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Posted on January 31, 2012 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, Beckett Baseball, Best of 2011, MLB | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
While we know this week marks the arrival of a new baseball season on cardboard, we’re still technically not done with 2011 just yet.
It’s time for the Beckett Baseball awards issue — and we want your votes.
After the jump, you will find 13 key categories to make your picks for the best of 2011 — everything from Product of the Year to the Best Gimmick. We’ll showcase your picks alongside ours for all of these categories — and more — in the April issue.
What are you waiting for? Get voting!
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Posted on January 31, 2012 – 3:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, MLB, Rally Squirrel, Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals, Topps | Comments (17)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
Even the day before 2012 Topps‘ official arrival, there is at least one card making national headlines.
It’s the Rally Squirrel’s “rookie card.”
As previously reported here on Friday, the Rally Squirrel release is a rarer version of Skip Schumaker’s card – the rabble-rousing rodent made his run into immortality on the Busch Stadium infield as he was awaiting a pitch – so all you see on it is the infielder’s heel in a photo taken by Tom Gannam of The Associated Press. (The regular version of card No. 93 shows Schumaker sliding into home plate.)
But that’s not what’s nutty.
The first copy of the short-printed variation (not an official RC) to sell on eBay went for $319.95 via a Buy It Now and a second sold on Tuesday went for $299. The first auction that was completed ended at $611.99 after 26 bids on Tuesday.
Now that‘s nutty.
Posted on January 31, 2012 – 3:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps short-prints, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (11)
More than 20 short-printed variation cards in 2012 Topps have been confirmed by a group of case-breakers around the country — the day before the product’s arrival.
Falling at an average of two per case, the 20 short-printed cards typically showcase players celebrating with their teammates or on the receiving end of a Gatorade bath or other celebration ritual. However, two other variations, the previously announced Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes short-prints, are substantially tougher pulls than the celebration cards, according to Brent Williams, an Arkansas-based dealer.
See the full list — and all the cards — after the jump.
Posted on January 31, 2012 – 12:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | autographs, Curtis Granderson, Dellin Betances, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Gary Sanchez, Jose Campos, Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, New York Yankees, Onyx Authenticated | Comments (0)
Onyx Authenticated is a relative newcomer on the packaged memorabilia scene, and it’s got an event planned with several newcomers and young stars from one of the grandest baseball teams of them all.
The New York Yankees.
“An Evening with the Bronx Bombers” is set for March 11 in Tampa, Fla., with eight current members or prospects scheduled to appear. And that includes the newest Yankee of them all, Michael Pineda, who was acquired from the Mariners on Jan. 14.
Posted on January 30, 2012 – 11:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps, Alex Gordon, baseball cards, derek jeter, Eric Hosmer, featured, Mickey Mantle, Rally Squirrel, Relic, Topps | Comments (16)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into several types of 2012 Topps baseball packs in this latest edition of Ripping Retail — two days before the official street date for the product.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 30, 2012 – 4:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Barry Larkin, Baseball Hall of Fame, Beckett Baseball, Hall of Fame, Ron Santo | Comments (24)
This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting has come and gone — and there was just one former player elected for induction by the writers this year, former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.
Joining him will be the late Ron Santo, a Chicago Cubs legend, who was selected for induction by the Veterans Committee back in December.
But you probably know all that. We just want to know one thing for the next issue of Beckett Baseball, and it’s a simple question:
If you had one vote, who would you vote for and why?
Please include your name and location with your comment. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the next magazine.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on January 30, 2012 – 2:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2010-11 Totally Certified, Derrick Rose, featured, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James | Comments (8)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
With basketball season in full swing, collectors seem to be jumping for cards once again – even if there isn’t a single new NBA product out just yet.
It seems as though last season’s parallels from Panini America’s 2010-11 Totally Certified are doing extremely well on the secondary market.
But there is one parallel in particular that collectors seem to want more than others.
Perhaps there’s just something about the color green that we like.
Posted on January 29, 2012 – 4:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1987 Topps Minis, 2012 Topps, Albert Pujols, baseball cards, Bob Gibson, David Ortiz, derek jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury, MLB, New York Yankees, Roger Maris, Topps, Willie Mays | Comments (16)
While we’re a few days away from Feb. 1 — aka the arrival day for this year’s version of the hobby’s most-collected set, Topps baseball — we’ll offer some peaks at what’s inside the wrappers in the simplest way possible.
A no-words-necessary card gallery.
See a selection of the insert cards to be found beginning on Wednesday after the jump. (We’ll add more images soon — and look for more items on the start of the new baseball card year here soon.)
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 4:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, featured, Rally Squirrel, Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals, World Series | Comments (30)
The Rally Squirrel has a rookie card.
As seen in the pages of the latest issue of Beckett Baseball arriving on Wednesday — the same day as 2012 Topps baseball — the beloved rabble-rousing rodent who became an icon for the St. Louis Cardinals‘ run to a World Series title now can be found in packs of cards.
It’s one of a few surprise short-printed variation cards to be found in the product — so it’s not really a Rookie Card — but it should be one that commands attention from collectors. (It’s also an idea that we floated about last October — click here to read that story — when some members of the baseball world were going nutty. Maybe we weren’t alone.)
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 4:08 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Dominion, 2012 NHL All Star Weekend, All-Star Weekend, featured, Gordie Howe, Hockey Legends, Mr. Hockey, Panini America | Comments (3)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor | Commentary
Panini America’s hockey cards just got an instant makeover. Courtesy of Gordie Howe.
For the Texas-based card maker, now in its second year with an NHL license, this is a real game changer — maybe even game-changier than video cards. Since the company started producing hockey cards, one of the biggest questions among collectors has been something along the lines of, “Okay, the young stars are great, but where are all the autographs and memorabilia from legendary, like Gordie Howe legendary players?”
As of today, that question has been answered.