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Posted on April 28, 2011 – 9:19 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Gypsy Queen, baseball cards, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (11)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of Gypsy Queen in advance of our Box Busters — and perhaps an inevitable Rippin’ Retail video or two … or three … or four …
What else will he find inside — or what won’t he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on April 26, 2011 – 5:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen, baseball cards, derek jeter, featured, Hank Aaron, Ichiro Suzuki, MLB, Sandy Koufax, Topps | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Editor
While our Box Busters episode is forthcoming sometime soon, we couldn’t wait to show you more of what might be in store from boxes of 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen.
Here’s a selection of hits, inserts and rarer minis (note subtle texture differences on surfaces when viewed at larger size) from the first-year retro brand courtesy of case-buster Brent Williams, who landed all of these — and plenty more — through two and a half cases of ripping on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Topps announced that any collectors who did not receive two autographs or Relics in their hobby boxes should mail their UPC code to the address below to receive a replacement card.
The Topps Company Inc.
PO BOX 2036
Duryea, PA 18642
See more images after the jump …
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Posted on April 26, 2011 – 4:56 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2010-11 All Goalies, 2010-11 All Goalies Boxed Set, Carey Price, featured, Felix Potvin, Goalie Cards, Panini All Goalies, Panini America, Patrick Roy | Comments (3)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
Striving to fortify its first-year impression with hockey hobbyists, Panini will come bearing gifts to the NHL playoffs.
Slated for a release date of June 8, the 2010-11 All Goalies boxed set will arrive with an affordable SRP — $19.99 — and that desirable quality that defines a comprehensive product like this. Collectors can complete the 100-card-large set and expect to pull five parallels, plus one memorabilia card with each box.
“Outside of a couple of emergency call-ups who appeared after the rookie cut-off date, it’s an exhaustive collection of everyone who manned the pipes in the NHL this season,” explained Panini America NHL Brand Manager Al Muir.
Among the masked men featured in All Goalies, notable netminders like Felix Potvin, Patrick Roy and Curtis Joseph round out the checklist. Read More »
Posted on April 26, 2011 – 2:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Hockey | 2010-11 Score, 2010-11 Score Rookies & Traded, featured, hockey cards, NHL, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor
We all know that this year’s Score hockey set was a throwback product to the early 1990s with its retro design, autographed buybacks and emphasis on cardboard and collecting vs. the big-money autographed hits at just 99 cents a pack. (Ironically, the tough-pull autos turned out to be hits, but I digress…)
On Tuesday, Panini America announced another nod to the past for the product line as it unveiled plans for a 2010-11 Score Rookies & Traded set that will arrive in June with 99 cards five parallels and a rookie autograph in each and every box for a relative throwback price — $19.99.
It’s been awhile since a season-capping boxed set was mass distributed this way, rather than in packs. For collectors who remember the Score Rookies & Traded sets in hockey and baseball (and Score Supplemental in football), it might add some additional retro kick.
Posted on April 26, 2011 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 SP Legendary Cuts, baseball cards, cut autographs, Cy Young, featured, T206, Ty Cobb, Upper Deck, Walter Johnson | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
When the latest edition of SP Legendary Cuts arrives from Upper Deck later this year, the product will be packing what is perhaps the biggest checklist of cut autographs of players who appeared in the landmark T206 card set.
This according to Beckett alum, baseball connoisseur and Upper Deck brand manager Grant Sandground.
“This product features 28 players that were featured in the famous T206 set as follows,” Sandground wrote. “It’s probably the largest accumulation of T206 signers ever compiled.”
It’s a crop that includes Frank “Home Run” Baker of Philadelphia Athletics fame, Chick Gandil of Chicago Black Sox shame and a few other guys you might have heard of, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
See the list of names after the jump. Get a bit more detail about the product here.
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Posted on April 26, 2011 – 1:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | A.J. Green, cam newton, featured, football cards, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, NFL draft, NFLPA, Panini America | Comments (2)
Panini America unveiled Tuesday its partnership with the NFLPA for this week’s Rookie Debut in New York City which will bring some of the draft’s top talents into the collectors’ realm via exclusive interviews and more while getting a head start on the work to be done at the still-forthcoming Rookie Premiere.
The event begins Thursday before the draft and will be attended by Alabama’s Mark Ingram, Auburn’s Cam Newton and many more top prospects — Von Miller, Marcel Dareus, A.J. Green, Blaine Gabbert and Julio Jones to name a few. The three-day event, which is in its second year, will include photo sessions for upcoming NFL sets as well as time for interviews that will be showcased over on Panini’s corporate blog.
Posted on April 26, 2011 – 9:14 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Gypsy Queen, baseball cards, featured, MLB, tobacco cards, Topps | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary
Topps‘ 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball set doesn’t officially arrive until Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped cards from popping up on eBay already, giving everyone a glimpse at what the retro product might really include.
All of the dealers and case-breakers I have spoken with said they couldn’t get much — meaning they’ll have less to go around than they perhaps wanted. In some cases, they got half of what they wanted. Will this spike the demand for the cards? I’m not sure. Could it have been a sign that interest wasn’t high? Or that it was higher than expected and a select few are sitting on something that could be hot if it’s a hit? Again, could go either way. It’s worth noting that Topps baseball products seem to have been plentiful of late, though, so …
Based on the initial product release info, I really, really liked the look of what was in store. Namely, I liked the autograph checklist. That was preliminary information, though. Plenty could have changed since then. We’ll know more when we see more breakdowns and final checklists.
Posted on April 25, 2011 – 3:55 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseeball cards, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Diamond KIngs, Dick Perez, featured, sports art | Comments (0)
We’re prepping The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and it’s weeks like this where, sadly, we learn the obvious once again — that there’s just not enough room on the printed page for everything we’d want to run.
When you talk art with legendary sports artist Dick Perez, there’s just too much good stuff to go around as he looks back on a career that we all should remember seeing on cardboard.
As a teaser of what’s to come in the issue, here are some thoughts from Perez, whose original painting of Derek Jeter will appear on the cover of the magazine — and just might end up yours soon via Beckett Select Auctions.
For example, what famed baseball collector prompted Perez’s turn from watercolor to using oil paintings?
That’s right here … after the jump.
Posted on April 25, 2011 – 12:31 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 NFL Draft, 2011 Panini Prestige, 2011 Prestige Football, Christian Ponder, featured, Ryan Mallett, Von Miller | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Anxiously awaiting the results of Thursday’s 2011 NFL Draft, Panini America provided another early look at 2011 Prestige — scheduled to hit shelves on May 18 as this season’s first fully-licensed football product.
At this point, since nobody knows for certain where these newcomers will land, Panini has prepared players’ cards sans team logos. What we do know, however, is that this brand should arrive with a onslaught of sought-after Rookie Cards, hard-signed autographs and other desirable attributes.
Leading the autograph category in this set (and in the following gallery) are NFL Draft Class, NFL Equipment, NFL Shield, 2011 NFL Draft patches and NFL Helmet autograph cards — all of which will be packed out with the appropriate team emblems, of course. Read More »
Posted on April 23, 2011 – 7:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | @Bharp34, Bryce Harper, featured, game-used memorabilia, Hagerstown Suns, milb, MLB authentication | Comments (1)
The lineup card, several baseballs and the locker nameplate used in Bryce Harper‘s first minor league game have all been authenticated and stashed away for upcoming auctions, according to a baseball employee who gave Beckett Media an exclusive peek at some of the items this week.
Harper, the No.1 pick in last year’s draft by the Washington Nationals, is presently playing for the Class A Hagerstown Suns in Hagerstown, Md., where he is hitting .306 with three home runs and 14 RBIs through his first 15 games as a pro. Harper went 3-for-3 with six RBIs on Friday night, falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle as his team rolled over the Hickory Crawdads, 17-1.
The items will likely hit the block when he is promoted to the Nationals — just like items were sold when Stephen Strasburg arrived last year — or if Harper garners some substantial national attention this season, said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The insider said there are no additional plans to acquire items for auction beyond those from Harper’s debut game during the regular season.