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
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Bench Warmer, black friday, Blowout Cards, COMC.com, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
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.
Read More »
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Multisport, Racing | 42, @RGIII, All-Star Dealers, Beckett Updates, Beckett Yearbook, Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013, Boston Red Sox, Chadwick Boseman, Danica Patrick, David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera, NAR!, nfl, NHL Draft, NHL rookies, soccer, Stan Musial, Topps, World Series, Yasiel Puig | Comments (3)
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
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Gaming, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Media survey, Beckett Updates | Comments (12)
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)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Auction tips, eBay | Comments (5)
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
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Racing, Tennis | autographs, Beckett Autographs Price Guide | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 13, 2013 – 10:21 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Golf, Multisport, Pro Wrestling | Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, pink PMG, Precious Metal Gems, purple PMG, Rory Mcllroy, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Upper Deck employee cards | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on September 6, 2013 – 2:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary, Non-Sports, Topps | Comments (12)
Topps is celebrating an anniversary this December — its 75th anniversary of making cardboard of any kind — and it’s all culminating in a single take-a-look back product that’s all about pop culture and Topps’ place in it documenting it via cardboard.
It’s 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary.
Since 1938, Topps has existed — first as a chewing gum company. Then, in 1947 Bazooka arrived and then in 1949 so did its cardboard. This one will take a look back at more than 100 classic sets from the past with some new inclusions, too.
Posted on August 20, 2013 – 10:18 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey, Multisport | 1910 C60, 1911 C59, 1912 C61, Clint Benedict, Jack Laviolette, Joe Cattarinich, Newsy Lalonde, vintage lacrosse cards | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Canada and hockey go together. It’s the national winter sport.
However, that wasn’t always the case. For decades, the Canadian national sport was lacrosse — and only lacrosse. Hockey and lacrosse now share that distinction side by side. But Canada has been a hot bed of lacrosse with athletes crossing over between the two sports.
This isn’t just a modern phenomenon as lacrosse has been a huge sport in Canada for the last century. It was so popular that lacrosse trading cards were nearly as popular as hockey cards back in the early 1910s.
Posted on August 2, 2013 – 9:09 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Jay Pangan III, Leaf, NSCC, Sketch cards | Comments (1)
CHICAGO | Collectors spend their lives collecting pictures on cards.
It can be anything from athletes to movie stars to Martians. But Leaf is giving collectors at the National Sports Collectors Convention a chance at getting anything you want on a card, and most collectors are going for pictures of their family.
Jay Pangan III is holed up at the Leaf booth on the National floor. He’s doing custom sketch cards for $40 a card.
Posted on August 1, 2013 – 8:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Cards2Kids, John Makowiec, NSCC, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
CHICAGO | John Makowiec loves collecting cards – so much so, that he wants other children to feel the same joy.
About four years ago, Makowiec decided to give his extra cards to other children and started the charitable program Cards2Kids. As the company’s saying goes, he trades sports cards for smiles.
Makowiec donates cards to schools and hospitals. He also helped create an educational program to help children learn about statistics and math using sports cards. The charity has gone international with cards getting into the hands of children in Canada and Panama as well as those from around the country.
Makowiec, now 17 years old, was honored by Upper Deck at the VIP Reception at National Sports Collections Convention on Wednesday. The company put the young entrepreneur on his own trading card.
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 8:11 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Goodwin Champions, Art of the Ages, goodwin champions, Goodwin Champions Animal Kingdom, Grant Sandground | Comments (1)
Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground has been in the card industry for nearly 20 years. He’s worked at a card shop. He worked at Beckett and now he’s Upper Deck’s Director of Product Development.
And none of his work experiences quite compare to creating Goodwin Champions.
“To me, it’s the most fun product I work on every year,” Sandground said. “The landscape we have to work with is so open. I enjoy being able to offer collectors something that they have never really seen before or trying to pursue before.”
Posted on July 30, 2013 – 2:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Chicago Cubs, Chris Chelios, NSCC, Panini America, Panini VIP party, Topps, Yasiel Puig | Comments (1)
Nuggets and notes from this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention … look for this file to be updated throughout the day on Wednesday, the sneak-preview night for the show. (Click here for all of Beckett Media’s past NSCC stories.)
New arrivals …
The day before the show, vendors are working on setting up their booth space while many collectors are en route for the afternoon opening. Several new products will be making their debuts at this one, including Panini America‘s high-end season-capping National Treasures basketball and then Topps‘ online-only and NSCC-only Minis and Bowman Platinum. No matter how a season looks on the field, high-end brands, limited-run brands and prospecting products seem to do well. Look for plenty of interest in these at the show thanks to group-breaking — which will have a much larger presence this year — and wrapper-redemption programs. Nearly all companies in attendance will have some type of incentive program to see collectors rip and have the one-on-one chance at feedback during the rip. (See our past stories link for more details.)
Add one more star to the Panini VIP guest-list …
In November Chris Chelios will take his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but during the NSCC weekend he’ll be among the guests signing for those in attendance at the Panini VIP Party set for Saturday. The invitation-only event will be open to a select group of big-spending collectors and other VIPs in attendance. The three-time Stanley Cup winner is just the second guest announced thus far — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig will be there to mark the launch of his autograph memorabilia deal with Panini Authentic. Other guests will be announced one per day this week with each of the players signing a specially designed photo for those in attendance.
Posted on July 30, 2013 – 11:31 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Chris Olds | Comments (0)
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. Up for grabs this week will be wax, game-used and more from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.
(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)
If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on July 23, 2013 – 9:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter checklist, Abe Vigoda, Alabama football, Allen & Ginter, Axl Rose, Babe Ruth, Chrissy Teigen, featured, Lindsey Vonn, MLB, Monty Hall, Nick Saban, Pele, Topps, Yasiel Puig | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
From Axl Rose to Sandy Koufax, it looks like this year’s Allen & Ginter baseball card set from Topps will have a bit of everything for everyone when it arrives on Aug. 7.
Oh, and it’ll include Yasiel Puig, too.
Topps released the final checklist for the eighth edition of the product on Tuesday (click here to download a PDF or here for our updated preview story), so we’re taking a look at what can be found in this one soon.
A Puig of his own
As previously reported here, the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie will have a certified autograph in this one as well as a standard base card (not short-printed; above) along with mini parallels. He’ll be joined by 46 other MLB rookies, among them Shelby Miller, Manny Machado, Hyun-Jun Ryu and Abe Vigoda. Wait, isn’t Vigoda a bit too old for an RC? Scratch that … he’s in there — but not an RC.
Posted on July 18, 2013 – 11:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey, Multisport | 2014 U.S. Olympics, 2014 Winter Olympics, Bode Miller, Bonnie Blair, Evan Lysacek, Lindsey Vonn, Mike Eruzione, Topps olympics cards | Comments (3)
Topps is getting in the Olympic spirit.
As athletes prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Topps is giving fans a look at those who are striving for gold in its newest product, 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls. There will be 24 packs in each box with eight cards per pack.
There will be three hits in every box including one U.S. Olympic Team Autograph and two U.S. Olympic Team Relic or Commemorative Relic cards.
The autograph checklist will feature up to 50 names including figure skater Evan Lysacek and skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. Topps will also include on-card autographs of some of the greatest members of Team USA in the Winter Olympics such as Bonnie Blair, Scott Hamilton and Mike Eruzione. The autographs will also come in four parallel versions.