Posted on July 29, 2014 – 12:50 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Golf | 2014 Exquisite Collection, autographs, golf cards, PGA, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Exquisite Collection golf cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 28, 2014 – 10:04 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball, Panini America | Comments (1)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
Panini America made a major splash among collectors with the debut edition of Immaculate Basketball last season and due to its tremendous success, it will be back on store shelves yet again in 2013-14.
With each six-card box being loaded with five autograph or memorabilia cards, there are plenty of big hits to go around and many popular collections are set to be a part of the encore. One type of card that is sure to be getting some serious attention are from the Sole of the Game insert collection which will be featuring the tread from the game-used sneakers of many top stars.
That is only just a taste, however, as some of the other memorabilia highlights teased by Panini are Autographed NBA Logoman cards and Rookie Patch Autographs. Fans of the company’s prime swatches are also in for a treat with big pieces to be found in such sets as Nameplate, Team Logo, Patches, Jersey Number and Insignias.
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Posted on July 27, 2014 – 3:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Atlanta Braves, Baseball Hall of Fame, Bobby Cox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cooperstown, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Joe Torre, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals, Tom Glavine, Tony Larussa | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame …
Look for a behind-the-scenes story about how the Hall’s plaques are made in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.
Posted on July 25, 2014 – 3:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 2014 Golden Age, 2014 Panini Golden Age, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Joey Ramone, Liberace, memorabilia cards, Panini America, Panini Golden Age, The Ramones, Willie Nelson | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Each and every blaster box of this year’s Golden Age baseball card set from Panini America includes a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and it’s likely from one of several icons found in the product’s Legends of Music set.
There are four performers in the eight-card set — Hank Williams, Liberace, Joey Ramone and Willie Nelson — and all but Ramone appear on more than one card.
Some of Nelson’s three cards feature swatches from his famous red bandanas (but not all), while the others have swatches from clothing pieces purchased at auction.
Posted on July 25, 2014 – 12:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Game-used bat barrel, game-used memorabilia, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
There’s just one spot on a game-used baseball bat that says it all — and it makes for some of the most-impressive game-used cards possible.
It’s the nameplate on a bat barrel, that sweet spot of real estate on a slugger’s most-vital weapon when it comes to success in the national pastime. Aside from perhaps the bat knob, which can sometimes make for prime cards with personal touches that stand out, the barrel is, without question, the best piece of a bat to make cardboard.
And they are some of the rarest cards around, too.
Posted on July 25, 2014 – 12:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1972 Topps, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, Topps, Topps Wall Art | Comments (1)
It’s time to take a trip to Cooperstown.
With Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, Topps‘ latest offering of wall art is one that puts the spotlight on 20 of the best players in the history of the game — it’s the Metal Cut Collection. It’s also a first for the new series of online art offerings in that these will come not only printed on metal but also diecut using the style of 1972 Topps — just without the borders.
Posted on July 23, 2014 – 4:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2014 Press Pass Redline, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Redline racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on July 23, 2014 – 12:36 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Bobby Orr, Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning, Reggie Jackson, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.
Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.
Posted on July 23, 2014 – 9:21 am | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates | | Comments (2)
DALLAS (July 23, 2014) – Beckett Media, the world’s most-trusted brand in collectibles, has hired industry expert Kevin Isaacson as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Founder/owner of the influential Industry Summit trade conference until it was purchased by Beckett in May 2014, Isaacson will provide Beckett and its partners with more than three decades of enthusiast media experience. He has worked with brands as diverse as eBay, Numismatic News, Amazon, Gannett, Old Cars Weekly and Major League Baseball Players Association.
Posted on July 21, 2014 – 5:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1/1, 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, @thatkevinsmtih, autographs, baseball cards, Kevin Smith, MLB | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on July 21, 2014 – 9:51 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2014 Prestige, autographs, football cards, nfl, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Prestige in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on July 17, 2014 – 8:26 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Beckett Updates, Hockey | 2013-14 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors, Connor McDavid, hockey, Team Canada, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
When it comes to making cards of members of Canada’s national junior team, Upper Deck has a long tradition that goes back to their first season of making hockey cards back in 1990-91.
At that time, collectors busting packs and boxes were on the hunt for the first trading cards of future stars like Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin and especially for the coveted Canada’s Captains card featuring the then-white hot Eric Lindros.
Over the years, the rules on licensing changed and in time, the company was not allowed to continue the practice. However, they have been able to get back to featuring some members of Team Canada in their products in recent years. This fall, collectors can finally expect them to finally put together a set dedicated to World Junior participants and by early indications, 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be a winner.
Posted on July 17, 2014 – 2:32 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, LeBron James, Panini America | Comments (1)
It didn’t take them long.
Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.
What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.
The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Tools of the Trade Update set will be made up of six different players. The rest of the roster is quite impressive as it features Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
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Posted on July 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Covers, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey, Beckett Sports Card Monthly | Comments (1)
Beckett Media has it covered.
Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.
A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 1:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Donruss, 2014 Donruss Series 2, Albert Pujols, autographs, derek jeter, Jose Abreu, MLB, MLBPA, Panini America, Recollection Collection | Comments (6)
Donruss is back — again.
Panini America is readying a second series of Donruss baseball cards in the year of its return to the baseball field and it will arrive soon — Aug. 6 to be exact.
Series 2 will include two autographs per box as well as a Bat King or a Jersey King memorabilia card along with a selection of inserts and base cards capping the first release.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, MMA | Box Busters Live, MLB, MMA, NBA, nfl, Panini America, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (56)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.
Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.
How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.
He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 9:30 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Upper Deck, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary | Comments (2)
Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.
From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.
An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.
Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »
Posted on July 14, 2014 – 10:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1958 Topps, 2014 MLB All-Star Game, 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Jumbo, 2014 Topps Wall Art, Topps, Topps Wall Art | Comments (0)
Somebody got a 1/1 Derek Jeter oversized baseball card straight from Topps for $99.
Probably right place, right time as it was part of Topps’ latest wall art line that highlights the rosters of this year’s Midsummer Classic, which is Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Each player is captured on the memorable 1958 Topps All-Star subset design.
Every All-Star appears on a 10-by-14 oversized card print limited to just 99 serial-numbered copies with each available for $34.99.
Posted on July 14, 2014 – 7:19 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Beckett Updates, Hockey | American Hockey League, Professional Hockey Players' Association, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Prospects from the American Hockey League rarely get much hobby love during their time in the minors, despite the fact that some of them are just a step away from making an impact at the NHL level.
In fact, 87 percent of current NHL players have made an appearance at the AHL level and the league itself has been around for 78 seasons.
While the league was represented on cardboard through the Heroes & Prospects brand from In The Game for many years, trading card licensing from the Professional Hockey Players’ Association went into a virtual state of limbo before the 2012-13 season began. Luckily for AHL fans, there will be a mainstream release from Upper Deck hitting store shelves in a just a few weeks.
Posted on July 11, 2014 – 3:37 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Beckett Updates, Hockey | 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Hockey, Panini America | Comments (0)
With the end of their hockey line looming, Panini America is looking to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.
The highly-touted release of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey has already created some buzz in collector circles due to the line’s success in other sports. Set to release on August 27, 2014, each pack will contain eight cards and it breaks down into two base cards or parallels, one booklet card, one printing plate, one Rookie Autograph Patch card, one Autographed Memorabilia card and two additional hits that are sure to capture the attention of hobbyists.
Over the past few weeks, savvy collectors have taken note of the Treasured Steel cards (look for a feature story coming soon in Beckett Hockey #265) that have large pieces of game-used skate blades and the dazzling Buried Treasure Autographs featuring a metal Stanley Cup embedded into the card.