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Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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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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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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?