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Posted on December 12, 2013 – 4:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey | autograph collecting, autographs, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, BSCM, Elle Macpherson, magazines, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Scott Smith, Sports Illustrated, The S.I. King, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (6)
“The S.I. King” Scott Smith has a collecting mission — to get the autograph of every person who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That, of course, includes Swimsuit Issue models Elle Macpherson — and he’s amassed more than 94 percent of cover subjects in the near 60-year history of the weekly magazine.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Imagine a collecting challenge that spans decades into the past and has at least one new autograph addition arriving every single week.
That’s the life of Scott Smith, and it’s been that way for years now.
His quest? To get every issue of Sports Illustrated — the weekly magazine that has been around since 1954 — autographed by its cover subject. That’s nearly 60 years’ worth of magazines as S.I. will celebrate its diamond anniversary this August, and it’s a project that started for “The S.I. King” way back in 1982.
“My grandmother gave me a subscription to S.I. in 1973, and I collected and saved every issue and stacked them up in my closet,” said the 49-year-old former investment banker from New Jersey. “Like any kid who saves anything, I saved every issue. Wayne Gretzky‘s Sportsman of the Year was the first signed S.I. I got when he passed through town playing against the Devils. Went to Oilers team hotel in New Jersey.”
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Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gaming, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Racing, Soccer | christmas presents, Collecting Gift Guide, hanukkah presents, holiday presents, Sports Card Gift Guide, sports collectors gift guide | Comments (2)
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 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 2, 2013 – 6:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Tennis | 2013 Leaf Masterworks, George Gervin, Hulk Hogan | Comments (1)
Leaf has added art cards and autographs in several products over the last year.
Now, it has put it all together for one set – 2013 Leaf Masterworks.
Leaf Masterworks contains three art cards with an autograph of the featured athlete. Since these are all custom created, every card is considered 1-of-1.
Posted on September 30, 2013 – 10:07 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Contests, Boxing | Beckett Customer Appreciation Month, Magic Johnson | Comments (0)
Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.
Today’s prize: 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali Fans of Ali Autographs Bronze #FAU3 Magic Johnson
Prizes throughout the month included hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.
To view the list of winner’s and daily prizes, check out this thread in the Beckett forums. Don’t forget to enter everyday for a chance to win.
Posted on September 13, 2013 – 10:21 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Golf, Multisport, Pro Wrestling | Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, pink PMG, Precious Metal Gems, purple PMG, Rory Mcllroy, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Upper Deck employee cards | Comments (6)
Several collectors noticed interesting cards showing up on eBay – purple Precious Metal Gems.
Turns out these cards were made for Upper Deck employees, according to the company’s blog. These cards were given away to show appreciation to the employees.
Posted on September 10, 2013 – 7:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Boxing, Football, Hockey | 2013 Heroes of Sport All-Sport Edition Chapter 1, featured, Heroes of Sport | Comments (151)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a case of 2013 Heroes of Sport All-Sport Edition Chapter 1 in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? What is the very first item found that can be yours? Watch and find out …
Editor’s Note: There are no points this time — what we thought were points were the scratch-off codes on the redemptions! (Camera light goes on, Olds’ brain shuts off.)
Posted on August 3, 2013 – 11:34 pm | Author: Dan Good
Boxing, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Ali, autographs, Boxing, fans, larry holmes, NSCC | Comments (0)
By Dan Good | Contributing Editor
The champ slams the top of the ketchup bottle, treating the nozzle like an opponent’s chin.
Pow! Pow! Pow!
But the bottle is dry, so all the effort is useless. Even for Larry Holmes, the ketchup doesn’t always budge. No matter. He smiles anyway, eating his hot dog as crowds gather on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention, hours before Holmes was scheduled to sign for Tri-Star.
“We’re all the same,” Holmes tells a nearby photographer. “I put one pant leg on at a time.”
Posted on July 3, 2013 – 1:58 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Tennis | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Damian Lillard, Josh Gibson, Leaf Trading Cards, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Yasiel Puig | Comments (4)
Leaf is making it possible pick your redemption at the National Sports Collectors Convention with Leaf Bucks.
By opening different products at the Leaf booth, collectors will earn bucks toward redemption prizes such as autographs, an NSCC six-card set or memorabilia.
Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is the star of Leaf’s redemption set. The company will have Puig in six different poses with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop.