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utahstock12 29 posts  |  Last Activity: Dec 22, 2014 2:15 PM Member since: Aug 27, 2004
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  • Reply to

    12% with no dilution is reasonable

    by smaycs4 Oct 1, 2014 1:39 PM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 1, 2014 5:41 PM Flag

    The short term must be related to how that analyst has been pointing out on the last two calls that it makes the most sense to pursue certain objectives and then renew at better terms once the company proves itself on more stable footing. I forget exactly when they said they could get NY opened by, sometime in the spring I think, but I'd guess reaching that milestone would create a lot of breathing room as they'd have a major new revenue stream.

    ... OR maybe that's when the 200 million Titanic money is coming in ................... not.

  • Reply to

    If you are short......

    by twochiefdukee Oct 2, 2014 1:58 PM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 2, 2014 3:03 PM Flag

    Whenever something weird happens I turn to twitter. seriously. For low float stocks there isn't too much junk out there so if you use the $ like a #, for example $dmrc you will usually be able to find out what is behind a major move whose news hasn't yet been picked up by Yahoo.

    You mention the 'way around' protections when downloading things, but this tech doesn't try to plug up any of the holes. It is about catching the person/organization that is doing the leaking. At least that's my understanding. So it's not that people will have fewer or less effective methods of distributing, it's about being able to catch them if they do.

  • utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 12, 2014 2:00 PM Flag

    Titanic artifacts are not included in the 'all company assets'

  • That must be the case now that we have this ironclad appraisal. HAHAHAHahahahaha.

    Honestly, the securing of the loan was much more positive news than this. Hearing which of the two the company touts on the call will be telling to me.

  • utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 14, 2014 5:28 PM Flag

    I saw that too. It's crazy because this appraisal is almost certainly more misleading than had they at least taken a shot in the dark regarding discount. Then again, if they said they couldn't reliably discount nor could they reliably produce a number without discounting then they wouldn't have had any business.

  • Reply to

    Conflict of Intrest?

    by joejoemay Oct 15, 2014 3:50 PM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 15, 2014 4:04 PM Flag

    They supposedly grade blind though, correct? Are you saying that they are lying about grading blind and what would be your evidence?

  • Reply to

    not sure what shorts are doing here

    by dbtunr Oct 30, 2014 10:17 AM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 30, 2014 10:50 AM Flag

    I'm probably out today too. I'm just curious if 25$ is a surrender point for shorts and will give a mini squeeze.

  • Reply to

    not sure what shorts are doing here

    by dbtunr Oct 30, 2014 10:17 AM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Oct 31, 2014 1:52 AM Flag

    I was out at mostly 24.70 I had a partial fill at 25.10 though. I probably will stay away for the foreseeable future as like you've indicated the coin #s are falling. I'd love if a bad quarter pulled it down right as China started to accelerate or something but I feel like there's way more room to slide here (@25) than there is to rise.

    No current plans for putting the $$ back in anywhere.

  • utahstock12 by utahstock12 Nov 5, 2014 10:43 PM Flag

    Note how suddenly Deuster wants to remind people that next Q is slow. It wasn't there last year. The numbers are indicating, the PR is signaling, I'm not ready to get short, but I wouldn't touch it before next Q.

    2015Q1 "Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased to once again report excellent growth in the first quarter as we start our Fiscal 2015 year. I am particularly encouraged that our international initiatives continue to take hold to complement our US results. Another stronger than expected quarter in bulk modern coin grading was a major factor in our operating results and we remain cautiously optimistic, as we enter the slowest period of the year for that type of grading activity, before the start of the new coin minting year in January. The PSA and PSA/DNA sports memorabilia business reported its 17th consecutive quarter of year over year revenue growth. "

    2014Q1 "Robert Deuster, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased with the performance of all our businesses and the immediate contribution of our newly opened Shanghai operation to our revenue growth. This quarter's revenue performance is a record, now three quarters in a row, which has been fueled by a healthy collectibles market; our introduction over the past year of new high value services for customers and an expanded presence in new geographic markets. We believe our marketplace recognizes the value of our brands and Collectors as the preferred third party grading company. Resales and auction sales at premium prices of high value coins and cards which were graded by PCGS or PSA, as reported in the trade press over the last few years, more clearly shows that value. Bringing that value to collectors and collectibles dealers worldwide is our mission."

  • With SNL and this management is at least doing something--even if this one moved GLACIALLY slow. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

  • utahstock12 utahstock12 Nov 12, 2014 3:07 AM Flag

    This is a rare good board on Yahoo, but you bought a lot of our shares as we were getting out. This current quarter looks rough. If this is a buy and never look at it type deal, you should be OK as long as the international stuff pans out.

  • utahstock12 by utahstock12 Nov 14, 2014 11:46 AM Flag

    Is there any heavily trafficked forum where people talk about their experiences at these event or do reviews? I just started a tiny position, and will be looking to add if this goes lower, but I'd like to be able to see reviews of these events.

    I checked Twitter and Google News after Tulsa, and it seems like it went very well, but there are not a ton of opinions to go by. The main gripe seems to be that people feel gouged by certain autograph prices. Reviews would also be useful for return location in case the sentiment is that there is not enough new content and that people decide they will only go once every few years rather than all the time.

  • Tulsa was apparently one of the best new events of all time, so the standard may be too high, but the reports were that their 3 day passes sold out. I was hoping to see something similar here, but it looks like you can still buy all passes on the website.

    I'm posting here as much for my own archiving as anything so I'll probably be checking twitter and news articles to see if there are any quotes on attendance and posting them here.

  • Reply to

    Reno does not appear to be sold out.

    by utahstock12 Nov 21, 2014 1:04 PM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Nov 24, 2014 8:47 PM Flag

    Here's the one quote from management I could find anywhere. It seems like things at least went well enough even if they weren't sold out.

    Organizers believe Reno Comic Con will become an annual event. “We have already committed to dates for next year already,” said John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World Comic Con.

  • utahstock12 utahstock12 Nov 25, 2014 11:52 AM Flag

    I found that and posted in my thread as well. It's worth noting that the event was already listed for return on their August 5th release of 2015 dates so either preorders were great or venue expenses rather than ticket sales were the driving force behind the return. Regardless, I like that there's someone else out there tracking.

    I was trying to back out the dates from 2014 that they will not be returning to in 2015 to see if I can glean anything thing about markets from that but haven't been able to do so yet. It looks like there are at least 4

    "Next year’s schedule to date also includes a return of at least 12 of the 16 events from 2014"

    It looks like it's Atlanta, San Antonio, and I haven't picked out the rest yet. Both of those might have just been geographic issues. San Antonio is really close to Austin and Atlanta looks like it turned into Greenville SC.

    The full 2015 list with new events indicated is at

    I'm also really curious about how the Horrorfest does. I think it will be a smash and open up an opportunity for a whole other franchise. Outside of major cities like Chicago though, I'd think they might set them up in slightly smaller venues than where they hold the regular events.

  • utahstock12 by utahstock12 Nov 28, 2014 9:14 PM Flag

    I messed up on the nonreturning events in another thread.

    The previous year 2014 10k lists:
    (i) Portland, OR; (ii) New Orleans, LA; (iii) Louisville, KY; (iv) Nashville, TN; (v) St. Louis, MO; (vi) Minneapolis, MN; (vii) Atlanta, GA; (viii) Philadelphia, PA; (ix) San Antonio, TX; (x) Richmond, VA; (xi) Chicago, IL; (xii) Columbus, OH; (xiii) Austin, TX; (xiv) Tulsa, OK; (xv) Reno, NV; and (xvi) Sacramento, CA.

    2015 schedule includes:
    New Orleans, Portland, Madison, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Horrorfest, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Greenville, Des Moines, Sacramento, Richmond, Chicago, San Jose, Ohio (in Columbus), Nashville, Ft. Lauderdale, Tulsa, Austin, Louisville, Reno, San Antonio.

    The only non repeated location is Atlanta, and the Columbus date was renamed the Ohio Comic Con.

    Unless there are issues regarding multiyear contracts, it looks like the model can work just about anywhere. Less

  • With Vegas up and registering with AEG, it's possible to compare the past and present ticket ordering platforms.

    For fees, it's hard to tell anything because it looks like Wizard World handles this in a somewhat shifty manner. For example, if you look at the upcoming New Orleans event, all fees are $4.87 which is the same as for the Vegas event. However, at events in between, there are fees as high as $10+ on the three day pass. It looks like what Wizard World does is charge $75 + a big processing fee when events first open then shifts the $5 when the event is approaching so that the entry is represented as $79.95 + a smaller fee. Basically, they're getting the same $ for each entry, but they can try and bank some early purchases by representing the price as going up.

    However, Vegas currently has the low fee and the low ticket price so maybe that policy is changing with AEG.

    Anyway, the one immediate difference I found when going through most of the checkout process was a prompting feature that's built into the AEG platform. When you finish purchasing tickets, it asks if you would also like to buy any autographs or photo ops in a way that is MUCH more streamlined that on other events. I don't know how many more photos/autographs will get sold, but it is absolutely an improvement.

  • utahstock12 by utahstock12 Dec 2, 2014 5:51 PM Flag

    the filing is up.
    Here's the profile

    From a little searching it looks like a group that REALLY knows there stuff. So their name could bring extra eyes.

  • Reply to

    December 8

    by arxxmuse Dec 3, 2014 11:13 AM
    utahstock12 utahstock12 Dec 3, 2014 1:07 PM Flag

    It seems like it has to run into the date, but if it was that easy everyone would make a living trading.

  • Two unrelated Items.

    First, it looks like San Antonio will not have a con.
    "Unfortunately we haven't been able to come up with a date that works for both our schedule and that of the Convention Center," said Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milan" There are articles out, but this post got booted when I included the links. The story is not flattering for WIZD stating, "But Wizard World S.A. didn't exactly blow the doors off the Convention Center with its inaugural showing. If memory serves, the debut con just took up one main exhibit hall, compared to the gigantic return of the homegrown Alamo City Comic Con..."

    CM Punk is in some fight with WWE and he gave an interview where he stated Wizard World was going to pay him 20,000 to do a signing. Ultimately he got pulled by his employer, but for this board's purpose the 20k quote is the only thing that's interesting.

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