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Posted on January 24, 2013 – 12:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 NASCAR, Davey Allison, press pass | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The new racing season is almost here and Press Pass is gearing up for its start. Throughout the year, the company will deliver products with unique memorabilia and autograph cards.
However, Press Pass isn’t just looking ahead to new and popular drivers. The company is taking time to remember racing’s past honoring Davey Allison who died 20 years ago.
“Twenty years later, Davey is still regarded as one of the top competitors in the sport,” Press Pass said in a release. “His talent and competitiveness were matched only by his courage and kindheartedness. Press Pass was in its infancy when Davey passed away, but we strive to honor his legacy.”
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Posted on January 17, 2013 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
If there’s one thing that’s on the minds of collectors besides “What’s new?” and “What’s it worth?” it’s the old standby of the last 15 or so years.
“How many hits?”
While the use of autographs and memorabilia cards in products have revolutionized the hobby, what we call hits seems to meander in meaning from person to person. To some, it’s just those autos and mem cards. To others, it might include cards of other types. The hits have included everything from some star shortstop’s autograph to a piece of Superman’s cape — and seemingly everything else, too.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to focus on “The Hits” — whatever they might be — and here is the latest batch of questions — some serious, some fun — that we’re curious about on the subject. Check them out … after the jump.
Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | $10 Card Shop Challenge, collecting, featured | Comments (44)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge … Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, Jan. 25 …
Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.
An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.
A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.
Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | @RGIII, Alabama football, Andrew Luck, Bear Bryant, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Cal Ripken Jr., cam newton, derek jeter, Emmitt Smith, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, The National, Tim Tebow | Comments (3)
With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.
In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.
Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.
Posted on December 28, 2012 – 10:06 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, featured, Kyle Larson, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (2)
Just in time for the start of the racing season, Press Pass is putting out one of its top products. Press Pass Total Memorabilia is back with plenty of autographs, fire suits and race-used tires for collectors.
Total Memorabilia comes out in February, just in time for the Daytona 500.
Total Memorabilia is a product collectors can load up on. There is a hit in every pack with five packs in each box. Every nine-card pack includes five cards from the 50-card base set, a numbered parallel, two inserts and an autographed or memorabilia card.
Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.
But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.
1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 16, 2012 – 5:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2013 Press Pass Racing, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, featured, Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass racing in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 14, 2012 – 1:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Power Packs, 2013 Press Pass Racing, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, press pass, Richard Petty, Travis Pastrana | Comments (2)
Press Pass introduced its Power Pack program last year where the company offered bonus packs with exclusive content to customers.
The packs contained the Power Pick set, autograph buy backs, memorabilia cards and instant win prizes.
Press Pass has released a new Power Pick set for 2013. Some of these packs can be found in 2013 Press Pass Racing, but can also be obtained through local hobby shops.
Posted on November 13, 2012 – 3:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The auction block has changed you.
Whether it’s eBay or an auction house with sales you don’t have to attend in-person, the auction block has probably shaped more collections than we can imagine. That card you finally tracked down on eBay? You may not even be the second owner. That 1969 Topps set you finally finished? Hundreds of those cards could have changed hands many times — sometimes possibly at auction. (Oh, and we won’t even dwell on all you wax-busting burgeoning auctioneers … )
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re looking at auctions — some of the cool (and weird) stuff sold, some of the notable dealers and more As part of that package, our new tradition of 20 Questions will be included — tell us what you think, starting below and with a comment if you need to, too.
1. Which of these sales is real?
2. How vital have auctions been to your collection?
Posted on November 8, 2012 – 8:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
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It’s one part competition, one part promotion, one part entertainment.
It’s Black Friday.
The biggest shopping day of the year in the hobby — and the rest of the retail world, too — is roughly two weeks away and several online dealers are already working to prepare for the event that aims to entice collectors with promos and prices that aim to draw their dollars and, ideally, in turn bolster their collections.
One of those dealers is Blowout Cards‘ Thomas Fish, who has perhaps made the day a bit of an art form on his Virginia-based company’s various platforms the last few years.
“Black Friday and the promotions that surround this event afford us the opportunity to give back to our customers,” Fish said. “It’s a day where we know there will be tremendous number of eyeballs on our website and our forum. Customers want to see some crazy prices, they want to be entertained and they want to feel rewarded for spending that valuable time on our website.
“We plan to deliver on all fronts.”
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 12:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2012 Press Pass Legends NASCAR, cut autographs, IRL, NHRA, press pass | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass Legends in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 19, 2012 – 4:18 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Racing | 2013 Press Pass Racing, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Press Pass Inc., Travis Pastrana | Comments (1)
Press Pass is getting ready for the 2013 racing season. Its flagship product comes out next month with new additions, inserts and memorabilia.
Press Pass is offering two race-used in every box of 2013 Racing for the first time in the product’s history.
Those hits could include race-used tires, letters patches from manufacturers, lug nuts, sheet metal, fire suits and more.
Press Pass Racing will feature six cards per pack and 30 packs in a box, and to come out November 21.
Posted on October 18, 2012 – 7:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We all know that not all game-used memorabilia cards are made alike.
After all, there only so many patches or tags on a uniform and there’s not an endless supply of certain players’ jersey swatches to go around – no matter how long they play or whether they are Sabathia-sized.
But memorabilia cards can be cool without being expensive, too, and here are five memorabilia cards that will cost you far less than $100 to own. In fact, $100 or less will get you all of them … and you’ll probably have a few bucks left over for a few more mem cards – or maybe even a CC-style lunch.
Chasing Joe Willie
2011 Timeless Treasures Changing Stripes #14 Joe Namath /249, $25 (or less)
If you collect members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame or legendary quarterbacks, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you have a Joe Namath game-used jersey card in your stash. What you might not find? A Namath card with a Los Angeles Rams jersey, and that’s where he finished his career with a one-year stop in 1977. This card? It has both.
Posted on October 15, 2012 – 8:30 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Racing | Kasey Kahne, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (0)
Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.
Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”
There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.
Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.
Today’s prize: 2011 Press Pass Premium Signatures Red Ink Kasey Kahne
Posted on October 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.
From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.
Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.
1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?
2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?
Posted on October 11, 2012 – 12:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | game-used memorabilia, itg, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (24)
In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of game-used cards and memorabilia.
While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside this year’s edition of The Game-used Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about what you think about game-used, what you collect and how you collect.
Give us your name and location and answer the following six questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.
1. Name, where from and what game-used stuff do you collect?
2. What one type of game-used item (any sport) do you prefer?
3. Who do you trust when it comes to authenticity statements for items or cards?
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 9:00 am | Author: chrisolds
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While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.
From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.
And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.
Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds
Posted on September 14, 2012 – 7:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2012 Press Pass FanFare, Danica Patrick, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass FanFare racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out. (Our technical difficulties clear up after the first few seconds.)
Posted on September 10, 2012 – 10:56 am | Author: chrisolds
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Give or take an anomaly here and there, did you know that there are a mere 148,003 Rookie Cards cataloged on Beckett.com alone?
We’re sure you did, and that number will stand for a whole day or two until the next new product arrives — but that’s not what we’re here for today. We’re here to ask you a simple question for the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly:
If you could only own a single Rookie Card — just one — what would it be?
Tell us in the comments below and be sure to include your name and location. We’ll run a selection of the best replies in the issue.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on September 8, 2012 – 7:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We’re prepping this year’s Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly soon and one thing is clear.
Rookie Cards reign in the hobby.
Whether it’s vintage firsts or modern-day rarities, RCs seem to demand our attention the most — so much so it can defy logic at times. Want a fresh sign of that? Panini America started selling Rated Rookie t-shirts last night — a rookie brand is now a clothing line.
When it comes to RCs, though, there are plenty of unclear areas, too. There are also many a personal definition for what is and what isn’t an RC and there are plenty of prospecting products that just make those personal tastes even harder to define.
We want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to Rookie Cards. Here, we present 20 rookie-focused questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answer on. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the issue after we see the results.
1. After six years, do you feel the Rookie Card logo is working in MLB?
See the rest … after the jump.