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Forum: BASEBALL Today, 11:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,802
Posted By mfw13
When there's big bucks at stake there is going to...

When there's big bucks at stake there is going to be corruption. First rule of human nature.

And given that a PSA 10 is often worth 10x a PSA 9, and a BGS 9.5 often worth 10x a BGS 9, there is no...
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 08:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,107
Posted By mfw13
Sweeeeeeeep !!! Starting to think the Giants...

Sweeeeeeeep !!!

Starting to think the Giants might actually have a shot at winning the division, especially with 40% of the Dodgers starting rotation out for the year and Puig showing no sign of...
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 06:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,370
Posted By mfw13
They could be the next Mantle and Mays, or the...

They could be the next Mantle and Mays, or the next Albert Belle and Juan Gonzalez.

They're good, but it'll be another ten years or so until we know exactly how good they will be....
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 06:12 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,184
Posted By mfw13
I'm not sure anything is "wrong" with him.... ...

I'm not sure anything is "wrong" with him....

He's got an 11.6 K/9, which is the highest in his career.

His main issue right now is that he's giving up a lot more hits, but that is probably...
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By mfw13
Exactly. Third party authentication only...

Exactly.

Third party authentication only has value if the people doing the authenticating are experts in their field. With PSA this is clearly not the case....
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 05:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
Thanks for the info....didn't see any advertised...

Thanks for the info....didn't see any advertised for sale on Blowout/EBay, so didn't think they existed.....
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 03:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
But: 1) Not every product is available in...

But:

1) Not every product is available in retail (for example Archives & Finest)
2) You have to like the base Topps design (which I don't) in order to want to buy Series 1 or Opening Day.
Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 02:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
The problem is the fact that there is a...

The problem is the fact that there is a substantial subset of collectors (i.e. set-builders) for whom "hits" add no value whatsoever, no matter what/how many there are.
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Forum: BASEBALL Yesterday, 11:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
I guess the bigger question for me is why is...

I guess the bigger question for me is why is Archives $75+ at wholesale?

It's a $50-60/box product that Topps should be charging dealers $40-50 for....
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By mfw13
The problem is, the whole reason that the leagues...

The problem is, the whole reason that the leagues started signing exclusive deals is precisely because they are able to get more $$$ from one company for an exclusive license than from 2-3 companies...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By mfw13
This is a nice pipe dream. You can't charge...

This is a nice pipe dream.

You can't charge a company through the nose for a license and then simultaneously tell them they can only release X number of products each year.

The reason...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,370
Posted By mfw13
A lot of will have to do with whether or not they...

A lot of will have to do with whether or not they are able to lead their teams to World Series titles. Individual accomplishments are great, but postseason success is what really burnishes a players'...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
Why do distributors even still exist? Shop owners...

Why do distributors even still exist? Shop owners can by product direct from Topps. Why can't collectors?
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
And to me, that's part of the problem. What the...

And to me, that's part of the problem. What the heck is Will Ferrell doing in Topps Archives???? It's just another gimmick used to justify higher box prices while delivering absolutely no value to...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
My perspective is that of the "old-fashioned"...

My perspective is that of the "old-fashioned" collector...i.e. someone who sees a product with a design they like and wants to buy a box or two to build the set from.

The problem, as I see it, is...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-20-2015, 01:24 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,370
Posted By mfw13
Not until they play for teams in the same city...

Not until they play for teams in the same city and win a few World Series....
Forum: BASEBALL 05-19-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,177
Posted By mfw13
Anybody else think that box prices are getting too expensive??

So usually, I pick one or two products each year and try to build the set by opening a couple of boxes. This year I was planning to do Archives and Finest.

Then I looked at the box prices.
...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-18-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,125
Posted By mfw13
Kluber has struck out the first 5 guys he's faced...

Kluber has struck out the first 5 guys he's faced tonight....anybody know what the record is for most strikeouts over two consecutive games?
Forum: BASEBALL 05-18-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By mfw13
Great looking card....looks like a 4 or 5 to...

Great looking card....looks like a 4 or 5 to me......
Forum: BASEBALL 05-17-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,580
Posted By mfw13
It might help people to look at the issue from...

It might help people to look at the issue from Topps' perspective....

1) Topps is currently owned by a hedge fund. All they care about is $$$.
2) Improving customer service costs $$$ and reduces...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-16-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,511
Posted By mfw13
Well...I'm a Giants fan, and I couldn't care less...

Well...I'm a Giants fan, and I couldn't care less about getting an autographed card of Will Ferrell in a Giants uniform....and I sure a heck am not going to pay $103 a box for an otherwise $60/box...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-15-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 840
Posted By mfw13
Snell is interesting....gets beat up his first...

Snell is interesting....gets beat up his first season at each level, then dominates the second time around....although his start so far at AA seem to be breaking that pattern.
Forum: BASEBALL 05-15-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,580
Posted By mfw13
Not sure why you think my post was...

Not sure why you think my post was asenine....pretty much everything I say is common sense.

Let me ask you this....would purchase an airline ticket from an airline that cancelled 20-30% of its...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-15-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,125
Posted By mfw13
Cautious is fine, within reason. But in this...

Cautious is fine, within reason. But in this situation, and with this pitch count, you at least gotta let him start the 9th and pitch to the first two batters. If at that point he's over 125 pitches...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-14-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,580
Posted By mfw13
Long post coming up.... On the one hand I...

Long post coming up....

On the one hand I feel sorry for people who are having redemption issues with Topps.

On the other hand I want to scream at them...where have you guys been for the past...
Forum: BASKETBALL 05-14-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 6,666
Posted By mfw13
Memphis simply doesn't have enough offense to...

Memphis simply doesn't have enough offense to keep up with the Warriors now that they are collapsing on Gasol & Randolph and daring the rest of the team to make outside shots.

Memphis is 21-76 on...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-14-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,125
Posted By mfw13
You must be pretty young if you think that 113...

You must be pretty young if you think that 113 pitches is a lot. Even ten years ago, starters routinely threw 120-130 pitches, and twenty years ago it was 140-150. Back in the sixties, starters often...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-14-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 794
Posted By mfw13
The other issue that makes population reports...

The other issue that makes population reports unreliable is the practice of breaking and re-subbing to get a higher grade, since PSA doesn't delete cards from the database when this happens.

For...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-13-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,125
Posted By mfw13
Exactly...a perfect illustration of everything...

Exactly...a perfect illustration of everything that is wrong with baseball today.

He's at 113 pitches and dominating, with a chance to tie the ML record for K's in a 9-inning game, and they don't...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-12-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 849
Posted By mfw13
The problem is the fact that many mail carriers...

The problem is the fact that many mail carriers mark stuff as "delivered" either before they leave the station to do their route or after they get back, as opposed to recording the package as...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-11-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,511
Posted By mfw13
Agreed. After all, pretty much the only people...

Agreed. After all, pretty much the only people the Ferrell autos add value to the product for is case-breakers. For every else, they are just an annoyance that does nothing but bump up box prices.
...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-10-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By mfw13
Who will be the next starting pitcher elected to the HOF?

Now that all the obvious candidates have been elected, who do you think will be the next starter elected to the HOF?

Given how few votes Mussina, Schilling, and Clemens have gotten, it could be a...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-09-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 130
Posted By mfw13
What football/hockey/basketball designs would you like to see Topps use for baseball?

Was thinking about this just for fun because of some custom cards I saw on a blog....

1) 1962 Topps Football
2) 1956 Topps Football
3) 1968-69 Topps Hockey
4) 1976 Topps Basketball (oversize) -...
Forum: BASEBALL 05-09-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,107
Posted By mfw13
If the Giants want to upgrade at 3B, a better...

If the Giants want to upgrade at 3B, a better option might be trying to acquire Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers....they'll be starting their fire sale any day now.....
Forum: BASEBALL 05-03-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,944
Posted By mfw13
No. Nolan Ryan pitched hay for eight hours a...

No.

Nolan Ryan pitched hay for eight hours a day in the offseason.
Forum: BASEBALL 05-01-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 615
Posted By mfw13
Ugly....like everything else from Panini...head...

Ugly....like everything else from Panini...head cut in half to avoid the lack of MLB license....
Forum: BASEBALL 05-01-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,136
Posted By mfw13
Ichiro is actually over 4000 hits if you include...

Ichiro is actually over 4000 hits if you include his days in Japan....
Forum: BASEBALL 04-30-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,752
Posted By mfw13
People paying ridiculous prices for PSA 10...

People paying ridiculous prices for PSA 10 commons is no different than people paying ridiculous prices for low-numbered modern parallels. It's just a different type of "artificial" scarcity.

For...
Forum: VINTAGE 04-30-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By mfw13
I've got six copies of the 1st edition of the...

I've got six copies of the 1st edition of the very first Beckett Price Guide, from 1979. Got them from a guy who was a friend of James Beckett for $10 each about twenty years ago.

Not sure what...
Forum: BASEBALL 04-29-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,752
Posted By mfw13
I was making a generalization, not an apples to...

I was making a generalization, not an apples to apples comparison. My point being that for the same prices people are paying for unproven prospects, you can buy some pretty nice cards of the all-time...
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