Monthly Archives: January 2012

Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 72): Which rookies or prospects will you chase in 2012?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

You may have seen the Your Turn page in nearly every issue of Beckett Baseball where we showcase stuff that is all about you. You can see your comments on hobby topics and get chances to win cool stuff in contests all on one page. Here’s the next Your Turn question for the next issue:

Which rookies/prospects will you chase in 2012? (BASEBALL ONLY)

Please include your name and location with your comment below — we will only run items with that information. A selection of your answers will appear in the next issue along with our next batch of contests and giveaways found only in the magazine.

My three leading candidates are after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2011 World Stars baseballs

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 World Stars boxes from Brothers Inc. in Japan in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out. Each box should contain one autographed baseball … maybe more.

Want to see more artballs — and get the lowdown on how to order them if you’re not in Japan? It’s after the jump.

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Panini to bring first Twittergraphs to world

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It may look like a simple trading card, but it’s got to be an industry first.

It’s a certified autograph card with a Twitter handle inscription — a Social Signatures insert card to be found in the forthcoming 2011-12 Elite hockey card set from Panini America.

Call it the first Twittergraph.

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First look: 2012 TRISTAR TNA Impact Reflexxions

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

TRISTAR has revealed its latest TNA Impact wrestling card set and this time it’s one for reflection.

Err, Reflexxions, that is.

Set to arrive on Jan. 25, TNA Impact Wrestling Reflexxions, will include three autographs, one event-used ring mat autograph or one memorabilia card, one Premium Reflexxions card and two parallels numbered to 40 or less in every 20-pack hobby box.

And as with many TRISTAR wrestling products, it won’t be plentiful as just 2,400 serial-numbered boxes — and 100 cases — will be made.

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Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Sterling baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Bowman Sterling boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Pack buster: Panini’s NHL Winter Classic packs

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NHL Winter Classic on Monday was a special day for those who got to go. A party atmosphere wrapped around a hockey game in a baseball stadium in Philadelphia.

Card collectors got a special surprise at the game when Panini America announced a special giveaway for everyone at the game. Five-card packs of Pinnacle hockey were included in seat cushions given away. The 20-card set was specifically made for the Winter Classic.

I got my hands on about seven or so unopened packs and three others that had already been opened but were left behind after the game.

Check out the video to see what I got, and the gallery below for the cards you can find in the set.

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Would you pay $10K for a bunch of bugs?

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Maybe if you were a zany zoologist, an impassioned entomologist to be exact, or maybe if you just had this kind of cash stored away for a rainy day, you might just consider picking up a  $10,000 set of 30 dead insects … maybe.

Following a tweet (no birds and bees pun intended) from a little birdie this morning, I wound up at a buy-it-now bug sale featuring a swarm from Upper Deck‘s 2011 Goodwin Champions Entomology. Get your magnifiers ready. Read More »