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Box Busters: 2011 Element Racing by Chris Olds
January 14, 2011, 5:25 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Element from Press Pass in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



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 isn’t just about high-end racing cards by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Press Pass‘ foray into the ultra high-end trading card realm has some gems of racing memorabilia, but that’s not all the company is packing into its $500 and up boxes.

Some packs of Press Pass Five Star will include instant win memorabilia cards redeemable for items that even the most casual of NASCAR fans will recognize as kind of a big deal. (Apologies to Ron Burgundy.)

For example, how about a Dale Earnhardt race-used and signed helmet? It dates from the mid-1990s as it features a sticker on the back noting The Intimidator’s 1993 Winston Cup title.

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Rippin’ Retail: Basketball value box by Chris Olds
November 16, 2010, 1:26 pm
Filed under: NBA, Press Pass, Rippin Retail, Topps, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a repackage box of random basketball card packs as found at a retail store in this Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 5 — A 2007 Press Pass Legends Dan Majerle autograph card 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 — 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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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Legends racing cards by Chris Olds
October 26, 2010, 12:38 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2010 Press Pass Legends racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



Press Pass’ Black Box Rocks by Tracy Hackler
October 5, 2010, 3:07 pm
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For those about to collect, we salute you . . .



Press Pass Five Star: Sales Material Bliss by Tracy Hackler

As a former card company marketing guy, I’m a sucker for the ingenious piece of product-specific propaganda. You know, sales material.

For reasons we can all appreciate, high-quality, hand-crafted sales material is a lost art in the sports card universe these days. Every penny is more precious than ever before — and much better spent on improving the product itself than on the colorful literature produced to promote it. But every once in a while, a product comes along that requires something a little more extravagant than an attachment-filled email or a four-color one-sheet.

2010 Press Pass Five Star is one of those products.

In case you missed it, Press Pass Five Star is the envelope-pushing evolution of the high-end NASCAR card set; the bar-raising sequel to Press Pass‘ two-year-old Showcase product that’s so upscale it doesn’t have a suggested retail price. What it does have, in every five-card wooden box, is 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 and a Classic Compilations book card featuring either an autograph, a piece of memorabilia or both.

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Box Busters: 2010 Wheels Main Event Racing by Tracy Hackler

Beckett Media‘s Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler are joined by special guest Jesse Leadbetter, Press Pass Brand Manager, to bust the first box of 2010 Wheels Main Event.

What did they pull? Well, you’ll just have to 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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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Elvis Milestones cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett’s Tracy “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hackler and Bryan “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2010 Elvis Milestones cards from Press Pass in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



Two Days at The National: A Photo Gallery by Tracy Hackler

BALTIMORE — Following two and a half days immersed in the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention, I bittersweetly boarded a plane in Baltimore Friday afternoon to head back home. Bitter: I had to leave The National! Enough said. Sweet: I was mere hours away from reuniting with my sainted wife and two sons.

Not to worry: The ever-capable Chris Olds and a superstar slew of Beckett folks remained in Baltimore, as did an inordinate amount of personal highlights, including four maddeningly delicious crab cakes, quality time well spent with loyal Beckett customers, longtime friends and neat new ones.

I saw tons of cool autographed Tim Tebow memorabilia, but not nearly enough Tebow singles. I saw a bunch of excited collectors pulling some absolute cornerstone cards while participating in redemption programs for In The Game, the new Leaf, Panini America, Press Pass, Topps and Upper Deck. I saw a Brett Favre lookalike (Gary Williams from Kentucky) on Thursday morning, a walk-off Orioles victory from the cozy confines of Camden Yards on Thursday night (Tom and Mindy Noonan, you people are saints),  and enough cool Babe Ruth memorabilia to last until, well, at least a year — until the 32nd National in Chicago.

Heck, I even signed a few autographs (no, really, I did) and made an appearance on the Card Corner Club radio show. Indeed, I left Baltimore with tons of great memories — and an iPhone full of photos . . .

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Showcase racing cards by Chris Olds
July 29, 2010, 5:19 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler as they rip into a box of 2010 Press Pass Showcase racing cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside the highest of high-end racing sets?

Watch and find out …



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-2) Bonus Contest — Win a Brock Lesnar Press Pass Fusion autograph (only 75 exist) by Chris Olds
July 2, 2010, 11:00 am
Filed under: Free Stuff Friday, MMA, Press Pass, WWE | Tags: , , , ,

***NOW CLOSED***

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.

We will allow multiple entries for this contest, which closes at 9 .m. Central time on Saturday, July 3.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-2) Contest No. 3 — Three racing sets — 1994 Action Packed Series 1, All World Racing and 2006 Press Pass Premium (with SPs and some inserts) 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 — 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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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (6-4) — Is it almost Friday again? by Chris Olds

We’re back with another batch of Free Stuff Friday contests where we get cool stuff into collectors’ hands.

How? All you have to do is answer a card-related trivia question on Beckett.com and leave a comment on the specific contest’s page. It’s that simple.

Here’s the rundown of our latest batch of goodness … after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-28) Contest No. 4 — A lot of five randomly selected certified baseball and football autograph cards 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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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