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Show #214 @SportsCardNews From The 2018 NSCC

The Mistake By The Lake hosts this years 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention. There’s a line out the door, VIP tickets are sold out – but dealers, employees and those working the show are hot under the collar. Ryan describes some heated moments at the Topps Booth – and the Blowout Sports Cards booth. Problem for them, there’s a long list of hobby “insiders” who have fallen on hard times directing heat at Sports Card Radio. We discuss trashing on Mike Smeth from Cardboardconnection, Mark Sapir at Topps, Josh Cade (Uber Driver), Breakers, and more.

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Show #213 10 Year Anniversary Show

The Sports Card Show is now in its 10th year recording podcasts! Thank you to everyone that has listened over the years. On today’s show we discuss the Topps MLB Exclusive licence being renewed. We discuss in general the state of card quality when in comes to photographs. We talk about how Panini has added several exclusive licenses in here in the US – but sales at the company haven’t gone up. We talk briefly about the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland – more on that event on the next show. Finally we discuss having balance in your collecting life – so you don’t all-out quit and leave the hobby forever.

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Show #212 Ohtani John + Trout Values + NBA

There are a few sports card podcasts that have either re-booted or just started. One is the Mojobreak podcast, the other is About The Cards. On today’s show we discuss what will happen to 2018 Topps Baseball products now that it appears Ohtani is likely out for the season. I play a clip from a previous show that predicted the future. Mike Trout is one of the best baseball players of all time – what will happen to his card values over time? Which cards will be the most collectible even after he plays? We then briefly discuss the NBA draft & offseason. 

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Show #211 NFL Draft Recap + Ohtani Hype + NBA Prospects + More

The Sports Card Show Podcast returns from a few months off, I explain what I’ve been up to.

(8:30 Time Mark) The 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft happened the night I recorded this podcast, so I talk about the 5 QB’s that were selected.

(35:40 Time Mark) Angles’ Pitcher/Hitter Shohei Ohtani is playing like a mega-star and his baseball cards are on fire – with gasoline poured on top. I’ve seen MANY hot prospects in my days ranging from Will Clark, Ken Griffey Jr, Ichiro, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout …. ect – Ohtani’s cards are reaching levels we’ve never seen before. I talk about the people that could stand to make a lot of money this season in the baseball card market – and I don’t think it will be the people who are trying to pull his cards. (

48:12 Time Mark) I talk about how I’m going to prospect some NBA cards over the summer since most people will be on Ohtani and other stuff.

(57:57 Time Mark) I talk about Brian Gray (Leaf Trading Cards) un-blocking me on Twitter. Finally I talk about how I don’t invest 100% of my assets in the stock market recently and why. 

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Show #210 For Sale: Topps

Breaking news that rocked the modern card world arrived via a Bloomberg report that Topps Co – exclusive maker of MLB baseball cards is for sale.

Unlike previous rumors of a sale, the information we are receiving now indicate a sale of Topps Co should be considered imminent.

Topps has indicated it would like to sell the confectionary company (Ring Pops, Bazooka, etc) before selling the baseball card making operations.

The article states that the confectionary business “contributes most” of the company’s $40M in EBIDTA. That figure seems questionable considering 11 years ago shortly before Topps was sold – the company did $326M in sales ($140M Candy + $178M Cards).

Notice the EBITDA for Cards & Candy was nearly split 50/50 in 2007 (Candy $23.5M vrs Cards $22.9M). Does it really make sense sales have grown from $326M to $431M over 10 years and Candy gross profit have doubled – while cards have diminished to nothing?

Sources close to the situations have indicated exclusively to Sports Card Radio that the EBITDA numbers are wrong in the Bloomberg article – and that Topps Cards generated between “$22-33M” in EBITDA the last “several years”.

One theory that seems plausible, Dearborn has a buyer(s) for the card company, so it places a “puff” piece in Bloomberg glowing about the candy business.

Entrepreneur & YouTube star GaryVee recently posted a video where he seems to indicate he’s been in talks to buy Topps.

Sources close to the situation indicate 25% owner, and former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner would love to acquire a larger stake in the baseball card maker.

Several DOOMSDAY scenarios could play out if Topps falls into the wrong hands.

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