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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ashley Judd, Kelsey Grammer autographs in Rittenhouse’s next Star Trek series

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Star Trek: The Next Generation is, well, on to its next generation of trading cards.

Rittenhouse Archives announced the addition of Star Trek: The Complete TNG (1991-1994) Series 2 to its assortment of non-sports cards.

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Your Turn: Which Topps baseball cards (old or new) would you have Ken Griffey Jr. sign?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The biggest hobby news of this week was Topps signing Ken Griffey Jr. to an autograph deal beginning next year, and instantly after hearing that the idea of the card above — an autographed 1989 Topps Traded buyback card — came to my mind.

Griffey’s deal is a notable one for Topps as he’s perhaps the Mickey Mantle of the 30-something generation, the face of an era that forever changed cardboard. He was also, unmistakably, the face of Upper Deck, which had him as an exclusive spokesman for years before this deal.

Beginning in 2012, though, he’s one of Topps’ biggest draws with his first autographed cards from the company set to arrive in Tribute and Gypsy Queen — two of the more-popular brands of this year which will look even stronger with Junior’s ink in tow.

And that got me thinking …

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First Look: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass‘ 2012 schedule is full of new trading card lines. The first of Press Pass’ new NASCAR product comes out in February with Total Memorabilia.

This high-end release will feature a memorabilia or an autographed memorabilia card in every nine-card pack.

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Ripping Retail: A 1990s baseball gem

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips into a box of baseball cards that’s more than 20 years old in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What was inside? Watch and find out …

Autographs, patches highlight Walking Dead set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Walking Dead are getting closer.

Cryptozoic Entertainment is bringing the show about zombies closer to its fans as only the entertainment company knows how – through trading cards.

The Walking Dead Trading Cards is scheduled to come out in mid-December. Packs should cost around $3.50 with five cards in a pack and 24 packs in a box.

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Michael Jordan continues to command cash

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

It’s a good thing that the NBA lockout appears to be over — now somebody else might have a chance to star on cardboard.

With current action at a standstill, many a collector has looked backward to a safe player to sink their hobby dollars into — a guy whose buying power remains years after his career ended. (So much buying power that he was the cover story of a recent Beckett Basketball issue, by the way.)

His name? Michael Jordan.

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First Look: 2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

As the second installment of Panini Contenders Hockey nears its release, a closer look at the product seems as though there is something for every type of collector.

Set collectors get chase elements, those looking for big hits can find rare booklet autographs and other low-numbered hit cards. Player collectors could find on-card autographs of their favorites, while team collectors will find an assortment of base cards and inserts.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 UD Series One Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they tear into two boxes of 2011-12 Upper Deck Series One Hockey. Watch to find out which Young Guns and other finds they found inside.

Topps signs Ken Griffey Jr. to autograph deal

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A modern-day legend has a new home.

Topps announced Monday morning that Ken Griffey Jr. has signed an autograph deal with the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards to appear in its products starting in 2012.

Griffey previously was an exclusive spokesman and signer for Upper Deck — and the face of a generation’s cardboard boom — has never signed a Topps card for a certified release. In all, the future Hall of Famer has signed more than 1,100 different cards since his cardboard debut and appears on 13,683 different baseball cards in the Beckett.com database.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

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. Roy Helu, Beanie Wells and Matt Ryan round out our selections for NFL Week 12. Here’s why… Read More »

Leaf offers a look into Vince Lombardi Legacy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Vince Lombardi’s legacy will forever be remembered by football fans – no matter what team you root for.

Three league titles and winning Super Bowls I and II are really just the tip when it comes to Lombardi. The Green Bay Packers coach affected many lives. Some of those memories and sentiments will be captured on card by Leaf in its forthcoming Vince Lombardi Legacy Collection.

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TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS II: 29 Albert Pujols cards you won’t see in 2012 … and one you might

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

This year’s biggest question in baseball is “Where will Albert Pujols go?” and it’s one that has ramifications for the game, its salary records and, of course, for many a baseball card collection.

In short, it’s kind of a big deal.

Last year around this time, we presented to you 30 totally fake Derek Jeter cards and it was a bit of a server-busting sensation with a quarter-million hits in a single day  … so we decided to do it again. Here are … drumroll … 30 totally fake Pujols baseball cards.

Reactions to the Miami Marlins’ new uniforms have been mixed to say the least … so maybe Pujols will force a change if they really want him to sign? (Unless, of course, he’s too old.) That’s just one burning question. Others might wonder what Pujols would look like in a Yankees uniform? What might he look like wearing Dodger Blue? What might he look like as a Pittsburgh Pirate?

You can see them all on a card that just might — but we seriously doubt it — appear in 2012 Topps Heritage … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Draft Picks baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Yankees grand slam jerseys join Chris Chambliss relic in 8D Network’s debut auction

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A trio of game-used New York Yankees jerseys from one memorable game this season — and one from a rather memorable game from 35 years ago — have hit the auction block through the 8D Network‘s first auction, which launched today.

The biggest item of them all is a pinstriped jersey with even more history to it — one worn by Chris Chambliss when he won the 1976 American League pennant for the Yankees with a walk-off home run in the ALCS. Bidding will start at $25,000.

The 8D Network is a collaborative effort between athletes and an offshoot of Game-Used Universe to help raise money for causes that the athletes themselves want to support. The organization launched its public presence at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Younger fans of the Yankees might better remember a game from not long ago — Aug. 25 t0 be exact — when the Bronx Bombers made a little more history. In that one, they became the first team in MLB history to have three grand slams in the same game. The jerseys worn by Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Robinson Cano are also on the block as they were obtained from Steiner Sports for the sale.

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In hobby, Black Friday isn’t just about prices

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Black Friday is one of those days that collectors mark on their calendars because they know deals can be had.

You know, just like anyone else.

But the difference for collectors comes in that some online retailers — those known for low prices and high volume — will make the No. 1 sales day of the year not only one about door-busting deals — but also one about luck and added promotion. That’s, for example, where BlowoutCards.com‘s Thomas Fish comes in as he’s always been considered one of the most promotion-savvy dealers around.

“It’s always our main goal to offer items to our customers at the best possible prices all year long, not just on Black Friday,” Fish said. “We utilize the Black Friday promotion as our special way to thank each and every one of our customers for their loyalty and support throughout the year.

“Like most online retailers, Black Friday is our single largest sales day of the year, [but] we use the Black Friday platform as our No. 1 customer appreciation day of the year as well.”

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Voices from the Expo: Extra Meaty Edition

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor | Meat lover

If you’ve ever been to the Toronto Expo, you’re probably familiar with a certain aroma of dried, cured and smoked meats permeating throughout the room. We’ve been back home for more than a week now, and I’m still having dreams and experiencing phantom whiffs of the stuff.

Ignoring autograph guests and vintage hockey cards for a moment, we followed our noses to Tony DeMaria’s D&D Meats booth — the source of such food fantasia.  After sampling our fair share of his product, Panini America‘s Chris Reed and I had the pleasure of ripping into a few packs with the 15-year Expo veteran.

Watch to find out what meat master DeMaria thought about some of the non-edible goods at the show.

Box Busters: 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer

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Join Beckett Media’s soccer gurus Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2011 SP Game-Used in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out … it’s worth the wait.

Oh, and if you want a chance to win a box — and more — watch the video.

The Hobby Hand Turkey Returns: Name five things you’re thankful for

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

Thanksgiving is upon us. But before we all begin fighting over drumsticks and putting gravy on everything just before falling victim to the tryptophan, it’s important that we reflect for just a moment.

Making his glorious return, the Hobby Hand Turkey wants to ruffle our feathers for a change by asking us to name five things we’re thankful for. These could be pieces that you have in your personal collection, cards that you want but don’t have, or heck — they don’t even have to be cards.

If you have a moment, feel free to join us and other collectors in sharing five (mostly) hobby-related things you’re grateful for.

Box Busters: 2011 Certified football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Certified football card boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass racing cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass racing in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 Certified hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Certified hockey cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?  Watch and find out …

Three memorabilia dealers plead guilty to mail fraud in sales of fake game-used jerseys

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The New York Daily News reported on Monday night that three sports memorabilia dealers pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday as part of a long-running investigation conducted by the FBI and other federal agencies.

The three dealers were Bernard Gernay of Howell, N.J., Bradley Horne of Sunset, S.C., and Jarrod Oldridge of Las Vegas, who, according to the story “acknowledged that they altered jerseys obtained from retail outlets and other sources to make them appear to be used in games by pro athletes.”

Oldridge is the owner of JO Sports Co., a company with deals in place with 14 NFL teams to sell game-used memorabilia. Gernay is the owner of Pro Sports Investments, while Horne is the owner of Authentic Sports Memorabilia Inc.

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Derek Stepan only a parallel in 2011-12 Certified

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

As you put together a base set of 2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey, don’t go crazy looking for card No. 150.

In the base version, Derek Stepan doesn’t exist.

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Mariners outfielder Greg Halman dead at 24

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found dead at a home in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, the victim of a stabbing wound. He was 24.

Halman’s 22-year-old brother was taken into custody for questioning.

In his second season with the Mariners, Halman hit .230 with tw0 home runs and six RBI in 35 games. He hit .299 with three homers and 15 RBI this season in limited action at Triple-A Tacoma. For his career, he was a .251 hitter over seven minor-league seasons with 118 home runs, 332 RBI and 109 stolen bases.

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In The Game highlights NHL Enforcers in new set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When it comes to hockey, fans loves scorers. Guys who swish around the ice and have that uncanny way of finding the back of the net.

When it comes to a second favorite type – you can surely expect enforcers to be at the top of the list. In The Game is commemorating this group of burly guys and creating an Enforcers set.

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