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Posted on November 22, 2013 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Baseball Card Exchange, Collecting USA, Reed Kasaoka | Comments (1)
The following is an excerpt — and also some extra info — from the upcoming Collecting USA issue in Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which arrives in hobby shops next month.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Imagine your job is to get in a Ryder truck and drive from city to city to examine card collections, make offers, buy cards and load the truck for your next stop. Mile markers, highways, iTunes and baseball cards are your best friends for days on end — if you’re even sure what day it is.
That’s the job of Reed Kasaoka, the buyer for Baseball Card Exchange, a leading dealer of vintage wax in the hobby.
He’s spent a decade on the road as a buyer and he’s seen plenty of collections, loaded plenty of trucks and more.
We caught up with him in the midst of a five-day road trip for this Q&A about his days of helping people “collect USA” while traveling the USA, too.
Q: You travel the U.S. buying cards, putting in thousands of miles a year in a Ryder truck. Any idea how many other people in the industry do what you do?
A: I think I’m the only person in the hobby whose full-time job is to travel and buy cards. Any dealer would gladly jump in a truck to pick up a significant collection, but once they get back to their office, that’s when the real work begins. They have to unload the truck, process and sort the collection, price each item, find ways to market to the public or other dealers, pack and ship orders, and do all the paperwork. I’m lucky to have co-workers and a boss who take care of all these steps, freeing me up to just concentrate on buying cards.
Q: Have you ever logged how many miles you have done in a year? What’s the longest stretch of days on the road you have done? And how many years have you done this now?
A: I’ve been a dealer since I was 14, but didn’t start traveling extensively until May 2004, when I moved from Hawaii to Buffalo, N.Y. I’m not sure of actual miles I drive each year on the road, but 2013 has been the busiest year of my career, and I’ll log about 35,000 miles this year. The longest trip was in the Summer of 2006. I drove from Buffalo to the National Convention in Anaheim, spending 32 days on the road covering 7,979 miles.
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Posted on November 21, 2013 – 1:47 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection, basketball, LeBron James, NBA, NCAA | Comments (3)
Beckett Basketball Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of 2012-13 Exquisite Collection. Check out her reaction to the big hit.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 11:40 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | basketball autographs, Bob Cousy, Inkredible, Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Nate Archibald, NBA, Tiny Archibald | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
BRONX, NY – The teens dribble across the John F. Kennedy High School court, one player after the other. Forward. Only with their left hands. Backward.
A man in sweats stands at the top of the key, overseeing the drill and offering feedback. He’s not the head coach or a school employee, just somebody who wants to give back. He also happens to be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and NBA’s Top 50 team, New York City’s own Nate “Tiny” Archibald.
Archibald, one of the quickest and hardest players to defend in his day, remains the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season, 1972-73.
Archibald could easily be stalking the sidelines of an NBA team somewhere, coaching in the pros or being a special assistant to someone with a big title.
But that’s not where the 65-year-old wants to be. No, he’d rather attend high school and college basketball games around the city.
Posted on November 20, 2013 – 2:57 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Pro Wrestling | 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes, Breast Cancer Awareness, Damian Lillard, Johnny Bench, Leaf Trading Cards, Olympics, Pete Rose, pink ribbons, Ric Flair, Victor Oladipo | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Leaf is taking the fight against breast cancer onto cards in 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes with Pink Ribbon Inscriptions. Leaf is also making a donation to a breast cancer charity in conjunction with the subset, according to Leaf’s Brian Gray.
The autograph inscription cards will feature people such as Ric Flair, Damian Lillard and Pete Rose. But the inscriptions are what really stand out.
Ric Flair is not just throwing his support behind the fight against breast cancer, but doing so in a way that should get noticed.
His inscription reads: “Save the Boobies”
Posted on November 20, 2013 – 8:27 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2012-13 Exquisite Basketball, LeBron James, Upper Deck | Comments (9)
One of the 16-autograph booklet cards from 2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite has popped up on eBay on the first day of release.
It’s 16 autographs of LeBron James on one card.
Posted on November 15, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Multisport, Racing | 42, @RGIII, All-Star Dealers, Beckett Updates, Beckett Yearbook, Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, Danica Patrick, David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera, NAR!, nfl, NHL Draft, NHL rookies, soccer, Stan Musial, Topps, World Series, Yasiel Puig | Comments (3)
The year isn’t over yet, but the calendar year for Beckett Media‘s five sports card titles is — and that means it’s time for a new addition.
Joining the Beckett lineup beginning in December will be the Beckett Yearbook, a full-color look at the Best of 2013 — the most-interesting, most-notable and most-important stories found in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball this year.
Arriving in early December in hobby shops and then on newsstands in the middle of the month, Beckett Yearbook will pack 128 pages of nothing but stories about sports cards and memorabilia from Beckett Media’s editors as well as other contributors this past year. World Series champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox graces the magazine’s front cover, while Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck gets the nod on the back.
The cover price for this special issue is $9.99.
Posted on November 14, 2013 – 11:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball | Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Mariano Rivera, mike trout, Steiner Sports | Comments (0)
Just because Mariano Rivera retired from baseball doesn’t mean he’s not going to stay out of the spotlight just yet.
Rivera, the long-time New York Yankees closer, has teamed Steiner Sports Memorabilia for an auction to raise money for a charitable foundation.
However, it’s not just Rivera’s game-used gear collectors can find. Rivera spoke to a number of athletes to have them donate items including Ichiro, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Gaming, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Media survey, Beckett Updates | Comments (12)
Please help us learn about your collecting habits by taking this 18-question survey.
1. Where do you buy trading cards (pick all that apply)
2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook chat | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Thanks to Upper Deck for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.
Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.
If you can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 11:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 50 cards, 50 states, Alabama, Bear Bryant, Nick Saban | Comments (13)
It seemed like a simple idea — pick a sports card that is symbolic for each of the 50 states, a star who is known as the best of the best for that area when it comes to collecting.
It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. Do you choose who is most collectable? Most memorable? Who comes to mind first? You know, it’s pretty hard picking cardboard icons.
Take Alabama, for example. Do you pick a coaching icon who still defines plenty in the football-crazed state — a Paul “Bear” Bryant? Or do you pick his modern-day equivalent in Nick Saban? Or do you pick one of the Crimson Tide’s star players – a list that includes a who’s who of NFL greats such as Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ken Stabler, Ozzie Newsome, Don Hutson, John Hannah, Dwight Stephenson, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, Shaun Alexander … and that’s just pre-Saban. (And that’s just the Crimson Tide.) Or, do you look at Bo Jackson or Frank Thomas at Auburn? Or maybe Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige and many others who don’t have school ties — but are all-time greats and from the state?
For the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Collecting USA Issue, we’ll present our picks for a card representing every state. But, for now, it’s your turn to choose right here — pick from the greatest (focus on sports with cardboard) athletes with ties to each of the 50 states.
Picking a cool or memorable card after you pick a player? Well, that’s another story.
Make your picks … after the jump. (And be sure to add any comments you may have below, too.)