Monthly Archives: November 2011

FIRST LOOK: 2011 Prime Signatures Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

For collectors looking for autographs, 2011 Prime Signatures Football seems to be the place to turn.

Scheduled for a mid-February release with autographs from rookies, veterans and legends, the product is a “re-imagined upgrade of the 2002 Playoff Prime Signatures Football issue,” Panini wrote in a release.

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Panini adds Super Bowl pylons to Black Friday

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Black Friday is a shopper’s dream with bargains galore at every mall and major department store.

Over the last few years, card companies and hobby shops have been getting involved with the day-after-Thanksgiving bonanza, which has became famous for door-busting deals.

This year, Panini America is trying to make Black Friday memorable for football lovers, especially Green Bay Packers fans.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 SP Authentic basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 SP Authentic basketball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?  Watch and find out …

First look: 2011 Topps USA Baseball boxed set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The red, white and blue are back — in boxed set form — once again.

Topps released the basic information for its 2011 USA Baseball box set on Monday — an annual collecting staple that lets collectors get some of the earliest cards of potential future stars years before they might ever play in the big leagues all in one place.

This year’s set, which will include seven autographs, three Relics and a 61-card base set in every box, will arrive on Dec. 14.

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Press Pass releases schedule for 2012

Update: Added shipping dates added Dec. 6.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass is releasing a slew of new products for the 2012 racing card season. The company has come out with a preview list of its product line for next year and included are some non-sports titles as well at least three new racing products.

New products means some favorites are off the calendar for now, but Press Pass is trying something different for NASCAR and racing collectors.

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Biggest Busts: Which rookies did you FAIL with?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will take a look at Rookie Cards — you know, the cards who make the collecting world go round.

But for every can’t-miss guy there are countless who do … and we want to hear your prospecting horror stories (any sport).

What rookie/prospect did you go wrong with — and how many cards did you hoard?

Include your name and location with your answer and it will be included in a collection of replies showcased in the issue.

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.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 10

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. Denarius Moore,  John Skelton and Tom Brady round out our selections for NFL Week 10. Here’s why…
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Photos from the Expo: Day Three

We’re busy wrapping up on the last day at the Toronto Fall Expo, but we wouldn’t dare leave you without any parting images — specifically the few shots of Gordie Howe we managed to snap as he walked towards the autograph pavilion.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com in the coming days for plenty more interviews, photos, videos and other media from the Expo.

Voices from the Expo: A game of NHL Spot It!

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One of the two main brains behind CSE GamesFabio Del Rio invited us over to play a round of the company’s latest and greatest. Watch as Beckett Media’s Misti Floyd takes on her younger opponent in mind-bending NHL Spot It!

Pulling with everyday people: Rob the hot dog guy

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

One of the hardest working vendors at the show, Rob the hot dog guy took the time to open a few packs of cards from now and then. Although he has been selling his sausages, dogs and other bun-able meats at the Expo for a few years in a row now, he hadn’t opened a pack in 30 years — until this weekend.

Check out his reunion with O-Pee-Chee and a few other Upper Deck products in this episode of Pulling with Everyday People.

Photos from the 2011 Toronto Fall Expo: Day two

From the usual show suspects to your run of the mill Britney Spears back tattoos, this is the ongoing gallery from day two at the 2011 Toronto Fall Expo.

Voices from the expo: CuJo SuperCollector Sighting

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Collector, goalie, and all-around standup Canadian Connie Craig came by the Beckett booth to see if we had the SuperCollector issue of Sports Card Monthly on hand. She was featured in the magazine as a Curtis Joseph SuperCollector.

Check out our interview to see just how much CuJo cred she has.

ITG’s Brian Price & the All-Star Jersey evolution

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

In The Game
president Dr. Brian Price takes us deep into hockey’s past with a stout selection from his personal collection. On display from Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 at the Toronto Fall Expo, his jersey exhibit traces the NHL All-Star Game back to its origins in 1934 with the Ace Bailey benefit game.
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Voices from the Expo: Allan Levine from ITG Land

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In The Game’s Allan Levine gives us a walking tour of one of, if not the largest booths at the show. In fact, it’s so big that the company has claimed the space as “In The Game Land” for the duration of the Fall Expo.

Voices from the Expo: Upper Deck and Cards2Kids

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By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

Upper Deck
‘s Chris Carlin gives us the rundown on the company’s wrapper redemption program and introduces us to John Makowiec, the extraordinary young man behind the Cards2Kids charity.

Thanks to the partnership with Upper Deck and the good nature of collectors at the show, Makowiec is already making massive headway with the cardboard donations on the first day of the event. Contributions made at the Fall Expo will have a local impact, as singles will be re-packaged, donated and pulled by children at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Compelled collectors and other humanitarians can visit www.Cards2Kids.org to donate and learn more about this charitable initiative.

Voices from the Expo: A Redemption Story

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Father-son duo Gary and Tyler Quackenbush drop by to share an in-person redemption story at the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.

First Look: 2012 Topps Museum Collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps unveiled a new baseball card line for 2012 on Friday — but if you’ve seen it before you’re not crazy.

It’s 2012 Topps Museum Collection — a high-end line with four packs per box and one Relic or autographed Relic in every pack. Where’s the crazy part come in? Earlier this year — actually less than a month ago — the company teased 2012 Topps Marquee.

It appears this offering has since been re-named since then as it aims to feature “the most-striking cards of 2011 … now the centerpiece of their own product.”

Each pack also will have three base cards and one blue parallel in every pack, while each box is guaranteed to include one on-card autograph, one autographed Relic, one jumbo Relic and one quad Relic. Meanwhile, every case will include an autographed jumbo Relic and one framed Museum Collection on-card auto as well when it arrives on April 6.

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Voices from the Expo: Checkoutmycards.com

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Booth neighbor Steve Hollander from Checkoutmycards.com discusses his company’s services and gives us his first impressions of the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.

Photos from the 2011 Toronto Expo: Day one

From setup to sundown and beyond (the show ends at 10 p.m. on Friday), this is the ongoing gallery from day one at the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. If you came out to the show today, check here and you might just find your face in one of these photos. And if you’re feeling left out, by all means, park it here or on our Facebook page for your fill of Expo expositions.

Voices from the Toronto Expo: The Panini Booth

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Panini America’s Scott Prusha takes us on a tour of the company booth at the 2011 Toronto Fall Expo.

Voices from the Toronto Expo: The Beckett Booth

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Beckett Media’s Misti Floyd takes us on a tour of the company booth, explaining what collectors can expect when they swing by at the  2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.

Pre-Expo Panini preview : ‘What’s in Scotty’s Bag?’

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Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Panini America‘s Scott Prusha sat down to film a special episode of “What’s in Scotty’s bag?”  in the international terminal just before taking off to Toronto. Be sure to watch the video to find out what he was carrying on and what you might be able to win.

The 2011 Toronto Fall Expo: It has begun

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

With a slightly shaky internet connection and the bitter cold moving in, a few folks from Beckett Media have arrived at the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. Stay tuned to Beckett.com/news and our Facebook page for exclusive footage, photos, interviews and more. In the meantime, feel free to check out a few photos from our first night out on the town.

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Bidding on Cuba’s Yoennis Cespedes heats up with collectors, too

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Get out your World Baseball Classic prospect cards from various 2009 Topps brands … there’s some hunting to do.

It’s time to be looking for the cards of Yoennis Cespedes, a 26-year-old Cuban who is on the verge of potentially signing a sizable contract with an MLB club soon. But before the bidding heats up on the international free-agent-to-be, the bidding has picked up elsewhere … on eBay.

Topps, which had the WBC card rights in 2009, made 44 cards of the outfielder — 21 of those being memorabilia cards and all but four of those cards being serial-numbered. Of those not too rare to price, they have had a typical average value of $4.35 and a total value of $191.50 — but that seems to maybe be changing fast based on some auctions. (Previously, that was a card that typically sells for $12 or less.)

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Upper Deck reveals odds for 2011-12 NHL Series 1

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck didn’t waste any time letting collectors know about the short prints in 2011-12 NHL Series One.

The company released the information on two insert sets – Signature Sensations and UD Game Jersey — on Thursday, the same week the product came out.

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Random question: Who do you think has the best autograph … and why?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Random question time … Who do you think has the best autograph in sports — and why?

I don’t have a distinct, definitive reply, but one of the first sigs that came to mind when I thought about this was that of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. As you can see here — on an actual signed baseball — nearly every letter is seen with a clean and somewhat distinct feel to the signature as a whole.

Whose autographs — any sport , any era — stand out to you? Tell us … and show us an example.

I want to know … I might even reward the most interesting answers with an autograph.

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.

Christian Slater signs for Rittenhouse’s forthcoming Star Trek set — but not for cash

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Collectors and fans could be found anywhere. From your neighbor who finds World War II antiques to a barista at your local coffee shop with an immense Star Wars collection.

Even celebrities have collections such as Christian Slater, the actor most known for his 1990s movies such as Pump Up the Volume, Gleaming the Cube, True Romance and Heathers.

Apparently, Slater is a huge Star Trek fan — and that’s from before he appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.

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Game-used Mariano Rivera jersey headlines latest Steiner Yankees auction

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The jersey Mariano Rivera wore for his 22nd save this season — also Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th-hit game — is on the auction block in Steiner Sports‘ second-annual Yankees Legends sale and it’s already grabbing attention.

How much attention? It’s gotten 37 bids and stands at $5,201 — with plenty of time remaining before the auction closes on Nov. 27.

It’s not the only interesting piece of Yankees history, either.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Score hockey cards

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

What will they find inside? Will there be an autograph?

Watch and find out …

***CONTEST CLOSED *** Box Busters: 2011 Panini Justin Bieber 2.0 … oh, and you can WIN a Bieber autograph, too

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Panini Justin Bieber 2.0 cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? It’s worth the wait …

What is it and how can you own it? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip some 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy boxes along with Leaf’s Brian Gray in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What won’t they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf Valiant baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Leaf Valiant boxes with Leaf’s Brian Gray in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Boxing loses a legend — Joe Frazier dead at 67

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The boxing community lost one of its greatest fighters on Monday night with the death of Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

The former world heavyweight champ will forever be remembered for his three sensational fights with Muhammad Ali, including the The Fight of the Century” and the “Thrilla in Manilla.”

He died of liver cancer at age 67.

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Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Legends Racing Cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they tear into two boxes of 2011 Press Pass Legends racing. Which legends did they land? Watch and find out.

First look: 2012 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the niche favorites of this year is sticking with us for 2012 — and that’s going to suit many a collector.

Topps unveiled the first details and preview images for its 2012 MLB Sticker Collection on Monday, and it’s a 309-sticker offering with some new touches.

With an album featuring a page for every team — and six free stickers — the collection will showcase 245 MLB veterans while also including nine highlight stickers for memorable moments of the 2011 season and 25 team mascots. Also included will be 30 foil stickers with two MLB teams per sheet.

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