Category Archives: Your Turn

Your Turn: Pick The NHL Award Winners


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Once the Stanley Cup Final draws to a close next month, the best players in the game will convene on Las Vegas as the NHL prepares to hand out the hardware to those who have put forth a fantastic effort during the 2014-15 season.

Readers of Beckett Hockey can voice their opinions as to who they think should win these prestigious awards and if they support their choices in the comment section below, they could be quoted in an upcoming issue.

Who do you think deserves to receive the sport’s major awards?

Who do you predict will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player?

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Who do you predict will win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year?

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Your Turn: What makes the hobby fun?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What makes the hobby fun?

It’s not an easy question to answer because so many different people collect for different reasons. It’s also a challenge because there are so many perspectives on what’s cool and what’s not when it comes to cardboard.

A simple card like that of the Rally Squirrel, a short-printed variation found in packs of 2012 Topps showing something that actually happened on an MLB field during an MLB game, can cause just as many groans as it does chuckles. But there’s no doubting that, no matter where you stand, it’s a fun card.

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Your Turn: Which 2014-15 NHL Rookie Will Win the Calder Trophy


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

As the 2014-15 regular season NHL campaign draws to an end, and the playoffs lie in wait, Calder Trophy contenders are making their final bids for the hardware. Past winners of the award read like a who’s who of the NHL. Names like Bobby Orr, Ken Drayden, Ray Bourque, Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Alexander Ovechkin, and Patrick Kane just to name a few. The contenders this season are first rounders, mid-rounders, and late bloomers, but they all have a case to be made for winning.

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Calgary Flames – 2011 NHL Entry Draft (104th overall)
Through 80 games Gaudreau has 24 goals and 40 assist (24-40-64) which leads all rookies in scoring. The left winger from Calgary has absolutely set the NHL on fire (no pun intended) and may be the odds on favorite to win.

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Your Turn: Who will take it all in MLB this year on the field … and on cards?




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While there’s now plenty of irony on this 2015 Topps Opening Day baseball card, we figured now’s the time to ask you two things about the upcoming baseball season even though the baseball card season has been going for a few months now.

Who will win it all?

Tell us in the comments below who you think will win it all — the World Series — and who’ll dominate on cardboard.

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 Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.

Your Turn: Should there be more St. Patrick’s Day cardboard?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Today’s the day where one of the sports world’s simpler traditions happens without a whole lot of fanfare — St. Patrick’s Day jerseys.

Sure, for some teams — the Oakland A’s or the Boston Celtics, for example — there’s not much all that special about donning your team’s colors with extra green involved. But for other teams it’s something quite different from the norm and also a way to sell more merchandise.

Today, many MLB teams will wear green uniforms — and it’s something that we don’t often see make its way into cardboard. Sometimes there will be a photo here or there in a set. Other times, a swatch from a jersey will be found in a game-used memorabilia card — and that can sometimes create confusion despite the fact that the green swatches are inherently more unique than others because they are often only worn once a year.

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Your Turn: Are you a fan of stamped buybacks?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

When ToppsAllen & Ginter arrived back in 2006, one of the cooler cards I found inside one of the many boxes I ripped that year was a Rip Card — a card with a miniature card inside of it.

There was no hesitation that I was going to rip the card — I had visions of an autograph or maybe a 1/1 Dick Perez sketch inside. At worst, I’d find a rarer base card mini, right?

Wrong. Inside, I found a vintage 1800s non-sports Allen & Ginter card — a cool find but ultimately a very inexpensive card that had no identifiable features that made it any different than another of the cards from the set. It was a card I could find for far less than $10 had I thought to look.  All these years later, I still have it — and I sometimes wish that it had some type of marking, some type of notation that said where it came from to make it feel different.

Fast-forward to today, and there seems to be a healthy debate out there among collectors and dealers when it comes to Topps’ foil-stamped buybacks found in boxes of 2015 Topps Heritage. A card like the Mickey Mantle 1966 Topps card probably isn’t the norm — but it was in there. It’s presently on eBay with a premium price tag beyond a Mantle in its condition likely because of the “Topps Original” foil stamp.

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Your Turn: How would you spend $4.5 million in Super Bowl commercial cash?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday is $4.5 million.

That’s $150,000 a second — and for most of us that single second is more cash than we see in a year. Since we have better things to spend our money on than that — you know, we buy cards — it got us wondering how we could spend that kind of money.

Maybe we’d buy 300,000 copies of Tom Brady‘s 2000 Fleer Tradition Rookie Card. Or perhaps we’d pick off that many 2012 Panini Contenders Richard Sherman RCs since, you know, it’s his only RC.

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Your Turn: What do you predict for cards in 2015?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

As our clocks and calendars creep toward a new year, we’re curious what’s on the minds of collectors.

After all, we know there are plenty of you out there with plenty to say about your hobby and we want to know one thing — what do you predict for the hobby in 2015?

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Your Turn: Which legends would you want paired?




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We all know Roger Maris‘ story of 61 in ’61 and we all know whose record he toppled.

Today, Topps‘ high-end Five Star brand arrived with a Relic pairing Maris and Babe Ruth — something that, believe it or not, hasn’t happened all that often in the modern era of cardboard. In fact, the players have only been paired up on 50 items in the database.

Want memorabilia cards? On that front there are only 30 previous cards to choose from and nearly all of them are limited to far fewer than 50 copies per card.

It’s an impressive one and it got us thinking … which duos would you like to see on a card?

Tell us 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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

What’s your best haul from a group break?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Group breaks have become big business in the last few years, and we’re taking a look at them in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

One thing we want to see are what one or two key cards you have landed while doing a group break. Maybe it’s something legendary like a Ty Cobb memorabilia card — or maybe it was a legendary haul of Gavin Escobar autographs all found in the same case.

Either way, we want to hear about it — no matter what the player or sport.

In the comments below, show us an image (link) of your best pull, what it might have cost you (if you remember) and where you got it from. 

We’ll run some of the most-notable finds in the issue.

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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.