Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sports Card Report: What The Heck Am I Doing?

It's all about business... The hobby biz that is. I'll hit you with short blasts of information. I will provide a link to where I got the information.  I like to read other blogs, sites, and forums. A good number of them, big and small. If something is interesting, chances are I'll post it.

I've been around the "hobby block" in a sense.  Buying .25 - .50 cent packs in the early 1990's as a kid.  In about 1994 I started working in a local hobby shop, and continued to do so until I started college in 2000.  Around that time I started selling boxes out of my apartment. Nothing major, just a few hundred bucks of boxes a week on eBay, to allow me to have some gas money for my other hobby - driving my 1968 Camaro around the streets of San Joaquin Valley.

In 2006 I decided to open up a small shop. 2 years later, I realized and was humbled by, like so many others, the economic meltdown that was not going to let me keep my doors open. I was blessed to immediately get a very well paying job in the health care industry. Working 12-14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week was difficult, and especially boring. While many Americans were struggling at the end of 2008, I was fortunate to have a steady paycheck, which allowed me to put something away for a rainy day. 

The rainy day came sooner then I thought. In late 2009 I decided to give up the suit and tie, and live and work at home playing around with various web projects.  I started this blog in Jan. 2010 as a way to organize my thoughts, and to mimic a favorite website of mine, MLB Trade Rumors, but with the angle being about trading cards.  

I ain't no journalist. Even though my degree is in Communication, from one of the finest and most picturesque private institutions in the U.S., none of my course work was from the journalism track. I was copy editor for the college newspaper for a year, only as a favor to the Comm. Department Chair and not because I know a thing about the news media business. I will break many journalism norms and rules on this site out of shear ignorance and stupidity.

I usually won't offer up an opinion.  If you've found this blog you've probably got a pretty good grasp on the hobby as it is. I hope to just provide stories and links that help aide in your quest for knowledge. There are many other blogs, sites, and forums that do a fantastic job at giving opinions, previews, commentary and rants.

I am going to put the facts out there. This blog was the first place to provide a full link to the UD court document that many "major" hobby publications were quoting - but not giving up the entire text. Not happening here. As my brother Colin so duly noted on his Sports Card Podcast, I am using a blogger template and went cheap and bought a ".info" domain - meaning I don't have wild ideas of creating a media giant here. But I will take time to dig, and to find stuff I find interesting.

Being that my background is on the business side of the hobby, much more so then the collecting side, this blog will tailor to the business side. If a story breaks, especially from a giant in the hobby - UD, Topps, Beckett, etc. I am going to pay particular attention. This can include press releases, web stories, and yes, even Twitter messages.

From my experience, I would say about 95% of the collectors who've come into the hobby shops I've worked for and/or owned, over the last 17 years, are not on Twitter, are not signed up to any forum, do not visit any blogs, and most have even never bought or sold anything on eBay. This is a blog for that tiny fraction of people out there that want to take it a step further, and get a little bit more knowledge of the details and business end of the hobby. 

Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me so far.  Feel free to contact me sportcardreport@gmail.com if you ever have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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