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Monthly Archives: October 2011

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 …


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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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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