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Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Buying gifts for a sports card or memorabilia collector can be tough if you’re not one yourself. They say things like top loaders and penny sleeves, and you have no idea what they’re talking about.
Let’s make things a little easier with Beckett’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for collectors.
1. Pay Pal Gift Card
It’s one of the simplest presents you can get a card collector. Many of them probably shop on eBay for singles or even hobby boxes. A PayPal gift card will allow them to pick up anything they want.
2. A hobby box
Don’t be afraid to ask the collector in your family what their favorite sport is – then head over to a hobby shop and pick up a hobby box of their sport. Many of these will be in the $100 range. Most hobby shops clerks are willing to help you pick the right box, but the important information is usually listed on the sides of the boxes. It will tell you how many packs, autographs and what collectors can expect to find inside.
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Posted on December 3, 2013 – 3:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
The Seattle Seahawks look like the best team in the NFC after a convincing 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints Monday night.
Russell Wilson has been tremendous this season with 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 12 games. On Monday, he completed 22-of-30 passes for three TDs and no picks.
Seattle’s 11-1 record has fans hopeful for a long playoff run … maybe even a trip to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Meanwhile, collectors simply want to know when they will receive their long-awaited Wilson autograph cards.
Posted on December 2, 2013 – 1:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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. There will be prize for active chatters during the two-hour session.
The prizes? Well, it will be an all-autograph edition this week. Among the autographs that will go out to collectors will be Manny Machado, George Springer, Wil Myers, Josh Donaldson, Homer Bailey, Dominic Brown, Lonnie Chisenhall and Wade Miley.
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 29, 2013 – 10:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey | 2013 Panini Golden Age, baseball cards, black friday, Box Break, Panini America | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some Panini America Black Friday packs after buying a 2013 Panini Golden Age box in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 27, 2013 – 12:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Bowman Football will hit in June jammed with rookies for the 2014 season.
The base set will have up to 220 subjects, with 110 rookies and 110 veterans. These cards will also come with several parallel versions include Silver Ice, Blue, Gold, Orange, Orange Ice and others. The rookies will have also have paper parallels (meaning the not chrome versions) with up to six parallels.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 2:18 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Panini America is offering a special rewards program for card shops.
The Panini Roundtable recently launched with more than 800 stores in the United States and fewer than 300 in Canada. The purpose of the program is to drive customers into brick & mortar shops, giving local card stores opportunities to thrive.
“When you talk about longevity and things that are major drivers to have a sustainable business, you start with brick and mortar and end with brick and mortar,” said Panini America’s Tim Franz, Director of Sales.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 1:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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The Highland Mint is offering sports fans special framed photos of some of their favorite teams. The 12-by-20 inch photos will feature facsimile autographs on top of a glossy image of a picture of the stadium.
The Highland Mint is raising money for U.S. Navy Seals through this project. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation (NSWFF), which benefits the families of active and fallen U.S. Navy Seals.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 12:31 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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2013 Topps Turkey Red is back as an online-only exclusive for football.
Each box will contain 11 cards with nine base, one mini parallel and an autograph. Turkey Red goes on sale on Friday for $19.99 at Topps.com.
Like last year’s online debut, the base set will feature 100 rookies from the current season.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 3:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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 Topps for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Bench Warmer, black friday, Blowout Cards, COMC.com, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
It’s not just a big sales day, it’a a whole lot of work — and, to some degree, an experience for collectors.
Black Friday is nearly here, and, for card companies, it’s a chance to add to the creative pieces collectors can chase. For card sellers, it’s a chance to be creative with marketing and to ensure they are utilizing all of their sales potential as best they can.
These days, that’s not just a website or simple storefront for many dealers. It’s a multi-channel online approach that creates and fosters surges of traffic — as well as collector interest — throughout the biggest sales weekend of the year. It’s building an audience and an experience — and, of course, both of those things benefit a brand that can stick with collectors the remainder of the year.
How big can it be online?
“In the past, the website has averaged between two to three million pageviews on Black Friday,” said Chris Park of Sterling, Va.-based Blowout Cards.
And that’s just one of the company’s platforms.