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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 (5)
“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 12, 2013 – 9:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2014 Leaf Legends of the Link, golf, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Leaf is bringing signed tournament cards to a new golf set.
Each box of 2014 Legends of the Links Golf will contain a cut autograph (single or double) and tournament-used signed scorecards.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | autograph ettiquette, autograph pens, autographs, Classic, Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Namath, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, music autographs, Pro Line, Score Board, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Brady, Topps, Troy Aikman, TTM autographs, Ty Murray, Vince McMahon, WWE, Yoenis Cespedes | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on December 6, 2013 – 3:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection, 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball, Barry Sandes, Mario Andretti, Tiger Woods, Tony Gwynn, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
Exquisite Collection Basketball is known for its high-end hits of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
However, not every autograph featured in 2012-13 Exquisite Collection was one of Upper Deck’s exclusive basketball signers. There are several non-basketball autographs in Exquisite such as key players in racing, baseball, golf and hockey.
Exquisite Collection Sports Autographs features six autographs of athletes from different sports.
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)
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 9, 2013 – 11:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf, Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, Fall Sports Expo, Mel Wolff, Upper Decl | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Upper Deck gathered fans at its booth on Friday night at the Fall Sports Expo.
It was ready to give away prizes for a free raffle, which included uncut sheets, hobby boxes and autograph cards. But in the few moments before the raffle, Upper Deck recognized a longtime dealer Mel Wolff who passed away recently.
Upper Deck did it by what it does best – making a trading card of him.
Posted on October 10, 2013 – 2:52 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2012 SP Game Used Golf, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated | Comments (0)
Michael Crew is a huge Rory McIlroy fan.
He’s collected his cards, followed his career and even got to meet the golfer.
But Upper Deck provided Crew with one of the best pieces of his collection recently. It sent Crew a handwritten note from McIlroy thanking him for his support.
“My reaction was like a kid in a candy store,” Crew said. “I was expecting a redemption from UD for my Inked Drivers set so when my wife called and said there was a package from UD I assumed that’s what it was. When I got home I immediately went to the package and thought it was too big for a redemption. I opened it up and started tearing up right away. I told them I hadn’t cried since my daughter was born. “
Posted on September 26, 2013 – 6:49 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Golf | Dynamics Inc., ePlate, Michael Jordan, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Collectors may have noticed an interesting card from Upper Deck on the secondary market – UD Infinite.
They included cards of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. You can’t find these in any store.
UD Infinite is only available through Dynamics ePlate, a credit card system with special reward programs. They’re not easy to come by. They require consumers to collect a set of 250 digital cards to get one pack.
Posted on September 20, 2013 – 6:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Racing, Tennis | autographs, Beckett Autographs Price Guide | Comments (3)
If you’re an autograph hound — or merely a collector of certified ink — Beckett Media has a new book just for you.
The newest offering in the Beckett library is the Beckett Autographs Price Guide, a release solely dedicated to autographs. The 432-page book includes a pair of feature stories to assist ink collectors hunting on their own and to spot some of the landmark certified sets. In addition, there are more than 1,000 exemplar images of autographs for most notable players from the Big Four sports as well as a few others and also a gallery of presidential autographs.
Lastly, more than 300 pages of the $49.95 book are dedicated to price guides for most major certified autograph sets from the four major sports as well as those from racing, golf, tennis and multi-sport releases.
For more information or to order a copy, click here.
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.