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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! contest by ejahnke
August 20, 2008, 12:57 pm
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Want to get published?


Simple enough, I hope?  Anything I would add would be some sort of rambling and confusing mess that would only cause problems to our dear readers.  Good luck!

P.S. – I do copy editing for $27.50 and hour.  This week only, prises have been slushed on all editeng work, now only $1.99!

Beckett’s “Bambino” contest winner chosen by ejahnke

Another contest winner was chosen last week, this one from the magazine end of things at Beckett.  We have been running a contest from Art of the Stars, this one a Steven Holland painting titled “Bambino.”

Needless to say it’s a Babe Ruth painting, and it’s valued at $6,000.

Here is the video of Ted barker and Tracy Hackler calling the lucky winner.

Not a bad addition to anyone’s Babe Ruth or Yankees collection!

Contest announcement II by ejahnke
August 18, 2008, 10:06 am
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OK, the Beat up BGS contest is over at midnight, but it’s not too soon to start another blog contest!

This one is designed to bring in traffic-shameless, eh?

I have in my hands a nice card, and you have to guess what it is by posting it in the comments here.  That may sound pretty impossible, but I will give hints about the card…

I will not say how often, and I have no idea what time of day I will post new hints.  I will for sure give at least one hint Monday-Friday…barring disaster.  There may be multiple hints in a day, and there may be only one.    I may post the hints in a comment, or edit them into this post–and there is always a chance I will put a hint into comments somewhere else, but it will only be in comments from this point on (new entries).

First person to guess the card, wins the card…

Rules- 3 guesses a day, a day is midnight to midnight Central time.  Use your correct email address and sign your first name, last initial (or name) on each guess.  All guesses need to be made in the comments here on this post, even if I do post a hint in another posts comments.  You need to use correct set names and terms (and spelling) like you would see on the OPG, or in our magazines (ie-  “Tops Bond-Sossa graphed from 06” would be disqualified).

Pretty simple.

Oh, Beckett employees and family…not eligible, sorry.

__________*- HINTS -*__________

The card features two people, is numbered to 10 (#2 out of 10 specifically), and was produced after 2006.

The card is not autographed.

The people featured are both professional athletes, but do not play the same position, or in the same city.

One city is in the northern part of the US, and one is in the South.

Both players uniforms have blue in them.

The players have the same number of syllables in their first name and their last name.  However, they do not have the same number of syllables in their names compared to each other.

Contest Announcement! by ejahnke

OK, here it is, finally…

We were inspired by this, and a post on another blog, Sports Locker, that suggested things Beckett could do to generate interest in the blog world and elsewhere. By the way, there are tons of interesting and well-written hobby-related blogs out there, almost too many to keep up with (I try though), check out our blogroll when you can.

Yes, this has been in the works for a while (here comes the whining) but I have been so busy (*sniff*) that I have not gotten to it.   Sad, I know.

So the contest is exactly what was asked for…we want to see how much abuse our BGS slabs can take, without the card inside being damaged.  It’s not necessary to damage or destroy the slab to win!

Entries will be judged on creativity, so it’s not necessary to include a bulldozer or anything from NASA.  To make this fair, only the BGS/BVG slabs are allowed, BCCG are not.

Please, for me, don’t try testing your ideas on your Pristine 10s…

The prize, 10 free gradings, at the 10 day service level, with Beckett covering the return shipping and insurance up to $1,000.

There are some rules, of course – no gunfire or explosives!

I will be honest and admit that I would love to see what happens to a slab if it’s hit by a .22 at 100 yards or so, but we can’t condone dangerous acts.  We held off announcing this until after July 4 for the same reason, it may be cool to tape a slab to 10 bottle rockets and see what happens, but it’s just not safe.  Use good judgment, if it’s likely, or even if it’s “fairly possible,” to result in injury, then we will be forced to disqualify the entry.

**BGS is not responsible for any damage to cards or cases, enter this contest at your own risk!**

Please use good judgment on what cards you use!  Don’t use expensive cards…

We also strongly suggest that you NOT microwave the slabs, as there is metal in the labels…not good.

Questions about what is OK and what is not OK are more than welcome, hit the “Contact Us” button (see below) on the front page sidebar if you don’t want to ask in the comments and possibly give your idea away.

Video entries are probably the best bet, but if you can clearly show what you did just using photos, by all means send them in!

There will be a panel of 7 judges–myself, Associate Publisher Tracy Hackler, Director of Grading Services Mark Anderson, Director of Data Publishing Bill “Sudsy” Sutherland, Editors David Lee and Al Muir, and Beckett grader Aaron Gibson.

Paying off the judges is strictly confidential.   Wait, I meant strictly prohibited!

The contest ends at midnight August 18, 2008, and judging will begin on August 19. The time it will take to complete the judging will be determined by the number of entries.

In the near future, we will post this button somewhere in the sidebar, so you can click it, come back to this post, and see these rules.

Send entries to,, or hit this button in the sidebar–>.

Good Luck!

(Semi) Contest Announcement by ejahnke
July 11, 2008, 7:58 am
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It is not official quite yet, meaning all of the “small print” has not been hammered out completely.  You know, the stuff nobody actually reads unless something goes wrong…

I can tell you this, the prize will be 10 free card gradings at the 10 day service level.  We will cover the return shipping and up to $1000 insurance.  Not a bad prize at all!

I hope to have the actual announcement up this afternoon…

Happy Fourth of July! by ejahnke
July 4, 2008, 7:34 pm
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Please, everyone be safe out there!

Also, be sure to check back here soon for an important contest announcement that does not involve fireworks, but it does involve free grading!

How Many Pages? Guess Right, and Win a Free Master Subscription by Pepper Hastings
March 11, 2008, 3:19 pm
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bb35cover.jpgUpdate, March 13, 3 p.m. CDT — Comments now closed for this post


Jorge? Jorge who?

Well, we don’t know either, but we sent him an email earlier today notifying him that his guess of 280 PAGES was the correct page count for the next issue of Beckett Baseball, due in stores next week.

Perhaps Jorge knew that the correct number had to be divisible by 8 (common magazine production guideline). Or, maybe he didn’t.

Thanks for your participation. We’ll do it again sometime.


The newly formatted Beckett Baseball magazine (left) hits the shelves next week.

It’s the most pages of pricing and listings in years the 24-year history of the publication. Cards listed from the 1880s to present.

The first person to guess the total number of pages in the new Beckett Baseball will receive a Master Subscription — a free one-year subscription to our Sports Card, Baseball, Basketball, Football and Hockey titles. That’s about a $150 value.

Hint: Last month’s Beckett Baseball magazine had 112 pages, and the correct number is three figures. Use the comments section below to enter and win.

[The new Beckett Baseball is powered by the price guides of Beckett Baseball Plus, Baseball Almanac, and Baseball Card Price Guide #30.]

Bookmark this URL and come back Wednesday to see if you’re the WINNER.