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Show #199 90’s Era Baseball Card Boom? + COMC Update + NFL Prospects + More

We cover multiple topics in this ‘comeback’ edition of the Sports Card Show podcast.

  • We discuss what areas of the baseball card market that are booming.
    Here is a link to the Blowout Forum thread I reference on the show.
  • Could baseball cards booming include 1990’s ‘junk wax’ era cards as well?
  • I give you an update on my $100 COMC account and what I did to generate $70+ in sales last month.
  • I give 3 specific NFL 2 year players that I like – one I will be buying cards of soon.

We briefly discuss the NFL combine. Finally we close out with some business idea around estate sales & garage sale finds. Lastly our Make America Great segment talks about how I’m willing to pay more for my fruit/veggies if it meant higher wages.

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R-Rated #7, #8 & #9 Selling on Amazon & eBay + More

Show #7

Sent a bunch of stuff to Amazon FBA and also listed about 300 items on eBay. What have been the challenges and successes so far.

Signed up for the B2B DealerNet website and I talk about its plus and minuses.

Collectors Universe, PSA, had another record quarter grading sports cards and coins.

Had my best three day sale on COMC in over 4 years.

I review an old card shop accounting book and tell you how much revenue my shop made during 2006-2008.

Which athlete was drunk at the TriStar Houston show?

Opening music: Pearl Jam – Intro to Ten album

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Show #8

A further dive into selling on eBay and Amazon.

Inventory management. Shipping weights. Boxes and bubble mailers. Taxes and more.

Opening music: Pearl Jam – Aye Davanita

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Show #9

We get an email from an eBay Powerseller about his selling strategy. I dive into how I’ve made several hundred grand from the eBay Partner Network and selling sports tickets.

Opening music: Jay Z – Can I Live

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Cardboard Connection “CEO” Mike Smeth Scandal UPDATE

On March 17, 2016 Cardboard Connection CEO Mike Smeth assaulted 3 people with a gun and threatened to kill them!

The erratic Smeth was sentenced to 5 years and 12 months probation after pleading guilty on February 9, 2017.

Keep in mind, Cardboard Connection CEO Mike Smeth has also been accused of hacking into Panini’s Tracy Hackler and several of his former business associates at Cardboard Connection. It’s believed no criminal charges have ever been filed in regards to the hacking.

I’ve reached out to several current employees of Cardboard Connection for comment and have not received a reply.

Having personally met Smeth before, this is a person you want to stay away from at all costs.

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R-Rated #6: Topps 65th Anniversary Party Review

Reviewing the Topps 65th Anniversary Party held January 18, 2017.

What was good and bad from the party. The giveaways were great for me and those in attendance, but did it anger collectors? I read tweets from people who responded to my coverage on Twitter.

Topps wasn’t thrilled with my live coverage, I give theories as to why.

Review & recap of the 65th Anniversary Party

See What Came Inside the Swag Bag (YouTube)

See all the 1/1’s I Pulled From 11 Silver Packs (YouTube)

See Video From Inside Party (YouTube)

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Opening music: Stone Temple Pilots – “Press Play”

2017 Topps 65th Anniversary Party Recap

Las Vegas is the land of losers, but not for most who attended the Topps 65th Anniversary Party on January 18th.

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Topps handed out gifts to the privileged crowd, that in most cases, exceeded the steep price to attend. Over 66 Kris Bryant cards were a part of the swag given to every person. His cards just happen to be the hottest thing in the modern baseball card market since Mike Trout and Bryce Harper asserted themselves several years ago.

Personally, I was able to sell 60 of the 65 cards from the 65th Anniversary Kris Bryant Set each attendee got for more then the $2,500 I paid for the pass.

See What Came Inside the Swag Bag (YouTube)

The party could end up being a small financial come up for me, but I felt the event was light on entertainment. I was disappointed there wasn’t even a real nod to their illustrious past making baseball cards.

Collectors who couldn’t attend might question why cards that were meant for unopened packs & boxes be a part of the giveaways for the evening.

For example, I got this Corey Seager 2016 Topps Mint card that was serial numbered 5/5 to the party. I guess those 5 Seager cards from the party never made it into the packs themselves?

See all the 1/1’s I Pulled From 11 Silver Packs (YouTube)

A few of the employees at Topps were less then thrilled with my live stream coverage of the event on Twitter. One asked me to not record at a certain moment, and another told me to stop altogether about midway through the event. Some dealers have asked me not to film them at the National, so it’s not something I get hot and bothered over.

Topps could think about embracing the live stream coverage more. If I didn’t live stream the event, I would have just half drunk tweeted over 100 times off the dome. That might have proven to be a far worse option for them compared to a live stream of their own employee talking.

Personally, I would have much rather tweeted stuff off my head and not have to hold a camera for 5 minutes at a time. I often get accused of being biased and negative. The great thing about a live stream is that it removes my filter and the viewer can see for themselves what the party is like. I would have found everything under the sun to make fun of during the event because that is my nature. The live stream removed that altogether and people were able to form their own opinion.

The story checks out for Kris Bryant. He has the “aw shucks” humble demeanor, but with male model good looks. He admitted privately to being a little tired. He’d just spent the last week traveling to the White House, getting married, the Topps party, and was off to New York the following day.

The smartest person in the room proved to be Tom Fish of Blowout Cards. He purchased over a dozen passes and walked away with hundreds of Kris Bryant cards to sell or keep. There will be more Topps parties such as this held in the future, but it’s unlikely anyone will get the value Fish was able to secure.

My results:

Paid for Pass: $2,500

Extra nights at Vdara/Aria: $750

Flight: $156

Craps Win/Losses: ????

Shoes: $80

Walking around money: $200 +/-

Tips: $200 +

Food: $200 +/-

Ubers: $206

Strip Club: $800

GROSS Spent: $4,092++

Won Lakers Bet: $190

TOTAL Spent: $3,902

Cards Sold:

On eBay: $1,025

Private Sales: $2,250

TOTAL Sold: $3,275


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