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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Box Busters Retro: 2003 Topps 205 Series 2

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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.

What did he find inside? Watch and find out …

Are you ready for the Goon?

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This hockey movie coming in March needs hockey cards.

That is all.

— Chris Olds

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.

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First impressions: 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

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.

Now, it’s time for some first impressions before the product’s arrival next week …

No logos? So what? Look at that Ichiro card. It’s better than others I saw, but it’s not as bad as many collectors’ knee-jerk or default reactions/preferences will likely make it out to be. (Also will be more of a moot point on mem cards in later products.)

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

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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.

What will she find when she rips? Watch and find out …

Six NBA rookies to watch as season starts

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

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.

But as we’re less than a week into the season, the paring will take time as the best young emerges.

Here’s a list of six rookies to watch as the NBA gets underway — after the jump:

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Box Busters Preview: 2011-12 Pinnacle

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

Watch to find out what he pulled from such great heights.

Ripping Retail: An Excell bulk baseball repack

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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.

What did he find inside? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail: An Excell baseball pack repack

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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.

What was inside? Watch and find out …

Turn Back the Clock: Beckett Monthly magazine, December 1984

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

As we ready ourselves for new calendars, it’s easy to look back on the past year that was cardboard and assess.

However with two more baseball products to come for 2011, we’re not quite there yet — so that led me to look back a little further.

How far? December 1984 — just the second issue of Beckett Monthly magazine.

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

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When he was in college at the University of Florida, it was clear that Tim Tebow was a cultural icon for football-crazed fans down in The Swamp.

Now, a couple of seasons into his NFL career, he’s been called a “Mile High Messiah.”

But when it comes to football cards, autographs and memorabilia you can give the Denver Broncos quarterback a different name, though — one that sums up his ability to sell merchandise, command top dollar for his autographs and yet keep fans coming back for more without yet being a QB who can throw for 300 yards a week without blinking.

You can call him “Mr. Must-Have.”

“We’ve considered Tim Tebow a ‘must-have’ inclusion since the day he declared he was entering the NFL Draft,” said Panini America VP of Marketing Jason Howarth. “Tim is a truly unique presence who transcends the sport of football and who can take the appeal of football cards to countless new collectors.”

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First look: 2011 Preferred basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

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.

It’s 2011 Preferred basketball, and it’s comprised of cards echoing three past products in the company’s portfolio — Panini’s Choice (a nod to Cramer’s Choice from the Pacific days), Crown Royale Silhouettes and Donruss Signatures. In fact, it’s a “three-brand” product without “base” cards at all as every card in the set is autographed except for a selection of booklet cards.

Set to arrive in late-February, this $200-per-pack product will include three autographed cards and one six- or eight-piece booklet card in every pack.

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

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Many basketball fans are going to love watching a basketball team in Los Angeles this season.

No, not that one. The other one … the Los Angeles Clippers.

With the 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. The 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.

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Box Busters: 2011 Topps American Pie

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Golf fans have a new set to look for in 2012

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Golf collectors haven’t had a trading card set dedicated to their sport since 2005.

That about to change in 2012 as Leaf is readying Leaf Metal Golf — a set that will feature a number of world-class golfers and will be loaded with autographs, all be signed directly on the cards.

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One Jimi Hendrix Relic commands cash

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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

In fact, before this year, Hendrix has just one listed in the Beckett database: 2001 American Pie. Keep in mind that the non-sports database is not complete, but always growing with new listings.

Ten years later, Topps included Hendrix in American Pie once again. The 2011 version, however, has Hendrix on base cards, parallels and coin collection cards.

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Beckett Media publishes its first graded book

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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 straight from Beckett Media.

It’s the first Beckett Graded Card Price Guide book, which arrived in hobby shops and bookstores this week — a 384-page documentation of sales data for cards that have been professionally graded.

The book includes pricing for baseball, football, basketball, golf, hockey, racing, non-sports and Magic cards.

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The Guild’s cast gathers for signing party

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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

It’s based on web series about gamers where episodes range from three to eight minutes. Not your average television show. But the company saw all the perfect elements in The Guild to create a set – and throw a party to get it finished.

“As huge fans of the show, it was easy for us to see that it had everything we look for when we evaluate properties for trading cards: a large, dedicated audience, and creators who are passionate about what they do and are in touch with their fans,” Cryptozoic’s brand manager Miranda Anderson said. “The Guild is a hit show with viewership that can compete with many televised programs, but it has the freedom of being a web series. The other benefit is that their built-in viewers are gamers and collectors already, making them a very desirable market.”

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

By Chris  Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It seems like everything has been made into a memorabilia card through the years — though some items moreso than others.

Now, we want to know which ones stand out to you … which types of cards you’d want to see in future card sets?

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 cards would you like to see more of (in any sport)?

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Numbers crunching: Memorabilia cards have made their mark on hobby

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The first memorabilia cards arrived 15 years ago with the novel idea that a smaller piece of something big and valuable could still be a pretty big deal.

Turns out they were right.

Since 1996, memorabilia cards might have built a bit more of a love-hate relationship with some collectors as the once-treasured cards have become a bit of a mainstay — almost an unexciting expectation — in today’s products. While jerseys make up most memorabilia cards these days, countless kinds of items have been chopped up and placed into cardboard. Everything from jerseys to stadium walls, towels, artificial turf and even game-used dirt have found their way into cards for fans to caress, obsess about and collect as a way to get closer to the sports that they follow.

While we’ll use a bit more time and space elsewhere — in the February 2012 Beckett Sports Card Monthly — to focus more on game-used memorabilia and items, we took time today to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about game-used memorabilia cards.

The statistics? Well, they are quite telling …

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

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

NBA fans, your wait for trading cards is officially almost over.

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

The company, which is the lone NBA card licensee, will launch its offerings with the high-end 2011 Preferred coming in late-February. That high-end product will include three autographs and one six- or eight-swatch booklet card in every pack. Its price — $200 a pop.

“We are excited by the return of the NBA and look forward to delivering NBA trading cards to basketball fans around the world with the release of our 2011-12 NBA products,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “There was so much excitement for the NBA and its players last season and we are looking forward to picking up where we left off.  The time away has only strengthened the demand for Panini NBA trading card products and we’re confident that our new product roster will be well-received.”

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First look: 2011-12 Elite Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Behold, hockey collectors. Elite is back.

As explained in Panini America‘s announcement this morning, “For the first time since the 1997-98 season, passionate NHL collectors will have a stand-alone Elite product to call their own.”

Scheduled for a late-February release, Panini’s latest brand resurrection looks to land with hints of the past and hits of the now. More on what makes Elite so elite after the jump. Read More »

Yo Gabba Gabba! Trading card Dancey Dance!

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

For those of you who just face-palmed had to Google the whimsical, nonsensical phrase “Yo Gabba Gabba,” there’s probably no need to read any further. But for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other individuals in the know, this Press Pass product could very well be the best kid-friendly hobby find in quite some time.

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.

If you just started singing, “There’s a party in my tummy,” read on to see what’s “so yummy, so yummy” about this set. Read More »

Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Sterling football

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.