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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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See the rest … after the jump.

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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!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

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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Box Busters: 2012 Topps UFC Knockout

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Topps UFC Knockout cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

If you’re a SuperCollector, we want your story!

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

Summer 2012 update: All collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball and a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today! (Click on the page above to read the sample submission.)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for that issue of the magazine, 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.)

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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Box Busters: 2011 Leaf MMA Metal

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Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Leaf’s Brian Gray to bust a pair of 2011 Leaf MMA Metal boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Why so serious?

Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.

For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »

2012 UFC Finest offers more than autos, relics

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When collectors get their hands on 2012 Topps UFC Finest, they should be on the lookout for Dana White autographs.

The current UFC Prez is one of the most familiar faces, but also pulling his solo autograph means a chance at winning an exclusive UFC trip.

Finest is a comprehensive set when it comes to getting hits. Of course, it has the requisite autos and relic cards, but it includes opportunities to win autographed memorabilia and a trip where a lucky fan and a guest will attend an event and meet fighters.

That all comes in one product 2012 Topps UFC Finest scheduled to be out mid-July.

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