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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

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.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
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.

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Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass by Chris Olds
December 11, 2010, 10:34 am
Filed under: NASCAR, Press Pass | Tags: , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Press Pass Five Star Kicks High-End NASCAR Collecting into Another Gear by Tracy Hackler

NASCAR collectors just thought Press Pass Showcase was as high-end as a racing card set could get when it launched to rave reviews just two years ago. In hindsight, they haven’t seen anything yet.

In late November, on the day before Thanksgiving, the company is releasing 2010 Press Pass Five Star, a super-premium product sure to give well-heeled racing enthusiasts plenty of things to be thankful for.

Each five-card wooden box of Five Star will deliver:

* A base card numbered to 35 or less
* A dual, triple quad or oversized memorabilia card numbered to 25 or less
* A certified autograph card numbered to 35 or less
* An autographed memorabilia card serial numbered to 50 or less
* A Classic Compilations book card featuring either an autograph, a piece of memorabilia or both

Two pieces of memorabilia incorporated in Five Star sure to command collector attention are Wrangler firesuits — one worn by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1981, the other worn by Junior during his 2010 victory at Daytona — that will be paired together on a historic Classic Compilations card.

Other drivers included on the Five Star roster include Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Bill Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

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Mandatory, Massive Gallery: 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing by Tracy Hackler

The day that racing collectors have been anxiously anticipating for the better part of a year arrived today with the release of 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing, the heavily anticipated followup to last year’s history-making debut of the most expensive racing product in trading card history.

Showcase’s 2009 premiere was one the most talked-about sports card releases of the year and it lived up to its billing with a stunning ensemble of some of the greatest racing cards ever made. Judging by the massive gallery that follows, it would appear that 2010 Showcase is every bit as alluring.

Showcase’s $225 boxes include three five-card packs, each including one autograph or memorabilia card. The 51-card base set is bolstered by four unique autograph programs, three unique memorabilia programs and five sequentially numbered parallel levels.

For those of you partaking in the Showcase thrill ride in the coming days, enjoy. For those of you who just want to window shop or kick the tires first, feast your eyes on this . . .

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-28) Contest No. 2 — A lot of six 2010 Press Pass Stealth hobby packs (two winners) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Stealth racing cards by Chris Olds
May 26, 2010, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media, NASCAR, Press Pass | Tags: , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout as they bust a box of the not-even-out-yet 2010 Press Pass Stealth racing cards in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win packs?

Watch and find out in this epic production from unofficial Beckett cinematographer Chris Olds.



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-12) Contest No. 3 — A 2006 Press Pass Eclipse NASCAR set with three insert sets by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching several contests tonight and we’re starting off big because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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