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Card Gallery: 2014 Panini Immaculate’s game-used baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While we visited Panini America headquarters this week for a look inside the vault at some key pieces of game-used memorabilia for the upcoming Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, there was even more action elsewhere in the Dallas area as Panini’s latest baseball product was being packed at the printing facility.

The debut edition of Panini Immaculate arrives  on Wednesday, and it’s got some game-changing jumbo game-used memorabilia cards inside — cards that will demand you stop and look.

Here’s a selection of images straight from Panini after the jump — and you can see more by clicking here and here.

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First look: 2014 Topps Heritage High Number baseball


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is turning back the clock to 1965 once again this season.

How? With the 2014 Topps Heritage High Number set, a 100-card offering that will arrive via a boxed set on Oct. 29.

Each factory set will include one autographed Rookie Card and there will be 24 sets per case.

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You want our rare cards? We want to see your SuperCollector submissions & your deadline is Nov. 7

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We pulled a pretty sweet 1/1 Craig Kimbrel Relic booklet out of Triple Threads and a rare rookie parallel of Teddy Bridgewater out of Rookies & Stars (/5) and we want them to be yours.

BridgewaterTwo collectors will get their hands on them if they submit their SuperCollector stories for the upcoming annual SuperCollector showcase issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Your deadline is Nov. 7.

We run SuperCollector nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. This time, though, it’s our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Larry Bird cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail baseball autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

After the jump, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to enter — what to say, what to send and where.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Triple Threads in this edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oh, and that big card that was pulled? It’s going out to one of you … get those SuperCollector entries ready. (More to come on that later.)

Box Busters: 2014 Flair Showcase football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Flair Showcase in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Win a Case of 2014 Topps Fire in Topps Fire Friday Promotion


Topps has deemed today, Friday, Sept. 19, Topps Fire Friday. Collectors around the country will have a chance to win a case of Topps Fire Football cards when it hits stores in January.

Starting today and running all weekend through Sept. 21 collectors can walk into their local hobby shop and ask that the store order Topps Fire Football. Next, take a picture of you in the hobby store asking for Topps Fire in a creative way such as holding up a sign that says “I want Topps Fire” with the store manager. Once you take the picture, tweet using both the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday & the Topps Twitter handle: @Toppscards. Or you can post a picture to the Topps Facebook page at Facebook.com/Topps using the the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday.

The entrant who submits the most creative photo will win. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23 on Topps’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. The winner will receive a case of Topps Fire Football upon release of the product in January 2015.

You can read the official rules at http://www.topps.com/firefridays

David Lee
Twitter: @FreeEnergyDude

First Look: 2014 Panini Flawless Football


Panini is bringing is popular Flawless brand from basketball and hockey to the gridiron at the end of next month.

Releasing Oct. 31, 2014 Panini Flawless Football will feature plenty of on-card autographs and patch cards. Every card will be numbered to 25 or less.

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Mets rookie Jacob DeGrom gets his first autograph — via Topps Finest rookie redemptions


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

New York Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom finally has an autographed card and it can be found in packs of 2014 Topps Finest.

But you won’t see his name anywhere on the redemption card as he’s presently known as “Rookie Auto Redemption No. 2.”

Topps revealed all three of the subjects in this year’s set on Thursday morning and the ninth-round draft pick from 2010 isn’t even the top pitcher on the list, despite his 8-6, 2.68 ERA-season as a rookie in The Big Apple.

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First Look: 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A quarter of a century ago, Basketball card collectors rejoiced when they were finally able to collect more than one set during a season and it is only fitting that 2014-15 NBA Hoops from Panini America will be kicking off the upcoming campaign.

An affordable entry-level release that is loaded with hits that even advanced collectors can appreciate, Hoops is expected to deliver two autographs and one memorabilia card in every box along with a wide array of rookies, inserts and parallels.

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LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles Combine for 280 Yards 2 TDs in Monday Night Win

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Last year’s collecting attention for the Philadelphia Eagles was on quarterback Nick Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. But last night in a Monday Night Football match-up against Andrew Luck and the Colts, it was the Philadelphia running back combination of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles who commanded the spotlight in a come-from-behind win to give the Eagles a 2-0 record. In fact, the two accounted for more than 60 percent of the team’s yardage.

McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and added 23 yards receiving. Sproles, a nine-year vet who has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, led all Eagles in receiving with 152 yards and also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sproles also had a key first down late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal.

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Panini America Reveals Early Details on 2014-15 NBA Releases

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The 2014-15 NBA season is already receiving a ton of hype due to a strong rookie class and the off-season moves by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but trading card collectors have been patiently waiting for further details on what to expect from Panini America.

With some new products coming and many established favorites returning, Panini hopes to build on a strong 2013-14 season and will actually be slightly reducing the number of brands to help the market grow. Beckett Basketball recently received a chance to pose some questions to the company’s Product Development Director, David Porter, and he gave an indication about what is anticipated on store shelves in the next few months.

“We’re very excited about the 2014-15 NBA calendar,” he said “We’re going to lead off with our Hoops release on October 15th. Prestige will follow shortly, available only at Target. Next, we have a revamped Totally Certified releasing November 5, 2014. December will contain two releases, Court Kings and a brand new offering in Paramount. The bulk of the products will be released by the end of April, 2015. Stay tuned for release schedules on National Treasures Basketball, Immaculate Basketball, and Flawless Basketball.” Read More »

Beckett Auctions “Find of the Week”

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Market Analyst & Auctions Coordinator

Beckett Auction Services (www.auctions.beckett.com) has been able to consign many items of sports hobby history since its inception earlier this year. A common theme for the current September auction is showcasing items from “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. One item in particular that caught my eye was a UNC team-signed basketball from the 1983-84 season. Some call it one of the greatest teams to be labeled as underachievers, but others just call it a solid squad with some Hall of Famers.

Signatures from this baby blue and white colored basketball with a retro Tarheel logo have the entire roster of players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Cliff Morris, Buzz Peterson, Cecil Exum, Matt Doherty, and more.   Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Good things sometimes seem to come in groups of three and the upcoming release of 2014-15 Trilogy Hockey from Upper Deck is certainly hoping to put that theory to the test once again later this year.

Arriving in time for the holiday season, Trilogy has traditionally offered up three major categories of hits since its debut back in 2003-04. This time, it’s all about autographs, rookies and memorabilia cards and there are some interesting changes that should be able to generate some interest from collectors.

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Panini snaps my favorite player’s signing slump


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

My fellow collectors, my long national collecting nightmare is over.

A reference to a presidential address older than I am probably isn’t fitting here — nor is this a development that will change the collecting landscape once and for all because it’s not that important to that many baseball fans.

Except, it’s important to me — and maybe a few of you in the Brohio section of the ol’ ballpark in Cleveland or a few of you among his 1.72 million Twitter followers – and I’m writing it, anyway.

My collecting conundrum — call it a drought, call it a slump, call it whatever — of the last few years will soon be over as I received a tip via a top-secret Twitter DM Friday night from a source I’ll simply dub “Deep Tracy.”

The scoop? Panini America is releasing autographed cards of Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, my favorite player, in 2014 Panini Immaculate arriving on Sept. 24. They’re his first autographs (ones actually showing him on the card, anyway) since 2010, and they’re the first not on stickers since 2008. This one’s signed on what the company is calling “black tweedweave” and it was inked after the card was assembled.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.

Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.

1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?

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2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?

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See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.

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Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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Beckett Grading Services runs into somebody you might know … in South Korea


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a global game — and BGS is a part of it.

Dongwoon Lee is Beckett Grading Services‘ Asia/Pacific Sales Manager based in Seoul, South Korea and he’s a collector, too.

When Washington Wizards star John Wall recently toured South Korea and Japan, he was there to greet the star like anyone else — and he brought some BGS-slabbed Panini America Rookie Cards to show the star, too.

Check out the scene in a few images … after the jump.

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Unannounced 3-D Cards Found in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Some lucky collectors busting packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee have uncovered rare 3-D insert cards that Upper Deck decided to put in as a special unannounced surprise.

For the third year in a row, the O-Pee-Chee brand has featured a special set that was not revealed to the public prior to release and the hobby has reacted to them positively once again.

In 2012-13, there were Deckle Edge inserts that came at incredibly long odds and they were similar to inserts that came in second series O-Pee-Chee packs during the 1970-71 season. Last year, Upper Deck once again dug back into the brand’s lush history and made a Glossy set that echoed the one-per-pack inserts from the 1977-78 campaign. Read More »