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Posted on November 15, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Multisport, Racing | 42, @RGIII, All-Star Dealers, Beckett Updates, Beckett Yearbook, Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, Danica Patrick, David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera, NAR!, nfl, NHL Draft, NHL rookies, soccer, Stan Musial, Topps, World Series, Yasiel Puig | Comments (3)
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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Posted on October 31, 2013 – 4:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Legends, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (4)
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 …
Posted on October 28, 2013 – 5:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Football, Hockey, Racing | Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Updates, Behind the Scenes, Blowout Cards, BSCM Behind the scenes, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, press pass, sports card printing, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on October 1, 2013 – 6:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Pro Wrestling, Racing | Action Packed, Action Packed 24K Gold, Action Packed Braille, Action Packed Mammoth, Panini America | Comments (5)
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.
It’s Action Packed. Read More »
Posted on September 20, 2013 – 6:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Racing, Tennis | autographs, Beckett Autographs Price Guide | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 20, 2013 – 10:45 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Racing | 2012-13 Intrigue Basketball, 2013 Certified Football, Billy Hamilton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, DeAndre Hopkins, Giovani Bernard, Trent Richardson | Comments (2)
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:
Posted on September 18, 2013 – 3:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Showcase, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 10, 2013 – 1:12 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2014 Press Pass Racing, press pass, racing cards | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on August 9, 2013 – 12:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Fanfare, autographs, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on August 9, 2013 – 7:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Legends, Darrel Waltrip, NASAR cards, NASCAR, press pass, Richard Petty | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on July 16, 2013 – 9:03 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Showcase Racing, Danica Patrick, Press Pass racing cards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on June 13, 2013 – 5:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Redline, 2013 Press Pass Redline checklist, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on June 13, 2013 – 5:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Redline, 2013 Press Pass Redline racing, Danica Patrick, NASCAR, press pass, Press Pass Redline | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on June 12, 2013 – 4:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Racing | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, 2013 NSCC, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR, NSCC, press pass, Tony Stewart | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on May 21, 2013 – 3:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Ignite, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on May 15, 2013 – 4:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, MMA, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | 1991 Pro Line, 1993 Maxx, Barry Bonds, Beckett Sports Card Monthly Families Issue, Bobby Bowden, brothers in sports, Cal Ripken Jr., college football, Eli Manning, families in sports, Father's Day, Gina Carano, Gordie Howe, Jose Canseco, Karl Malone, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant parents, Lisa Leslie, Mia Hamm, Mike Ditka, MLB twins, Peyton Manning, Richard Petty, top families in sports, Vince McMahon, WWE | Comments (8)
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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on April 4, 2013 – 7:04 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing, Beckett Racing, Danica Patrick, racing cards, Tony Stewart | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 2:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Racing | Adam Sandler, Any Given Sunday, Bob Barker, Charlie Sheen, Days of Thunder, Goon, Happy Gilmore, Jamie Foxx, Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber, Major League, Moneyball, Tom Cruise | Comments (25)
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.
Posted on March 22, 2013 – 11:33 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Racing | Beckett OPG, OPG, OPG Special | Comments (2)
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.