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Beckett Media unveils Beckett Auction Services

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DALLAS, Texas | Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of its newest product line, Beckett Auction Services.

Based in Dallas, Beckett Auction Services will offer monthly online auctions as well as eBay consignment services. Monthly auctions are scheduled to begin in April, and consignments will be accepted starting in February. The auctions are set to include sports cards, non-sports cards, memorabilia and more, with a focus on high-grade modern/vintage cards as well as low print-run modern cards and sports memorabilia.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on our Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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 one-hour session.

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.

Box Busters Live returns Wednesday with 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards

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Join us right here at Beckett.com/news this Wednesday for the latest Box Busters Live at 2 p.m. Central as we rip into several boxes of 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards on the day of its release in a live video chat.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Susan Lulgjuraj will be on hand for the break as well as fielding your questions in real time via the webpage and @beckettmedia Twitter account.

The best part? The boxes we rip will all end up in collectors’ hands via direct contests during the event or later giveaways in Beckett Baseball magazine.

Look for more details here on Beckett.com/news the morning of the event.

Beckett Radio: Episode 3 — Talking autographs, Russell Wilson & more

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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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Box Busters: 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Radio: Episode 2 — Talking NFL, A-Rod & more


 

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Chatter Up with Beckett Media’s Chris Olds … tonight on the Beckett Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there right now if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday



Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Jan. 11) 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

Beckett Radio: Episode 1 — Talking NFL Playoffs, the Baseball Hall of Fame & more



Welcome to this first edition of Beckett Radio. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Justin Grunert as they give you an introduction on what Beckett Radio has to offer and talk some sports. Don’t forget to check out a new show every Thursday at 4 p.m. Central.

FORUM LINK HERE per the end segment’s instructions.

Hall of Fame voters got it right — because there is no wrong answer

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The Hall of Fame voting is in and Baseball Writers’ Association of America got it right.

Greg Maddux is in. Tom Glavine is in. Frank Thomas is in. Barry Bonds is not. Roger Clemens is not. Craig Biggio is not. Jeff Bagwell is not. And neither is Mike Piazza.

The vote, the process and the ambiguity of how to interpret the rules are all perfectly flawed and reflect a game, particularly in recent years, that’s just the same. There is no right or wrong answer. And the irony? It’s always been this way to a degree — and that makes it perfect. It keeps us all contemplating things bigger than merely statistics. It keeps us thinking about importance. It keeps us thinking, to a degree, about life — the right way and the wrong way. And for those on the ballot, from the guy with the most votes to the guy with none, baseball was life.

And the Hall of Fame vote — no matter what we may think — is what it is. It’s a reflection of the messes of life — the good times, the bad times. It’s a reflection of the achievements, it’s a reflection of the flaws. It’s a reflection of the opinions of many — even those who might trade two Ryne Sandberg cards for a Jim Sundberg,

Unfortunately, all these messes do negatively affect one thing for dealers, card companies and collectors the most —  they hurt the hobby. Every time there’s a star who excels, there are many of us who invest our dollars, our time, our energy into putting something into our collection that we find appealing. When bad news happens — whether it’s PEDs, stupid decisions, injuries — it takes away from the appeal, the confidence to invest once again. It makes it harder to do as time goes on — and it undoubtedly discourages some newcomers to dig in.

But a day like today isn’t about the Clemenses, the Bondses of MLB and its history books. It’s a day for the Madduxes and the Glavines. It’s a day that may become harder and harder to have in the next few years. Unlike last year, this summer we’ll have someone inducted into Cooperstown and a player or two who collectors can consider collecting once again.

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CHATTER UP with Beckett Media’s Chris Olds … Wednesday night on the Beckett Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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.

CONTEST: Tell us your 2014 collecting resolutions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

New year, new goals.

That’s what many people talk about once the clock rolls to midnight and a brand new year is here. But, first, let’s take a look back at my 2013 goals and see how I did.

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Richard McWilliam dies, Mastro pleads guilty, Panini gets Lillard: A look at the top stories from 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The last year had some memorable moments in cards – good and bad.

The trading card industry lost a giant while families bonded over cards. Even though we all collect cards for different reasons, it’s the one thing that brings us together.

We share our collections through different avenues, trade with people halfway around the world and get a sweet joy when we watch the next generation opening packs of cards.

Here’s a look back at some of the top moments from card and memorabilia collecting in 2013.

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CHATTER UP with Beckett Media’s Chris Olds … New Year’s Day on the Beckett Media Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Christmas night on the Beckett Media Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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 — yes, there will be Chatter Up on Christmas night! (Olds is dedicated … or something.)

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page


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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page


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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday night on our Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Thanks to Upper Deck for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.

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.