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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Beckett Baseball Teaser: Panini roundtable discussion

Could a Mariano Rivera baseball card from Panini America feature a studio photograph like this one? It sounds like one possibility ...

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

There’s one question on many collectors’ minds that will likely be answered with their first glance at a baseball card from one of Panini America’s upcoming releases.

How will they do it?

We recently sat down with members of Panini’s executive and baseball team for a roundtable discussion to find out about some of the issues on the minds of collectors and what’s on the minds of those who will be bringing a new wave of baseball cards to the masses very soon. While many specifics were not disclosed — including whether removing logos on action shots is part of its plans (“we can’t give anyone else our playbook”) — it’s clear that there’s nothing casual about the approach that Panini will take with its cards, despite what could be some casual looks on some — but clearly not all — players’ cards.

Read two questions — and two answers — from the exclusive Q&A to be found in the December issue of Beckett Baseball (coming soon) after the jump.

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Allen & Ginter goes glossy for limited factory set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It might be the return of Topps Tiffany, but don’t call it that — it’s Ginter Glossy.

One of the most popular tobacco-styled baseball card lines from Topps will be getting an upgrade very soon, the company announced Thursday, as it will be releasing a limited-edition glossy factory set of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards found only at the company’s store. The set will cost $99.95, plus shipping, with a limit of 25 per household.

Limited to just 999 serial-numbered sets, the Ginter Glossy will include all 350 base cards with matching numbers along with 10 new cards that are exclusive to the set, including American League Rookie of the Year candidate Eric Hosmer.

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Facebook contest alert: Cam-ment to win

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Do you think Cam Newton is the real deal? Or is he destined to fade away like so many other celebrated rookie quarterbacks?

Weigh in with your opinion on our Facebook page with a comment explaining why Newton is or isn’t the real deal for a chance to win this New Breed memorabilia card from 2011 Donruss Elite. Be sure to let your electronic friends know, because the person with the most “Likes” on his or her comment by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Oct. 7 will be the winner.

Feel free vote here with your opinion, but only comments left on the Facebook post itself will be considered.

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Panini’s 2011 Rookie Ticket Teaser

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

The collecting world typically doesn’t  get a glimpse of Panini America’s historically successful Playoff Contenders line until later, if not, toward the latter part of any given football season. This year, the company’s sneak peek at the January-releasing 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Tickets offers a welcomed exception.

Even incomplete, without the ink, Panini’s autographed Rookie Ticket cards are consistent hot commodities in the hobby.

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There’s plenty of interest in Steve Jobs’ autograph

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

An icon in the technology world, Apple founder Steve Jobs, died on Wednesday at age 56 the company announced, leaving an immense legacy in how his company’s electronics changed the way people lived.

Naturally, I wondered whether he appears on any trading cards in the Beckett.com database after hearing the news. He does not — not a single standard card. Not a single cut autograph card. Nothing.

However, there might be a reason for that last part — Jobs apparently wasn’t much of a signer as demand for his autograph has been very strong through the years and it will, naturally, be even stronger now.

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First look: 2011-12 Limited Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Now with a baseball license and making its sophomore-year campaign with the NHL, Panini America is proving to be anything but limited when it comes to making trading cards. Barreling onward and upward, the manufacturer’s coming 2011-12 Limited Hockey release defines the word with exclusivity in mind.

Slated for a Dec. 14 release, Panini’s high-end ramp-up line delivers a great deal of numbered cards and other finds with definitive print runs. Even beyond base Rookie Cards limited to 299, there are plenty of other finite finds to be found.

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Readers Write: SuperCollector submission pays off

Dear Editor,

Quite a while back under your SuperCollector corner in Beckett, you showed off my Matt Hasselbeck collection. Well, I’m not sure if you bother to do updates or anything like that, but I did want to show off (at least to someone) that I did manage to find Hasselbeck’s 1998 Collectors Edge 1st Place Gold 1/1 card!  I have done amazingly well since you were kind enough to post my card collection in Beckett. If you guys ever do updates or anything like that, I’m always happy to share and would always love to get my name out there in a national magazine again. (I know, doesn’t everyone love their 15 minutes of fame?) Anyhow, here is the link to my photobucket again, please look through it when you get a free moment. I have acquired a bunch more 1/1s since that article, too. I really think my collection has come quite a long way!

Eric Juhl
, via email

Here’s your update, Eric! It pays to submit your info to us as a SuperCollector … how can you be one? Follow the instructions found here. Do you have a question about the hobby? Send an email to readersrock@beckett.com …

First look: 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Upper Deck is taking its familiar SP Game-Used brand name to a different kind of football next month.

Yesterday the company leaked a few images and product information about its 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer line, which is scheduled for a November arrival. This comes as big news for fans whose card options are typically limited to the major manufacturer’s once-a-year release.

Living up to the brand legacy and the stated hit-heavy box breakdown, SP Game-Used is a GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL that soccer collectors have been waiting for.

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Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit gets first highlight card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

This year’s Topps Update baseball set arrives Wednesday with the final installment of the flagship baseball brand from Topps showcasing the newest rookies and veterans who traded uniforms this season.

The 330-card set also will include highlight cards from this year’s MLB All-Star Game and a few notable achievements from the season, including Derek Jeter‘s first 3,000th hit commemorative baseball card seen here.

Seeing the DJ3K highlight card got me wondering whether baseball card sets need to include more of these season-specific cards in them — and I want to know what you think, too. Take the poll after the jump.

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First Look: 2011 Donruss Rated Rookies Boxed Set

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Never mind naughty and nice lists, there’s one Panini present that Christmas-inclined collectors won’t be finding underneath the tree this year.

On Dec. 28 ( still within the acceptable time frame for leaving up holiday decor), the Donruss ‘D’ will make its return to the Rated Rookies boxed set. Presumably priced in the same realm as last year’s $19.99 release, Panini’s would-be stocking stuffer packs bang-for-your-buck in each box.
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Box Busters: Eureka & Warehouse 13 Premium Packs

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of Premium Packs for a pair of Rittenhouse Archives products — Eureka and Warehouse 13 — in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Note: These packs carry a suggested retail price of $50, not $25 as said in the video.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Artifacts Hockey Cards

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Artifacts hockey cards.

Love or Loathe: Oddball Triple Threads cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If there’s one thing that can get some collectors wound up, it’s perhaps something meant to be fun — something distinctly out of the ordinary — that’s inserted into packs of sports cards often as bonuses and also as, well, a joke.

The three unusual American History Relics coming out of 2011 Topps Triple Threads are no different. Why? They’re cards of Pecos Bill, John Henry and Leif Ericson — three either fictional or highly mythologized characters from U.S. history. Clearly, the Relics found in these cards are just as mythical as the tales of their stars, but they just might offer something different to those few who often find them — cash. These types of gag cards in products such as Allen & Ginter have sold relatively well, which is probably why they exist here, too.

Tell us what you think. Take the poll and leave a comment below if you’re so inclined …

Love 'em or loathe 'em: Oddball Triple Threads cards

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Early look at Upper Deck 2011-12 NHL SP Game-Used

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With a new base card design, Upper Deck has released preliminary images for 2011-12 NHL SP Game-Used, which is due out in January.

With just three packs per hobby box, each pack is expected to yield an autograph or memorabilia card on average. The set seems to be redesigned this year with new base cards and up to three new inserts.

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Old is new again with Lionel’s NASCAR Classics line

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

You don’t see these every day.

Some classic names and race cars from yesteryear are brand new once again as Lionel NASCAR Collectables has unveiled its second offering of NASCAR Classics diecasts.

Among the latest offering of replicas, which are now available for pre-order via the company or soon to be available at a nearby hobby shop, are a racing pioneer, two legends and, of course, a pair of Earnhardts.

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Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2011-12 Artifacts

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

A single box of 2011-12 Artifacts Hockey eagerly awaited its Box Busters debut over the weekend.

Earlier this morning, we tried the odds and tore into the 10-pack box. As the forthcoming video should reveal,  the P.K. Subban / Carey Price pull was the most precious piece, but the whole rip is definitely worth the watch at around $100 per box.

Check out the images below for a quick sneak peek and be sure to go to our Facebook page for more extensive product scans from this episode of Box Busters.

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This Roy Rodgers card remains my favorite mystery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

A year or so before I attended the University of Alabama, there was one Crimson Tide card in my collection that stood out from the others because it was, well, a little bit different.

It’s a 1997 Genuine Article Autographs card of Roy Rodgers, who went on to a decent rookie season with the Vancouver Grizzlies before four rather forgettable seasons in the NBA that signaled just one thing — the quick end of a career.

But that’s not why this card remains a favorite card in my collection — it’s because the $1 card packs a bit of a mystery. Not sure what it is? Compare it to another of his cards … after the jump.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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. Aaron Rodgers, Laurent Robinson and Stevan Ridley round out our selections for NFL Week 4.

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Matt Moore’s first Topps autographs are coming soon

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Matt Moore‘s second career start came in Game 1 of the American League Division Series and it went something like this: Seven innings, two hits, two walks, no runs, six strikeouts  and a victory over the defending AL champion Texas Rangers.

That news prompted one simple announcement from Topps on Monday that more Moore cards — his first autographs from the company — are coming soon.

“Rookie phenom Matt Moore will be [an] on-card autograph in Bowman Chrome,” the company announced. Slated to arrive on Oct. 19, 2011 Bowman Chrome will arrive with one Chrome autograph card in every 18-pack hobby box.

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Your Turn: Beckett Baseball – Can casual sell cardboard? (take our poll after the jump)

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary

You may have seen the Your Turn page in nearly every issue of Beckett Baseball where we showcase stuff that is all about you. You can see your comments on hobby topics and get chances to win cool stuff in contests all on one page.

With Panini America recently gaining a group license from the MLB Players Association to start producing baseball cards this year, the company is in a unique position — its challenge is to produce cards of MLB players while not showing them in their MLB uniforms — or at least with logos (their use is authorized only by MLB Properties) while also using casual photography. Unlike other companies, who have found themselves in the position of having just one license likely due to financial limitations, Panini might be positioned to do these cards the “right way” with a mix of studio photo sessions and other alternative design approaches using a mix of casual and logoless uniform photos. Spokesman Josh Hamilton said he appreciated being able to show things such as his cross on his card, calling the approach “real.”

We’ll have more on this topic in the next magazine — and we want your two cents inside the issue as well: Here’s the fundamental question: Can casual sell cardboard? Tell us why … or why not.

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Beckett Update: Baseball OPG promo extended

In case you tried to use or missed out on using the Beckett Online Price Guide promo code this weekend, the offer has been extended.

We took a look and discovered that the code used for the original offer wasn’t working properly during the advertised dates, but our team has since corrected the issue. Now with everything back in working order, members who purchase any new one, six, or 12-month Baseball Online Price Guide in the next two days will receive a 15-percent discount. Here’s how …

1. Go to the Baseball Online Price Guide subscription page
2. Upon checkout, use Promo Code: PLAYOFFS

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Breast Cancer Awareness comes to packs of Panini football cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes wearing pink sports equipment to promote breast cancer awareness has been relatively common at times in the last few years.

But now, thanks to Panini America, it’s coming to football cards.

Thinking pink on cardboard will begin with 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear, which arrives on Nov. 23 and will include 64 “A Crucial Catch” cards inserted into packs — two cards per NFL team.

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Roger Maris: 50 years ago today, a legacy was born

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Fifty years ago, a simple man from Fargo, N.D., reluctantly took his place in the MLB record books not knowing how to deal with the pressure of a nation intently focused on its pastime.

It was today, on Oct. 1, 1961, in the fourth inning of the final game of the New York Yankees’ season that the team’s second-favorite son smacked a pitch into the short porch in right field, surpassing a mark that had lasted for 34 seasons — a record set by the very man who had built the legacy and, of course, the stadium in which this bit of history was made.

Roger Maris‘ 61 home runs in 1961 firmly placed him atop the record books awkwardly atop everyone, including Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle — the icon of all icons and New York’s chosen son. While Maris’ record has been erased and his mark topped by three men in the last 15 years, it’s clear to some that the reluctant icon, the unlikely hero, just might truly deserve to remain atop the single-season list today — with asterisks applied to others.

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