Posted on September 24, 2014 – 3:43 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps UFC Champions in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on September 12, 2014 – 6:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.
Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.
1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?
2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?
See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.
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Posted on September 9, 2014 – 12:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary
You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.
You’d be wrong.
A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.
It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.
Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.
How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.
He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.
Posted on June 23, 2014 – 6:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
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After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.
The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.
Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.
“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”
Posted on May 20, 2014 – 1:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps UFC Knockout in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on March 26, 2014 – 9:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Beckett Auctions kicks off next month with an impressive first round of items.
Highlights include UFC memorabilia, autographs from Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning, and a number of high-end sports cards including a Mike Trout autograph memorabilia card and a Damian Lillard autograph.
The auction will run April 13-April 27.
Beckett’s jump into the auction world will start with dozens of lots that include a wide variety of sports and historical items.
Posted on March 21, 2014 – 3:19 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.
But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.
Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
That might be the best way to describe the sports card landscape and collecting habits these days. The sports that the most people like get the most attention and the most products — and that means that more people probably will own the key cards compared to some of the “other” sports that aren’t the Big Four of baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
And that might be the key to future potential — the oddball stuff of today could be much tougher to find tomorrow if there’s somehow more interest to be seen in sports that aren’t king on cardboard right now. While many a prospector is ripping case after case of the chromed-out stuff, there are far fewer likely buying soccer, wrestling and Olympic brands. There have to be far fewer autographs of some of the “other” sports’ biggest names — you know, the sports that don’t have 20-some products released each year. It’s a compelling thought as tastes always seem to change — just like the stars in the sports world.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at some of those other sports. As part of “The Others Issue” we’ll showcase your thoughts on this — and more. Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below — only after you respond to our latest 20 Questions.
1. Have you bought sports cards that are not from baseball, football, basketball or hockey?
2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on January 14, 2014 – 5:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps UFC Bloodlines in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 17, 2013 – 9:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly
Topps is coming out punching with 2014 UFC Knockout.
Each five-card pack will have one parallel and one hit, which could be an autograph, relic or autograph relic. Each box will have eight packs.
The base set will feature 100 UFC fighters of young stars, veterans and current champions. There will be Gold, Green and Red parallels. In addition, Topps has included 1-of-1 parallels such as Mat (printed on simulated mat stock) and Printing Plates.
The autograph lineup is extensive in 2014 Topps UFC Knockout. There are nearly a dozen different types of autographs, including parallels that collectors can pull: Notable Nicknames, Three of a Kind Triple Autographs, Knockout Autographs, Ultimate Inscription Autographs, UFC @autographs (Twitter handles included) and Autograph Glove Redemption cards.
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking you behind the scenes inside some card companies to show you things you may not have seen before and talk shop with some people whose daily routines include helping your cardboard come to life.
As part of that, we’ll have our typical 20 Questions in the issue but, honestly, there may not be 20 questions that fit that concept — so instead we’re asking questions that take us behind the scenes in your minds.
Here are 20 questions asking what you think about collecting today as well as your collecting tastes and habits.
1. Where do you buy most of your wax boxes?
2. What type of collector are you?
Posted on October 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps UFC Finest in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Does Olds know who’s Miesha Tate and who’s Ronda Rousey? Watch and find out …
Posted on September 27, 2013 – 2:47 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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The rookie autographs in 2013 Topps Chrome are selling well in the first week of its release. Guys such as Yasiel Puig, Wil Myers and Manny Machado have been good hits for sellers.
As in any Topps Chrome-type of product, any kind of color is a welcomed site.
Here are the top players out of 2013 Topps Chrome Baseball – consider them all on the Hot List.
Posted on June 10, 2013 – 5:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION
Our annual showcase of collectors’ passions is coming soon in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
That’s right — The SuperCollector Issue is upon us later this summer.
Now’s the time where we’re seeking all of your stories, your photos and your information. We want you to make your case for being one of the 15 to 20 collectors showcased for the world to see.
Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.
As a new part of this year’s issue, we also want to see how you display your collections — we want to see the best of your fancaves out there as well.
How can you be a SuperCollector or see your fancave showcased in a Beckett magazine? Your instructions are after the jump … read them carefully!
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 4:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps UFC Knockout in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Need a checklist or OPG for this product? Click here.
Posted on May 22, 2013 – 9:08 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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In The Game, Inc., and Sport Kings LP are merging as one company.
The companies owned by Dr. Brian Price were kept separate, but they will now be one, Price announced today.
“By making this acquisition, I will be able to continue the production of the Sport Kings brand as the consolidation of the brand into the ITG family makes it easier to move forward with future releases,” Price said on his blog. “In the past websites, marketing and sales were kept separately causing confusion in the marketplace, this acquisition removes that confusion.”
Price will move forward with the Sportking series releasing Series F this summer before the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)
Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.
1. DId a family member get you into collecting?
Posted on April 23, 2013 – 3:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Update: A new prize is up for grabs … we want your entries!
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If there’s one thing I’ve come to appreciate more and more over the last few years at Beckett Media, it’s the tales of collectors — specifically, those of SuperCollectors who clearly are so focused on their niche that only one word applies.
And it’s a good thing. Imagine my thoughts today as I dipped into the SuperCollector mailbag and saw that we didn’t really have too many new and amazing entries piled up from the last few weeks.
I did the only sane thing I should do … I went and found this Larry Bird card and am randomly giving it away to one SuperCollector who submits all the necessary info between now and July 1.
The card is an impressive one — and we’ll make sure it’s in someone’s hands … as long as they submit their info about their collection.
How can it be yours? Read the instructions on submitting your SuperCollector info (any sport, any player, any niche) … after the jump.
Posted on March 1, 2013 – 3:55 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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UFC Finest is back for another season on cards.
The popular Topps brand will showcase fighters from the UFC and Strikeforce such as Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and Benson Henderson.