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Old 05-14-2007, 09:47 AM
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Posted By: leon

I think this is a relevent subject over here. I had Brian whip up this side of the Net54 board so there would be a dedictated place for talking about memorabilia, which I think is cool but don't collect myself. The first day there was quite a lot of involvement but each day since it seems it has slowed. This side only took a short amount of time to get made and doesn't take much time to moderate, so it's no loss, but what's the deal. Is memorabilia not hotly collected? Is there a big audience elsewhere and this isn't the place? Maybe memorabilia folks don't do chatboards or the internet? We have no intention of deleting this side....even if it gets one post a week as it really doesn't hurt anything....I just figured I would throw this question out here to ponder...regards

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Old 05-14-2007, 09:58 AM
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It is still new and not many people really know about it yet. Give it some time, it will come around. Something controversal needs to happen here, that will bring the traffic!

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:08 AM
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Posted By: Greg Theberge

So far, there has been a lot more discussion here than on the game used forum in respect to the time that the site has been active.

I wouldn't go so far as to say "memorabilia is on the decline" based on a community talk forum. (It would be great if it was so this stuff would be more affordable). My guess is that people just don't know about the site, if, of course, it's something they're interested in participating in to begin with.

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:15 AM
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Posted By: Rob Dewolf

I second Scott's notion to give it time; the site hasn't been live all that long.

Plus, I've enjoyed the fact that most all of the posts on this board have been on topic. I suppose if topics such as "Does Warren Spahn get enough glory?" or if bickering over whether to get your pennants slabbed or left raw started became more prevalent, it would appear that there was more activity on the board.

I'd rather not see that happen (the off-topic posts, that is).

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

There was a bit of discussion about this topic on the gameused site about 2-3 weeks ago...I don't think it's on a major decline, but it has slowed some in most collector's estimation. Most were unhappy with the offerings in this years Mastro/REA/Lelands auctions. There will be more discussion over here once people find out about the board....it is verboten to speak of other boards on Gameused so some of those guys that post over there have no clue this site is here and as far as I can tell there is no way to find someone's email on that site so it will take some time.

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:55 AM
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Posted By: Jason Mishelow

I think the problem is the lack of any real catalog or price guide system. We all know exactally what our cards are worth and in some case how many of them there are, furthermore, we know exactally what is out there- there is a check list that we can work are way through. The problem with memrobilia is that there is no agreement what the value is and I think that turns people away. I have gone to major shows and seen items that I know I could pick up for 5-10 dollars selling for over $100. This lack of uniform value seems to put off dealers from having a large inbvetory as they probaly have losts of itmes that don't seem to sell and they don;'t realize its becuase they are simply pricing the time to high and they don;t educate themselves- on the same vein I have never gone up to a dealer and said you know that's really a high price- it just never seemed worth the time. I think that is also a space issue even at major shows most dealers just don't have enough room to ship larger items that don't kove quickly

How do we solve this- i think it is a compresnhive price guide- obviusly a lot of work but I think that it would invirogate the aspect of the hobby the same way that card price guides did in the early 80's- maybe this board is the place to start such- anyt ideas

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Old 05-14-2007, 11:31 AM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

I like the fact that there is no definitive price guide for memorabilia. Once a guide comes out then the deals are harder to find in my opinion. I prefer to keep the dealers in the dark about the prices of memorabilia.

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Posted By: scgaynor

Are we talking about memorabilia sales or traffic on the board? I don't think that sales have been slow, just the opposite. I think that the natural progression is from cards to memorabilia and as more people get priced out of the card market, they turn to memorabilia.

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Posted By: Dave S

How can you objectively construct a price guide for real memorabilia? Some of this stuff..bigger money stuff..is so scarce and so unique that it can't be truly evaluated. Cardboard is completely different, while indeed there are a few real rarities, we must remember that cards were printed in numbers far greater than memorabilia; just look at some of the posts from earlier threads...alot of this stuff you'd search forever to try and find another (and would it be in like condition?!). In no way do I think memorabilia is on the decline, in fact just the opposite. The fact is that those that have it, hold on to it...knowing they'd probably never replace it! So yes, while a price guide in theory may sound appropriate, truly an impossible reality...

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Posted By: Clint

I believe the availability of quality memorabilia is down. The demand is stronger than ever for it though. I find it funny that Scott said more people turn to memorabilia when priced out of cards. I find myself being priced out of memorabilia. I'm not complaining, that's the way it is. I hope the next progression isn't to beanie babies.

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