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Interview with Non Sport Update’s Roxanne Toser

Next weekend (May 1-2) is the 52nd Philly Non-Sport Show in Allentown, Pa.  Beckett Grading Services will be at the show accepting submissions and answering your questions on both days of the show.

BGS has two exclusive graded promo cards created for the show that we will be giving away today in the “Free Stuff Friday” giveaway. Thanks to Breygent and Rittenhouse for allowing us to give away these cool cards before anyone else!

Beckett Grading’s Andy Broome got a chance to chat with Roxanne Toser, publisher of Non-Sport Update, about the upcoming show.

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Looking for TTM addresses?
December 16, 2009, 4:46 pm
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Looking for a great address database? How about trying one of the best for FREE!

If you collect through the mail autographs or TTM as ‘graph-heads refer to the hobby, chances are you have run into a wall at some point when chasing an elusive address.

When you do track down that hard to find address, finding a track record of responses can sometimes be tough. Just how many people have received and auto back? Is the address still valid? How long is the average return time?

There happens to be a place on the web where many of these questions can be answered for most celebrities and athletes addresses.

The site is called StarTiger (

The great thing about StarTiger is the user involvement. Members update address entries with their successes and failures and even images of items signed. You can check stats for how many people sent to a certain address, how many of those were successes and read comments from members.

The forums are a great place to share information with other members and even trade autos.

The site is very user friendly and the information is great. I chase some pretty obscure baseball players and cartoonists and I have been pleasantly surprised with the info found on StarTiger.

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Grading special for November that may top all BGS specials…
November 4, 2009, 1:47 pm
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Everywhere you look someone is running a special. $1.00 meals, 50% off, buy one/get one, companies are getting creative and buyers are saving money.

2009 is the 10th year anniversary of BGS. All year long we have had specials in celebration of our first decade. It is now end of ’09 and nearing the holiday season. Why shouldn’t BGS get in on the action?

For the first time in our 10-year history, we are offing 50% off of the regular grading fee. Half off grading fees! Why are we doing this? It is time to get your cards graded and ready to sell in the holiday rush. We wanted a special that would benefit our customers! This is the best offer we have ever released and it is only for 2 weeks. It all ends on November 15th. If you have been waiting for an unbeatable offer to submit, this is it! For all the details, click the link below:


Time for another National for BGS
July 28, 2009, 9:50 pm
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We are packing our bags for Cleveland, OH for this year’s National. The show starts tomorrow!
While the grading team is well versed in traveling to shows around the country, the National is unique. This is the only show where we will slab cards on site.
This means all the sealing equipment and computers and other assorted hardware has to be crated up and shipped out.
As usual, the booth will be hopping with craziness, cards and excitement. Sketch card artist Brian Kong will be set up at our booth this year displaying his fantastic art.
Even if you cannot get one of his sweet sketch cards, come by and get your 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter cards signed by him. Brian is a great guy and loves to talk about his sports art and sketch cards in general.
Sitting in the grading area and seeing amazing cards throughout the show is as you can imagine awesome but I also enjoy meeting fellow collectors and BGS fans. If you have a grading question, come by and see us. If you just want to meet some of the BGS gang and say hi, stop by!
Grading at the National means late nights under the loupe but I will be posting updates at the show from “behind the grading curtain” here and on my Twitter. (

Hopefully there will be some great photos and sketches to share with everyone!


— Andy Broome, BGS grading



Sometimes it’s better to be lucky, Part 2 … rest in peace
April 30, 2009, 10:57 pm
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On March 29, I wrote a blog about Jack “Lucky” Lohrke, one of the luckiest guys in baseball.

I am sad to say he passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

The Associated Press ran his obituary which can be found here.

We have all heard the stories about superstars like Ruth and Mantle but there are so many other great stories that we haven’t heard. Stories that, one by one, are departing this earth headed for the big “diamond in the sky.”

You probably didn’t know who Lohrke was until reading my post and from what I’ve read he didn’t talk about his baseball days that much. It took me some research to discover him.

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The greatest April 1st pitcher?
April 1, 2009, 10:08 am
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It was 24 years ago today we first learned of one of the greatest pitchers you’ve never heard of.

The great Sidd Finch made his “debut” in Sports Illustrated. The writer George Plimpton told us the story of a pitcher that was down at the Mets training camp in Florida.

This pitcher, Siddhartha (or Sidd for short) Finch could throw or rather launch a ball 168 miles an hour beating the previous record of 103 mph.

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Sometimes it’s better to be lucky
March 29, 2009, 8:41 pm
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I am the shadow sinister called Fate…. I am the Master Umpire and I call the plays the way I see them. I have raised my arm, and nine grand boys are out.


They say ball players are superstitious. Maybe more so 50 or 100 years ago. We are all familiar with the Curse of the Bambino. Even in today’s game there are players that will not wash a uniform after a win or even think about talking about a no-hitter while in progress.
What about just plain luck? What about the kind of luck that a rabbit’s foot cannot bring you?
This is the type of luck Jack “Lucky” Lohrke knows. It’s in his name.

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