A winning percentage of 55-percent sure doesn’t sound as sexy as a 60-percent handicapper, but if your volume of plays is high enough, it can certainly be much more profitable.

The 55-percent handicapper is using what is commonly referred to as the Wal-Mart Approach, which is to have a lot of volume with the expectation of grinding out a small profit. At the end of the month, the 55-percent handicapper would have gone 83-67 for a gain of 9.3 units, while the 60-percent handicapper would have gone 18-12 for a profit of 4.8 units, so the 55-percent handicapper has made nearly twice as much.. And as is the case with the Arkansas-based giant, many times this will be more profitable than being extremely selective and doing a small amount of volume, even if the mark-up is higher.

The only statistic that sports bettors should be concerned with is units won, which is the amount of profit, or loss, they have over time, and not worry nearly as much about winning percentage. If somebody were to ask you if you would rather be a 60-percent handicapper or a 55-percent handicapper, which would you choose? The obvious answer is that it’s better to be a 60-percent handicapper, but that isn’t necessarily true.

Making it more difficult for sports bettors is that some sports services will claim to have won 200 units in a particular sport, but don’t mention that they release 10- or 20-unit plays, along with several 100-unit “locks” at the end of the year if things aren’t going so well and they need something to base next year’s advertising on.

With baseball season coming back in about 4 months, many sports gamblers will be seeing ads from different sports services claiming winning percentages of 65-percent for baseball, and that’s entirely possibly, but what the services aren’t saying is that the majority of their selections were favorites of -200 or more, turning that 65-percent handicapping into a losing proposition.

For the bettors that do their own handicapping, however, units won is really the only thing you should be concerned with, as that ultimately is going to translate into the bottom line. In the question above, it would be much better to be a 55-percent handicapper if you were playing 150 games a month, as opposed to a 60-percent handicapper playing one game a day

“It turned people off.”

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Up until the late 1980s and early 1990s, collectors were living in a golden age, says Madec – returns of 20 percent in just six months were not unheard of. (See the most valuable cards.)

Rookie cards of players like Mickey Mantle, who typified the golden era of baseball, are always in high demand among older collectors.

The hobby looks like it has rebounded from the doldrums of the 90s, but is there money to be made in collecting Aarons and Ruths?

Cards dating back to the turn of the 20th century that were produced as promotional items for ice cream, candy and tobacco companies are some of the hottest cards on the market right now, according to collectors.

Dealers like Stephen Dickler, who runs SD Trading, located just outside of Philadelphia, says moves such as this could work, but it’s too early to tell. But that was until the card companies tried to get in on the fun. . “The questions are still out there as to whether it will have an impact or not.”

The market has been bouncing back, particularly vintage cards, those that date backs 25 years or more. And in June, Major League Baseball and the players’ association teamed up with card manufacturers Topps and Upper Deck to launch the first ever National Baseball Card Day, giving out 500,000 card packs at hobby shops and retailers nationwide in an effort to promote the hobby.

Even though the hobby struggles to bring young collectors into the fold, there have been some promising signs for baseball card collecting as of late.

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Take Cal Ripken Jr.’s 1982 Topps rookie card. “Investors just need to hear it’s safe to go back in.”

Andy Madec, a dealer based in Camarillo, Calif., remembers that time vividly.

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“It’s a tricky thing,” Kelnhofer says. “There’s no guarantee it will happen,” says Dickler. In 1996, the year after Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for number of most consecutive games played, a card in mint condition that had not been professionally appraised would have sold for $90. “This market has incredible potential,” he says. “There’s always buyers and sellers for that material.”

Then there are the cards from the 1970s and 1980s, which predate the card explosion, that some experts like Kelnhofer say could experience the next wave of popularity.

Even in good times, collecting is a tough hobby. “The vintage market is still the place for people to get involved purely from an investment standpoint,” says Kelnhofer. But with Ripken’s achievement faded from the minds of collectors, that same ungraded card would only fetch $40 today.

But there is a lot of fickleness too, says Scott Kelnhofer, editor of Card Trade, the monthly trade journal for the sports collection industry

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Earlier this year, the Major League Baseball Players Association lent their assistance, cutting in half the number of licenses it offers to card manufacturers in an effort to rid the glut of new cards on the market.

Currently underway in Anaheim, Calif., the four-day event will not only be a place for collectors to haggle over the value of their Lou Gehrigs and Jackie Robinsons, there’s bound to be a few collectors who reflect on how the hobby took a nosedive during the 1990s.

“It just got too out of hand,” says Madec, who runs his own firm, Andy Madec Sports Cards Inc. It boils down to a couple of simple principles — how many there are and what kind of condition the card is in.

But many in the industry, like Madec, who is currently attending the National Sports Collectors Convention, is certain that is there is a future for this enduring hobby, despite its setbacks in recent years. Flooding the market with multiple versions of new cards, the manufacturers drove down card values.

In fact, the fabled Honus Wagner card, which was produced by the Sweet Caporal Cigarette Company in 1909, is currently the most expensive card in existence, worth a cool $1.265 million

We can’t clear those doubts,” Hase told reporters, according to a Kyodo News report. I feel sorry as one of the seniors from the same school,” the minister said.

“I’d like this to be properly dealt with.”

(Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by John O’Brien)

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TOKYO Japan’s professional baseball governing body should weed out those involved in a gambling scandal, the country’s Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase said after a fourth player from the Yomiuri Giants admitted to his involvement in illegal betting.

“I want all those involved to be severely punished.”

Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), which prohibits professional players from betting on baseball games, had earlier said they have not uncovered any involvement from players from other teams.

Giants’ reliever Kyosuke Takagi admitted he bet on baseball games in 2014 with three other players from the club already banned indefinitely last November for involvement in the same scandal.

Hase graduated from Seiryo High School, the same school Takagi went to and said he felt “sorry”.

“I’ve known him well since his high-school days, I was cheering him on watching games. “I’d also like to ask Nippon Professional Baseball if it’s just the Giants.

“I’d like to ask if he really is the last person involved