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Monthly Archives: October 2011

First look: 2012 Topps Opening Day baseball cards

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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2012 UFC Knockout going beyond the cardboard

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.

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Do you own Alexi Ogando’s first baseball card and not even know it?

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.

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Topps readies World Series commemorative card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Finest baseball cards

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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 …

Box Busters: 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Case Busters: 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection 2nd Edition

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Name the nominees: The best of 2010-11 hockey cards

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.

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Panini readies high-end cut autograph product

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 6

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.

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Dan Wheldon appears on few cards, diecasts

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.

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What’s on your Hobby Holiday Wish List?

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.

First look: 2012 Topps Heritage (with poll)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Ripping Retail Retro: A 1990s basketball break

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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 …

LeBron James’ first football cards are here … sort of

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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Prized Pulls: Share & Comment to win

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 …

  • Find the link to this news item on the Beckett Media Facebook page and “Share” it.
  • Comment here, on the Beckett.com news item itself with your name, email address and the item you want. Please note: If your Facebook name is, for whatever reason, different from the name you’ve posted with your comment, please include your other alias to confirm your identity.

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 »

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Update baseball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Prime football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Prime boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps adds Eric Hosmer, Dustin Ackley autographs to 2011 Bowman Chrome (with full checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …