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Category Archives: Racing

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Why so serious?

Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.

For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »

First impressions: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Every once in a while, I get a quiet moment to sit back and bust a box of cards the old-fashioned way — without a camera on.

On Wednesday evening, in advance of our Box Busters video to come, I did just that with a box of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia and a single word sums up my experience.

Impressed.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re preparing this year’s edition of The Autograph Issue for Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want to know just one thing from you at the moment.

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Maybe it’s a signed ball or a signed piece of scrap paper from a random meeting. Maybe it’s a certified autograph of a superstar — or maybe not even a sports autograph at all.

Tell us — and be sure to include your name and location, which will appear with your answer in the next issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Collector Challenge: Create a Super Bowl Commercial for the Hobby

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Let’s face it. Trading cards have been pushed to the back burner in the wake of the internet, video games, and many, many other advancements in the entertainment revolution. It’s been quite some time since the world has seen a sports card commercial on prime-time television, and there’s a good chance that we won’t see one on Super Bowl Sunday.

But it’s time to take a stand.

A stand against what though?  Technology? The internet? Of course not. It’s not really a matter of opposing the obstacles that have decreased hobby popularity, but an opportunity to use what we now have our disposal. Tons of collectors have caught on, started blogs,  created websites and started posting video breaks for the world to see. But there’s still room to grow.

Big picture, card collecting isn’t in quite in the limelight. But with a little DIY creativity  it could be.

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Quick look at Press Pass’ 2012 Ignite Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Racing collections will really heat up in May when Press Pass releases Ignite racing – no pun intended.

With several races on the docket by the time this set will be released, Ignite will be the first set to feature pictures from the new racing season, including Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Card.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia (base & inserts)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass‘ next NASCAR release is headed around turn three for the finish line, and it’s 2012 Total Memorabilia.

While this one will be all about the memorabilia, as the name indicates, when it arrives on Feb. 15 (11 days before the season-opening Daytona 500) that’s not what we have for you today.

After the jump, you will find a selection of cards from the base set and the Memory Lane insert set.

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Ripping Retail: 2011 Press Pass Legends

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Join Chris Olds as he rips into a pack of 2011 Press Pass Legends racing in this latest installment of Ripping Retail.

What did he find inside? Watch and find out …

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie Card arrives in 2012 Total Memorabilia

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Danica Patrick has been popular ever since she came on to the professional racing scene. This year, her brand takes another jump when she will race full-time on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and also a limited scheduled in the Sprint Cup Series, the highest form of racing in the United States.

Like most years, Patrick’s racing cards will be in Press Pass’ products, but this year is a little special.

Her fans will want to take a look at 2012 Total Memorabilia because it’s going to offer her first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Card.

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Your Turn (BSCM): What’s your favorite type of game-used memorabilia card?

By Chris  Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It seems like everything has been made into a memorabilia card through the years — though some items moreso than others.

Now, we want to know which ones stand out to you … which types of cards you’d want to see in future card sets?

We’re not wanting a dream list or a who’s who of sports legends. We simply want to know …

What types of game-used memorabilia cards would you like to see more of (in any sport)?

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Numbers crunching: Memorabilia cards have made their mark on hobby

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The first memorabilia cards arrived 15 years ago with the novel idea that a smaller piece of something big and valuable could still be a pretty big deal.

Turns out they were right.

Since 1996, memorabilia cards might have built a bit more of a love-hate relationship with some collectors as the once-treasured cards have become a bit of a mainstay — almost an unexciting expectation — in today’s products. While jerseys make up most memorabilia cards these days, countless kinds of items have been chopped up and placed into cardboard. Everything from jerseys to stadium walls, towels, artificial turf and even game-used dirt have found their way into cards for fans to caress, obsess about and collect as a way to get closer to the sports that they follow.

While we’ll use a bit more time and space elsewhere — in the February 2012 Beckett Sports Card Monthly — to focus more on game-used memorabilia and items, we took time today to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about game-used memorabilia cards.

The statistics? Well, they are quite telling …

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Press Pass’ Rising Stars set full of fresh faces

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you ever wondered who the next up-and-coming racers were, Press Pass is making it easier for collectors with its Rising Stars insert set in 2012 Total Memorabilia.

The hit-laden set is due out in February and is a brand new product on Press Pass’ 2012 trading card line up.

The Rising Stars card will have an insert and an autographed memorabilia parallel card.

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First Look: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass‘ 2012 schedule is full of new trading card lines. The first of Press Pass’ new NASCAR product comes out in February with Total Memorabilia.

This high-end release will feature a memorabilia or an autographed memorabilia card in every nine-card pack.

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In hobby, Black Friday isn’t just about prices

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Black Friday is one of those days that collectors mark on their calendars because they know deals can be had.

You know, just like anyone else.

But the difference for collectors comes in that some online retailers — those known for low prices and high volume — will make the No. 1 sales day of the year not only one about door-busting deals — but also one about luck and added promotion. That’s, for example, where BlowoutCards.com‘s Thomas Fish comes in as he’s always been considered one of the most promotion-savvy dealers around.

“It’s always our main goal to offer items to our customers at the best possible prices all year long, not just on Black Friday,” Fish said. “We utilize the Black Friday promotion as our special way to thank each and every one of our customers for their loyalty and support throughout the year.

“Like most online retailers, Black Friday is our single largest sales day of the year, [but] we use the Black Friday platform as our No. 1 customer appreciation day of the year as well.”

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass racing cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass racing in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Random Question II: What single card would you want to own as a perfect BGS 10?

For the first Random Question, click here.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Random Question time … What one card would you want as a perfect BGS 10?

Just like the first question, I don’t have a distinct, definitive reply, but rather a few cards that might qualify. The real question one must first ask is whether you’d pick a card for the money — or for a card you’d want. Let us know which way you’d go …

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Press Pass releases schedule for 2012

Update: Added shipping dates added Dec. 6.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass is releasing a slew of new products for the 2012 racing card season. The company has come out with a preview list of its product line for next year and included are some non-sports titles as well at least three new racing products.

New products means some favorites are off the calendar for now, but Press Pass is trying something different for NASCAR and racing collectors.

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Biggest Busts: Which rookies did you FAIL with?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will take a look at Rookie Cards — you know, the cards who make the collecting world go round.

But for every can’t-miss guy there are countless who do … and we want to hear your prospecting horror stories (any sport).

What rookie/prospect did you go wrong with — and how many cards did you hoard?

Include your name and location with your answer and it will be included in a collection of replies showcased in the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Voices from the Expo: Upper Deck and Cards2Kids

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By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

Upper Deck
‘s Chris Carlin gives us the rundown on the company’s wrapper redemption program and introduces us to John Makowiec, the extraordinary young man behind the Cards2Kids charity.

Thanks to the partnership with Upper Deck and the good nature of collectors at the show, Makowiec is already making massive headway with the cardboard donations on the first day of the event. Contributions made at the Fall Expo will have a local impact, as singles will be re-packaged, donated and pulled by children at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Compelled collectors and other humanitarians can visit www.Cards2Kids.org to donate and learn more about this charitable initiative.

Random question: Who do you think has the best autograph … and why?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Random question time … Who do you think has the best autograph in sports — and why?

I don’t have a distinct, definitive reply, but one of the first sigs that came to mind when I thought about this was that of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. As you can see here — on an actual signed baseball — nearly every letter is seen with a clean and somewhat distinct feel to the signature as a whole.

Whose autographs — any sport , any era — stand out to you? Tell us … and show us an example.

I want to know … I might even reward the most interesting answers with an autograph.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Legends Racing Cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they tear into two boxes of 2011 Press Pass Legends racing. Which legends did they land? Watch and find out.

Dan Wheldon appears on few cards, diecasts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Former IRL IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas on Sunday. He was 33.

Wheldon, who made his debut in 2002, won 16 races during his career and the 2005 series title. The accident happened just 11 laps into the event, which was called off after the multi-car wreck.

He appears on just 15 items in the Beckett.com database — just seven of those cards. His lone widely issued trading cards came in the 2007 Rittenhouse IRL set, which included his Rookie Card (above) and his only certified autograph card.

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Old is new again with Lionel’s NASCAR Classics line

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

You don’t see these every day.

Some classic names and race cars from yesteryear are brand new once again as Lionel NASCAR Collectables has unveiled its second offering of NASCAR Classics diecasts.

Among the latest offering of replicas, which are now available for pre-order via the company or soon to be available at a nearby hobby shop, are a racing pioneer, two legends and, of course, a pair of Earnhardts.

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Box Busters: 2011 Wheels Main Event

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout & Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Wheels Main Event racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass releases short print info for 2011 FanFare


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Racing fans just got an update from one of their most recently released sets as Press Pass announced the short prints from 2011 Press Pass FanFare.

This product is one of the higher-end products when it comes to racing, though it’s making its debut here. Each pack runs $19.99 with five cards per, but there is at least one autograph or race-used memorbilia card in every pack.

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Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Fanfare

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Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass Fanfare NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …