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Posted on February 18, 2014 – 7:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic Team cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside the very first pack? Watch and find out …
Posted on February 14, 2014 – 2:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly
It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.
Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.
Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.
For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?
2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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Posted on February 13, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.
Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?
Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.
So, all that said …
What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?
What do you like about vintage cards?
What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?
Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards in the comments below.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
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?
Posted on December 31, 2013 – 6:50 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The last year had some memorable moments in cards – good and bad.
The trading card industry lost a giant while families bonded over cards. Even though we all collect cards for different reasons, it’s the one thing that brings us together.
We share our collections through different avenues, trade with people halfway around the world and get a sweet joy when we watch the next generation opening packs of cards.
Here’s a look back at some of the top moments from card and memorabilia collecting in 2013.
Posted on December 17, 2013 – 7:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. There will be prize for active chatters during the two-hour session.
Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.
If you can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week — yes, there will be Chatter Up on Christmas night! (Olds is dedicated … or something.)
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.
We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)
1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?
2. How many autographs do you own?
Posted on December 8, 2013 – 1:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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An Olympic gold medal Jesse Owens won at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million through SCP Auctions on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle won the medal at auction, according to the Associated Press. He paid $1,466,574.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 4:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport | 2014 Topps U.S. Winter Olympics, 2014 Winter Olympics, autographs, Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic autographs, Sochi, Topps, Winter Olympics | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2014 Topps U.S. Winter Olympics in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
It’s not just a big sales day, it’a a whole lot of work — and, to some degree, an experience for collectors.
Black Friday is nearly here, and, for card companies, it’s a chance to add to the creative pieces collectors can chase. For card sellers, it’s a chance to be creative with marketing and to ensure they are utilizing all of their sales potential as best they can.
These days, that’s not just a website or simple storefront for many dealers. It’s a multi-channel online approach that creates and fosters surges of traffic — as well as collector interest — throughout the biggest sales weekend of the year. It’s building an audience and an experience — and, of course, both of those things benefit a brand that can stick with collectors the remainder of the year.
How big can it be online?
“In the past, the website has averaged between two to three million pageviews on Black Friday,” said Chris Park of Sterling, Va.-based Blowout Cards.
And that’s just one of the company’s platforms.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
Posted on November 15, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The year isn’t over yet, but the calendar year for Beckett Media‘s five sports card titles is — and that means it’s time for a new addition.
Joining the Beckett lineup beginning in December will be the Beckett Yearbook, a full-color look at the Best of 2013 — the most-interesting, most-notable and most-important stories found in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball this year.
Arriving in early December in hobby shops and then on newsstands in the middle of the month, Beckett Yearbook will pack 128 pages of nothing but stories about sports cards and memorabilia from Beckett Media’s editors as well as other contributors this past year. World Series champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox graces the magazine’s front cover, while Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck gets the nod on the back.
The cover price for this special issue is $9.99.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Please help us learn about your collecting habits by taking this 18-question survey.
1. Where do you buy trading cards (pick all that apply)
2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking you behind the scenes inside some card companies to show you things you may not have seen before and talk shop with some people whose daily routines include helping your cardboard come to life.
As part of that, we’ll have our typical 20 Questions in the issue but, honestly, there may not be 20 questions that fit that concept — so instead we’re asking questions that take us behind the scenes in your minds.
Here are 20 questions asking what you think about collecting today as well as your collecting tastes and habits.
1. Where do you buy most of your wax boxes?
2. What type of collector are you?
Posted on October 2, 2013 – 6:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Tennis | 2013 Leaf Masterworks, George Gervin, Hulk Hogan | Comments (1)
Leaf has added art cards and autographs in several products over the last year.
Now, it has put it all together for one set – 2013 Leaf Masterworks.
Leaf Masterworks contains three art cards with an autograph of the featured athlete. Since these are all custom created, every card is considered 1-of-1.
Posted on September 23, 2013 – 11:53 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Ben Aguirre Jr.
To say the Internet has changed the game in terms of sports collectibles would be an understatement. The World Wide Web has opened the door for collector-to-collector trading across the world that really was previously only available to the most-connected dealers.
But perhaps no aspect of the Internet has had a bigger impact on the hobby than eBay. Hands down, the San Jose, Calif.-based company has been the dominant place to buy and sell cards online. When the auction site burst onto the scene in the late 1990s, collectors caught auction fever and were seemingly buying anything they had not ever seen before. Whether or not it was actually rare was not important — it was new to them.
But even though eBay has been a part of the hobby and business for more than 15 years now, there are still some older collectors and newer ones who do not fully understand some of the nuances of buying and selling on the site.
Here are some tips to make the site work for you:
Looking for a bargain? Try a blind category search. Instead of searching for something specific like a 1986-1987 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card, search the entire category of basketball cards and then sort the search by “ending soonest.” There are lots of good bargains to be had using this method.
Posted on September 20, 2013 – 6:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.