Filed under: Collectibles, Hall of Fame, Pro wrestling, Topps, WWE | Tags: Abdullah the Butcher, autograph collecting, Autographs, celebrity autographs, Death Proof, Kill Bill, Pro wrestling, Quentin Tarantino, Shawn Michaels, Twitter, wrestling autographs, WWE, Zoe Bell
By Chris Olds | Editor
For sports collectors where seemingly everything has been commodified, this is probably an obvious statement — but for the rest of the collecting world (or beginners) it might not be.
What you get autographed is as important as the autograph itself.
In the sports world, the type of item you get signed at a show or an appearance is often tied to the amount of money you’ll pay for the signature. Basically, the more valuable item you get signed the more you’ll typically have to pay. Why? The players, agents and show promoters know the relative value of an item, and, well, they want a relative cut.
Getting a jersey or another piece of equipment will cost you more than, say, a baseball card or a photograph. That’s just how it is with the business side of things. In fact, there are countless examples where players won’t sign certain items, things showing them with certain teams or even certain brands of cards. (It’s not just a scene in Jerry Maguire.)
But the real value in a unique item is in the interest, the reaction, it should draw from those who see it. Some of my favorite autographed items in my collection — items I got signed in-person — were because they were unique items. They’re not the most expensive piece or the toughest autograph to land. They’re not ultra-rare, either, as a collector could conceivably re-create them with some legwork.
Then again, one of my most unique autographed items isn’t even a sports item at all — and that’s why you see a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie, Death Proof, above where stuntwoman Zoë Bell is in action riding atop the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger as it speeds down a highway with another car in hot pursuit.
Read more … after the jump.
Filed under: Hall of Fame, NBA, Panini | Tags: 2010-11 Timeless Treasures, Autographs, Basketball, basketball cards, Box busters, NBA, Panini America
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Timeless Treasures boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Filed under: Hall of Fame, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Tip Sheet, Topps, WWE | Tags: Alabama football, Albert Pujols, Autographs, Barry Sanders, Bob Feller, books, Brett Favre, Clerks, Collecting Autographs, Collecting Tips, Danica Patrick, Facebook, Ichiro Suzuki autographs, Joe Namath, Kevin Smith, MLB, NASCAR, National Sports Collectors Convention, NFL, NSCC, Ozzy Osbourne, Pam Grier, Pamela Anderson, signed books, Steiner Sports, Steve Nash, Tim Tebow, Trish Stratus, TriStar, TTM autographs, Twitter, Upper Deck Authenticated, Wayne Gretzky, WWE
By Chris Olds | Editor
It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.
But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.
In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.
Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.
These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.
Filed under: NFL, Topps | Tags: Autographs, Bowman Sterling, football, football cards, NFL, Topps
Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into boxes of 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards from Topps in this latest episode of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out…
Filed under: Beckett Media, Hall of Fame, MLB, Topps | Tags: 1927 Yankees, 2010 Topps Tribute, 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineup, autograph authentication, Autographs, Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth autograph, baseball, baseball cards, Beckett Select, Cut Autographs, James Spence, lou gehrig, Lou Gehrig autograph, MLB, new york yankees, PSA, Yankees, Yankees cut autograph, Yanks
By Chris Olds | Editor
A heavily scrutinized Topps cut autograph card featuring the starting lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees is off the auction block and headed for additional examination.
Filed under: Beckett Media, Hall of Fame, MLB, Topps | Tags: 1927 New York Yankees, 2010 Topps Tribute, Autographs, Babe Ruth, baseball, baseball cards, Cut Autographs, lou gehrig, MLB, new york yankees, Topps, Yankees
Beckett Select Auctions, the consignment auction service division of Beckett Media, has sold a few notable cards through the years for collectors who wanted a bit more security with their high-dollar transactions.
This latest auction, which starts tonight, just might be one of the bigger items that Select has ever offered.
Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer discuss one collector’s once-in-a-lifetime find with Beckett Select’s Dave Sliepka.
What’s the card? You’ll have to watch the video to find out…
For more on the auction of a legendary Topps creation or Beckett Select, visit Beckett.com/Select.
Once the auction goes live tonight, you will find the information right here.
Filed under: First look, Hall of Fame, MLB, Topps | Tags: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen, Autographs, baseball, baseball cards, Gypsy Queen, MLB, Topps, Vintage Cards
By Chris Olds | Editor
Move over Allen & Ginter, there’s a new queen in town.
Topps released the basic product information for its 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball card set on Wednesday, a retro-styled release modeled after the 1887 N174 set of the same name.
Scheduled to arrive in late-April, the Queen will deliver two autographed cards and two Relic cards in every 24-pack hobby box as well as a 10-card mini box inside.
The base set will consist of 450 cards — 50 of those short-printed variations — with a mix of current players, Hall of Famers and rookies in the mix. There will be seven base cards and three parallel cards in every pack.
See the images — and read more — after the jump.