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New Releases for the Week of Aug 8th, 2016

NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK!
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2016 Topps Strata Baseball Hobby Box - $79.99/box

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Configuration: 1 pack per box. 2 cards per pack.


Cutting-edge Design Meets The Game's Best With The Return Of Strata Baseball!

From Acetate Cards To Layered Cards To MLB Authenticated Relic Cards To Rivet Cards, 
Strata Pushes The Envelope Of What A Baseball Card Can Look And Feel Like.

Find One Autograph And One Strata Relic In Every Box! Every Other Box Includes An Autographed Strata Relic.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

AUTOGRAPHED MLB AUTHENTICATED RELICS

Clearly Authentic Autographed Relic MLB Authenticated Cards (Over 20 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Blue: sequentially numbered to 99.
- Green: sequentially numbered to 75.
- Black: sequentially numbered to 50.
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
- Red MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch: numbered 1/1.
- Red Laundry Tag: numbered 1/1.
- Red Button: numbered 1/1.
- Red Button Hole: numbered 1/1.
- Red Majestic Logo Patch: numbered 1/1.

MLB AUTHENTICATED RELICS

Clearly Authentic MLB Authenticated Relic Cards (Over 20 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Blue: sequentially numbered to 99.
- Green: sequentially numbered to 75.
- Black: sequentially numbered to 50.
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
- Baseball: Includes a piece of game-use baseball: sequentially numbered to 3.
- Red MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch: numbered 1/1.
- Red Laundry Tag: numbered 1/1.
- Red Button: numbered 1/1.
- Red Button Hole: numbered 1/1.
- Red Majestic Logo Patch: numbered 1/1.

STRATA AUTOGRAPHED CARDS & STRATA SIGNATURE PATCHES

Strata Autographs (Over 30 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Orange: sequentially numbered to 125.
- Blue: sequentially numbered to 99.
- Green: sequentially numbered to 75.
- Black: sequentially numbered to 50.
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
Red: sequentially numbered to 1/1.

Strata Signature Patch Cards (Up to 25 subjects)
- Sequentially numbered to 25.

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 5.
- RIVET: Featuring best available patch. Numbered 1/1.

STRATA SIGNATURE CARDS

Strata Signature (Up to 30 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
- Red: sequentially numbered 1/1.

Dual Autograph
Sequentially numbered to 5.

Cut Signatures
Sequentially numbered 1/1.

Strata Autographs (Over 30 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Orange: sequentially numbered to 125.
- Blue: sequentially numbered to 99.
- Green: sequentially numbered to 75.
- Black: sequentially numbered to 50.
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
Red: sequentially numbered to 1/1.

Strata Signature Patch Cards (Up to 25 subjects)
- Sequentially numbered to 25.

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 5.
- RIVET: Featuring best available patch. Numbered 1/1.

STRATA SIGNATURE CARDS

Strata Signature (Up to 30 subjects)

PARALLELS INCLUDE:
- Gold: sequentially numbered to 25.
- Red: sequentially numbered 1/1.

Dual Autograph
Sequentially numbered to 5.

Cut Signatures
Sequentially numbered 1/1.
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Finding What We Have/Want

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I haven’t been doing much on this site in the way of blogging. I have been trying to get inventory added to the online store as a priority, but to be honest, most of our sales are taking place on eBay anyway.
You’ll be seeing more posts from me on the card industry as well as ways in which we can utilize technology to better find what it is we are looking for as well as ways to reach new audiences to sell to.

I thought I would share an idea with you on how we as card collectors and dealers can more easily search for what we are looking for. In this post, I’ll focus on some ideas around posting cards to Twitter. I am not proposing anything that has the potential to become ‘trending’ but I definitely think that hashtags and search are underutilized when it comes to the sports card arena.

What we need is a system for standardizing hashtag creation for the various sets that are released. I tweeted to Topps with this idea, but got no response from them, so I am taking this up on my own. So here goes…

We need to have a system by which we use this format as a standard when sending sports card-related tweets.

#YearManufacturerSetSport

Where:

Year = 2013,2012…
Manufacturer = T,B,P,UD,F,etc. (for Topps, Bowman, Panini, Upper Deck, Fleer…)
Set = TT,P,C,T5*,etc. (for Triple Threads, Platinum, Chrome, Five Star…)
Sport = BB,FB,BK,HK (for Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey…)

Here’s an example of what I mean: #2013tttbb (which would refer to 2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball)

If we start to use this system, it will become a standard way to perform searches on Twitter, allowing everyone to find what it is they are looking for, and for dealers it provides a way to group all of their cards from a certain set as well as to see what the competition has available.

Also, given the example above, we can easily extend it to new sets as they are released.

Finally, I’ll keep a running list of hashtags for all of the various sets if there is any confusion so that they can be referred to later. I’ll create a separate page for those shortly and will keep it updated with your corrections and suggestions.

What do you think of this idea? Is it worthwhile? Does it move the hobby forward? Please feel free to comment!