Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Doing The Right Thing

SCD, or Sports Collectors Digest, has finally decided to listen to the hobby community and dump their biggest advertiser- Coach's Corner.

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.

This is a move in the right direction. Many senior collectors have been harping at SCD to do something about their affiliation with Coach's Corner. After all, anybody in the hobby who knows a thing about autographs and memorabilia will tell you to stay away from that auction house and the authenticators affiliated with them.

What's weird, though, is that 2 days before this press announcement I had a email exchange with a marketing guy at Krause Publications (parent firm of SCD) openly questioning why they are still allowing Coach's Corner to advertise there. I would like to think I was the main voice of the collecting community that caused their ejection, but I know that hobbyist more respected than myself have been complaining about Coach's Corner for a very long time.

I am glad to see that Sports Collectors Digest is doing the right thing.

(Hat Tip: Net54Baseball.com)

Welcome to the Show

Mitch Jones, who showed good power during Spring Training this past March, has been called up to the Dodgers. (per I Love This Game) This is his first real trip to the show.
He was called up by the Yankees on May 20, 2006, but was sent back to Columbus the next day without playing in a game.
He is 31 years old, played at ASU and started professional Baseball as a member of the Yankee organization. This year he is hitting .292 with 21 home runs and 50 RBI's with the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Hopefully he can get into a few games.