Posted on May 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Your Turn | Hideki Matsui, Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball, Masahiro Tanaka, Nippon Professional Baseball, NPB, Yu Darvish | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
With the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka continuing to impress and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish continuing to come so close to throwing major-league no-nos, it seems that Japanese players’ impacts upon MLB might be at an all-time high.
Many Japanese stars have come to MLB in the last 20 years or so since Hideo Nomo arrived and perhaps changed perceptions about Japanese baseball. And, of course, Ichiro Suzuki arrived in 2001 and showed us all that impactful baseball wasn’t just about 500-foot home runs — and that not all Japanese success stories in MLB have to be pitchers.
Baseball Reference lists 60 big-league hitters born in Japan and 42 pitchers — some of them more successful than others.
We’re curious … who do you think the best MLB players from Japan have been through the years?
Tell us in the comments below, and a selection of your responses will appear in an upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball.
Your Turn: Which MLB pitchers born in Japan are the most-collectable? (Pick your top three.)
Your Turn: Which MLB hitters born in Japan are the most-collectable? (Pick your top three.)
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 May 12, 2014 – 1:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Your Turn | MLB, NBA, nfl, NFL Dratf, NHL, Rookie Cards, rookies, Your Turn | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With a new crop of NFL rookies aligned with their teams, a new MLB season under way and both the NBA and NHL drafts coming soon, there’s a lot of potential brewing for collectors of rookies and prospects.
For the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re curious about who you are going to collect — in any sport.
Tell us in the comments below … which rookies are getting your hobby dollars?
We’ll showcase a selection of the most-interesting answers left here in the issue.
Which NFL rookie is most-worthy of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover?
Posted on April 28, 2014 – 1:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Your Turn | 2014 MLB season, Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Charlie Blackmon, Collin McHugh, Jose Abreu, MLB surprises, Panini America, Topps, Yangervis Solarte | Comments (6)
As the first month of the MLB season comes to an end, we’re curious about who has captured your attention and who has captured your cardboard dollars.
Perhaps it’s the resurgence of Albert Pujols, who finally appears primed to recapture his past magic but this time on the West Coast. Maybe it’s that newcomer Jose Abreu everybody seems to be talking about. Or the Cardinals’ 5-1 ace Adam Wainwright … or Charlie Blackmon, who seems to be putting on a hitting show in Colorado.
Or, maybe it’s 27-year-old pitcher Collin McHugh who picked up the first two wins of his big-league career this past week or so with 19 strikeouts, three walks and just one earned run in 15 innings of work as his Houston Astros knocked off Seattle and Oakland. (He has autographs in just four Panini America brands from last year.)
For the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we simply want to know … Who has impressed you the most in MLB this season?
Tell us in the comments below. We’ll run a selection of your answers in the next issue.
Hot starts: Who are you buying? (Pick your top five … )
Posted on April 2, 2014 – 10:23 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Your Turn | Air Force, Army, Marines, military collectibles, Navy, sports cards | Comments (11)
When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.
It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.
For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.
Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.
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Posted on March 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Your Turn | 1989 Upper Deck, 1990-91 Hoops, Dale Murphy, error cards, Errors, Errors & variations, Michael Jordan, mistakes, Sam Vincent | Comments (33)
People make mistakes.
If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.
Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Boxing, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer, Tennis, Your Turn | 2000 Upper Deck Ovation Japan, Ichiro Suzuki, NPB, Upper Deck | Comments (25)
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 August 13, 2013 – 1:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Your Turn | 1980 Topps, 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Sports Card Monthly Rookies Issue, BSCM, BSCM Rookies Issue, RC, Rookie Cards | Comments (100)
There’s been one card firmly on my collecting radar of late — and it’s a Rookie Card that I have gone on record a few times as being a perfect card.
And yet I — and many others — can’t find a perfect copy.
There have been 3,959 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RCs go through Beckett Grading Services through the years and there’s not been a single BVG 10 on the pop report. Beyond that, just seven have made a 9.5 slab. (I’m down in the 8.5 and lower territory, myself.)
Sadly, none of the four I’ve picked up raw in the last month or so will make that cut, either, but that’s life and it got me thinking that my present obsession with this card may make for a perfect Your Turn page in the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
We have a simple question for you, and we’ll run a selection of the best answers in the upcoming issue as long as you leave your name and location in the comments below.
If you could own just one perfect BGS/BVG 10 Rookie Card (any sport), what would it be?
Posted on July 24, 2013 – 5:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports, Your Turn | National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, The National | Comments (40)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
The National Sports Collectors Convention — the show of all card shows — is less than a week away and truth be told I don’t have a single, unquestioned item on my want list.
Why? Because I’ll know it when I see it — and I’ll know even more when I see the price tag. (That’s how I roll.)
You see, at The National you’ll see things you’ve seen many times — and you’ll see so much that it will numb your senses in that good way that only cardboard and collecting can. Even if your hobby is merely window-shopping, it’s without question the place to be beginning next Wednesday evening and running through Sunday. Want to see a display case full of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards? It’ll likely be there. Want to see wax packs likely older than you are? Some of you will. Want to see game-used memorabilia? There will be plenty of that, too.
Posted on July 6, 2013 – 5:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Your Turn | collecting, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore of collecting | Comments (54)
It’s a simple question that could spark many, many different answers, and it’s one that I used to laugh at when it was posed in the newsroom from time to time when it came to sports debates. But it’s also a question that seems to resonate with me as a collector so much to the point that I’m not sure I can even answer it decisively.
Who’s on your Mount Rushmore?
As trivial as it may sound, picking a top four players for a team or a school may not be that hard if you’re talking purely about one’s place in history. But for a place in a collection? For me, it’s tough.
Posted on February 14, 2013 – 2:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports, Your Turn | Floyd Olds, Oakland Oaks, Vintage cards | Comments (15)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
Collecting can bring out the little ironies of life — like when you buy dozens of packs and come up one card short of a set or when you visit a card show or shop and can’t find a card that costs 25 cents.
With vintage collecting, it can get even tougher as there are simply cards — not the Toppses and Bowmans of the world — that you just don’t see everyday … or every month … or every year.
One of the cards that I have a trivial interest in — that I have yet to see in-person — is a card of Floyd Olds, a former minor-league pitcher who won 101 games over nine seasons but never made it past Class-AA.
Ironies? His name, of course — he’s not related, but I looked — and he’s the only Olds to play baseball and have a card. He played for the Oakland Oaks and it’s during those years where he appeared on his only two releases in the Beckett database, a 1937-38 Zeenut card and the 1938 Oakland Oaks Signal Oil Stamps card seen above.
I’d like to own them both — for trivial reasons — but they’re just not the kind of cards you see every day. I fact, I’ve never even seen a scan of the Zeenut card.