I know this is probably old news I actually say a blurb on BallCard Mania that led me to an article at Sports Collector's Daily, which let me to find TS O'Connell's Blog the Infield Dirt for some clarification.
Seem Tuff Stuff Sports Collector's Monthly is no more. Dammit I just sent in my subscription renewal. Well they haven't cashed the check yet. But now we're stuck with Beckett and only Beckett. I use to love the super sized issues of Tuff Stuff with their free promo cards inside. A few years back I decided to subscribe since I couldn't find it where I was living and for the price it beat subscribing to 4 different Beckett magazines. That was the time they changed their format to the SCM. I'm bummed.
I guess my next question is.. What about the Baseball Card Almanac? Is that soon to be gone too, and I was so hoping those guys would finally update the Football Cards Almanac as well.
It's a bummer. You would think in a world that has card companies putting out so much product that a magazine or magazines would do fairly well trying to keep up with it all. Look at all the publications that were around in the late 80's and early 90's. Tuff Stuff, Beckett, Baseball Card Magazine, Legends, ect ect.
But with a shitty economy and every changing card scape with exclusive production and scandals, it doesn't surprise me all that much. Every magazine put out relies on advertising revenue to run. Subscription and newsstand sales are moot points. Plus a printed publication is already 2 month behind in news when it hits the news stands. It's hard to compete with the internet when putting out timely articles, such as the whole Strasburg Mania. By the time Tuff Stuff had Strasburg on the cover and a feature story he was already out of the year. And I won't get into the debate over price guide pricing, both for Tuff Stuff and Beckett. What I hate is when you lose this diversity it seldom comes back.