Win a shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirt from Panini America

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – On St. Patrick’s Day, the 2014 Industry Summit was filed with dealers wearing shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirts. And once the collecting world saw them, there were many who wanted to know where they could get one.

Well, right here.

Beckett Media is giving away one of Panini America’s shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirts that were only available at The Industry Summit.

How can you win?

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite collecting tradition. We will pick one commenter to get the shirt on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

By the way, it’s a 2XL – the only spare we could find at the show.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


I give a pack of baseball cards to all family and friends on Opening Day.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

Favorite collecting tradition?

Getting the little dude, (Who’s birthday happens to be St. Patricks Day) some packs of cards for his birthday.

Other than that, I like to open a pack off the bottom of the box first before all the rest.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
David Thimesch

My favorite tradition is ripping the new releases upon release. :)

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
Ryan D

My favorite collecting tradition is nightly box breaks with friends from all over the country every year at NSCC. Always a great time and never thought i would have met a group of such great guys from the online collecting community.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

Teaching my 3 boys to protect their cards !

Just never know when the next hot card will be worth big $.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
Nick Graff

My favorite collecting tradition is going to the only Philadelphia Sports Card show in the area each year when I was a little kid at Fort Washington getting free autographs from old timers and now its at Valley Forge, now with Hunt Auctions at the helm and they bring in HOFs and current Philly sports guets.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

Days like today are my favorite collecting tradition! Spring is coming on, the windows are cracked, spring training games are on the radio, and I’ve got a pack of cards in front of me ready to be ripped. This is my version of heaven.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
Michael Gulash

My favorite collecting tradition is going down to my local hobby shop, talking to the man that has owned it for years about sports, and everyday life. It’s great to see him still in business in the age of credit cards and internet when he only accepts cash or check.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

Every year when the new Topps hit the shelves my son and I pick up a hobby box or 2 and have our own rip party. Been doing it for years it’s a great father son collecting moment.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
Paul Kelly

At the beginning of each baseball season I pre-order one of each of the following hobby box: Bowman , Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft Picks. I end the year with a Topps Factory Set.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
Eric Edelstein

I am a 2xl! This is pretty corny but every opening day I watch Eight Men Out and Field of DreAms and open at least one box of cards during the first game. This year the Doders open at 1 am on a Saturday so it’s going to be weird but fun.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

I love collecting anything hockey especially autographs cards.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
Patrick Flores

Love collecting mainly baseball cards of specific players from specific years based on interesting history behind this player. For instance, I have the 1970 Topps authentic autograph card of Curt Flood showing his cap tilt up knowing its a Cardinals cap while he was traded to Phillies. Other is a 1965 Topps Bob Uecker fooling the photographer. A 1949 Eddie Waitkus rookie card where he was shot by a obsession fan. So much more along the road on the collection I have. I basically enjoy sharing stories with people who see the cards I have.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
Jeff Munson

My favorite collecting tradition is cracking open that first pack of new baseball cards on release day.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
Justin winters

Best collecting tradition is Christmas Eve. My boy and I get to open on thing that evening. We both opt for what we think is a hobby box….tho I have unwrapped a box of granola bars in utter disappointment! We sit and rip packs and drink our cocoa! One tradition that will never expire!!!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

I love collecting with my dad. Even though I’m grown up now, I still love driving Dad to the local card store every Saturday to bust a few packs. We usually don’t get anything GREAT out of our excursions (we usually stick to the less-expensive products that I grew up on), but the time I spend with Dad is better than any autograph or relic I might pull out of a pack!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

My favorite is to put all my rookies in one box and all my all-stars in another!! Btw 2xl is my size!!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
Justin Wingert

Waiting every year to RIP a case of my 3 fav products on release week NT football Tribute & triple Threads baseball. Love the RPA autos white whales and building sets

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
Chris Scott

My favorite tradition is waiting until opening day, then opening my first pack of the year, and suddenly turning 10 years old again!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

I love getting the first product of the new season in each sport and trying to memorize the stats of each player from the previous year.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
Jason K

My favorite tradition is making, and printing my want lists and taking them to shows (since none of the shops in my area have loose commons) to complete my sets.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

I buy one retail blaster every year of Topps before I buy my hobby box

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

My favorite collecting tradition is going to the local monthly card show. It used to be every other week during the hockey season but has now scaled back to once a month.

I love physically seeing cards. Window shopping. Talking hobby with dealers and other collectors. And on occasion, finding a card or two for the pc.

I’ve been attending the same show for over 15 years and still anxiously anticipate the weekend when it’s on.

I cringe the day that the local card show goes away. I hope it never comes.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
Nate Baustad

Opening the first baseball pack of the year as winter is still blasting Minnesota is my favorite. Thinking of the beautiful summer that seems so far away.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
Lushan Hannah

My favorite tradition is revisiting all the old card shops I used to go to when I was little. My parents were in the military so we moved around alot. Now I am adult with money and in the military myself. My job requires frequent travel, sometimes to places we were stationed when I was a kid. Many of the shops are closed now but it s great to visit the ones that are still open when I’m in town for business. ..some of the shop owners still remember me too!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
Sean nicholson

My favorite tradition is trying to get my daughters to care and collect some football cards watching the games telling them who the good players are then getting packs of cards us to open together while they ask about the cards in the packs that they are opening hey dad is this guy good how about this one or letting them pick the packs and hoping I get good autographs from the packs that they picked

Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
Brett H

My collecting tradition goes several years back with my brother , on our b days we would go to the local grocery store and buy as many packs as we could afford. Over the past 25 years we still go ( to a card shop on my bday ) but not as many as we can afford , or our wives would leave us… Now we limit , but hey ~ still fun

Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
johnny Cakes

My favorite traditions is opening up boxes at home with my 5 year old son Benjamin and showing him how to handle the good cards and saving the other cards for either him or we go to the local shop and give them to little boys with there parents. It puts a big smile on their faces. But most of all it puts a bigger smile on my face watching my son get into the same hobby I’ve loved for over 25 years now. Sniffle Sniffle

Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
steve d donaldson

My collecting tradition is each year I try to get a green tshirt with a shamrock on it

Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
Jeffrey Guinn

My favorite tradition is watching a game on TV with my son and ripping a box of that particular sport. Just something cool about pulling the same players that you’re watching on TV. Just hoping these moments stick with my son as much as they do me.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
Joe Cecil

The best tradition for a army family like mine with 3 sons who also collect is every 1st and 15th taking the boys to the lcs with a little scrounge money we have left over and letting the kids go pick out some packs from every sport and then watching them open them, that is truly awesome. The best is when they get a hit in the pack and watch how big there eyes get when they pull an auto or relic. We have been doing this for every paycheck for the last 11 years I have been in the Army and it never gets old!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink
Jason k

My favorite collecting tradition is being able to bring packs and boxes home to open with my wife. We both enjoy opening stuff up and keeping stuff for our collection. It’s always a fun time, win or lose. (Also, size xxl just happens to be my shirt size lol)

Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
Bruce Torgersen

Packs of cards are in the kids and adults stocking every Christmas………….. Even now when they are adults.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
Leaf carries benchwarmers

My favorite tradition is waiting over six months for a redemption and watching new products come out by the same company with autographed cards of the same player for whom I still don’t have my redemption

Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
Zac Holdren

I love opening cards at Comerica Park with my dad every opening day.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

my favorite tradition is opening Topps Series 1 baseball cards – it’s the first new cards of the collecting season and means opening day is just around the corner.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
Anthony C

Love ripping open Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 (and 2) for Young Guns rookies. They are the best! Good looking cards & cream of the crop! Those are a huge tradition!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
Greg Garrett

When opening high end packs I rub the pack for good luck and kiss it. This applies to packs like triple threads or tribute. I go to the national each year.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

My favorite collecting tradition is attending the National with my dad and grandpa every year!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
Tommy Panaro

My favorite collecting tradition has always been close to Easter, ever since I was a little kid my parents would always get me baseball stuff including baseball cards. Since it’s so close to mLB opening day it became a tradition. I always looked forward to getting my new baseball or mitt or whatever and opening baseball cards on Easter. I still do it to this day and I’m 25, I hope and plan to do it with my kids someday when I have some. But yeah, I love this time of year….it’s getting closer and closer

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
Jeff Vervlied

Favorite tradition: sharing commons with youth hockey and baseball players, to inspire them and their families to get the bug,

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
chad schwartz

Every year on the day they come out, I buy a box of press pass football and learn all I can about the new crop of incoming rookies.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
Scott Thomas

I like to open each pack like its a Willie Wonka bar! Nice and slow, hoping to find that golden ticket!

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
David Panopoulos

For the past 20 years my dad and I have attended the Toronto sports card expo once in the spring then again in the fall. This bonding time and sharing the hobby I truely charish and hope to pass on and continue to collect with another generation in out family with my kids.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
Dan Suarez

Every winter…buy 2 boxes of contenders football. And 2 boxes of minor league baseball product (bowman, bowman draft, elite, etc) and rip for Arizona. Fun getting ready for spring training

Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink
Gregg Ryder

Opening packs with my son upon a new product release.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
mike raleigh

I keep my first Topps pack of the season in its wrapper and in a team bag, for good luck..

Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

“By the way, it’s a 2XL – the only spare we could find at the show.”

Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
Jeff Fogal

Every year on Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings I buy a box of cards.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
matt aber

Going through cards w/my kids and sorting them in different combinations like teams, positions and order of fav players. Fun to look at the same cards in different ways.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink
Tracy LeVeaux

I don’t open boxes often, but I do, I like to have several on hand. If the first box isn’t “good,” I open up a second to make up for it. It has worked for me in the past,

Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

My mom would always get me some packs of baseball cards as part of my birthday gift since its so close to opening day (April 8). Since she passed away, I keep the tradition alive and make sure to buy some every year.

Posted March 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

The greatest tradition is my brother and myself going to the card show every few months held at the white plains county center. Wee 28 and 25 yrs old but it’ll honestly never get old for us. And it brings us together everytime like were 10 and 7 yrs old lol

Posted March 18, 2014 at 4:55 am | Permalink

My favorite collecting tradition is getting the first few packs of the new season’s cards, opening them really slowly, looking at each one front and back. Savoring them. Slowing down a bit.

Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:21 am | Permalink
David Johnson

My favorite tradition is going to Spring Training and getting autographs to add to my collection.

Posted March 18, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink


Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink
Mike Jackson

My tradition is to buy a blaster every week and slip a pack under my sons pillow every night when I get home from work at 2:00AM. He gets the “card fairy” instead of the tooth fairy every night. It makes his morning better and has no problems waking up for school!

Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink
Richard Hogenson

Received cards on birthday and Christmas.

Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink
Dan D

I try to complete complete base set.

Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink
Trevor G

My favorite collecting tradition is buying a factory set of Topps Baseball every year

Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

My favorite collecting tradition is sitting on my bed to sort cards into numerical order after I’ve opened a box (with enough base cards to make sorting worthwhile).

Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
steve emerick

what a sweet looking shirt , I look good in green!

collecting tradition..busting, sorting, protecting, filing, pulling it back out in future to enjoy!

Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

My favorite tradition is opening packs with my kids. Additionally, when I open a box I let my wife pick out a couple of packs that she opens, she seems to have all of the luck.

Posted March 19, 2014 at 1:07 am | Permalink

My favorite tradition is doing my taxes first day I can so I can spend my refund on Topps Series 1 and Heritage each year

Posted March 19, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink
Bob Kale

The FIRST pack of the year is the best time of the year. That first pack takes me back to 1974 opening the first packs of the year, or any year now since I started collecting back then.

I’m 53 now and that rush of being 13 again comes back with the very first pack!!


Posted March 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

Going to opening day and watching the SF Giants and starting a team ball for autographs. ncelmil

Posted March 20, 2014 at 1:56 am | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

Congrats! The winner of the t-shirt is Aimee Hoyle. Thanks to all who entered.

Posted March 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

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