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)
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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Posted on November 20, 2013 – 3:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2013 TRISTAR TNA Imapct Glory, Mr. Pectacular, TNA, TNA Knockouts, TRISTAR | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 TRISTAR TNA Glory wrestling cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 20, 2013 – 2:57 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Pro Wrestling | 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes, Breast Cancer Awareness, Damian Lillard, Johnny Bench, Leaf Trading Cards, Olympics, Pete Rose, pink ribbons, Ric Flair, Victor Oladipo | Comments (1)
Leaf is taking the fight against breast cancer onto cards in 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes with Pink Ribbon Inscriptions. Leaf is also making a donation to a breast cancer charity in conjunction with the subset, according to Leaf’s Brian Gray.
The autograph inscription cards will feature people such as Ric Flair, Damian Lillard and Pete Rose. But the inscriptions are what really stand out.
Ric Flair is not just throwing his support behind the fight against breast cancer, but doing so in a way that should get noticed.
His inscription reads: “Save the Boobies”
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 4, 2013 – 4:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Glory, Gail Kim, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Sting, TNA, TNA Knockouts, TNA Wrestling, TRISTAR, Velvet Sky | Comments (4)
TRISTAR is back with a new TNA Wrestling set and it packs a first in more than five years of the company making wrestling cards.
As in on-card autographs.
When 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Glory arrives on Nov. 13 with a production run of just 75 factory-sealed cases, it will include the first on-card signatures penned for a TNA product during the company’s card-making run that began back in 2008. More importantly, every 24-box case will include four Hot Boxes with nine or more signatures per box.
Posted on October 2, 2013 – 6:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Tennis | 2013 Leaf Masterworks, George Gervin, Hulk Hogan | Comments (1)
Leaf has added art cards and autographs in several products over the last year.
Now, it has put it all together for one set – 2013 Leaf Masterworks.
Leaf Masterworks contains three art cards with an autograph of the featured athlete. Since these are all custom created, every card is considered 1-of-1.
Posted on October 1, 2013 – 6:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Pro Wrestling, Racing | Action Packed, Action Packed 24K Gold, Action Packed Braille, Action Packed Mammoth, Panini America | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
Countless brands have come and gone and returned through the years as today’s manufacturers revisit past releases hoping a look back will spark a new trend. After all, it’s worked pretty well since Topps launched its Heritage line and the other retro brands that followed in 2001.
But there’s one brand from the past that just doesn’t seem to be on the manufacturing radar for some reason (probably cost) but it’s one that’s simple and one that takes me back to the past easily. It’s also a brand that had quite a run with releases in the four major sports as well as NASCAR and even pro wrestling from 1988 to 1997 before ultimately vanishing for good save for one early 2000s blip on the collecting radar.
It’s Action Packed. Read More »
Posted on October 1, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | Kane, McFarlane Toys, Undertaker, World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling memorabilia, wrestling statues, WWE, WWE ICON, WWE Raw | Comments (0)
World Wrestling Entertainment and McFarlane Toys are now tag-team partners.
The companies are joining forces for a new line of high-end statues that will launch in December with the longest-running star in the company, The Undertaker, being the first subject in the WWE ICON series.
The series, unveiled Tuesday, will include stars from the past and present and include extras that add to their collectibility. They also won’t be the faint of heart with a $295 price tag. The first figure will be available on Dec. 6 primarily via WWEShop.com and the McFarlane Toys store.
Posted on September 27, 2013 – 6:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2014 topps WWE, A.J. Lee, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Topps, wrestling, wrestling cards, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (2)
Topps wants collectors to get in the ring next year.
The lone licensee of World Wrestling Entertainment trading cards offered the first looks and details of its 2014 Topps WWE cards on Friday with the newest wave of superstars, Divas, legends and more set for a Feb. 28 release.
Among the new offerings? Autographed kiss cards from the Divas and metal championship plate manufactured Relics from big names from the past among the two hits in every 24-pack hobby box that carries a suggested retail price of $48.
Posted on September 13, 2013 – 10:21 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Golf, Multisport, Pro Wrestling | Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, pink PMG, Precious Metal Gems, purple PMG, Rory Mcllroy, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Upper Deck employee cards | Comments (6)
Several collectors noticed interesting cards showing up on eBay – purple Precious Metal Gems.
Turns out these cards were made for Upper Deck employees, according to the company’s blog. These cards were given away to show appreciation to the employees.
Posted on August 24, 2013 – 3:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2007 Topps WWE Heritage Chrome, 2011 Topps WWE, The Fairfield Company, The Rock, Topps, wrestling cards, WWE Divas, WWE Wrestling Cube | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a WWE Wrestling Cube — a retail repackage product from The Fairfield Company – in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 25, 2013 – 2:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Just for Fun, Pro Wrestling | A.J. Lee, C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Kane, Ryback, Sheamus, WWE, WWEShop.com | Comments (0)
Not long ago, we took a look at a relatively new entrant into the sports world, and now the Bleacher Creatures are branching out.
The plush renditions of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL stars have a new crop of stars to contend with — the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Posted on May 24, 2013 – 12:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | autograph collecting, autographs, Gilbraltar Trade Center, WWE | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he checks out what he got in the mail from GibraltarTrade.com/store while exploring a perhaps-overlooked area of autograph collecting — buying via show promoters online. While it’s not uncommon, it’s one area collectors might not consider as often when seeking autographs.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, MMA, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | 1991 Pro Line, 1993 Maxx, Barry Bonds, Beckett Sports Card Monthly Families Issue, Bobby Bowden, brothers in sports, Cal Ripken Jr., college football, Eli Manning, families in sports, Father's Day, Gina Carano, Gordie Howe, Jose Canseco, Karl Malone, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant parents, Lisa Leslie, Mia Hamm, Mike Ditka, MLB twins, Peyton Manning, Richard Petty, top families in sports, Vince McMahon, WWE | Comments (8)
With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)
Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.
1. DId a family member get you into collecting?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on April 6, 2013 – 6:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | AJ Lee, Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Bob Backlund, Booker T, Brie Bella, brock lesnar, Brodus Clay, Bruno Sammartino, Cameron, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Donald Trump, Fandango, Jack Swagger, John Cena, Johnny Curtis, Kane, Mark Henry, Mick Foley, Naomi, Nikki Bella, Randy Orton, Ryback, Sheamus, Tensai, The Miz, The Rock, The Shield, Triple H, Trish Stratus, Undertaker, Wade Barrett, World Wrestling Entertainment, WrestleMania 29, Wrestlemania 29 results, wrestlemania predictions, Wrestlemania results, WWE, WWE Hall of Fame | Comments (11)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
The biggest event in sports entertainment, WrestleMania, is little more than 24 hours away with the WWE‘s showcase event coming from a sold out MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
It’s no secret among wrestling fans that trading cards can be hot commodities as the print runs are often far smaller than their baseball or football counterparts and the volume of autographs and memorabilia for the stars of today pale in comparison to those other sports, too.
But there’s only one wrestling card that matters tomorrow — who’s facing who at WrestleMania (7 p.m. Eastern on pay-per-view) — but we’ve taken a look at the match-ups and the competitors’ cardboard stats on Beckett.com to give you a tale of the tape for each match — and for the latest WWE Hall of Fame class going in tonight.
Check them all out … after the jump.
Posted on April 5, 2013 – 10:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Art Modell, Art Monk, Art Shell, Art Shorin, Babe Ruth, Beckett Spots Card Monthly, Brian Kong, DC comics, Diamond KIngs, Dick Perez, Family Guy, featured, Fleer ProVision, Jerry Lawler, Johnny Manziel, Jose Canseco, Leroy Neiman, lithographs, Marvel Beginnings, Marvel Comics, Masterpieces, mike trout, NAR!, National Chicle, NBA, packaged toys, paintings, Postage stamps, Propaganda Sports Art, Randy Johnson, Rocky, sculpture, Sketch cards, Sports Illustrated, sports photography, sports toys, stamp collecting, Star Wars Galactic Files, Sylvester Stallone, The Art Issue, Todd Marinovich, Vinyl figures, Walter Iooss | Comments (5)
Our annual look at art’s place in the sports card and memorabilia world is coming in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and, simply put, we want to know what you think about many a thing in the hobby.
From non-sports and sketch cards to Diamond Kings, toys, photography and more, there’s plenty to explore in the world of art as it’s seen on our collectibles.
Here’s the latest 20 Questions where we seek your take on it all.
1. Should card companies use more artwork or other non-card approaches in products?
Posted on April 1, 2013 – 4:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Wrestling Live, Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Sting, TNA, TNA Knockouts, TNA Wrestling | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Wrestling Live cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on March 31, 2013 – 12:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Pro Wrestling | Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, CM Punk, He-Man, Hello Kitty, Jeremy Lin, John Cena, Kill Bill, KISS, LeBron James, NBA, Ozzy Osbourne, Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, Rocky, Scarface, SDCC, Steve Austin, The Beatles, The Big Lebowski, The Hangover, The Ramones, The Rock, The Wizard of Oz, WWE | Comments (2)
For toy fans, they’re no secret. But for sports fans? Well, there just might be something cooking.
In the world of vinyl toys, that is.
Lynnwood, Wash.-based Funko is readying its second offering of Pop! vinyl toys coming in late summer with a handful of World Wrestling Entertainment stars getting the collectible anime-style treatment. Six WWE stars will be appearing on 4-inch, $10 figures — The Rock, CM Punk, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, Sheamus and Rey Mysterio.
The figures will arrive in August — but won’t be the first sports toys from the company as it signed a deal with the NBA last year. Its second series of NBA player figures arrives in April — part of a massive offering of entertainment licenses that, if one isn’t purely a sports collector, should entice.
Literally everything from The Walking Dead to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and even Alan and Carlos from The Hangover have appeared on pieces of the pop culture-inflused art.
Posted on March 29, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2013 Topps WWE, A.J. Lee, box breaks, brock lesnar, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Ripping Retail, WrestleMania, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2013 Topps WWE packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
Posted on March 14, 2013 – 4:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | 42, A League of Their Own, Babe Ruth, Ben Affleck, Bull Durham, Chadwick Boseman, Daredevil, Denzel Washington, featured, Jackie Robinson, John Goodman, Kevin Costner, Lou Gehrig, Major League, Max Patkin, McFarlane Toys, Mike Eruzione, Miracle, New York Yankees, Panini America, Pride of the Yankees, Remember the Titans, Rene Russo, Rocky, sports movies, Sylvester Stallone, Tin Cup, Tom Hanks, Upper Deck, Vince Papale, Will Ferrell | Comments (15)
With a new blockbuster sports movie coming next month in 42, the latest Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is set to arrive as well with our latest look at collecting things from a slightly different perspective or with a slightly different approach.
You know, one that lets you explore stuff that’s already out there once again — or perhaps dig a little deeper on the auction block where one might not normally look.
Sometimes, it’s a real-world story that shows up on the big screen like in the case of Jackie Robinson‘s tale or even someone perhaps less-remembered in history like Vince Papale here. (In the case of Papale, being the subject of a film where he was played by Mark Wahlberg sparked serious demand for the value of his 1977 Topps Rookie Card.) Other times, we get fictional characters and stories that we all remember and appreciate over time for some of those similar peculiarities or details that we latch onto as collectors in real life.
For this issue, we’re curious about what you think, what you remember and what you know about sports films. Here’s the latest 20 Questions on the topic … after the jump.