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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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For Canadians only: National Hockey Card Day Giveaway by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Canadians can rejoice on National Hockey Card Day.

Upper Deck will be featuring another promotion dedicated to some of Canada’s best hockey players. On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, Upper Deck is giving away one free pack of cards just for visiting participating hobby shops in Canada.

The 16-card set focuses strictly on Canadian-born players and will feature athletes such as Taylor Hall, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.

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Upper Deck unveils Priority Signings for the 2010 Fall Expo by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Want to get your hands on one of these exclusive Wayne Gretzky autograph cards?

The only way to get one and other Upper Deck Priority Signings is at the wrapper redemption program at the 2010 NHL Fall Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Canada from Nov. 12-14.

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Inside Upper Deck’s signing with “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky by Chris Olds

Upper Deck completed a signing with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky today and wanted to show off some of the cards that will be found in upcoming products and going out for redemptions.

Among them is a 1990 Upper Deck Buyback that was a surprise redemption in packs of 2010 Upper Deck baseball cards.

Check ’em all out after the jump …

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Saturday is National Hockey Card Day in Canada by Chris Olds

Saturday might be normally reserved for “Hockey Night in Canada” but this week Saturday also marks National Hockey Card Day for Canadian fans.

As part of its celebration, Upper Deck is giving away thousands of NHCD card packs free to collectors at Canadian hobby shops and selected retail stores as part of the second-annual celebration of Canada’s unofficial national pastime.

“Hockey is the national sport in Canada so Upper Deck wanted to come up with a way to celebrate that incredible devotion,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager. “We started this program last year and it was a huge success with countless hockey fans and trading card collectors visiting hobby shops and retailers across Canada. We expect the same kind of excitement this time around.”

See a video about NHCD along with a checklist and details about how Canadians can get these cards after the jump.

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What You Missed Yesterday: Thursday, Nov. 5 by Tracy Hackler


Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 5.

Impressive First Impression: 2009 Topps Mayo Football

Press Pass Full of Bull

Topps, Minor League Baseball Name Players of the Year

Contest: Become the Face of Upper Deck SPx Baseball

Box Busters: 2009 Topps WWE Wrestling

Coming to Newsstands: The New York Yankees

eTopps Honors Yankees’ 27th Title

Howe, Gretzky, Tavares Highlight Upper Deck Priority Signings Roster

Previewing Free Stuff Friday

ITG Unwraps More Ultimate Memorabilia 9 Eye Candy

Team-Signed Memorabilia Highlights Steiner’s New Yankees Offerings

What a Difference Three Days Make

— Tracy Hackler

Howe, Gretzky, Tavares Highlight UD Priority Signings Roster by Tracy Hackler

John Tavares-LR

When the puck drops next Friday on the NHL Fall Expo at the Toronto International Centre, Upper Deck’s booth is sure to be a collector magnet thanks to the company’s continuing and popular Priority Signings wrapper redemption program.

A UD staple at the Expo (one of the world’s largest hockey-centric collectibles shows), this year’s Priority Signings autograph checklist includes the likes of Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and 2009 No. 1 overall pick John Tavares, whose Priority Signings card will be his first live UD autograph.

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Preview: 2009-10 Upper Deck SPx Hockey cards by Chris Olds


Upper Deck has released preview images and basic product information for its 2009-10 SPx hockey set which will arrive later this year.

Each 18-pack hobby box will include two Rookie Jersey Cards — one of which will come autographed — as well as one Winning Materials and one Winning Combos card and three SPx Rookies or SPxcitement cards.

Each 14-box case will include one Autographed Rookie Jersey card (numbered to 499), one Shadowbox card, one signed Flashback Fabrics, card, two Flashback Fabrics cards, two Winning Trios Jersey cards and as many as four Spectrum parallel cards.

See more of the cards after the jump.

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UD Black Hockey arrives… by ejahnke
September 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
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We like them so much there will be a gallery of UD Black in the next BSCM issue…(which by the way is featuring Manny Ramirez on the cover, pine tar and all).

270 Gretzky Rookies Walked In the Front Door by Pepper Hastings
November 16, 2007, 5:01 pm
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You never know comes through the door here at Beckett. Today, a guy walks in with 270 Gretzky rookies for grading.

They look to be in pretty good condition and are working their way through the BGS system right now (actually, they’re in the vault for the weekend). 

People are welcome to drop off and pick up grading orders here at Beckett HQ. From time to time, you’ll get a sad one come in.

A few years back, a guy from Oklahoma called me and said he was driving down that morning with a Honus Wagner T-206 card he found and he wanted to graded it with walk-through service. “It’s too valuable to send through the mail!”  I explained to him about the rarity of that card, and the proliferation of reprints of that card over the years. It didn’t matter. He was blinded by the possibility that he had just hit the lottery.

Three hours later, the guy walks through the front door holding an obvious reprint. I could have told him the second he handed it to me, but I gave him the courtesy to at least run it by a grader to make sure.

When I reemerged with the bad news, he looked like he’d just been socked in the stomach and had his lunch money stolen. What a sad drive back up I-35 that must have been.