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Category Archives: Baseball

At the National: Busting packs with Jobu and other NSCC superstars at the ballpark

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds took Jobu and a few of his friends to the ballpark on Friday night and you can find them all in his Cleveland-focused and National Sports Collectors Convention-only packs ripped in the stands of Progressive Field after a dominating 12-2 Indians win over the Texas Rangers.

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler and Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as they rip into a box of the not-even-out yet 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Beckett Media Super Break

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he introduces the Beckett Media Super Break box — a collaboration repack product –along with Super Break’s Scott Allen. They present a box to a random collector at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

On the breaker beat at the NSCC — five basics we should know

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum.  The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.

The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned.  The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.

The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.

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Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.

From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.

We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.

Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.

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The National remains the show of all sports shows

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

CLEVELAND | Merely walking the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention is an experience of its own.

Turn one direction and you can be greeted by the movers and shakers of the hobby — hobnob with hobby veterans and hobby newcomers alike all with a shared interest in cardboard no matter which decade they might specialize in.

Turn one way, particularly at this year’s show at the IX Center and you can see an entire online community specializing in shredding, consuming today’s finest products at break-neck rates. Turn the other and you’ll see focused, intent collectors with notebooks and paper checklists seeking to complete a perhaps decade-old pursuit of completing a set from decades ago.

Then, of course, you’ll see what you would have never imagined finding.

And that’s the charm.

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a box of 2014 Bowman Platinum with Topps’ Marc Stephens after its debut.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Kris Bryant BGS 10 highlights huge grading day at The National

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CLEVELAND | A spectacular Kris Bryant BGS 10 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos Red Refractor highlighted a tremendous first day of Beckett grading at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Grading Services Director Jeromy Murray said Thursday’s grading total set a Beckett record for the first day of a National show.

“We’re seeing a surprising amount of LeBrons and Manziels – including many cards that might not have been graded a few weeks ago,” Murray said.

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Topps Mini baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a 2014 Topps Mini box.

What will he and his special guest find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Covers cards: Get ‘em while you can at the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered — and it all starts today.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention can revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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Playing Favorites at the NSCC … Part 1

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Chatter Up veterans Richard and Melissa Hardy are attending their first National Sports Collectors Convention and caught up with Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds to talk about their favorites and more before a session of Pack Wars on the show floor.

Look for more Playing Favorites videos during the show.

Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame …

Look for a behind-the-scenes story about how the Hall’s plaques are made in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

MUSICAL MEMORIES: Golden Age retail exclusives capture collector attention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Each and every blaster box of this year’s Golden Age baseball card set from Panini America includes a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and it’s likely from one of several icons found in the product’s Legends of Music set.

There are four performers in the eight-card set — Hank Williams, Liberace, Joey Ramone and Willie Nelson — and all but Ramone appear on more than one card.

Some of Nelson’s three cards feature swatches from his famous red bandanas (but not all), while the others have swatches from clothing pieces purchased at auction.

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Bat barrel nameplates: The sweetest spot of game-used lumber and rarest of bat cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

There’s just one spot on a game-used baseball bat that says it all — and it makes for some of the most-impressive game-used cards possible.

It’s the nameplate on a bat barrel, that sweet spot of real estate on a slugger’s most-vital weapon when it comes to success in the national pastime. Aside from perhaps the bat knob, which can sometimes make for prime cards with personal touches that stand out, the barrel is, without question, the best piece of a bat to make cardboard.

And they are some of the rarest cards around, too.

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Baseball’s greats in Cooperstown are focus of latest Topps wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time to take a trip to Cooperstown.

With Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, Topps‘ latest offering of wall art is one that puts the spotlight on 20 of the best players in the history of the game — it’s the Metal Cut Collection. It’s also a first for the new series of online art offerings in that these will come not only printed on metal but also diecut using the style of 1972 Topps — just without the borders.

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Upper Deck Adds More Exclusive Autographs to National Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.

Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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First look: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Donruss is back — again.

Panini America is readying a second series of Donruss baseball cards in the year of its return to the baseball field and it will arrive soon — Aug. 6 to be exact.

Series 2 will include two autographs per box as well as a Bat King or a Jersey King memorabilia card along with a selection of inserts and base cards capping the first release.

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Box Busters Live — A break in the Steel City Collectibles 100-box giveaway (watch the replay + win our Major League movie auto)

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.

Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.

How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.

He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.