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BGS Diary: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for December — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is latest WWE Icon

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A beer-guzzling, attitude-fueled WWE legend is the latest star to get the McFarlane Toys treatment.

His name is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and he’s the star of the newest 23-inch tall resin statue display in the WWE Icons line from the long-running toy-maker. The premium piece comes with a swatch of the ring apron from WrestleMania 17 in Houston, Texas, where the home-state hero took on The Rock and won the WWE championship.

The statutes are limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies and sell for $295. A limited run of 50 autographed statues already has sold out at $395 apiece.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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BGS Diary: Vintage, booklets, Dr. Beckett & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Chrome wrestling

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

WrestleMania 31 is set for late March, but the Topps hopes to steal the show on cardboard not long afterward.

The lone manufacturer of WWE trading cards revealed its next product in production on Wednesday and it’s 2015 Topps WWE Chrome, which arrives on May 13. Each 24-pack box will contain two hits — a mix of autographs, Relics, kiss cards and more.

The base set will consist of 100 cards with a mix of current performers, legends, Divas and NXT prospects. The Hulk Hogan Tribute insert will consist of 10 cards, each with Gold parallels (/10) and 1/1 Reds as well.

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Top 5: Sting wrestling cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

He’s been a professional wrestler on the national stage for more than 25 years but there was one thing that Sting had never done until Sunday night at Survivor Series.

Appear in a WWE ring.

Sting, aka Steve Borden, has held countless championships and picked up countless more honors in a highly decorated career with the NWA, WCW and TNA and now he’s in the fold with Vince McMahon‘s promotion in what could be the final run of his career.

He’s appeared on 810 cards and other items in the Beckett.com database with 327 certified autos and 149 memorabilia cards in the mix with a total value of more than $6,400 excluding rarities.

Here are my picks for five cards to track down first … after the jump.

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BGS Diary Predictor: What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary (click to read) and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

That was last month’s BGS submission. For this month, we’re getting a bit interactive. He’s prepared his five cards for grading and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

November BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC (54%, 86 Votes)
  • 2011 Topps Stickers #21 Nick Swisher (40%, 63 Votes)
  • 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana RC (38%, 60 Votes)
  • 1957 Topps #35 Frank Robinson RC (37%, 59 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractors #18BC8 Bryce Harper (36%, 57 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC (35%, 56 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #JBE Dr. Jim Beckett (31%, 50 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps WWE Diva Centerfolds #1 AJ Lee (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2001 Topps Heritage #316 Cal Ripken SP (16%, 26 Votes)
  • 1971-72 Topps #4 John Johnson RC (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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2. Pick one: Sticker auto or no auto.

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Show Recap: Toronto Expo Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another successful Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo came to a close Sunday evening and thousands of hockey collectors from all over have gone home after three days of hunting for cards and collectibles at the International Centre in Toronto.

Beckett Media was once again on hand for this semi-annual extravaganza and in addition to offering the latest issues of our price guides and annuals along with raw card grading services, managed to bring a lot of folks to our booth on Friday evening with a special appearance by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.

What else was going on at the Expo? Read on after the jump for an extensive recap. Read More »

Wrestler CM Punk to write Thor comic book

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If you have purchased any wrestling cards in the last decade, odds are you have one of his cards — maybe even an autograph.

After all, CM Punk has plenty of stuff in the Beckett database — and his real-life wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee, does, too.

What you might not know is that Punk — real name Phil Brooks — is a big comic book fan and Marvel Comics announced Monday that he will have a new title soon.

He’s becoming a comic book writer — and he’s taking a crack at Thor in its Annual No. 1, which is set to arrive in February, as a guest scribe.

“You know, I think I’m more suited for it just because I’ve been reading comic books my entire life,” said Brooks, who left WWE in January. “I’m definitely prepared to fall flat on my face, I think. If anything, [wrestling] got me used to understanding that failure is part of a process, and the only real failure is if you don’t try.”

Read more about the news in an interview with Marvel right here. 

First Look: Trish Stratus’ BSCM cover

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a milestone for her, a collectable for you — one you can get signed if you attend an upcoming card show.

It’s the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and she’s WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, a seven-time women’s champ and Topps‘ Queen of WrestleMania. She’ll be signing the magazines at the Beckett Media booth in 11 days at the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine makes its public debut at the show with the Toronto native featured on what is the 100th cover appearance of her career. The two-hour autograph session will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Fans who buy a copy will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited and there’s no additional fee for her autograph.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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Trish Stratus to sign for Beckett at Expo

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It should be a Stratusfying card show.

WWE Hall of Famer and seven-time women’s champion Trish Stratus will sign copies of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly at the Beckett Media booth one night only during the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine will make its public debut at the show next month with the Toronto native appearing on its cover, which is the 100th cover appearance of her career. Show attendees who buy a copy of the magazine at the booth for the two-hour session beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus is The Queen of WrestleMania, a mom — and a “collector nerd” too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

She’s seen the world as both a model and an athlete. She’s a successful businesswoman. She’s a Hall of Famer. She’s held the WWE’s women’s championship more times than any other Diva in history and is now officially wrestling royalty.

Her new Queen of WrestleMania cards from Topps say so.

But the title that is apparent for Trish Stratus now vs. her past is the one that probably matters most — and it’s even reflected on the final card in her new set.

It’s Mom. And the last card found in the new 2014 Topps Road to WrestleMania set shows the first time she publicly announced the future arrival of  her son, Maximus, who celebrates his first birthday in four days with his first cardboard appearance. You can call it a Rookie Card per se.

“That’s hilarious. Oh my God, that’s great,” she said, laughing. “I never really looked at it like that, but you’re right.”

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Collect Call: Talking Topps cards, autos and even a missing tooth with WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he talks about wrestling, autographs, the Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards, memorabilia and even a missing tooth with the Queen of WrestleMania, Trish Stratus, in this edition of Collect Call.

Look for even more about Stratus and collecting in a story right here soon on Beckett.com/news and in the pages of an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Curious about the tooth moment? View it here in HD at the 1:56 mark.

Which of these Queen of  WrestleMania cards is your favorite? Tell us below and take our poll.

Which Queen card gets your vote as the best?

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You want our rare cards? We want to see your SuperCollector submissions & your deadline is Dec. 8

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We pulled a pretty sweet 1/1 Craig Kimbrel Relic booklet out of Triple Threads and a rare rookie parallel of Teddy Bridgewater out of Rookies & Stars (/5) and we want them to be yours.

BridgewaterTwo collectors will get their hands on them if they submit their SuperCollector stories for the upcoming annual SuperCollector showcase issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Your deadline is Dec. 8.

We run SuperCollector nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. This time, though, it’s our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Larry Bird cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail baseball autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

After the jump, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to enter — what to say, what to send and where.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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FIRST LOOK: 2012 Topps Heritage WWE

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After a four-year rest, the Topps Heritage WWE line is back for another run at the world championship.

And while past years used past baseball designs as the form for the newest retro-styled WWE cards, this year’s edition will do something that hadn’t been done in the four previous standalone releases.

It will utilize the heritage of Topps‘ first wrestling release, the 1985 WWF set, which featured the likes of Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheik and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka on the cusp of wrestling’s emergence onto the national psyche. This time, some of those stars return — along with the oldschool design.

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Box Busters: 2012 TRISTAR TNA TENacious

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 TRISTAR TNA TENacious wrestling boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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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The Fleer Jericho mystery: A bad cut? A prank?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Sometimes, memorabilia cards can go wrong — and this Chris Jericho card from Fleer shows a potential example of how that can happen.

But it’s a mistake that also made somebody some money.

Back in 2001, the 41-year-old multi-time world champion and son of former NHL player Ted Irvine was one of 13 WWE stars found in the Fleer WWF Championship Clash Piece of the Champion set — a release where a piece of a shirt or other worn memorabilia was cut up and a swatch placed into a card. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)

This card recently was found and sold on eBay for $99.99 — much more than the typical $10-$20 price that the card normally commands.

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First Look: 2012 TRISTAR TNA TENacious

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

TRISTAR‘s newest TNA IMPACT Wrestling card set will make its debut on Aug. 1 at the National Sports Collectors Convention, and that’s also where the company will have some stars from the organization on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

While those details are still to come, the specifics on TENacious are here — and it’s a set that will celebrate a decade of wrestling for the company.

Set to arrive for the rest of the non-show-going hobby on Aug. 15, this one will include three autograph cards and either a memorabilia card or celebrity cut autograph in every 20-pack hobby box.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

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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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First look: 2012 Topps WWE

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is back in the wresting ring again.

After a long wait, the lone licensee of World Wrestling Entertainment cards released the first glimpses at its newest set showcasing the squared-circle in 2012 Topps WWE, a $2-per-pack product that will arrive on Sept. 26.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include  two hits — one shirt Relic and either an autograph or a Relic specifically from this year’s WrestleMania event which was headlined by The Rock vs. John Cena.

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Will you take the $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, June 15 …

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.

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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 »