Monthly Archives: November 2011

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.

Beckett Grading and James Spence now encapsulating, authenticating autographed baseballs

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A recent discussion with an MLB employee in Dallas for the World Series led to a quick chat about something new with Beckett Grading Services — and it’s a product launch that started with a pretty impressive first specimen.

BGS and James Spence Authentication are now encapsulating, grading and authenticating autographed baseballs as part of BGS’ services with every ball permanently encased in a sonically sealed tamper-proof BallDome that features the information along its base.

The first baseball to get the treatment? The Babe Ruth ball seen above, graded a BGS 9 for the ball’s condition and a BGS 9 for the ink quality while passing full JSA inspection.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Chrome football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Chrome football boxes 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 Absolute Memorabilia football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Absolute Memorabilia in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out…

Box Busters: 2011 Crown Royale football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini’s baseball debut will arrive on Black Friday

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you’ve been awaiting Panini America‘s first baseball cards, then your wait just got shorter.

Why? Black Friday will include a little bit extra this year — and it will include the first Panini baseball cards under the company’s new MLBPA license.

How? Panini will be sending Black Friday redemption packs to selected hobby shops around the country as bonuses for customers who purchase certain types and amounts of product on the biggest shopping day of the year, Nov. 25.

Inside those wrapper-redemption packs — well before the arrival of Donruss Elite Extra Edition on Dec. 21 — will be all kind of stuff from the company’s four major U.S. sports licenses — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and members of the MLBPA. That includes autographs, too.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Your Turn: What’s in the cards for 2012?

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary

You may have seen the Your Turn page in nearly every issue of Beckett Baseball where we showcase stuff that is all about you. You can see your comments on hobby topics and get chances to win cool stuff in contests all on one page.

This coming year could be different for baseball card collectors with Topps as the sole MLB licensee but with Panini America being a new player on the field with its MLBPA license. We want you to get out your collecting crystal baseball and tell us what you think the hobby will look like next year.

Here’s the question for our next issue: What do you predict seeing for baseball cards in 2012? (Baseball only. Take our poll after the jump.)

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TRISTAR signs Lance Berkman to autograph deal

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and World Series champion Lance Berkman has signed an exclusive autograph deal with TRISTAR, the company announced Tuesday.

His first signing with the company is set for next Tuesday with pre-orders closing on Friday. A signed World Series baseball costs $129, while several inscriptions will be available — each of those will cost $169, according to the Houston-based company.

The former Houston Astros star hit .301 with 31 home runs in his first season as a Cardinal. He spent his previous 12 seasons with the Astros before he played in 37 games for the New York Yankees at the end of last year. He hit .423 with 11 hits a home run and five RBI in the World Series.

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Winnipeg soars again with Upper Deck’s Jets set

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

After Winnipeg got its beloved Jets back, it was only a matter of time before the hobby saw a commemorative card set.

Rejoicing Jets fans will just have to wait until Nov. 8, when Upper Deck‘s 15-card tribute takes flight as a special gift with purchases made at UD Certified Diamond Dealers in Manitoba.  According to the company’s announcement, collectors who buy a “select amount of 2011-12 Upper Deck NHL packs” will receive a three-card pack, comprised of current Winnipeg wonders seen after the  jump.

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