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Monthly Archives: December 2011

T206 Plank tops $100K at auction as expected

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

The Eddie Plank T206 card, which featured a Sweet Caporal back, sold for $107,100 after 16 bids and buyer’s premium as part of an event that generated $1.6 million in sales.

“The auction again showed the strength of rare and high grade material,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen. “Collectors are willing to invest in items that either exist only in small quantities or carry a grade that makes them desirable to those who want the best they can find.”
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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 with its forthcoming set Essential Elvis, which is due out in February.

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Box Busters Preview: 2011 Bowman Sterling

Behold the beauty of our 2011 Bowman Sterling Football break.  These are just six cards from the entire rip, but they should give you a decent idea of what’s to come in our soon-to-post Box Busters episode.

While you’re waiting for the video, make sure to visit our Facebook page to see 12 more highlights from the break. Read More »

Box Busters: 2011 Topps USA Baseball box set

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

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… Read More »

Would you, could you actually destroy a card?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Media | Commentary

Among the cheesy holiday cards I’ve received (and sent out) over these past few weeks, one not-so-cheesy piece of mail from Beckett Facebook contest winner Lee Patton continues to make me think the most.

Patton, who won the opportunity to destroy my very own Vince Young card after a lopsided Red River Rivalry game, sent me a thank you card and explained his position. “I watched your heartfelt video and decided to send your card back. Which I really don’t like destroying cards. Just goes against my collecting nature.”

To my surprise, he included not only the original Young card I kissed goodbye, but another single to add to my collection.

Was  this a trick? Should I have expected both cards to suddenly vanish into thin air and then see a hologram of Patton laughing and saying “nanner, nanner boo boo?” Read More »

Interest in Tim Tebow cards continues to rise

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Love him or hate him, football fans everywhere cannot stop talking about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. All that attention and has transformed into collectors going after a number of his Rookie Cards.

Why all the fuss?

We can take a guess, but from all accounts it seems Tebow is genuinely a good person. He’s engaging and is certainly a leader, based on the way his teammates have responded. But even more important to football fans is that Tebow’s team is winning.

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First look: 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A day after it teased the return of Fan Favorites as an insert card set, the home of those Favorites has been unveiled.

And they’ll be found in the archives — 2012 Topps Archives to be exact.

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.

Every 24-pack hobby box will include two Fan Favorites autographs inside, while rarer finds will include redemptions for larger memorabilia pieces directly from the Topps Vault.

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Preview Gallery: Contenders Award Winners

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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 use on its cards for players who had been draft picks or minor leaguers this past season.

But with Playoff Contenders, coming in January, we’ll get to see how they handle the big-leaguers.

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Panini’s National Treasures Football teaser builds anticipation

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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.

But Panini America likes to constantly tease it collectors with pictures and info from products that won’t be coming out until the spring.

It’s a way to build collector interest in forthcoming products, just as they did recently with 2011 National Treasures Football. The set is still in its relative infancy as cards are being set to players for their signatures – and there isn’t even a release date firmly placed on the cardboard calendar just yet.

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McQueary card reveals eerie tie to Sandusky

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor | Commentary

Beyond the shock and dismay brought on by today’s key testimony in a preliminary hearing for the Jerry Sandusky trial, we managed to find a few cards of former Penn State player and assistant football coach Mike McQueary in the Beckett database.

The key witness has a total of three cards, but this one in particular sent some shivers. Read More »

First look: 2012 Topps Archives Fan Favorites

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is bringing back the favorites.

The Fan Favorites, that is.

The company teased the release of a new — but old — line of cards for 2012 as it appears it is readying Fan Favorites for a return of sorts after a seven-year hiatus.

Fan Favorites, which first arrived in 2003, was a set comprised of past favorites in new photos on varying card designs from past Topps sets. The real draw? Certified autographs — signed on-card — along with the old looks with new (cleaner) printing technology. Oh, and there were Chrome cards — and Refractors, too. This time, though, they will be found as an insert set in an also-revived and not-yet-unveiled Topps Archives product.

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Did you know? … Jose Cano has a story

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

I’ve said for years — and written it at a few stops along the way — that every card has a story.

Here’s my latest example, which comes from a set I have sorted thousands of cards from through the years — and it’s a card I don’t remember ever seeing because it’s just that forgettable.

It’s a 1990 Bowman Jose Cano Rookie Card — card No. 68 — and it’s generously valued at a nickel. But the story part? Did you know that this once 27-year-old pitcher with six games in the big leagues in 1989 has a pretty famous son?

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Ripping Retail: 10 Japanese baseball card packs

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into 10 random packs of Japanese baseball cards from BBM and Konami in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Why Japanese baseball cards? Because the MLB world is awaiting the news of whether Japan’s Yu Darvish will come to MLB, of course.

What was inside? Watch and find out …

Prime Cuts returns in March with MLB legends

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The box is back.

Panini America announced on Thursday that one of the most-popular high-end releases from the Donruss-Playoff days, Prime Cuts, will return in March with some of baseball’s most legendary names in tow.

The names are part of a new card agreement with CMG Worldwide, which will give Panini the rights to use the likenesses of Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, Johnny Mize, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Roy Campanella, Thurman Munson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Jim Thorpe in its MLBPA-approved products.

It will be the first Prime Cuts release by Panini, though the brand was quite popular in 2004-05 when Donruss was a full MLB Properties and MLBPA-approved manufacturer and then when it was revived by the former company after it lost its MLB licensing in 2008.

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UD’s National Hockey Card Day coming to USA

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

For three years, hockey fans in the United States have been shut out from Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day where collectors can get free packs from select hobby shops. The event was only held in Canada.

Well, get ready. This year, Upper Deck is extending the trading card holiday to America.

On Feb. 11, 2012, National Hockey Card Day will be held in Canada and the United States simultaneously with separate sets for each country.

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The Hunger Games offers digital cards to fans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Hunger Games became a sensational literary hit last year. A dark tale about redemption, freedom and an unlikely hero.

The books were such a success that the story has been created into a movie, which will premiere in March.

And these days, any good movie has a trading card set to go along with a marketing blitz.

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Topps’ new American Pie card set an absolute time capsule of pop culture (updated with video)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The return of ToppsAmerican Pie line after a decade on the sidelines was a slightly surprising one, but after just glimpsing at some of the cards in the newly released set it’s clear that it has done its job.

It’s a non-sport set that reflects American pop culture and history.

It’s a non-sports set that highlights the past as well as the present — right up to notable events of this year.

It’s a set I want to rip into — even though I haven’t even had it in hand yet.

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A not-so-common collecting challenge arises

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

We all have our “common” players who we collect for varying reasons. We all have our local stars who made it or a college player who defied the odds and made it to pro sports from Smalltown USA.

I have a few of them from my collecting life — guys I casually collect when I find their cards but don’t necessarily hunt — but one from the University of Alabama chapter of my collection took an interesting twist recently as I discussed the hobby with a Japanese collector/dealer via Twitter.

My player? Former New York Yankee Andy Phillips. The twist? Recently discovering he has a certified autograph card — one that many of you have probably never seen.

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Box Busters: 2011 Gridiron Gear

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Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of Panini’s 2011 Gridiron Gear release. Did they pull a pull-out autograph from the break?

Watch and find out.

In the Game’s Brian Price speaks out over Enforcers controversy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Dr. Brian Price and In The Game have spent nearly a year working on its Enforcers hockey trading card set. As a fan of hockey, Price said he was looking for a way to honor a part of the game that doesn’t get enough credit in the daily box score.

But a month away from the release of Enforcers, ITG found itself surrounded in controversy based designs where some cards show blood spatter. Critics cried that the sets were depicting violence and sent the wrong message.

ITG says that’s wholly untrue.

“I have heard a lot of negative comments, but they aren’t from card collectors,” Price said. “I have been a collector for 55 years. I am very close to the game and I respect the game. I am paying them tribute as a card collector, hockey fan and hockey purist.

“The support I have gotten from collectors, dealers and distributors has been overwhelming. That’s who I make hockey cards for.”

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Box Busters: 2011 Gold Standard Football

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Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box (or a bar, or a brick, or whatever you want to call it) of Panini’s 2011 Gold Standard football product.

Did they land a diamond card or a piece of the precious metal? Watch and find out.

Press Pass’ Rising Stars set full of fresh faces

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you ever wondered who the next up-and-coming racers were, Press Pass is making it easier for collectors with its Rising Stars insert set in 2012 Total Memorabilia.

The hit-laden set is due out in February and is a brand new product on Press Pass’ 2012 trading card line up.

The Rising Stars card will have an insert and an autographed memorabilia parallel card.

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Tim Tebow tops latest eTopps offering

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Love him or hate him, NFL fans cannot stop talking about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

However, the undeniable fact is that with him as the starting QB, the Broncos are 7-1. Can Tebow take all the credit? Absolutely not. Luck, bad plays by the opposition and some great kicking are some of the reasons the Broncos are where they are now.

But that doesn’t mean collectors aren’t going to ride the Tebow wave as long as they can.

That includes card companies. Tebow and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz are this week’s offerings on the eTopps website.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

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. Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Locker and Rob Gronkowski round out our selections for NFL Week 14. Here’s why…

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