Podcasting continues to grow and has the potential to become the premier platform for content creation. Sports Card podcasts are growing right along with the rest of the sports card industry which is great news for us collectors!
Here in no particular order are some of my favorite podcasts here in 2019.
About The Cards
The About The Cards show started in the summer of 2018 and quickly became one of my favorite podcasts. Each Wednesday, Tim (@BigShepCards), Ben (@OurTradingCards), and Stephan (@JunkWaxTwins) go live on YouTube and discuss a variety of topics which are on the minds of fellow collectors. As a show “by collectors, for collectors”, they have the freedom to “call it like they see it”, calling out both the good and bad in the hobby. They regularly have a variety of guests including industry favorites which shed light on super collections, content producers, and unique perspectives on the hobby. Follow them at the Twitter handles above and their official @AboutTheCards, and subscribe to the show HERE.
Fat Packs Podcast
Beckett has been a force in the industry for over 30 years, and for the last several, Eric Norton has been the voice of the Fat Packs Podcast. A variety of co-hosts have come and gone, but Eric continues to bring the content. I enjoy the perspectives shared throughout the show, and I especially like the opportunities they give to LCS owners across the country. Many could learn from these owners as they have adapted to industry changes to keep the brick and mortar operations alive. Follow the podcast @FatPacksPodcast and Eric at @EricNorton316.
Sports Card Nation
John Newman created the Sports Card Nation (@sportscardnati1) in late 2018 as an outlet to discuss sports, sports cards, and life. The show continues to “find its legs” and the quality, conversational interviews with guests like Tim Carroll, Stu Stone, and Joey “Dub Mentality” Shiver make it a must listen each week.
Sports Card Radio and Sports Card Show R-Rated
Colin and Ryan are brothers whose irreverent takes on the hobby provide a cynics view which is often absent from hobby enthusiasts. While not recorded on a regular schedule, Sports Card Radio is one of the longest running sports card podcasts and recounts Colin and Ryan’s experience as former shop owners, website owners, and entrepreneurs. Their style comes off as brash to some, but their willingness to call out hobby scammers, mistakes and poor business decisions from manufacturers, and the shortsightedness of many collectors, provide a much needed perspective for us to consider. Listen or don’t, I don’t think they really care either way. Follow them on Twitter @SportsCardRadio and @SportsCardNews
Started as a way to take a trip down memory lane, Wax Ecstatic host Matt Sammon has created over 100 episodes covering almost every set created from the 1950s - 1990s. Each episode focuses on a particular set and goes into detail on both the set and a few of the notable players found within. You’ll be sure to learn some interesting player facts while reliving the memories of the card collecting days of your youth. Links to the show and pack break videos can be found in his Twitter feed @WaxAndGumStains.
It’s not easy to find NASCAR trading card information, so I was excited to see Val from NasCardRadio.com start a podcast. Val and Jason cover recent race results and dig into some of the more obscure racing card sets. Follow Val @NascardRadio.
Mojobreak The Hype
Dan and Doug discuss recent releases, hobby news, and industry trends in a fun entertaining way. I enjoy the friendly bantering of the business partners and friends. As with some of the other shows above, they don’t pull any punches, and call it like they see it. I recommend checking out their show, especially if you are into breaking.
Breaker Culture Weekly
I’m not a breaker and I’ve never bought into an online break, but I’ve still become a regular listener to Breaker Culture Weekly (@BreakerCulture). The dives they take into card value trends are interesting, and while my breaks aren’t my preferred way to collect, there is a lot to be learned about running a small business from the breaker interviews.
Lemme Get That Podagraph
This is another podcast in my feed that I listen to on a regular basis. In each episode, Drew highlights new product releases and often covers a hot topic in the industry. It seems to be a bit more focused on hits, football, rainbows, parallels, and shiny cards, so if that’s your thing than this is the podcast for you! In a short couple years, the show has become established as a player in the industry. Follow Drew and the show @LGTPpodcast.
I know there are probably more great shows out there, let me know which ones I’m missing in the comments below!