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Coming Soon — Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013

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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.

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Take the Beckett Media collectors survey

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Please help us learn about your collecting habits by taking this 18-question survey.

1. Where do you buy trading cards (pick all that apply)

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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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Chatter Up with Beckett Media’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 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 Media’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. 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 miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Chatter Up with Beckett Media’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 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 miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Chatter Up with Beckett Media’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 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 2013 Topps Mini football pack lot.)

If you miss 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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(Note: Yes, that says Oct. 2 thread … we’re using last week’s thread where comments are awaiting Olds, who was sick last week.)

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 Panini America 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 an autograph.)

If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Pirates’ postseason drought isn’t the only streak ending this year — Andrew McCutchen gets the nod

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

There are a few streaks that have come to an end this season for Pittsburgh Pirates fans.

For the first time in the history of the National League Central as well as the first time in the history of PNC Park, there was a postseason baseball game played with the Pittsburgh Pirates on the field – and they won.

That’s a streak of losing seasons and postseason futility that stretches back 22 years when the Barry Bonds-led Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series. Just months later, Bonds left town for home run riches in San Francisco and the Pirates were never the same.

A generation of Pirates fans has watched its team never finish above .500 until this season, let alone see an extra, more-meaningful game that their team won. That’s quite a return for a franchise who has some of the game’s best young talent on its current roster, more than a dozen former players wearing the team’s cap in Cooperstown and five World Series championships in its history book.

But it’s still not the only streak to be coming to an end this fall.

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Beckett Media publishes new book solely about autographs

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If you’re an autograph hound — or merely a collector of certified ink — Beckett Media has a new book just for you.

The newest offering in the Beckett library is the Beckett Autographs Price Guide, a release solely dedicated to autographs. The 432-page book includes a pair of feature stories to assist ink collectors hunting on their own and to spot some of the landmark certified sets. In addition, there are more than 1,000 exemplar images of autographs for most notable players from the Big Four sports as well as a few others and also a gallery of presidential autographs.

Lastly, more than 300 pages of the $49.95 book are dedicated to price guides for most major certified autograph sets from the four major sports as well as those from racing, golf, tennis and multi-sport releases.

For more information or to order a copy, click here.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win a 2013 Allen & Ginter retail box

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: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Retail Box

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.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win NSCC Beckett cover cards

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: 2013 Beckett Covers 2013 NSCC Chicago 10-card Proof set + #11 Michael Jordan/99

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.

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. Thanks to Panini America for this week’s prizes — pack lots of 2013 Cooperstown will be going to this week’s winners.

(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)

If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win a Beckett OPG

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: 1-year subscription to the Beckett Online Price Guide sport of your choice

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.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win a basketball hobby box

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: 2012-13 Fleer Retro Basketball Hobby Box

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.

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.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win a David Carradine autograph

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: 2009 Americana Cinema Stars Signature Material #21 David Carradine /100

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.

Win a Rick Nash autograph jersey card

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: 2010-11 The Cup Foundations Jerseys Autographs #CFRN Rick Nash (#’d/15)

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.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … tonight 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. Every winner tonight will get a pack with an autograh or mem card inside … be there!

(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)

If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Win a 1-year subscription to Beckett’s Total Access OPG

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: 1-year subscription to Beckett Total Access Online Price Guide

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.