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Are you up for a new $10 Card Shop Challenge?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge …  Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, Jan. 25 …

Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.

An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly: Take a look back at 2012 via our covers

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.

In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.

Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the ‘other’ sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.

But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.

1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?

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Ronda Rousey headlines 2012 UFC Bloodlines

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

UFC made headlines last week by naming its first female champion.

Ronda Rousey was handed her belt on Dec. 6, and given her first UFC opponent. She will fight Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 this February in the first female fight for the country’s most top MMA league.

With Rousey’s success in Strikeforce and the Olympics (first American woman to medal in judo), it’s no surprise her cards are among the most popular in 2012 UFC Bloodlines.

UFC Bloodlines came out last week and MMA fans flocked to Rousey’s cards.

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Major dealers already readying for Black Friday

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s one part competition, one part promotion, one part entertainment.

It’s Black Friday.

The biggest shopping day of the year in the hobby — and the rest of the retail world, too — is roughly two weeks away and several online dealers are already working to prepare for the event that aims to entice collectors with promos and prices that aim to draw their dollars and, ideally, in turn bolster their collections.

One of those dealers is Blowout CardsThomas Fish, who has perhaps made the day a bit of an art form on his Virginia-based company’s various platforms the last few years.

“Black Friday and the promotions that surround this event afford us the opportunity to give back to our customers,” Fish said. “It’s a day where we know there will be tremendous number of eyeballs on our website and our forum. Customers want to see some crazy prices, they want to be entertained and they want to feel rewarded for spending that valuable time on our website.

“We plan to deliver on all fronts.”

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Cool cards, cool prices: Five memorabilia cards that won’t break the bank

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all know that not all game-used memorabilia cards are made alike.

After all, there only so many patches or tags on a uniform and there’s not an endless supply of certain players’ jersey swatches to go around – no matter how long they play or whether they are Sabathia-sized.

But memorabilia cards can be cool without being expensive, too, and here are five memorabilia cards that will cost you far less than $100 to own. In fact, $100 or less will get you all of them … and you’ll probably have a few bucks left over for a few more mem cards – or maybe even a CC-style lunch.

Chasing Joe Willie
2011 Timeless Treasures Changing Stripes #14 Joe Namath /249, $25 (or less)
If you collect members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame or legendary quarterbacks, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you have a Joe Namath game-used jersey card in your stash. What you might not find? A Namath card with a Los Angeles Rams jersey, and that’s where he finished his career with a one-year stop in 1977. This card? It has both.

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Beckett 20 Questions: Collecting game-used

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s  going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.

From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.

Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.

1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?

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2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?

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Your Turn (BSCM Game-used Issue) — What are your thoughts on memorabilia cards these days?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of game-used cards and memorabilia.

While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside this year’s edition of The Game-used Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about what you think about game-used, what you collect and how you collect.

Give us your name and location and answer the following six questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.

1. Name, where from and what game-used stuff do you collect?

2. What one type of game-used item (any sport) do you prefer?

3. Who do you trust when it comes to authenticity statements for items or cards?

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Preview Gallery: Press Pass Legends inscriptions

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When this year’s editions of Press Pass Legends arrives on Oct. 18, it will be packing legends from the past and a few potential stars of the future.

And it will be packing their autographs — often with a bit more — as in inscriptions to go along with their autographs inside 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition.

From hot rookie Robert Griffin III to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, there will be plenty of variety in this one — and more than a few interesting things jotted along with their signatures.

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First look: 2013 Topps UFC Knockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fist-ographs made its debut in UFC Knockout last year. The autograph cards were so popular with collectors, it’s back again in 2013 UFC Knockout.

The unique hit features an ink fist print of an MMA fighter along with their signature.

Topps doesn’t stop there. There are two autographs, two autograph relics and four relic cards per eight-pack box. The Fist-ographs are box toppers.

Check out the extensive gallery below of 2013 UFC Knockout cards.

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Prize Gallery: Beckett Customer Appreciation Month starts Monday with daily giveaways on Beckett.com


While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.

From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.

And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.

Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds

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Beckett Grading to host James Spence tomorrow

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Sept. 22) 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.

Beckett 20 Questions: Rookies, RCs & collecting


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re prepping this year’s Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly soon and one thing is clear.

Rookie Cards reign in the hobby.

Whether it’s vintage firsts or modern-day rarities, RCs seem to demand our attention the most — so much so it can defy logic at times. Want a fresh sign of that? Panini America started selling Rated Rookie t-shirts last night — a rookie brand is now a clothing line.

When it comes to RCs, though, there are plenty of unclear areas, too. There are also many a personal definition for what is and what isn’t an RC and there are plenty of prospecting products that just make those personal tastes even harder to define.

We want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to Rookie Cards. Here, we present 20 rookie-focused questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answer on. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the issue after we see the results.

1. After six years, do you feel the Rookie Card logo is working in MLB?

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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Box Busters: 2012 UFC Finest

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 UFC Finest boxes from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

UFC is coming up on 20 years in the mixed martial arts world. In that time, hundreds of fighters have fought for the MMA company from dozens of countries. In fact, UFC airs in more than 150 countries and in 22 languages.

The company has an international appeal and not just for the fans. Fighters come from across the globe to participate in the largest MMA promotion company.

Topps is commemorating that international flavor with 2012 UFC Bloodlines, which highlights the heritage of athletes in UFC and Strikeforce.

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Topps offers limited product for UFC Fan Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

UFC fans are getting a treat this weekend. Not only is there another match with UFC 148, but the UFC Fan Expo is taking place at the same time.

The Fan Expo will feature more than 50 UFC and Strikeforce fighters including Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Tito Oritz and others at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday (roster is subject to change).

Of course, Topps will also be there promoting some of its MMA product. For those that will be able to attend, Topps will be at booth 731.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.

We hope you can top them.  You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

Next Topps UFC product will include fight-used cards somebody sank their teeth into

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next UFC release from Topps will be one you can sink your teeth into.

No wait …

The upcoming UFC release from Topps will include one insert set that will have some collectors champing at the bit for a certain few cards.

Err … When 2012 Topps Finest UFC arrives in July, it will include cards that will include complete fight-used mouthpieces embedded into the cards.

“Its just an ongoing effort by our company to be innovative, to push the bounds, to do our best to give our collectors great content and to connect them with their favorite fighters,” said Topps VP Mark Sapir. “We are all about bringing the game, the fight, etc., to our collectors and this is just another special way we plan to do this.”

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