Author Archives: chrisolds

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.

Heritage gets jumbo treatment as Topps wall art

One day after its release, 2015 Topps Heritage is going big-time.

20 Questions on … Topps Heritage baseball cards

The annual trip down Memory Lane to the past is here with the arrival of this year’s Topps Heritage and we’ve seen plenty of reactions to some of the surprises found inside.

Box Busters Preview: 2015 Topps Heritage + links

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into two boxes of 2015 Topps Heritage in this Box Busters Preview video.

Topps puts bubble gum back in packs … sort of

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor Collectors ripping into packs of 2015 Topps Heritage today will have a chance to find something they haven’t found in packs of baseball cards in some time. Bubble gum. Well, sort of. Topps has created “gum damage” versions of cards in the set where an area of white […]

Get your NFL Draft Preview now

Beckett Media’s 2015 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW magazine has everything you need to impress your friends April 30-May 2.

Card Gallery: Babe Ruth in 2015 Diamond Kings

Babe Ruth’s presence in 2015 Diamond Kings will be simply Ruthian when it arrives in April, and Panini America has teased some of its plans for the baseball legend’s inclusion in the product.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Mini Chrome football

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

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Star Wars Rebels

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Star Wars Rebels in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps WWE + win our kiss card

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

Box Busters: 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

BGS Diary Predictor (March): What will he submit?

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests … start here

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Advance tickets for National on sale today

If you’re Chicago-bound for the National Sports Collectors Convention, then now’s the time.

Panini readies Donruss wrapper redemption

If you’ve opened boxes of 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards, save those wrappers.

Visual Guide: 2015 Topps Heritage variations (updated)

This year’s Topps Heritage officially arrives on Wednesday with three types of variations for collectors to chase — throwback uniforms, action images and color swaps.

Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso dies at 89

Orestes “Minnie” Minoso, who might be best-remembered as the first black player on the Chicago White Sox and a player who played in an MLB game in five different decades, died Sunday. He was 89.

Sunday Conversation: Topps’ Jeff Heckman

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor Jeff Heckman is a manager of marketing and development for Topps Digital, which helps bring all of the company’s offerings to life via Topps.com. He’s also the subject of this week’s Sunday Conversation. — Q: We last caught up with you last summer for the Beckett Sports Card […]