Author Archives: chrisolds

Evan Gattis has a collecting confession

ORLANDO, Fla. | Evan Gattis might have one of the most-unique nicknames in MLB today, but El Oso Blanco has a couple of confessions that card collectors might relate to — one more child-like and one that stings no matter how old you are.

MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson talks cards during Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

TAMPA, Fla. | He’s been a college star, a first-round draft pick, an MLB All-Star and a “bringer of rain” but before all of that Josh Donaldson was one thing.

Prospects soak up signing experience during Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

Three MLB prospects talk about autographs and collecting as part of the 2015 Panini America Spring Training Road Trip this past week in Florida.

Box Busters with Houston Astros’ Evan Gattis

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds catches up with Evan Gattis of the Houston Astros for this episode of Box Busters featuring some 2015 Donruss during Day 3 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip Monday in Orlando, Fla.

Box Busters with MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson on Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds catches up with MLB All-Star and card collector Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays for this episode of Box Busters — with some Pack Wars — during Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip in Tampa, Fla.

Photo Gallery: Scenes from Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor TAMPA, Fla. | Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip included nearly 20 rookies, prospects and even a few established big-leaguers signing for the forthcoming 2015 Panini Prizm baseball card set and more as part of a multi-day, multi-state trek that includes thousands of […]

Future stars get spotlight during Day 1 of Panini Spring Training Road Trip

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary FORT MYERS, Fla. | Day 1 of this year’s Panini Spring Training Road Trip may have started with a 9:25 a.m. flight out of Dallas and ended with an inscribed 1/1 card of a future star some 14 hours later, but there’s one reality about the baseball […]

Topps Addresses Tribute Auto Issues

Collectors who are unhappy with scratched or bubbled autographs found in packs of 2015 Topps Tribute baseball cards when it arrived in hobby shops on Wednesday may have a solution to their newly purchased problem.

Topps revives Bowman’s Best and plans changes to Heritage High Number, release schedule

Topps will be shaking up its prospecting lines later this year and bringing a non-prospecting brand back into packs, the company announced Tuesday.

Panini teases Flawless lines for soccer, Kentucky basketball

Flawless is coming to the pitch and the college hardcourt.

Derek Jeter is focus of Topps’ first Cardboard Icon series release

The Captain is the first Icon.

NASCAR licensing VP: No new card deal yet

Blake Davidson, NASCAR’s Vice President of Licensing and Consumer Products, told Beckett Media in an email on Tuesday that the organization is getting closer to securing a deal with a future trading card licensee.

Card Gallery: 2015 Topps Opening Day Mascot Autographs

When this year’s edition of Topps Opening Day officially arrives on Wednesday it will include one of the more-unique card sets in the hobby today — a simple five-card set that packs plenty of punch and plenty of fun.

Your Turn: Should there be more St. Patrick’s Day cardboard?

Today’s the day where one of the sports world’s simpler traditions happens without a whole lot of fanfare — St. Patrick’s Day jerseys.

BGS Diary: WWE Divas Paige & Lana, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax and Sy Berger, too

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Heritage baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2015 Topps Heritage in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps MLB stickers

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps MLB stickers in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Panini signs Dez Bryant to exclusive deal

One of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest stars is staying in Texas no matter what — as an exclusive player with Panini America.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Museum Collection

Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Museum Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions

Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Football Inscriptions in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Not our next Beckett Baseball cover … yet

Today, we’re sending the May issue of Beckett Baseball to the printer, and it will arrive in hobby shops soon with a certain hot pitcher on its cover.

Texas find of tobacco and caramel cards highlights Beckett’s Graded Treasures auction

A collection of rare tobacco and caramel cards discovered in Texas has been broken into singles, has been graded and is now on sale in Beckett Auctions’ March 2015 Graded Treasures Auction, which began Thursday and runs through March 22.

Box Busters: 2015 SAGE HIT Low Series football

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2015 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps launches Star Wars Card Trader app

Topps’ line of online card/gaming apps now includes a collection from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Past, present and future collide in 1971 homage

It’s the Past, Present & Future Collection which was released on Thursday only on Topps.com — the latest line of wall art and oversized cards from the company.

Donruss returns with rare variations

This year’s edition of Donruss baseball cards from Panini America arrived on Wednesday with a distinctly retro inclusion that still gets the attention of collectors to this day.

Now is the time for Will Ferrell baseball cards

It’s natural to think that official MLB cardboard appearances — ideally for all 10 teams — could be a distinct possibility after WIll Ferrell becomes a big-leaguer tomorrow.

Are we overlooking potential of stickers?

Do you collect stickers? Do you stick them? Do you page them? Do you top-load them? Do you grade them? What would you do with this sticky and interesting scenario? Where would you start?

Spring training is focus in Topps Bunt sets

Spring training means new faces in new places, new players hoping to make a mark and new cardboard.

Topps gives 30 top NFL rookies jumbo treatment

Topps revealed the 2014 Topps Top Rookies — an oversized Topps.com exclusive set that highlights the top newcomers of the past year.

Topps Heritage hooked me in its first week

Heritage isn’t the rarest brand with the most hits per box or case. It’s simply one that’s collected — and that’s apparent with the product’s rarer inclusions that get chased and paid for quite well.

Panini prepares for spring training road trip

Spring training means plenty to the baseball world and baseball fans even if the results in the standings don’t count.

Your Turn: Are you a fan of stamped buybacks?

Are you a fan of stamped buybacks? Why or why not?

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Spectra football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Spectra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Panini turns back clock to 1981 next week

Are you ready to turn back the clock again? If so, Panini America is ready for you next week.