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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Saturday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

As the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention keeps rolling along, many great items are turning up on the show floor and commanding the attention of the crowd.

One of the greatest things about the National is the diversity of collectibles that can be bought, sold or even traded for. Since the beginning, it has always been about baseball items, but fans of other sports are well-represented as well.

Let’s take another look at some of the treasures that popped up over the course of the show on Saturday after the jump.

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Introducing the BGS Club

Beckett Grading Services is giving its customers more with the BGS Club.

The newest membership club will give collectors free grading vouchers, access to the Online Price Guide and special items such as t-shirts, backpacks, roller bags and more.

Membership is available for all whether you’ve been grading with Beckett for years or ready to start grading your collection today. Joining the club is optional. Customers can still get their cards graded with Beckett through our traditional channels.

There are three service levels available, check out the benefits below:

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Beckett Grading Services Expands to the Asian Market

Dongwoon Lee, BGS Asia Regional Sales Manager

Beckett Grading Services is expanding its global reach.

BGS is proud to announce the hiring of Asia Regional Sales Manager, Dongwood Lee, who will oversee a new BGS office in Seoul, South Korea.

Lee will be in contact with the many avid collectors throughout Asia and Australia who haven’t had the opportunity to get their cards graded by the industry’s leading grading service. He begins immediately.

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Behind the Scenes: Where the magic happens in the sports card industry — outtakes & more

Just a small view from the Baseball Card Exchange warehouse floor.

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.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Highest BVG-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $81,000+

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The best Beckett-graded Mick came and went on auction block this past weekend resulting in a big sale.

The highest-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card ever graded by Beckett Grading Services sold last week via St. Louis-based Goodwin and Co. as part of its latest Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons sale. Only 120 copies of the iconic card have been slabbed by BGS and this is the only BVG 8 in existence – with none higher.

In fact, only one 7.5 and two BVG 7s even exist for this always in-demand card, according to the BGS Population Report.

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Win a $100 BGS gift certificate

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: $100 Beckett Grading Services Gift Certificate

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s, check out this thread in the Beckett forums.

Buyer beware: I bought a fake card on eBay

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion

I had one goal for the National Sports Collectors Convention – purchase a 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card.

I know. My timing is not good, but it’s the only single card I wanted. I found a PSA 9 graded Rivera RC for $100 at the show. After thinking on it and asking collectors’ opinions, I figured I would leave it there and get one for cheaper on eBay.

Just a few days after getting home, I won an ungraded Rivera RC for about $44.

I got the card in the mail. It looked great. Centering looked perfect, corners and edges were sharp. There was a small printing defect on the back of the card, but I didn’t care. I was just happy to have it on my possession.

Luckily, the White Plains card show was coming up and I could have my card inspected.

The weekend of the White Palins show, I took the 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card to the Beckett Grading booth. I intended to get a Raw Card Review because I wanted to know the condition of my card. It looked so good to me! Could you imagine I picked a 9 off eBay for that price?

I handed it to one of the graders. He took it out of the top loader and within 10 seconds he made his declaration.

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Cardinals fan avoids the Dodger Blues with Yasiel Puig Superfractor and Beckett Grading Services

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A Cardinals fan from Missouri picked up a single box of 2013 Bowman Platinum and found a Yasiel Puig Superfractor which he had graded by Beckett Grading Services on Friday at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with him after he got the card back from BGS.

Update: The card is now on eBay — click here to track the auction.

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on June 15

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on June 15 for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

BGS, COMC partnership will benefit Canadian collectors

Beckett Grading Services and Check Out My Cards are pleased to announce a new partnership.

COMC customers will be able to grade cards through Beckett using store credit starting April 17 – a help for Canadian customers looking for ways to alleviate shipping costs when it comes to grading.

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Beckett Graded Card Registry is live

Beckett Grading Services customers have wanted a dedicated registry for years – one that worked seamlessly and provided a great user experience.

The time is now.

The new Beckett Graded Registry is live with collectors already inputting hundreds of cards.

One of the unique aspects of the BGS registry is that it’s completely customizable.

“You get to create any collection you want,” said BGS Director of Grading Mark Anderson. “It could be Hall of Fame Rookie Cards or have a bunch of team collectors get together and build a custom registry of the 40-man roster. The thing about the customer registry is the user gets full control of what they want the registry to be.”

The registry will be able to handle any card in the Beckett database, including non-traditional sports, gaming and non-sports cards.

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My first Registry is easily beatable … or is it?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Sometimes, my grand ideas don’t aways go to plan.

Not long ago, I wrote about one of my rarest graded cards and how I planned to have it be among my first registered cards. I was wrong and I was as predictable as can be once I saw that the Beckett Graded Registry was live today. I went back to my well — and instead registered my toughest find.

My first registry is “For Major Leaguers only” and it’s for the toughest not-supposed-to-be-tough-set I know, the 1989 Major League Movie collection. You see, the Registry isn’t for just the 1952 Topps collectors of the world — it’s for any weird little niche you can find. And mine? Well, you all know by now …

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Coming Monday … Beckett Graded Card Registry

Beckett Grading Services customers have wanted a dedicated registry for years – one that worked seamlessly and provided a great user experience.

Well, that time is close. On Monday, BGS will roll out the new Beckett Graded Registry with a completely customizable interface.

“You get to create any collection you want,” said BGS Director of Grading Mark Anderson. “It could be Hall of Fame Rookie Cards or have a bunch of team collectors get together and build a custom registry of the 40-man roster. The thing about the customer registry is the user gets full control of what they want the registry to be.”

The registry will be able to handle any card in the Beckett database, including non-traditional sports, gaming and non-sports cards.

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Beckett to host JSA session in Dallas on Saturday

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (March 9) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

New National Treasures cards evoke memories of an old and soon-to-be-registered treasure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

When the debut edition of National Treasures baseball arrived yesterday from Panini America with a heavy game-used presence of legends such as Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson in tow, I couldn’t help but have a few questions.

How much money in memorabilia just left the Panini vault in this one?

How much money could I save elsewhere if I did the unthinkable (for me) and tried to get a box?

How would this one not have been a contender for Product of the Year and other Beckett Baseball awards had it come out during 2012?

After that wave of thoughts washed over me — and after a couple hours of compulsively window-shopping on eBay — I remembered one time years ago when I found my own little national treasure in a pack from Donruss.

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BSCM EXTRA: Talking vintage grading with Beckett Grading Services’ Andy Broome

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve been to the National Sports Collectors Convention, you’ve seen one thing in the hobby that’s alive and well, despite what you may see in your typical hobby shop.

It’s got nothing to do with the latest new products, prospects or even a single thing Chromed.

It’s vintage.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, arriving in March, we’re taking a look at the cards from 1980 and before — the vintage years — via memorable sets, players and more. As part of that one, we’ll be taking at look at the pop reports for grading of vintage cards by  Beckett Grading Services as well as PSA to explore what’s interesting,  what’s most-graded and what’s perhaps not graded as often as it should be.

One piece that didn’t make its way into the magazine, but you can see right here as a teaser, is a Hobby Q&A with BGS senior vintage grader Andy Broome, who offered his insights on a few questions specific to older cards for that division of Beckett Media.

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Check this out: Something old in something new from Beckett Grading Services

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

On one recent Saturday morning I came to work — a bit earlier than normal no less (don’t tell the boss) — to take advantage of a relatively new option from Beckett Grading Services.

And now that I’ve paid up and got my item back, well, naturally I wanted to show it off — and tell its story.

Better yet, I wanted you to, ahem, check it out.

Years ago, while still at the University of Alabama I set my sights on an autograph from Hall of Famer Joe Sewell (checklist and OPG) — the most highly decorated player in the history of its baseball program and a guy whose trivia in the game goes well beyond a 14-year career with the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. (Heck, I just learned a new piece of trivia today when looking him up — we share the same birthday.)

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Box Busters: 2012 Heroes of Sport + contests

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a case of 2012 Heroes of Sport in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this high-end repackage product? How can some of the cards be yours?

Watch and find out …

Beckett to host JSA session in Dallas on Jan. 5

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Jan. 5 for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

Mike Trout’s anti-climactic Rookie of the Year win will reaffirm his cardboard surge this summer

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout winning the American League Rookie of the Year award on Monday as voted on and announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America will be as anti-climactic as it gets.

It could have been announced months ago.

Baseball card collectors called this one throughout the season as demand for Trout’s items intensified well before he finished the season as the first rookie in the 30-30 Club, led the majors in stolen bases (49) and runs (129) and finished in the top six in batting average (.326), on-base percentage (.399) and slugging percentage (.564). How good is all of that? It should be obvious, but he’s also the only player in MLB history to hit for better than .320 with 30 or more homers and 45 or more steals in a single season.

The first and only. And he did it as a 21-year-old.

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