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Posted on December 17, 2013 – 7:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | Beckett Media Facebook chat, Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, free stuff, hobby discussion, Topps | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s 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.)
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 8:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football, Non-Sports | 2013 Strata Football, 2013 Topps Strata Football, Santa Claus, Topps | Comments (14)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Ho ho ho!
Topps is bringing Santa Claus to collectors this year.
Santa Claus autograph relic cards have popped up in 2013 Topps Strata Football. No, Santa isn’t one of the many backup quarterbacks this year. The Santa Claus cards are an extra addition to Strata.
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Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.
We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)
1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?
2. How many autographs do you own?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 3:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards, Garbage Pail Kids, Topps | Comments (0)
Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards. Watch the video to see the GPK stickers.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Buying gifts for a sports card or memorabilia collector can be tough if you’re not one yourself. They say things like top loaders and penny sleeves, and you have no idea what they’re talking about.
Let’s make things a little easier with Beckett’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for collectors.
1. Pay Pal Gift Card
It’s one of the simplest presents you can get a card collector. Many of them probably shop on eBay for singles or even hobby boxes. A PayPal gift card will allow them to pick up anything they want.
2. A hobby box
Don’t be afraid to ask the collector in your family what their favorite sport is – then head over to a hobby shop and pick up a hobby box of their sport. Many of these will be in the $100 range. Most hobby shops clerks are willing to help you pick the right box, but the important information is usually listed on the sides of the boxes. It will tell you how many packs, autographs and what collectors can expect to find inside.
Posted on December 2, 2013 – 1:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Beckett Media Facebook chat, Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook chats | Comments (0)
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.
If you can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Bench Warmer, black friday, Blowout Cards, COMC.com, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
It’s not just a big sales day, it’a a whole lot of work — and, to some degree, an experience for collectors.
Black Friday is nearly here, and, for card companies, it’s a chance to add to the creative pieces collectors can chase. For card sellers, it’s a chance to be creative with marketing and to ensure they are utilizing all of their sales potential as best they can.
These days, that’s not just a website or simple storefront for many dealers. It’s a multi-channel online approach that creates and fosters surges of traffic — as well as collector interest — throughout the biggest sales weekend of the year. It’s building an audience and an experience — and, of course, both of those things benefit a brand that can stick with collectors the remainder of the year.
How big can it be online?
“In the past, the website has averaged between two to three million pageviews on Black Friday,” said Chris Park of Sterling, Va.-based Blowout Cards.
And that’s just one of the company’s platforms.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
Posted on November 19, 2013 – 6:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | Box Break, music memorabilia, Panini America, Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of The Beach Boys from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 18, 2013 – 2:49 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards, Garbage Pail Kids, Garbage Pail Kids Brand News Series 1, GPK, Topps, Topps.com | Comments (6)
The Garbage Pail Kids are getting smaller.
Topps.com launched 2013 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards that can only be found on the company’s website.
Posted on November 13, 2013 – 3:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Norm Saunders, Topps, Wacky Packages | Comments (5)
It seems Topps employees were digging deep into the company’s vault recently.
A piece of artwork from the 1960s was discovered in one of Topps’ warehouses, and the company is making it available to purchase to the public.
Topps artist Norm Saunders created a 5-by-7-inch painting for a Wacky Packages design titled “Band-Ache,” parodying the Johnson & Johnson brand Band-Aid.
The fetching price for the nearly 50-year-old piece — $1 million.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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)
2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)
Posted on October 30, 2013 – 11:46 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Cryptozoic, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy | Comments (3)
Sons of Anarchy could be an interesting set for Cryptozoic.
When you first looked at the basic information, there were a couple of big names missing from the initial autograph checklist.
Fans of SOA should take another look at the trading cards set due out next years. Cryptozoic recently announced it got Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman to sign a three-set deal.
Posted on October 17, 2013 – 12:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Cryptozoic Entertainment, Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim trading cards | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
Movie and TV show trading cards can be challenging to put together.
The companies could have a large number of actors that it wants to sign for the release, and wardrobe pieces to buy, chop up and put into products.
Sometimes it could take a while and come out at what seems like an off time such as Pacific Rim. It has been announced, but collectors are still waiting for Cryptozoic Entertainment to release the cards based on the popular sci-fi film. It said in March the cards will come out this fall.
Interestingly, the movie has left theatres and DVDs of the film are on the way. To keep collectors interested, Cryptozoic is giving away copies of Pacific Rim on Blu-Ray (see how you can win one here).
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports | baseball cards, basketball cards, Beckett 20 Questions, collecting, football cards, hockey cards, Panini America, press pass, sports cards, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (30)
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 16, 2013 – 12:57 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps Update, MLB, Prince George of Cambridge, royal family, Topps | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It’s not a Prince Fielder, it’s not a George Brett, but it’s found in packs of 2013 Topps Update.
It’s a “rookie card” of Prince George of Cambridge, the latest addition to Britain’s royal family — and he’s in packs of baseball cards.
And, well, the asking price for the first one to hit eBay on the first official day of release for Update is, well, rather regal.
Will it sell? That remains to be seen. Oh, and let us know what you think of the card in the comments below.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on October 10, 2013 – 5:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Non-Sports | 2013 World Stars Toreka Edition, 24K gold cards, autographs, Blowout Cards | Comments (47)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 World Stars Toreka Edition — a high-end autograph brand from Brothers Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Contest: How you can enter to win the 24K gold card? Comment below — we’ll pick a winner from all entries received (with email included in proper field) on Nov. 1.
Here’s the link for the U.S. Edition’s availability.
Posted on October 9, 2013 – 11:40 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Rittenhouse Archives, The Bionic Woman, The Complete Bionic Collection, The Six Million Dollar Man | Comments (2)
If you’re a fan of 1970s TV shows, this might be the trading card set for you.
Rittenhouse Archives is putting The Complete Bionic Collection to cards featuring every episode from of The Six Million Dollar Man (103) and The Bionic Woman, including the three original movies/pilot episode and all three Bionic reunion specials.
Rittenhouse is putting these cards out in its premium pack arrangement. Each pack will come with two autographs and at least nine episode cards.
Posted on October 7, 2013 – 2:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, music memorabilia, non-sports sets, Panini America, The Beach Boys | Comments (5)
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a trading card set only about one of the most-influential bands of all time, The Beach Boys?
Just wait 23 more days and you’ll have it — that’s when 2013 Panini The Beach Boys arrives. It’s the first mainstream card release for the iconic American band — and it will pack two Concert Gear memorabilia cards and more into every 24-pack hobby box. Other boxes, of course, will include autographs from members of the band.
It’s the latest non-sport card release from Panini America, which has explored music and pop culture in recent years with sets for Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber as well as its history- and celebrity-laced Americana lines as well as past pop culture releases all found under its Donruss umbrella.
Posted on October 4, 2013 – 1:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Hockey, Non-Sports | 2013 Bowman Chrome, 2013 Panini Prizm, 2013 Topps Chrome, Breygent Grimm, Evan Gattis, Nathan MacKinnon, red pulsar, Yasiel Puig | Comments (1)
The hottest player on the planet right now might still be Yasiel Puig. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie has taken over the hobby since he was called up this summer.
With several baseball products coming out so close together, Puig’s cards have remained hot in the marketplace. His 2013 Topps Chrome, 2013 Bowman Chrome and 2013 Panini Prizm cards are all doing well. Often just base cards of Puig have sold for $10 or more.
Evan Gattis autographs
The Braves rookie was severely lacking in cards, but his first two autographs to hit the market are doing well. His Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome autos – all variations – are selling for $30 or more. If he does well in the playoffs, these could go higher.
Panini Prizm Red Pulsar parallels
Pulling the right player could net collectors a decent product on the Panini Prizm Red Pulsar parallels. Examples: Ken Griffey Jr. sold for $14, Nolan Ryan sold for $25, Mike Trout for $11.50 and Yasiel Puig $30. Other Red Pulsar parallels don’t have the same effect for some of the lesser players.
Hockey is back and, yes, that means the Double Rookie Class will be soon upon us. However, MacKinnon’s cards are doing well after his first game. His only cards available for pre-Rookie Cards from In The Game, but that hasn’t stopped collectors from picking up his cards.
Breygent Marketing recently put out cards of the television show Grimm that appears on NBC. Breygent secured autographs of many of the actors, which have sold well in the last week. Claire Coffee, David Giuntoli and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and some of the autos selling for about $50 and more.
Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.