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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Panini America releases Black Friday shop list

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America has given you information about its Black Friday extravaganza with Super Bowl pylon cards to its first MLBPA baseball cards, but Sunday is when the big news came rolling in.

Select dealers across the country are participating in the wrapper redemption programs and collectors wanted to know if their local shop is in. Well, the wait is over as Panini released a preliminary list of participating dealers.

Check it out below.

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Julius Erving auction nets $3.5 million

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the most iconic basketball figures sold off his entire collection in auction that ended Sunday.

Julius Erving – better known as Dr. J – got rid of everything from championship rings to watches to trophies and game-worn clothing. The 144 pieces netted Erving $3.5 million at SCP Auctions, based out of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Read More »

Upper Deck surprises with “A Day with the Cup”

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Stanley Cup could show up in some crazy places. On top of a mountain, on a joy ride, or even used to give a child a bubble bath (Remember that ESPN commercial?).

Upper Deck created an unannounced insert set in this year’s 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series 1 that showed off how the Boston Bruins celebrated their time with the Cup with an insert aptly named “Day with the Cup,” the company said in a release.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Tier One baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into not one but two boxes of 2011 Topps Tier One baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?  Watch and find out …

Vampire Diaries autographs jump off pages

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Vampire Diaries is everyone’s (almost) favorite group of bloodsuckers.

The CW hit became popular when it premiered in 2009, grabbing the attention of supernatural drama fans.

Cryptozoic Entertainment added another element for fans – a set of trading cards with autographs and memorabilia cards.

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University of Wisconsin aims to stop sales of star quarterback’s baseball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Russell Wilson baseball card owners might get a letter from the University of Wisconsin if they have his cards for sale.

Wilson has cards in 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects, 2010 Bowman Draft Prospects and 2010 Topps Pro Debut after he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 draft and played second base this summer for the Class-A Asheville Tourists.

However, Wilson is also the quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers. He transferred there from N.C. State. He has thrown for 2,416 yards and 25 touchdowns for the 8-2 Badgers this season.

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Topps’ 2011 UFC Moment of Truth weeks away

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

MMA collectors are just two weeks away from a new product release: 2011 Topps UFC Moment of Truth.

This looks to be one of the most comprehensive sets Topps has put out when it comes to UFC.

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Random Question II: What single card would you want to own as a perfect BGS 10?

For the first Random Question, click here.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Random Question time … What one card would you want as a perfect BGS 10?

Just like the first question, I don’t have a distinct, definitive reply, but rather a few cards that might qualify. The real question one must first ask is whether you’d pick a card for the money — or for a card you’d want. Let us know which way you’d go …

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.

FIRST LOOK: 2011 Totally Certified Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Video cards are coming to football.

Panini America is bringing HRX video trading cards to 2011 Totally Certified Football, which is due out in January.

Panini began the video card experiment with basketball and will be doing a number of similar promotions with it. Just like the basketball cards, the HRX video cards will feature exclusive videos, autographed versions and 1/1 gold autographed versions.

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Box Busters: 2011 UD Oklahoma & Texas football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of new Upper Deck football boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?  Watch and find out …

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.