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Your Turn: What’s your favorite “other” card?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the “other” sports and other collecting options

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Majority rules.

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?

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2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?

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Richard McWilliam dies, Mastro pleads guilty, Panini gets Lillard: A look at the top stories from 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First look: 2014 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck Thor the Dark World


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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Leaf acquires Famous Fabrics’ assets

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.”

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps 75th trading cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’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.)

Santa Claus coming to a Strata football box near you

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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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting autographs

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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?

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2. How many autographs do you own?

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Box Busters: 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards


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Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards. Watch the video to see the GPK stickers.

Holiday Gift Guide for sports collectors

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.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page


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Join Beckett Baseball’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.

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.

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.

Companies prepare for Black Friday — where the industry’s creativity continues to show

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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.

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Family’s love of collectibles turns into a family business

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Box Busters: The Beach Boys from Panini America

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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 …

Topps releases 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Topps to sell Wacky Packages original art for $1 million

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Take the Beckett Media collectors survey

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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)

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2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)

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Cryptozoic signs Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman for Sons of Anarchy trading card set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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