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Posted on November 23, 2013 – 12:03 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, 2013 Topps Chrome Football variations, Topps | Comments (2)
By Dan Good | Contributing Writer
2013 Topps Chrome Football is back – and with it, photo variations.
A total of 55 players, 30 veterans and 25 rookies, appear on variations.
The variation photos should look familiar. The same poses were used on variation cards in 2013 Topps Football.
Base Rookie Variation cards fall at a rate of 1:340 hobby packs. For veterans, it’s every 283 packs.
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Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
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.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 1:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, nfl, Topps | Comments (2)
Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Chrome Football.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 12:34 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 Bowman Sterling Football | Comments (1)
Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Bowman Sterling Football cards.
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)
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 19, 2013 – 1:44 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, 2013 Topps Chrome Football checklist, Topps | Comments (3)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Every year, Topps Chrome Football is one of the most popular products on the market.
The season’s edition shouldn’t be much different. Topps has included 60 rookie autographs in 2013 Topps Chrome. In addition, there are 25 rookie autograph variations.
But along with rookie autographs, Topps has an assortment of veteran autographs including a number of second-year players such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Josh Gordon. Other veterans include Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Arian Foster.
Check out the full checklist for 2013 Topps Chrome Football below.
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 13, 2013 – 12:48 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Deacon Jones, nfl, sports memorabilia auctions, Steiner Sports, Steiner Sports Memorabilia | Comments (0)
Deacon Jones’ collection has hit the auction block as part of Steiner Sports Memorabilia’s Coast to Coast Legends Auction.
The Los Angeles Rams standout died earlier this year, leaving behind a trove of memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. Jones’ wife Elizabeth is auctioning part of his collection to raise money for the Deacon Jones Foundation, which assists inner-city communities.
The Deacon Jones Collection has 24 items, including his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring, his 1968 and 1969 MVP Trophies, a 1966-67 Ram defensive playbook and an expired driver’s license, passport and birth certificate.
Posted on November 13, 2013 – 9:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 Crown Royale football, nfl, Panini America | Comments (0)
The silhouette autographs from Panini America’s 2013 Crown Royale are set to hit the market soon.
Crown Royale will feature the popular on-card Rookie Silhouette cards from the attendees of the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere. The silhouette autographs will also include current NFL Stars and legendary players.
Along with silhouettes, collectors will also be able to find Rookie Die-Cut autographs, Rookie Die-Cut Crown parallels and Panini’s Choice Signatures.