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Beckett Sports Card Monthly: Take a look back at 2012 via our covers

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.

In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.

Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.

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Tell us which one you like best by voting below — and tell us what you might remember fondly, if you like, from 2012 in general and its issues in the comments.

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

 

3 Comments

Mike Colt

Whats taking so long getting topps chrome football pricing are u trying to piss us off its been months now and i dont find it funny cause u are doing it on purpose

Posted December 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

As a graphic designer, I can appreciate Beckett’s approach to make your magazines look like they hold great editorial appeal. Which they do, there are many great editorial pieces and series done with Beckett’s monthly magazines.

However, when it comes to the covers, I still hold favor to the extremely clean style done for the covers of the late 80s and early 90s of Beckett Baseball Monthly. These covers didn’t have to scream “we have editorial inside!” Instead, these clean covers functioned much like a single baseball card. A photo and a title. Just as baseball cards are desirable enough with those simple elements, I appreciate how Beckett’s magazine covers had enough confidence to make such a simple statement every month.

Another way to think about this is with storefront window displays. The best displays are ones that keep it very very simple. You know a store isn’t doing good business when they start to put more items in the front window. By cluttering up the front window with multiple messages, the store owner is saying, “Nobody is coming into my store to look at these things, I gotta put them all in the front window!”

I would plead to Beckett that you remain confident in your great editorial and that people will pick up your magazines, because we know what’s great inside. There isn’t a need to clutter up the fronts of the magazine to make it look like every other magazine on the market. Your simple designs of the late 80s and 90s distinguished your brand from every other magazine on the market. I would hope you would return back to this distinguishing, confident, elegant, collectible method.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink

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