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Old 06-12-2009, 03:33 PM
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Default SCD Drops Coachs Corner from advertising

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June 12, 2009

Sports Collector's Digest drops major advertiser

by Michael O'Keeffe
Here's one sign that the scandal-stained sports memorabilia biz is getting serious about cleaning up its act: Sports Collector's Digest, the hobby Bible, will stop accepting advertising from Coaches Corner, one of its biggest advertisers.

Collectors and memorabilia industry leaders have complained about Coaches Corner for years, saying the autographed balls, game-used bats and other memorabilia offered by the Souderton, Pa., auction house appears fraudulent and doesn't pass the sniff test.

The marketplace certainly doesn't have much respect for the company's offerings. As the Daily News reported in a story last year, prices for items sold by Coaches Corner are often a fraction of the prices for similar items offered by other auction houses. In a January 2007 Coaches Corner auction, a Josh Gibson-signed ball sold for $1,158, a real steal, since the Negro League star's autograph is very rare and expensive. Robert Edward Auctions, meanwhile, sold a Josh Gibson postcard for $81,000.

Coaches Corner executives did not return calls; SCD publisher Dean Listle declined comment.

Robert Edward Auctions president Rob Lifson was one of those who urged SCD to purge Coaches Corner from its pages. "I think there was a groundswell of opinion that forced them to do something," Lifson said.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:39 PM
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Wow! Congratulations to SCD for finally doing the right thing!
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:51 PM
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Default Bye Bye Coachs Corner

As most would say its been a long time in coming. It may be to late for SCD as the paper which looked like a phone book back in the day now can line the bottom of an animal cage!

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:02 PM
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Well maybe they can regain some of the advertisers and subscribers they lost all these years while carrying the CC garbage. I might even think about subscribing again
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:04 PM
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Default That's two very smart moves by F&W in the past week

Bringing back Bob for the Standard Catalog and now this.

Amazing what real public pressure can do for a company

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P.S. I emailed Don Fluckinger this week when I heard about Bob and he was very gracious and wished him nothing but the best. Trust me; I know how hard it must have been for Don to do that job as an freelancer.

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:18 PM
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Good news.

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It may be to late for SCD as the paper which looked like a phone book back in the day now can line the bottom of an animal cage!
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Nice. Why did it take them years to do this? When they can provide a satisfactory answer to that I will consider subscribing again, not before.

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:33 PM
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Too little, too late. This will probably be like a pin prick to CC, I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of their bids come from the website.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:40 PM
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was needed to warrant this change? Obvious forgeries for years, declining subscriptions, declining advertisers. I'm with Richard on this -- seems too little too late. I wish SCD the best and hope that they will do well with advertisers displaying integrity. But it will take an exceptionally long time to win back readers and advertisers...an almost insurmountable obstacle in an increasingly digital age.

Kudos on the move, at any rate.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:47 PM
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This is great news...will SCD be able to survive without their ad revenue?
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