Monthly Archives: January 2012

First Look: 2012 Topps Tier One baseball cards

Topps unveiled the basic product information and preview images for the sophomore release of Tier One on Thursday, a second chapter in the high-end brand that will arrive in June.

Topps answers eTopps cancellation questions

When Topps announced it was canceling its eTopps program last week, the brief statement left more questions than answers for collectors.

Memory Lane Inc. begins massive break of key vintage baseball sets

The breaking of a massive collection of high-grade vintage baseball cards has begun through Memory Lane Inc. with more than 4,000 key cards from baseball’s golden years available to collectors.

Mr. Hockey is back In The Game

Adding allure to its upcoming Heroes & Prospects release, In The Game revealed that a certain Gordie Howe will be making a long-awaited return to the company’s 2012 product lineup.

Japanese star Yu Darvish signs with Rangers (updated)

One of Japan’s most successful professional pitchers just might be on his way to America as the Texas Rangers won the bidding rights for Yu Darvish of the NPB’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and now have 30 days to sign him to a big-league deal.

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie Card arrives in 2012 Total Memorabilia

Danica Patrick has been popular ever since she came on to the professional racing scene. This year, her brand takes another jump when she will race full-time on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and also a limited scheduled in the Sprint Cup Series, the highest form of racing in the United States.

Is Rob Lowe right? Is Peyton Manning retiring?

Could Rob Lowe’s tweet create a sudden demand and spike values for Peyton Manning’s football cards?

Topps Magic to hit gridiron one more time with online-exclusive rookie release (updated)

As teased in the pages of Beckett Football on sale now, Topps Magic will return to the NFL one more time this season with an online-exclusive rookies-focused box set coming later this month.

NFL Playoffs: And then there were four

Who’s the next cardboard icon from the narrowing postseason picture?

Your Turn (BSCM Art Issue): Who are your favorite art sets or artists?

This year’s installment of The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is nearly upon us and we want to know who you like.

Little League card is a big deal for one Mom

For some collectors, a find like this Yearbook card from 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition might be something they skip right over as they tear through pack after pack in search of autographs.

First look: 2011-12 NBA Hoops

It’s been a long wait for this one, but Panini America has finally released the first official glimpses at the return of a hobby staple to the hardwood this year in 2011-12 NBA Hoops.

First look: 2012 Upper Deck SP Authentic Golf

After a lengthy absence from the golf scene, Upper Deck is coming back with a new set this year.

(Tuesday) Morning Collector: Divisional Picks

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

First look: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter (updated)

Topps unveiled the first look at the seventh installment of its most popular baseball card sets on Friday as it teased 2012 Allen & Ginter.

The Brees Knees: Does Drew need another ring?

Since Dec. 26 — the night he broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record — Brees has been hammering home his case for football immortality. And (sorry, Niners fans) there’s a pretty good chance that his legend will continue to grow after this weekend.

Beckett Basketball Poll: Does a Pacific brands revival interest you?

The likes of Crown Royale with its diecut crowns will be back inside Preferred (click here for the First Look story) as well as nods to cards such as Cramer’s Choice

The Skinny on ITG’s 2011-12 Heroes & Prospects

Start pumping your fists, hockey collectors. In The Game’s better-bang-for-your-buck Heroes & Prospects release will hit shelves before you know it.

Update: Topps ends eTopps in all sports

Topps has announced that it will no longer make eTopps cards for football.

Leaf preparing Army All-American High School cards with Barry Sanders Jr.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor In the coming months, collectors will be able to get their hands on cards of Barry Sanders Jr., when Leaf releases its Army All-American High School Game All-Star cards. Many highly touted prospects competed in this game including the famous running back’s son.

Topps tops Topps Precision with more Tebow

Joining in on what appears to be mass hysteria over the Mile High Messiah, Topps confirmed today that its soon-to-release Precision line will include just what the world needs — more Tebow.

Other options for doggone 2012 Allen & Ginter

Topps may have left some collectors howling on Wednesday when it teased one of the insert sets in its soon-to-be-announced 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps WWE Classic

Join Chris Olds as he rips into 10 retail packs of the newest wrestling card set from Topps, 2011 WWE Classic, in this latest installment of ripping retail.

Upper Deck 2011-12 Black Diamond collectors find unannounced surprises

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor As collectors began to open Upper Deck‘s 2011-12 Black Diamond, which released today, some got a little surprise in their boxes. Upper Deck included previously unannounced autograph cards of Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby.

Monday Morning Collector: Wild Card Weekend

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

Box Busters: 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Ken Griffey Jr. & Deion Sanders’ sons among players on Topps All-American cards

Thursday night’s Under Armour All-American high school all-star football game featured some well-known names, well at least their dads.

Topps corrects Lou Gehrig Triple Threads error — with a cut autograph

Topps has corrected a high-profile mistake on a high-profile game-used memorabilia card for an Arizona-based collector in a pretty grand fashion.

Preview Gallery: 2011 Topps Five Star Football

Sometimes all you need are pictures — how’s some 2011 Topps Five Star Football sound?

BGS & JSA grading and authentication day set for March 10 at Beckett Media headquarters

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters in March.

New collectibles show to air on Discovery

The Discovery Channel is readying a new television show called “All Star Dealers” focusing on Grey Flannel Auctions.

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Tim Tebow?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Tim Tebow as a super hero? You knew it was going to happen. Marvel and ESPN have teamed up to create pieces of artwork depicting Tebow as only comic book artists can. The Denver Broncos quarterback has been heralded since he took over because while he has been at […]

Preview gallery: Vampire Diaries autographs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Vampire Diaries trading card comes out on January 20 with a complete autograph checklist. The cards don’t just feature a few actors, but nearly a full cast from the CW show – 20 cards. The wardrobe checklist is also 20 cards long. For a full checklist from Cryptozoic, […]

Topps to make USA cards for 2012 Olympics (updated)

If you already collect the Red, White and Blue in Topps’ USA Baseball cards, you’ll have even more to collect this year.

First look: 2012 Topps Series 2 (updated)

Topps released the first preview images for its second series of its 2012 Topps flagship baseball card set on Friday, and it’s largely a continuation of the gold-themed collecting odyssey that begins on Feb. 1.