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Category Archives: Racing

Panini teams with Broncos for stadium set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans who attend the Bills-Broncos game Sunday in Denver will receive a set of nine Panini America cards featuring the stars of the home team.

But they’ll also find something else.

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Kevin Harvick is your NASCAR Sprint Cup champ

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Your new NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is Kevin Harvick.

Harvick appears on 3,850 cards and diecasts in the Beckett.com database valued at $98,699 excluding rarities. He has signed 570 different certified autos and appears on 882 memorabilia cards — but appears on only two Rookie Cards from 1999. Harvick got his Cup start in 2001 with Richard Childress Racing as the driver who replaced Dale Earnhardt, who died in the season-opening Daytona 500.

His Rookie Cards are found in the 1999 Press Pass and Wheels products. Each typically sells for $10 or less. He has five Cup Rookie Cards from 2001 products, none typically selling for more than $4.

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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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See the rest of our questions … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2015 Press Pass Cup Chase racing

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Press Pass Cup Chase in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass’ FanFare Racing arrives next month

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Montly Editor

Press Pass FanFare Racing is back for a second year. The autograph and memorabilia-heavy product comes out next month with an extensive autograph and memorabilia checklist.

Some of the names in the product include Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Travis Pastrana, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

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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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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Showcase racing

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Showcase racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What can you win? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Redline

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Redline boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this one when it is available? It will be here.)

Press Pass celebrates Richard Petty’s 75th

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Happy 75th birthday Richard Petty!

In celebration, Press Pass has put together Richard Petty Birthday Tribute cards that will be in 2012 Press Pass Showcase.

Showcase doesn’t come out for another month, but the party has started.

In the coming days, Press Pass is going to release images from the tribute subset. In total, 16 people have signed a birthday wish inscription, including son Kyle Petty. As cards images are released, they will be added to the gallery.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Press Pass Redline

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Some might say that NASCAR’s colorful firesuits and sheet metal means it easy to provide impressive memorabilia cards, but Press Pass‘ latest effort just might blow the engines of the most-hardened collectors.

And that’s exactly what the intent is with 2012 Press Pass Red Line as there are two autographs and two memorabilia cards in every single box of the high-end product that arrives on July 5.

As previously reported here, these tins will include at least one autographed memorabilia card, and we’ve got an extensive preview gallery of cards that will be found in the product that you can see here … after the jump.

(Need a checklist or OPG for a 2012 Press Pass racing brand? Click here.)

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

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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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 »

Press Pass releases National show card plans

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass has unveiled its plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore in early August and it’s one that will include a bit of mystery.

Mystery packs … and mystery locations for finding them (at least for now).

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Lionel readies Earnhardt Jr. Batman diecasts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One’s a man in black and the other is the son of a man in black.

But, together, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Batman will team up on the track as the son of the seven-time Cup champ will race a Chevy Impala designed with The Dark Knight Rises on its paint scheme.

While the film opens on July 20, Earnhardt will drive one of four paint schemes — all of which will have diecast replicas made by Lionel NASCAR Collectibles  — on June 17 at Michigan. (Need an Earnhardt Jr. checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Learn more — and see the latest trailer — after the jump.

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First look: 2012 Press Pass Showcase Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass Showcase Racing arrives at the end of May, celebrating a couple of different milestones.

First, the product is marking its four-year anniversary and not taking the occasion lightly. Press Pass promises “a boost” to the high-end release. The three-pack hobby box (five cards in each pack) promises a premium auto or relic in every pack.

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Press Pass fixes Keselowski autopen issue in Ignite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With Press Pass’ new racing product 2012 Ignite  hitting the street, some collectors noticed something strange on Brad Keselowski’s autographed Ignite Ink cards.

It didn’t seem as though they were hand-signed — each was the same size with exact strokes and ink widths.

Unfortunately, Press Pass learned Keselowski’s autograph sheet – as opposed to individual cards – were signed using an autopen, which is a machine used for automatic signatures.

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Ignite racing

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass Ignite racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Press Pass Redline racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass will unveil its newest line this June with 2012 Press Pass Redline, a high-end racing product.

Redline will feature four hits for every tin with some of the most popular drivers. The tins are pre-selling for around $130.

Each two-pack tin will include two autographs and two memorabilia cards, and at least one of the autos will be an auto/memorabilia combo card.

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Press Pass heats things up with Ignite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The 2012 racing season really kick off with Press Pass Ignite Racing. It’s the first product of the year to feature all new photography from the current racing season.

Danica Patrick will be in her new duds – and appear on NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie Cards – and Travis Pastrana is making his appearance in Press Pass for the first time in about 10 years.

Beckett previewed the set earlier this year with a quick hit of what collectors can expect. Now there are more pictures and a preliminary checklist to get gear heads ready for when the products hits May 2.

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First look: 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The best of the best. The greatest athletes of generations are making their way into an Upper Deck set featuring men and women at the top of their games.

Upper Deck was very select in picking the athletes to appear in 2012 All-Time Great Sports Edition. Just 20 superstars made the cut.

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Travis Pastrana to appear in Press Pass Ignite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Travis Pastrana is working with Press Pass again. The extreme sports athlete is making his way into the mainstream by competing in several Nationwide and K&N races this year.

Press Pass announced the partnership on Thursday on its Facebook page, showing pictures of Pastrana with his famous thumbs up pose.

Pastrana will have autographs and memorabilia cards first appear in Press Pass Ignite, which is scheduled to come out in May. Take a look at more information from Ignite here.

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If you’re a SuperCollector, we want your story!

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

Summer 2012 update: All collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball and a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today! (Click on the page above to read the sample submission.)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors this summer and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for that issue of the magazine, 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.)

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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Reba McEntire’s son makes his trading card debut in Total Memorabilia

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve ripped into packs of the recently released 2012 Total Memorabilia racing cards from Press Pass, you might have thought one newcomer looked a tad familiar but not known why.

As it turns out Shelby Blackstock, an up-and-coming racer who makes his trading card debut in the TM Rising Stars insert set, has a mom who you just might know.

She’s music and TV star Reba McIntire, who has recorded more than 25 country albums, had her own Golden Globe-nominated sit-com and appeared in movie classics such as Tremors and Maverick.

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …