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Panini and Topps Named in Electronic Trading Cards Patent Lawsuit

Panini and Topps Named in Electronic Trading Cards Patent Lawsuit

Topps and Panini are among the 12 companies being accused of infringing on a patent for electronic trading cards.

How to Predict Future Trading Card Sets Using Public Information

How to Predict Future Trading Card Sets Using Public Information

Guessing new trading card sets and products can be fun. But there’s information available to the public that can make the search more reliable. In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko describes how to use trademarks and patents to get hints at new products.

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Top 10 2011 NBA Rookies

Top 10 2011 NBA Rookies

We rank the top 10 rookies for the 2011 season based on their hobby potential.

10 Best 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autograph Cards

10 Best 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autograph Cards

2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions is filled with interesting and unique cards. We count down the 10 most memorable autograph cards in the set based on appearance.

How To Move and Set Up Your Man Cave

How To Move and Set Up Your Man Cave

As a collector, one of the most daunting undertakings you can face is relocating your precious accumulation of cardboard and memorabilia treasures to a new address. While some of what is detailed below might seem rudimentary, it’s often the simple and obvious details that make the difference between a successful move and a painful headache. […]

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Undervalued Sports Card Sets: 1995 Action Packed Hall of Fame Basketball Autographs

Undervalued Sports Card Sets: 1995 Action Packed Hall of Fame Basketball Autographs

With a lot of cards selling at less than ten percent of their book value, it’s nice to come across a set that has held its value and even exceeds published values regularly. My undervalued set of the month is 1995 Action Packed Hall of Fame Basketball Autographs. Originally available through redemption, this set consists […]

Possible Legal Ramifications of Upper Deck's New Distribution Policy

Possible Legal Ramifications of Upper Deck’s New Distribution Policy

In March, Upper Deck announced a new distribution program. Sounds boring, right? Once you look beyond the legalese, you’ll see that Upper Deck might have just declared war against the Internet. Stick with me for a bit. It’s important because it could affect prices of Upper Deck cards. And I’ll translate the legalese, so don’t […]

The Cardboard Connection Acquires Card Corner Club

The Cardboard Connection Acquires Card Corner Club

Two of the most popular online sources for trading card and memorabilia information, The Cardboard Connection and Card Corner Club, finalized an agreement that will have the Card Corner Club merge into The Cardboard Connection.

2011 NBA Draft Best Players to Collect (Part Two)

2011 NBA Draft Best Players to Collect (Part Two)

Part Two This is the conclusion to the “The Top Names for Collectors to Know in the NBA Draft (Part One).” Part one can be found here. Brandon Knight Kentucky Wildcats, Freshman Age: 19 Knight is another “one and done” player that Kentucky coach, John Calipari, is famous for producing. If it were not for […]

Autograph Collecting: Protecting Against Forgeries

Autograph Collecting: Protecting Against Forgeries

I am an avid Illini fan, and was lucky enough to live in Missouri in 2005 when Illinois played North Carolina in the NCAA Finals in St. Louis. Needles to say, I was swept up in the Illini fervor and wanted something to immortalize the time. After walking out of the Illini’s practice session, I […]

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Collecting Base Cards, the Foundation of the Hobby

Collecting Base Cards, the Foundation of the Hobby

Before there were cards with pieces of game-used memorabilia embedded in them, before there were variations that sparkled in your eye, even before there were Super Chrome Die-Cut X-Fractor cards, there was the base card–the much maligned, often over-looked, mostly disregarded, common base card. You know, the base card that has proven to be the […]

Sets We Want: 2011 Bowman Lockout Football

Sets We Want: 2011 Bowman Lockout Football

As you are undoubtedly aware, the NFL lockout stands ready to ruin not only our fall television watching but football card collecting too. Nevertheless, I believe I have developed a solution that the NFL, NFL Players Association and Topps should consider – 2011 Bowman Lockout. Although I’m intending this as a parody to smile at […]

Why a Video Card Patent War Could Take Place in 2011

Why a Video Card Patent War Could Take Place in 2011

You might never have guessed it, but the history of telephones and the history of baseball cards have a lot of similarities. In the 1870s, at about the same time baseball cards were first invented, the telephone was born. Soon after, a patent war erupted between Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray over who actually […]

Walter Payton the Inspiration for "Sweetness," Artwork Composed of Football Cards

Walter Payton the Inspiration for “Sweetness,” Artwork Composed of Football Cards

Card collecting has long been considered an art form by those who spend years completing sets or obtaining the cards for a specific player or team. Artist Nicholas Schleif has taken a more literal view of this concept, creating an image of former Chicago great, Walter Payton, using 1,152 football cards. The cards used in […]

Frank Corridon - Spitball Pitcher and History Teacher

Frank Corridon – Spitball Pitcher and History Teacher

If you were to ask me, I would probably tell you that I’m a vintage card collector. I consider vintage collecting to be much more “cool” than set building. Think about it–anyone can walk into a big-box store, buy a bunch of blaster boxes, and call themselves a set builder (which is what I do). […]

Ryan Kesler Rookie Card Checklist

Ryan Kesler Rookie Card Checklist

After knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. Ryan Kesler has been the breakout star for the team, notching clutch goals in each of the first three rounds. Selected with the 23rd pick of the 2003 […]

Michael Vick Still Haunted by Past

Michael Vick Still Haunted by Past

Michael Vick has an infamous past that virtually every sports fan has heard about at some point in the past few years. He struggled to live up to the massive hype surrounding him and was taken down in his prime based on his illegal activities associated with dog fighting. Vick went to jail for his […]

Jose Bautista Rookie Card Checklist

Jose Bautista Rookie Card Checklist

Check out our rookie card checklist of reigning American League home run champion Jose Bautista, who is proving that his breakout performance of 2010 was no fluke. Appearing in several sets from Topps in 2002, Bautista didn’t have any autograph rookies, although Bowman’s Best does feature a base card and several parallels with game-used bat […]

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