Monthly Archives: December 2011

Beckett bids farewell to Tim Trout

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After 12 years of service, Beckett Hockey Price Guide analyst and Racing editor Tim Trout has decided to leave the building, but not the hobby.

Today will be Trout’s last day with the company as he prepares to take on his new role with Panini America. Instead of hunting down checklists and tracking sales on the secondary market, he’ll be on the other side helping to develop products for hockey and other sports.

His talent and time will truly be missed at the Beckett office, but we are genuinely excited to see what he makes of his hobby experience on the manufacturing side.

When a piece of cardboard satisfies …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For years, I had a personal rule that I never spent more than $15 on a single baseball card — period.

Then, of course, came memorabilia cards and certified autographs … and that changed some things.

In the past, I never had a problem spending money on wax as that’s how much of my collection was built — well, that and trading. But that also meant that much of my collection reflected more current years — you know, the ones this thirtysomething can actually remember.

Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of cards from a broader era of collecting — the Topps years — mostly stuff obtained via trades and smaller lot buys. But pre-war cards? I might own a dozen — mostly because of buybacks found in packs of Topps 205 and Allen & Ginter and other small-dollar purchases. Pre-war cards were just never an affordable priority.

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First look: UD 2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Basketball fans should get ready for a blast from the past from Upper Deck.

The company is bringing back Fleer Retro Basketball for a new season, featuring many stars in college uniforms on card designs from more than a decade ago.

The base set will consist of 50 regular cards and 33 rookie sensations, including many of the rookies fans have patiently waited to watch during the lockout such as Jimmer Fredette.

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Preview Gallery: 2011 Elite Extra Edition autos

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The arrival of the first Panini America baseball card set under its new deal with the MLB Players Association is just weeks away.

Today, we have for you a few exclusive preview images of autographed prospect cards to be found in 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition once the boxes start arriving on Dec 21.

Each 20-pack box will include six autographs. Meanwhile, four Hot Boxes per 20-box case will include 10 autographs. For those not quick enough to do the math, that’s 136 autographs per case.

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Memory Lane Inc. set to auction six-figure Plank

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A PSA 5 Eddie Plank T206 card is among the treasures up for sale in Memory Lane Inc.’s Winter Classics Auction which opens on Saturday.

A lower-grade copy of the card — one of the rarest cards from one of the most widely collected sets of the early 1900s — sold for more than $90,000 in a sale by the Tustin, Calif.-based auction house earlier this year, meaning this one should fetch six-figures easily.

The card is one of many key pre-war releases found in the event.

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VIDEO: Gary Payton opens National Treasures

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Orange County Sports Cards had a special guest in the shop this past week. Former NBA player Gary Payton – who does not look 43 years old – stopped by the store to hang out with fans and open a box of 2010-11 Panini National Treasures.

Orange County Sports Cards posted videos to its YouTube account, including Payton’s reaction to opening the $400-plus box of cards. Read More »