Posted on September 9, 2014 – 12:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary
You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.
You’d be wrong.
A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.
It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)
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Posted on September 2, 2014 – 8:44 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
This week, collectors heading to their local card store or particiating in an authorized group break featuring Upper Deck products are in for a surprise treat coming in the form of special 25th Anniversary Promo Packs.
The five-card packs will contain a special 110-card base set from several sports designed in the same manner as the landmark 1989 Upper Deck Baseball release. Seeded once per pack is one of 40 different additional 1989 Themed Rookie Cards that include such young talents as Byron Buxton, Nathan MacKinnon and Johnny Manziel.
If that was not enough, there are over 70 different Autograph Parallel cards to track down and they are limited to between 25 and 125 copies each. Combined with the ever-popular Printing Plates, they will be coming out of packs at an attainable 1:17 rate. Read More »
Posted on August 3, 2014 – 8:37 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
As the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention keeps rolling along, many great items are turning up on the show floor and commanding the attention of the crowd.
One of the greatest things about the National is the diversity of collectibles that can be bought, sold or even traded for. Since the beginning, it has always been about baseball items, but fans of other sports are well-represented as well.
Let’s take another look at some of the treasures that popped up over the course of the show on Saturday after the jump.
Posted on July 29, 2014 – 12:50 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Exquisite Collection golf cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 SP Game-used Edition golf in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on May 15, 2014 – 11:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Upper Deck created shadowbox inserts in 2009 SPx Football. The cards incorporated three layers of acetate to create a 3-D look.
It has used these shadowboxes in several products incorporating autographs into the design as well. UD is bringing this element to Upper Deck Authenticated, its autographed memorabilia arm.
The new collectible pieces will measure 16-by-20 inches with a large base that it could be displayed standing up or hung on a wall. Upper Deck will continue with the 3-D look and add an autograph to the middle layer.
Posted on April 2, 2014 – 10:23 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.
It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.
For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.
Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.
Posted on March 25, 2014 – 11:05 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Goodwin Champions is coming back with new patches, World War I relics and slew of new signers.
Each box of 2014 Goodwin Champions will come with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be three hits per box that range from a number of different elements such as autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards, Museum Relics and Goodwin Masterpieces.
Posted on March 24, 2014 – 3:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 SP Authentic golf cards from Upper Deck.
Posted on March 24, 2014 – 2:42 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.
Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.
The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.
Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).
Posted on March 20, 2014 – 5:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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LAS VEGAS – When it comes to checklists, one question always comes up – why can’t we get them sooner?
This was one of the hot topics during a manufacturer panel that featured representative from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini America at the 2014 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.
Collectors and dealers may not like the answer. It seems the earliest companies can get a final checklist is the day of pack out because the biggest hurdle is the autographs.
Posted on March 17, 2014 – 3:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.
We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.
Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.
What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.
Posted on March 11, 2014 – 11:24 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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The four-day 2014 Industry Summit begins on Sunday with dealers, card companies, distributors and licensors heading to Las Vegas to discuss the hobby.
There are seminars and breakout sessions and meetings. This is a chance for companies to explain what they plan on doing over the next few months, giving dealers a preview of what’s to come.
But one of the biggest things people get out of the Industry Summit is swag. Dealers get promo cards and items from different companies. Many of these items carry a premium and dealers can sell them to recoup the cost of going to the Summit or throw it in their collection.
Posted on March 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
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People make mistakes.
If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.
Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)
Posted on February 10, 2014 – 8:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
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One has appeared on 1,326 golf cards valued at more than a quarter-million dollars.
The other just won her first event — but her first Upper Deck cards are coming soon.
Cheyenne Woods, the niece of 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year and 106-event winner Tiger Woods, will share a signed card with her uncle in 2014 SP Authentic golf, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We all have our favorite players an our favorite cards from the stuff that seemingly everybody collects — or at least stuff everyone is familiar with — from the Big Four sports.
For the upcoming “Others Issue” of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, though, we want to hear about your cherished cards from the sports that aren’t baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or at least not the typical stuff from those sports.
Better yet, we want you to show us your favorites — as long as they aren’t the norm — show us and tell us about your favorite card or set in the comments below.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
That might be the best way to describe the sports card landscape and collecting habits these days. The sports that the most people like get the most attention and the most products — and that means that more people probably will own the key cards compared to some of the “other” sports that aren’t the Big Four of baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
And that might be the key to future potential — the oddball stuff of today could be much tougher to find tomorrow if there’s somehow more interest to be seen in sports that aren’t king on cardboard right now. While many a prospector is ripping case after case of the chromed-out stuff, there are far fewer likely buying soccer, wrestling and Olympic brands. There have to be far fewer autographs of some of the “other” sports’ biggest names — you know, the sports that don’t have 20-some products released each year. It’s a compelling thought as tastes always seem to change — just like the stars in the sports world.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at some of those other sports. As part of “The Others Issue” we’ll showcase your thoughts on this — and more. Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below — only after you respond to our latest 20 Questions.
1. Have you bought sports cards that are not from baseball, football, basketball or hockey?
2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on January 3, 2014 – 4:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Tiger Woods has reached a point in his career where he’s signed plenty of autographs and the demands for his signed items ultimately probably aren’t slowing despite his struggles of the last few years.
Upper Deck went behind the scenes for an Upper Deck Authenticated signing with Woods. It shows him signing tournament-used shirts, shoes and more.
“I’ve had many instances where there’s been forgeries and then fans are complaining that they were duped,” he said while selling the points of why UDA items are key for his collectors and recapping past triumphs. “They didn’t know about the hologram and unfortunately a lot of fans they pay the price for it.”
See what else Woods said in the video above.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 4:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
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“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.
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.”
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 9:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.