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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr., other NASCAR drivers add U.S. military inscriptions to upcoming Press Pass set

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Saying that Dale Earnhardt Jr. signed for a Press Pass NASCAR product isn’t really a headline these days — but in the past it might have been.

Saying that Junior signed a little something extra with his signatures? Now that’s a keeper — and the keepers will be found in 2011 Press Pass Stealth, which will include a salute to the military when it arrives on June 1.

The No. 88 Chevy driver added inscriptions “God bless our soldiers” as well as “Semper Fi” to some of his signatures in the product as well as a simple “Thank you” that will be found in packs along with other drivers who signed messages for members of the military (or their families) who might find their cards.

The product — “for those who serve and collect” — will also include commemorative insert cards for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard as part of the product, which will feature a military-inspired design.

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Beckett Baseball’s Going retro: We have questions … do you have the answers?

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

With the arrival of Gypsy Queen – a new retro-styled line from Topps – we’re going to take a look at retro-styled baseball card sets in our next issue of Beckett Baseball.

And we want to hear what you think about retro sets.

If you’re so inclined, take a few minutes to answer the questions below in a comment … and include your name and location so we can mention that if your comments are selected to appear in the magazine.

1. What, in your mind, makes a good retro set?

2. Have these sets been overdone … or do you want companies to keep on doing them?

3. What retro-style sets stand out as winners to you — and why? (Example: 2001 Heritage, 2006 Allen & Ginter, etc.)

4. What retro-style sets were losers to you? Why?

5. What retro-style sets would you want to see made in the future?

Leave your answers in a comment below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Topps confirms Newton and Ingram ink in 2011 brands

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Considering the pomp and circumstance of first rounders Cam Newton and Mark Ingram, their signatures certainly should be cornerstones in 2011 football products.

In an act of clarification though, Topps confirmed today that both stars will have autographs — on-card and otherwise — in upcoming 2011 NFL releases.

While the announcement isn’t quite earth-shattering, it serves to squash some early speculations that doubted Newton and Ingram’s ink inclusions in the company’s forthcoming brands. Read More »

Twins’ Francisco Liriano hurls first no-hitter of 2011

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano no-hit the White Sox Tuesday night in Chicago for the first gem of the season.

Liriano walked six and struck out two in the game, a 1-0 victory. The 6-foot-2 left-hander appears on 1,838 different cards in the Beckett.com database with a total value of $17,262.46 for those not too scarce to price. His average card value is just $9.39.

Overall, Liriano appears on just four Rookie Cards from 2002 when he appeared as a San Francisco Giant. (He was infamously traded along with Boof Bonser and Joe Nathan for A.J. Pierzynski and cash in November 2003.)

Liriano’s most-expensive RC is his 2002 Bowman’s Best card, which is autographed.

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Upper Deck elaborates at the Toronto Spring Expo

By Jon Waldman | Guest Writer

Upper Deck’s
fan forums at the Toronto sports card and memorabilia Expos have become known for two things – great insider, first-to-know information about upcoming products and some great rewards for loyal collectors who come and openly share their thoughts and opinions about UD’s product line.

This was the case again at this past weekend’s Spring Expo, where UD held the town hall-style meet and greet.

Company officials, led by Grant Sandground, openly addressed collector queries ranging from the controversial mystery autographs to patch forgeries that pop up on eBay after unsavory collectors alter the swatches in the popular RCs. (On the latter, Sandground invites consumers to connect with him and advise him about known fake patches and eBay sellers who are known to sell these altered pieces.)

The afternoon session began with a preview of the company’s two remaining 2010-11 series – Ultimate Collection and The Cup.

Ultimate Collection — releasing in late May — will feature autographed Rookie Cards, including six limited to 99.

The Cup, meanwhile, is chock full of new features — the most in-demand of which will likely be a first for the company.

Since his 2005 debut in Upper Deck products, Sidney Crosby has never had a dual autograph card, thanks to an injunction from his representation. That will change in The Cup, as Crosby will be paired with Mario Lemieux in a Dual Scripted Swatches insert, featuring autographed patches of the two Penguins captains. Read More »

Rookie Patch Relics added to 2011 Topps Football HTA Jumbo boxes

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Making a slight, but rookie-relevant adjustment to the hit guarantee for 2011 Topps Football, Topps revealed one-per-Jumbo-box odds for  Rookie Patch Relics.  The previous configuration stated that HTA Jumbo boxes would include two autographs and one Relic, but has since been changed to include one Rookie Patch Relic instead of the solo Relic hit.

This is an upgraded trade-off, depending on who you hit.

Considering first-round sensations like Cam Newton — among others in the Auburn-Alabama-heavy draft class — this rookie retooling should fall favorably for those seeking newcomer niceties.

Incoming cardboard: 2011 Rookies & Stars Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Come late July, collectors can get their hands on the 2011 installment of early-season regular Rookies & Stars Football. With a $4-per-pack price tag, it’s the right kind of product to kick off the coming kickoffs.

Showcasing — well — rookies and stars of course, the Panini product is slated to hit shelves on July 27 with an array of per-box bells and whistles.

  • Four autograph or memorabilia cards (one autograph guaranteed)
  • 24 Rookie Cards
  • One Rookie Revolution insert
  • One Studio Rookies insert
  • Six additional parallels or inserts

Furthermore, as Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez explains, “… It will be the earliest program to feature more than 130 NFL rookies and there will be one Rookie Card in every pack … There will also be 35 embroidered-patch rookies starring players who attended the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere.”

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Panini unveils 2010-11 NBA Season Update

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With the NBA playoffs well underway, Panini America is letting collectors know the NBA isn’t over once the summer hits.

NBA Season Update is back this July with more than 1,000 on-card autographs, autograph rookies and memorabilia cards.

At $2.99 a pack, this product is affordable for all collectors. At that price range, fans still have a chance to pull some great cards including a Kevin Durant autograph.

See a gallery after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 SP Authentic Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010-11 SP Authentic hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Premium

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim “3D” Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass Premium in his latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Gretzky Rookie nabs more than $94,000

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

In other, less-politically charged news from May 1, this 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card auction made hobby headlines yesterday.

The SCP Auctions lot fetched a lot — $94,162.80, to be exact.

Graded a PSA Gem Mint 10, this well-cared-for cardboard marvel was initially listed with a $25,000 minimum bid and nearly quadrupled upon the auction’s closure. The hefty price tag, at auction start and by the end, isn’t necessarily a shocker, considering the history of Gretzky’s collectible clout.

In 2008, this very card — but in BGS 9.5 Gem form — went for $50,000 on eBay.

While it’s no surprise that “The Great One” in Gem Mint condition (according to PSA) would warrant this kind of cash, any card that comes this close to the $100,000-mark is worth a look. At the moment we’re uncertain of the record, but below is another glance at one for the record books. Read More »