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Wes further infuriated members by scheduling his show only a week before one promoted by a long-standing MCC member named Mike, whose show was a benefit in memory of his late daughter. Wes claimed that he could get the auditorium only on that weekend. " He said, "I'm going to bury you," and [was] very threatening. And I said, "I guess I can't do anything from this point. " [I felt] a little anger at the time, but he was still threatening. But on the other side, maybe a little guilt on mine because I was the one cutting him by a week.
Topps Corporation 1990, 9) During the 1970s, primarily dealers, collectors, and hobby magazine publishers promoted baseball card collecting among adult men, but the story of Topps illustrates how, by the mid- to late 1980s, baseball card companies were aggressively getting into the act. By 1988, the year before Upper Deck entered the baseball card market, the total net sales of the four companies selling complete baseball card sets exceeded $250 million. Even though the secondary market (which consisted of dealers selling vintage cards) was estimated to be twice as large that year, baseball card companies were taking an ever greater role in defining the hobby (Jannings 1989).
In the late 1970s only a handful could make a living selling baseball cards and memorabilia. By the end of the decade, thousands of dealers across the country owned card shops and traveled from show to show every year. Perhaps the most famous was Alan Rosen, nicknamed "Mr. " A former New Jersey copy machine salesman, Rosen took out full-page ads in SCD in the early 1980s. He claimed to carry a briefcase with $100,000 in hundred-dollar bills, which he said he would use to pay top value for any card to any collector or dealer at any time (Ambrosius 1990a).