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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.
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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)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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.)
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
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 November 6, 2013 – 10:09 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball, Clyde Drexler, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA, Upper Deck | Comments (30)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
What’s better than pulling a card with a Michael Jordan autograph?
How about a card with 16 Michael Jordan autographs?
Upper Deck released images of 16-autograph booklets that will be in 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball. One of the booklets will have 16 autographs with players such as Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Bill Walton and Clyde Drexler.
However, the next two sneak peeks really intrigued collectors.
Posted on November 3, 2013 – 5:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo, 2013 Toronto Fall Expo, Fall Expo, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Panini America has revealed how collectors can get exclusive 2013 Toronto Fall Expo packs for next weekend’s show.
To get their hands on these packs, collectors have to bring an unopened box of select Panini products, and open them at the Panini booth. Depending on the products, collectors get anywhere from five to 20 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Fall Expo packs.
Panini has included cards of rookies from all four major sports numbered to 399, Cracked Ice parallels, Tools of the Trade memorabilia cards, Player Sketch Cards and plenty of autographed variations.
Posted on November 1, 2013 – 9:36 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | Damian Lillard, Damian Lillard wrapper redemption, National Treasures, Panini America, Wrapper Redemption | Comments (6)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketbal Editor
Panini America is creating a special group of Damian Lillard autograph cards featured on designs from the 2012-13 season.
Panini will create 400 new Lillard cards to be used in a redemption mail-in program. The designs will be from National Treasures, Preferred Silhouettes, Gold Standard and Select.
Posted on October 29, 2013 – 2:10 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2012-13 Flawless Basketball, Damian Lillard, Panini America | Comments (4)
Panini Flawless Basketball has been a hot topic the last couple of days.
How could it not?
A $1,500-a-pack product (that’s been the going price through many card dealers) and cards selling on the secondary market for thousands … and I mean thousands of dollars.
Here is one of the biggest hits to make it out of 2012-13 Flawless Basketball – a 1/1 Damian Lillard Diamond card. The Buy It Now price on eBay is only $29,999.
Posted on October 29, 2013 – 11:26 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | Golden State Warriors, NBA, Steph Curry, Stephen Curry | Comments (0)
By Dan Good | Contributing Writer
Stephen Curry’s breakout moment came in the half-court shadows.
His Golden State Warriors were facing off against powerhouse San Antonio in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Game One, and Curry was putting on a clinic – raining threes, nailing behind-the-back passes, even picking the ball up from the floor to knock down the jumper.
Curry’s teammates erupted from the sidelines, holding their hands against their heads in disbelief.
With 40 seconds left in the third quarter, his heels nipping across the giant ‘Spurs’ logo at center court, Tony Parker in his face, Curry launched one final shot.
Twenty-two points in the quarter.
Curry pointed to the rafters, and when the Spurs called a timeout to regroup, he punched the air and screamed. All the recruiters who said he was undersized, the skeptics who wondered if he could stay healthy, the doubters, the critics … Redemption.
Posted on October 28, 2013 – 5:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Football, Hockey, Racing | Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Updates, Behind the Scenes, Blowout Cards, BSCM Behind the scenes, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, press pass, sports card printing, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
Just a small view from the warehouse floor of the Baseball Card Exchange. You can see a much grander scene in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — the Behind The Scenes Issue.
Step through the door of a card company and you might be surprised that what’s inside isn’t all wax packs and bubble gum.
The reality is that in many instances the locations that help sports cards come to life — or come to your door — look a lot like everywhere else but with hints and touches that there might be something unique, something creative, going on at times.
Armed with a checklist of photo ideas — blanket categories or concepts that might not apply to all locations — we recruited talent behind the scenes at several card companies and other businesses in the industry to present a visual story of what things look like everyday in the parts of the hobby you probably don’t see.