Monthly Archives: January 2012

Beckett Baseball: Best of 2011 Fans’ Vote

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.

How much for a 2012 Topps Rally Squirrel card? Have we gone nuts?

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 more than $600.

Celebrations and fun take center stage on 2012 Topps short-prints

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.

Onyx Authenticated plans event with New York Yankees players, prospects

Onyx Authenticated is a relative newcomer on the packaged memorabilia scene, and it’s got an event planned with several newcomers to one of the grandest baseball teams of them all.

Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps baseball cards

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.

Your Turn (Beckett Baseball issue No. 73): Who would you put in the Hall of Fame?

If you had one vote, who would you vote for and why?

Basketball collectors shelling out green for one shade of Totally Certified parallels

With basketball season in full swing, collectors seems to be jumping for cards once again – even if there isn’t a single new NBA product out just yet.

(Updated) Card Gallery: 2012 Topps baseball

While we’re a few days away from Feb. 1 — aka the official 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.

Exclusive: St. Louis Cardinals’ Rally Squirrel gets a 2012 Topps baseball card

The Rally Squirrel has a rookie card.

Gordie Howe deal takes Panini to the next level

Panini America’s hockey cards just got an instant makeover. Courtesy of Gordie Howe.

First look: 2012 Topps Pro Debut MiLB cards

Topps unveiled its plans for 2012 Pro Debut on Friday, the first if its offerings for the new year under its exclusive deal to produce Minor League Baseball cards.

First look: 2012 Topps Solid Golden Greats

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.

Box Busters: 2012 TRISTAR TNA Reflexxions

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.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Supreme football

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.

Preview Gallery: 2012 Topps Prime 9 redemptions

Topps’ Prime 9 redemption card program returns once again for 2012 with nine stars from the past and present set to be redeemed at participating hobby shops around the country.

Loaded question: Are the 2011 Topps Update Value Boxes stacked?

I’ve landed three Bowman Chrome autographs in my last 10 Bowman Chrome packs from 2011 Topps Value Boxes.

Gordie Howe to appear for Panini at NHL Fan Fair

Gordie Howe will be found at Panini America’s booth at the NHL All-Star Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention Center on Friday.

Famous Fabrics creates Presidential cut set

Presidents of the United States have romantic, polarizing pasts. We remember some as great men and others have simply been forgotten.

UD reveals plans for NHL All-Star Fan Fest

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.

Topps teases Gold Rush Golden Tickets

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.

The BSCM Art Issue: One sketch card artist that you must absolutely see to believe

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.

Topps releases details on Gold Rush wrapper redemption

Ok, all you cardboard 49ers … the Gold Rush rules have been declared.

BIG INK, BIG BUCKS: Blowout Cards’ Thomas Fish isn’t just serious about sports cards

Original comic book art – the one-of-a-kind hand-drawn paper-and-ink pages used to print the tales the past — is perhaps surpassing even the most powerful of trading cards in some circles.

Panini America offers wrapper redemptions at NHL All-Star Game

  By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor 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 […]

Short-printed Albert Pujols & Jose Reyes cards set to arrive in 2012 Topps Series 1

As seen on the cover of the next issue of Beckett Baseball, 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.

Auction Watch: The sweet smell of socks-cess?

You might not think that a pair of stirrup socks would be worth one’s time at auction … but this dynamic duo proved that notion wrong last fall when they appeared on the auction block via Heritage Auctions.

Monday Morning Collector: Conference Championships

For the postseason we’ll select three standout players for each round. Here are our picks for the conference championship round of the 2011 NFL Playoffs.

A Look at Joe Paterno’s limited card legacy

As football fans continue to mourn and contemplate the loss of legendary Joe Paterno, the collecting world offers its cardboard tribute.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Press Pass Legends

Join Chris Olds as he rips into a retail pack of 2011 Press Pass Legends racing in this latest installment of Ripping Retail.

Panini, Topps create cards for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl participants

Some of the top college football players competed in the NFLPA Bowl on Saturday night. While the players are working toward the NFL Draft and received national exposure, they also received a memento to take home with them.

Panini readies Contenders for Feb. 22 release

Panini America released the basic box breakdown information and additional preview images for its forthcoming 2011 Playoff Contenders baseball card set on Friday, the second of its MLBPA-approved products and the first to have a deeper MLB player presence inside.

Box Busters: 2011-12 ITG Enforcers

Watch as Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into two pack/boxes.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Black Diamond

Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of 2011-12 Black Diamond hockey cards.

Box Busters Preview: 2011-12 ITG Enforcers

Beckett Media’s sneak peek at 2011-12 Enforcers by In The Game.

Beckett Basketball Poll: Blake Griffin or Derrick Rose … who you got?

In the next issue of Beckett Basketball, we’re going to ask a simple question that might not be so simple for collectors to answer.