Angry: Hiding Collecting

A prevalent theme in the card community this week has found people being asked if they hide their collecting habits from their loved ones. It was GoGTSLive’s question of the week and Sports Card Collectors have a nice post up on it. You can find their post here: http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2018/09/do-you-hide-hobby.html

Every couple of weeks, I am reminded of why I started this site. The fact that I hide my collecting from my family is one reason. By doing this site, I am trying to turn my collecting into something positive. I see the gambling nature of collecting cards, my family sees it.

One of the big struggles that I have with my family is answering why collecting is worth it. I have one very close friend who does not understand why I open packs and then put the cards in a box and do not showcase them. In a perfect world, I would showcase them. I have some of my favorite, less valuable cards hung up in a display case of about 20. I also have some cards hanging up by that sticky gum thumbtack alternative. That has been my go to. For the most part, those are Panthers base cards. My friend being hard on me in that regard actually helped me. That said, I do find myself hiding the hobby from her. Sometimes when we are in Target if she drags me into a female clothes aisle or women’s magazine section, I will make sure that she stays with me in the cards aisle. That is if I feel secure. Problem is, I never feel secure so me looking at cards with her, or any of my friends, is usually looking over the cashiers shoulder to see what is there.

My sister, who I live with, absolutely hates it when I buy cards. I have gone to lengths where I will put maildays in my car before bringing the mail in if she is home. I do this even for contests. Her fear is that I am putting cards over survival.

Lastly, I have had some girlfriends who have been great about my collecting. I don’t think they ever realized the scope of my collecting. Even with them, I still went to some lengths to hide my collecting. If they were in my room, my storage boxes were never out in the open.

I have nothing against people who don’t understand my collecting. Truthfully, I don’t understand it. We all need healthy hobbies. Hopefully I am collecting healthily. Everyone has a vice. We need a hobby to zone out in this crazy world. My best relationships, especially with my significant others, have been the ones where me have a mutual understanding to not talk too much about our hobbies too much and focus on each other. If you can find that balance then the more power to you.

 

Here is the GoGTSLive poll:

I am convinced that a good 25% lied or answered the way that they did because they do not have a spouse.

 

I was going to do a Random Review for this week’s post but the product that I was expecting has not come.

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Random Review: 2018 Topps Fire Blaster Box

Truthfully I had no intention of buying any 2018 baseball release with the exception of a hobby pack of Panini Chronicles if I come across one. Then a few things happened that made me open to it: I liked the design of Topps Fire and wanted to see them in person, it doesn’t hurt that I can put this on a credit card, I became a fan of Ozzie Albies, and Ohtani went down thus probably lowering any price gouging of Ohtani chasers. These factors also opened me up to the fact that I wouldn’t mind doing a set of the base cards.

For those unaware Fire is a Target exclusive.

I will definitely do a set of this.

Truthfully, the base cards look better on camera than they do in person. That said, the inserts look amazing. This design is not for everyone. This product certainly isn’t. I wish there was a hit in the blaster but this rookie class has made demand for products  such that Topps must not feel the need to do so.
One final thought: can you imagine a chrome version of this product?

What do I do with all of these cards?

What do I do with all of these cards that I don’t want? The age old question. Whether it is a pile of junk wax or cards from packs where you were hit chasing.

As some of you may know, I am considered a community leader in my town. As a result of keeping tabs on things, I thought to ask if a local charity that gives out care packages to troops if they wanted cards. I was expecting a ‘thanks but no thanks.’ However I was given an unenthusiastic ‘YES.’ I wish that I thought of it earlier.

Not every place will take your cards. What works in one community, may not work in another. It is the reality of dealing with people. I know that a lot of you are introverts, I am myself, but don’t be afraid to ask. It is easier than asking your dream date out.

Knowing that not everything will work, I have seen so many people be creative. Here are more ideas that I have personally done: giving them to teachers for prize boxes, giving them to a local little league, giving them out at Halloween, and of course giving them to a church yard sale. Other places worth hitting up are local boys and girls clubs and hospitals. In some cases, I have had to give places team bags. Considering how rewarding it is to give the cards a good home, the team bags are no skin off of my back; especially considering they would be a sixth of shipping anyway.

So did I miss anything? Do you have ideas?

Guest Entry: Ron Steve Marion of Sportscard Scammers Exposed

This is the first in what I hope to be many guest blogs. I invited Ron Steve Marion, head honcho of Sportscard Scammers Exposed to write about the forum that he is behind. If you haven’t heard about them, I suggest going back to read last weeks posts which is conveniently linked here: Angry: Sick of being scammed?

I had a guy try to scam me for $20 worth of cards on the 2011 tops football stuff that I’m building and I had seen a couple other scammer pages in the short time that I’ve been on Facebook; but the truth is they were just a bunch a good old boys club where somebody could come and say something negative about somebody else and then everybody would jump on the bandwagon and say somebody was a horrible person in the neck. I wouldn’t even get a chance to defend themselves.

So we allow both sides to tell their story and a lot of times we find that the person that’s initially calling someone else out trying to get them listed turns out to be the bad party in fact. This is why we always allow the other side to defend themselves; and people must post proof.

While these lists go back about two decades or more from old chat rooms and various forms on the Internet like Blowout and Sports Card Forum.

None of the other scammer pages lasted because it ended up becoming a bunch of trolls ganging up on somebody and the admin’s of those page would allow anything and it got to be a really horrible place we’ve had quite a few issues over the years but we’ve taken our opportunities to learn from them.

More than anything it’s just an amazing feeling to have our peers and a hobby look up to us for what we do and we’re just regular guys nothing special we just have really really worked hard to keep the integrity of our hobby together.

I guess that’s kinda my views on our page. The admin Team has changed over the years I’m the only original member left it’s very stressful and it gets to people when you’re around this all day every day all year every year you start to lose a lot of the fun of the hobby because you see so much of the negativity.

But the guys we have doing it now are amazing and they put in so much more work than people realize there’s only five of us.

It’s totally free we host our own webpage off of Facebook. We make our own business cards to hand out at card shows; but networking on Twitter and Instagram are two places we desperately do you want to reach out and start to gain a following but I think it all starts with Facebook.

 

I would like to thank Ron for sharing this on here, and for running the Scammers Exposed Facebook page.

Angry: Sick of being scammed?

I have posted about the Sports Card Scammers Exposed Facebook group before on here, out of all topics a ‘This is what’s great about the hobby‘ post, but I don’t recall ever giving it my full blown endorsement. Also because of a lacking Twitter presence, a lot of people are still unaware that it exists.

Basically it is one huge feedback list that has accumulated over time. If you want someone to get on it, you are required to post proof of being scammed. No scam is too small. The group is also great at fishing out aliases of known scammers. If you feel that you are undeserving of being on the list then you can clear your name.

Beware, the people that comment on it have a tendency to talk to hear themselves. Forget scamming, I have blocked a ton of people because of their behavior in the group. 2018 is the year where people don’t think before they say something on social media and that is definitely the case there. They have been doing things to keep this issue in check by not allowing gifs but lets face it: trolls will be trolls and in 2018 they are the cockroaches that are on any page, no matter what it is. Regardless, it is still worth checking out as the group and list itself is an invaluable service to the hobby.

That said, today I saw a post where the first words were “It’s amazing what this page can do…”

So go check them out.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/135534423676517/
https://twitter.com/hobby_scams
http://www.sportscardscammers.info/sports-card-scammers-list/

Here is something that a lot of us experience as modern card collectors: This week, my sister handed me a stack of 5 cards that she wants to know the value of. I don’t remember them exactly but the details are as follows:

  • Kobe floor relic, not protected
  • Antawn Jamison jersey
  • Brad Johnson autograph in a screw down
  • a random Tim Salmon insert from the junk wax era
  • and finally a random Nene numbered rookie card

I estimated the value at give or take $20 to $60. She was so disappointed that she asked me if I was sure and I showed her my sources, COMC & eBay sold listings. She was convinced that because the card was in a screw down that it was worth more. I hated having to explain to her that if she sold it in a screw down then that would make a lot of hardcore collectors run away. I also had to explain that with the exception of Kobe that a lot of the values on the cards peaked when they were playing because we are not talking about Hall of Famers.

With the Kobe card selling at $12, I told her to keep it because it is the only one that will age well. I told her that if she might as well sell the Brad Johnson card. My reasoning for that is that his value will probably stay the same. An $8 autograph now will sell for the same price later just adjusted for inflation. I said that she might as well give the other cards to her kids.

If you are reading this as someone new to the hobby then the first things that you need to realize is that those cards you are sitting on are probably not worth the cost of annual storage space.

Thanks for reading, expect a Random Review on one of the social media channels today. That will be posted here in the next day or two.