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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.

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, 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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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (8-20) Contest No. 2 — An assortment of cards from National Sports Collectors Convention (three winners; one will include autograph) by Chris Olds
August 19, 2010, 3:24 pm
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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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Recapping the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore by Chris Olds

This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention has come and gone but if you missed the show you can get an idea of what went on in Baltimore by checking out a link  or two.

Here’s a recap of all Beckett links from the show, which went fast…

Brian Gray revives Leaf brand at The National

Box Busters at the NSCC: 2010 Famous Fabrics

Strolling the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention

The Unbelievable Story of a Tim Tebow 1/1 Autograph

Stephen Strasburg Topps Heritage Card Creates National Frenzy

Two Days at The National: A Photo Gallery

Fewer card brands seen on dealers’ shelves at NSCC

Video At The National: Topps’ Panel Discussion

At The National: Turning $14 into $9,000 with The Baseball Card Exchange

At The National: Talking baseball with Dirk Hayhurst, author of The Bullpen Gospels

At The National: Key cards & autographs …

At The National: Japanese baseball cards & more

At The National: No. 1 for a cause

At The National: Random sights of what’s up for sale

At The National: A picture’s worth …

Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con?

Tebow spotlight shines brightly on Palm Beach Autographs

At The National: A Vintage View

At The National: As Cool as Iceman

At The National: Collect ‘em all!

At The National: Scenes from the floor

At The National: Bustin’ Wax — 1980s hockey

At The National: Bustin’ Wax — 1980s hockey by Chris Olds
August 10, 2010, 10:22 am
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Beckett’s Bill Sutherland cracks some 1980s Topps and O-Pee-Chee hockey packs for the chance at some vintage gold at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

What will he find inside the packs?

Watch and find out …

At The National: Scenes from the floor by Chris Olds
August 9, 2010, 5:33 pm
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Sights from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. For example, yours truly tried exploring the TRISTAR autograph pavilion until he saw this …

Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con? by Chris Olds
August 9, 2010, 2:54 pm
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BALTIMORE – The 31st annual National Sports Collectors Convention finished on Sunday and then dealers packed their boxes (hopefully lighter than when they arrived) and collectors went home with cards, memorabilia and empty wallets.

For five days, collectors looked for different trading cards, game-used items and received autographs at the Baltimore Convention Center. Some left with bags full of goodies they don’t even know where to put yet. While others left with just one or two coveted prizes.

Conventions like these have ways of changing over the years. San Diego’s Comic-Con, which started as a comic book show, has turned into one of the biggest pop culture events in the country. While there are still comics, statues of Superman and places to find your Klingon dictionary, there are different types of events such as Q&A panels with popular television shows that have become the heart of the show.

So how can the National get as big as Comic-Con?

Here were a few suggestions heard on the floor on Sunday.

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At The National: Random sights of what’s up for sale by Chris Olds

Babe Ruth, anyone?

There’s simply so much to be found at the National Sports Collectors Convention that it would take days to see it all.

Here’s a small sampling — some traditional, some unusual and some just flat-out weird — of what caught our eye on Saturday at the nation’s biggest sports card and memorabilia convention.

See it all after the jump.

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