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There have been some interesting releases the last few days including 2012/13 Artifacts Hockey and 2012 Topps Update Baseball, however we skip discussing individual sets today and talk about some little bits of news + plus + some collecting motivation techniques.
The main thing to remember is that the holiday buying season is coming. Also, collectors often get money for Christmas - so the buying extends into December and January. Additionally, remember that these sites all cater to the buyer .... because as long as there are buyers - there will be a line of sellers trying to make money.
I make a strong case here that if you are even thinking about starting a hobby related website - go to the Industry Summit this coming year, it will save you more time & money than what it will cost for a few days in Vegas. Also if it's your first time, check out a distributor for details on how to waive your registration fee.
Here is an idea that I think is directly related to the Industry Summit. I remember the author of this blog post on Upper Deck's Expired Redemption Card Raffle Details lead a 2 day talk about redemption cards in 2011 - and many hobby shops were already doing this for their customers (at a loss) already. Now Upper Deck will hold raffles at select industry events (including the Industry Summit in 2013) for people that have expired redemptions. Please visit the blog post I linked above - you can mail in up to 5 redemption cards - but follow the instructions laid out in the blog.
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