This Larry Bird autograph card could be yours … if you submit your SuperCollector info

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Update: A new prize is up for grabs … we want your entries!

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If there’s one thing I’ve come to  appreciate more and more over the last few years at Beckett Media, it’s the tales of collectors — specifically, those of SuperCollectors who clearly are so focused on their niche that only one word applies.


And it’s a good thing. Imagine my thoughts today as I dipped into the SuperCollector mailbag and saw that we didn’t really have too many new and amazing entries piled up from the last few weeks.

I did the only sane thing I should do … I went and found this Larry Bird card and am randomly giving it away to one SuperCollector who submits all the necessary info between now and July 1.

The card is an impressive one — and we’ll make sure it’s in someone’s hands … as long as they submit their info about their collection.

How can it be yours? Read the instructions on submitting your SuperCollector info (any sport, any player, any niche)  … after the jump.



How can you be a SuperCollector? Your instructions …  read them carefully!

You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Send in an email to Beckett editor Chris Olds at the following information:

1. Name, age, your email address, your location (state) and who/what you collect.

2. Statistics about your collection (total cards, number of 1/1s, number of autographs, number of game-used cards or items, etc., as seen on the examples seen here).

3. Tell us why you should be selected. Sell us on what makes your collection the best — and how/why your collection started. Tell us what makes your collection special and unique.

4. Send us LINKS to images that we can examine or use with your item — including one showing you with your collection. (Bad images won’t help your case … and 900-MB attachments won’t either!) Warning: Any emails over 10 MB will NOT arrive and will not be seen.

5. Be complete — and be patient. We WILL be in touch if you are selected or we need more information. If you sent info in the past, it’s likely outdated by now — so update it and send it again.

6. Act fast … we want your info.

Check out the SuperCollectors below if you need to see more … we’re awaiting your email.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.




  1. Scott B
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m not going to present my collection. But this is an opportune time to say this about it…There are no 1of1’s, no game used items, autos, no jersey cards. In fact most are worn, bent at the corners, scratched, torn from playing baseball with them as a kid. Not all but many. (If Id only knew better)But my collection is unique in this way. From 1979 to 1982 there was a time I went to the corner store with my mother every chance I got. Hoping she’d buy me a pack of cards. And that is the reason my collection is a collection. All 500+ cards came from single packs of cards from the corner store. Every single Card. 95. % were from my mom when I accompanied her there. The rest I bought myself from the times I stayed with my Grandmother, who lived closer and I could walk to the store by myself. A long story short, My mom passed away from Cancer this past Spring. And I can remember those days she took me to the corner store to this day. 30 yrs. later. And it is for that reason why my collection of baseball cards are and will always be unique to me. This was honestly true. Every bit. I was close to my mother. I know many people collected cards this way. But man it just felt so good to say it.

  2. Kevin
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Does it count if you are almost done with your collection. We are one card shy of every Topps base baseball card back to 1952. Can you still submit?

  3. Jason Taylor
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Is this a random drawing for the Ty Cobb, or is it best collection wins? I’d like to enter, but I know there’s no way I’d win if it was a subjective contest.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    A winner will be selected from all of those who submit entries between now and then.

  5. Thomas King
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Scott, whats the ONE card you need?

  6. Thomas King
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Kevin. Not awake yet. lol. Whats that one card you need? I might have it or I’ll help you find it :-)

  7. Cara
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Thomas, I will also help…what cards do you need?

  8. Cara
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry Scott and Kevin…what cards do you need, I will help in any way I can. I need Kris Letang cards, if anyone can help me…any Pittsburgh Penguin card really.. I will help everyone. I have an O.J. Simpson rookie, and over 100 Ken Griffey Jr. Cards, a million Nolan Ryan’s, Pittsburgh pirates ….I got a ton. What does everyone need? Even in hockey…got some real goodies.

  9. Mike foster
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Baseball card collecting is the greatest and so is Beckett.

  10. chrisolds
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Have you sent your info in yet? If not, you need to …

  11. afff
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    those are some big collections of the past winners. will be interested in seeing the next big collection.

    as for myself i don’t have anything like them as i’m just a set collector as i find more joy in trying to finish the sets then go after 1 spacific thing/person but each to ther own.

    good luck to all how enter

  12. Kevin
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    What is the deadline, i will take pictures over the Holiday and send this weekend if that’s not too late.

    Also, King thomas, sorry I didn’t see your post before, Hoyt Wilhelm 1952 is the last card we need.

  13. Posted November 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    just submitted my info to my Chris Olds by email (multiple emails in fact) lol.
    All the best,

  14. Kevin
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I finally got it all together and sent!

    Hope you enjoy reading it!

  15. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I PC the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres and I think I have a pretty nice collection. I am compiling all the info now and sending pics to you as soon as possible.

  16. Greg M
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Are you guys still taking entry’s I have almost all Xavier Henry cards? How do you post pics to the website?

  17. Ed
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I always enjoy reading about the “Super Collector”…….I’m amazed at how detailed some of the collectors are.

    Always good stuff!!


  18. Robert Braxton
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    @Scott B, nice story. I have to say, I would trade my massive RE-collection for my relatively pitiful ORIGINAL collection, in a heartbeat! I completely relate to your story. You didn’t use this word, but for me as well, my original collection was ‘priceless’.

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