Category Archives: Beckett Grading Services

Ripping Retail: What’s inside a 1986-87 Fleer basketball pack?

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Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with collector Dylan Whitford to rip a pack of the iconic 1986-87 Fleer basketball set — home of the Michael Jordan Rookie Card.

Will he land one? Watch and find out …

BGS Vintage Challenge: Chris Olds

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff member were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.

The Card: 1959 Topps #435

The Player: Frank Robinson

The Cost: $28

The Cost to Grade: $15 (NSCC special for vintage cards from BGS)

Why did Olds choose this card? Find out after the jump. Read More »

BGS Vintage Challenge: Ryan Cracknell

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During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.

The Card: 1962 Mars Attacks #50

Name: Smashing the Enemy

The Cost: $35

The Cost to Grade: $15 at show

Find out more about the card and its final grade after the jump.

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BGS Vintage Challenge: Stephen Laroche

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.

The Card: 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee WHA #50

The Player: Bobby Hull

The Cost: $40

The Cost to Grade: $15

Why did Beckett Hockey‘s Editor choose this card? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Dare to Tear: Ripping a 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card

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Would you dare to tear? Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips his 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card in this tear-worthy Box Busters video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Get the back story on this card — and his stance on the whole ripping debate — here.

Beckett Media, Beckett Grading focus on vintage at National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It seems that booth after booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention is lined with cardboard memories from the distant past of baseball cards and beyond, the era where the bubble gum was as vital as the statistics on the backs of former childhood treasures.

With this year’s NSCC set to start on Wednesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, Beckett Media‘s focus will be on the sports cards, trading cards, autographs and memorabilia of 1980 and before.

How? With the launch of a new magazine, a debut of a new book and a Beckett Grading Services special where those classic cards can get service like no other found at the show.

“Vintage is a strong market. Maybe the strongest in our industry,” said Andy Broome, BGS’ senior vintage card grader. “Prewar continues to grow. I think this National will be stronger than last year’s. And last year’s was a near-record for us.”

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Beckett Auctions lands Strasburg Superfractor

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Devin Grant holds the 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor along with his godson, Tristan, who is his “collecting buddy.” The card previously sold for $21,403.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor is headed to the auction block one more time — this time it’s via Beckett Auctions.

The card originally sold for $17,403 raw in 2010 and then sold to Leaf Trading Cards for $21,403 so it could be placed into a repack product. Devin Grant pulled it from a pack and attempted a charity fundraiser in 2011 but ran into roadblocks with state laws about such a venture.

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NSCC Notebook: What’s in store at the National?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is about a week away … here’s a rundown of some of the promotional events planned for the biggest show for sports cards and memorabilia.

Beckett Covers program
Memorable Beckett Media covers from the past have been reproduced in trading card form and can be found at 15 different booths on the show floor (click for info). This year, there’s a new twist for those who take on the challenge and collect them all — the first 200 collectors who do so (limit 50 per day) will receive an autographed and BGS-slabbed card from a set of 10 different signers. Those memorable covers will include Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Cal Ripken Jr. to name a few. (Details at the link above.) Beckett Media and Beckett Grading Services will have new products available and specials at the show, which will mark the debut of Beckett Vintage Collector.

Card company wrapper redemption programs
Each of the card companies in attendance will have programs for collectors. Check out the links below for the basics from each company:
Topps – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus collector Q&A on July 30 Aug. 1
Panini America – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus VIP Party on Aug. 1 
Upper Deck – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus case break on July 31 and Diamond Club event on Aug. 1. The company also will have a scavenger hunt during the show.
Leaf Trading Cards – VIP set and wrapper redemptions. The company also will have “double box redemptions” for those who are recorded talking about Leaf. 
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will have a free bag for any who buy a packaged product and bring it to the company’s booth. That will also enter that person into autographed memorabilia drawings.

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BGS Diary (July): Digging vintage, Kris Bryant, ‘Eight Men Out,’ minis and The Dude

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 1993 MTG Alpha starter deck opening

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Join Beckett Gaming analyst Matt Bible and guest Magic The Gathering expert Adam Cai as they do the unthinkable — rip into a 1993 Alpha starter deck and provide an analysis of the grading process for Magic cards.

What awaits them? Tune in and find out.

You can also check out Beckett’s Magic The Gathering online price guide here and Beckett Grading Services here.

BGS Diary Predictor (July): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in June and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (July): What will Olds submit?

  • 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Jersey Signatures #56 Kris Bryant (55%, 91 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage Gum Stained Back #377 Nick Swisher (44%, 72 Votes)
  • 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractors #104 Joc Pederson (41%, 67 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps #616 Kris Bryant (38%, 63 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Blue #32 Maryse (29%, 47 Votes)
  • 2012 Topps Mini #661 Bryce Harper (27%, 44 Votes)
  • 1988 Pacific Eight Men Out #13 D.B. Sweeney as Joe Jackson (23%, 37 Votes)
  • 1969 Topps #4 NL Leaders (McCovey, Santo, Williams) (21%, 34 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps First Pitch #1 Jeff Bridges (20%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Donruss #46 Mark McGwire (20%, 32 Votes)
  • 2014 Panini Prizm Gold Prizms #293 A.J. McCarron (13%, 21 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Minis #147 Clay Buchholz (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

– June:  Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

Sunday Conversation: Super Break’s Scott Allen

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Super Break Sports has gained a following among high-rolling hobbyists for their premium releases and the company made waves in 2013 with the creation of “The Bar” – a jumbo original art card featuring cut signatures or other items connected to legends in the sports, entertainment and political worlds.

Recently, Super Break president Scott Allen spoke with Beckett Media about how these cards have been received by collectors and where they might be headed in the future.

Could you let our readers know about the origins of “The Bar” and how these oversized cut signature cards went from concept to collectible?

We came up with a concept that crosses one of one original art on an over size piece for several reasons. We wanted to produce a transparent piece that you can see the picture of your item on the back. A piece that is large enough to fit the whole autograph, multiple autographs and or the entire piece with out cutting anything down to a small size. We preserve many original pieces this way buy inserting the whole item. A larger piece works for us because we have so many different and wonderful things happening on it. Read More »

BGS Diary (June): Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday

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Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (June 13) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is open to the public and begins at 11 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 baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in June and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds submit?

  • 1961 Topps #2 Roger Maris, $250 (48%, 75 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Chrome WWE Atomic Refractors #51 Paige, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Heritage Black Back #399 Nick Swisher, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 1972 Topps #79 Carlton Fisk RC, $50 (38%, 59 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC, $12 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 2013 Panini Cooperstown Signatures #5 Johnny Bench /90, $60 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 1983 Madison Muskies Fritsch #13 Jose Canseco, $N/A (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All American Chrome #15 Joe Namath /555 $10 (22%, 35 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #366 Mark McGwire, $12 (21%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps #296 Randall Cunningham RC, $6 (19%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

BGS Diary Predictor (May): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

May BGS Diary Predictor: Which cards will Olds submit?

  • 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath SP RC, $1,800 (62%, 105 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Black #46 Lana, $30 (45%, 77 Votes)
  • 2008 USA Baseball National Team Starting Lineup Signatures #SL9 Danks, Forsythe, Alvarez, Smoak, Wallace, Paramore, Flaherty, Mercer, Kieschnick, Matusz, $N/A (35%, 60 Votes)
  • 1975 Topps Mini #63 Steve Swisher RC, 75 cents (34%, 58 Votes)
  • 1994 Fun Pack #170 Michael Jordan RC, $10 (34%, 57 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #620 Jose Canseco, $6 (32%, 55 Votes)
  • 1986-87 Fleer #120 Spud Webb RC, $15 (26%, 45 Votes)
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Gold Refractors #71 Curtis Granderson, $125 (24%, 40 Votes)
  • 2013 Bowman Draft Draft Picks Purple Ice #BDPP19 Aaron Judge, $N/A (18%, 31 Votes)
  • 1992 Star Pics Autographs #27 Robert Horry, $80 (16%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

Beckett Reveals 2015 Spring Expo Plans

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Collectors attending the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto this weekend will have an opportunity to visit Beckett Media at its booth in the corporate area and take advantage of the many specials on magazines, books and raw card grading that are available for attendees.

First and foremost, all of the current issues of our core titles will be on sale for $10 US or $12 CDN. The titles included are Beckett Hockey, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Football and Beckett Sports Card Monthly; but there is also special pricing ($5 US/$6 CDN) on several special titles like Hockey’s Greatest Goalies and Hockey’s Impact Rookies.

What else does Beckett have in store for visitors at the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »

BGS Diary: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autos?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for April — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Kris Bryant Superfractor pulled, graded by BGS

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BryantWBThe Kris Bryant 2013 Bowman Chrome Superfractor autograph visited Beckett Grading Services for encapsulation after it was pulled by a customer of Neuhart Cards in Delaware, Ohio.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with Neuhart’s Brian Rideout who hand-delivered the card to BGS for examination and encapsulation on Friday.

What’s the future of this big card? How much has been offered for it?

Check out our video interview to find out …

Update: The card is now listed on eBay with an $89,999 Buy It Now price and has more than 300 watchers.

BGS Diary Predictor (April): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (April): What will Olds submit?

  • 1975 Topps Mini #228 George Brett (58%, 70 Votes)
  • 1959 Topps #415 Bill Mazeroski (48%, 58 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps Opening Day Mascot Autographs #MA2 Phillie Phanatic (46%, 55 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE #56 Paige (43%, 52 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps #1B Mike Trout (Gatorade) (33%, 40 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg (29%, 35 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #377 Nick Swisher (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Donruss #176B Bryce Harper SP/Mohawk (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #500 Mike Trout (20%, 24 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Stickers #57 Nick Swisher (20%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 120

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

BGS Diary: WWE Divas Paige & Lana, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax and Sy Berger, too

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for March — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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BGS 9.5 Star Jordan Sells For Record Price

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back in November, Beckett Auction Services put the only 1984-85 Star Company #101 Michael Jordan to ever achieve a 9.5 grade up on the auction block and vintage basketball collectors dreamed about adding it to their collections.

While the card itself did not garner any bids, it was sold to a private collector soon after for nearly $41,000, including the buyer’s premium. Beckett Basketball has learned that this one-of-a-kind card has been sold once again and the price may surprise some that held off on bidding.

“We have a new record price of $52,500 for that same BGS 9.5 that the Beckett Auctions team sold in November,” noted longtime Star Basketball card dealer and expert Steve Taft. “Myself and Jarret Kahn, we both knew the original buyer and the new buyer and we put this thing together because both of them wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t want publicity basically for security purposes. The card, in four months, went from $40,000 to $52,500, which was pretty exciting.” Read More »

Are we overlooking potential of stickers?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

They’re inexpensive, printed on paper and packed in pouches only to be peeled and slapped into albums.

While they’re mass-produced and might be cut less precisely than our cardboard, they’re also affordable — something that goes a long, long way with getting people involved. They are, by most accounts, the entry point for kids in the industry and something that card companies can bank on because unlike the other stickers we’re used to — you know, sticker autographs — they’re much less expensive to create.

Many stickers probably meet a demise more random than the album, though, being affixed to random items in life by younger collectors. Meanwhile us older and “more advanced” ones don’t even touch them at stores even though there’s far fewer boxes and packs than the “more-important” stuff that we collect.

But do we — the “advanced” collectors — have it all wrong?

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BGS Diary Predictor (March): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

March BGS Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 1963 Fleer #42 Sandy Koufax (60%, 61 Votes)
  • 1991 Upper Deck #SP1 Michael Jordan SP (46%, 47 Votes)
  • 2004 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Sigs #Hk Harmon Killebrew (44%, 45 Votes)
  • 2004 Topps Fan Favortites Autographs #SB Sy Berger (43%, 44 Votes)
  • 1958 Topps #386 Birdie's Young Sluggers (Ed Bailey, Birdie Tebbetts, Frank Robinson) (42%, 43 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Relics #NNO Paige (30%, 31 Votes)
  • 2011 Topps Stickers #21 Nick Swisher (28%, 29 Votes)
  • 2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Blue #7 David Price (25%, 26 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps WWE NXT Prospects #14 Paige (24%, 24 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE #46 Lana (16%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

BGS Diary: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for February — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2, $N/A
This year’s USA Baseball set is one that I ripped in volume — as in multiple cases. I managed to track down one last case of this one recently and pulled a pretty notable card of the Cincinnati Reds infielder during what turned out to be a career year. These cards can be somewhat condition sensitive with their high-gloss and their colored edges and the inset cut autograph, so I figured this one would simply “feel” better to me if it were in a slab. It’s a rare green-ink version and the auto graded a 10.
Pop Report: Since there are only two copies of the card, this one has little competition. The pop report shows it being the lone slabbed card, though I swear I saw its twin in a BGS slab on eBay earlier this year.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Feb.): What will he submit?

 

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in February and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

February BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2000 Absolute #195 Tom Brady RC /3,000 (77%, 98 Votes)
  • 2014 Immaculate Collection Immaculate Ink #16 Nick Swisher /15 (57%, 73 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Metal #352 Bob Gibson (45%, 57 Votes)
  • 2006-07 USA Baseball Sig. Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2 (36%, 46 Votes)
  • 2015 Country Music Signatures Blue #40 Sara Evans /299 (32%, 41 Votes)
  • 2014 Pop Century #BAJLA Joey Lauren Adams (31%, 39 Votes)
  • 2000 Playoff Contenders #113 Shaun Alexander AU RC (30%, 38 Votes)
  • 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #243 Chris Matthews RC (27%, 34 Votes)
  • 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Army All-American Bowl Prismatic Silver #ATATJY T.J. Yeldon AU /50 (22%, 28 Votes)
  • 2005-06 Topps Style Fan Fav. Auto Chrome #JJ J.J. Johnson /10 (17%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

BGS Diary: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” Randy Savage … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for January — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Jan.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in January and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

January BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit? (Pick up to five.)

  • 2010 Topps Allen and Ginter Autographs #SS Stuart Scott (69%, 77 Votes)
  • 2010 Topps #65B Nick Swisher (pie in face) (59%, 66 Votes)
  • 1985 O-Pee-Chee WWF Series 2 #63 Randy Savage and Elizabeth (54%, 60 Votes)
  • 1988 Durham Bulls Star #26 Kevin Costner (Gold/Late Issue) (49%, 55 Votes)
  • 1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond #19 Michael Jordan (38%, 43 Votes)
  • 1983-84 Star Sixers Champs #22 Julius Erving (37%, 41 Votes)
  • 1988 Salt Lake City Trappers Team Issue #29 Bill Murray (33%, 37 Votes)
  • 2011 Upper Deck College Legends Autographs #98 Mark Ingram (29%, 33 Votes)
  • 2004 Topps Originals Signature #JA1 Jim Abbott (1988 TT) (25%, 28 Votes)
  • 1990 Little Sun Writers #17 Ron Shelton (15%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 112

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday

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Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Jan. 3) 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 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 baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

 

BGS Black sparks added interest in perfect 10s

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been nearly a month since Beckett Grading Services launched BGS Black — a simple new label that notes perfect BGS 10 Pristine cards that have four perfect 10 subgrades with a striking black flip.

The new label has sparked a premium for sales of perfect cards, a move that BGS Director Jeromy Murray said has also prompted a number of previously graded perfect cards to be re-submitted for the new label and a number of other cards that came up just .5 short on one subgrade to be sent in for re-examination.

“[Our] feedback is that the label is demanding a premium over the standard 10s, which is good news,” Murray said.

One real-world example of this can be seen with the perfect 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant card above. It sold on eBay for $3,000. That’s more than double the amount of three previous BGS 10 copies of the same Blue Refractor have sold for on eBay. One sold for $1,406 in late-August, another sold for $1,130 in November and one went for $1,028 — also in August.

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BGS Diary: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for December — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Auction Estimator: How much will this Mantle fetch?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s one of the most-iconic baseball cards of all time — but don’t call it a Rookie Card.

The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is one of the hobby’s most-coveted cards of the bubble-gum era, an iconic want of Baby Boomers and younger baseball fans alike.

This BGS-graded card is one of only 11 cards with the “B” variation to be slabbed — and it’s the highest of the bunch. It’s headed to the auction block this weekend via Beckett Auctions where it should grab some attention.

But right here, right now, we’re curious about what you think it might sell for.

How much for The Mick?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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Introducing BGS Black

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BGS Black is here.

Since 1999, the search for the elusive BGS Pristine 10 has been the quest for every person that submits cards for grading or buys cards for their collection.

Beckett Grading Services is now upping the challenge.

Today, Beckett introduces the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector.

A card worthy of four “10” subgrades is worthy of a special label. Starting today, each card that reaches this quad-10 level will receive a special black label showing that the ultimate grade has been reached. The black label is for modern cards only — and not valid for any BVG cards (1980 and older).

For more information, including recasing your quad 10s, reviewing your current BGS 10s or new submissions, contact your BGS representative by clicking here.

BGS Diary: Vintage, booklets, Dr. Beckett & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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