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Posted on January 24, 2013 – 9:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2012 Panini Golden Age, autographs, baseball, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, history, horse racing, MLB, Panini America, Pulitzer Prize, Watergate | Comments (10)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Panini Golden Age in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
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
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Air Jordan, autographs, baseball cards, Colorado Rockies, featured, Lance Armstrong, memorabilia, Michael Jordan, MLB, money, Nike, Panini America, Ronda Rousey, Sea Monkeys, Superman, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (23)
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
Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | CFL, Danica Patrick, featured, Japanese baseball, Leaf, Lolo Jones, NASCAR, Olympics, Panini America, PGA, Tiger Woods, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, WWE, XFL | Comments (22)
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
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports, Racing | 20 Questions, Auction houses, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, eBay, featured, Grey Flannel Auctions, Heritage Auctions, Robert Edward Auctions | Comments (1)
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?