Photobucket Nightmare

I don’t post a lot of rants on here.  The internet and hobby is full of them.  But I have a MAJOR bone to pick with the photo sharing website Photobucket.  I’ve used their site for over ten years.  Even before I started blogging, I used their site to share pictures of cards on various forums.  I got so use to the site that when I began Sports Card Info I continued to use it to host my images.  Bloggers all over the world woke up Friday morning to a terrible nightmare.  Photobucket decided that they would no longer allow users to host 3rd party images for free.  It would now cost $400 per year.  If you choose not to pay, many of the Photobucket hosted images on your site would be replaced with the above picture.  Its basically a ransom.  What ticks me off the most is that they did this with no prior warning.  They just flipped the switch and didn’t care how many websites they royally messed up.

You’ll notice this picture all over Sports Card Info.  Right now it seems to start heavily all the way in the beginning up to about the middle of last May.  At first I seriously thought about paying the money because I hate that this image is all over the blog.  It looks trashy.  After giving it some more thought, I’ve decided not to pay.  Given the amount of customer complaints, I’m hoping that this was either a mistake or they reverse this new policy.  I’m not totally against paying a yearly fee, but taking it from completely free to $400 overnight with no warning is just garbage.  I’ve heard many people wanting to take legal action.  If they do, who knows if it will result in anything.

Lets hope they get the hint and switch everything back.  At the very least they could lower the fee.  It would take me another ten years to move all of my old images to a new hosting site.  That I cannot do.  I’m using WordPress to host all of my pictures now.  New posts I make should not be altered.  Working on Sports Card Info is very fun for me, and I didn’t want you to think I was just letting things go.  Talk about a terrible business decision.  For now, I’m going to wait before paying anything.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Impel – A Nightmare On Elm Street

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Freddy Krueger is one of the biggest horror icons that has ever hit the big screen.  Unlike Michael Myers or Jason, Freddy kills with comedic style.  By 1991, Wes Craven’s creation already was a well established slasher villain. Impel’s A Nightmare On Elm Street cards only came in a boxed set form.  No loose packs here.  The base set has 120-cards, 10 specialty cards, and 2 “Freddy Vision” holograms.  The cards show movie stills and behind-the-scenes images ranging from A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) to Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).   They got a little creative when it came to the box design as it looks like a coffin.

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For you true die-hard horror collectors.  Impel did make a premium version of this set that was only made available through a mail-in offer.  This boiler room style box houses a complete factory set, t-shirt, and COA.  The base set is the same, but the special cards and holograms are different.  There are 144 cards in all.  This version is much rarer.  It’s worth about $70.00 where as the basic version can go for $10.00 to $30.00.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Flashback Product of the Week: 1993 Skybox The Nightmare Before Christmas

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I hope you don’t mind me mixing things up when it comes to Flashback Product of the Week posts, especially around Christmas time.

In 1993 a little movie called The Nightmare Before Christmas came out.  It was directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton.  Composer Danny Elfman provided the film’s score.  This stop-motion feature is a story about Jack Skellington, who is the Pumpkin King of Haloween Town.  He becomes obsessed with Christmas after getting transported through a magical portal in a tree to Christmas Town.  Jack takes up the role of Santa and on Christmas Eve prepares to pilot his coffin like sleigh.  Having a guy like Tim Burton combine Halloween and Christmas makes for one entertaining movie.  My favorite scene is when Jack is getting shot at by cannons.  If you haven’t seen it, I suggest taking a look.

As with many movies, a trading card set was developed.  It was produced by Skybox and consists of 66-cards depicting various scenes from the movie.  Autographed cards were randomly inserted.  The two most valuable autographs collectors could pull were of Burton and Elfman.  They continue to sell for over $100.00 each.  Boxes can be found for $30.00 to $40.00.

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