Category Archives: Golf

Golf’s new star Jordan Spieth has little cardboard

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

Golf’s biggest star at the moment is a newcomer with very little official cardboard bearing his name — and it’s something we have seen before.

SpiethIssueHe’s Jordan Spieth and he’s a 21-year-old former Texas Longhorn who dropped out of college to turn pro — and he’s won both the Masters and the U.S. Open this year. With two more majors wins this year, he’ll do something that Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods never could — win the Grand Slam of golf in a single year. Since 1960, only three golfers have won the first two majors of a year — and you guessed it … Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods.

Not only is Spieth chasing history on the links at a furious rate, he’s also doing it at an unprecedented age. His win at the U.S. Open on Sunday made him the youngest champ of the event since 1923 and the youngest to win two majors since 1922.

His only official trading card at this point? A Sports Illustrated for Kids card that appeared in the June issue. Copies of the issue have sold for as much as $30 online with his card separated also commanding similar amounts. Woods’ 1996 SI For Kids card debut was his only card for some time before Upper Deck entered the golf card world in 2001 — and it has been a hot seller as well through the years. It hasn’t died down, either, with a recent example being a BGS 10 selling on eBay for $9,222.44 just this month.

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Upper Deck showcases international collector

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While some collectors may think that a product made in the United States stays in the United States, the action in the U.S. sports world captures the attention of fans from around the world.

And that means collecting cardboard can be a global game.

Upper Deck knows this and is showcasing the story of a high-end golf collector who’s based in Japan on its company blog.

Click here to see his collection and hear his story.

 

Introducing … the game-used wallet?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

“What’s in your wallet?” has a very different meaning now.

Thanks to Berkeley, Calif.-based Tokens & Icons, there is a whole new line of game-used memorabilia out there with the practical in mind for the sports collector with everything from stadium seats to game-used jerseys making their way into high-end everyday objects that can be used.

Or should we save them to be collected?

Either way, the creativity from the company goes far beyond the $150 Alabama Crimson Tide game-used football jersey wallet seen above — in fact, Tokens & Icons is producing items for MLB, the NHL, selected college football and basketball teams, golf, tennis, the PGA Tour, vintage arenas and even the famed horse-racing venue Churchill Downs.

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Rory McIlroy signs exclusive with Upper Deck

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Golfer Rory McIlroy is joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.

Golf’s current sensation has signed to be an exclusive spokesperson with Upper Deck.

Upper Deck will offer autographed memorabilia of McIlroy through its Upper Deck Authenticated program. Items will include pin flags, photos, lithographs, game-used items and more. His items will begin to appear with UDA in October.

His trading cards will appear in Upper Deck products in 2013.

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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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Rory McIlroy cards aren’t in plentiful supply

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Rory McIlroy winning the PGA Championship this weekend, some collectors might have rushed to see what kind of cards they can get of the young golfer.

Perhaps an autograph that have sneaked into a product. Or even an event-worn shirt. At the very least, just a card listing his accomplishments – which are piling up quickly.

No. There’s none of that. In fact, there’s just one licensed card and a handful of others.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

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.

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ESPN’s Mint Condition talks The National

 

ESPN’s “Mint Condition” catches up with Mike Berkus of the National Sports Collectors Convention to discuss next week’s show in Baltimore.

Upper Deck readies NSCC wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Upper Deck unveils its NSCC VIP card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.

We hope you can top them.  You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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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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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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Upper Deck lands golfer Ernie Els

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Ernie Els is one of the world’s top professional golfers, but for years and years of golf sets, no card company has been able to land “The Big Easy” to an autograph deal.

Until now.

Upper Deck announced Els is going to have trading cards, including his first licensed autographs in its upcoming 2012 SP Authentic Golf in July.

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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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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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Your Turn: How has the Web changed the hobby?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

How has the Internet changed your hobby?

It’s a bit of a loaded question because there are countless possible answers — it might be better to ask whether there are ways it hasn’t changed collecting.

Better yet, though, we figured we’d just ask you — because there just might be many different answers for many different people. Dealers might sound different than collectors. Manufacturers might have differing answers, too. You’re all out there.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore some of the ways that the Internet has transformed collecting, the industry, the market. For one part of the issue, we’re planning to showcase your answers on this wide-ranging topic. Leave your comments — with a name and location — below and we’ll showcase the most notable ones in the magazine.

Also, be sure to take our polls asking you about the Internet’s influence after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Bryan Hornbeck and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

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

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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.

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

Product preview: Upper Deck World of Sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s wide world of sports out there and Upper Deck is aiming to get it all down on cardboard.

Where? In its  latest World of Sports release that’s set to arrive on Feb 21, a 2011-branded product that will include stars from baseball, football, basketball, hockey soccer and beyond.

Oh, and it will include three autographs and memorabilia cards per 24-pack box, too.

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First look: 2012 Upper Deck SP Authentic Golf

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

After a lengthy absence from the golf scene, Upper Deck is coming back with a new set this year.

SP Authentic is scheduled for a June release with cards from the top male and female golfers of the world.

Collectors could expect to find autographs and material cards as well as a plethora of Rookie Cards as well as one of the coolest dual autograph cards in a while.

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Golf fans have a new set to look for in 2012

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Golf collectors haven’t had a trading card set dedicated to their sport since 2005.

That about to change in 2012 as Leaf is readying Leaf Metal Golf — a set that will feature a number of world-class golfers and will be loaded with autographs, all be signed directly on the cards.

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Panini readies high-end cut autograph product

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s Americana line has been a hit-per-pack product before — but with this new line its apparent goal is to be a cut above the rest.

And that happens with a cut in every single pack.

Arriving in late-December will be 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts, a multi-sport and non-sport product that includes more than 140 deceased baseball Hall of Famers as well as notable names from politics, pop culture and other sports. All cards will be numbered to 49 or less with more than 200 cards on the checklist limited to 15 or fewer copies, according to the company.

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Box Busters: 2011 Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Goodwin Champions boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Are YOU a Supercollector? We want YOU in Beckett Sports Card Monthly …

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

*** NOTE *** We run Supercollector entries every month in our magazines. Send yours today!

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

We’re going to dedicate an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to showcasing SuperCollectors — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for the magazine, but first we need to hear about your stash.

You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to BeckettSuperCollector@gmail.com the following information:

1. Name, age, your email address, your location (city, state) and who/what you collect.

2. Statistics about your collection (total cards, number of 1/1s, number of autographs, number of game-used cards or items, etc.)

3. Tell us why you should be picked. Sell us on what makes your collection the best — and how/why it started.

4. Send us LINKS to images that we can examine or use with your item. (Bad images won’t help your case … and 900 MB attachments won’t either!)

5. Be patient. We have a group of baseball entries from awhile back to go through as well. We WILL be in touch if you are selected or we need more information.

6. Act fast … we want YOUR info NOW!

Above is a sample of a SuperCollector who recently appeared in the magazine. See what information he presented if you’re struggling. (Click for a closer look if you need it.)

Upper Deck World of Sports short-print autographs revealed

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Wondering where certain autographs have been when busting Upper Deck‘s Wide World of Sports?

Several of the autographs in the product have been revealed as short prints. Wide World of Sports features an array of talent from just about every sport imaginable with female soccer players to figure skaters to NBA stars.

Some of the top names on the short-print list are Cal Ripken Jr., MLS soccer star Tony Meola and MMA superstar Chuck Liddell.

There is no print run listed for the cards, however, just know they are a bit rare. Just one of the Ripken cards appeared on eBay recently and sold for $151.50.

Short-print checklist after the jump:

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Upper Deck offers Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan autographs in World of Sports box-top contest

By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck‘s new World of Sport set offers some of the biggest names in several sports, but the two autographs up for grabs in a contest tied to the product are perhaps as big as it gets.

Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.

The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company announced Tuesday a contest that will get five dual-signed Woods-Jordan cards into the hands of lucky collectors who send a box lid to the company along with pertinent information.

Get a look at the card — and get the details on how to enter — after the jump.

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Upper Deck's All-Star Vinyl retail lines include plenty of star power

Upper Deck is bringing its line of All-Star Vinyl figures to the masses this winter with several series of 10-inch figures that showcase some of the sports world’s biggest names.

While we previously previewed the NHL line, here’s a look at the upcoming figures (and drawings to be used for figures) for football, baseball, basketball and perhaps a couple of other guys you might have heard of …

First, the football line, which includes San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson (above) along with …

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Card Gallery: More Donruss Sports Legends

Here’s another look at what’s coming in DonrussSports Legends product, which is set for a December release. Check out the mix of these personalities and their sports. That first card? It will be huge.

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Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Upper Deck unveils Pro Shots Ultimates sculptures for Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan

Fans of Upper Deck spokesmen Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan might be interested in this one.

The company released images of its latest Pro Shots Ultimates — deluxe polyresign sculptures of memorable moments — on Wednesday with Woods’ 1997 Masters fist-pump and Jordan’s final shot from the 1998 NBA Finals up for grabs. (Click on the Jordan for a closer look.)

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Upper Deck set to bring All-Star Vinyl to masses

Upper Deck‘s popular line of sports figures — All-Star Vinyl — soon will expand into a larger series of 10-inch figures available at retail stores. While it appears they will be produced for several sports, here’s a look at the NHL line set to hit stores in February  …

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