(From Tuff Stuff Editor Scott Fragale’s 7th Inning Stretch Blog:)
Sports Talk Radio Has Become The Latest Show About Nothing
It never amazes me what sports talk radio stations will do on a slow news day. And boy have there been a lot of slow news days lately. I understand that if your job is to talk about sports for four hours a day, every day, that your list of possible topics will eventually expire. I also realize that the show must go on whether or not the Celtics and Magic played an overtime thriller the night before or whether the Reds-Pirates "nail-biter" is your best option, but just because some radio talking head declares a story news doesn’t necessarily mean it warrants the attention they give it.
I also understand that by making a somewhat controversial statement that can lead to a flurry of activity on the variety of social networks (Facebook and Twitter), emails and produces a spike in callers phoning in to disagree. It makes you wonder whether the host actually believes what he’s saying or if he’s just tossing out one absurd comment (see Colin Cowherd) after another to get a reaction? Some hosts are confrontational and others are informative, but there are only a few that can pull off both.
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Coming in the next issue of Tuff Stuff: A detailed look into how LeBron James’ collectible values could be affected if he relocates; Tips on building your own collector website; an amazing story of Tristar’s "World’s Greatest Card Chase" winner who turned his incredible hand-eye coordination into a $15,000 box of cards.
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NFL Rookies are Quick Studies At Premiere Photo Shoot Event
SANTA MONICA, Ca. – Jimmy Clausen sat down to sign his first autograph at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere Thursday and made what has to be called a rookie mistake.
Clausen, a second-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in last month’s draft, signed his name and then added the number 7, which he wore in college at Notre Dame. The trouble is he’s now No. 2. Luckily, it was a quick fix.
"I just put another line on the bottom and made it into a two that kind of looks like a Z," he said.
No worries, there would be plenty of chances to get it right.
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(Courtesy of www.NFLPlayers.com)
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Now Accepting New Submissions For Tuff Stuff’s ‘What’s It Worth?’
Every collector has several memorabilia items they’re dying to know the value of. We at Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly are here to help. We’ll provide you with a proven memorabilia expert so you can submit your descriptions and find out the value of your items free of charge. You simply provide a brief, yet detailed description of your item (along with an image if possible) and our new expert will provide his analysis.
In the near future you’ll be able to go to our "What’s It Worth?" page on the www.tuffstuff.com site and submit your "What’s It Worth?" questions. Until then, you can simply e-mail HERE. Then check the next issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and see if your item was selected for evaluation. The more unique the item the more description our expert will need so please be specific and include an image of the item if possible. Items sent to our expert for evaluation will be taken randomly and because we expect a large quality of submissions, we can’t guarantee your item will make the cut but we will evaluate as many as we can fit on our Tuff Stuff pages and many of those that don’t make it in the magazine will then be posted on www.tuffstuff.com.
We’ve gotten a great response to our "What’s It Worth?" feature thus far so keep the items coming. We’ll be posting your evaluations in the July cover issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and every other issue moving forward. We’ll also be posting the evaluations on the www.tuffstuff.com website so stay tuned in to be both to see yours and all of the others.
Tiger Woods Signed British Open Flag
The item I would like to submit is a tournament-used 2nd hole pin flag from the 2005 British Open Championship signed by the winner, Tiger Woods. My long-time friend is the course manager and I have been lucky over the years to be able to obtain numerous tournament-used pin flags such as this one. I had it signed via a private signing with Upper Deck. It comes with the UDA COA and matching holograms.What’s it worth?
Evaluation: This was Tigers 10th major championship win in his career. The photo you sent shows a beautiful mold and smudge-free autograph by one of the greatest golfers ever. Because it’s a flag the was used in the tournament I would put an estimate value of $1,250-$1,500.
Next round of "What’s It Worth?" submissions will be featured in Sept. issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly
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Amazing Trick Shots Featured In New UD Hockey Video
With the 2009-10 NHL Stanley Cup Finals set to begin on May 29 with the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Chicago Blackhawks, Upper Deck unveils its latest NHL Rookies-themed video. Part of a series of video vignettes that the trading card company produced from footage captured at the inaugural Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut Photo Shoot in Toronto, this latest installment provides a not-so-se rious look at the first-year players having some fun doing what they do best.
The latest effort is titled "NHL Rookie Trick Shots" and shows several of the league’s first-year standouts showcasing their stick skills in various ways. Watch as Jared Cowen (Senators), Logan Couture (Sharks) and Mikael Backlund (Flames) show off their unique celebrations following successful lamp lighters. See overall top draft pick John Tavares (Islanders), Tyler Bozak (Maple Leafs), Victor Hedman (Lightning) and Matt Duchene (Avalanche) keep the puck alive with superior juggling skills. And sit back and enjoy the antics as P.K. Subban (Canadiens) teams with Couture and Eric Tangradi (Penguins) following their joint score, as well as the unusual celebratory skating procession that follows another successful shot on goal staged by James van Riemsdyk (Flyers), Colin Wilson (Predators) and Bobby Sanguinetti (Rangers).
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Ticket Information for National Convention
Tickets and VIP Registration Packages for the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center, August 4-8, 2010 are on sale online at the National’s web site, www.NSCCShow.com.
Single-day General Admission Tickets are $16.50 (if purchased online) and are good for any single day of the National, including the Wednesday Night Sneak Peek on August 4. Tickets purchased on site at the Convention Center will be $19.95. Several variations of VIP Tickets are available from $119-$259 and offer additional benefits. All tickets can be purchased for discounted advance prices on the National’s web site at www.NSCCShow.com.
Autograph Tickets will be sold by Tristar Productions on their web site, www.TristarProductions.com beginning on May 28. Autograph guest appearance dates, times and prices will be available from Tristar at that time.
2010 Baseball Card Price Guide Now Available On Collect.com
Inside this official 24th edition, you will find current market values of more than 375,000 cards from 1981-2009. While card values are listed in near mint/mint condition, a useful formula in the beginning of the book will help you determine values for other grades of condition. These values are extremely accurate, being based on actual card transactions made by the Sports Collector’s Digest dealer network and online sales. With the vast amount of cards produced every year, this up-to-date price guide is a must have for every baseball card collector!
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