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Father and son win trip to 2011 NHL Winter Classic from Upper Deck by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In just 24 hours after Upper Deck announced the “Collect the Set & Win” hockey contest, the company already found a winner.

That didn’t take long at all.

As soon as Jim and AJ Ramsay heard about the promotion, they set out to win the top prize of a trip to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic in Pittsburgh.

The father and son duo were set up at the 2010 Fall Expo in Toronto, Canada when a customer told them about the contest. All they had to do was complete the 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1 20th Anniversary 250-card insert set, which was released Wednesday.

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Contest Update: And the Winner Is . . . by Tracy Hackler

You may recall that last September on (and on The Beckett Blog and in Beckett Football), we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season.

We selected 10 lucky respondents at random and announced that the one whose collection appreciates the most in value from the start of the season to the end of the Super Bowl would be crowned the winner and would receive a pigskin potpourri prize pack that includes an array of 2009 football products.

Well, at long last, the contest is over and the winner is . . . Arlington, Texas, collector David Sharp, who rode the 2009 value-increasing exploits of Ray Rice and Cedric Benson to victory. His hypothetical collection finished at a combined value of $1,130.

Sharp’s 2008 SP Authentic Ray Rice RC (#285) started the season at $60 and ended at $120; his 2005 SP Authentic Cedric Benson RC (#251) started at $60 and ended at $150.

Sharp’s reaction: “That’s awesome! Thanks to Ray Rice and Cedric Benson.”

For his value-minded prognostication, Sharp will receive a star-studded prize pack that looks a little something like . . .

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Big Apple Comic-Con wants you to win free autographs by Chris Olds



The Big Apple Comic-Con is set for Oct. 16-18 in — where else — New York City and its promoters want to get free autographed photos into Beckett readers’ hands.

We’ve got six autographed 8x10s to give away — and it will happen this Friday (Oct. 9).


We can’t divulge all the names now, but several are Hall of Famers.

We’ve got a linguistics legend, a doctor, an animal, a flower, a Madison Square Garden icon and even a Nature Boy.

(OK, we gave one name away… as in Ric Flair. Wooooooooo!)

How can you win? Visit The Beckett Blog on Friday as we’ll be holding contests throughout the day … one every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Central time.

What will you need to do? Examine the event’s guest list to do some research… and be ready to answer questions.

It’s that simple.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

Beckett’s 2009 Card-Investment NFL Season Preview: An Update by Tracy Hackler


Earlier this month, you may recall that we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season.

We selected 10 lucky respondents at random and the one whose collection appreciates the most in value throughout the 2009 season is the winner. It’s that simple.

What does the lucky winner receive, you ask? Well, specifics are still being hammered out. Just know that it’s a pigskin potpourri prize pack that includes an as-yet-undetermined array of 2009 football products.

Following are our 10 lucky contestants and their collections. We’ll track them – both in print and online – all season long and crown a winner after the Super Bowl.

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Beckett at the Super Bowl (and a contest) — UPDATED (AGAIN) by ejahnke


Some (lucky) Beckett employees got the opportunity to attend the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl … and do a little work as well. We have rotated a few people in and out and right now we have Editor Chris Olds, Sports Marketing Director Brad Hastedt and one of our Ad Sales team members, Brett Robertson on site. Since I don’t see anyone actually in the Beckett booth, I will just assume it took all three guys to take this picture, because I know they are working hard … right guys?

Riiiiiiiiight … ;)

UPDATE – This just came in and I rest my case …



I am not sure if Brad or Brett took this picture (below) of the esteemed Chris Olds, but let us give thanks that they did not choose to follow the professional photographer career path. What is important about this lovely shot is that there is a celebrity in the picture … and while Chris is a celebrity of sorts, I am not talking about him.

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As promised in print & contests (updated) … by Chris Olds
November 24, 2008, 12:19 pm
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Looking for content promised here on The Beckett Blog in a Beckett magazine? Or are you looking to win cool stuff? Click after the jump.

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Score some 2008 Score by ejahnke

It’s football season and the long, hot days are over in Texas so we are all in good moods around here.

Since being charitable goes right along with good moods we are going to give more stuff away…

This will run contest on the Beckett blog and at the same time.

You can answer either place, but only one answer per person.

If you answer on the blog, you need to use your first name and last initial OR your name, AND use the same email address that you use for your account (NEVER published, so don’t worry).

The contest runs until 10 am on Friday, September 26, 2008.

The prize is an opened, but complete, box of 2008 Score football that we busted and cataloged already.

Here is a small sample of what the winner will receive–

Starting top left and going across-

Gold Zone (#’d to 400), Sticker, Tattoo, Young Stars, Scorecard (#’d to 649), Red Zone (#’d to 100), Future Franchise [and The Franchise] (both regular and glossy), Hot Rookies, Base card (regular and glossy)

The person who answers these questions correctly gets the entire box.

1.  What % of the regular BASE set (including rookies) did we get out of this box? (closest without going over wins, and decimals count, up to 5 places if needed)

2.  How many serial-numbered cards did we pull?

3.  How many tattoos did we pull?

4.  How many stickers did we pull?

5.  How many glossy rookie base cards did we pull?

You do not have to answer these correctly to win, but In case of a tie – answer these…

There are two glossy base cards of a players who went to USC – name them.

There is one (1) glossy base card of someone on the Houston Texans – name him.

If there is still a tie, then it’s “I am thinking of a number between one and ten” time…but we’ll do that if it happens.

To make this as fair as possible, here is the side of the box for all to enjoy–if you go to the blog you can click the image to make it bigger.

Good luck!