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Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.
But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.
1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Since its high-end arrival earlier this month, 2012 Topps Five Star — the most expensive pack of Topps baseball cards ever made — has been one that’s generated more drool, more talk and more debate than most products this year.
While the initial wave of cards has been priced (click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG), the impact of this one arguably may not be known for some time. Could it spark more high-end to come? Could a flood of rarities now equal genuine scarcity later? Or, could it be a one-time experiment? Only time will tell.
For now — and for the next issue of Beckett Baseball where we’ll take a look at more from Five Star — here are 20 questions about the $500-per-pack product that we want to hear your answers for. How would you grade it? What did you like? What did you not like? Give us your take on each question — or add a comment if you want at the end.
1. Did you buy any 2012 Topps Five Star wax?
See the remaining questions after the jump.
Posted on November 13, 2012 – 3:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The auction block has changed you.
Whether it’s eBay or an auction house with sales you don’t have to attend in-person, the auction block has probably shaped more collections than we can imagine. That card you finally tracked down on eBay? You may not even be the second owner. That 1969 Topps set you finally finished? Hundreds of those cards could have changed hands many times — sometimes possibly at auction. (Oh, and we won’t even dwell on all you wax-busting burgeoning auctioneers … )
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re looking at auctions — some of the cool (and weird) stuff sold, some of the notable dealers and more As part of that package, our new tradition of 20 Questions will be included — tell us what you think, starting below and with a comment if you need to, too.
1. Which of these sales is real?
2. How vital have auctions been to your collection?
Posted on October 30, 2012 – 10:49 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
The NBA season tips off tonight with three games that will inevitably restart the fires with a few collectors and perhaps prompt a few others if there are any surprises.
But we’re not waiting for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Cleveland for the season to begin. We’ve got 20 questions about basketball and basketball cards that we’re curious to see how you, the collectors, answer.
Some are for fun, some are more serious … if you have more to say about the NBA these days — or collecting, of course — you can let us know in the comments below.
1. Do you collect basketball?
2. Where would you rank NBA cards among the Big Four (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA)?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 23, 2012 – 12:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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There isn’t just one type of collector, and that’s crystal clear when you talk to people in the hobby.
Some people collect for fun. Some people collect for profit. Some people just collect to collect. Now just imagine trying to make a card set that would please everyone. (Actually, don’t … it’s not possible.)
To see where many of you stand on the world of baseball cards, here are 20 questions — some serious, some not — that we’re curious to see how you answer. We’ll publish the results in the next issue of Beckett Baseball along with some quips if you have more to say in the comments.
1. What type of baseball collector are you?
2. What type of card do you like best?
See the rest of the questions after the jump …
Posted on October 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.
From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.
Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.
1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?
2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?
Posted on September 8, 2012 – 7:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We’re prepping this year’s Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly soon and one thing is clear.
Rookie Cards reign in the hobby.
Whether it’s vintage firsts or modern-day rarities, RCs seem to demand our attention the most — so much so it can defy logic at times. Want a fresh sign of that? Panini America started selling Rated Rookie t-shirts last night — a rookie brand is now a clothing line.
When it comes to RCs, though, there are plenty of unclear areas, too. There are also many a personal definition for what is and what isn’t an RC and there are plenty of prospecting products that just make those personal tastes even harder to define.
We want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to Rookie Cards. Here, we present 20 rookie-focused questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answer on. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the issue after we see the results.
1. After six years, do you feel the Rookie Card logo is working in MLB?
See the rest … after the jump.