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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Some Circa Rave inserts seem to be all the rage

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It takes a lot these days to satisfy some collectors, but sometimes some card sales just flat-out surprise.

Rave and Super Rave inserts from the family of Skybox brands in the late 1990s are doing just that.

The 1998 Circa Thunder Super Rave Dan Wilson card seen here? Sold for $202.48 recently on eBay. Asking price for a David Ortiz from the same set? A mere $449.99 on eBay right now — same for a Manny Ramirez.

While each of these cards is limited to just 25 copies, there are no autographs or game-used memorabilia swatches to be found. Yet they — and others — are commanding cold, hard cash. Why? Perhaps many of them are tucked away in collections — or others are still in wax not yet found. (In need of a complete Circa Rave checklist or OPG? Click here.)

And when they do surface? It’s apparent that somebody — be it player collectors or set collectors — is wanting them and they know how much longer the odds are now, some 15 years later, of finding another.

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WWE legend Chief Jay Strongbow dies at 83

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow, a colorful and decorated performer during his nearly 50-year-career in professional wrestling died on Tuesday. He was 83.

Strongbow, real name Joe Scarpa, retired in 1994 but still appeared in WWE card sets in recent years. In all, he appears on 32 cards in the Beckett.com database (click for a full checklist or OPG) with just two certified autographs, both from Topps.

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A BSCM Online Issue preview: 10 ways Beckett.com can help you collect

Our next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly takes a look at some of what collectors can find online, whether it’s what’s available here on Beckett.com or a directory of major destinations on the Web.

One feature in the magazine is below, a full taste of what’s inside the issue. It’s our 10 ways that Beckett.com can help your collection.

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

Under normal circumstances, we try not to toot our own horn.

But considering this issue is all about the hobby in the Internet age and the fact that we’re constantly working to make Beckett.com a better place, please allow us to indulge and explain a little.

Imagine a place where all the prices, articles, and more (much, much more) from the magazine you’re holding are living in perfect harmony. Imagine a place where your fellow collecting aficionados — hardcore, casual, and recently rejuvenated — are hanging out, sharing information, discussing trends, trading, (and at times commiserating) all at once. Imagine diving into the hobby’s past, present and future.

Hold that thought, take out any extraneous fantasy unicorns or talking animals, and you should have a decent idea of what we’ve already built and what we’re striving for on Beckett.com. The following 10 nuggets should explain what you’re missing out on if you haven’t already signed up for a free account. But if you have your computer handy, feel free to toss this magazine aside and dive right in.

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Just for fun: What might Yu Darvish’s 2012 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor sell for?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When Topps tweeted a photo of new Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish holding a pair of freshly signed cards on Monday, it signaled that the next big thing in baseball cards is about to arrive with a message sent via the Japanese star’s left hand.

It’s his autographed 2012 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor — a card that should record a serious payday for one collector after it’s collated into packs and then potentially found starting on May 9.

A pair of unsigned SuperFractors in recent years have commanded big cash in baseball — the Stephen Strasburg in 2010 for $21,403 and the Bryce Harper from the 2010 USA set for $12,500 — but neither had an autograph.

This one does. Meanwhile, Darvish’s autograph redemption cards from 2012 Topps Tribute have consistently been pulling in $1,300 to $2,500 on eBay in recent weeks with current asking prices pushing $3,000 — and there are  25 copies of that one available.

We just want to know … how much do you think it will sell for? (Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments below.)

How much for the Yu Darvish Superfractor?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show set for April 21-22

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Non-sports cards are having a major show of their own this month with new products, Bench Warmer models and bigwigs from the card companies.

The Philly Non-Sports Card Show will be held April 21 and 22 at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Penn.

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First look: 2011-12 Gold Standard basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s Gold Standard was a memorable rookie and it’s going to be back for a sophomore season.

While full details are not yet available for the sophomore release of the high-end brand, the basics on the sterling product are. When 2011-12 Gold Standard arrives on June 20, it will include one 2011-12 Draft Class Redemption Autograph in every box, three additional sigs and two memorabilia cards to go with a selection of base cards in every $200 (or so) pack.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1989 Upper Deck

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1989 Upper Deck in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Next week’s rip: A pair of 1988-89 Fleer basketball wax packs