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Posted on June 10, 2013 – 5:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Our annual showcase of collectors’ passions is coming soon in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
That’s right — The SuperCollector Issue is upon us later this summer.
Now’s the time where we’re seeking all of your stories, your photos and your information. We want you to make your case for being one of the 15 to 20 collectors showcased 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.
As a new part of this year’s issue, we also want to see how you display your collections — we want to see the best of your fancaves out there as well.
How can you be a SuperCollector or see your fancave showcased in a Beckett magazine? Your instructions are after the jump … read them carefully!
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Posted on April 23, 2013 – 3:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Update: A new prize is up for grabs … we want your entries!
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If there’s one thing I’ve come to appreciate more and more over the last few years at Beckett Media, it’s the tales of collectors — specifically, those of SuperCollectors who clearly are so focused on their niche that only one word applies.
And it’s a good thing. Imagine my thoughts today as I dipped into the SuperCollector mailbag and saw that we didn’t really have too many new and amazing entries piled up from the last few weeks.
I did the only sane thing I should do … I went and found this Larry Bird card and am randomly giving it away to one SuperCollector who submits all the necessary info between now and July 1.
The card is an impressive one — and we’ll make sure it’s in someone’s hands … as long as they submit their info about their collection.
How can it be yours? Read the instructions on submitting your SuperCollector info (any sport, any player, any niche) … after the jump.
Posted on April 14, 2013 – 7:26 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2001 Upper Deck Golf, Adam Scott, Adam Scott wins Masters, golf, The Masters | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
An Australian won The Masters for the first time on Sunday.
Adam Scott, 32, took home the green jacket after beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff at Augusta National for his first Major win.
Scott’s cardboard career is short and more than 10 years old.
Upper Deck produced cards of Scott in 2001 and 2002 at the start of his professional career.
Posted on April 11, 2013 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2013 Masters, Bubba Watson, gold trading cards, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods trading cards | Comments (0)
The Masters is one of golf’s most popular championships. At the end of it all, one man gets to don the green jacket.
Most of the world’s top golfers are competing at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga., this week. Many of whom have had plenty of golf trading cards – and some who are just getting started.
Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the Masters as he aims for his fifth title in the event and 15th Major win. Here is a look at some of Woods’ cards and some of the other favorites to win the Masters.
Posted on April 5, 2013 – 10:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on April 5, 2013 – 8:25 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2013 Upper Deck Tiger Woods Master Collection, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (8)
Upper Deck plans to release the definitive set for one of the greatest golfers in history.
Later this year, UD will release the 2013 Upper Deck Tiger Woods Master Collection. These types of products contain a number of rare items, but also collectors will have to pay for the exclusive nature of the set.
Every Master Collection box contains 80 base cards numbered to just 200 commemorating each of Woods’ PGA Tour wins and honoring several collegiate milestones. Woods has won 77 PGA Tour titles, second all-time. He’s also won 14 Major Championships.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 2:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion
What if you could open a pack of cards and find absolutely anything inside … what would it be?
It’s a simple question that could have so many answers from so many people if the real-world realities of intellectual property rights, personality rights and so on didn’t exist. You know, that’s the stuff that all involves money if a product is to be sold using somebody’s owned logos, names, trademarks and so on.
For some of us out there, fantasy cards can become a reality when we sit down with a copy of Photoshop and make those ideas happen just for fun. However, in the real world for cards to exist and be sold there are plenty of legal hurdles that must be cleared. With the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at sports movies and their memorabilia, and one short column in that issue talks about one of my “other” hobbies and how it came about.
What’s my niche? When it comes to fantasy cards, I’ve dabbled here and there with cards of sports stars from movies. Why? Why not. They’re just for fun, of course.
Posted on March 14, 2013 – 4:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | 42, A League of Their Own, Babe Ruth, Ben Affleck, Bull Durham, Chadwick Boseman, Daredevil, Denzel Washington, featured, Jackie Robinson, John Goodman, Kevin Costner, Lou Gehrig, Major League, Max Patkin, McFarlane Toys, Mike Eruzione, Miracle, New York Yankees, Panini America, Pride of the Yankees, Remember the Titans, Rene Russo, Rocky, sports movies, Sylvester Stallone, Tin Cup, Tom Hanks, Upper Deck, Vince Papale, Will Ferrell | Comments (15)
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.
Posted on March 12, 2013 – 11:47 am | Author: chrisolds
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on March 8, 2013 – 11:08 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck | Comments (12)
Upper Deck co-founder and CEO Richard P. McWilliam died because of alcohol poisoning while at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Jan. 5, according to a report from NBCSanDiego.com.
According to the story, the autopsy report states that “McWilliam had been binge drinking for several days and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 in his system at the time of his death.” That amount is three times the legal limit and, according to the autopsy report, NBCSanDiego said, he had “alcoholic dementia and was abusing pain medication.”
McWilliam’s wife also confirmed his habits, according to the report, which she said had worsened since his having heart surgery in 2008.
Posted on March 7, 2013 – 6:55 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Racing | 2013 Goodwin Champions, Allen Iverson, Juan Gonzalez, Mark McGwire, Ray Allen, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on February 12, 2013 – 5:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 SP Game-used golf cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 17, 2013 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.
In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.
Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.
Posted on December 28, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 1980 men's Olympic team, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, Albert Pujols, Damian Lillard, Ichiro, Lolo Jones, Mike Eruzione, Mike Tyson, Miracle on Ice, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Sarah Palin | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on December 6, 2012 – 5:21 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats, Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman | Comments (5)
Upper Deck had an error in its numbering on some of the hits in 2012 All-Time Greats, which released this week.
The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.
The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10 (one of the cards is pictured above).
Here is the entire list of Letterman cards in the product with the correct numbering.
Posted on November 30, 2012 – 7:17 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2012 SP Game Used Golf, Arnold Palmer, featured, Jack Nicklaus, Morgan Pressel, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods | Comments (4)
Golf was lacking from the hobby for many years. However, Upper Deck is bringing it back in a big way.
The company released images of 2012 SP Game Used Golf featuring an autograph and a memorabilia card in every pack.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 6:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Golf | 2013 Industry Summit, LeBron James, Robert Griffin III, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Retailers signing up early for the 2013 Industry Summit will get three exclusive cards from Upper Deck.
The company has made cards commemorating the launch of UD Infinite, which can only be found as part of a credit card reward system.
The Industry Summit cards will feature Tiger Woods, Lebron James and Robert Griffin III, and are numbered to just 150 each. Retailers can expect them in early 2013 as an advanced gift for signing up for the Summit.