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Posted on February 13, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | baseball cards, basketball cards, football cards, hockey cards, Vintage cards | Comments (17)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.
Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?
Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.
So, all that said …
What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?
What do you like about vintage cards?
What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?
Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on February 3, 2014 – 3:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Beckett Media Facebook chat, Chatter Up, Chris Olds, Facebook | Comments (1)
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 one-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.
Posted on January 24, 2014 – 10:41 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2014 Upper Deck Marvel Now!, comic book artist autographs, Marvel Comics | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Marvel Now! cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 21, 2014 – 10:40 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary, Gilligan's Island, Russell Johnson | Comments (7)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The actor who played The Professor on Gilligan’s Island died last week.
Russell Johnson was 89.
Many people who bought 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary packs may have pulled a redemption for an autograph of Johnson.
Topps confirmed to Beckett Media that Johnson signed the autographs before he died.
Read More »
Posted on January 17, 2014 – 12:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Inkworks, Rittenhouse Archives, Sarah Michelle Gellar | Comments (1)
One of the biggest names missing from non-sports cards in the last 15 years has been Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star never signed autographs for Inkworks’ Buffy sets despite there being more than 10 produced.
However, Rittenhouse Archives announced the popular actress will be signing cards for them starting this year.
The company announced on its Facebook page: “In late 2014, we will release The Complete Buffy The Vampire Slayer Trading Cards and include the first official signed Buffy cards by Sarah Michelle Gellar.”
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Boxing, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer, Tennis, Your Turn | 2000 Upper Deck Ovation Japan, Ichiro Suzuki, NPB, Upper Deck | Comments (25)
We all have our favorite players an our favorite cards from the stuff that seemingly everybody collects — or at least stuff everyone is familiar with — from the Big Four sports.
For the upcoming “Others Issue” of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, though, we want to hear about your cherished cards from the sports that aren’t baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or at least not the typical stuff from those sports.
Better yet, we want you to show us your favorites — as long as they aren’t the norm — show us and tell us about your favorite card or set in the comments below.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Allen & Ginter, BBM, brock lesnar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Fist-ograph, goodwin champions, Japanese baseball, Jimmie Johnson, Leaf, Lolo Jones, Lorena Ochoa, Masahiro Tanaka, Miesha Tate, MMA, Muhammad Ali, NASCAR, NPB, Panini America, Pele, soccer, Sonya Thomas, sumo, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, Winter Olympics, wrestling, WWE | Comments (3)
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 December 31, 2013 – 6:50 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports | 2013 on cards, Bill Mastro, Famous Fabrics, Honus Wagner, Leaf Trading Cards, Panini America, Richard McWilliam, Topps, trading cards, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | 2014 Topps Star Wars Perspective Chrome, Hans Solo, Star Wars, Topps | Comments (0)
Topps’ newest Star Wars set will look at the different sides of the fight for the galaxy – in chrome.
Stars Wars Chrome Perspectives will release in mid-May looking at the different viewpoints of the Rebel Alliance and the Empire as they battle for control of the galaxy.
Posted on December 18, 2013 – 6:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2013 Upper Deck Thor The Dark World, Chris Hemsworth, Kat Dennings, Natalie Portman, Thor 2, Thor: The Dark World, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Join Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2013 Upper Deck Thor The Dark World cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.
Posted on December 18, 2013 – 5:53 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Famous Fabrics, itg, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (5)
Famous Fabrics is changing hands.
Leaf Trading Cards has acquired the assets of the company from In The Game, the companies announced on Wednesday.
The transfer is immediate.
“I am very comfortable taking the groundwork laid by Famous Fabrics and further developing those brands into even greater value propositions for its collectors,” said Leaf President Brian Gray in a release. “I have every confidence we can continue the creativity and innovation in a way that continues to push the limits of what has traditionally been provided in the marketplace.”
Posted on December 18, 2013 – 3:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps 75th, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, non-sports cards, Topps | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps 75th in this latest edition of Box Busters.
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.
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.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | autograph ettiquette, autograph pens, autographs, Classic, Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Namath, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, music autographs, Pro Line, Score Board, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Brady, Topps, Troy Aikman, TTM autographs, Ty Murray, Vince McMahon, WWE, Yoenis Cespedes | Comments (9)
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?
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
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gaming, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Racing, Soccer | christmas presents, Collecting Gift Guide, hanukkah presents, holiday presents, Sports Card Gift Guide, sports collectors gift guide | Comments (2)
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.