Archive for Beckett Media

The joy of a podcast

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , on September 3, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

No, this is not an announcement. Cardboard Icons is not starting as podcast.

Rather this quick post is to point out that I’ve been appreciating recently the podcast that Dr. James Beckett, founder and former CEO of Beckett Publications, has been putting out for the last month or two.

I found Beckett’s podcast “Sports Card Insights” last week after getting current on the other card podcasts I listen to and let me tell you, I rather enjoy what Beckett brings to the table. His style is not flashy, his method of speech may not be for everyone, and his views may be a bit old school, but for my taste this is exactly what I needed at this time in my hobby life.

I enjoy the stories and insights, love the “origin story” episodes, and dig the knowledge that this man and his guests bring. I’ll reiterate this: I needed this right now as I am very much in another hobby funk, where I am questioning what I own, why I own it, how long I should own it, how much money I spend versus the enjoyment I get out of things, and really how I am coping with the new landscape of the hobby/business.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Beckett at the 2014 National in Cleveland. I was there as a freelancer for Beckett Media and I was walking the show floor with former editor Chris Olds at the time when Olds pointed him out. As it turned out, I had a reproduction copy of the first Beckett Baseball with me and three of the Topps All-Time Favorite cards in a box I was carrying. The hobby legend gave me a few moments of his day — he was going through a box buying for his collection so I appreciated the time — and he signed a few items for my collection.

In case you were wondering, I listen to two card-related podcasts at the moment, “About the Cards” and “The Hype” presented by MojoBreak. “About The Cards” is run by a few guys, two of whom I had been Twitter friends with for a few years — the third of which has become a guy I also enjoy quite a bit. Their podcast presents an enjoyable format for my tastes. And MojoBreak is one of the largest online breakers and seeing as how they are located about 10 minutes from my house I feel like I need to support them.

I have also listened to Chris Harris in his one episode and would totally listen to more if they ever come. I have tried SportsCardRadio but I’ll be honest, it’s just not my taste — the focus is on a lot of the negative aspects. And while the information can be good, it also detracts from my ability to enjoy the hobby. It’s a personal taste. And occasionally I’ll peak in on “GoGTS Live” with Rob and Ivan, but it’s not a show I consume at this time, of course that’s not to say I never will.

TBT: My debut with Beckett and beyond …

Posted in Throwback Thursday with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

This morning I was flipping through my Facebook memories and found a picture published this day in 2012 that made me stop and think. The image was a copy of the Beckett Sports Card Monthly “Game Used Issue” published that year. The magazine has Tim Tebow on the cover, and on page 34 is a photo of a guy you might also know – me.

You see, this issue of Beckett Spots Card Monthly was my debut as a contributor to the magazine. Then-editor Chris Olds had reached out to me to write a first-person account about my discovery of an Earl Weaver Baltimore Orioles game-used jersey in a San Francisco Bay Area thrift store. The piece went with the theme of the month, and as it turned out, it really started a three-year relationship with the publication.

After the article was published, I was asked to write one or two others on other topics, and then ultimately was invited to be a member of the Beckett Media team at that year’s National Sports Collectors Convention held that year in Baltimore. Among the autograph signers was none other than Earl Weaver. I planned to purchase an autograph ticket and photo opportunity with Mr. Weaver to briefly re-unit him with his jersey from 1977, and have him sign it. I was tasked to document the piece for Beckett, an article that can be found here. it should be noted Mr. Weaver died some four months later.

After what seemed like a fun run as a contributor for the publication, I was given the opportunity to write a monthly column for Beckett Baseball Monthly, a publication that I and so many others grew up reading. I then penned my column for the magazine for about two years, and was able to assist with three special-edition magazines also published by Beckett Media.

My run as a columnist for Beckett ended in 2015 when there was shakeup among staff, and honestly it came at a good time for me as it turned out circumstances at home were also changing.

These memories are ones I’ll always remember, and I am forever grateful to those persons who made it possible.


Obama & Jackie Robinson 1/1 auto on eBay raises questions

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

So I peeked at the Beckett Blog today — I do this a few times a week — and noticed that Chris posted a LINK to the 2008 Topps American Heritage Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson 1/1 cut auto that is on eBay. The card is at $3,000 with 15 bids as of Monday morning. But as I looked at the auction, something really pissed me off about this card. If you’ve yet to do so, go read the auction description. The seller notes that the card was yanked off eBay in January so that Topps could switch out the Obama autograph with one CERTIFIED BY PSA. Compare the first auction with the second, the Obama autos are different, although both could be — and likely are — real. Does this strike anyone else as despicable. I mean I guess we should be thrilled that Topps wanted to make sure that the future owner of the card got a real Obama autograph. But I find this act troubling because if there was any question as to the authenticity of the first Obama autograph, then that 1/1 should have never even been placed into the packs. Kudos to Topps for the secondary move, but truthfully it should have never gotten to that point.

Oldest Card Update

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Well, I’m still not sure if the story about the oldest baseball card being unearthed in Fresno, Calif. made it to the CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric, (my wife was in labor that night) but the story did make it to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show last week. In case you missed the Jay Leno episode, you can see it (HERE). It’s toward the middle of the episode, just skip through the crap and wait for the commercials to play. It’s worth watching if you’re a card collector.

Also, big shout to my boy Mike Osegueda, the reporter at the Fresno Bee who broke the news to the world. He made it into the new Beckett Baseball. Chris Olds, editor of Beckett Baseball, contacted Mike about two weeks ago — after Chris finished working on the Rookie Card Rolodex, and after this story went national — to get permission to run a photo of the card in the magazine. There is a short snippet on Page 44 of the new magazine, which hit shelves on Tuesday. Whether you like or hate Beckett, you have to admit it’s a cool thing seeing your name — or that of a person you know — in print. Mike and I are both newspaper reporters so the whole name in print thing is common, but this is pretty neat considering we both have collected cards and have held Beckett in high regard. The closest I ever got was having one of my eBay sales (2001 UD HOFers Walter Johnson cut signature /5 ) mentioned in a special blurb. Ha.

Card of the Day: 1961 Post Hank Aaron un-cut Panel

Posted in Card of the Day, Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

cbi1961posthankaaronsheetGot a quick hitter here. Today I present a very special collectible, one I picked up about a year ago for the bargain price of $15. Here we’ve got an uncut sheet/panel of 1961 Post baseball cards, featuring Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. It’s value? Unknown due to its rarity.

I knew when I saw this panel that I had to have it. The price tag was a bit steep — considering the odd pricing structure this particular thrift store uses and my penchant for being stingy at times — but the uniqueness of the piece made it a must have. Continue reading