I was talking to John Bradley a few weeks ago and he sent me an email to explain what is happening with this years cards.
Bad News The JOGO run with the CFLPA is over.
Upper Deck lost their NFL licence, so they offered the CFLPA a large amount of money for the exclusive rights and for 5 years. This seems the to be the way the hobby has turned, no competition just outbid bid each other for the exclusive rights which ultimately means the collector pays for it. I am not bitter just glad to get out of this kind of rat race and enjoy all the extra time I will now have for myself. It was a lot of work getting The JOGO sets out before seasons end and dealing with over 200 players each year.
My only regret and the only thing I feel bad about is ending the JOGO card run for my four loyal dealers and collector friends. To my surprise I have received a lot of emails from people shocked and disappointed that the JOGO run was ending. A lot of the collectors told me they looked forward to receiving the JOGO set each year. This makes all the hard work worth while and appreciate my loyal supporters.
Good News Jogo and the CFL Alumni Association
Because of all the emails I have received, I thought of one thing I might be able to do to keep the JOGO line of cards going if there was enough interest and not be over expensive to my collectors and not tie me down with on excessive work load.
I have made a few cards of the CFL Alumni players in the past and I have had good dealings with Leo Ezerins Executive Director of the CFLAA
I would still like to keep the JOGO name and cards going to a smaller extent only if my 4 dealers and collector friends support this idea.
I would try to put out a 20 card set of alumni players. I would have to give the player free cards and I would only make 150 to 200 sets to recover the cost. The set would retail around 40.00 to 45.00.
My Dealers and collectors could also help by suggesting to me who they would like to see in the set so I can contact the player to see if he would be interested.
If we manage to get the first 20 card set under way and another 20 players would like to join we can make another 20 card set. Of the 20 players in a set I would have to have at least 5 or more star players in order to sell the set. The rest of the set can be made up of any CFL alumni player that would like to have cards of themselves. It would be preferable also to have at least two players from each team in the set (some CFL Alumni players may never have had a card of themselves before)
John Bradley has @ 20 CFL Alumni players lined up for the 1st series already - I should have a player list next week.
* Let me know if you would like to get the small CFLAA set(s) as they come out.
Feel free to pass this on to other CFL card collectors.