Posted on September 8, 2012 – 7:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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.
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Posted on August 30, 2012 – 12:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on August 13, 2012 – 9:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on August 13, 2012 – 10:35 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on August 1, 2012 – 1:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on July 26, 2012 – 6:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | ESPN, NSCC, The National | Comments (0)
ESPN’s “Mint Condition” catches up with Mike Berkus of the National Sports Collectors Convention to discuss next week’s show in Baltimore.
Posted on July 3, 2012 – 12:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | autographs, NSCC, The National, Upper Deck, Wrapper Redemption | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on June 28, 2012 – 8:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on June 19, 2012 – 12:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
Posted on June 18, 2012 – 11:57 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey | autographs, featured, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, NSCC, The National | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on April 22, 2012 – 12:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Pro Wrestling | autographs, TRISTAR, TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia Store | Comments (2)
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.”
Posted on April 4, 2012 – 4:37 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Upper Deck announced Els is going to have trading cards, including his first licensed autographs in its upcoming 2012 SP Authentic Golf in July.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 1:24 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on March 19, 2012 – 8:48 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Golf | Angelo Dundee, Christy Mathewson, Lance Armstrong, Magic Johnson, Sportskings, Sportskings Series E | Comments (11)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 6:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on February 28, 2012 – 12:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports, featured, Rick Santorum, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
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 …
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 10:37 am | Author: tolentinotown
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I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.
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.
For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »
Posted on February 14, 2012 – 12:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on February 1, 2012 – 3:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | 2011 Upper Deck World of Sports, Bobby Orr, Bubba Watson, cam newton, David Beckham, landon donovan, LeBron James, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on January 17, 2012 – 1:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2012 SP Authentic, Annika Sorenstam, Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, featured, golf, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, PGA Tour, Tiger Woods | Comments (8)
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.