Show #75 Hobby News Edition + 10/11 Panini Classics Basketball Review

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We've got another podcast filled with this weeks sports trading card news and more. We also talk about the latest basketball product on the market: 2010-11 Panini Classics.

Hobby News:

Release Dates that were recently moved back:
Topps UFC Title Shot 5/11
Pinnacle Hockey 4/27
Bowman Baseball 5/18

New eBay fees (and new USPS 1st class shipping rates) went into effect this past week, so if you sell online you might want to double check your margins. If you are like me, and only sell a few things here and there - it might be a good thing to list an item at any price for free (up to 50 times per month) on eBay. Final Value Fees (FVF) now include shipping charges, so its best to factor that in when you are planning expenses.

Upper Deck & Panini have been battling to see which company can come out with the coolest video card. Upper Deck was the first to bring their card to market - and Panini will do the same in 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball. The sports card business tends to 'copy' ideas from each-other all the time anyway, so it doesn't really matter in the end. It is good that these companies compete, because it forces them to come up with new ideas & products like video cards.

US Soccer player Landon Donovan is now signing autographs for Upper Deck. He was seen recently signing trading cards and other items for Upper Deck, including 2011 Upper Deck Soccer, which just released. While Upper Deck had Landon Donovan in the house signing autographs, a package from Tiger Woods came in, and it included his tournament worn shirts he just wore at The Masters golf tournament.

Two good sports card shows are next month - so plan ahead if you want to attend. Both are May 20 - 22nd: Pittsburgh XXXIII in Corapolis, PA - and the TriStar SF Show in San Francisco, CA.

Product Review

2010/11 Panini Classics Basketball
Its possibly basketball collectors care more about jersey cards, and less about on-card autographs ... but if you are like me, I really like sets like Classics basketball. All 40 of the RC cards are signed on-card, and the price per box is about what you would pay for other Panini basketball boxes. This year has Kevin Durant Autographs for the first time as well. If you are looking for good rookies to collect from this set, Greg Monroe, Jordan Crawford, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe have chances to go up next year. John Wall and many of the top picks are limited, but most of the other rookies are serial #/699.

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