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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)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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.
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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.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
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.
Posted on March 8, 2013 – 10:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | Championship Collection, TNA, Topps, TRISTAR, WWE | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on February 21, 2013 – 3:55 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Wrestling Live, Brooke Hogan, Chavo Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Sam Shaw, TNA Impact, TRISTAR | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on January 17, 2013 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Air Jordan, autographs, baseball cards, Colorado Rockies, featured, Lance Armstrong, memorabilia, Michael Jordan, MLB, money, Nike, Panini America, Ronda Rousey, Sea Monkeys, Superman, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (23)
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.
Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | $10 Card Shop Challenge, collecting, featured | Comments (44)
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.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | @RGIII, Alabama football, Andrew Luck, Bear Bryant, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Cal Ripken Jr., cam newton, derek jeter, Emmitt Smith, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, The National, Tim Tebow | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on December 28, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 1980 men's Olympic team, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, Albert Pujols, Damian Lillard, Ichiro, Lolo Jones, Mike Eruzione, Mike Tyson, Miracle on Ice, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Sarah Palin | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | CFL, Danica Patrick, featured, Japanese baseball, Leaf, Lolo Jones, NASCAR, Olympics, Panini America, PGA, Tiger Woods, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, WWE, XFL | Comments (22)
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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.