Tag Archives: Oakland A’s

MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson talks cards during Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

TAMPA, Fla. | He’s been a college star, a first-round draft pick, an MLB All-Star and a “bringer of rain” but before all of that Josh Donaldson was one thing.

Box Busters with MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson on Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds catches up with MLB All-Star and card collector Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays for this episode of Box Busters — with some Pack Wars — during Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip in Tampa, Fla.

30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Oakland Athletics

000000 — By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season. Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days. Each MLB team […]

Top 5: Baseball players on new teams … so far

The MLB Hot Stove is quite warm this week with several moves that could spark interest in the baseball cards of a few key players.

BGS Diary: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

Today, I got back my batch of five cards from October so I figured it might be a time to try creating a BGS Diary entry. Click to see which five cards I decided to submit.

Cards can be solemn reminder of life

There are certain events in life that will never be forgotten, but rarely are those moments captured on a single baseball card.

Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques

Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame …

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Archival Box (1974 Oakland A’s)

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he examines the contents of a new Archival Box from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps signs Mark McGwire to autograph deal

The former single-season home run champion and Bash Brother is back.

Inside a Topps Vault mailday …

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for a mailday video straight from the Topps Vault, the memorabilia division of Topps that helps get items that helped bring past card sets to life into collectors’ hands.

Collecting baseball cards that should not be

I spotted a thing that should not be recently on eBay. It was a card that doesn’t officially exist but took years to finally surface.

A collector first, Oakland A’s pitcher Pat Neshek still hunts his own baseball cards

For collector-turned major league pitcher Pat Neshek, that first baseball card was a pretty big deal.

Readers Write: Meeting heroes at Cooperstown

Here’s the latest of many letters in response to Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds’ run-in with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson as found in the October 2012 issue.

Game-used: You may never know that it’s real

In a collecting world where people often demand that the details of an item are documented heavily, my two jerseys are probably lackluster.

Five AL players to watch this postseason

With the exact postseason picture not quite clear just yet — but five American League teams definitely in — now’s the time to be readying those cardboard caches.

What did you get at The NSCC? I got Reggie …

What I got in that last hour was something I never in my life could have expected — something I could have never want-listed or dreamt about. It wasn’t a Rookie Card or an autograph. What I got was Reggie Jackson.

EXCLUSIVE: Topps adds Darvish, Cespedes autos to Golden Giveaway

Topps announced on Thursday that the code cards found in packs of 2012 Topps can now unlock cards of two of the most talked-about rookies in MLB so far this season — Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Fans aren’t waiting for Cespedes’ first A’s cards

Question: What happens when a highly touted Cuban prospect signs with a small-market team lacking many marquee names and he hits tape-measure home runs in three of his first five games?

Topps signs Yoenis Cespedes to autograph deal

Topps announced on Friday that it has signed Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to an autograph deal, meaning the promising Cuban star will appear in products beginning with 2012 Bowman.

Moneyball coming to DVD in early January

Opening Day might be a few months away, but there’s another chance to examine more baseball soon as Moneyball arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 10, according to Sony Home Pictures Entertainment, which announced the news on Friday.

Preview Gallery: 2011 Elite Extra Edition autos

Today, we have for you a few exclusive preview images of autographed prospect cards to be found in 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition once the boxes start arriving on Dec 21.

Olds’ Hobby Mailday: Sept. 30 edition

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.

Moneyball gives small sports memorabilia company some big exposure

That’s My Ticket’s business plan is a simple one as it sells enlarged ticket stubs from notable past sports events as wall art — in essence making a big deal out of something small.

Moneyball: Just enjoy the show

Just enjoy the show. You’ll understand that when you see the new Brad Pitt baseball movie Moneyball, a film that’s really not just a baseball movie — it’s a drama that’s one part sports film, one part business film and, without a doubt, a Film (capital F) that will resonate for a few people for different reasons.

Giveaway brings back lost art … trading simply

All it takes to trade baseball cards there is a code, a pick and click — no post office trips, stamps, envelopes or anything else.

Second Moneyball teaser poster arrives … this time with more Hollywood

It’s the second teaser one-sheet poster for Moneyball, the Brad Pitt movie based on the book of the same name that is set to arrive in theaters on Sept. 23 (not long after our issue hits newsstands).

Game-used With a Cause: The 8D Network

There’s a new player in the game-used universe as the 8D Network launched earlier this year and made its unveiling official with a presence at the National Sports Collectors Convention last week in Chicago.

Coming soon … Moneyball and its memorabilia

With any new release, there will be marketing campaigns, which in the past meant materials that ultimately become memorabilia.

Weird baseball memorabilia is everywhere … here are two of the latest items

There are plenty of weird baseball cards and promotions these days — and here are just two of the latest.

Question of the day: Would you want to meet your favorite player?

We’ve probably all heard the stories about an autograph experience gone wrong — i.e. no ink was signed — and the sour grapes that come with that. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the experience of meeting that childhood icon — dare we say hero — and finding out that the player isn’t as invested in what fans think as much as the fans are invested in him.

Casting Moneyball — the movie

Columbia Pictures recently signed a writer and director for a possible adaptation of the best-selling baseball book Moneyball, which explores the unorthodox scouting and business procedures of the small-market Oakland A’s and General Manager Billy Beane. Who’s possibly in line to play Beane? Brad Pitt.