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Posted on March 8, 2013 – 3:17 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Updates | Beckett Graded Registry, Beckett Grading, BGS | Comments (1)
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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Posted on March 7, 2013 – 10:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Updates | Beckett Grading Services, BGS, card grading, James Spence Authentication, JSA | Comments (0)
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
Posted on March 1, 2013 – 3:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Grading Services | Beckett Grading Services, BGS, BGS Registry, Don Mattingly, Donruss, Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees, Panini America | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on February 22, 2013 – 1:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, featured, Vintage cards | Comments (0)
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.
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.
Posted on January 22, 2013 – 5:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Grading Services | Alabama baseball, Beckett Grading Services, BGS, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, featured, James Spence Authentication, Joe Sewell, JSA, New York Yankees, Riggs Stephenson, University of Alabama | Comments (3)
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.)
Posted on January 4, 2013 – 10:05 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Grading Services, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Heroes of Sport, BGS, buybacks, featured, PSA | Comments (152)
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 …
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on November 11, 2012 – 7:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Grading Services | 2009 Bowman Draft, baseball cards, Beckett Grading Services, featured, mike trout, Mike Trout American League Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout autograph, Mike Trout Rookie of Year, Panini America, Topps, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on November 6, 2012 – 10:36 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Updates, Hockey | 2012 Fall Expo, 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo, Beckett Hockey, Beckett Updates | Comments (0)
Beckett Media is getting ready for the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto this weekend.
The company will offer a wide variety of items and services for collectors such as grading, price guides and contests.
Here’s a breakdown at what collectors will be able to find at the Beckett booth.
Posted on November 1, 2012 – 5:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
When Beckett Grading Services‘ Andy Broome isn’t busy examining vintage cardboard for defects as part of his day job, he can often be found drawing.
Now, though, he may be found drawing cartoons and signing autographs on the title page of Collecting The Collector, a new book he recently published.
The $11.95 collection of anecdotes and drawings includes an introduction by Antiques Roadshow‘s Simeon Lipman and can be found on Amazon.com via the book’s website.
“I’ve dabbled in my share of collections,” Broome wrote. “I’ve collected coins, stamps, trading cards of all types, art, watches, fountain pens, gemstones, debt, comic books, comic and cartoon art, ex-wives, toys, action figures, vintage cigarette packs, more debt, all things baseball, books, autographs, children, clocks, PEZ dispensers, cameras, books, whiskey, guns and even more debt.
“I feel like I can poke a little fun at fellow collectors. and their quirks because I have been there, I’m one of you.”