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F+W Media ceases production of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly by Chris Olds
January 10, 2011, 3:08 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly magazine, which was launched in 1984, will cease publishing with the February issue.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based F+W Media, which bought Krause Publications in 2002, cited a lack of ad revenue in the decision, according to editor Scott Fragale, who was one of three sports staffers whose final day with the company will be Thursday.

The two other staff members of the long-running magazine who will be leaving F+W are Joe Clemens and T.S. O’Connell, Fragale said. O’Connell penned a farewell column online that has additional details.

The company will continue to publish Sports Collectors Digest, which shrunk to a magazine-sized format recently.

“Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on the changes and thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism that helped me perform my job as editor,” Fragale said via email to several industry members. “It’s been a good run and I’ll miss working with you all.”

The F+W publications formerly under the Krause umbrella were based in Iola, Wisc., where the company was formed in 1952 by Chester Krause, a coin collector. The company grew from publishing the Numismatic News into a collectibles publishing company with magazines, newsletters and books for sports cards, coins, comic books, music memorabilia and countless other collectibles niches.

Tuff Stuff became Sports Collectors Monthly in 2008 at about the same time that Beckett Media launched Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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This is a sad day, I remember buying my first issue of Baseball Cards (Mag) in Aug of 1984 – The paper (print) media will cease to exist soon.

Comment by john Bateman

Not necessarily. Beckett is going back to monthly for Baseball, Football and Hockey in 2011 — and we’re printing more issues of Basketball (eight), too.

That’s on top of BSCM each month — and all of our annual price guide books.

There’s plenty out there for collectors — but the end of Tuff Stuff does mean there’s one less option.

Comment by chrisolds

Even though this is Beckett’s blog, it’s a sad day in the card collector word to see this happen.

Comment by Travis

Wow ad to see this happen. But sometimes it is the right thing to do

Comment by RIchard Radke

Bummer… I cancelled my subscription to TS about a year ago… because I just didn’t have time to read all of my subscriptions… but this is definitely sad news.

Comment by sanjosefuji

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