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Why do you collect who you collect? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s a simple question with not-so-simple answers most of the time.

Why do you collect who you collect?

For some, it’s a money thing. For some, it’s a fandom thing. For others, it’s a hometown hero thing — or some moment that latched their hobby targets onto a player.

For Beckett regular Abe Doctor, it was a visit to Chick-fil-A.

Really. And it involves a certain baseball player you’re probably well aware of from my showcasing my personal tastes here and there through the years.

Read his story after the jump … then please tell us who you collect — and why —  if you’re so inclined.

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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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Beckett Grading Services opens New York City office by Chris Olds
September 21, 2010, 10:40 am
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Beckett Grading Services has opened an office in New York City for collectors in and around the area to submit cards for grading in-person.

Conveniently located near Times Square, the office is located at 135 W. 50th Street on the 14th floor. The office accepts submissions by appointment only, but those who use the office for submissions receive free shipping and insurance on all submissions, which are then sent to Dallas for grading.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact BGS Regional Sales Manager Charles Stabile via phone at 212-375-6760, fax at 212-375-6738 or email at cstabile@beckett.com.

As always, grading information and regularly occurring offers can be found at www.beckett.com/grading



Completely Random Friday Poll: Which Would You Rather Pull From a Pack of Cards . . . by Tracy Hackler

Mostly because polls are just so darn easy, revealing and fun to take (and partly because it’s Friday), we figured now was as good a time as any to get your take on another hot hobby issue. This time, we want to know . . .

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First Look: 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Football by Tracy Hackler

Packing a familiar name and an altered, all-college makeup, 2010 Ultimate Collection Football is slated to arrive in January, highlighted by the continuation of Upper Deck‘s landmark 1997 Legends program, this time with on-card autographs from the college-clad likes of Dan Marino, John Elway, Drew Brees and Troy Aikman.

See an extensive preview gallery after the jump.

The high-end offering delivers four cards per pack/box, with one guaranteed to be either an autographed card, an oversized memorabilia card or a multi-swatch memorabilia card. 1997 Legends Autographs are seeded one per case; autographed memorabilia cards are seeded two per case.

UD’s enlightening Personal Touch autographs return, with players providing inscriptions relating to their favorite cars, television shows, dream dates and more. Other key insert sets include College Shout Out Signatures, Rookie Super Jersey Autographs and Legacy Super Patches.

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Live from the Ice: An Update from the 2010 NHL Rookie Showcase by Tracy Hackler

Editor’s Note: Beckett Hockey correspondent Gus Katsaros, the Pro Scouting Coordinator for McKeen’s Hockey Prospects and a writer for MapleLeafsHotStove.com, is in Toronto today covering the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto. Look for his updates throughout the day.

The afternoon session at the 2010 NHL Rookie Photo Shoot included a lunch for the players and gathered media (which disseminated fairly quickly after the morning skate). There is a pick-up hockey game that will end the afternoon events before the rookies take the bus back to the host hotel.

A most curious and interesting scenario, however, occurred as the rookies were taking their photos and video rolls. A bunch of young kids were using the ice for a practice. The awe in the eyes of the children as they saw their dreams and aspirations personified walking among them made for a much more spirited effort in training sessions.

Inspiration, it seems, comes from the most unlikely places and surprise times. These kids didn’t expect to see actual drafted NHL players in what was surely just a routine practice. Their surprise and elation will form a deeper root in their commitment.

Lunch intersected the sessions and the ’95-born Toronto Marlboros took to the ice for their own practice. While the interaction wasn’t as extensive as they likely preferred with the potential NHL Rookies, similar to the younger kids, the practice was high energy and focused.

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