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Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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?
2. How many autographs do you own?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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Posted on December 5, 2013 – 6:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Soccer | 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold, Cristiano Ronalde, Premier League, soccer, Topps | Comments (0)
With Topps‘ first high-end Barclays Premier League soccer product set to arrive late this month, the company has come up with an incentive for group breakers to kick-start their breaks of the 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold.
It’s giving away a pair of game-used Cristiano Ronaldo cleats to the breakers whose video gets the most views.
Four others will receive prizes ranging from free wax to other autographed items.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on November 20, 2013 – 7:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Soccer | 2014 Topps MLS, Mexican National Team soccer, Mexico, soccer, Topps | Comments (13)
Topps is adding some extra futbol into its next Major League Soccer release.
The exclusive licensee of MLS announced on Wednesday that its 2014 Topps MLS set will include players from the Mexican National Team, which is World Cup bound after downing New Zealand 4-2.
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 7, 2013 – 3:12 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 Topps MLS, MLS, soccer, Topps, World Cup soccer | Comments (5)
Topps will add a focus on the World Cup with 2014 Topps MLS releases next year.
Each box of 2014 Topps MLS will contain 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack. There will also be three autographs and three relics in every box.
Topps MLS is scheduled to come out the week of March 12
Here’s a breakdown of the product:
Posted on September 13, 2013 – 9:33 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Gaming, Hockey, Non-Sports, Soccer | 2013 Amerca's Pastime, 2013-14 Prizm hockey, 2014 World Cup, 2014 World Cup Prizm, GTS Distribution, KaiJudo, Magic the Gathering, Marvel Comics, Marvel NOW!, Panini America, Theros, Thor: The Dark World, Ultra Pro, Upper Deck Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast | Comments (2)
GTS Distribution hosted its Northeast Open House on Thursday, inviting dozens of dealers.
Several companies, including Panini America, Upper Deck and Wizards of the Coast presented news and upcoming products to the dealers at the Hilton in Newark, N.J.
Here’s a roundup of the news from the presentation.
Posted on August 9, 2013 – 12:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold, English Premier League cards, EPL, soccer cards | Comments (16)
Topps is expanding its soccer product to the English Premier League.
In mid-December, Topps is scheduled to release a high-end soccer product with 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold. The hit-per-pack product will contain 10 packs with five cards in each pack – meaning every box will have 10 hits: five autographs and five memorabilia cards.
The EPL set will include past and present players.
Posted on August 6, 2013 – 7:08 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013 Topps MLS, Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill | Comments (2)
Topps announced MLS Extra Time Redemption #3 will be Clint Dempsey.
The Seattle Sounders striker returned to Major League Soccer this week after spending six years in the English Premier League. The MLS Extra Time Redemption cards will feature Dempsey’s autographs on the MLS Maestros design.