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Holiday Gift Guide for sports collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Fall Expo: Upper Deck honors dealer who passed away

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.

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Upper Deck surprises Rory McIlroy fan with unique item

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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. “

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UD Infinite cards only available through credit card program

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Beckett Media publishes new book solely about autographs

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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.

Upper Deck creates rare Precious Metal Gems for employees

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Allen & Ginter provides good timing for Jason Dufner autographs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Jason Dufner won his first major championship over the weekend. The American won the PGA Championship.

Dufner nearly won the major in 2011 after losing in a playoff against Keegan Bradley. He saw a five-stroke advantage with four holes left wiped away in the final round. Dufner was not about to let that happen again.

Dufner played in well in 2012, winning two PGA Tour events. Some took notice and he was put on his first trading card in 2012 Leaf Ultimate Golf. He popped up again on cards just last week when Topps included him in 2013 Allen & Ginter.

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Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis shows off his impressive collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Evan Mathis has a special card at the top of his want list.

No, it’s not another PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle – he already owns one of those.

The Philadelphia Eagles guard is an avid card collector. He owns some of the hobby’s rarest cards. Beyond the Mantle, his collection includes a PSA 10 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF and a PSA 8 1932 Caramel Babe Ruth.

Mathis started collecting when he was about 6 years old. His first card was a 1988 Topps Bo Jackson that he still has – in a BGS 1 holder.

“I used to always count my Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas cards,” Mathis said. “When I first started collecting, Bo Jackson was my favorite player. His career came to an end in the early 1990s and that’s when Frank Thomas became my favorite player. I was a hoarder when it came to those two. I loved trading my friends to get cards of my favorite players and nothing beat pulling them out of a pack.”

The next card Mathis wants to add is one of his own. He’s appeared on just one NFL-licensed card, a 2005 Sweet Spot Rookie Card numbered to 699.

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Upper Deck makes plans for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck has a number of plans for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention.

It already announced its VIP cards (click here), but the card company is putting it all out there.

One of the biggest draws at any National are the wrapper redemption programs held by the various companies. UD’s program can get collectors cards of players such as Jonathan Toews, LeBron James and Reggie Jackson.

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Upper Deck previews National VIP set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck gave collectors a sneak peek at its VIP cards for the National Sports Collectors Convention taking place next month.

The card company highlighted some of its exclusive athletes such as Tiger Woods and Lebron James in the set. Along with Woods and James, the six-card set features Wayne Gretzky, Frank Thomas, Jonathan Toews and Michael Jordan.

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The annual BSCM SuperCollector issue is coming … we want to see your collections — and your fancaves!

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

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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This Larry Bird autograph card could be yours … if you submit your SuperCollector info

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.

Insanity.

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.

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Adam Scott wins Masters, has a small career on cardboard

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.

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Top golfers at the Masters on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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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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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Upper Deck to release Tiger Woods Master Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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What if you could find anything on a card?

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.

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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.

NBC Report: Richard McWilliam’s death caused by alcohol poisoning

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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