Category Archives: Beckett 20 Questions

Beckett 20 Questions on … having fun in the hobby

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The sports card world of just 20 years ago was immensely different from today, but one thing is the same for many collectors.

They just want to have fun with their hobby … right?

Defining “fun” will vary from person to person (see our Your Turn post’s comments section for examples) and we know that. One example of fun from back then was a Michael Jordan baseball card — his time as a minor-league player sold a lot of cardboard and it was fun to chase them simply because they were different and there were plenty available. And one brand of baseball cards back then was Upper Deck‘s Fun Pack, a kid-focused line that ultimately didn’t last.

It’s curious that it didn’t — there were surely a lot more kids (and others) buying cards then — but it does reinforce today’s manufacturing challenge of trying to decide what works and what doesn’t for collectors.  Kid-focused sets still exist, but that word fun remains hard to define when it comes to cards.

Despite this, we’re exploring the subject of fun and cardboard right here, right now in our latest 20 Questions. Tell us what you think on each one — and tell us more in the comments if you must.

1. Are you having fun in today's hobby?

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2. Which of these best describes you?

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20 Questions on … USA Baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We’ve recently seen the arrival of just the second standalone USA Baseball product in packs — 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes from Panini America — and we’ve seen the big-league arrivals of three notable USA Baseball players in Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Carlos Rodon.

With the July issue of Beckett Baseball being prepared right now — one focusing heavily on the Red, White and Blue of cardboard — we also figured that now might be a good time for a USA-focused edition of 20 Questions.

From the early days to the modern day, there seems to be a little bit of everything for everyone possible with a USA Baseball collection. Tell us what you think and test your knowledge with the questions below …

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1. Which of these players was in the 1985 Topps USA Baseball subset.

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2. Which of these brands included 1988 USA Baseball players besides the Topps Traded set?

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Five questions on … Superfractors

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They’ve been the source of some of the biggest sales of modern cardboard in hobby history that don’t include a cut signature or a piece of game-used memorabilia. They’re the most sought-after of all the colors in the Bowman Chrome rainbow.

They’re Superfractors.

With the arrival of 2015 Bowman today, we have a new batch of Supers that the Chromies are chasing — both signed and unsigned. That got us curious about your thoughts on Superfractors — tell us what you think below.

How important is the Bowman Chrome Superfractor to the hobby?

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Do you own any Superfractors?

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Beckett 20 Questions on … rookies and prospects

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As we all eagerly await the arrival of baseball’s Next Big Thing, Kris Bryant, we figured now is the time to look at the hot rookies and prospects of the last few years — and maybe a few even older than that.

It’s a chance to put the hype surrounding Bryant in perspective and allow collectors a chance to tell us what they think about rookies and prospects.

Here is your latest batch of 20 Questions … tell us what you think in the comments below, too.

1. Which recent-year phenom is best in your opinion?

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2. Which recent-year phenom is worst in your opinion?

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20 Questions on … Topps Heritage baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

You know, like bubble gum-damaged cards made on purpose.

With all that talk about Heritage, we figured now’s the time for a new edition of 20 Questions … all about Heritage.

1. Are you a fan of Topps Heritage?

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2. When did you first discover Topps Heritage?

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Beckett 20 Questions on … a bit of everything

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a busy time of year with a new wave of baseball coming, the Super Bowl on tap and plenty of new cardboard arrivals.

For this latest edition of 20 Questions, we’re tackling, well, a little bit of everything. Tell us what you think below …

1. What percentage of your cards do you buy at auction?

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2. Which of these auction platforms do you use most?

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Beckett 20 Questions: Retro sets & vintage cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A new year is nearly here, meaning we’ll get a fresh start at new cardboard soon — or you can continue to revisit the past if that’s your thing.

With plenty of popular retro brands, there are plenty of new options to revisit the old, and we want to ring in the new year with 20 Questions on both pieces of this collecting puzzle.

1. Did you buy more or less new wax in 2014 than in the past?

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2. Did you buy more or less vintage (pre-1980) cardboard in 2014?

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Beckett 20 Questions on … group breaks & rookies

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will explore two subjects in one — and they are two subjects that are among the most-talked-about in today’s hobby.

One is group-breaking and the other is rookies.

In the issue, we’ll take a look at 10 of the hottest rookies of the past year in a few sports — and we’ll also take a look at 50 breakers as well as the trend itself.

As part of this package, we have another edition of 20 Questions where we want your input on it all.

1. Have you participated in a group break?

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2. Do you plan to participate in a group break?

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Beckett 20 questions on … MLB prospects

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The next issue of Beckett Baseball is all about our top prospects for 2015, so this edition of 20 Questions is all about prospects. (Don’t worry if that’s not your thing — we snuck in a few rookie, licensing and Draft questions, too.)

Give us your assessment of MLB’s prospecting crop with our 20 Questions below and feel free to leave any comments if necessary.

1. Which of these prospects is your No. 1 in 2015?

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2. Will you be buying more or less prospect-based products in the coming year?

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Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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2. Pick one: Sticker auto or no auto.

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Beckett 20 Questions … on the World Series

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The World Series all comes down to one game on Wednesday night — the winner take all in Game 7.

In our latest 20 Questions, we want your assessment of the best from the two teams this season — the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals and to hear your take on the bests in their histories, too.

1. Which team do you think is more collectable?

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2. Which team do you personally like more?

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20 Questions: College autos & disgraced stars

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a busy time in the sports world as nearly all of the major sports are playing — and it’s just as busy of a year with headlines away from the field impacting collectables, too.

We want to know what you think of it all for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Check out our latest 20 Questions below and offer any extra comments if you feel the need.

1. Which sport are you collecting most these days?

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2. Do you feel active college athletes should be able to sign autographs for money?

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