Monthly Archives: October 2011

Beckett Update: Baseball OPG promo extended

In case you tried to use or missed out on using the Beckett Online Price Guide promo code this weekend, the offer has been extended.

We took a look and discovered that the code used for the original offer wasn’t working properly during the advertised dates, but our team has since corrected the issue. Now with everything back in working order, members who purchase any new one, six, or 12-month Baseball Online Price Guide in the next two days will receive a 15-percent discount. Here’s how …

1. Go to the Baseball Online Price Guide subscription page
2. Upon checkout, use Promo Code: PLAYOFFS

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Breast Cancer Awareness comes to packs of Panini football cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes wearing pink sports equipment to promote breast cancer awareness has been relatively common at times in the last few years.

But now, thanks to Panini America, it’s coming to football cards.

Thinking pink on cardboard will begin with 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear, which arrives on Nov. 23 and will include 64 “A Crucial Catch” cards inserted into packs — two cards per NFL team.

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Roger Maris: 50 years ago today, a legacy was born

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Fifty years ago, a simple man from Fargo, N.D., reluctantly took his place in the MLB record books not knowing how to deal with the pressure of a nation intently focused on its pastime.

It was today, on Oct. 1, 1961, in the fourth inning of the final game of the New York Yankees’ season that the team’s second-favorite son smacked a pitch into the short porch in right field, surpassing a mark that had lasted for 34 seasons — a record set by the very man who had built the legacy and, of course, the stadium in which this bit of history was made.

Roger Maris‘ 61 home runs in 1961 firmly placed him atop the record books awkwardly atop everyone, including Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle — the icon of all icons and New York’s chosen son. While Maris’ record has been erased and his mark topped by three men in the last 15 years, it’s clear to some that the reluctant icon, the unlikely hero, just might truly deserve to remain atop the single-season list today — with asterisks applied to others.

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