Monthly Archives: October 2018

Overview Of Value Sports Collectibles

The article describes the sports collectibles value and how to collect valuable sports collectibles and artifacts.

If you are a sports lover, you also probably enjoy collecting value sports collectibles from different sources. Now sports collectibles value is huge in the market and it is necessary to do proper investigation to know about different sports artifacts and their value.

The fact is that there are a number of sellers and distributors in the market who offer different branded sports memorabilia at various price ranges. You should be well acquainted with the real value sports collectibles. For instance, Derek Jeter autographed sports memorabilia or accessories are not only popular but also famous in the sports world. Sportsmen prefer and value sports collectibles which are autographed by Derek Jeter and other such great sports people. You can get signed baseballs, bats, gloves and caps at the cost effective price ranges.

Famous sports personalities sign autographs for distribution among sports enthusiasts. You will get information on all of these items on the Internet. You need to log on to online portals to collect pictures and images of baseballs signed by your favorite sports person along with short ranged reviews on sports artifacts value. However, you will have to choose authentic sites which offer genuine value sports collectibles at good prices. In this connection, you should do comprehensive comparison studies on the Internet to know about the quality and price of collectibles which have been autographed by sports personalities.

In addition, there are different price rates set according to value sports artifacts. You can get a baseball which has been signed by Jeter just paying $500. Is it a fixed rate? The price of sports antiques and memorabilia fluctuates depending on the sports collectibles value which depends on the authenticity and the quality of the product. If you face any online scam or fake dealing, you will get sports artifacts of no or very less value.

Before finalizing the deal, check the performance track records of dealers. There are certain authorized sports memorabilia also available at good prices in the market. You can read reviews and feedback to know how to shop on the Internet to get good quality value sports collectibles at good prices.

Experts and eminent sports stars have confessed that when a person buys a brand new baseball which has been signed by your favorite baseball player or even a basketball or football signed by your favorite sports star, he or she will get a flawless ball without a single scratch or stain. On the other hand, if you like to purchase reconditioned or used products that were used in a game, you can’t expect smudge free sports memorabilia. Therefore, it is up to you to decide what you want and you should know that value of sports artifacts will depend on this decision of yours.

More Philosophy On Leadership

As a former business owner with operations in many states, I’d say I have a decent handle on the definition of leadership; what it is and what is supposed to do. Yet, I am often reminded that “Leadership” has become a catch-all term, which is too bad, we are all too quick to label things leadership or proclaim the need for leadership. Some describe what they call “leadership” and when you look closely it looks more like; how to con humans into doing things you want them to do, akin to that famous saying: “Diplomacy is the Art of Letting Others Get Your Way.”

Not long ago, I talked with a Floridian Author of multiple books on leadership. I must say; I am impressed with his sincerity, ethical base, stick-to-it-ness, character and truth seeking – that’s pretty rare. Every once in a while someone comes along, and you just think to yourself – wow, good job.

There is a good book titled; “Outliers” perhaps you’ve read it, one thing I’ve found is that just because someone is good at something, doesn’t mean they will make a good coach, instructor, mentor, or leader. Some would say true leaders are a lot like coaches, yes, there is some of that in leadership, others say it is how you project yourself that gives people confidence in themselves when you tell them; “You Can Do This” which is also a component of leadership (Read About: General Patton and leadership), some say leadership is all about communicating a vision or mission statement – true, that too, getting someone to seize on an idea or brand, to stand for something larger than themselves, to give 110% and expect to win, play on a team and persevere.

And, with that said there are all types of leaders – you have the fearless leader, and you have introverted leaders, you have people who’ve been thrust into leadership positions merely for leading by example. There are administrative leaders, and so many variations on each type. Sometimes the style of leadership matters, just as the corporate culture matters, or the mindset of a sports team or perhaps the micro-teams in business units (Read: The World On Time by Fred Smith FedEx Founder).

Knowing your limits is also a key to good leadership, however, if we want those who follow to believe that there are no limits – then we need to be careful both how we see our own limits by quantifying them; and, how we communicate such a mental limit to them.

Regarding leadership as a whole, one thing they teach in the Military (West Point, Annapolis for instance) is that to be a good leader you must first be a good follower. Thus, we should be giving more emphasis to followership right? Another interesting point is one of respect. A leader who is not respected makes a lousy leader, and can actually be dangerous to the cause whatever that cause may be.

Some say that “Leadership comes from a barrel of a gun” Mao said that, and perhaps a Machiavellian Prince might also; aka: “It’s best to be loved and respected, but if you can’t do that, the second best is to be feared and respected.” The challenge with being loved and respected is that the leader falls into a trap of promises to all, at the cost of the mission or goals – socialist populist leadership for instance, keep promising everyone everything to be loved, until one day it becomes obvious that “you’ve run out of other people’s money to spend” (Margaret Thatcher said that). Glad to make you think today.

Alternatives To Reality, Every Day

The reality of becoming famous is not something most people would enjoy. When I was younger, I shared a flat in the city of Bristol and above us, on the next floor, were the pop band known as ‘Stackridge’. They were one of a new wave of creative groups in the 1970s and had toured all over England, enjoying a growing following and signing a record deal with a famous label in London. Unfortunately, the money was slow to arrive, and even though they topped the bill and wowed audiences up and down the land, they still couldn’t afford hotel bills. Imagine it: you’ve just left the stage, to wild applause, you’re hot and sweaty but the adrenalin is pumping. You stagger to the bar, down a few drinks, and know this: what you’ve got to look forward to is sleeping in the van with six other people. On mattresses. No lights, no windows, no toilets, no minibar. England in that era didn’t have any chains of cheap hotels like it has now. There were no motels, like there are in America. It was all about sleeping in the van and eating foul food in motorway service areas. The ‘good life’? It was awful. Of course, you may say, that’s just a stage, right? When the fame develops and the money starts to flow in, then you can eat well, dress well, book yourself into a hotel and savour a comfortable night’s sleep. The reality is, for hundreds of erstwhile pop stars, that they never get to that stage. It just never happens.

For sports people, it’s even worse. About the same time as Stackridge were breaking through, I remember reading about one of Britain’s most successful athletes, the swimming star, Sharon Davies. She was still young, but for years had been following the same routine. She woke around 5 and went to the nearest swimming pool for two hours of demanding training. Then she got herself ready and went to school. At the end of the school day, she was back at the swimming pool for another three hours, then it was home and doing her schoolwork, in bed for 9, to get some proper sleep. That’s five hours swimming a day, six days a week. It helped her improve and she eventually went to the Olympics and won a medal for her country. Because Britain has never had world beaters in the sport, it was only a bronze medal, but it was one of the finest achievements our country has ever seen. It was made possible by thirty hours practice a week, year after year, after slogging year. Well, there are plenty of aspiring sports stars in Britain now, but how many of them can face that reality? They look at Wimbledon on the telly and imagine themselves as the person who collects the shield and wins the prize, but are they out there on the tennis court, 30 hours a week? Oh, and one final humiliation. Sharon Davies never had any support from the authorities. Her trainer was her father and the swimming pool she used was the local Public Baths. Not very glamourous. A bit too ‘real’ to be the stuff of fantasy, eh?

But this is reality. The person on the podium collecting the medal has been working towards that day for years, but hard work doesn’t seem to feature in a lot of young people’s daydreams these days. A young cohort of teenagers was recently asked by a British newspaper what career they had in mind. One unworldly young man said he hadn’t decided yet, he couldn’t choose between being a famous footballer or a pop star. As far as football went, he had to admit he wasn’t on any teams and hardly ever played the game. As far as music was concerned, he then confessed that he didn’t play a single musical instrument and had never been complimented on his voice. He had no plans to practice and had never sung in public, not even karaoke. So, we all wonder, what chance does he have of fulfilling the vision?

No, there is only one reality, and that is this; if you’re doing something today that could lead to your ultimate destination, then there is at least a chance, even if only a slim chance, that you will reach your goal. If you are in the swimming pool for five hours a day, then you probably will get a shot of being on the Olympic Squad. If you practice your football skills by kicking a ball round in the street, and then chase a place on your school team and then your local amateur club, then it’s much more likely that a football career could be yours. If you persuade your parents to buy you a guitar, take some books out of the library and start to learn the skills, then there’s every chance your music will develop. If you’re prepared to sleep in a van and eat bad food, then there’s a chance you could be on your way. That’s the basics. If you are doing things today to move you along, then it’s possible that tomorrow you will be where you want to go. In my own case, there’s no question. If you followed me around for 24 hours, there is one thing you would see for sure. No matter where I am and what I’m doing, at some point I always sit down and write for an hour. Usually it’s a bit of a chapter, a small piece towards finishing a new novel. At the end of a year, there’s a new book to be loaded up onto my print-on-demand publisher, Lulu dot com. Am I a famous author? Not at all. But I’m a writer, and every day I prove it. Every day.

And there’s one more thing. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons knows this: practice can be hell. Repetition and rote is boring and mind-numbing. It’s necessary, but painful. So, if there’s any way of making learning and practising fun, then take it. Whatever it is, sport or creativity, you need to be doing it every day, hour after hour. Well, find a way to enjoy the process. That way, at least the necessity will become bearable. If you want the dream, then you might have to skin your heels, or get blisters on your fingers, or wear out your typewriter. If you can’t enjoy that, then why do it? After all, there’s always someone else, someone coming along behind you, who will be happy to take your place, your future, your dream.