Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Hope everyone is enjoying their day. I had to take a moment to show off this awesome painting the lovely wife got me for my office. The more I look at it the more I love it!
Also I keep forgetting to mention 2011 A&G blasters and rack packs and Topps Chrome 2011 blasters are all on Rollback 25% off at Walmart. FYI.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Holiday season! This experience in the blogging world has been a gift that has kept giving all year long through the contact and interaction I've had with all of you, and I appreciate it!
He certainly knew what he was doing with the cards he sent me:
Thanks for the great cards David, and I hope you enjoy what I sent you.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Dear Valued eTopps users,
Due to rising costs of doing business and increased costs to our shipping partners, eTopps will be raising its shipping rates beginning early next year. This is the first price change for eTopps in several years. Also at this time, eTopps points will no longer be accepted for shipping.
If you would like to take advantage of today’s current shipping rates, please be sure to visit your card portfolio in eTopps.
Thank you for your continued business!
The Topps Company
Being in the business world, I understand that sometimes things like this have to happen for a business to stay profitable. But using points for shipping cards was a huge deal to me. With shipping costs now from eTopps being $6.95 for the first card and $.85 each additional card, I shudder to think what the new higher costs will look like. I was able to tolerate these exorbitant charges because you also had the option of using points (1 point= $1 of shipping) to pay to ship cards. And while I like having cards in my port, eTopps cards in hand are really nice and at the end of the day I want real cards, not virtual ones.
But what really bugs me about the timing of this is that 2011 MLB, MiLB and T206 cards were stated to be available to ship on Dec. 8th. Dec 8th came and went and 2 weeks later these cards are still unavailable to ship.
With the unavailability of 2011 cards and the recent vague announcement about shipping costs/terms, I was curious if the 2011 cards would remain unavailable to ship until the new costs/terms went into place. That seems like a reasonable question and I sent eTopps a polite note asking just that:
I was wondering when the cards that were scheduled to be available for shipment a couple of weeks ago will be available? I was planning on getting them in for Christmas, but it looks like that will not be possible. How much longer do you anticipate the delay lasting on these? Will they be available before the new costs and shipping terms take place?
Here was eTopps reply:
Thank you for taking the time to write with your question, and please accept our apologies for any difficulties you have encountered while attempting to use our service.
In order to determine possible causes, at your convenience, please contact our Customer Service team (toll free) at 1-800-489-9149. A Customer Service representative will be available between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (ET) Monday through Friday to help troubleshoot and resolve any problems you may be experiencing.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write. We look forward to speaking with you.
etopps Customer Service team
Somehow, I don't think my message was actually read. I simple "yes they will be available before the shipping changes take place," or "no they will remain unavailable until the shipping changes take place," or even "we had a problem with the printing of these cards and we are not sure when they will be available" would have been good. I'd even settle for, "the cards are available but we just don't want to send them out unless we can get more money for it."
I'm not dicking around on the phone all day over this, so I'm not taking their suggestion and calling customer service.
The response on the message boards has been intense. There have been a ton of minor issues with eTopps this past year, and the attractiveness of the final product may be starting to lose its leverage. Who knows how this shipping chage will impact the way the cards are purchased. Points were a big deal in eTopps world, but they just lost a ton of their importance, and it will impact the value of cards going forward. Case in point, here is my tracker for the week:
There were a couple of new cards this week, Tim Tebow and Victor Cruz. I didn't buy either, and it doesn't look like I missed out on anything:
I'm not a doom and gloom guy by any stretch of the imagination, but it's getting really hard to keep promoting and celebrating eTopps lately.
Thanks for another great transaction Mike!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thanks for being a great trading partner Jeff, and I'll get some good stuff out to you soon!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Even with all my preparation, I came away empty handed for the first time ever at a Cleve auction. The stuff was just too rich for my blood, and the fact of the matter is that I am a small timer with this stuff. There were guys there Tuesday night dropping several thousands of dollars. I just can't do that. But, I still enjoyed myself and got to see some really cool pieces. The Turkey Red vintage cards were simply awesome. The Michael Jordan litho was incredible. And the vintage Cracker Jack cards were super cool. It was just all out of my range. There was a Triple Threads 2011 6 PC relic book of HOF pitchers that I made a feeble attempt to buy, but once it got past $30 I chickened out.
Cleve was kind enough to give everyone who attended a nice pack of baseball or football cards. I got a free pack of Allen and Ginter, but didn't hit anything.
So I'm sorry I don't have a more compelling story to tell. I'm hoping to get back on the small-time saddle next week when the standard auctions resume.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Otherwise, it looks like I was right to pass on the latest cards:
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thanks for the trade and the great blog Ryan. Good luck with your new position in Japan. I hope your world travels do not distract you from what should be your main priority in life: entertaining and informing us in the blogosphere. Don't let us down. If I have to, I'll fly to Japan and drag you back myself.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011