Posted on January 17, 2013 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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.
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Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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
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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.
Posted on November 9, 2012 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | Auction houses, auctions, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, eBay, featured, Heritage Auctions | Comments (15)
As the holidays rapidly approach and the buying seasons intensify, more than a few people buying for collectors will turn to all the available venues to land a gift that they might not be able to find anywhere else.
That just might include buying off the auction block — whether its eBay or some other online option or a high-end buy from an auction house, there can be unusual and story-worthy things found.
And that’s where you come in. As part of the Beckett Sports Card Monthly Auction Issue this year, we’re curious to hear about your epic finds or your unbelievable steals via the auction circuit where you outbid everyone else for something you absolutely had to have.
Do you have any auction steals or stories you can share with collectors? Do you have any treasures you found almost by accident? (It could be eBay, auction house, league auction,whatever … any sport or non-sports.)
Tell us about them in a comment below along with your name and location and we’ll share some of the best ones in the upcoming issue.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on November 8, 2012 – 8:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
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It’s one part competition, one part promotion, one part entertainment.
It’s Black Friday.
The biggest shopping day of the year in the hobby — and the rest of the retail world, too — is roughly two weeks away and several online dealers are already working to prepare for the event that aims to entice collectors with promos and prices that aim to draw their dollars and, ideally, in turn bolster their collections.
One of those dealers is Blowout Cards‘ Thomas Fish, who has perhaps made the day a bit of an art form on his Virginia-based company’s various platforms the last few years.
“Black Friday and the promotions that surround this event afford us the opportunity to give back to our customers,” Fish said. “It’s a day where we know there will be tremendous number of eyeballs on our website and our forum. Customers want to see some crazy prices, they want to be entertained and they want to feel rewarded for spending that valuable time on our website.
“We plan to deliver on all fronts.”
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 11:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Golf, Multisport | Joe Namath, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck Upper Deck credit card | Comments (3)
Spending money could earn you more cards.
Upper Deck has launched a program with the Dynamics ePlate Visa credit card to earn digital cards, which in turn can lead to exclusive cards in hand.
Posted on October 16, 2012 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Just for fun, Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.
What did he buy? How many of the cards were Swishers? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 12, 2012 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | BenchWarmers, featured, game-used memorabilia, memorabilia cards, Non-Sports, Panini America, Relics, Rittenhouse Archives, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (24)
The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.
From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.
Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.
1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?
2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?
Posted on October 10, 2012 – 7:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
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When this year’s editions of Press Pass Legends arrives on Oct. 18, it will be packing legends from the past and a few potential stars of the future.
And it will be packing their autographs — often with a bit more — as in inscriptions to go along with their autographs inside 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition.
From hot rookie Robert Griffin III to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, there will be plenty of variety in this one — and more than a few interesting things jotted along with their signatures.
Posted on October 2, 2012 – 5:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Golf | 2012 SP Authentic, 2012 SP Authentic golf cards, autographs, LPGA, PGA, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 SP Authentic golf boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 2:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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No one wants to pull a redemption out of a pack of cards. Even worse is when you pull an expired one.
Upper Deck has experimented with ways to help collectors with these. It isn’t eliminating redemptions in products, that’s unrealistic for card companies that want hits with the best names in its products.
Instead, UD will continue running a raffle program it started at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, but for Upper Deck redemptions only. The redemption card must also be for an autographed card or signed memorabilia item.
Posted on September 27, 2012 – 4:36 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Golf | 2012 SP Authentic Golf, Bobby Orr, Michael Jordan, Mike Schmidt, Paula Creamer, Tiger Woods | Comments (8)
Collectors have had to wait about eight years for a new golf set from Upper Deck.
In that time, we’ve seen some great tournament runs and golfers endure rises and falls. This week marked the return of SP Authentic Golf from UD highlighting some of the most popular male and female golfers.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 1:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | autographs, Beckett Grading Services, BGS, James Spence Authentication, JSA | Comments (0)
Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Sept. 22) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.
The event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.
Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items.
Posted on September 8, 2012 – 7:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We’re prepping this year’s Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly soon and one thing is clear.
Rookie Cards reign in the hobby.
Whether it’s vintage firsts or modern-day rarities, RCs seem to demand our attention the most — so much so it can defy logic at times. Want a fresh sign of that? Panini America started selling Rated Rookie t-shirts last night — a rookie brand is now a clothing line.
When it comes to RCs, though, there are plenty of unclear areas, too. There are also many a personal definition for what is and what isn’t an RC and there are plenty of prospecting products that just make those personal tastes even harder to define.
We want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to Rookie Cards. Here, we present 20 rookie-focused questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answer on. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the issue after we see the results.
1. After six years, do you feel the Rookie Card logo is working in MLB?
See the rest … after the jump.
Posted on August 30, 2012 – 12:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | PGA, Rory McIlroy, Upper Deck Authenticated | Comments (3)
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.