Monthly Archives: December 2011

Box Busters Retro: 2003 Topps 205 Series 2

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2003 Topps 205 Series 2 baseball cards in this retro edition of Box Busters.

Are you ready for the Goon?

This hockey movie needs hockey cards. That is all.

Topps teases Five Star – No fair!

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor After a well-received rookie debut, Topps Five Star Football is back for a sophomore campaign. The company released some teaser photos earlier this week to get football fans excited for the high-end product ready to come out in mid-February.

First impressions: 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball

Some of the first behind-the-scenes glimpses of real, printed cards from Panini America’s first MLBPA-approved baseball card set, 2011 Donruss Elite, have arrived.

Ripping off Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps American Pie … and bonus Bieber!

We know you guys love some of the stuff that Chris Olds rips into in his Ripping Retail videos … now, Beckett Media contributing editor Susan Lulgjuraj gets into the act.

Six NBA rookies to watch as season starts

Basketball collectors are in a unique situation with their sport. They get to watch games and analyze rookies before any product is released. There will be at least two months of games to figure out who this year’s top rookie is going to be.

Box Busters Preview: 2011-12 Pinnacle

Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino tears into a box of 2011-12 Pinnacle.

Ripping Retail: An Excell bulk baseball repack

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he explores what can be found in a $9.99 250-card baseball pack from Excell Marketing in this latest Ripping Retail video.

Ripping Retail: An Excell baseball pack repack

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a $9.99 10-pack baseball repack from Excell Marketing in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Turn Back the Clock: Beckett Monthly magazine, December 1984

In December 1984, Beckett Monthly — now, of course, Beckett Baseball — was the only Beckett magazine for sports cards of any kind. You’d be surprised what you found inside.

Tim Tebow autographs and game-used items are “must-have” inclusions for NFL card-makers

But when it comes to football cards, autographs and memorabilia you can give the Denver Broncos quarterback a different name — Mr. Must-Have.

First look: 2011 Preferred basketball

Panini America’s offered the first looks and basic product information for its first NBA product of the 2011-12 card season Friday, and it’s a high-end return to the court made up of three past favorites.

Chris Paul’s trade escapade and new star teammates just might help card values

With Clippers’ Blake Griffin essentially on the highlight reel every night last season, fans had something to cheer about, but the addition of Chris Paul has elevated excitement to another level. Clippers now have two stars on a team that has only had six winnings seasons since the franchise began as the Buffalo Braves back in 1970.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps American Pie

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into two boxes of 2011 Topps American Pie in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of $200 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts packs in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Golf fans have a new set to look for in 2012

Golf collectors haven’t had a trading card set dedicated to their sport since 2005. But that is all about to change in 2012.

One Jimi Hendrix Relic commands cash

Despite Jimi Hendrix’s popularity as a musician and pop culture icon, he doesn’t have many trading cards to his name.

Beckett Media publishes its first graded book

If you’ve been missing the Beckett Graded Card Investor magazine or are late buying a Christmas gift for your collector, you might have a new option from Beckett.

The Guild’s cast gathers for signing party

Putting together The Guild trading card set was a unique undertaking for Cryptozoic Entertainment from start to finish.

Your Turn (BSCM): What’s your favorite type of game-used memorabilia card?

We’re not wanting a dream list or a who’s who of sports legends. We simply want to know … What types of game-used memorabilia would you like to see more of (in any sport)?

Numbers crunching: Memorabilia cards have made their mark on hobby

We took the time to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about memorabilia cards. The statistics? Well, they are quite telling.

Game on! Panini America reveals ‘overhauled’ 2011-12 NBA card lineup after lockout delay

Panini America announced its plans for the 2011-12 NBA card season on Tuesday with what it calls a “completely overhauled roster” of product lines.

First look: 2011-12 Elite Hockey

Behold, hockey collectors. Elite is back.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Trading card Dancey Dance!

DJ Lance, Foofa, Muno, Brobee, Toodee, Plex and others from the hit Nick Jr. show are coming to cardboard in mid February with a wide array of special inserts.

Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Sterling football

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

T206 Plank tops $100K at auction as expected

A PSA 5 specimen of one of the hobby’s more sought-after pre-war cards sold for more than $100,000 as had been expected in Memory Lane Inc.’s Winter Classics Auction that closed on Saturday night.

First look: Press Pass’ Essential Elvis

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Almost 35 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the most iconic cultural icons. Imagine if was still around today, the companies would be clamoring for exclusive autograph deals with The King. Press Pass, however, is still doing what it can to bring fans close to Presley […]

Box Busters Preview: 2011 Bowman Sterling

Behold the beauty of our 2011 Bowman Sterling Football break.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps USA Baseball box set

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps USA Baseball box sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 15

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. Matt Stafford, Greg Little and Donald Brown round our selections for NFL Week 15. Here’s why…

Would you, could you actually destroy a card?

Among the cheesy holiday cards I’ve received (and sent out) over these past few weeks, one piece of mail from Beckett Facebook contest winner Lee Patton continues to make me think the most.

Interest in Tim Tebow cards continues to rise

Tim Tebow is seemingly sitting on top of the NFL and cardboard world heading into Sunday’s game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

First look: 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards

Last produced in 2002 but with a history linking back to the early 1990s, Topps Archives will revive the looks of old Topps designs with brand new images of present-day players, reprints and more from the past when it arrives on May 23.

Preview Gallery: Contenders Award Winners

With the first MLBPA-approved Panini America baseball set just days away in 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, we’ll soon be getting our first looks at how Panini will be handling the challenge of logo usage on its cards for players who had been draft picks or minor leaguers this past season.

Panini’s National Treasures Football teaser builds anticipation

Most collectors don’t worry about what’s coming at the end of the trading card season just yet. Usually, we like to focus on the next coming product to gauge our interest if we want to buy or hold off until the next product comes out.