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The $10 Card Shop Challenge: You Decide by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Little over a week ago, I issued the first $10 Card Shop Challenge. Now, it’s your turn to vote for the winner.

You might have seen the results here and here — if not, go visit those threads and then cast your vote. We’ll close the voting at 10 a.m. Central time on Monday, Nov. 29.

(Those who purchased packs NOT at retail outlets are not eligible … you have to read the rules. We let image posting slide as some had technical difficulties, though. We’ll let the voters decide if there are any tall tales here … )

What will the winner get? Something that costs more than $10 …

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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

An after-work card shop visit a few months ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, and that’s something I revisited before my visit to Nick’s Sports Cards on Thursday evening.

I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.)

Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.

The Mission: Spend $10 or less on something you like but try to land something that will impress the masses. It could be anything cards — but no memorabilia or wax (unless you’re a retail-only person). Are you a vintage fan? A prospector? A non-sport collector? A buyer in bulk? Was it just a good deal you couldn’t refuse?

It’s all game — as long as it only cost you $10 (or less).

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

You may recall that last September on Beckett.com (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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Dallas Collector Gets His Day in the Sun (in the Snow) by Tracy Hackler

Not even a freak March Texas snowstorm could freeze the spirits of 14-year-old Dallas collector Ryan Wolfson last Saturday. Not with 15 of his closest buddies around to keep him warm until Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton arrived at his front door.

Indeed, that’s how last weekend started for Wolfson, the grand prize winner in the 2009 NFL Players Player of the Day contest. Following an informal shindig with Crayton, Wolfson and his buddies at the Wolfson family home, the party moved – via limousine – to Nick and Debbie Redwine’s Dallas-based Nick’s Sports Cards.

Once there, the party grew to more than 200 guests, all of whom received free autographs from Crayton and otherwise made themselves comfortable with hobby heat while Wolfson received a $250 shopping spree.

“I am thrilled for Ryan and his family,” said namesake owner Nick Redwine. “He is a regular customer at my shop and a big football card collector and Cowboys fan.  I’m glad to be a part of his special day.”

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

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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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Move over Rocky, Blowout Cards’ Thomas Fish is taking over by Chris Olds

In case you missed it recently, Blowout CardsThomas Fish recently gave Rocky Balboa a run for his money …



Upper Deck’s Rookie Premiere touchdown dance competition goes mainstream by Chris Olds

If you haven’t seen some of the footage of Upper Deck‘s touchdown dance competition between rookies at the recent NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere, then there’s a chance you haven’t been poking around enough online or watching SportsCenter.

Highlights from the competition were on ESPN last week and tonight there will be highlights from the event shown on the Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Until then, you can get a taste of the action — and see some highlights — right here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.