Sunday, December 30, 2007

Best of 2007

Well, the end of the year is nearly upon us and it occurs to me that now is the time when all good collectors should decide what their favourite sets of the year have been!
So, if you want to vote on the Top Ten of 2007, send an email to my podcast email address, listing your top three in no particular order (I'd like the set name and the manufacturer name).
Once all the votes are in (I haven't set a date yet, but probably the middle of January, as I want to do a look back at the highlights of 2007 episode towards the end of January) I'll tot them all up and work out which sets got the most votes.
Not many rules, but I will be strict about them:
  1. All nominated sets MUST have been issued between January 1st 2007 and December 31st 2007 (that is to say the main set must have been available, not just preview sets or promos)
  2. Only ONE vote per person per household
  3. Those working for/with Non-Sport trading card manufacturers ARE permitted to vote, but NOT for sets produced by the company with whom they have a connection!
  4. My decision is final!

In the meantime, many thanks to anyone who actually reads this stuff, or who listens to the podcast or (even) does both! Your support is most gratefully received!

Au Res.,


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Podcast episode, same old croaky voice...

The new episode, 06, of UK CardCast is now online and available from iTunes, other podcast directories etc. It was recorded at the Winter Memorabilia 2007 at the NEC Birmingham and features interviews with a number of dealers, collectors and celebrities - it also shows how quickly a voice can disappear when one tries to interview people whilst sinking deeper and deeper into a rather sudden cold...

I haven't repeated the experiment with 'Enhanced for iTunes' that I tried with Episode 05 - the enhancements was just adding a couple of pictures that should have popped up at certain, relevant, points during the episode, but not everyone could actually see the pictures.
So, if anyone wants to see my pictures from the show (and those of others, including Harris Toser) pop along to the Non-Sport Update Magazine website, click on the "Card Talk" link and look in the 'Shows and Conventions' section.
Next episode hopefully just before Christmas - if I get the something special I have planed written up in time!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Back From Brum

Last weekend was the Winter Memorabilia show at the NEC Birmingham and, as is now more-or-less traditional, I was there, hanging around on the Non-Sport Update stand.
I was also recording interviews for the next episode of the podcast (Episode 06, out some time in the next week!)
Met up with loads of friends from NSU Card Talk and picked up a few bargains to fill holes in the old collection!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New and Notable!

At time of posting, UK CardCast (my trading card podcast) is being featured on the 'New and Notable' ribbon on iTunes (in the Games & Hobbies section) and it is also at number 16 in the "Today's Top Podcasts' in Games & Hobbies/Hobbies...

To be honest, I only ever thought a couple of people would listen to the thing once I put it online, so the fact that over 100 people have downloaded episode 01, and 20 or so people have gone for episode 02 in the week since I posted it is fantastic!
Now, of course, I have to think aobut episode 03...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Show

I had great fun on Sunday - courtesy of the Daily Star (and it's not often that I can say that!)
The tabloid had a token collect thing a couple of weeks ago - collect two tokens, stick them to a coupon printed in the paper and you got free entry to Star Wars Celebration Europe at the London ExCel, Docklands (which took place last weekend) I don't usually get the Daily Star, but a friend on NSU Card Talk, John the Hat, had a spare and he very kindly sent it to me.
There is a full report on what I saw at the show, with pictures, on the NSU Card Talk board and I'll also be covering it in the next episode of the UK CardCast podcast (including a couple of card related interviews!) which should be online by the end of this week, but to summarise - Wow!
Great show, and I seriously hope this is used by other show organisers as the model for how shows SHOULD be...

Friday, July 06, 2007

C'est CardCast, est Arrive!

So I managed, after a lot of trial an error, to finish the first episode of the podcast, and it is online now at - it has been submitted to a number of Podcast Directories, including Yahoo and iTunes, and I've been talking about it in a number of places. Already, there have been 52 downloads!!! And that's BEFORE iTunes has accepted it...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Nearly here...

It's been 10 months since I last posted here about the podcast, and I finally have some news ro report - it is nearly here! Last weekend I recorded (via Skype) an interview with Harris Toser, the Production Manager of Non-Sport Update magazine (thanks Harris!) and I also updated the website for the podcast (which you can find here:
I'm currently working on the introduction and news segments and I hope to have the first episode online by the end of this week.