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What you get signed is as important as the autograph itself by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

For sports collectors where seemingly everything has been commodified, this is probably an obvious statement — but for the rest of the collecting world (or beginners) it might not be.

What you get autographed is as important as the autograph itself.

In the sports world, the type of item you get signed at a show or an appearance is often tied to the amount of money you’ll pay for the signature. Basically, the more valuable item you get signed the more you’ll typically have to pay. Why? The players, agents and show promoters know the relative value of an item, and, well, they want a relative cut.

Getting a jersey or another piece of equipment will cost you more than, say, a baseball card or a photograph. That’s just how it is with the business side of things. In fact, there are countless examples where players won’t sign certain items,  things showing them with certain teams or even certain brands of cards. (It’s not just a scene in Jerry Maguire.)

But the real value in a unique item is in the interest, the reaction, it should draw from those who see it. Some of my favorite autographed items in my collection — items I got signed in-person — were because they were unique items. They’re not the most expensive piece or the toughest autograph to land. They’re not ultra-rare, either, as a collector could conceivably re-create them with some legwork.

Then again, one of my most unique autographed items isn’t even a sports item at all — and that’s why you see a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie, Death Proof, above where stuntwoman Zoë Bell is in action riding atop the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger as it speeds down a highway with another car in hot pursuit.

Read more … after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 3 — A lot of three TRISTAR Ken Anderson TNA Wrestling cards (autograph match-used and rare /5 insert) 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 (8-27) Contest No. 2 — A 2010 TRISTAR TNA Icons Sting autograph (only 25 exist) 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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Bustin’ Wax: WWE Heritage III Chrome (2008) by Chris Olds
July 16, 2010, 2:23 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of 2008 WWE Heritage III Chrome wrestling cards from Topps in yet another throwback box break.

What will he find? Watch Part 1 and find out above.

Find Part 2 after the jump…

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Box Busters: 2009 Topps WWE wrestling cards by Chris Olds

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they tear into boxes of the long-awaited 2009 Topps WWE cards.

What will they find inside? Watch and see by clicking here.



Hulk Hogan’s return to pro wrestling with TNA might not mean much to collectors … yet by Chris Olds

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Hulk Hogan announced that he will return to major professional wrestling with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Tuesday — a move might not mean much to collectors just yet  — as certain things are not a given — but it obviously does mean a lot for the landscape of sports entertainment.

The 56-year-old isn’t in the kind of shape where physically he’ll be as overwhelming as he was in the past when it comes to in-ring work (if that’s a key piece of his deal). But with wrestling that doesn’t always matter — it’s about persona, his ability to talk and be “Hulk Hogan.”

And that may not resonate with fans like used to after his family’s drama of late — but it’s certainly one thing that he can undoubtedly do well, brother.

Hogan means plenty to TNA in terms of drawing power and adding another piece to the puzzle — a household name at the highest of levels in pro wrestling — when competing with World Wrestling Entertainment. There are fans who haven’t seen him wrestle — but would like to — and there are fans who would like to obviously meet/see him.

You know, they’re called Hulkamaniacs — you may know one… or two … or …

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New Topps WWE set’s autograph checklist is full of firsts by Chris Olds

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It’s been a long wait for professional wrestling fans, but those ripping into packs of 2009 Topps WWE should find plenty of firsts in the product’s autograph checklists.

It’s been a year-long break before a follow-up to WWE Heritage IV, but the firsts make it worth the wait.

As in the first dual autograph cards found in any WWE release.

As in the first match-used autograph cards found in any WWE release from Topps.

As in the first certified autographs of several younger WWE stars — and even a few legends.

And the first autographs of a few wrestlers in quite some time.

Get the full rundown — and the checklists after the jump.

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