Author Archives: chrisolds

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.

Mighty-affordable Micks: Five vintage Mickey Mantles that won’t break the bank

Mickey Mantle is one of the most-popular baseball players ever, and his prices on key cards reflect that even as we approach the 20-year anniversary of his death.

Box Busters: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP hockey cards

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck MVP in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014-15 UD Premier hockey cards

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

Ripping Retail Retro: 1993 Topps Series 1 baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1993 Topps Series 1 — home of the Derek Jeter Rookie Card — in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

Beckett 20 Questions on … vintage baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions … all about vintage baseball cards. — — —

Topps adds new MLB rookies to wall art line

Topps added seven new MLB rookies to its 2015 MLB Call-ups wall art line on Wednesday, a brand of 10- by 14-inch prints of their debut Bowman cards printed on quarter-inch acrylic for an added three-dimensional effect when placed onto a wall.

BGS Diary Predictor (Aug.): 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.

Topps reveals Finest Mystery Redemptions

Card No. 1 is Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Card No. 2 is Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson and card No. 3 is Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor.

Scenes From the Show: A massive NSCC image gallery

  Wander the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see things you wouldn’t imagine finding from both the past and the present. Here’s just one small sampling of items seen at the NSCC and some of the other related events. Check out more than 100 images after the jump.  — Chris Olds

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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

Ripping Retail: What’s inside a 1986-87 Fleer basketball pack?

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with a collector named Dylan to rip a pack of the iconic 1986-87 Fleer basketball set — home of the Michael Jordan Rookie Card.

My $123,750 Bud Selig autograph

One of my goals every time I set foot on the floor of a National Sports Collectors Convention is to find a single interesting item that could serve as a single memorable souvenir of the trip. It’s not that easy on a smaller budget or if you don’t have an organized want list, but I managed to do that in the final hours of the show.

Topps releases remaining NSCC sets online

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor If you missed the show of all shows, Topps has two show-only releases that you can still get — at least for a limited time. Three limited sets of 5-by-7 baseball cards — one featuring notable Chicago icons and the other featuring game’s biggest young stars on High […]

Competitive eating champ Matt Stonie coming to cardboard after NSCC appearance

Competitive eater and 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog champ Matt Stonie visited the National Sports Collectors Convention as a guest of Blowout Cards and landed a trading card deal before talking to Beckett Media’s Chris Olds.

Panini VIP Party creates moments before memorabilia

Each of them had the chance to create some moments with some of the biggest names in the sports world — and on this evening selfies and snapshots were clearly in demand. In fact, they were priceless.

BGS Vintage Challenge: Chris Olds

Frank Robinson is easily one of the most-overlooked Hall of Famers in terms of value and this is his third-year card. I’d argue that it’s undervalued from the start.

Panini adds Mike Tyson to VIP Party guest roster

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor He’s been the world heavyweight champ, had a Hangover, joined the WWE Hall of Fame, a man who forever changed video games and is “the baddest man on the planet.” But now Mike Tyson is a Panini America VIP Party guest. Tyson is the latest addition to a […]

First Look: 2016 Topps Tribute baseball cards

The first baseball card set revealed for 2016 is a high-end brand that was a bit of an enigma this year.

First look: 2015 Topps Vault Originals

An upcoming Topps baseball card set will go big while focusing on photography from the past.

John Smoltz, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar join Panini America VIP party guest list

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor One of the newest Baseball Hall of Famers, a hardcourt legend and two more young NBA stars have been added to the Panini America VIP Party guest list for Saturday night. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headline the latest batch […]

Scenes at the show: National Sports Collectors Convention (Friday)

You can find virtually anything at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Pete Rose, Ricky Williams among first Panini VIP Party guests revealed

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor A hit king and a gridiron legend will be among those on hand to meet guests at the Panini America VIP party in Chicago on Saturday during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend. Baseball’s career hits leader Pete Rose and former NFL and Texas Longhorns star Ricky Williams […]

At the National: Exploring Japanese baseball cards

Florida-based Prestige Collectibles is one of the more-unusual stops at the National Sports Collectors Convention and they sell nothing but Japanese baseball cards and memorabilia. Here’s a short interview with Robert Klevens (above) and a gallery of images below.  

Media break adds Chicago buzz + win Olds’ stuff

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. That’s how I’d describe the Media Break Wednesday evening at the National Sports Collectors Convention where I was among a panel of 10 media members — two from within the hobby and eight luminaries from […]

Ripping Panini America NSCC wrapper redemption packs with Tracy Hackler

Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds joins Panini America’s Tracy Hackler to rip some wrapper redemption packs from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Nickels turned into thousands via vintage wax

A visual tour of just some of the vintage wax boxes and packs at the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the NSCC. So much pocket change turned into thousands of dollars. Check it out …

Making a $100,000 case for vintage at the National

Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange talks about a vintage case — one that’s not as old as you might think — with a six-figure price tag at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

At the National … on Twitter (Tuesday)

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor The Show of all Shows began with a group-breaker evening Tuesday night inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., and that’s just one example of how there’s even more action online than ever before for the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Thanks to technology and group-breakers, […]

Dare to Tear: Ripping a 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card

Would you dare to tear? Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds rips his 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card in this tear-worthy Box Busters video.

Beckett Media, Beckett Grading focus on vintage at National Sports Collectors Convention

It seems that booth after booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention is lined with cardboard memories from the distant past of baseball cards and beyond, the era where the bubble gum was as vital as the statistics on the backs of former childhood treasures.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Clear Vision football cards

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

Box Busters: 2015 Panini NFL Sticker Collection

Join Beckett Football’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini NFL Sticker Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.