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Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)
Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.
1. DId a family member get you into collecting?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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Posted on May 13, 2013 – 12:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Topps and Major League Soccer announced an exclusive license agreement on Monday.
The license is for trading cards, player stickers, sticker albums and other collectibles.
“Exclusive is definitely something that is important for us,” said Topps brand manager Jeff Heckman. “We look to grow the category certainly. That is something that is important to us.”
Posted on May 9, 2013 – 10:15 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013 Topps Major League Soccer, 2013 Topps MLS, MLS, soccer | Comments (25)
As soccer grows in the United States, card companies are looking to tap into the market.
Topps has secured a licensed with Major League Soccer and will produce its first MLS cards this summer.
Each hobby box will have 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack. In addition, there will be two autographs and three relic cards in every box.
Posted on March 12, 2013 – 11:47 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly
We’ve made our picks for our 20 favorite sports movies in the past, but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — The Sports Movies Issue — we want to hear from you.
If you have pride in your Yankees film, if you have a field of dreams out back — or maybe just a sandlot — or if you just like the money shown to you (on DVD, of course), then we want to know about it.
Heck, if you collect items relating to your favorite film, even better … tell us about that, too.
Tell us, in a comment along with your name and location … What is your favorite sports movie … and why?
It can be any sport, any era … we want to know. Make a compelling case and you just might see your response in the next issue.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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)
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
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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 – 9:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 1980 men's Olympic team, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, Albert Pujols, Damian Lillard, Ichiro, Lolo Jones, Mike Eruzione, Mike Tyson, Miracle on Ice, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Sarah Palin | Comments (8)
Bringing together an iconic group of athletes to sign for a product is an ambitious task, but one Leaf has taken on again.
In 2012 Legends of Sport, Leaf has assembled popular athletes and pop culture figures to fill out the set, including international baseball stars, Olympic athletes and even a former Vice Presidential hopeful.
The set includes more than 150 subjects.
Legends of Sport is scheduled to come out at the end of January and each box will contain three autograph cards.
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 December 6, 2012 – 5:21 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats, Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman | Comments (5)
Upper Deck had an error in its numbering on some of the hits in 2012 All-Time Greats, which released this week.
The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.
The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10 (one of the cards is pictured above).
Here is the entire list of Letterman cards in the product with the correct numbering.
Posted on November 8, 2012 – 8:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Adam Martin, Baseball Card Exchange, baseball cards, black friday, Blowout Cards, Dave & Adams Card World, DCS sportscards, Dominic Santillo, featured, Pittsburgh Sports, Reed Kasaoka, Sean Bennett, Thomas Fish | Comments (3)
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 19, 2012 – 7:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport, Non-Sports, Soccer | 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George Washington, Mitt Romney, NASA, Panini America, presidents, USA Soccer, USWNT | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
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 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.
Posted on August 13, 2012 – 9:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, featured, National Sports Collectors Convention | Comments (7)
A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.
From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.
If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.
It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.
Posted on August 8, 2012 – 11:59 am | Author: chrisolds
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In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of college collecting.
While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside The College 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 how your school ties tie into what you collect and how you collect.
I finished my college days at the University of Alabama — a school that has produced many Hall of Famers on the gridrion (both college and pro), produced quite a few MLB and NBA stars, and even some stars in the literary and media world. My collection is all over the map from my days down there — and it’s a collection with plenty of variety beyond just the football greats. (I’ll have plenty to potentially write about in that issue.)
But that’s for later. We want to know about your college collecting habits.
Give us your name and location and answer the following questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.
Posted on August 1, 2012 – 1:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, NSCC, The National | Comments (0)
If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.
To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)
To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.
Posted on July 18, 2012 – 1:50 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck Soccer, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 3, 2012 – 12:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | autographs, NSCC, The National, Upper Deck, Wrapper Redemption | Comments (5)
Upper Deck unveiled its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and the custom-designed set will include changes at autographs from some of the biggest names on the company’s roster.
Collectors who buy five brands from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show will receive an UD voucher that is good for a single NSCC pack after those five are opened at the company’s booth.
The eligible products include 2011-12 SP Game-Used, SP Authentic and SPx hockey along with 2011 College Football Legends as well as these 2012 products: Upper Deck football, SPx football, SP Signature Edition baseball and Upper Deck Soccer.
Posted on June 28, 2012 – 8:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Upper Deck is headed to Baltimore for the National Sports Collectors Convention and it’s bringing along some cards for you.
Well, if you’re a VIP that is.
The company will produce a six-card show-exclusive set for the event set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore, and it showcases some of the biggest names in the company’s athlete spokesman stable.