another brand of cereal? I strongly doubt it. Exclusives are in place to take out the competition. Without competition it takes out creativity and competitive pricing. Without creativity we are forced to buy same ole same ole releases year in and year out offering the same designs, same product layout, same everything (as we can tell already from MLB and NBA).Without competitive pricing, we are forced to spend more than we want on stuff that may not give us back what we pay. Without the companies being forced to outdo one another, we are stuck with whatever they feel like releasing. It's not like we have the option to buy another companies MLB, NBA, NFL (still rumored) or NHL cards. We are stuck with that particular company. The only way out is if we give up collecting in general or buy older product. Obviously, not collecting is a big issue as we would lose our hobby and possibly push the future of the hobby in kids away, but buying older product is an issue as well because that causes problems such as expired redemptions and cards possibly sticking together from years of sitting around.

Having the possibility of all four major sports in exclusives is scary. I for one, miss pro products from Upper Deck a lot. I also miss Topps basketball, hockey and possibly now football. This is why the 90's were such a great time to collect. You got to enjoy all of these sports from every major manufacturer. Sure, people say the 90's were overproduced which drove down values, in someways if you think about it, isn't what's on the market today overproduced and driving down values? Because if you pick up a Beckett and compared values from now to 10, even 5 years ago, things have dropped immensely. However, look at the beautiful,creative, and sometimes valuable products that were put out in the 90's as opposed to today even with the so-called overproduction. The companies all had to compete against each other so we would buy their products because with every release they would put out their best to lure us in. This is why I think that the 90's were so popular in collecting and why I have gone back and bought some of those products recently. To me the hobby isn't about value, it's about fun. Isn't that what it should be?

Let's look back at some to the things we are missing in today's collecting that I got to enjoy at one point. Try not to drool on your keyboard:

RIP to all of these:

 

Soon we will lose this:

And then the rumored this:
Hopefully, what was being said on Twitter is just what I called it, a rumor. If this turns out to be true, this means that another league only cares about one thing, money and we all know that money talks. What I want to know however, is if these leagues care about their "brand", whatever happened to caring about their fans who support their "brands" and listening to what they want?

In closing, here is what I propose should happen to the hobby, I think the leagues need to give a license to all major manufacturers such as Upper Deck, Panini and Topps for the four major sports. To keep the cards valuable and not overproduced, limit the amount of products they are allowed per sport. Maybe something like 7 products per sport per manufacturer. I think if this was to happen, we would all be provided with variety, the best products these companies can put out as they would have competition, and most importantly, competitive pricing so that we all can afford to stay in the hobby we love.