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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.
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 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)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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.
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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)
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 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.
Posted on January 23, 2012 – 3:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Auction houses, Heritage Auctions, Lou Gehrig, MLB, New York Yankees | Comments (1)
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.
What makes them so special? They were worn by New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.
While the use of the items is not known – the color scheme is not of the New York Yankees or with the other items that Heritage sold that were once in The Iron Horse’s possession – they still got the attention of 13 bidders … and sold for $8,962.50. — Chris Olds
Look for more items just like this every month in the new-look Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Auction Watch department.
Posted on January 23, 2012 – 10:55 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 NFL Playoffs, Conference Championships, Devin Thomas, Eli Manning, Monday Morning Collector, Tom Brady | Comments (2)
By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager
Every Monday morning throughout the regular season, we selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week with a run down on why collectors should take notice. 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. Read More »
Posted on January 23, 2012 – 10:48 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Joe Paterno, Joe Paterno's death, Paterno Rookie Card, Penn State | Comments (2)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
As many continue to mourn and contemplate the loss of legendary Joe Paterno, the collecting world offers its cardboard tribute.
As many hobbyists may have already discovered, JoePa’s legacy on trading cards is a mere speck in comparison to his legacy at Penn State and beyond. Paterno — who died on Sunday at the age of 85 — had undoubtedly been blemished by the unspeakable abuse scandal. However, his 18-card hobby presence was too limited to see a significant dip in value.
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Posted on January 22, 2012 – 5:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2011 Press Pass Legends, NASCAR, press pass, Ripping Retail | Comments (0)
Join Chris Olds as he rips into a pack of 2011 Press Pass Legends racing in this latest installment of Ripping Retail.
What did he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 21, 2012 – 10:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | college football, nfl, NFLPA, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Panini America, Topps | Comments (5)
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.
The players got their first licensed trading card.
Panini America and Topps spent the week at the Rose Bowl in California working with almost 100 athletes to get cards organized, snap pictures and making sure cards get signed as well.