2011 Topps Heritage Zach Britton Rookie National Convention

2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Sports Collectors Convention Set
Dates: August 3-7, 2011

Serial Numbered #/299

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Topps released a special 5 card set of 2011 Topps Heritage Rookie Cards at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL - August 3-7.  Collectors who opened five packs of 2011 Topps or Bowman cards at the Topps booth received a special Heritage rookie card.  The 5 Heritage Rookie Cards shown below are all serial numbered to #/299 on the back of the card. On each day of the NSCC show, Topps gave away a different player to collectors and you can see the release date of the specific cards listed below. If you couldn't make it out to the National Convention - have no fear - many have showed up on eBay and if you shop around you can usually find one for a good price.
2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Convention Rookie Set
Dustin Ackley


Date Given Away: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Serial Numbered #/299

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2011 Topps Heritage Dustin Ackley Rookie National /299

2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Convention Rookie Set
Dee Gordon


Date Given Away: Wednesday, August 4, 2011
Serial Numbered #/299

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips Dee Gordon NSCC Heritage Rookie on eBay
2011 Topps Heritage Dee Gordon Rookie National Convention
2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Convention Rookie Set
Mike Moustakas


Date Given Away: Wednesday, August 5, 2011
Serial Numbered #/299

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips Mike Moustakas NSCC Heritage Rookie on eBay
2011 Topps Heritage Mike Moustakas Rookie National /299
2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Convention Rookie Set
Michael Pineda


Date Given Away: Wednesday, August 6, 2011
Serial Numbered #/299

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips Michael Pineda NSCC Heritage Rookie on eBay
2011 Topps Heritage Michael Pineda RC National Convention
2011 Topps Heritage Baseball
National Convention Rookie Set
Zach Britton


Date Given Away: Wednesday, August 7, 2011
Serial Numbered #/299

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips Zach Britton NSCC Heritage Rookie on eBay
2011 Topps Heritage Zach Britton Rookie National Convention

2011 Topps Super Bowl Opus Book

2011 Topps Football
Wrapper Redemption


Chance to win Super Bowl XL Opus Book
Signed by all living Super Bowl MVP's

Hobby & Jumbo Packs Only
Check Your Participating Hobby Store For More Details

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips 2011 Topps Football Checklist


In participating card shops you will be able to redeem your 2011 Topps Football hobby and jumbo packs for a chance to win a Super Bowl XL Opus Commemorative Book. There are only 400 total copies of the Opus Book in existence and every living Super Bowl MVP has autographed a page inside.  It is the quintessential Super Bowl collectors item and features over 1,400 images from America's biggest game. Every single play during the Super Bowl has been documented in this book in what has been described as the most detailed game chart ever created.

If you have a hobby store nearby, I would be sure to ask them about this particular promotion. The book is spectacular and will be worth quite a mighty sum of money.  Every living Super Bowl MVP signed this book including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman, Franco Harris, Steve Young, Joe Namath, among others!

There are over 150,000 words of content inside from famous sportswriters who have covered the big game. Excerpts from the biographies of Namath, Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer among others are also detailed inside to give you first hand account from the legends themselves.

Hobby & Jumbo Packs Only! - Participating Stores Only!

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips 2011 Topps Football Checklist

Super Bowl Opus Book Images

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2011 NFL Rookie Photo Shoot
Dates: May 18-21 - Los Angeles, CA

36 Top NFL Rookies Invited
Sign Autographs - Photo Shoot - Jersey Grab

NEW! 2012 Rookie Photo Shoot Information:
2012 NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot

2013 NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot

   

One of the most important events every year for top sports card manufactures is the Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot that brings together the most marketable incoming NFL Rookies. This is where companies like Topps and Panini can obtain virtually every autograph and player worn jersey for every set that will be released in 2011. If you pull an autograph or jersey card of one of the 36 NFL Rookies listed below in 2011 - chances are it was obtained at this event held in Los Angeles in late May.

Thanks to the advent of social networking, I was able to compile most of these pictures shown below from Twitter accounts of some of the players at the event. It is an exciting day for the rookies themselves and some take great pride seeing their cards for the very first time.  Starting on Wednesday May 18 - the 36 rookies will be photographed and will sign autographs in a process that takes 3 days.  On Friday May 20th, 12 of the rookies including Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, A.J. Green, and Von Miller will be at the Best Buy electronics store in West L.A. to sign autographs for fans.

Saturday May 21 is a big day as a photo shoot will take place in the Los Angeles Coliseum and many of those photos will be featured on cardboard come Fall.  The NFL Rookies will wear their new uniforms and will take action shots for Topps and Panini America. Topps is famous for having Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot Autographs in some of their flagship products so look for that to continue in 2011.

Insider Sports Card Hobby Tips2011 NFL Football Cards Checklist
 
   
   
Players at the Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot  
A.J. Green Bengals
Alex Green Packers
Andy Dalton Bengals
Austin Pettis Rams
Bilal Powell Jets
Blaine Gabbert Jaguars
Cam Newton Panthers
Christian Ponder Vikings
Colin Kaepernick 49ers
Daniel Thomas Dolphins
Delone Carter Colts
DeMarco Murray Cowboys
Edmund Gates Dolphins
Greg Little Browns
Jake Locker Titans
Jamie Harper Titans
Jerrel Jernigan Giants
Jon Baldwin Chiefs
Jordan Todman Chargers
Julio Jones Falcons
Kendall Hunter 49ers
Kyle Rudolph Vikings
Leonard Hankerson Redskins
Marcell Dareus Bills
Mark Ingram Saints
Mikel LeShoure Lions
Randall Cobb Packers
Ryan Mallett Patriots
Ryan Williams Cardinals
Shane Vereen Patriots
Stevan Ridley Patriots
Taiwan Jones Raiders
Titus Young Lions
Torrey Smith Ravens
Vincent Brown Chargers
Von Miller Broncos

     
Taiwan Jones Signing Autographs for Panini at Photo Shoot   Panini Rookie Premiere NFL Photo Shoot Pictures
   
   
Rams Austin Pettis Signing Autographs For Panini At Premiere Photo Shoot Austin Pettis St. Louis Rams Jersey Signing
   
   
A.J. Green Signing Autographs Bengals Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot NFL Premiere Rookie Photo Shoot
   
   
Taiwan Jones Panini Autograph at Photo Shoot 2011 Topps Inception Taiwan Jones Rookie RC
   
   
Mark Ingram Saints at NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot Topps Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot Mark Ingram Trying on Jerseys
   

Mark Ingram Tweets About Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot

   
   
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May 9, 2011

Collectors Universe CLCT Post Record Quarter For Shareholders

Those that like to invest their money in something other than cardboard can look into Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT) otherwise known in the hobby world as the card grader: PSA.

The company makes most of its profits grading gold & silver coins, however most sports trading card collectors know them as one of the leaders in the grading and authentication world. The best thing about Collectors Universe being public, is that we get to see exactly how many cards they grade each quarter. They actually saw growth in the Sports Card & Autograph segment for the second consecutive quarter:

January 1 - March 31
PSA Graded Cards & Autographs (PSA/DNA)
# Of Units Graded:

  • 2010: 317,500
  • 2011: 340,200
That's good for 37% of total business, not bad considering the executives at CLCT said demand in the sports trading card market was 'subdue' for the quarter.

Taking a look at the balance sheet, the company has a large 21+ Million dollar cash bankroll, and less than $10 million in current liabilities. The large cash balance might have to do with the large dividend, which is paid quarterly at $0.325 per share. For those of you not familiar with how dividends work, the company basically pays you $0.325 per share, each quarter (every 3 months). So for example, today CLCT closed at $15.57 per share - if I owned 10 shares (10 x $15.57 = $155.70) Collectors universe would send me $3.25 (or 10 x $0.325) every 3 months. Most investors re-invest dividends, so in this example I would buy $3.25 worth of stock instead of taking it in cash - which would be good for about 1/3 of a share each quarter.

The company also has roughly $3.7 million allocated to a Share Buy-Back, which is basically the company reducing the number outstanding shares. However, the company has not purchased shares since 2008 - which was when shares were under $5. The dividend, and continued growth in the gold/silver coin grading should help continue to raise the stock price over time. If the company decides to execute the remaining buy-back monies, it should also mean good things for investors in the future.

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