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Beckett 20 Questions on … sports movie items

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Ripping Retail: A 20-pack pro wrestling repack box

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 20-pack repack of nothing but pro wrestling cards in this latest Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Wrestling Live

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

TRISTAR‘s next TNA wrestling set arrives on March 27 with a few surprises, plenty of autographs and a few firsts.

Like the first dual autograph of Hulk Hogan and his daughter, Brooke.

The 2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Live product will be limited to only 100 24-box cases with every 20-pack box containing three autographs, one memorabilia card and three parallel or short-printed cards.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the hits


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If there’s one thing that’s on the minds of collectors besides “What’s new?” and “What’s it worth?” it’s the old standby of the last 15 or so years.

“How many hits?”

While the use of autographs and memorabilia cards in products have revolutionized the hobby, what we call hits seems to meander in meaning from person to person. To some, it’s just those autos and mem cards. To others, it might include cards of other types. The hits have included everything from some star shortstop’s autograph to a piece of Superman’s cape — and seemingly everything else, too.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to focus on “The Hits” — whatever they might be — and here is the latest batch of questions — some serious, some fun — that we’re curious about on the subject. Check them out … after the jump.

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Are you up for a new $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, Jan. 25 …

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.

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly: Take a look back at 2012 via our covers

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.

In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.

Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.

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First look: 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Bringing together an iconic group of athletes to sign for a product is an ambitious task, but one Leaf has taken on again.

In 2012 Legends of Sport, Leaf has assembled popular athletes and pop culture figures to fill out the set, including international baseball stars, Olympic athletes and even a former Vice Presidential hopeful.

The set includes more than 150 subjects.

Legends of Sport is scheduled to come out at the end of January and each box will contain three autograph cards.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the ‘other’ sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.

But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.

1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. 

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Upper Deck corrects print run error on Letterman cards in All-Time Greats

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck had an error in its numbering on some of the hits in 2012 All-Time Greats, which released this week.

The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.

The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10 (one of the cards is pictured above).

Here is the entire list of Letterman cards in the product with the correct numbering.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Heritage WWE cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Topps Heritage WWE packs in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Topps WWE wrestling cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The march to WrestleMania XXIX on April 7 will include cards.

Topps wrestling cards.

The lone licensee of WWE trading cards unveiled its plans for 2013 on Tuesday with 2013 Topps WWE, which is set to arrive on March 13.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include two hits — autographs or Relics — with a $1.99 suggested retail price per pack. Autographs will be found one in every other box, while there also will be Triple Relics, Diva Kiss cards (200 total) and 1/1 printing plates to be found.

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Major dealers already readying for Black Friday

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s one part competition, one part promotion, one part entertainment.

It’s Black Friday.

The biggest shopping day of the year in the hobby — and the rest of the retail world, too — is roughly two weeks away and several online dealers are already working to prepare for the event that aims to entice collectors with promos and prices that aim to draw their dollars and, ideally, in turn bolster their collections.

One of those dealers is Blowout CardsThomas Fish, who has perhaps made the day a bit of an art form on his Virginia-based company’s various platforms the last few years.

“Black Friday and the promotions that surround this event afford us the opportunity to give back to our customers,” Fish said. “It’s a day where we know there will be tremendous number of eyeballs on our website and our forum. Customers want to see some crazy prices, they want to be entertained and they want to feel rewarded for spending that valuable time on our website.

“We plan to deliver on all fronts.”

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A toy-aisle trip down Memory Lane for me … and maybe a money-maker for you?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A few years before the 1980s phenomenon called baseball cards caught me and never let go, I used to casually dabble in a lot of things like most kids before age 10 … toys.

You know, the stuff we actually opened and played with like G.I. Joe, GoBots, Transformers, M.A.S.K., Star Wars, He-Man … you name it, I latched onto it if only for a bit of time until The Next Big Thing arrived. (Without drama of release dates, of course.)

There was one toy, though, that seemed to me to be weird at the time, and I only latched on — lightly — because of amusingly trivial ties to another pop culture phenomenon of the time, pro wrestling.

The toys? M.U.S.C.L.E. (that stands for Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere). Why? A few of these four-for-a-dollar little plastic figures oddly looked like wrestlers I recognized. No. 126 above? Sure looks a lot like Hulk Hogan to me.

So imagine my amusement when, during a post-work toy store run Thursday, I saw a new, similarly odd kind of new toy … one that looked like it had an Andre The Giant peeking out of the package found among the newest generations of G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Wars and WWE toys.

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Wrestling fans, win a Sting card!

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2009 TriStar TNA Impact Sting Face Paint Gold #S1 Sting Black /60


Olds’ Hobby Mailday: Oct. 16 edition

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Just for fun, Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.

What did he buy? How many of the cards were Swishers? Watch and find out …

Beckett 20 Questions: Collecting game-used

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s  going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.

From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.

Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.

1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?

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2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?

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Your Turn (BSCM Game-used Issue) — What are your thoughts on memorabilia cards these days?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of game-used cards and memorabilia.

While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside this year’s edition of The Game-used Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about what you think about game-used, what you collect and how you collect.

Give us your name and location and answer the following six questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.

1. Name, where from and what game-used stuff do you collect?

2. What one type of game-used item (any sport) do you prefer?

3. Who do you trust when it comes to authenticity statements for items or cards?

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Prize Gallery: Beckett Customer Appreciation Month starts Monday with daily giveaways on Beckett.com


While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.

From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.

And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.

Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds

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Beckett Grading to host James Spence tomorrow

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Sept. 22) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items.

WWE legend Jerry Lawler collapses during show

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, a WWE Hall of Famer and announcer during Raw telecasts since the late-1990s, collapsed at ringside Monday night during the live broadcast in Montreal. According to published reports, he was responsive by the end of the show after suffering a heart attack.

Perhaps best-remembered for his early 1980s feud with comedian Andy Kaufman and their fight on Late Night with David Letterman, Lawler, 62, has wrestled regularly since 1970 and fought in an impromptu match earlier in the evening before resuming his announcing duties. He collapsed at the desk and fell to the floor during a tag match before being taken backstage during the three-hour broadcast.

Later in the show, fellow announcer Michael Cole told viewers at home that Lawler was being attended to backstage — that the events were not part of the programming — and following segments of Raw ran without commentary. After a second announcement that Lawler was taken to a local hospital, the show continued without commentary for its final 30-plus minutes and ended with a final update on Lawler’s status.

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