Author Archives: chrisolds

Topps’ 1951 Tribute includes Berger, top stars

Topps recently lost a pioneer in former executive Sy Berger, who helped create the famed 1952 Topps set. Now, collectors can get him on a new card as part of the 1951 Sy Berger Tribute Collection, an offering in Topps’ wall art series.

First Look: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor One of Panini America‘s core non-sports brands, Americana, is back after a three-year hiatus. Set to arrive on April 8, the sixth edition of the non-sports line is back to its original roots with celebrities the main thrust of a brand that will have four hits […]

Topps adds gaming exec Steven Chiang to board

Topps’ commitment to the digital world took another step Monday as it announced the hiring of Steven Chiang, a long-time video- and social-gaming executive, who was was named to the company’s board of directors.

Baseball loses a legend: Ernie Banks dies at 83

“Mr. Cub” is now undoubtedly playing two.

First Look: 2015 Donruss baseball cards

Donruss is back for 2015, too.

First Look: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

Topps’ run with Allen & Ginter baseball cards turns 10 this season and the company isn’t holding much back when it comes to the unusual inclusions that have made the brand a staple.

Kolek, Schwarber are Heritage mystery redemptions

Two mysteries from last year’s Topps Heritage Minors baseball card set have been solved.

The Deflategate Football Card of the Day™ is …

Tell us what you think of the card in the comments below …

Top 5: Early Max Scherzer cards to own

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary Baseball’s $210-million man officially has his contract — and his baseball cards remain affordable. Max Scherzer’s deal with the Washington Nationals will last seven years. In seven big-league seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers, Scherzer has gone 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA and 1,321 strikeouts in […]

Top 5: Triple H cards that will make you cry

Before you shed a single tear about “the moment” that has inspired some extra attention on the WWE’s biggest bad guy, check out this selection of cardboard … five Triple H cards that will make you cry.

BGS Diary: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” Randy Savage … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary For the last few months, I’ve submitted five 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 […]

First pitches are first surprises in 2015 Topps

The Dude and a seven-nation army might be impressed.

First Look: The 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball checklist

Topps released the checklist for it 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball card set today, which arrives on Feb. 6.

Beckett By the Numbers: Martin Luther King Jr.

How many cut autographs — or for that matter how many trading cards — does Martin Luther King Jr. appear on?

Beckett Media is hiring

Get your resume ready. Beckett Media is hiring full-time staff members — both in its Dallas office and in regional locations throughout the United States.

Sunday Conversation: BlowoutTV’s Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas is the Director of Retail Operations for BlowoutCards’ The Fantastic Store as well as a host on BlowoutTV, the group-breaks division of the Internet superseller.

First Look: 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

Once again, Topps will let many minor leaguers make their pro debut in Pro Debut

First Look: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards

One box, five hits — that’s the Bowman Inception model for this year.

Topps brings Tek technology to wall art line

Topps’ latest line of wall art is one that a few collectors might appreciate as the company’s popular 2014 Topps High Tek brand has gotten the jumbo treatment.

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck USA Football

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

The List: Vintage Dealers to Know

Vintage cardboard is the foundation today’s hobby was built on, and the high-graded specimens of the past are continuously redefining the stratosphere when it comes to dominating sales of single cards.

Box Busters: 2014-15 SP Game-used Edition hockey

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

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Sterling in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into a box of 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Top 5: Top “Macho Man” Randy Savage cards to own

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is headed to the WWE Hall of Fame on March 28 — nearly four years after his death from a heart attack at age 58 — the company officially announced Monday night during Raw.

Your Turn: How vital is vintage in today’s hobby?

Tell us … how important is vintage in today’s hobby?

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Court Kings

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into a box of 2014-15 Panini Court Kings in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Five Star baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into a box of 2014 Topps Five Star in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Leaf Originals arrives with many new signers

You might know their names or faces if you’re not a wrestling fan, but even if you are a fan you probably don’t know their autographed cards that well. Why? Because they’ve never had one.

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Contenders football

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