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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 2:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Pro Debut, featured, milb, minor league baseball, Topps | Comments (9)
Life down on the farm will be documented on baseball cards once again in 2012.
Topps unveiled its plans for 2012 Pro Debut on Friday, the first of its offerings for the new year under its exclusive deal to produce Minor League Baseball cards.
It will include two autographs and Relics per 24-pack box when it arrives on May 30.
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 1:05 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Solid Golden Greats, Albert Pujols, Babe Ruth, baseball, Beckett Grading Services, Cal Ripken Jr., derek jeter, featured, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, MLB, New York Yankees, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Ty Cobb | Comments (17)
With five days remaining until the arrival of the hobby’s most collected baseball card set, Topps has pulled back the curtain on a set of rather lustrous cards that will be found in packs of 2012 Topps as redemptions.
They are the Solid Golden Greats, 1/1 cards made out of 14-karat gold that have been slabbed in a custom holder by Beckett Grading Services, the grading and card authentication division of Beckett Media.
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 1:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2012 TRISTAR TNA Reflexxions, box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rosita, TNA, TNA Knockouts, TRISTAR | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 TRISTAR TNA Reflexxions boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 12:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Topps supreme, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, nfl, Topps | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Supreme boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on January 27, 2012 – 7:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Prime 9, Albert Pujols Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, featured, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays | Comments (1)
Topps‘ Prime 9 redemption card program returns once again for 2012 with cards for nine stars from the past and present to be found at participating hobby shops around the country.
Beginning Feb. 13, collectors can take the redemptions that they find in packs of the 2012 Topps flagship set, arriving Wednesday, and exchange them for that week’s card.
Posted on January 26, 2012 – 8:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Bowman Chrome, 2011 Topps Update, Bryce Harper, featured, MLB, Topps, Topps Value Boxes | Comments (28)
While the first Topps baseball cards of 2012 are as less than a week away, there’s been another baseball card offering — at retail, no less — that has had message boards and collectors elsewhere a buzzin’ with some big pulls that seem to be consistently busting the odds.
Key word, seem.
These 2011 Topps Value Boxes (above) include five eight-card retail packs of 2011 Topps Update, one hobby pack of 2011 Bowman Chrome, a Diamond Anniversary code card and a bonus card of Bryce Harper for just under $15 at most chain stores, though some have the boxes discounted at 25 percent off to help clear space for 2012 products. The single Chrome packs have seemed to deliver quite well for some — at least three SuperFractors of note and Harper autographs have been reported coming out of the packs among other good cards. One of those Supers? Eric Hosmer.
That got me wondering — and ripping — over the last few weeks. My results?
Posted on January 26, 2012 – 5:28 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Gordie Howe, NHL, Panini America | Comments (0)
Legendary hockey star Gordie Howe is making his rounds as of late.
Next up, he will be found at Panini America‘s booth at the NHL All-Star Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention Center on Friday.
Howe will be interacting with fans at the booth from 3-4:30 p.m., and signing special over-sized Panini cards.
This coincides with a wrapper redemption program the company will be hosting the whole weekend. Read more about that here.
Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.
Posted on January 26, 2012 – 11:17 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, JFK, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe | Comments (10)
Presidents of the United States have romantic, polarizing pasts. We remember some as great men and others have simply been forgotten.
But to rise to President is a great achievement, one that will be recorded and taught to children everywhere. Presidents and those associated with the White House have their own group of collectors, chasing after rare products and coins that depict their images.
Famous Fabrics is releasing a set that should appeal to a broad group of collectors on Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies and respective associates – aptly named 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The product is scheduled to be released mid-February.
Posted on January 25, 2012 – 4:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Mario Lemieux, NHL, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Sidney Crosby, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
In one more day, the NHL Fan Fest in Ottawa will be upon us. Upper Deck has announced its plans for hockey fans and collectors to get exclusive cards.
“When the NHL All-Star Game is in a great hockey market like Ottawa, we really try to pull out all the stops to make it a memorable experience for hockey fans in attendance,” said Jodi Wasserman, Upper Deck’s Director of Marketing. “We’re anticipating a great turnout, so we’ve come up with a highly sought-after lineup of All-Star redemption card sets to hand out each day of the show.”
Open three packs of any 2011-12 Upper Deck hockey product (Victory is excluded) at the UD booth and receive one 2011 three-card All-Star pack. Wrapper redemptions are limited to one pack per customer per day.
Posted on January 25, 2012 – 12:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Golden Ticket, autographs, featured, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr, Willie Mays | Comments (15)
Topps continued its week of 2012 baseball set teases on Wednesday as it showed the world what its Golden Tickets will look like when collectors start ripping into the flagship product beginning next week.
Ten of the tickets will be placed into hobby boxes — each good for a gold-infused MLB ball signed by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr.
Yes, all three legends will sign each ball.
Posted on January 24, 2012 – 5:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Goblin Queen, Marvel Comics, Marvel Masterpieces, NAR!, Sketch card | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
We’re prepping this year’s Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and one of the features in the issue set to arrive next month will be my picks at 10 artists who are changing the game when it comes to sketch cards.
You know, those one-of-a-kind pieces of art found on a 2.5- by 3.5- inch canvas — real art commissioned by card companies for you to find in packs.
Picking 10 is much easier said than done but one absolutely stands out from the pack — and we’re not just talking sports artists here. Check out the video above for the creation of a single sketch card by Los Angeles-based artist NAR! … it’s unreal, yet as real as it gets.
Posted on January 24, 2012 – 1:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Gold Rush, Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Belle, Albert Pujols, Dennis Eckersley, featured, MLB, Nelson Cruz, Sandy Koufax, Topps, Willie Mays | Comments (25)
Ok, all you cardboard 49ers … the 2012 Topps Gold Rush rules have been declared.
Eight days before the arrival of its flagship baseball card set for 2012, Topps has unveiled the details of its Gold Rush wrapper redemption program, and it’s one that won’t last long.
For every 50 hobby wrappers — or 14 HTA jumbo wrappers — that a collector sends in to the company, they will receive a five-card pack of Gold Rush cards.
Posted on January 24, 2012 – 11:44 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Blowoutcards, featured, Spider-Man, Thomas Fish, Todd McFarlane | Comments (2)
A preview of an item in the upcoming Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly …
If you’ve ordered sports cards on the Internet, you probably bought them from him.
If you’ve been to a larger regional show or The National, you’ve probably seen him — a somewhat unassuming big guy with a shaved head and a goatee (or some two-day scruff) working with his team in a gray Blowoutcards.com T-shirt and pair of shorts.
But what you may not know about Thomas Fish — one of the card industry’s leading dealers and leading marketers of the hobby — is that he’s dead serious about something else, too.
Original comic book art. That’s his other hobby and an area of investment — and it’s a business that’s booming.
Posted on January 23, 2012 – 6:54 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Alexander Ovechkin, hockey, Jaromir Jagr, NHL, NHL All-Star Game, Ryan Nugent Hopkins | Comments (0)
Hockey fans lucky enough to make it to Ottawa for the NHL All-Star festivities this week, will be in for a treat. Panini America is offering cards at the event through a wrapper redemption.
Panini has created base cards, autographs, memorabilia and special patch cards made just for the All-Star Game.
Posted on January 23, 2012 – 3:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, Albert Pujols, featured, Jose Reyes, MLB, Topps | Comments (13)
As seen on the cover of the next issue of Beckett Baseball at the printer right now, Topps will be including short-printed variation cards of Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes into packs of 2012 Topps Series 1 when it arrives on Feb. 1.
The company teased the cards on Monday, nine days before the arrival of the hobby’s most-collected set — and the same day as the arrival of the magazine.
This will be Pujols’ first card as a Los Angeles Angel, while Reyes will be shown with the Miami Marlins for the first time. Pujols will be on card No. 331, while Reyes will be on 332 — both will have different (and not short-printed) versions in Series 2.
What else will be found inside the packs?
Find the magazine on Feb. 1 … maybe some packs of Topps, too.