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Coming Soon — Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013

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The year isn’t over yet, but the calendar year for Beckett Media‘s five sports card titles is — and that means it’s time for a new addition.

Joining the Beckett lineup beginning in December will be the Beckett Yearbook, a full-color look at the Best of 2013 — the most-interesting, most-notable and most-important stories found in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball this year.

Arriving in early December in hobby shops and then on newsstands in the middle of the month, Beckett Yearbook will pack 128 pages of nothing but stories about sports cards and memorabilia from Beckett Media’s editors as well as other contributors this past year. World Series champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox graces the magazine’s front cover, while Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck gets the nod on the back.

The cover price for this special issue is $9.99.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Legends racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Legends racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Behind the Scenes: Where the magic happens in the sports card industry — outtakes & more

Just a small view from the Baseball Card Exchange warehouse floor.

Just a small view from the warehouse floor of the Baseball Card Exchange. You can see a much grander scene in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — the Behind The Scenes Issue.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Step through the door of a card company and you might be surprised that what’s inside isn’t all wax packs and bubble gum.

The reality is that in many instances the locations that help sports cards come to life — or come to your door — look a lot like everywhere else but with hints and touches that there might be something unique, something creative, going on at times.

Armed with a checklist of photo ideas — blanket categories or concepts that might not apply to all locations — we recruited talent behind the scenes at several card companies and other businesses in the industry to present a visual story of what things look like everyday in the parts of the hobby you probably don’t see.

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One thing that’s missing from cards these days? The embossed eccentricity of Action Packed

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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.

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Beckett Media publishes new book solely about autographs

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If you’re an autograph hound — or merely a collector of certified ink — Beckett Media has a new book just for you.

The newest offering in the Beckett library is the Beckett Autographs Price Guide, a release solely dedicated to autographs. The 432-page book includes a pair of feature stories to assist ink collectors hunting on their own and to spot some of the landmark certified sets. In addition, there are more than 1,000 exemplar images of autographs for most notable players from the Big Four sports as well as a few others and also a gallery of presidential autographs.

Lastly, more than 300 pages of the $49.95 book are dedicated to price guides for most major certified autograph sets from the four major sports as well as those from racing, golf, tennis and multi-sport releases.

For more information or to order a copy, click here.

Friday Hot List: Trent Richardson, NFL rookies and Danica

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

A couple of rookies emerged this week, giving collectors other options for the newest draft class.

Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins and Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard had good games in the last week to get collectors chasing their cards.

Hopkins had 117 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Bernard had 38 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals 20-10 win over Pittsburgh.

Collectors like options and these two players gave that to them this week.

Check out the rest of the Hot List below:

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Showcase racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Press Pass Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass Racing is bringing back many inserts and relics that made the set popular throughout the years.

2014 Press Pass Racing will offer a comprehensive look back at the 2013 season with a focus on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders.

Each box will have one on-card autograph and one memorabilia card.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Fanfare racing cards

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Jojn Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Fanfare NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Press Pass Legends

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Racing legends stick with fans. They remember the moments that made guys like Dale Earnhardt Sr., or Richard Petty famous. In 2005, Press Pass released the first set of Press Pass Legends.

It’s back again. Press Pass is bringing back some of the all-time best drivers with 2013 Press Pass Legends.

Press Pass Legends is scheduled for a late-October release. Each box will feature three mini boxes with six packs inside each. Packs will have five cards.

Every mini box will come with at least one autograph and one memorabilia card. All autographs are on-card.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass Showcase Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A high-end racing product is coming up on the schedule for Press Pass.

Collectors will get one on-card autograph and two memorabilia cards in every box of 2013 Showcase Racing. There’s a hit in every pack with five cards coming in each of the three packs.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Redline racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Redline racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass brings QR codes to cards in Redline

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion

It’s a simple touch, but I’m pretty sure it’s not been done much before — at least not on sports cards.

We’ve seen them seemingly everywhere — and on many a box of cards — but with its newest NASCAR product, Press Pass has added yet another feature to sports cards.

A QR code.

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Press Pass readies NSCC promotional cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass will be back in action at the National Sports Collectors Convention next month in Chicago with a pair of promotions available to collectors.

One will be a set only available to those who opt for the VIP ticket package, while the other will be a wrapper redemption program.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Ignite NASCAR cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass Ignite in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett magazines now in the Google Play store

Beckett Media has launched a set of apps in the Google Play store for Android systems.

The apps will allow you to download each Beckett magazine issue with news, reviews, the latest price guides and more. Each issue in the Google Play store will cost $7.99.

The magazines include Beckett Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Sports Card Monthly.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … sports families

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In just a few weeks 2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing will hit the shelves featuring the first set with NASCAR drivers in their uniforms this season.

Each box will feature 20 packs with five cards in each pack. A box will yield one autograph, one memorabilia card, one parallel, five inserts and a 2013 Hall of Fame insert

Press Pass Ignite is scheduled for a May 1 release and will have a 70-card base set.

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What if you could find anything on a card?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

What if you could open a pack of cards and find absolutely anything inside … what would it be?

It’s a simple question that could have so many answers from so many people if the real-world realities of intellectual property rights, personality rights and so on didn’t exist. You know, that’s the stuff that all involves money if a product is to be sold using somebody’s owned logos, names, trademarks and so on.

For some of us out there, fantasy cards can become a reality when we sit down with a copy of Photoshop and make those ideas happen just for fun. However, in the real world for cards to exist and be sold there are plenty of legal hurdles that must be cleared. With the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at sports movies and their memorabilia, and one short column in that issue talks about one of my “other” hobbies and how it came about.

What’s my niche? When it comes to fantasy cards, I’ve dabbled here and there with cards of sports stars from movies. Why? Why not. They’re just for fun, of course.

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Check out an OPG for $5

Ever wanted to check out an Online Price Guide?

Today, Beckett is offering a one-month subscription for $5 to one of five sports: baseball, basketball, football hockey or racing.

To get one of these $5 subscriptions use one of the following codes with the link provided.

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