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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Redline racing

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Redline racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Distributor Sports Images discontinues sports card portion of business

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.

The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.

Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.

“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”

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Press Pass preps wrapper redemption program, VIP card set for this year’s National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass will have something to rev the engines of racing collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The only licensee of NASCAR cards is producing a five-card set for show-goers who buy a VIP ticket package for the five-day show beginning at the I-X Center on July 30. The set will include Dale Earnhardt Jr. as seen above along with Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

The company also will have a wrapper-redemption program for collectors who buy a hobby box of 2014 NASCAR cards on the show floor.

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The chase is on for Chase Elliott’s autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

You have to wonder whether Awesome Bill from Dawsonville even has one.

Bill Elliott knows a thing or two about the fast-moving life of NASCAR drivers and the former Cup champ and 44-time race winner might not be able to keep up with this kid — at least on cardboard.

It’s his 18-year-old son, Chase Elliott, and his hot start this season in the Nationwide Series (NASCAR’s second-highest circuit) has collectors scrambling to find his only Rookie Card and autographs from three years ago — way back when he was 15 and appeared on a number of 2011 Element cards from Press Pass.

The teen has two victories and seven top-10 finishes in nine career races this season for JR Motorsports and boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. Oh, and he graduates from high school on Saturday.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass American Thunder racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass American Thunder in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Your Turn: Which athletes and cards with military ties are most memorable to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.

It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.

For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.

Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.

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Press Pass previews upcoming racing schedule

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Press Pass racing calendar will be smaller.

The preliminary schedule includes just six products on the upcoming calendar, putting out a racing product every other month.

The Press Pass racing schedule is as follow (subject to change):

American Thunder: May 14
Redline: July 23
Cup Chase (Showbound): Sept. 10
Press Pass 2015: Nov. 19
Total Memorabilia: Jan. 14
Legends: March 11

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

New Upper Deck Master Collection set puts together 30 great athletes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.

Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.

The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.

Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).

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Card Chat: Collectors talk about checklists and buying habits

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.

But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.

Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.

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Can we get final checklists sooner? Manufacturers say ‘no’

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – When it comes to checklists, one question always comes up – why can’t we get them sooner?

This was one of the hot topics during a manufacturer panel that featured representative from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini America at the 2014 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

Collectors and dealers may not like the answer. It seems the earliest companies can get a final checklist is the day of pack out because the biggest hurdle is the autographs.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want to see your collection in Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.

We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do 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 Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail 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.

What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports card error or variation?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

People make mistakes.

If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.

Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Five Star racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2014 Press Pass Five Star racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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SIX PACK: Want to start a Jimmie Johnson card collection? Try these …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Jimmie Johnson‘s quest for a record-tying seventh Sprint Cup starting this season, there could be more fans and casual collectors checking out the cards of the NASCAR veteran. There are plenty of collecting options out there but what should someone start with?

Try these …

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2000 SP Authentic #39, $20
Johnson has more than 4,000 cards listed in the Beckett database valued at more than $123,700 excluding rarities. Only four of those are Rookie Cards from back in 2000. The priciest of those is his SP Authentic card that checks in at $20 or less, while the rest can be had for $12 to $15 or less.

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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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Press Pass adds bonus Earnhardt cards to returning Five Star brand

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Five Star is back for racing collectors and so is the No. 3 — and Dale Earnhardt, too.

Press Pass announced on Wednesday that every third case of the high-end 2014 Press Pass Five Star product, which had been off the track since its debut in 2010, will include a bonus card of The Intimidator. Among the cards, which will be numbered to 25 or fewer copies, will be cut autographs, and race-used material cards. It will arrive on Jan. 23.

The new No. 3, Austin Dillon, will have his Rookie Cards in the product along with autographs and memorabilia cards. It’s the first time the car number will be in use in the Cup series since the death of the seven-time champion on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. (Kevin Harvick took over the Richard Childress Racing car at the time, but its number was changed to 29.)

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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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First look: 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Gallery Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Press Pass is putting a twist on its Total Memorabilia racing line.

The company is creating an art product with 2014 Total Memorabilia Gallery Edition, set to release on March 12.

Total Memorabilia Gallery Edition will feature sketched and painted photos of NASCAR drivers. Each box will have five packs with nine cards in each pack.

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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.

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.)