Category Archives: Racing

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 …

Nick Matijevich leaving Press Pass after five years

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Long-time Press Pass employee Nick Matijevich is leaving the company effective today, according to an email he sent to hobby industry members and athlete representatives this morning.

“After five years at Press Pass and 11 years in the trading card industry, the time has come for me to move on to pursue other endeavors,” he wrote. “With that said, today will be my last day at the company.”

Matijevich was most recently the director of product development at Press Pass. He previously worked at Donruss as a brand manager. Press Pass’ Tom Farrell will assume some of the duties previously handled by Matijevich.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with each of you over the years,” he wrote, “and hope that our paths will cross again at some point in the future.”

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 adds a little more fanfare to upcoming set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is upping the ante with a little more fanfare in its forthcoming high-end FanFare NASCAR set.

As in bonus packs good for autographs, 1/1s or even potentially tickets to an actual race.

The one-hit-per-pack, $20-per-pack product is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 31 and will now include a box-topper bonus pack.

Inside each bonus pack will be one of the following:

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Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Press Pass Showcase boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

July is Customer Appreciation Month at Beckett.com … a contest a day!

July is Customer Appreciation Month at Beckett Media … a contest a day beginning today!

How do you enter? Click here on Beckett.com, log in and that’s it.

Today’s prize? A 2008 Leaf Certified Materials Printing Plates Magenta #246 John Elway AU 1/1.

See a list of each day’s prizes after the jump.

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First look: 2011 Main Event NASCAR cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you thought the fireworks during Daytona weekend were all that there was for NASCAR news in July, you’re wrong.

Press Pass has released the basic set information and preview images for its 2011 Main Event set, a product with some new features that will arrive on Sept. 28.

Each 20-pack hobby box will include one autograph and two memorabilia cards along with new box-topper packs that include either parallel card, one of two Miss Sprint Cup autographs or other autograph and memorabilia cards from the Press Pass archives.

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Are YOU a Supercollector? We want YOU in Beckett Sports Card Monthly …

 

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

*** NOTE *** We run Supercollector entries every month in our magazines. Send yours today!

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

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

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for the magazine, but first we need to hear about your stash.

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:

1. Name, age, your email address, your location (city, state) and who/what you collect.

2. Statistics about your collection (total cards, number of 1/1s, number of autographs, number of game-used cards or items, etc.)

3. Tell us why you should be picked. Sell us on what makes your collection the best — and how/why it started.

4. Send us LINKS to images that we can examine or use with your item. (Bad images won’t help your case … and 900 MB attachments won’t either!)

5. Be patient. We have a group of baseball entries from awhile back to go through as well. We WILL be in touch if you are selected or we need more information.

6. Act fast … we want YOUR info NOW!

Above is a sample of a SuperCollector who recently appeared in the magazine. See what information he presented if you’re struggling. (Click for a closer look if you need it.)

First Look: 2011 Press Pass FanFare NASCAR cards

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Press Pass has unveiled its latest high-end NASCAR release and it’s really not all-that high-end at all at just $20 a pack.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company announced its plans for 2011 Press Pass FanFare, a one-hit-per-pack product that will arrive on Aug. 24 in the place of the company’s high-end Five Star line. (Five Star will be back — it’s just not going to be an annual product, according to a company official.)

There will be a 100-card base set comprised of drivers, owners and past greats and FanFare will include debut autographs for more than a drivers on the Nationwide and NASCAR Truck Series. Every pack will include a memorabilia card or autograph inside with each hobby box including eight packs.

The autograph lineup will include four levels per driver with dual autographs numbered to 25 or less, while the memorabilia offerings are “the most expansive” lineup Press Pass has ever produced. The memorabilia cards will include single swatches (199 or fewer copies) and duals (50 or fewer).

See more images from the set after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Stealth NASCAR

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Danica Patrick’s car, diecast will honor 9-11 victims

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Danica Patrick‘s No. 7 Chevy will sport nearly 3,000 stars on its black paint scheme for a Sept. 9 NASCAR race, according to images released Tuesday by Lionel NASCAR Collectables.

The Sept. 9 Nationwide Series race will take place at Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Va., just two days before the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Each star is to represent those who died during the attacks.

As with most of her cars, there will be diecast replicas made for the No. 7 GoDaddy.com/GetYour.net with a 1:24 scale Elite model selling for $129.95.

Patrick will not be the lone driver with a 9-11 paint scheme that weekend as Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Josh Wise and Tony Stewart also are set to drive American-themed stock cars.

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

Press Pass readies National Sports Collectors Convention promo cards

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is little over two months away but that hasn’t stopped Press Pass from unveiling its promo card plans for the annual event.

And the folks at the Charlotte, N.C.-based company are bringing some style to the show … 3D style.

Nine of the company’s 10-card Hot Pursuit promo cards will be included in the gift bag of any collector who buys a VIP admission package … the final card — of Dale Earnhardt Jr. — along with an ultra-necessary pair of 3D glasses will be available at the Press Pass booth during the event.

The other drivers who’ll appear in the set include Danica Patrick, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick.

This year’s NSCC is set for Aug. 3-7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. For more on the event, click here.

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr., other NASCAR drivers add U.S. military inscriptions to upcoming Press Pass set

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Saying that Dale Earnhardt Jr. signed for a Press Pass NASCAR product isn’t really a headline these days — but in the past it might have been.

Saying that Junior signed a little something extra with his signatures? Now that’s a keeper — and the keepers will be found in 2011 Press Pass Stealth, which will include a salute to the military when it arrives on June 1.

The No. 88 Chevy driver added inscriptions “God bless our soldiers” as well as “Semper Fi” to some of his signatures in the product as well as a simple “Thank you” that will be found in packs along with other drivers who signed messages for members of the military (or their families) who might find their cards.

The product — “for those who serve and collect” — will also include commemorative insert cards for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard as part of the product, which will feature a military-inspired design.

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