Posted on June 24, 2014 – 12:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
There’s plenty going on in baseball, so we’ll keep this edition of 20 Questions short and to the point.
1. Which of these hitters with Rookie Cards from the last 35 years or so would you buy first?
2. Which of these 1983 RCs would you buy first?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click “more” to see the rest.)
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Posted on June 12, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.
We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.
1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?
2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?
See the rest of our questions … after the jump.
Posted on May 21, 2014 – 11:54 am | Author: chrisolds
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It’s a busy time in the hobby with new products and new star making their mark with performances on the field.
Here’s the latest 20 Questions touching on a bit of all of it — check it out and tell us what you think with your answers and the comments below.
1. Do you want a Masahiro Tanaka autograph?
Check out the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on May 12, 2014 – 12:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
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When Johnny Manziel slid all the way to the 22nd pick in this year’s NFL Draft, some collectors had to wonder what was up with their red-hot pre-draft cards of Johnny Football.
Well, so far, they’re still hot — even though he’s headed to the quarterback blender called the Cleveland Browns.
Johnny Football’s story got us thinking about rookies who just couldn’t miss in the past — and many of those who did miss, too. We’re curious as to what you’re thinking about Manziel and more about rookies of today and yesterday.
Here are our latest 20 Questions …
1. Would you put your money into a Johnny Manziel autograph?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click on “read more.”)
Posted on April 28, 2014 – 12:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Jose Abreu just might be this year’s Yasiel Puig when it comes to cardboard.
Or, do we ask … is he better?
The Chicago White Sox slugger’s first month in Major League Baseball isn’t even over and he’s already staked a claim to a pair of rookie records. His 10 home runs lead MLB and is the best mark for a rookie for the month. His 31-RBI total, which he reached on Sunday, topped the rookie mark set by a past hobby power, Albert Pujols, in 2001.
Puig, of course, set the hobby ablaze with the Dodgers last year in his first season since leaving Cuba and Abreu is just the latest star from the baseball-focused country.
What do you think of Abreu’s hot start? How well do you know your Cuban baseball? Let us know in the comments below and take a look at our latest installment of 20 Questions.
1. How would you grade Jose Abreu's first month in MLB?
See the rest of the questions about Abreu and other greats from Cuba … after the jump.
Posted on April 16, 2014 – 2:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Plenty of metaphors and cliches get tossed around when it comes to the sports world, and many of them parallel military action — referring to our pastimes as battles, combat and so much more.
For some players on the field in the past and present, the comparisons might be ironic as there are many sports stars who also served in the military or have military ties of some sort. There are far more out there than Pat Tillman, Roger Staubach or David Robinson. We see it on our cardboard and collectibles from time to time — enough that we’ve opted to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to exploring what’s out there for the niche and one that those collectors serving in the military might find interesting, too.
Heck, even virtual collectibles like Topps‘ Bunt cards found in virtual packs on its popular app have military subsets. There, it’s a 10-card Hall of Fame Heroes set that notes Hall of Famers’ military service, including Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams. It seems the military nods — whether its camo parallels or cards from military backed athletes or events — are everywhere.
As part of the issue, we want to hear what you think of a few things when it comes to creative cards and more with a new set of 20 Questions … after the jump.
Posted on March 12, 2014 – 1:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
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RELATED: What’s your favorite error or variation card? Tell us here …
It’s no secret which sports card most people think of when one says “error card” — it’s the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken.
However, there are many errors and variations found on cardboard for all sports through the years beyond those caused by a moment of bad judgment and a renegade marker – enough that we figured we’d try and take a look at the subject in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
These days where the print runs are much shorter, most variations are made on purpose as intentional nods to the past such as those found in the Topps Heritage baseball set arriving this week. Others these days are made to add a chase or some added challenges to building a set, while a smaller few are mistakes that get fixed for whatever reason. It seems that baseball sets have had the most corrections by far through the years, but the gremlins have struck in all sports and even some non-sports releases.
Then, of course, there are the Honus Wagners (T206) and Alex Gordons (2006 Topps) of the world — cards that were made and then removed, sparking interest in those cards that should not be. For this issue, we’re curious about your feelings about some of these approaches and which types of errors made in the past are the most appealing as a collector. Here are our latest 20 Questions — and the results will appear in the upcoming issue.
1. Do you think the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken card is the most-famous error card in hobby history?
2. Do you actively hunt errors and/or variations as a collector?
See the rest of the questions about errors and variations … after the jump.
Posted on February 14, 2014 – 2:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly
It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.
Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.
Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.
For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?
2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
That might be the best way to describe the sports card landscape and collecting habits these days. The sports that the most people like get the most attention and the most products — and that means that more people probably will own the key cards compared to some of the “other” sports that aren’t the Big Four of baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
And that might be the key to future potential — the oddball stuff of today could be much tougher to find tomorrow if there’s somehow more interest to be seen in sports that aren’t king on cardboard right now. While many a prospector is ripping case after case of the chromed-out stuff, there are far fewer likely buying soccer, wrestling and Olympic brands. There have to be far fewer autographs of some of the “other” sports’ biggest names — you know, the sports that don’t have 20-some products released each year. It’s a compelling thought as tastes always seem to change — just like the stars in the sports world.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at some of those other sports. As part of “The Others Issue” we’ll showcase your thoughts on this — and more. Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below — only after you respond to our latest 20 Questions.
1. Have you bought sports cards that are not from baseball, football, basketball or hockey?
2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?
Posted on December 31, 2013 – 3:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
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It’s the dead of winter, but we’re less than a month away from the arrival of the first baseball card set of 2014 — and that also means that the first prospect cards (and spring training) aren’t far behind.
With the latest free agency moves not meaning all that much on cardboard, we figured now might be the time to focus an issue of Beckett Baseball on the cards that many collectors simply can’t get enough of — prospects.
As part of that one we want your take on the collecting landscape as part of our latest 20 Questions … this time all about prospects.
1. Who are your top five MLB prospects/newcomers to collect in 2014?
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.
We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)
1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?
2. How many autographs do you own?
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 23, 2013 – 3:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
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No intro, just questions … 20 Questions.
1. Do you consider yourself superstitious when it comes to collecting?
2. Which of these niches do you collect? (pick all that apply)
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking you behind the scenes inside some card companies to show you things you may not have seen before and talk shop with some people whose daily routines include helping your cardboard come to life.
As part of that, we’ll have our typical 20 Questions in the issue but, honestly, there may not be 20 questions that fit that concept — so instead we’re asking questions that take us behind the scenes in your minds.
Here are 20 questions asking what you think about collecting today as well as your collecting tastes and habits.
1. Where do you buy most of your wax boxes?
2. What type of collector are you?
Posted on October 1, 2013 – 1:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The regular season has come and gone with a few new faces, some surprises and plenty of cardboard.
That said, the baseball card season is far from done as the postseason begins and the World Series awaits, but it’s never too soon to look back at the year that was or to offer your take on what’s to come.
For the December issue of Beckett Baseball, we want to know what you think … by answering our latest 20 Questions.
1. Who do you think is the MLB Player of the Year on cardboard?
Posted on August 27, 2013 – 12:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
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If there’s one thing in the hobby that’s the most loathed and yet still misunderstood, it’s redemptions.
They’re a reality of today’s hobby structure of hard- and often-hitting boxes. They’re a reality of that combined with the fact that there are countless brands and several companies. They’re a reality and a product of a volume business making what formerly had been a bit less – a lot less? — of a commodity, autographs.
For an upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ve decided that we want to hear your take on redemptions. We want to see how you assess them in varying ways even though they are something that we probably all don’t like but all have to deal with.
Unless, of course, you can settle for fewer autographs …
1. Are you currently owed a card via a redemption?
1b. How many redemption cards are you waiting on?
Posted on August 13, 2013 – 1:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
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It’s no secret to many of those who buy, sell and collect that there’s one type of card that will outsell all the others no matter what happens to a player during or after his career.
It’s the Rookie Card.
We’ll take a look at RCs in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and, as part of that package, we want your take on some of the issues, trivia and more that entails Rookie Cards and collecting. Here are our latest 20 Questions …
1. Which major sport has the best Rookie Cards?
Posted on June 25, 2013 – 11:07 am | Author: chrisolds
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The annual SuperCollector showcase in Beckett Sports Card Monthly is coming and as a part of that special issue, we’re curious about some of your collecting habits.
Particularly, how you organize, store and display your collection.
What follows are the latest 20 Questions we have for readers here, and we’ll showcase your answers in the upcoming issue along with some tips on how to collect and some profiles of collectors you might have heard of — and more you have not.
1. Do you display your cards and memorabilia?
Posted on June 5, 2013 – 11:35 am | Author: chrisolds
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This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is less than two months away — set for July 31 to Aug. 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in suburban Chicago — and that means card companies and collectors already are preparing for the biggest cardboard showcase of the year.
We’re doing the same for The Show Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
As part of that issue, we want to know what you think of going to shows such as the NSCC as well as others. We want to know what you buy there, what makes you want to go and more. Check out our latest 20 Questions and tell us what you think — the results will appear in the issue, perhaps along with any comments you may have, too.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)
Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.
1. DId a family member get you into collecting?