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Beckett 20 Questions on … sports movie items

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new blockbuster sports movie coming next month in 42, the latest Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is set to arrive as well with our latest look at collecting things from a slightly different perspective or with a slightly different approach.

You know, one that lets you explore stuff that’s already out there once again — or perhaps dig a little deeper on the auction block where one might not normally look.

Sometimes, it’s a real-world story that shows up on the big screen like in the case of Jackie Robinson‘s tale or even someone perhaps less-remembered in history like Vince Papale here. (In the case of Papale, being the subject of a film where he was played by Mark Wahlberg¬†sparked serious demand for the value of his 1977 Topps Rookie Card.) Other times, we get fictional characters and stories that we all remember and appreciate over time for some of those similar peculiarities or details that we latch onto as collectors in real life.

For this issue, we’re curious about what you think, what you remember and what you know about sports films. Here’s the latest 20 Questions on the topic … after the jump.

1. Which football film told the story of former Philadelphia Eagles player Vince Papale?

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2. Did you know Lou Gehrig tried acting ... in a western where he played himself?

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3. Last month, seven jerseys and a jacket used in "Miracle" sold via Heritage. How much did they go for?

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4. Which of these movies had an officially licensed card set found in packs?

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5. Which of these films (1975-present) made the most money (actual gross) at the box office?

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6. Your pick (from these films) for the best sports movie is ...

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7. Which certified autograph would you want in your collection the most? (Pick as many as five.)

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8. Which certified autograph would you want in your collection the most? (Pick as many as five.)

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9. "42" opens next month, bringing the story of Jackie Robinson to the big screen. Your thoughts?

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10. Would you like to see more movie tie-ins with licensed sets (such as a "42" card from Topps)?

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11. Real-life baseball clown Max Patkin had a cameo in "Bull Durham." Does he have any real-life cards?

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12. True or False: Upper Deck made basketball cards to promote Will Ferrell's "Semi-Pro."

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13. This Panini Golden Age "Pride of the Yankees" box-topper (no mem) sold for how much on eBay?

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14. This type of promotional (and collectable) movie memorabilia from the past is called a ...

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15. This real McFarlane Toys creation shows a member of which fictional football team?

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16. True or False: There's a Disney film in the works about these two players.

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17. John Goodman never played for the Yanks, but he's not the most-expensive card in this set. Who is?

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18. Which of these celebs did NOT sign a Fans of the Game hockey card made by Panini America?

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19. Do you collect non-sport movie memorabilia or autographs?

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20. Does Tom Hanks have a certified autograph card?

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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.

15 Comments

Magneto2

I didn’t see Eight Men out on these lists.

Posted March 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

Ummm … No mention of “Slapshot?” “Escape to Victory?” “Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets?”

Posted March 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
Nick Mikulicich

Pride of the Yankees wasn’t a choice for favorite movie? For shame.

Posted March 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

I guess “Your pick (from these films)” wasn’t clear enough … it’s a selection of films from roughly the last 40 years for that list. Why? An all-inclusive list would have had many, many, many more names — and the older a film is likely would mean fewer people have seen it.

Posted March 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
Tom Selleck`s Wicked `Stache

Mr. Baseball is an awesome movie. If you don`t think so you need to watch it again.

Posted March 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
Robert SImpson Jr

I agree no Pride of the Yankees :-O This survey was a JOKE! Same with Botox Beadles show recently doing a bracket of the greatest sports movie of all time & NO PRIDE made that show a joke!

PS What Auto would I want… GARY COOPER!!!!!!!!! ( Though I also wouldnt mind a Will Sonnett)

What Female Auto TERESA WRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted March 12, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink
Todd Warden

I would have liked to see 61* on some of those lists, but I assume that it wasn’t because it wasn’t a theatrical release. Also, it would be way behind Major League, I have always had a particular fondness for Mr. Baseball.

Posted March 12, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink
Dan

All kids should be required to watch Pride of the Yankees!

Posted March 12, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink
Bart The Explorer

semi-pro has to be the worst sports movie ever. will ferrell movies are horrible, i don’t understand why he’s so popular. the same with adam sandler

Posted March 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Semi-Pro is inherently better than Talladega Nights.

Posted March 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
Richard

Chris I know you said sports movies but the best I can do is a television series”The Baseball Bunch” starring The San Diego Chicken”I have a signed photo of him that I got at Nashue Angels AA minor league game in NH in 1984.He was signing after the game in his chicken suit.He signed simply “the chicken”.In hindsight I wish I had him sign “The San Diego Chicken”anyway a great item.

Posted March 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
Matt K.

I’m offended that Rudy and Knute Rockne All-American were not on the best movies of all time list!

Posted March 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
MICHAEL RUNYON

I understand that there is no way to do a poll with every sports movie ever made That would just be lunacy.

However for burt reynolds i would prefer his autograph as stroker ace lol. of course with the longest yard he could have a dual autograph from each of the movies.

Talladega nights to me is a worse movie than stroker ace. We have requested over and over from press pass to see if they can ever do the racing movies autographs but the licensing on them is outrageous.

I would love to have

Burt Reynolds from stroker ace
Also Jim nieghbors. dual half card from stroker ace. half from singing at indy almost every year for the past eon

Tom Cruise days of thunder way better than talladega nights not as fun as stroker ace
robert duvall days of tunder

Kenny Rogers six pack. drive till you hear glass and smell $@$%

CUT autograph of Richard Pryor from greased lightning the wendell scott story

Sylvester Stallone from driven. I love this move. special effects were over the top, needed more back story on characters and stallone should not have cast himself as an indy driver. However I liked the movie a lot.

Then of course you have heart like a wheel, last american hero, heck lightning mcqueen with paul newman also.

these would be really cool

BTW bull durham much better than field of dreams. Not sure why anyone would think otherwise

Posted March 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
Sport Card Collectors

Invincible was a great true story. And I really liked League of Their Own. Great acting and just an overall enjoyable movie with humor and sadness.

Posted March 14, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

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