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Monthly Archives: November 2011

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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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 9

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. Julio Jones, Jake Ballard and Joe Flacco round out our selections for NFL Week 9. Here’s why…

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Upper Deck revamps insert in 2011-12 Series 1

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In about a week, Upper Deck releases its 2011-2012 Series 1 Hockey, and it is trying something a different this year with Hockey Heroes, one of its most popular inserts.

“The Hockey Heroes insert set has been an integral part of the Upper Deck NHL release each year, but it had grown a little tired and become redundant for collectors,” UD said in a statement. “So the hockey team worked to come up with a new way to deliver the set to collectors.”

The company has come up with a theme for the set that will carry into next year.

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First look: 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of Topps‘ most popular retro baseball card lines of the year, Gypsy Queen, will be back once again in 2012.

The company revealed the basic product information and preview images for the second edition of the cards modeled after the 1880s tobacco cards on Thursday, and it looks like it will once again include two autographs and two Relics per hobby box when it arrives on April 18.

Next year’s edition will include a 350-card base set with 50 short-prints as well as standard and mini versions. There also will be mini exclusives again, too, as each 24-pack hobby box will contain a 10-card mini box-topper. That set will consist of 91 players with autographs — a new inclusion– and other inserts also included in the box-toppers.

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One of baseball’s most famous families loses a member

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of baseball’s most memorable families has lost one of its stars.

Matty Alou, one of three Alou brothers to play the outfield for the San Francisco Giants in the same game in the 1960s, died Thursday in Miami. He was 72.

Matty, along with his brothers Felipe and Jesus, all were members of the Giants outfield in 1963 and remain the only three brothers to bat in the same half-inning of an MLB game. The Dominican-born star was the 1966 NL batting champ when he led the league with a .342 average. In 15 big-league seasons, played mostly with the Giants and Pirates, he hit .307 with 1,777 hits and 427 RBI.

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The greatest player to grace the gridiron is…

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

This is one of, if not the most loaded of all loaded questions in all of sports.

Who is the greatest football player of all time? Is it Joe Montana? Or maybe Jim Brown? Could it actually be Tom Brady? Thankfully, we have another question to settle the contemporary debate.

Who is the greatest legend in the making?

In preparation for our upcoming issue of Beckett Football, we’re asking collectors to weigh in with their picks for the No. 1 player of all time and the No. 1 active (non-retired) gridiron great. Comment here with your choices for the best all-time legend and the best legend in the making.

Be sure to leave your name and where you’re from (city, state), as we’ll be printing some of your picks in the coming issue and perhaps in a top-secret-oops-I-just-let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag special 50 greatest football players publication.