Posted on October 21, 2011 – 3:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Opening Day, Bernie Brewer, Brett Anderson, Daniel Bard, Jon Jay, Mitch Moreland, Neftali Feliz, Topps, Tyler Colvin | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Opening Day is 165 days away but if you can’t wait that long, you can pick up Opening Day — from Topps – on March 7.
The company unveiled the newest installment of the low-priced baseball card offering on Friday, a product that will include 220 cards in the base set, an insert card in every pack and more.
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Posted on October 20, 2011 – 4:57 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
MMA | knockout, memorabilia, MMA, UFC | Comments (3)
By SUSAN LULGJURAJ | Contributing Editor
When you open 2012 UFC Knockout, don’t cringe at the redemption card.
Read the fine print.
Because there are redemptions in 2012 UFC Knockout for whole memorabilia pieces – not cards.
Posted on October 19, 2011 – 9:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Alexi Ogando, Alexis Ogano, featured, milb, minor league baseball, MLB, Texas Rangers, Vancouver Canadians | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando probably isn’t a household name, but he was an All-Star this season and a key piece of the puzzle for the team’s return trip to the World Series.
But there’s another puzzling bit of Ogando’s story that comes via cardboard … you see although he pitched in 44 games last season for the American League champs, he hadn’t appeared on a single MLB card until some of this year’s Topps releases — meaning he was a star on the field before he even had a bonafide Rookie Card.
Now, he’s got several — all of which are competing for collectors’ attention as his team has an eye on its first World Series championship. So, which one is a winner? I’ll leave that one for the prospectors and wheelers/dealers. The card that caught my attention Wednesday night when Ogando was on the mound during Game 1 actually came from way back in 2004 when Ogando was still an outfield prospect for the Oakland A’s known as Alexis Ogano.
Posted on October 19, 2011 – 2:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | featured, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Topps, World Series | Comments (13)
Whichever team wins, Topps has it covered.
The lone fully licensed manufacturer of MLB trading cards unveiled its plans for a World Series commemorative team set on Wednesday, just hours before the first pitch of Game 1 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.
Whether it’s the Rangers or the Cardinals emerging victorious, Topps will release a 27-card set featuring the champions. There will be 20 player cards, one manager card and two highlight cards apiece from the League Division and Championship Series as well as two World Series highlight cards.
The sets will carry a $9.99 suggested retail price and will be in stores by Nov. 23.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on October 19, 2011 – 2:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Finest, 2011 Topps Finest, autographs, Dustin Ackley, Eric Hosmer, featured, Mike Moustakas, mike trout, MLB, Refractors, Topps | Comments (6)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Finest boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 19, 2011 – 1:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee, featured, NHL, O-Pee-Chee | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 18, 2011 – 2:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection 2nd Edition, autographs, featured, MLB, MLBPA, Onyx Authenticated | Comments (9)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a case of 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection 2nd Edition baseballs in this latest installment of Case Busters.
Posted on October 18, 2011 – 1:50 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2010-11 Cards, Beckett Hockey, Cardboard Awards, featured, In The Game, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (11)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
It’s that time of year again…
We’re busy prepping the 2010-11 cardboard awards issue of Beckett Hockey issue and we wanted to turn some of the nominee-naming process over to the collectors on Beckett.com.
Copy and paste the blank-slate ballot (after the jump) in the comment field to write in the products and players that you find worthy of these coveted cardboard awards. Weigh in on as many or as few categories as you’d like, and be sure to explain your choice(s) in a sentence or two — you might just find your name next to your nomination in the December issue of Beckett Hockey.
Posted on October 17, 2011 – 12:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports | 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts, featured, Panini America | Comments (13)
Panini America‘s Americana line has been a hit-per-pack product before — but with this new line its apparent goal is to be a cut above the rest.
And that happens with a cut in every single pack.
Arriving in late-December will be 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts, a multi-sport and non-sport product that includes more than 140 deceased baseball Hall of Famers as well as notable names from politics, pop culture and other sports. All cards will be numbered to 49 or less with more than 200 cards on the checklist limited to 15 or fewer copies, according to the company.
Posted on October 17, 2011 – 10:36 am | Author: chrisolds
Football | Ahmad Bradshaw, Andy Dalton, featured, John Beck, Monday Morning Quarterback, nfl | Comments (0)
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.
Here are our selections for Week 6, which include Andy Dalton, John Beck and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Posted on October 16, 2011 – 4:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Racing | 2007 Rittenhouse IRL, auto racing, autographs, Dan Wheldon, featured, IRL, IRL IndyCar | Comments (12)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Former IRL IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas on Sunday. He was 33.
Wheldon, who made his debut in 2002, won 16 races during his career and the 2005 series title. The accident happened just 11 laps into the event, which was called off after the multi-car wreck.
He appears on just 15 items in the Beckett.com database — just seven of those cards. His lone widely issued trading cards came in the 2007 Rittenhouse IRL set, which included his Rookie Card (above) and his only certified autograph card.
Posted on October 14, 2011 – 4:11 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Collector Voices, Gift Guide, Gifts, Holidays | Comments (70)
By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor
Want to see your name in the coming Holiday Gift Guide issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly?
Without the trouble of sitting in the lap of some stranger at the mall, this is an opportunity to share what you’re hoping to get (or give) this holiday season. Sure, it’s a little early — considering that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. But we’re curious as to what products, cards, players, teams and other memorabilia might be on present-inclined collector wish lists.
Comment with your name, where you live (city and state) and what hobby gifts you’re wishing for or recommending this season. We’ll print a few holiday desires from below in Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and who knows?
Your wishes just might come true.
Posted on October 14, 2011 – 10:45 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1963 Topps, 2012 Topps Heritage, Adrian Gonzalez, featured, Mickey Mantle, MLB, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Braun, Ryan Zimmerman, Sandy Koufax, Topps, Willie Mays | Comments (73)
Topps formally unveiled the latest chapter in its annual throwback staple, Topps Heritage, on Friday, assuring us all that when the calendar moves forward to 2012 the throwback calendar will, too.
Just like in 1962, replacing the wood-bordered cards will be a colorful multi-image release with bright fronts, bright cardboard stock and even more colorful card backs than those found on the ’62 design.
Each 24-pack hobby box of Heritage will include one autograph or Relic card when it arrives on March 14.
Read more — and let us know what you think with our poll after the jump.
Posted on October 13, 2011 – 6:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | basketball cards, box breaks, John Stockton, Magic Johnson, NBA, Shaquille O'Neal | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds as he rips into six packs of a favorite brand of many NBA collectors back in 1992-93 in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.
What’s he opening? What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 13, 2011 – 3:53 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Basketball, Football | featured, King James, LeBron James, lockout, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, NBA, nfl, Panini America | Comments (14)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
“Former NBA star LeBron James leads a Miami Dolphins dream team to a stunning Super Bowl loss.”
Wouldn’t that sentence be so poetically sublime for the throngs of King James critics out there?
Hate him or love him, one of basketball’s biggest names is making recent headlines for publicly flirting with the idea of playing in the NFL — one league that managed to resolve its lockout in a timely fashion.
In the interest of speculation and downright fun, Panini America definitely went there with a pair of theoretical Rookie Cards.
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Posted on October 13, 2011 – 2:08 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Football | 2011 Topps Update Baseball, Blaine Gabbert, Bryce Harper, Contests, Facebook, featured, Prizes | Comments (93)
Want a shot at one piece of hobby sweetness seen here?
No problem. In no particular order, complete the following steps for a chance to win …
Plain and simple, that’s it. The only catch is that you must complete both steps to be eligible for the item you selected. Next Monday, we’ll cross-reference the Facebook “Shares” with the comments here, and then we’ll randomly select a winner for each prize, respectively (seen in greater detail after the jump). Good luck! Read More »
Posted on October 12, 2011 – 3:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Topps Update, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Eric Hosmer, featured, Mike Moustakas, MLB, Paul Goldschmidt, Topps | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Update baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 12, 2011 – 11:51 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Topps Prime, cam newton, featured, randall cobb, Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Topps | Comments (5)
Posted on October 11, 2011 – 5:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Bowman Chrome, autographs, baseball cards, Checklist, Dustin Ackley, Eric Hosmer, Manny Banuelos, Matt Moore, MLB | Comments (6)
While Matt Moore was a previously announced addition, Topps confirmed on Tuesday that he’s not the only big-name rookie who will appear on autographed cards in the forthcoming 2011 Bowman Chrome baseball card set.
Also inked up and ready to be found are American League Rookie of the Year candidates Dustin Ackley of the Seattle Mariners and Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals.
Their autographs will be one of several found inside boxes of Bowman Chrome when it arrives next week with yet another Chrome auto of a highly touted prospect you might have heard of inside them, too, Bryce Harper.
Get a full checklist of the product’s inclusions after the jump.
Posted on October 11, 2011 – 5:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Topps Triple Threads, baseball cards, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, MLB, Topps, Triple Threads | Comments (22)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Triple Threads boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.