Response From Press Pass

After Upper Deck came out and said that they will have the exclusive rights to produce NCAA licensed cards starting in April 2010, I sent an e-mail to my contact at Press Pass, Inc to see what they plan to do with their popular line of college football cards.  Today I got the following response:

Press Pass will continue its line of rookie “draft pick” and Legends football products in 2010 and beyond. The Press Pass product team will strive to meet and exceed collector expectations with quality cards, designs, and innovation.  The Press Pass tradition of delivering the first on-card autographs of each new NFL rookie class will continue…

Press Pass will probably have to get “creative” with their card designs for awhile.  These exclusives really hurt the collectors and only give them one place to go for the cards they want to collect.  Its going to be fun to see if Upper Deck can produce something as good as Press Pass Legends Football.  Thats a product I really enjoy and its not very expensive.  I’ve seen some dealers selling mini boxes for around $30.00 to $45.00.  I think thats a great deal considering you get two hits per mini box.

This year’s Upper Deck Draft is similiar to Press Pass Legends because you can pull rookies and legends, but when I opened my box of Draft most of the hits were redemptions.  I will give Upper Deck credit because they filled both quickly, even though one needed to be replaced due to a conflict with the player.  I know the e-mail I received back doesn’t say much and is a general response the company has probably been throwing out to everyone that asks.  Its going to be interesting to see what happens next year when the “exclusive” goes into effect.

On the bright side, maybe Upper Deck can finally get Joe Paterno to sign some cards.  Topps was suppose to do that for Mayo, but they never made it in.

Sports Card Collection E-mail Scam

Today I received an e-mail that was titled “Massive Sports Collection For Sale”.  The message inside said the following:

“Hello

I am very interested in selling all my sports memorabilia, sports cards, rookie cards and Autographed items
along with other unique purchases including stamps and foreign currency
I have purchased these items all individually over the past 35 years.
 
Everything is in graded or ungraded mint condition
It had a book value of well over $30,000 back in the late 90’s
And has not been valued since.
 
I would welcome any offer as little as it may be in order to liquidate this collection
I would like to sell it all in its entirety if possible and welcome all offers
 
Thanks
Anthony Colavecchio
New Jersey”

Attached to the e-mail are four Excel spreadsheets: A.S.F. Rare Collectibles, A.S.F. Rare Sports, Autographed Sports Memorabilia, and Barry Bonds2.  When I went to download the attachments, my virus scanner detected a virus with the A.S.F. Rare Collectibles spreadsheet.  I e-mailed him back saying that very few people go by book value anymore, and that one of his attachments looks to contain a virus.  I haven’t heard back yet.  Please watch out for this e-mail, and do not download the attachments.  The e-mail address it came from was: YPPBI@aol.com
UPDATE:
  1. I received an e-mail back which contained all the information that was suppose to be in the virus infected e-mail.  At the top of the message it now says the money is going to be used for The Feinstein Foundation.  This was something that wasn’t mentioned at all in the original message.  I checked out the website of that organization and I see nothing on their about sports memorabilia.  I e-mailed him back asking for more information.
  2. I heard back from him this morning and he was kinda angry that I was asking questions.  That is never a good sign.

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Mastro Auctions Responds

A few days ago I sent an e-mail to the customer service department of Mastro Auctions.  I asked them, “What does Mastro Auctions have to say about what happened at the 2008 National and the FBI showing up?”  Today I got this response, “Andrew, At this time no comment, a statement will be made later this month.”  I wonder what they will say in their statement?  I can imagine that I’m not the only person that has sent them an e-mail asking what is going on.