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Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | $10 Card Shop Challenge, collecting, featured | Comments (44)
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.
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Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | @RGIII, Alabama football, Andrew Luck, Bear Bryant, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Cal Ripken Jr., cam newton, derek jeter, Emmitt Smith, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, The National, Tim Tebow | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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 – 2:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | Goldin Auctions, Hurricane Sandy, Ken Goldin, Sandy Relief Fund | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
People are suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that hit the northeast in October.
Members of the hobby from shops to collectors to product developers were affected by the storm in small and big ways. Some lost power and heat. Others lost their homes and possessions.
Companies and individuals came out to help those in need, including Goldin Auctions located in southern New Jersey.
Posted on December 21, 2012 – 5:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | Ace Authentic, Leaf Trading Trading, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Tennis trading Cards | Comments (2)
Tennis cards will have a new home.
Leaf Trading Cards announced the purchase of the trading card portion of Ace Authentic, the exclusive source for tennis cards.
Ace Authentic has produced cards since about 2005 and has had some of the world’s top players sign autograph and memorabilia deals including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki.
Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | CFL, Danica Patrick, featured, Japanese baseball, Leaf, Lolo Jones, NASCAR, Olympics, Panini America, PGA, Tiger Woods, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, WWE, XFL | Comments (22)
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 14, 2012 – 11:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | 2012 Topps Olympic cards, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Misty May-Treanor, Olympic Games | Comments (4)
Topps plans to continue making Olympic trading at least through the next two Olympic Games, according to a published report.
The Sports Business Daily caught up with Topps CEO Ryan O’Hara, who said the cards would continue with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and 2016 Summer Olympic at the Rio Games.
Posted on December 6, 2012 – 11:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport | 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds, autographs, bull riding, Jewel, PBR, rodeo, Ty Murray | Comments (6)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a case — yep, case — of 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail, which is in advance of the Other Sports issue of BSCM that will focus on more non-traditional card options for collectors.
What will he find? What did it cost him? Watch and find out …
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 8, 2012 – 8:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Adam Martin, Baseball Card Exchange, baseball cards, black friday, Blowout Cards, Dave & Adams Card World, DCS sportscards, Dominic Santillo, featured, Pittsburgh Sports, Reed Kasaoka, Sean Bennett, Thomas Fish | Comments (3)
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 November 1, 2012 – 5:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | Dynamics Inc., ePlate credit card, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Jeff Mullen grew up a sports fan and collector.
He knows first-hand what it’s like to get the rush from opening a pack of cards.
When the CEO of Dynamics Inc., put together the reward system for the innovative Dynamics ePlate Visa credit card, one of the highlights would be for those who loved cards.
“Right now for me to collect, I would have to go down to the sports card store,” Mullen said. “It’s becoming rare to find a physical sports card shop. As a result the joy of pack ripping is becoming less and less frequent.”
Posted on November 1, 2012 – 10:22 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | Hurricane Sandy, The Topps Company, Topps | Comments (1)
A destructive hurricane swept through the Northeast this week, flooding out houses and leaving millions without power.
The Topps Company has been one of those entities affected in the aftermath of the superstorm Sandy.
The main Topps offices are located at 1 Whitehall Street, just steps from the southern tip of Manhattan and the South Ferry Terminal – some of the hardest hit areas of the borough.
Posted on October 29, 2012 – 8:06 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | Pete Sampras, The MeiGray Group, USTA | Comments (0)
American tennis great Pete Sampras has joined a list of tennis stars offering event-used memorabilia.
Sampras signed on with The MeiGray Group, a New Jersey-based authentication company, to be included in the company’s United States Tennis Association Match-Used Authentication Program, the company announced.
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 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Edition, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Clint Eastwood, Cy Young, Davy Jones, Harry Houdini, Lou Gehrig, Press Pass Inc., Princess Diana | Comments (0)
Autographs of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Cy Young could be hard to find. Even signatures of Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana and Harry Houdini are limited.
However, Press Pass is making the autographs of these sports and historical figures available in a new product – 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Edition.
Posted on October 19, 2012 – 7:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport, Non-Sports, Soccer | 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George Washington, Mitt Romney, NASA, Panini America, presidents, USA Soccer, USWNT | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 16, 2012 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Just For Fun!, Mailday | Comments (7)
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 15, 2012 – 2:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Multisport | 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition, college football, Hall of Fame, MLB, nfl, press pass | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 10, 2012 – 7:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, MMA, Multisport | 2012 Press Pass Legends, @RGIII, autographs, Inscriptions, Jack Nicklaus, MLB, NBA, NFL draft, press pass, RG3, Robert Griffin III | Comments (4)
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 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 12, 2012 – 6:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, NASA, Olympics, Panini America, politics, Tuskegee Airmen | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.