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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.

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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2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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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.