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Monthly Archives: October 2011

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 …

Box Busters: 2011 ITG Canada vs. The World

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of the latest boxes from In The Game in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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8D Network readies first sports memorabilia auction

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Watch an interview with the 8D Network’s Ed Manguiat above.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Back in August, we brought you news of the 8D Network‘s soft launch at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Now, the launch is official as the first auction will launch next month and end in early December. Meanwhile, several athlete’s causes’ websites have been showcased under the 8D umbrella.

For those who don’t know, the 8D Network is a way for athletes to have their causes be found and a portal to help bring the casual fans into the sports memorabilia world while bringing the memorabilia collectors in as well all in once place. If needed, it also offers support for those groups to have websites built.

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Next Topps UFC product includes fistographs & more

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Collectors often say they want more in a product and in the forthcoming 2012 Topps UFC Knockout they’re going to get just that via the Fistograph.

What’s a Fistograph? It’s an over-sized box-topper that includes not only an autograph but an inked print of a fighter’s fist — you know, an impression of what makes an impression in the sport, albeit typically inside a glove.

Ten different fighters will sign and ink up for the box-toppers in the high-end hobby-exclusive product that will include a hit in every pack and two autographed Relics, two autographs and four Relics in every box. For a look at what else can be found, see a gallery of some cards in the product arriving on Jan. 25 after the jump.

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Leaf Metal Ichiro patch autos coming soon

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Leaf‘s debut baseball set, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft, is scheduled to arrive this week and it’s going to have some surprises.

As in Ichiro Suzuki autographed patch cards.

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Dick Perez takes his Immortals digital

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Some of the baseball card world’s most memorable paintings — and hundreds more — are now available at your fingertips as Dick Perez has taken his Immortals book digital.

No, it’s not a virtual baseball card collection — it’s a virtual art collection that’s available in The Immortals – An Art Collection of Baseball’s Best now available as a seven-part electronic series through iTunes and Amazon.com for  iPad and iPhone users.

More than 1,400 pieces in oil, watercolor acrylics and more are found in the book with nearly a third of them never published before — all from the artist who became known to the card-collecting masses via Donruss baseball cards for much of the 1980s.

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Monday morning collector: NFL Week 5

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. Victor Cruz, Alex Smith and Andy Dalton round out  our selections for NFL Week 5. Here’s why …

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Al Davis’ legacy not reflected on many cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Al Davis, the controversial owner of the Oakland Raiders and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday. He was 82.

A maverick owner whose mantra was “Just win, baby,” Davis built a franchise with an iconic silver- and- black-laced image — one that won three Super Bowls and four conference titles. In the last 15 years, though, his team had just three winning seasons.

Although he was not a player, he was an assistant coach, head coach, GM, owner and the AFL’s commissioner during a life lived in football. He also was a character — and that has led to 15 trading card appearances through the years, according to the Beckett.com database.

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Weekly Highlights (Oct. 3 – Oct. 7)

This week in sensational SuperCollectors

This week in college football rivalries

YouTube lip syncher makes mark with MLB teams

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

From the Just For Fun file …

If you don’t know who Keenan Cahill is, you’ve probably been living under a rock — or at least not spending a lot of time on YouTube recently.

For those who don’t know Cahill’s story, he’s a 15-year old Illinois high-schooler who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Mucopolysaccaridosis, a metabolic affliction that stunts growth and physical abilities. Despite this, he’s become a bit of a viral phenomenon with more than 300 million views of his lip-synching videos on YouTube — popularity that has had him in videos with 50 Cent, Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, The Miz and many more celebs.

It’s also a feel-good kind of story that has touched on the world of Major League Baseball. Watch the clip above for a rather surreal performance from Cahill and a certain eccentric member of the San Francisco Giants, a video that’s been viewed more than 2.5 million times, itself.

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Upper Deck heightens Texas-OU rivalry on cardboard

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor | Commentary

On the eve of this year’s Red River Rivalry, Upper Deck unveiled even more images from its cardboard tributes to both universities. The image update specifically showcases more Monumental Moments cards from respective base sets.

Having personally witnessed the glorious and sometimes gruesome intensity of this rivalry, I am — oddly enough — thankful that neither the Texas Longhorns nor the Oklahoma Sooners sets will be available on game day. Whether by accident or design, the manufacturer is preventing a lot of paper-cuts with a later release.

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