For over a month I have been biting my tongue. I am an extremely proud individual who has never found much success in my life until Wax Heaven. The day Upper Deck company became a sponsor I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I felt that I belonged with the “big boys”, who at the time I considered friends (Tracy Hackler and Eric Jahnke).
For months I read Gellman’s rants on their box breaks and frankly did not care. I wanted Wax Heaven to continue to prosper and knew having Beckett Media on my side would help. Hell, they even asked me to meet them during the 2009 Nationals. These were guys from a magazine that was once my Bible. How lucky was I?
During my time before being sponsored I was receiving (along with many others) Upper Deck press releases with every single new product they were releasing. Considering my job at the time involved being on the Internet, I could post the scans before anyone else 99% of the time. To me, that was just not good enough. I wanted an exclusive. I wanted to be, pardon the Donruss pun, Elite.
As you can imagine, I pestered U.D for exclusives almost daily. I had a great relationship with these guys and was proud they were working with me, even in a minimal capacity. One day Stale Gum posted product details for 2009 Upper Deck minus the scans and I tried my luck with Upper Deck. Miraculously, they sent me a Power Point with images that led to the first images of 2009 Upper Deck anywhere on the Internet (link). To me, this was Wax Heaven’s shining moment.
EMAIL #1 – Upper Deck sends the images
Here is the email with the scans of 2009 Upper Deck.
EMAIL #2 – Beckett has betrayed Wax Heaven
Within less than two hours after my 2009 Upper Deck preview is up, I get an emergency e-mail from U.D
From Upper Deck: “Beckett is not pleased” after he tells me he received two e-mails and two voice mails, not doubt bitching that some blog has taken their news item. At first I was disappointed, then came the anger, finally came the punch in the balls when I was asked to keep this private. It’s been eating at me ever since. Around this time Beckett removed my link from their blog, after a year of it being there.
EMAIL #3 – I am in complete disbelief.
Despite my anger, you can clearly see I am hoping it’s not Tracy or Eric. This was not me fishing for information, this was me upset that two friends might have betrayed me. His last words to me was “Tracy was one of them”.
As you can imagine, my relationship with U.D was never the same and front that point on those emails with new products stopped showing up in my email and Beckett has gotten the exclusive on every single U.D product, including 2009 SPx and 2009 A Piece of History.
Obviously, by exposing the truth I have put myself in a position to be blackballed from The Hobby with regards to receiving any future exclusives. If that is the case, so be it. I have thousands of worthless cards that I can write about for the rest of my life and still make interesting. My goal was to explain my side of the anti-Beckett posts and to show you why I take it so personal.
Wax Heaven is a haven for collectors, young and old. I made the mistake of getting involved in politics and it has bitten me in the ass. I want to have fun again like I did when I filmed my first ever video box break. Is there any way to return to how it used to be when I didn’t have to worry about bickering, backstabbers, and liars? Probably not.
I do have control over Wax Heaven, though and tonight I make a promise to refrain from ever mentioning Beckett Media or any other entities I am not happy with. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you decide to keep reading. I know I will keep writing for as long as possible with the hopes that 2009 brings a new page for myself and the blog.