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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Leaf Poker is on the way with new autograph inserts

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Poker as a sport? Maybe.

But poker in trading card form gets no argument.

Leaf is coming out with its latest poker release next month, updating last year’s set with new inserts that should delight poker fans.

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The Texas Longhorns are coming to cardboard

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the most iconic teams in college football history will be memorialized in trading cards next month.

Upper Deck is releasing a set dedicated to the University of Texas Longhorns featuring memorable figures such as Colt McCoy, Darrell Royal, Earl Campbell, Priest Holmes, Vince Young, Ricky Williams and plenty of others.

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Your turn: Obsessin’ over Ovechkin

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

In preparation for the forthcoming issue of Beckett Hockey, we’re brewing our own list of reasons that justify all the obsessin’ over Alex Ovechkin. But we wanted to turn the microphone over to his loyal hobby fans as well.

Is it his visor? His Rookie Card from 2005-06 The Cup? His I’m-not-afraid-to-lose-a-tooth-or-two grill? Leave us a comment explaining why he’s your player, and who knows — your words might appear in the Top 10 reader reasons section featured in the November issue.

Which would you rather have?

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Entrepreneur John Rogers knows the worth of a few pictures – and it’s good business

Details on how you can own this framed Conlon Collection print of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson can be found in the upcoming Vintage Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which arrives next month.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The old saying is that a picture’s worth 1,000 words, but John Rogers knows that they can be a bit more valuable than that.

So he’s made them his business.

The Arkansas entrepreneur is a noted collector — he paid $1.62 million for a Honus Wagner T206 card in 2008 — but the next step for him was to own the original pieces that have made a few baseball cards in the past but really are items that have helped shape something much more impressive, something more indelible.

History.

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New Steiner items commemorate Rivera’s MLB record

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera now sits atop the all-time saves list with 602 — and counting — and that means one thing.

It means that Steiner Sports is sitting pretty with plenty of Rivera commemorative items already up for grabs for baseball fans with game-used memorabilia from the history-making game on the way soon as well. Steiner has the rights to handle all licensed products for Rivera’s record, including caps and t-shirts, as well as its autographed and game-used products related to the record.

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Sneak peek: Upcoming Topps products’ wax boxes

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps has plenty of baseball and football products to come for the rest of this year, and it has released teaser images of precisely what some of those products’ wax boxes will look like.

There’s always a bit of curiosity about who might appear on, say, the box for a flagship product, and while Robinson Cano and Joe Mauer were the stars of 2011 Topps Series 1 and 2 boxes, the forthcoming 2011 Topps Update ups the ante with three pretty big names in the baseball world — Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki.

What else is in store — and will be in hobby shops soon? Find out after the jump.

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Moneyball is almost here … and collecting the movie’s memorabilia won’t be too tough

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The economics of Major League Baseball are set to play out on the big screen on Friday with Moneyball, and it’s almost fitting that there’s been a surge in interest for some of the baseball cards for some of the biggest names involved as well as some of the memorabilia involved.

A small surge of interest — one befitting a small-market team with a small cashflow. We can all relate to that, right?

We’ll find out this weekend whether this latest sports movie — with Brad Pitt playing Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane — cashes in at the box office, but here’s a look at some of the stuff you can collect. You know … some of the cards, items and other pieces of memorabilia relating to the film.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Dominion vs. The Cup: Comment to win

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Some contests are bigger than others. This one, for instance, is big — very big.

At this point, both highest-of-high-end 2010-11 hockey products (Panini’s Dominion and Upper Deck’s The Cup) are now on shelves. But the two P.K. Subban cards seen in the poster and below aren’t. After landing the stunning Subbans in respective boxes of each premium product, we decided to dream up this opinion-based opportunity for two lucky collectors.

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Monday morning collector: NFL Week 2

By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select a rookie, a veteran and a  breakout player of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Denarius Moore, Tom Brady and Matt Stafford round out our selections for NFL Week Two.

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Steve Delabar’s first cards came long before debut

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Steve Delabar. If you don’t know the name, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

But if you’re still watching the Seattle Mariners this time of year, you probably know him as a rookie pitcher who made his big-league debut last week. Again, if you’re not familiar there’s no reason to panic — he merely pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the last-place Mariners against the Kansas City Royals in that first game and picked up his first big-league win three days later with another scoreless inning. This time, it was against the New York Yankees.

But what makes Delabar interesting?

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First look: 2011 Topps Five Star Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Topps Five Star Football is back. Returning to defend its title, the reigning football product of the year is scheduled to make its sophomore debut in mid February, 2012.

Ultra-premium 2011 Topps Five Star Football headlines the manufacturer’s greatest of gridiron offerings with four on-card autographs and one jumbo jersey or patch card per pack. Of course, this information merely scratches the surface for high-end hobbyists and cardboard whale hunters.

More details and a first-glance opinion poll after the jump.

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The Force is strong with this odd MLB-approved piece

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror over a Blu-Ray DVD edit,” I thought to myself. “I fear something remarkable has happened for sports fans, though.”

Those were my thoughts when I finally got my hands on a remarkably odd piece of new officially licensed Major League Baseball memorabilia on Saturday while all the other Star Wars geeks around the globe were busy watching their new DVDs.

What is it? It was proof that The Beard is even cool in Carbonite.

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Weekly Highlights (Sept. 12 – Sept. 15)

This week in Panini producing baseball cards

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First looks and sneak peeks of the week

Box Busters: 2010-11 Dominion Hockey Cards

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Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino rip into a box/pack of 2010-11 Dominion Hockey. What will they find inside Panini’s highest-of-high-end 2010-11 hockey product? Watch and find out.

Be sure to check out the image gallery after the jump.

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Beckett Baseball Bonus: Videos from the Panini & MLBPA news conference

Thanks for reading the December issue of Beckett Baseball and coming here for multimedia relating to the issue’s cover story and main package. This is a compilation of the videos from editor Chris Olds during the Panini news conference announcing its deal with the MLBPA.

See the videos after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Platinum Football Cards

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Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino rip into two boxes of 2011 Topps Platinum Football. What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

As with the previous Box Busters video, we apologize for the poor quality of card close-ups in this episode. Take a better look at the gallery after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Finest Football Cards

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Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino rip into two boxes of 2011 Topps Finest Football. What will they find inside? Watch to find out.

We apologize for the poor quality of card close-ups in this edition of Box Busters. Please see the gallery after the jump for better images.

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Josh Hamilton has come full circle on cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

ARLINGTON, Texas | Texas Rangers outfielder and reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton is the new face of Panini America‘s baseball card line after a deal between the Texas-based collectibles company and the Major League Baseball Players Association was unveiled on Thursday.

And that meant he got paid to talk about baseball cards with the assembled media — you don’t get that all too often — but he also talked about a little more, something that should really bring home the place that baseball cards just might have for many.

Hamilton — who arrived at the Arlington Sheraton alone and noticeably early for the early afternoon affair, asking Panini’s crew “Am I in the right place?” in a rather low-key fashion — started with the formalities, of course, once things got going.

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Panini reaches its goal faster than expected

Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton signs his first Panini America card while CEO Mark Warsop watches after the formal announcement was made on Thursday in Arlington, Texas. (Panini photo)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

ARLINGTON, Texas | Panini America‘s goal when it first entered the United States’ sports collectibles market in 2009 was to have a presence in all four major sports.

It has that as of Thursday with its multi-year deal with the Major League Baseball Players Association unveiled at a news conference with representatives from the MLBPA and reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton on hand as the new face of the company’s products.

It’s been a whirlwind affair for Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.

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BREAKING: Panini lands MLBPA baseball card license

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

ARLINGTON, Texas | If you wanted more baseball cards, you’re getting them — and you’re getting them soon.

Panini America and the Major League Baseball Players Association have signed a multi-year deal giving the Texas-based division of the world’s largest collectibles company the right to make MLBPA-approved baseball cards beginning this year.

The company just made a formal announcement of the deal Thursday afternoon in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, with reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton on hand to discuss his role with the company as a spokesman along with MLBPA Director of Licensing and Business Development Evan Kaplan and Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.

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Panini joins forces with Pepsi for NFL Rookie of the Week promotion

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

No cheeseburger. Panini, Panini, Panini, Pepsi.

In an ideal world, John Belushi would still be around to re-create his classic SNL sketch for the purpose of promoting Panini America‘s partnership with the other cola maker. Yesterday, the Texas-based card company unveiled its role  in a cooperative effort to promote Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Week program.

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First look: 2011 Panini Plates & Patches Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Playing up the holiday-stocking-stuffer potential for its mid-December release, Panini America gifted the hobby with a 2011 Plates & Patches preview today.

Complete with new hard-signed, prime-memorabilia Rookie Cards and Signal Callers inserts, 2011-tweaked Plates & Patches hits shelves on Dec. 14 — which leaves plenty of time for Santa to get  his act together.

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First look: 2011 Topps Precision Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Now with football season in full swing, Topps is set to add yet another hobby-exclusive brand to its 2011 lineup.

Yesterday, the manufacturer released details about 2011 Topps Precision — a one-autograph (or autograph Relic)-per-pack product scheduled for a late-January drop date. Featuring fatness, each pack also contains three 72-point stock base cards and the chance to snag various ink versions of all-on-card rookie signatures.

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Willie Mays to sign autographs for Topps

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Legendary Hall of Famer Willie Mays will sign autographs for Topps products next year.

This marks the first time since 2004 that the Say Hey Kid will sign for Topps, according to Beckett’s database.

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