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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Marquee baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Marquee boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Update: Get 15 percent off OPGs Oct. 1 – 2

Fresh in from the OPG Department …

It’s time for the MLB postseason and that means we’ve got a great deal for you. This weekend only, get 15 percent off any new one, six, or 12-month baseball Online Price Guide subscription –  that’s Oct. 1-2 only.

Use Promo Code: PLAYOFFS

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Olds’ Hobby Mailday: Sept. 30 edition

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.

What did he buy? How many of the cards were Swishers? Watch and find out …

Artist Jared Kelley signs with Sports Kings and In The Game trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Artist Jared Kelley has signed an exclusive deal to paint for Sport Kings and In the Game trading cards.

Kelley has been featured on trading cards before, but Dr. Brian Price hopes to add something new to his products.

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Oklahoma Sooners are getting their own set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Saturdays in the fall are special days for many people across the country. The players, the colors, the feeling you get when you’re college football team is in a hunt for a national title.

Upper Deck seems to get the passion of college football fans and is releasing another school-dedicated product.

This time: The University of Oklahoma Sooners.

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And the Oscar goes to …

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Since there’s an NBA lockout in effect, there just isn’t much time being spent on basketball cards right now — Panini America’s products are on the tarmac ready to take flight — but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t work to be done.

The New Guy is making things happen — and this second episode gives you a who’s who of sorts of who’s behind the trading cards that many of you rip into on a regular basis from Panini. Some of them in the preview image above include Ben Ecklar, David Porter and Mike Payne to name a few. (If they only gave Oscars for “documentaries” … )

Who’s The New Guy, though? Watch and find out …

Moneyball gives small sports memorabilia company some big exposure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

That’s My Ticket‘s business plan is a simple one as it sells enlarged ticket stubs from notable past sports events as wall art — in essence making a big deal out of something small.

But with the arrival of Moneyball and the Hollywood big-screen, though, even its tickets got bigger.

“As soon as the movie released, we starting getting phone call and emails from customers saying ‘I saw a Mega Ticket in Moneyball,’” said Dean Macchi, the Medway, Mass.-based company’s president. “It’s nice to know your making a product that is recognizable.”

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Auction alert: Packers sketch card by Kevin-John

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Acclaimed sports artist Kevin-John knows a thing or two about limited quantities.

Partnering up with Beckett Media, the collector-friendly artist recently unveiled a 1/1 original Green Bay Packers championship sketch card, which is now up for grabs in a Select auction. The full-color, 8.5″ X 11″ sketch card is the first of its size to be offered through Beckett Select, and for that reason, bidding should be a sight to behold.

The auction ends on Sept. 29, so keep an eye on the BGS-slabbed precedent setter here.

Lou Gehrig: The real deal? A mistake? An altered card? Something else? Take our poll …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

With a barrage of 2011 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards hitting eBay today — the product’s official release date — there are plenty of eyes looking for what are typically some of the hobby’s most talked-about cards from what is always a contender for Product of the Year honors.

It’s just that popular with many collectors.

However, a Triple Threads Bat Knobs card of Lou Gehrig from last year‘s release hit eBay with a hefty price tag and with some features that quite a few collectors noticed because it seemed, well, odd. The two game-used memorabilia swatches on the card appear to be from a modern jersey — not the flannels of Gehrig’s time.

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Elston Howard’s story sparks my interest in vintage

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

PHILADELPHIA | Despite having thousands of baseball cards, I could probably count on two hands the number of vintage cards I own. While I appreciate their place in collecting history, I’ve never been attracted to older cards.

Whenever I am at a card show, I usually find myself hunting for modern cards – looking for cards of players that I’ve seen in person.

But all that changed last weekend, when I picked up four cards from the 1960s and a photo from 1956.

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Box Busters: 2011 Wheels Main Event

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout & Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Wheels Main Event racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini teases more to come in Donruss Elite Extra Edition and Playoff Contenders baseball sets

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America didn’t waste time with the unveiling of additional images and plenty of details for its first baseball card set under its licensing agreement with the MLB Players Association.

While there are a few months to go before the arrival of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition on Dec. 21 followed swiftly by 2011 Playoff Contenders, which will arrive on Jan. 11, 2012, barring any unforeseen delays, we have images and details for both releases.

Oh, and the details besides autographs of potential future Kansas City Royals star Bubba Starling in DEEE? You can get those and see more … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps UFC Finest

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps UFC Finest boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Title Teasers: Baseball, Football & Basketball

In today’s shipment of freshly-printed sports titles, we received copies of Beckett Basketball #235, Beckett Baseball #68 and Beckett Football #250. Below you’ll find a snapshot of what each magazine has to offer.

Collectors can also head to our Facebook page to check out additional magazine scans and more. The material, of course can also be seen with a whole lot less squinting with a magazine subscription or  online pricing access at Beckett.com/opg.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager

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. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Torrey Smith and Darren McFadden round out our selections for NFL Week Three.

Here’s why …

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Moneyball: Just enjoy the show

Monday Update: The film brought in $20.6 million during its opening weekend, good for second place. It’s the largest opening weekend for any baseball movie, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Just enjoy the show.

You’ll understand that when you see the new Brad Pitt baseball movie Moneyball, a film that’s really not just a baseball movie — it’s a drama that’s one part sports film, one part business film and, without a doubt, a Film that will resonate for a few people for different reasons.

I have a few, which are reflected in my collection as well as moments in my career.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Heritage MiLB cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Heritage MiLB cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps adds Roberto Clemente to its 2012 lineup

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the most beloved players in MLB history will be back on Topps cards starting next year.

Topps announced on Friday that it has reached a deal with the estate of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente to showcase him on baseball cards beginning with 2012 Topps, which arrives in February.

The multi-year deal includes the rights to showcase him on inserts, cut autographs, Relics and more.

He presently appears on 2,817 cards in the Beckett database with his 1955 Topps Rookie Card checking in at $2,200.

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.

Card gallery: Leaf readies Pete Rose Legacy set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball’s career hits leader is one of the sports world’s most polarizing — and, yet in some areas, beloved — figures.

And that enigma that is Pete Rose not lost on Leaf as the company is readying a Pete Rose Legacy set coming in November, which will apparently be chock-full of autographs, memorabilia and more. The high-end offering will include signatures, game-used pieces (a bat and a game-used Montreal Expos jersey were used) and inscriptions … lots of inscriptions.

Because he was banned from baseball for betting on the game, Rose has not appeared on an MLB-approved trading card in a standard set since 1989. That has made his releases since then — there have been plenty from companies that are not MLB-approved — of interest to collectors who prefer to remember Rose for his achievements on the field, not his failures off of it.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Black Box basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Black Box basketball cards from Panini America in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …