By Ray Schulte
For eight months, Tiger Woods was home recuperating from major knee surgery. The PGA, their sponsors, fans and collectors all experienced a tremendous void while he was on the sidelines.
When Woods announced he was making his comeback starting at the WGC Accenture Match Championship, the entire sports world rejoiced, especially the PGA, NBC, The Golf Channel, sponsors, golf-related manufacturers and retailers -- and collectors.
One excited corporate partner was The Upper Deck Company. Woods serves as the company's spokesperson and has an exclusive signature deal with Upper Deck Authenticated. Given the economy and state of the hobby, having Woods return provides Upper Deck a selling opportunity which was recently flat due to his inactive status.
Check out www.upperdeck.com and visit their online store to find new Tiger-related memorabilia.
While the PGA Tour gets its star back, the baseball world is trying to figure out how the future will unfold for its wealthiest player given his recent admittance to using banned substances. Alex Rodriguez is a under a long-term contract with the New York Yankees. He has time to turn his life around, enhance his image and convince everyone he deserves to be called the greatest home run hitter.
However, A-Rod has fallen into the black hole that Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Raphael Palmeiro and Miguel Tejada seem to be unable to climb out of. It was unanimous among memorabilia dealers and collectors around the country: A-Rod’s signed and un-signed memorabilia, licensed collectibles and T-shirts are just sitting on the shelves with virtually zero demand.
And remember, the high value of his signature ($400-499) has been predicated on him eventually breaking the all-time home run record. If he goes on to break the record, it will always be tainted given the three years he used steroids. Can A-Rod turn things around for himself and prevent a significant slide in his signature and memorabilia value? If nothing else surfaces related to his association with banned substances and he leads a role model life going forward, he has a chance to redeem himself. But don’t count on baseball purists to support his efforts.
The Topps Trading Card Company celebrates Barack Obama’s presidential victory with a commemorative trading card series. The 90-card series pays special tribute to the nation’s 44th president, telling a compelling story about his life and accomplishments leading from boyhood to the national election.
The special series also features public figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen and Caroline Kennedy.
You would never know we were experiencing recessionary times given the star-studded lineup the Collectors Showcase of America (CSA) has confirmed for its March 20-22 annual show in Chantilly, Va.
Players from the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl championship team including James Harrison and Hines Ward as well as Hall of Famers John Elway, Bart Starr, Lawrence Taylor, Paul Horning, Joe Greene, Bill Dudley, Y.A. Tittle, Willie Wood and Rod Woodson, to name a few, will be signing at designated times throughout the weekend.
Approximately 40 athletes from various sports including Washington Capitals MVP Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin are also scheduled to sign. University of Maryland’s Darius Heywood-Bey will be signing for the public March 22.
For more information, including directions and a complete list of players who will be signing and when, visit www.csashows.com.