Author Archives: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 7:28 pm Author: chrisolds

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)

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 9:54 am Author: chrisolds

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

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

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 8:42 am Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 30, 2015 – 1:19 pm Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 30, 2015 – 1:26 am Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 7:40 pm Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 2:56 pm Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 2:15 pm Author: chrisolds

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)

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 8:27 pm Author: chrisolds

  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

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 4:50 pm Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 11:26 am Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 11:16 am Author: chrisolds

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

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 11:10 am Author: chrisolds

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.

Beckett Auctions lands Strasburg Superfractor

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 10:28 am Author: chrisolds

The 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor is headed to the auction block one more time — this time it’s via Beckett Auctions.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Excalibur basketball

Posted on July 27, 2015 – 4:25 pm Author: chrisolds

Join Beckett Basketball’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into premium boxes of 2014-15 Panini Excalibur in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Cooperstown baseball

Posted on July 27, 2015 – 4:16 pm Author: chrisolds

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

Oyo Sportstoys heads to national with new figures

Posted on July 27, 2015 – 12:57 pm Author: chrisolds

Oyo SportsToys hopes it can build a little fun into the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Your Turn: Who’s your favorite Hall of Famer?

Posted on July 25, 2015 – 3:30 pm Author: chrisolds

Who’s your favorite Hall of Famer?

To rip or not to rip … that is the Ginter question

Posted on July 24, 2015 – 6:03 pm Author: chrisolds

Do you rip it? Do you dare to tear?

Ryan Cracknell joins Beckett Media team

Posted on July 24, 2015 – 6:00 pm Author: chrisolds

Beckett Media welcomes a major addition to its collectibles team with the hiring of Online Hobby Editor Ryan Cracknell, who will produce hobby-related content for Beckett.com as well as some of its print titles.

2015 Topps Strata baseball cards

Posted on July 23, 2015 – 4:43 pm Author: chrisolds

2015 Topps Strata Baseball marks the first time the shadowbox-heavy line has been a standalone set for the sport. Boxes have an autograph and a relic.

Topps reveals Ginter buyback auto list

Posted on July 23, 2015 – 12:52 pm Author: chrisolds

This year’s edition of Topps’ popular Allen & Ginter line is the 10th version of the retro-styled brand and one of the inclusions in this year’s product that makes it stand out is something we’ve seen before.

Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

Posted on July 22, 2015 – 9:56 pm Author: chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

NSCC Notebook: What’s in store at the National?

Posted on July 21, 2015 – 12:01 pm Author: chrisolds

The National Sports Collectors Convention is about a week away … here’s a rundown of some of the promotional events planned for the biggest show for sports cards and memorabilia.

Topps Vault adds signed memorabilia to lineup

Posted on July 20, 2015 – 2:53 pm Author: chrisolds

For more than a decade, the Topps Vault program has helped get behind-the-scenes collectibles from the making of our collectibles into collectors’ hands.

Box Busters Retro: 2006 Playoff Contenders football cards

Posted on July 20, 2015 – 2:39 pm Author: chrisolds

Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 2006 Playoff Contenders cards in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

Kris Bryant signs with Fanatics Authentic

Posted on July 18, 2015 – 3:17 pm Author: chrisolds

MLB’s biggest rookie has a new home.

BGS Diary (July): Digging vintage, Kris Bryant, ‘Eight Men Out,’ minis and The Dude

Posted on July 17, 2015 – 9:33 pm Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary 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. Here […]

Topps commemorates Todd Frazier’s Home Run Derby win, Mike Trout’s All-Star MVP

Posted on July 17, 2015 – 12:35 pm Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor The Derby champ and the MVP are now noted on cardboard. Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier was the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Champ and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was The Midsummer Classic’s MVP and Topps has commemorated both with a three-piece wall art offering released […]

Who’s your top NFL rookie this year? Tell us & win

Posted on July 17, 2015 – 9:59 am Author: chrisolds

Tell us who will be the NFL’s top rookie this season and we’ll award two of you a box and album of the new Panini stickers.

Beckett Auctions’ Boys of Summer sale ends Sunday

Posted on July 17, 2015 – 9:14 am Author: chrisolds

Beckett Auctions is set to close its “Boys of Summer” Auction on Sunday. There are several amazing items showcased this month and, as always, there is something available for everyone. Baseball collectors will love this beautiful Cooperstown Hall of Fame bat containing more than 45 autographs, including legends like Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and Nolan Ryan. […]

Photo of the Day: Olbermann’s Ferrell collection

Posted on July 16, 2015 – 8:31 pm Author: chrisolds

It’s not a shock, is it? Noted collector Keith Olbermann recently showed off his Will Ferrell autograph collection.

Box Busters: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards

Posted on July 16, 2015 – 3:22 pm Author: chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Bowman Inception in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards

Posted on July 14, 2015 – 10:00 pm Author: chrisolds

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Beckett 20 Questions on … college cardboard

Posted on July 14, 2015 – 1:19 pm Author: chrisolds

School ties are seemingly everywhere on cardboard from the past and present. Now they’re the focus here for our latest 20 Questions …