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How To Assess The Value Of Your Sports Trading Cards

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Chances are, if you've been collecting sport trading cards for some time, one of the mind boggling questions that probably bugging you is this : how do you determine the value of your card collection? In other words, how much can you fetch for the stacks of baseball, football or wrestling trading cards lying in your cabinet?

Although most sports card collectors are usually fans of the game as well, some are actually into the card collecting hobby for the potential profit they may reap from the trading. Therefore, it certainly doesn't hurt to know the methods that you can use to assess this, even if you've no intention to sell off your collection now.

Here are 3 simple and effective ways commonly used :

(1) Ebay Auctions

A relatively fast way to know how much people are willing to pay for your particular card is to do a search on Ebay auctions. While doing so, it's vital to go by what buyers are offering instead of the price sellers are asking for.

Even though both demand and supply has the same important part to play, looking at the buyers' market is the fairer way to determine the current "market value". The number of bids, depending on the base price set by the seller can also help you determine if the card you're holding is "hot" or not. That in turn can help you plan your own baseline selling price next time.

(2) Monthly Magazines & Price Guides

If you're more interested to know the "book value" for your cards, depending on the amount of money you want to spend and the depth of the details you want to know, there are avenues for you to check that as well.

For a start, you can check this via the monthly trading card magazines. Such periodicals tabulate current book values of the most popular range of single cards and sets and can bought off newstands at about $4-5 per copy. 2 of the main magazines are Beckett and Tough Stuff.

Suppose you've got a bigger budget, go for the $10 paperback or the $40-50 price guide. Both give you value estimates based on the production year of the sets from different different card companies with the latter covering on almost every set that are issued for all major sports.

But regardless of which option you choose, do bear in mind that such value estimates are highly subjected to the condition and maintenance of the cards concerned. So, in case you don't get the price that's stated on the periodicals, don't go back to your newstand vendor or book store and start asking for a refund!

(3) Trading Card Clubs & Forums

Last but not least, just go asking around. By doing a search on Google, you'll be able to get a listing of all online card traders clubs and forums you can join and learn about such knowledge. Members are often able to give you quotes on the spot and who knows? You might even get a good offer for your card. Besides, it's also gratifying to know a bunch of people who share the same interest as you, isn't it?

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Clark Air Base The Home To Manufacturers Of The Worlds Best Handmade Wooden Model Airplanes

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Very few people know about the origin of those beautiful shiny and finely detailed aircraft models that they see in travel agents, airports and in the homes and offices of those involved with, or in love with, the Aviation Industry. Without wanting to sound condescending, very few people - particularly of the young generation would be able to stick a pin in the map and point to the Philippines, let alone Clark Air Base.

Clark Air Base was a former U.S. Air Force base on one of the three main islands in the Philippines - Luzon and is now known as the Clark Special Economic Zone. It is near the city of Angeles in the province of Pampanga and about 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Manila. Clark Air Base was arguably the most urbanized military facility in history, and was the largest American base overseas. The base was converted into a special economic zone after the American military left the Philippines in 1992. Clark Air Base was an American military facility from 1903 to 1991. The base covered 14.3 square miles (37 km

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Learn All The Techniques Behind Good Painting

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To be good something in creativity is always determined by all the techniques that have been used to make it good and attractive. Same in case of painting but we think that its an easy job and one can do it very easily without any use of techniques as kids are more found of doing it but when you see this professional painters that time one can imagine of the techniques used behind their hard work.

Painting is an art and behind it lots of techniques is used. In painting there are a wide variety of techniques is used to show your personality and creativity. Proper use of techniques will give you good output.

Many of us are not even aware of color schemes before we start our painting. The thing is that we should know before we get started with or else it will be like waste of time, money and energy.

Before you start your painting its important to know some technical points which will guide and help you to be more good in your painting art. Some of the paintings are like the really one its just because the painter use techniques before they actual start their painting.

Many painting books can be found in the market which will guide you in your painting or else you can visit online painting sites where all the technical points and all the guidance is give to improve your painting.

Just keep all the technical points in your mind as these small things are only going to help you in a great manner.

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Make Your Own Scented Jar Candle Safe And Easy Hobby

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Making a scented jar candle as a hobby is something that you can easily do at home. Once your friends and family see the scented candles that you create, they will put in requests for specific colors and scents. Pretty soon you can have a profitable homebased business making and selling each scented jar candle that you make. You can use an aromatherapy oil for your scented jar candle and have one in your home for all different kinds of healing properties.

To make a scented jar candle, there are different sizes of jars that you can use. Try a frosted glass jar or a simple plain jar. You can also decorate the outside of the scented jar candles with pictures, sayings, name and dates to personalize the candles. There are various kinds of jars that you can buy for your scented candles, some of which look like jars of homemade jam. You can also get an aromatherapy jar candle that looks like a mug. With this type of candle jar, once the candle is completely burned out, you can wash out the jar and use it as a mug.

If you want to make a scented jar candle, you don't have to go to the extra expense of buying special jars. It doesn't matter what kind of jar you use, so you have endless options when it comes to making scented jar candles. It is the candle that is scented and not the jar, which means that just about any kind of glass container will do. You can even use drinking glasses if you wish. One option is to ask your friends and neighbours to save glass bottles for you. Baby food bottles may delightful little containers for scented candles. By using these smaller jars you can have an aromatherapy jar candle to give as samples, if you decide to start your own business.

Using glass bottles that would otherwise go into the trash as containers for scented jar candles is a great way to help the environment. Before you do use this type of jar for your scented jar candle, you do need to wash it thoroughly. Sometimes you may have difficulty getting the label off, but if you intend to apply your own label to the aromatherapy jar candle, it won't matter if you don't get off all the glue. However, you shouldn't apply the new label to the jar for the scented candle until after the candle has set completely. The heat from the melted wax will cause the label to fall off.

When you create your own scented jar candle, you can also paint the jar in any pattern or in any color you wish. If you want, you can paint the jar and leave the candle white. Flat house paint will easily cover the jars you use for the scented jar candles, but you may need to apply three coats. This does take a lot longer to get the scented jar candle you want, but once you see the results, it will be well worth the extra effort.

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How To Collect Hockey Cards

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As with other professional sports, trading cards or collector cards (whichever term you prefer) are available for hockey. Collecting hockey cards is a fun and exciting hobby for hockey fans. Whether you choose to collect hockey cards in general, or cards for a particular team or league, card collecting can be a very interesting and educational experience as well as being loads of fun. The cards that you collect over the years may also be valuable at some point in time.

To ensure that your collection of hockey cards does increase in value, especially if you intend to sell them sometime down the road, it is imperative that you keep the cards in tip-top shape, so you will want to protect them in some way. Of course, you can store your cards in boxes, but using binders with card protector sheets is a much better way to store the cards where they are protected and easily accessible for viewing. If you choose to box your cards rather than using a binder, be sure to use individual card protectors for each card. There are also boxes that are specially designed for card collecting in which your cards will fit perfectly decreasing the chance that they will get damaged.

Card collecting has always been pretty popular, but with the introduction of new trading card collectibles, in addition to the traditional sports cards, the hobby of collecting trading cards seems to have become more widespread. Now, you can get card collecting supplies, like binders, card collecting boxes and card protectors, at just about any variety store, discount store, office supply store, or sports shop. Most music or video game stores have card collecting supplies as well. Investing in the supplies to properly store and protect your hockey card collection is well worth the cost and will preserve your cards keeping them in good shape so you will have better results when you decide to trade or to sell your hockey cards.

Always store your hockey cards in a location that isn't subject to extreme heat or direct sunlight. Heat may damage the cards, especially if they are in plastic card protectors, and sunlight will definitely fade the cards. Moisture is another enemy of card collectors. Be sure to keep your cards where they won't get wet and avoid exposing them to excessive humidity.

One last tip about collecting hockey cards - a collection of hockey cards are usually worth more if you have complete sets to sell. However, selling individual cards, especially if they are rare, can also prove to be profitable.

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Orchid Care Phaleanopsis Orchids

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-An introduction to Phalaenopsis orchids.

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the easiest orchids to grow in the home. The name "phalaenopsis" comes from the Greek phalaina, meaning "moth" and opsis, meaning "like". For this reason this orchid goes by

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Antique Coins Collecting For Fun Profit

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You only have to look at how busy the coins section is on Ebay to know that coin collecting is an incredibly popular activity. It's one of the most popular hobbies around and one of the most profitable too.

Finding coins to collect is easy but finding ones that are actually valuable to collect is the challenge faced by most collectors. As a rule of thumb, the older the coins is the more collectible it becomes as often they are more rare than more modern coins.

The best place to find Antique coins include auction houses, coin shows, coin fairs and malls. But if you are more serious you should visit historical sites where antique coins are more likely to be found. You should bear in mind that the value of Antique coins depends on where it from as well as the age and historical background of its origin. Therefore buying at the historical location gives you a very good advantage over other collectors.

There are a few other pointers you might want to consider when buying an antique coin.

Firstly make sure the coin you wish to purchase is original. This goes without saying but there are many replicas and even counterfeit coins flooding the market, so close inspection to validate their authenticity is a must.

When you start off your coin collecting hobby, start slowly if you are on a low budget. Then as your portfolio of coins increases in value you could re-sell some of it at a profit and buy more valuable ones. If you find a coin that you think is a valuable addition to your collection make sure that you find an appraiser that can determine the value so that you do not get ripped off. So don't try to value it yourself unless you are quite experienced, and seek the help of professionals when the circumstances dictate like when the coin is quite expensive.

You need to specialize when you start collecting Antique coins so choose one particular era or country to focus on. This will make it easier for you to become an expert. You must also take good care of the coins to ensure you preserve their appearance and thus their value. And be careful not to clean Antique coins to excess otherwise you might actually depreciate their value.

Coin collecting can really be a source of great fun and taking it up as a hobby is probably one of the best decision you can make. As long as you remain patient it will be a long term hobby bringing you plenty of satisfaction for years to come as well as a very profitable investment.

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Are Your Sports Memorabilia Faux Or

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There is a huge interest in sports memorabilia, and sports-related items include signed commemorative photos, baseballs, footballs, basketballs, pucks and jerseys. A Google search of companies hawking these items comes up with almost 5 million businesses!

Some of the items on offer cost thousands of dollars.

Where there are so many eager and gullible customers, fraud is sure to appear. A San Diego federal judge who recently sentenced several sports autograph forgers to prison said, "Life, liberty and the pursuit of the national pastime, has been undone". The prosecution stemmed from an FBI investigation called Operation Bullpen, which closed down a professional criminal organization that forged and sold bogus autographs.

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Strange But True Online Poker Tales

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Worst Bet Ever: Here's a case in point for self-control at the online poker tables if ever we heard one. In December '05, one Carl Valentine agreed to what, on the surface, appeared a modest enough challenge, presented by a multi-millionaire buddy of his. The challenge was this: that by April 18, '06 he, Valentine, send 2 million unique visitors to a website they perversely named

If successful, Valentine will qualify to play in a heads up online poker tournament against said millionaire with 1 million dollars at stake. If Valentine wins the tourney, he scores a million smackers. If he loses, he loses nothing. So far, so good.

But if Valentine fails to generate 2 million unique hits on his site, he will still face off against his childhood pal in a heads up online poker match, but this time he'll be playing for his right index finger. If he wins, he gets to keep all his digits. If he loses, it's off with his finger - and Valentine vies for the title of World's Dumbest Amputee.

Online poker room Poker Heaven has supposedly agreed to host the ludicrous match (whatever the stakes).

And the Baby's Name is Chip: They met at an online poker table. The game was Omaha, $30 stakes, the site - Party Poker. He suffered a bad beat and got into an argument with a fellow player over it using the Chat feature. She defended him. They became buddies from there - literally: using the Buddy List feature, Jackie Johnson and Gary Suffir began, from that moment on, a torrid long distance love affair that culminated in Jackie leaving Las Vegas and heading to New York to move in with Gary. Now they're getting hitched.

The first known wedding of a couple who met while playing online poker will take place in March 2006. Prior to the ceremony, friends and family of the bride and groom will participate in an online poker tournament. Poker (and more specifically, online poker) will be the theme of the wedding, with a poker-themed wedding cake and floral displays. The newlywed couple will then enjoy their honeymoon on the Party Poker Million V Cruise to the Caribbean.

"But What Do I Win?": They'll let you sell anything on eBay these days. An online poker aficionado and (most surprisingly perhaps) eBay Power Seller who goes by the nickname "The_Sellution" and touts a positive feedback rating of 99.97% (of 1,533 transactions) has posted what could be considered the most inane auction listing eBay's ever seen (though there are admittedly numerous contenders for that title).

Connor Gleason (as he's known to his family and friends) lost about $5,000 playing Blackjack at online poker room and casino Party Poker. Now he's asking eBay bidders to help him out of the hole he dug himself into. His opening bid was $999.99. When the bidding period ended, it closed with no bidders. (Shocker!)

But there's more to this story, and this auction, than meets the eye. In a sneaky bit of wordplay, Gleason is careful not to name the online poker room where he lost his bankroll - only that, "it's no Party" (from which we deduce, hopefully correctly, that it's Party Poker). By the same token, he offers his auction as a "Golden advertising opportunity for a quality online casino".

For anyone who knows of online casino Golden Palace's reputation for outrageous and expensive publicity stunts including spending thousands of dollars to win eBay auctions for outlandish items, this plea for aid in return for nothing but...what - a warm fuzzy feeling inside? - appears to be a clear and obvious message to Golden Palace and Golden Palace alone. At least they'll know how to get some press out of their "investment".

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