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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting vintage

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.

It’s vintage.

Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.

Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.

For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?

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2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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3. Do you own any non-sports cards from the vintage years?

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4. What percentage of your collecting budget do you spend on vintage cards?

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5. Do modern-day brands with a heavy vintage aesthetic such as Allen & Ginter interest you?

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6. Do modern sets with a heavy selection of vintage-era players interest you?

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7. Which of these vintage items do you collect? (Select all that apply.)

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8. Which of these original vintage card brands do you like the most?

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9. How important would you say Topps Heritage has been for the baseball portion of hobby in the last 14 years?

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10. Would you buy a vintage-only Beckett magazine?

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11. Which of these things concern you the most with vintage?

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12. What percentage of vintage cards do you buy already graded?

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13. Do you feel cards up to 1990 should be considered vintage at this point?

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14. Which of these vintage MLB stars do you feel is most undervalued?

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15. Which of these vintage NFL stars do you feel is most undervalued?

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16. Which of these vintage NBA stars do you feel is most undervalued?

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17. Do you like vintage buybacks appearing in new packs?

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18. Excluding professionally graded specimens, do you feel vintage cards are undervalued as a whole?

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19. True or false: This PSA 10 Dennis Eckersley RC sold for more than $11,000.

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20. Which do you personally prefer? (Pick the one that sums up your cards best.)

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

7 Comments

IMO Q14-16 had to many choices. Warren Spahn is just prior to the era discussed here, but I think his cards are way undervalued.

Posted February 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
Vaughn Lamore

Its a good thing that the vintage cards are undervalued…lest the dealers price them right out the mainstream market so that most of us putting sets together can still find them affordable and with that easily obtainable….plus dealers need to move product vs. warehousing just isn’t sound business practice. As the old sales slogan goes: Priced to move!

Posted February 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
Kevin

Vintage basketball cards, especially those form the ’70s are a steal right now. You can pick up mid grade rookies of some of the all time greats for around $100-$150. You can find Moses Malone mid grades for less than $50. I think we will see a boost in value of those cards as collectors start to look for more interesting places to spend their money.

I have been picking up mid grade cards of ’60s baseball HOF rookies. A mid grade Bench rookie can easily be found for under $200. A rookie of one of the all time greats for less than the cost of some modern wax boxes is a no-brainer in my book.

Posted February 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

cant wait for the newest SCM

Posted February 15, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink
Cory Furlong

Kind of ironic survey. I have always thought Frank Robinson and Dennis Eckersley didn’t get the hobby respect they deserve.

Posted February 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink
Rick

why weren’t my coments approved???

Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
Rick

I posted three other coments that were approperate and you didn’t post them?

Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

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