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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Inception football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Inception football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Upper Deck All-time Greats basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2011 Upper Deck All-time Greats Basketball boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass adds a little more fanfare to upcoming set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is upping the ante with a little more fanfare in its forthcoming high-end FanFare NASCAR set.

As in bonus packs good for autographs, 1/1s or even potentially tickets to an actual race.

The one-hit-per-pack, $20-per-pack product is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 31 and will now include a box-topper bonus pack.

Inside each bonus pack will be one of the following:

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There’s nothing Goofy about this piece of memorabilia

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Ok, so I just watched a cartoon at work — it’s research for our upcoming sports movie memorabilia issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Why was I watching Walt Disney‘s 1942 short “How to Play Baseball” on YouTube?

To refresh my memory of the classic after I discovered how rare and how pricey the one piece of memorabilia tied to this short is.

What is it? How much is it worth? Find out … after the jump.

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Signing game remains same despite name change for Perfect Game All-American Classic

Tanner Rahier (left) and Jameis Winston sign their Bowman cards made by Topps for the Perfect Game All-American Classic during a signing session on Saturday in San Diego.

By Theo Chen | Special to Beckett Media

SAN DIEGO — If you’re looking for 2011 Bowman Aflac cards made by Topps, you won’t find any because after a five-year run, production has stopped.

Well, sort of.

The cards are still being produced, but longtime title sponsor Aflac was replaced in 2011 by Perfect Game USA, which bills itself as “Baseball’s Largest Scouting Service.”

Change, in fact, could be the theme for 2011 especially as it concerns baseball card collectors. The location of this afternoon’s Perfect Game All-American Classic – Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres and the 2009 and 2010 Aflac games — hasn’t changed, but almost everything else has.

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Legal filings piling up in the hobby …

A pair of lawsuits have been filed this month with card companies sparring for one reason or another.

First, Upper Deck International is suing Upper Deck over a $1 million loan from UDI to help settle the Konami lawsuit over counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards. According to the complaint, UDI presumed that the settlement would clear any legal entanglements with Konami for both companies. Meanwhile, according to this report, UD Chairman Richard McWilliam told Konami that UDI wasn’t interested in settling.

A second lawsuit filed this month has Topps suing Leaf for unauthorized use of images of its trading cards in Leaf’s 2011 Best of Baseball sales materials.

The product, which includes one re-purchased professionally graded card and one cut autograph card in every pack, had sales materials showcasing 16 non-Leaf creations with 11 of those being from Topps products. The most prominently displayed card is Topps’ most-iconic release, the 1952 Mickey Mantle. Only two cards shown on the sellsheet were new Leaf creations made for the product.

Leaf denied any wrongdoing to TMZ.com, which also reported that Topps warned Leaf about similar practices last year.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps Lineage baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2011 Topps Lineage baseball cards in this latest Ripping Retail episode.

What are his first impressions? What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 TRISTAR TNA Signature Impact wrestling cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011 TRISTAR TNA Signature Impact wrestling boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 TRISTAR Obak baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 TRISTAR Obak baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

At the National: Topps collector Q&A session

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps held a Q&A session with collectors during the National Sports Collectors Convention last week in Chicago where it addressed concerns and questions about everything from product inclusions to future plans.

Here’s Part 1 of a three-video series of highlights above, while the rest are below.

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

First look: 2011 Topps American Pie

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Pie is back.

After nearly a decade since its last go, Topps has revived its American Pie line of cards as it unveiled the first glimpses at the non-sports set that will celebrate pop culture and personalities when it arrives on Dec. 14.

While the set was largely a baseball release with history and pop culture inside it in the past, this time American Pie is largely everything but sports — a 200-card base set of historic moments, places and people who helped defined the times. Each 24-pack hobby box will include three autograph or Relic cards as well as a buyback past Topps card.

There will be a parallel card or an insert in every pack with the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Fads and Fashions and Hirsute History (yep, notable hairstyles) among the insert sets.

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Auction to watch: Quad-Cut Camelot

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

If you’re looking to kill some time between now and Aug. 21, Beckett Select just launched a particularly epic auction worth keeping an eye on.

Featuring four cut signatures from the Kennedy dynasty, the SP Legendary Camelot quad is currently open to a starting bid of $9,999.99. While this piece is a budget breaker for most, the historical significance of the four-card foldable has the potential to draw somebody with that kind of spending power.

Whether you’re just window shopping or looking to land John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy in autograph form,  this one is a sight to behold before and after  it reaches five figures. Read More »

Behold 2011 Bowman Sterling Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

With a staple (2011 Topps) and its brand new brand Inception now hitting shelves, Topps football products are in full swing. Today’s announcement regarding the 2011 release of beloved Bowman Sterling adds even more steam to the season.

Set to release in mid December, 2011 Bowman Sterling Football features a five-card pack with two Rookie Cards, one autograph and two Relics. Six-pack boxes translate into 12 Rookie Cards, four autographs, two autograph Relics, 12 Relics and one dual Relic box topper. Case chasers can expect to find one dual autograph Relic in the eight-box load.

No stranger to shimmering cardboard, the set’s signature nuance comes in the form of  Pulsar Refractors.  Showcasing NFL stars on a refractive background of pulsating pixels, these cards are like snapshots from some futuristic nightlub — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (take a closer look after the jump). Read More »

Voices from the show: The Complete Video Series

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

In case you missed any of the ‘Voices from the show’ coverage from the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention, we’ve assembled the entire series in one post here on Beckett.com. Feel free to park it just below the break to watch interviews from dealers, manufacturers, auction houses and other attendees from the show.

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A story about Beckett from a past National …

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Collector Nancy Skaggs stopped by the Beckett booth to tell a story about what she did to take up time while waiting on family members at the National several years ago and how she’ll always remember Beckett because of it. Check it out …

At The National: Ripping Panini wrapper redemption packs & more …

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Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with another collector, Chris Gilmore, to rip a couple of boxes of Panini America products and get his hands on what were arguably the hottest wrapper redemption packs at the show. (You can say that based on what we found in just under 20 packs.)

What will they find inside their boxes of Century Collection and Totally Certified?

What will they land in their redemption packs? Watch and find out …

Voices from the show (Extended): Dennis Swain

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All the way from Anchorage, Alaska, dealer Dennis Swain explains why the eight-hour plane ride to Chicago was well his worth the time and trouble.

Box Busters: Ringside Boxing Round 2

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of Ringside Boxing Round 2 boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 Victory hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Victory hockey cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail Retro: 1981 Fleer baseball cards

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds continues his throwback pack-breaking madness as he rips five wax packs of 1981 Fleer baseball — the first Fleer release from the decade where baseball cards truly exploded onto the national consciousness — that were bought on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Will he eat the 20-year-old gum?

Watch and find out …