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Buster Posey: NL Rookie of the Year & BSCM cover star by Chris Olds

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America selected San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.

On Wednesday, he’ll begin arriving in sports card shops around the country on the cover of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

We’re just sayin’ …

Behind the Scenes: A Beckett Magazine Planning Meeting by Tracy Hackler

Ever wonder what goes on in a Beckett magazine planning meeting?

Well spend eight minutes watching the wheels turn and you’ll get an idea. While this particular meeting — to plan the April 2010 issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — wasn’t necessarily rife with definitive revelations, we do learn just a little about the next issue’s editorial lineup and why Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay might not make the best cover subjects.

— Tracy Hackler

The Face of SPx arrives on newsstands by Chris Olds

Collectors who are regular readers here might recognize the little guy above, who is getting rather big play these days on the back cover of the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly (No. 299).

He’s 3-year-old William Bucci and he’s The Face of SPx baseball cards from Upper Deck.

And to think … it could have been you.

How did that happen? Read all about it right here.

Sneak Peek: Beckett’s Next Wave of Covers by Tracy Hackler


Coming soon to a hobby shop or newsstand near you:

THREE WAYS TO WIN TNA wrestling autographs & more by Chris Olds


We know there are a lot of dedicated wrestling fans out there and we want to draw them into collecting and Beckett Media.

And here’s how we’re going to do it… with three ways to win TNA autographs & more for free as a reward to our readers.

See it all after the jump.

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Beckett Media tag teams with WWE Magazine by Chris Olds


The latest special issue of WWE Magazine focuses on all things trivia about World Wrestling Entertainment and its form of professional wrestling.

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds penned nearly two pages of wrestling card and memorabilia trivia for the special issue, which arrives on newsstands this week as “The Hobby’s Most Reliable and Relied-upon Source” reaches out to the WWE Universe.

We’re not going to ruin the surprise of what’s inside the magazine, but here’s a look at seven items that just weren’t tough enough to make the cut for the issue …

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Wooooo! Win Ric Flair’s first certified autographed wrestling card right here (contest now closed) by Chris Olds



“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

He’s a 16-time world heavyweight champion — a guy who still today talks a great game and will be in the middle of the action (but not actually wrestling) alongside actor Mickey Rourke Sunday at WrestleMania 25 in Houston.

He’s known as the greatest wrestler of all time — the best bleeder, too.  He’s known as a guy who wrestled hard but partied harder — after all, he is the guy also known as the limosine ridin’ jet flyin’ kiss stealin’ wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun.

He’s a guy who led The Four Horsemen and was the backbone of another famous faction, Evolution, in more recent years. He’s a WWE Hall of Famer — the first guy inducted before his career was over. He’s the guy who literally traveled around the world as the last great NWA world heavyweight champion before World Wrestling Entertainment changed the landscape of professional wrestling.

And, until now — until Panini America landed him for an autograph signing earlier this year — he also had been known as the greatest professional wrestler to never sign autographs for a trading card company.

That’s right, despite his decades in the business — and he appeared on his first wrestling card back in 1982 — and his long runs with WCW and WWE, he never signed a single certified autograph for inclusion in packs of wrestling cards. Never for Topps’ WCW sets of the late 1990s, never for Fleer’s WWE sets and none for Topps in its current run as a WWE licensee.

But he has now. And you can own one — a signed promotional Donruss Americana card specially produced just for this contest with Beckett Media.

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