Category Archives: Collecting Tips

How to Spot & Avoid a Fake 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card

Posted on February 2, 2018 – 4:56 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Easy tips to help you spot a potentially counterfeit 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card and avoid buying a fake copy of the card.

Why Is “Collect What You Love” Such a Hard Concept Sometimes?

Posted on January 10, 2018 – 5:06 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Sometimes the world of sports cards can be filled with anger and noise that’s distracting from your true passion. Here’s some advice on how to focus on fun.

How Not To Protect Your Autographed Baseball

Posted on June 28, 2017 – 12:55 am Author: Scott Bedgood

Looking to get autographs from a baseball game? Learn from these mistakes and have a better experience and a better collection.

4 Reasons NOT to Use Tape on Top Loaders

Posted on May 16, 2017 – 4:01 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Tips on why use tape on top loaders is a bad idea when shipping sports cards. Includes suggestions on other safe and easy mailing methods.

Boxes or Binders? Choosing the Right Way to Store Your Sports Cards

Posted on November 29, 2016 – 4:18 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Simple things to consider when you’re deciding the best supplies to store your collection. Includes the pros and cons of pages, boxes and top loaders.

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Redemption Card

Posted on October 24, 2016 – 5:47 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Thinking about buying a redemption card for an autograph on the secondary market? Here are five tips to consider before making the plunge to help protect you.

Here’s How Stranger Things Defines Friends (Hint: It Involves Cards)

Posted on August 23, 2016 – 3:53 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor You’re watching Stranger Things on Netflix, right? If not, you should be. It’s probably the most ’80s thing since 1987 Topps Baseball. The theme of friendship plays a key role in the show as a group of 12-year-olds search for their missing pal who mysteriously vanishes. It’s a […]

How to Spot Which 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards Are Worth Grading

Posted on July 23, 2016 – 6:43 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Practical tips on what to look for in a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card before sending it in to be professionally graded by BGS.

Here’s a Genius Tool to Tell You What Size Top Loaders and Magnetic Holders You Need

Posted on May 17, 2016 – 12:55 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Download an easy tool to help you measure how thick a sports card is and pick the right top loaders and magnetic holders.

How to Kill the Non-Auto and Get the eBay Search Results You Really Want

Posted on May 16, 2016 – 1:42 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Are your eBay search results bogged down by non-autos? Here’s a simple trick on how to exclude them and other unwanted results.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Box of Sports Cards

Posted on April 28, 2016 – 5:08 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

5 important things to consider and think about before buying a box of sports cards and being happy with your decision.

Beckett Gaming Profile: 2016 DBZ Perfection

Posted on March 2, 2016 – 2:14 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary Cell is here! Dragon Ball Z Perfection is upon us. This  new DBZ set includes 142 cards with an additional 15 Dragon Rares that are all based off of Cell’s personalities. Here are a few of the cards to watch out for…

5 things to do when you’re bored collecting sports cards

Posted on February 16, 2016 – 4:11 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Have you hit the sports card collecting doldrums? Are you bored? It’s normal. Here are 5 tips to help you reevaluate your collecting habits and be happy.

What’s a buyback card?

Posted on February 3, 2016 – 2:52 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

When old sports cards are included in new products, they become buybacks. Find out what they are, some history and whether they’re valuable.

8 Survival Tips for Collectors Returning to the World of Sports Cards

Posted on January 19, 2016 – 6:17 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Returning to the world of collecting sports cards? A lot has changed over the years. Here are some key things to think about and help you get caught up without being overwhelmed.

Are you setting any collecting goals for 2016? You should.

Posted on January 4, 2016 – 4:24 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

With a new year upon us, it’s a great time to set some collecting goals for the year ahead. If you don’t, you might find yourself wasting money or feeling down about your collection.

How to build accurate team set checklists quickly with the Beckett database

Posted on December 31, 2015 – 3:35 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Find out how to easily build accurate team set checklists with the free Beckett database. Includes step-by-step instructions, simple tips and more.

Beckett Gaming Profile: Force of Will The Twilight Wanderer

Posted on December 22, 2015 – 12:47 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary This past Friday, the latest expansion for the Force of Will was released — The Twilight Wanderer. Today we are going to look over some of the impactful cards in the set and how they may change the meta-game.

How to quickly and easily identify your sports cards with the Beckett database

Posted on December 11, 2015 – 2:02 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Got a sports card that you’re trying to identify? Sometimes it’s not easy to figure out on your own. Find out how the Beckett Database makes it simple and fast to identify virtually any card.

How to get replacements for damaged or missing sports cards

Posted on November 24, 2015 – 1:34 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Find out what to do when you open up packs or boxes and find damaged or missing sports cards. Includes easy tips, card company contact info and more.

Why the term True Collector is dangerous to the hobby

Posted on October 5, 2015 – 4:49 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The sports card landscape may not be as big as it used to be but it’s more diverse than ever. Here’s how a seemingly simple term can tear collectors apart.

Beyond nine pockets: Picking the perfect sports card pages to protect your collection

Posted on September 21, 2015 – 1:23 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor Trading cards come in many shapes and sizes. Sports card pages are one of the best ways to store and display them. But if you’ve got a stack of minis from Allen & Ginter, they’re going to look a little off swimming in pages made for standard-sized cards. […]

A simple way to keep your most important sports card supplies tidy and organized

Posted on August 20, 2015 – 5:12 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor I’m not a fan of clutter. Yet, I regularly find myself surrounded by it. It’s always more fun to look at cards than organize them to the point where they’re put away. It’s easier to shuffle through a a handful and set them aside (with good intentions, of […]