Category Archives: Boxing

Sylvester Stallone autos coming in Allen & Ginter


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 10th edition of Allen & Ginter will pack some punch.

Topps revealed on Thursday that Sylvester Stallone will be signing cards for the 10th edition of the retro-styled baseball card set that includes other notables in the sports world.

In this case, it’s a boxer from the big screen, Rocky Balboa, who is a world’s champion. (Note the card is labeled “Balboa.”)

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Muhammad Ali’s gloves from famed fight open at $500,000


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The gloves worn by the world’s most-iconic athlete in one of the most-controversial fights of his career that spawned arguably the greatest sports photograph ever are on the auction block via Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions.

And the opening bid is $500,000.

The gloves are from Muhammad Ali‘s second fight with Sonny Liston, which came on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine, and it was a rematch of a controversial 1964 bout that saw Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, become the world champion when Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round. The rematch came at a time of backlash over Ali’s conversion to Islam and his political statements and it was a controversial fight that saw Liston lose via knockout in the first round.

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Show Recap: Toronto Expo Edition

Stratus Expo

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another successful Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo came to a close Sunday evening and thousands of hockey collectors from all over have gone home after three days of hunting for cards and collectibles at the International Centre in Toronto.

Beckett Media was once again on hand for this semi-annual extravaganza and in addition to offering the latest issues of our price guides and annuals along with raw card grading services, managed to bring a lot of folks to our booth on Friday evening with a special appearance by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.

What else was going on at the Expo? Read on after the jump for an extensive recap. Read More »

AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Evander Holyfield’s estate up for auction

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – As first-timers to the National Sports Collectors Convention, Julien’s Auctions are showing up with the real deal.

Normally an entertainment auction house – selling items from Michael Jackson and Cher – Julien’s is putting together it’s first full day of auctions for sports. The items will include nearly the entire estate of boxer Evander Holyfield.

Championship belts, rings, furniture, cars and even the gloves he used in the bout with Mike Tyson – where Tyson bit his ear – are being auctioned. His 1984 bronze medal from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games is also on the block.

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The NSCC: Who’s signing in Baltimore this year?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re presently prepping The Show Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which will include all the pertinent details about this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5  in Baltimore, Md.

There will be more than 80 former sports stars will be on hand at this year’s NSCC to sign for fans during the week. Here’s the rundown of who and when and their starting autograph fees for a basic item. (All times are p.m. unless noted with *)

On Friday, the NSCC and TRISTAR, the organizer of the autograph pavilion at the show, announced that New York Yankees relief pitcher and MLB career saves leader Mariano Rivera has been added to the lineup.

See all the signers — and see their starting fees — after the jump.

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

TRISTAR will open retail store in Las Vegas

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

TRISTAR is hoping a new venture in Vegas is a jackpot.

The long-running show-promotion and autographed memorabilia company announced on Sunday that it will be opening a new retail store in Las Vegas on May 1 — the TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia Store. It will be located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and will be the largest memorabilia shop on the Strip, according to the company.

“When TRISTAR does something, we do it big and first class,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRISTAR, in a prepared statement. “It will be like walking into a sports Hall of Fame, but instead of just looking, you can take pieces of the experience home with you.”

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First look: 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The best of the best. The greatest athletes of generations are making their way into an Upper Deck set featuring men and women at the top of their games.

Upper Deck was very select in picking the athletes to appear in 2012 All-Time Great Sports Edition. Just 20 superstars made the cut.

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Bert Sugar’s influence seen far away from just boxing … try baseball card collecting


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Boxing fans probably know Bert Sugar as an eccentrically dressed icon, a Hall of Fame writer, a historian, a character.

But the man who died at age 75 on Sunday was far from just that, particularly when it came to cardboard, though even he appeared on a few cards himself through the years. (His 2008 Topps Co-Signers Solo Sigs card, his only certified auto, is above, complete with his name misspelled — something I’m sure he loved.)

In fact, he’s pretty important in helping shape part of what became the pop culture phenomenon of baseball card collecting beginning in the 1970s. But don’t take my word for it … watch this touching piece from noted media personality and life-long collector Keith Olbermann from his show on Monday.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Upper Deck signs Mike Tyson to autograph and memorabilia deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Mike Tyson is getting in the ring with Upper Deck.

The California-based card company has signed the famous boxer to an autograph and memorabilia deal. Tyson will appear in upcoming trading card releases, making his debut in 2012 Goodwin Champions.

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First look: Sportskings Series E

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Sports Kings LLP is gearing up for another release this spring with Sportskings Series E, a high-end product featuring athletes across a broad range of sports.

Each box – with a pre-release price around $100 – contains five cards: three base (including random minis), one base with a premium back and an insert, which is a memorabilia or autograph.

The set is scheduled to be released on May 3 and a checklist is not scheduled to arrive until early April.

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Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection


I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.


By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Why so serious?

Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.

For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »

Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re preparing this year’s edition of The Autograph Issue for Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want to know just one thing from you at the moment.

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Maybe it’s a signed ball or a signed piece of scrap paper from a random meeting. Maybe it’s a certified autograph of a superstar — or maybe not even a sports autograph at all.

Tell us — and be sure to include your name and location, which will appear with your answer in the next issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Boxing loses a legend — Joe Frazier dead at 67

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The boxing community lost one of its greatest fighters on Monday night with the death of Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

The former world heavyweight champ will forever be remembered for his three sensational fights with Muhammad Ali, including the The Fight of the Century” and the “Thrilla in Manilla.”

He died of liver cancer at age 67.

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Box Busters: Ringside Boxing Round 2

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of Ringside Boxing Round 2 boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First two Allen & Ginter Manny Pacquiao autograph sales pack serious punch

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

More than a few collectors might be seeking Manny Pacquiao‘s first certified autograph out of packs of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter.

But based on the first completed sale price for the card on eBay — and a second sale for even more — it’s apparent that more than a few collectors just might not be able to afford one.

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And in this corner: Ringside Boxing Round Two

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Last year, Creative Cardboard Concepts (mostly comprised of the makers of In The Game) ended a 15-year drought for stand-alone boxing products with its Ringside Boxing Round One  release. This year, the multi-faceted collectibles company will follow up in true Rocky-esque fashion.

The manufacturer revealed today that Ringside Boxing Round Two will be available on Aug. 3, punched up with the following box formula:

  • Three base cards
  • Three Turkey Red cards
  • One (hard-signed) autograph card
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The National: Plans are starting to come together

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

“I love it when a plan comes together.”

With apologies to George Peppard — or is it Liam Neeson? — the famed A-Team line just seemed apropos for the nuggets of news coming in regarding plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, which runs from Aug. 3-7.

While The Show Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is still in production, an A-List autograph guest was announced by TRISTAR on Tuesday — one that prompted an immediate re-write of the five autographs to get rundown of guests at the show.

The new signer? Mike Tyson.

His autographs will start at $119 — Hangover not included.

In other news for the show …

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Muhammad Ali’s autograph cards floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

If we could hear Muhammad Ali now, he might be saying “I’m gonna float like a butterfly, sting like a bee … and ain’t nobody selling cards quite like me.”

The 69-year-old former world heavyweight boxing champ has fought Parkinson’s disease for years now, leaving him silent and more fragile than in his fighting years, but that didn’t stop him from signing a limited number of cards for the 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali card set. A small number of those cards were cards that included a swatch from a pair of his fight-worn trunks and they’re raking in the bucks these days in online auctions.

How much?

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