Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Cardboard Connection Radio Upcoming Schedule

Upcoming show schedule and guests:

Wednesday 7.9.2014: What's New at Leaf Trading Cards and David Gelfman from Ripping Wax will give us the lowdown on the National Sports Collectors Convention Inc. Case Breaking pavilion. Segments include Set of the Week and Hot in the Shop.

Friday 7.11.2014:
This week Panini America kicks off the show, and we'll be joined by the National Sports Collectors Convention founder Mike Berkus and Chatograph founder Randy Rovegno to discuss his upcoming event with Los Angeles Dodgers great Steve Garvey. Segments include: 5 Guys, and Entertainment Expose if time permits.

Wednesday 7.16.2014:
What's New at Leaf Trading Cards with Brian Gray and the return of The Autograph Card founder Brian Flam. Set of the Week and GTS Distribution Hot in the shop are our weekly segments.

Wednesday 7.30.2014 - Sunday 8.3.2014: Live from the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention at the IX Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Live shows all days. Special guests, events and more at the largest trading card and collectibles show in the world.

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Cardboard Connection Radio Celebrates Collectors in Cleveland at 2014

Popular Trading Card Radio Show to broadcast live from the show floor of the largest trading card and collectibles event of the year. Special events planned during 5-day extravaganza.

The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention is shaping up to be one of the best in its storied history. Cardboard Connection Radio, the longest-running, weekly radio show dedicated to the hobby, will broadcast live throughout the 5-day event at Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center. Friends of the show and special guests will talk trading cards with hosts Doug Cataldo, Rob Bertrand, Russ Cohen and David Wright as events unfold.

VIP and Super VIP ticket holders will also receive an added bonus. In cooperation with SA-GE Collectibles, collectors can chase a 10-card set of football cards (images attached). Each VIP or Super VIP bag will include one of the nine-card set. The 10th card, a checklist, may be picked up at the Cardboard Connection Radio booth (M-1) by showing your SA-GE/Cardboard Connection Radio trading card that is found in the VIP and Super VIP bags -- while supplies last. The set contains 7 rookies and 2 second-year players.

#N1 Le'Veon Bell
#N2 Blake Bortles
#N3 Teddy Bridgewater
#N4 Derek Carr
#N5 Jadeveon Clowney
#N6 Mike Evans
#N7 Eddie Lacy
#N8 Sammy Watkins
#N9 Terrance West
#N10 Checklist

As always, collectors will find a variety of cards and other goodies including t-shirts, and supplies from our friends at UltraPro at the Cardboard Connection booth beginning on Wednesday, July 30. They will be available while supplies last. 

On Saturday, August 2nd, members of the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland will appear at the Cardboard Connection Radio booth. The Baseball Heritage Museum showcases the contributions that the Negro, Hispanic and women's leagues made to the game of baseball. The museum’s executive director is Vern Fuller, former second baseman for the Cleveland Indians. Vern will sign autographs that afternoon (exact time TBD). To help the museum, which is a non-profit, a donation of $5 for Vern's signature is required with all proceeds going to the museum.

On Sunday, August 3rd, our guest will be artist extraordinaire Sean Kane. Sean is the founder of Painted Glove Collectibles ( Sean will demonstrate his artistic talents and show how he produces one of his unique, one-of-a-kind collectibles. Sean has graciously donated a glove with a Cleveland theme to put in the hands of a lucky collector. Stop by the booth to find out how you can participate.

Let’s Talk Trading Cards Cleveland!

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's Been Awhile... Time for a Content or Culture Burst!

It is not often that I have any free time these days. With a family, a radio show, a full-time job and many side projects, I often ignore the blog. Luckily I have no deadlines, or people breathing down my neck to come up with creative cardboard quips. If you are interested in seeing where my so-called "spare" time is being spent, you can by simply visiting

I've always been fascinated by Pop Culture and am a walking encyclopedia full of useless info and trivia, so why not put that to some use?  Everyone needs a little culture!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Who Doesn't Like A Good Surprise? There is no illusion -- Topps Magic is Magnificent

With so many products to choose from, it is always a great rush when a product that wasn't on your radar proves to be not only a great value, but also strikes a chord with the reasons you love to collect trading cards. 2013 Topps Magic really took me by surprise and I'll give you some insight on the set and why it made an impact on me.

This year's edition of Magic can be found for just under $70. It is very similar to the 2012 edition which was presented as a traditional hobby product after a year of being an online exclusive.

What sets Magic apart from recent NFL releases is that you get today's players on a vintage style card design. Vintage is such a multifaceted term though. These don't look like cards from the 1800s or event the early 1900s, they are very reminiscent of the late 70s and early 80s Topps baseball sets. This one reminds me of one of my favorite Topps designs -- 1980 baseball.

I think its refreshing once and awhile to lose all the glitz, the shimmer and the shine. Of course, if you lose those popular elements, you've got to have a very strong design to make up for it. Sometimes it is a level of simplicity that makes a great design and that's exactly what Topps nailed here. Subtle, clean layouts, combined with outstanding photos stood out among many other 2013 products for me.

Magic has a 330-card base set that includes a mix of veterans, rookies and all-time greats. It also contains a whopping 110 short prints. This box contained 148 of the 330-card set for 44%.

While Magic leaves the glitz and glam behind, it has some striking features that accompany the base set. There are 5 levels of mini parallels. Border colors are white, black, blue, green and red. You should find a mini in every pack for a total of 24.

On top of the autographs there are several insert sets to collect. But before I get into that,you should know that there are over 100 different autographs to chase. There are also dual and six-up signature cards!

Ground and Pound (25 cards) and Aerial Attack (25 cards) are more cards printed in traditional stock with the look of a set from 2 or 3 decades back. Ground and Pound are seeded 1:6 packs, and Aerial Attack are found 1:4 packs.

I think it's safe to say that when you look at the 1948 Topps Magic set, that qualifies as vintage. Topps included, like last year, mini '48 inserts seeded 1:12 packs.

Rookie Enchantment (1:6) are framed inserts featuring the 2013 rookie class.

The autos in the box are stickers, it would be great to have them on card, but, cost could rise if they were all on-card. Perhaps it is something the could look at doing earlier on the calendar and they could be on-card...

Our autographs were: #76 Josh Boyce, #203 Jamar Taylor, & #205 Robert Lester.

This box had one additional insert, a Magic Rookie Relic of the Green Bay Packers Johnathan Franklin #'d to 99.

No doubt the 2012 edition had the better checklist, but at least for me, 2013 struck a chord. Perhaps its simply because this has been the year of shiny, shiny, and more shiny. Maybe it is just a great value, and I like the underdog. The underdog in this case meaning that there are some great players in this draft that are not touted like the ones from last year... I guess we'll see in a couple of years.

Thanks to Topps for providing the product, and be sure to tune in to Cardboard Connection Radio for a little discussion about Magic and a chance to win the autographs from the box.

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