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At the National: Boxing legend Larry Holmes mingles with fans

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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.”

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Yasiel Puig highlights Leaf’s National Sports Collection Convention redemption

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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National Sports Collectors Convention planned for next six years, headed back to Atlantic City

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports collectors always want to know where the National Sports Collectors Convention is headed next.

Officials at the NSCC have the location set for the next six years, NSCC director Mike Berkus told Beckett Media.

Chicago will be a hub for the show, going there every other year. But in 2016, the NSCC is returning to an old place after a 13-year absence – Atlantic City.

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Autograph tickets for the National Sports Collectors Convention go on sale today

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly two months away, and now is the time for collectors to get started with their planning.

Tickets for the massive autograph pavilion go on sale to the public today at 7 p.m. ET. This year’s show takes place July 31-August 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

There are a number of stars from many sports signing at the National.

Top stars include baseball’s Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas, Roberto Alomar and Chipper Jones; football’s Eric Dickerson and Frank Gifford; boxing’s Sugar Ray Leonard; hockey’s Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito; NBA rookie Damian Lillard and soccer star Mia Hamm.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … sports families

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?

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Beckett 20 Questions on … art in collectibles

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our annual look at art’s place in the sports card and memorabilia world is coming in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and, simply put, we want to know what you think about many a thing in the hobby.

From non-sports and sketch cards to Diamond Kings, toys, photography and more, there’s plenty to explore in the world of art as it’s seen on our collectibles.

Here’s the latest 20 Questions where we seek your take on it all.

1. Should card companies use more artwork or other non-card approaches in products?

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Beckett 20 Questions on … sports movie items

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new blockbuster sports movie coming next month in 42, the latest Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is set to arrive as well with our latest look at collecting things from a slightly different perspective or with a slightly different approach.

You know, one that lets you explore stuff that’s already out there once again — or perhaps dig a little deeper on the auction block where one might not normally look.

Sometimes, it’s a real-world story that shows up on the big screen like in the case of Jackie Robinson‘s tale or even someone perhaps less-remembered in history like Vince Papale here. (In the case of Papale, being the subject of a film where he was played by Mark Wahlberg sparked serious demand for the value of his 1977 Topps Rookie Card.) Other times, we get fictional characters and stories that we all remember and appreciate over time for some of those similar peculiarities or details that we latch onto as collectors in real life.

For this issue, we’re curious about what you think, what you remember and what you know about sports films. Here’s the latest 20 Questions on the topic … after the jump.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports movie?

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

First look: 2013 Goodwin Champions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With golf, baseball, football and Olympic athletes in 2013 Goodwin Champions, Upper Deck has a wild assortment of sports stars.

Set for a July release, Goodwin Champions is coming back with basics that make the product popular and adding a bunch of extras to make it unique. It Came From Outer Space! Cards are back again with Museum Collection Wild West Relics or new Element Booklet Relics.

Some of the cards collectors will have to see believe.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the hits

 

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.

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Are you up for a new $10 Card Shop Challenge?

 

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.

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First look: 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the ‘other’ sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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?

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Beckett 20 questions … auction block curiosities

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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?

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2. How vital have auctions been to your collection?

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Win a Muhammad Ali printing plate

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali Event Worn Memorabilia Printing Plate #EW12 1/1

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Olds’ Hobby Mailday: Oct. 16 edition

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Just for fun, Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.

What did he buy? How many of the cards were Swishers? Watch and find out …

A contest for boxing fans

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2011 Ringside Boxing Round Two Patches #P21 Julio Cesar Chavez

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Prize Gallery: Beckett Customer Appreciation Month starts Monday with daily giveaways on Beckett.com

 

While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.

From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.

And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.

Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds

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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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