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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.

We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)

1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?

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2. How many autographs do you own?

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Holiday Gift Guide for sports collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Buying gifts for a sports card or memorabilia collector can be tough if you’re not one yourself. They say things like top loaders and penny sleeves, and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

Let’s make things a little easier with Beckett’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for collectors.

1. Pay Pal Gift Card

It’s one of the simplest presents you can get a card collector. Many of them probably shop on eBay for singles or even hobby boxes. A PayPal gift card will allow them to pick up anything they want.

2. A hobby box

Don’t be afraid to ask the collector in your family what their favorite sport is – then head over to a hobby shop and pick up a hobby box of their sport. Many of these will be in the $100 range. Most hobby shops clerks are willing to help you pick the right box, but the important information is usually listed on the sides of the boxes. It will tell you how many packs, autographs and what collectors can expect to find inside.

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Family’s love of collectibles turns into a family business

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.

But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.

“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”

That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass 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 racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Press Pass Five Star racing cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is putting out 2014 Five Star Racing in time for the next season.

The high-end product will come with five cards in every pack, including one booklet card. Five Star will be a limited run with fewer than 800 boxes produced from Press Pass.

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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

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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.

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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 …