Author Archives: chrisolds

Shoeless Joe Jackson reinstatement could mean more baseball cards

One of baseball’s banned legends might appear on more baseball cards soon — if a big announcement comes from Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

New batch of Will Ferrell MLB auctions give fans all the cowbell they need — and much more

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor With Will Ferrell‘s Ferrell Takes the Field special less than two weeks away, there’s a whole new selection of signed items available via MLB Auctions on MLB.com — and there’s one thing that it won’t need. More cowbell. A series of 10 fully licensed and autographed MLB cowbells […]

Your Turn: Has NFL’s concussion problem influenced your collecting habits?

Have stories of past players suffering from CTE — and there have been many in recent years — affected your collecting habits?

BGS Diary Predictor (Sept.): What will Olds submit?

We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards

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

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Gala basketball cards

Join Beckett Basketball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Gala in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Totally Fake Rookie Cards: 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. (Old-Kid version)

That’s where our Totally Fake Rookie Cards crew comes in. Right here, right now, you can see what a new version of that card might look like.

2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball: First look at new high-end hit-based brand coming in April

A new brand of baseball cards is on the horizon for 2016 and it’s one that celebrates the stars of the past as well as today.

Yep, that’s a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. homage in Macklemore’s music video

Yep, that’s a 45-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. dressed as seen in his iconic 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card in the video for “Downtown” by Macklemore.

Carlos Correa signs exclusive auto deal with Topps

Shortstop Carlos Correa signed an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Topps, the company announced Wednesday.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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

Tweeting Retail: 2015 Bowman baseball cards

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds ripped a blaster box of 2015 Bowman baseball cards … here are the results.

Auction Diary: Wahoo McDaniel’s Rookie Card & Joe Willie Namath come my way

I know nice cards when I see them. I know nice cards when I want them. I know that, most of the time, I can’t afford them.

Box Busters: 2015 Certified football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Certified in this episode of Box Busters.

Tweet-break: 2012 Panini Golden Age baseball cards

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds ripped a box of 2012 Panini Golden Age baseball cards on Thursday night and here are the results …

Latest Topps Wall Art line turns Chrome into metal

The company revealed the 2015 Topps Chrome Metal Sign line of wall art on Thursday, and it’s an offering of 10-by-14 metal prints for a selection of players who appear on the newly released 2015 Topps Chrome checklist.

Your Turn: Who’s the one active autograph to own?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Who the one active-athlete autograph to own in each sport? It’s a simple question but one that doesn’t always have an easy answer. Some might say that the legends nearing the end of their careers are the one. Others might say the young phenom is the way […]

BGS Diary: Allen & Ginter Mini Rip, Kris Bryant, Danica Patrick, Will Ferrell and even more make the grade

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.

Immaculate Collection returns with more memorabilia than ever

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary Immaculate Collection is back on the baseball field for another season beginning next week and it’s bringing all of its gear that collectors clamored for the first time around — and plenty more. In previous stories, we have seen prepared mocks from 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball […]

SCP Auctions to sell New York Yankees’ No. 42 jerseys for Jackie Robinson Foundation

The jerseys of most-famous number in all of Major League Baseball worn by stars from the most-successful franchise in history are being sold by SCP Auctions.

Tweeting Retail: 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

What did Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds find when he ripped into a blaster box of 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards?

Totally Fake Rookie Cards: 1969 Topps Kenny Stabler

The late Kenny “Snake” Stabler might be best-known for his legendary days as a member of the Oakland Raiders — a Hall of Fame caliber career that included 15 years in the NFL, more than 27,000 yards and 194 touchdowns.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Ultimate Collection hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Ultimate Collection in this latest episode of Box Busters.

2016 Topps baseball cards: New approach is apparent with first look at set

Topps released the basics and even more images for 2016 Topps baseball card set on Friday, and it’s clear that the forthcoming release of the hobby’s longest-running and most-popular brand is a departure from the norm.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Prestige football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Prestige in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Panini revives baseball brand with 2015 Contenders coming in October

With a college license in hand, Panini America is reviving a popular brand from the past with the NCAA logos at the forefront.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose … sometimes you get Peanuts Lowrey

It’s no secret to most of us that the online world has changed how we collect our cardboard.

Topps offers a behind-the-scenes look at process of making our trading cards

Ever wondered the steps that go into making trading cards? Topps offers a glimpse …

Topps adds another variable to wall art … autographs

A dozen new pieces with six new signers are now available on wall art found only on Topps.com with a selection of rookies and legends all found on 10-by-14 pieces in the style of past Bowman and Museum Collection cards.

Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Chrome WWE

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of 2015 Topps WWE Chrome blaster boxes in this latest Ripping Retail video.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1991 Topps baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Topps in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

First look: 2016 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

Topps’ latest reveal for a 2016 baseball product is one that’s clearly aimed at kids — with the hopes that the collecting bug will stick.

Your Turn: Who’s your Rookie of the Year?

Your next issue of Beckett Baseball will examine 10 notable rookies from this season, and, as part of the issue. we’re curious who your picks for the American League and National League Rookie of the Year winners might be. Tell us in our polls (or the comments) below …

Box Busters Retro: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he turns back the clock three years to rip a box of 2012 Panini Cooperstown in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

Changing places: Trades are part of collecting life

Trades are a part of the life for some players as they come and go, working their way through their paths called careers with a hopeful final destination — beyond the stat sheets and databases — being Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.