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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a busy time of year with a new wave of baseball coming, the Super Bowl on tap and plenty of new cardboard arrivals.

For this latest edition of 20 Questions, we’re tackling, well, a little bit of everything. Tell us what you think below …

1. What percentage of your cards do you buy at auction?

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2. Which of these auction platforms do you use most?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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3. How much money do you spend per month on card grading?

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4. Will you be buying more or less 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball than in past years?

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5. What was your first reaction to Topps' First Pitch cards?

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6. Grade Panini's 2014 Country Music set:

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7. Do you own an Ernie Banks autograph?

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8. Which NASCAR driver's autograph do you own? (Select all that apply.)

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9. Which musical genre would you like to see a card set for next?

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10. How would you rate this year's NFL Draft crop?

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11. Do you think "Deflategate" matters when it comes to cards?

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12. Do you like acetate autographs?

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13. Are event-used memorabilia cards overdone?

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14. Should Diamond Kings return as a standalone baseball brand?

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15. Do you buy retail repacks?

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16. Have you ever pulled card that is worth $1,000 or more?

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17. Looking back, what do you think of this card?

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18. Were you surprised to see Americana make a return?

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19. Do you think we'll see some surprises on cardboard in 2015?

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20. Are you optimistic about what's coming on cardboard in 2015?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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13 comments

  1. Tracy LeVeaux 29 January, 2015 at 13:04

    I don’t fully blame the card companies for the state of the industry. Rather, I blame the leagues. While exclusive licenses may be good for them, they suck for consumers.

  2. David Johnson 29 January, 2015 at 15:05

    I would really like to see multiple licenses and no more exclusives. It would be nice if the leagues limited either the number of licenses to 3-4 and/or limited the number of products each company could put out using the license.

  3. Mike Pereira 30 January, 2015 at 00:08

    I guess I’m only optimistic for 2015 because 2014 was so bad and full of overproduced products, overpriced products, and low quality issues like “event worn” patches in Panini’s super high end products or Topps products losing half there value in less than a week out “Topps Chrome Football”.

    Either the manufactures will see how [angry] collectors were from the out put of 2014 or they will not give a hoot and keep pouring on the junk.

  4. DrMitchJ 30 January, 2015 at 05:21

    I wish that Topps didn’t have the exclusive MLB license. The industry would be ‘healthier’ with a more level playing field. Also, I’d like to see less GU material unless its certified and/or verified authentic. It’s just too easy for an opportunistic company to use fraudulent and/or suspect GU material and pass it on to an unsuspecting consumer. Manufactured patches would be preferred over fraudulent jersey swatches of unknown origins.

  5. Ron 30 January, 2015 at 15:47

    Hate exclusives by any company. Card companies can coast along when they are the only game in town. Go back to the time when a patch or jersey card was from a game used uniform and not a photo shoot or what is worse a veteran “worn” jersey swatch. More expensive for the card company but way more value to the collector. Will I spend more in 2015 than other years, doubtful. Going to be interesting to see how many companies survive in the coming two or three years. Still fun but in a way kind of sad.

  6. phillies_joe 1 February, 2015 at 12:11

    I agree with the comments about relic cards. The problem with the industry is that for new products, the value in what you are getting for what you paid isn’t there. Why pay $100 for a box, when the true market value of the contents is 50%-75% of that? I know that the joy of ripping and collating (entertainment!) needs to be figured in, but for Topps Flagship for example…why buy any boxes of series 1 & 2? You can pick up the complete set for $50 in September and buy any sp, relics, inserts and auto’s in the aftermarket. No need to have thousands of extra base sitting around

    I don’t care how many product lines any of the card companies have….I do think that exclusives hurt collectors and the hobby though.

    As always, thanks for the Beckett 20 questions (PS…really loving the 2015 Camo card design for flagship)

  7. Big Mike 2 February, 2015 at 18:55

    I always enjoyed Press Pass Racing. Any Autographs or memorabilia that I wished to sell, I could do so with no problem at all. Plus they were the only makers of racing cards & their cards were “A1”.

  8. Al Salt 2 February, 2015 at 22:54

    I’d like to know why the majority of the high priced pulls come out of Canada for Hockey, it’s not like we don’t know anything about the game and those of us who are big fans would certainly like to see some of the great pulls come outta UD, Black Diamond, etc. without having to pay $400 for 1 pack, that is not a sports fans hobby pack. That is cutting the fan out from a chance to get something really good.

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