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Ive (sic) noticed that my “bias” for UD seems to be the focus of every criticism of this blog, so Im (sic) happy to address it while its an issue for people.
First off, before I start the discussion, I want to say that there will always be bias on this blog. Always. The reason for this is because everything I write is opinion, nothing more. It just so happens that those opinions seem to have many hobby-wide ripples among people who frequent the blog, but they remain my feelings and my feelings only. This blog never has and never will be objective. You should all know that by now.
That’s your reason for having a “bias?” Epic fail. Does a newspaper columnist have a bias because all he/she writes is opinion? I don’t think so. Opinion does not equal bias. Bias is to play favorites, opinion is to give thoughts. You have both. And no one is questioning your objectivity. It’s very obvious there is none.
Now, people seem to be a little disturbed by the fact that most of the negative remarks here on the blog are in reference to Topps and Donini rather than Upper Deck. My detractors seem to think this is because im (sic) in bed with UD or because they are more responsive than other companies. They are partially correct, UD is very much more communicative, yet my gain is nothing from the stuff I say. I get nothing for SCU from any company, despite the number of offers.
While this may be so, and I don’t have the time to read all of your past posts I may have missed to 100 percent confirm this, you never say anything negative about Upper Deck so why would we not think you’re in bed with them?
In regards to the responsiveness that UD has to many collectors, including myself, I dont (sic) see why I shouldnt (sic) let that change the field a little. How is transparency a bad thing? I mean, if I have a problem, I have the ability to talk to someone who makes the decisions! That is great no matter how you slice it. How much would you love to talk to Apple about their decision to re-release the iPhone 3G less than a year after you paid 300 for the original? What if you could talk to Microsoft directly about the XBOX’s red ring of death? Wouldnt (sic) that make it easier to form an opinion about things? Ill tell you, it makes forming opinions a lot easier when you know someone cares and is listening. That will never be a negative.
Do you really think Apple and Microsoft don’t read their feedback? And how exactly does talking directly to them change your ability to have an opinion about something? It would likely change your opinion about it, but it’s not going to make you not have an opinion. My opinion about the Milwaukee Brewers is bad and I’ve spoken to them nor do I speak to a large group of people about it, but it doesn’t make me having an opinion any more difficult. And even if nobody cares or listens to me talk about how I don’t like the Milwaukee Brewers, forming that opinion is not going to be any harder.
Its not that I havent (sic) given Topps and Donini the chance, either. When I first started SCU, Scott Prusha of Donini was the first of the manufacturers to contact me about something I said. I was excited for the prospects of speaking with the man, but I was quickly disappointed. During my interview, instead of answering the tough questions, he pushed me away with “no comments” and the like. In fact, Topps didnt (sic) even respond to my initial interview request!
As much as the blogging community doesn’t want to admit it, the majority of us are not real mediums. The closest thing in the card blogsphere that I have seen to a real media outlet is Wax Heaven, and even that is pushing it. That being said, I’m not surprised Topps didn’t respond to your request. The same thing happened when you tried getting Rookie Premiere credentials. You over rate your status in the media quite a bit sometimes. And consider this, if every news source started only reporting negatives on someone who gave them no comments to a question or two, no professional sports team would ever make any statement ever again.
On the other side of things, UD came at me with a completely different approach. Gregg proceeded to answer every single question I had with reckless abandon, no matter how poorly his answers reflected on the company. He wanted me to be content with the info I wanted, and has never had a problem giving insight into the business. What about Topps and Donini? I havent (sic) heard boo from them since.
Does this mean that I wont bash UD for their stupidity? Never. I will not ever be shy to tell you guys what I actually think. The problem is, UD doesnt make a fourth of the mistakes that the other companies do. This may equivocate a bias in many people’s mind, but Im (sic) okay with that. Those sentiments come with the territory.
Are you sure? I think it’s that they don’t make a fourth of the mistakes in your eyes. They have retro products too you know? They use sticker autographs too you know? They even use them on their flagship Exquisite sometimes. Isn’t that the cardinal sin?
Despite what people actually think, the idea of the blog continues to stand true. Basically, if you fuck up, im (sic) going to be there to call you on it. Unfortunately for everyone, Donini and Topps happen to fuck up a lot, that means a lot of negative opinions here on SCU. It has nothing to do with anything else other than my feelings on certain goings on.
People also fail to realize that baseball and football are vastly different industries. The idea that Topps may not be the top company in a sport is very foreign to people who dont (sic) venture outside of baseball that often. Expectations which hold true in baseball do not necessarily hold true in football and vice versa. Therefore, when a detractor considers that notion, they may be able to see where the UD bias stems from: UD JUST MAKES BETTER FOOTBALL STUFF. Bottom line.
Baseball and football are not that much different. The biggest difference between the two is the way rookies are handled. Otherwise, they are the same beast. I collect both heavily so I should know. Nostalgia holds a place in both and Topps does it well. Autographs and relics hold a place in both and Donruss and Upper Deck do that well. What you likely mean to say is this: “Expectations which hold true in high-end do not necessarily hold true in low- to mid-end and vice versa.” And since all you do is deal with high-end, you have no use for Topps because they don’t do high-end nearly as well as Upper Deck. It’s not a problem to like Upper Deck better, but it is a problem to be a general card blog and unfairly give lesser treatment to the others just because you don’t like them.
When you look a little deeper into the slinging that goes down, most people just need something sticky to throw at me. Why they chose the “bias,” im (sic) not sure, because its an inevitable part of a non-objective site. I guess they got bored with the fat jokes.
Yep, it must be the fat jokes. Let me tell you what it really is. You make bold statements that not everyone agrees with. We are your Siskel and Ebert.