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
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.
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
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:
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.
2011 Topps Prime 9 Baseball
Hobby Store Promotion Begins: July 18, 2011
Available in 2011 Topps Series 2 Hobby Boxes
Odds: 2 Per Hobby Box
Redemption Cards – Turn Into Local Hobby Store
Inserted into hobby boxes of 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball will be Prime 9 redemption cards that can be redeemed for cards at your local participating hobby store. This promotion is exclusive to hobby packs/boxes therefore Prime 9 cards will not be found in retail packs or blaster boxes. The release date for 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball is June 8 but the you cannot begin redeeming cards until July 18.
One Topps Prime 9 player will be announced each week and will be a mix of retired legends and current MLB stars. Just one player will be selected for each position thus making up the prime 9. Promo kits will be supplied to select hobby stores to distribute the cards as they come in. Expect to see many of these cards on the secondary market, such as eBay, as dealers will have many more of the cards then they will be able to redeem. Check eBay for the latest 2011 Prime 9 Baseball Cards that are currently available.
Each redemption card that you do redeem at a participating hobby shop will enroll you into a sweepstakes to win multiple prizes including a trip to the World Series and a meet and greet with the MLB Network staff. Several other prizes including free Topps cards will also be up for grabs.
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 1 –
Announced July 19, 2011
2011 Topps Prime 9 Johnny Bench on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 2 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Albert Pujols on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 3 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Jackie Robinson on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 4 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Derek Jeter on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 5 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Mike Schmidt on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 6 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Hank Aaron on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 7 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Mickey Mantle on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 8 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Ichiro on eBay
2011 Topps Prime 9 – Week 9 –
2011 Topps Prime 9 Sandy Koufax on eBay
The Topps Company will spend $1.6 Million advertising and marketing the Attax trading card game in the U.S. which it relies on to be a cash cow for its business. According to a March 2010 Wall Street Journal article Topps Attax accounts for 25% of revenue and profits for the legendary trading card company. In the United States, Baseball (MLB), Football (NFL) and Wrestling (WWE) all have products available at just about every large retail establishment that sells cards – including Target and WalMart. This marketing grid is only applicable for the U.S. because Topps does release a popular line of Attax Soccer cards abroad.
Numbers are in tens of thousands. ie: 20 = $20,000
Total Marketing $$$ = $1.6 Million
Hobby stores located in the United States and Canada that are apart of the Topps ‘Home Team Advantage’ HTA network can now take advantage of a new program designed to help customers who get shorted hits out of boxes of Topps cards. You’ll need to check with your local shop to make sure they are members of the HTA. Not all hobby shops are, the stores closest to my area are not apart of the program and therefore do not get the extended level of customer service.
If your local hobby shop is a Topps HTA store, and if you get shorted hits, such as autograph and game used cards out of a box of Topps purchased in the store, the shop owner can now just email firstname.lastname@example.org and can assist you in getting your cards replaced. The store owner needs to provide Topps with the following information:
If you are a hobby store owner and would like to learn more about the Topps Hobby Express Home Team Advantage program call this number 1-800-489-9149. Applying and being accepted will allow you to have access to Topps Customer Serive Representatives who will take care of any customer issues in regards to missing hits. Please do your own research on the HTA program to see if it is something that would be beneficial to your shop.