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Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports | baseball cards, basketball cards, Beckett 20 Questions, collecting, football cards, hockey cards, Panini America, press pass, sports cards, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (30)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
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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)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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 (11)
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.”