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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Brees Knees: Does Drew need another ring?


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

To use a more-recently retired phrase, Drew Brees is the bomb dot com.

For some, he might not be as appealing as touted Tim Tebow or young Cam Newton (who,  by  nature of Carolina’s mascot, is the cat’s meow). But let’s be honest.  Neither of the new(ish) sensations can hold a candle to Saint Drew’s career, or more specifically, what he’s done this season.

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

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

Panini America has begun teasing what’s to come in its first 2011-12 NBA products, and first on the radar is 2011 Preferred, which will include a few nods to the old Pacific brands that are part of the company’s portfolio of brands.

That means 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, another diecut favorite at times in the past. (Those seen here are on their way to be autographed.)

I’ve always felt that taste in cards is a bit like music — what was good when you started collecting (or listening) sticks with you as an appreciated era later on. (If we move on and our tastes change.) For me, though, when cards such as these came along I appreciated the creativity and the uniqueness found with the cards … but I never really cared for them. I think I understand why they’re coming back — there are a few reasons — but they still don’t resonate with me even all these years later.

But that’s just me. We want to know what you think with a couple of polls after the jump.

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


By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

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.

Actually, you should know it as the company has revealed key details about the 2011-12 release, including an anticipated Feb. 23 arrival date.  From the card-per-pack count to the chase-worthy prospect names and more, we’ve got the skinny (after the jump).

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Update: Topps ends eTopps in all sports

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

After a decade in existence, the eTopps program will be ending.

Collectors will still have access to their cards and will be able to continue to trade and sell, but Topps announced in a letter on the eTopps website it will no longer offer new cards — and that’s in any sport.

There has been recent unrest over eTopps with the rise in shipping prices. Now comes the cancellation of the program.

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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.

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Topps tops Topps Precision with more Tebow


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

If you can forgive the over-alliterative headline, we’ve got good news for you Tim Tebow lovers.

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.  The company has added 50 more Tebow autographs in the product by way of redemption cards.

While collectors will have to wait to get their hands on the T-bonus, Topps has a decent reason for not including the actual cards in the pack-out. Read More »

Other options for doggone 2012 Allen & Ginter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

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.

The insert? Man’s Best Friend — a collection of dog breeds all noted on the style of the 1880s tobacco cards that did, indeed, include unusual sets just like this.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who is familiar with tobacco cards from the past — nor with anyone who has indulged in a little Ginter since Topps’ revival of the brand in 2006. In fact, I think many a collector “gets” Ginter and its inclusions — though I might fall in line with many who have been at times overwhelmed by the mini madness that meant too few baseball players and too many inanimate objects.

But don’t think for a second that I feel this one is for the dogs. It’s got legs. Throw me a bone here before you decide to attack and let me tickle your cat fancy for a bit with some other Ginter-dog past realities and future possibilities.


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Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps WWE Classic

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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. 

What did he find inside? Watch and find out …

After the jump, you can see a huge gallery of cards from the set, showcasing some of the more well-known WWE Superstars and Divas as well as a selection of some of the emerging talents, too.

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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.

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Monday Morning Collector: Wild Card Weekend

By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL 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 Wild Card round of the 2011 NFL Playoffs:

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Box Busters: 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

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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.

What will they find inside? How many autographs will be found? Watch and find out …

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

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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

Deion Sanders Jr., and Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey Jr., both played,  giving collectors ideas of future father and son cards.

Not just yet. But Topps does have exclusive rights with Under Armour to create football cards for players in the high school game. This gives collectors an opportunity to get the very first cards of football stars in the making.

But how do you get them?

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

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

With a cut autograph.

Chris Malav originally received the 2010 Triple Threads Bat Knobs booklet card of New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig as a gift from a family member last year. In September he needed to sell the card and when it hit eBay, many collectors noted that the two game-used memorabilia pieces on its left panel were not made of fabric used for uniforms during Gehrig’s playing days. That’s when Topps called.

“I want to acknowledge [Chris Olds] for your observation and article and Mark Sapir at Topps for going beyond doing the right thing,” said Malav, a thirtysomething long-time collector of autograph cuts and 1/1 cards. “Maybe this card can generate enough interest and put some ‘spark’ back in the hobby.”


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Preview Gallery: 2011 Topps Five Star Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Often times we take up a lot of space on this site with words, telling you about product after product, giving you stories about collecting.

But sometimes all you need are pictures.

Here’s a massive gallery – after the jump – of 2011 Topps Five Star Football.

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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 as part of a day of presentations and sessions for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The event is set for March 10, a Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. at the Dallas office of Beckett Media. It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

At least one presentation will focus on BGS’ new graded/authenticated baseball program (above), while representatives from trading card companies may be on hand as well.

We’ll have more on what’s planned soon. If you have any questions, please email grading@beckett.com.

— Chris Olds

New collectibles show to air on Discovery

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Discovery Channel is catching on to what thousands of collectors out there already know — it’s a unique, wacky world, and you never what kind of memorabilia you are going to get your hands on.

The cable channel is readying a new television show called All Star Dealers focusing on Grey Flannel Auctions.

The show debuts Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

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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 the helm his team has been winning by shooting lasers from his eyes and flying into the end zone to avoid every tackle.

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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, click here.

Meanwhile check out the gallery after the jump.

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Topps to make USA cards for 2012 Olympics (updated)


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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

As in, every other Team USA sport.

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that Topps will be the exclusive trading card maker for the 2012 London Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

“It is an honor for the company to commemorate the pinnacle of sports and this country’s best athletes,” said Doug Kruep, Topps GM of sports & entertainment. “We look forward to offering supporters of Team USA athletes a truly unique keepsake and collectible.”


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First look: 2012 Topps Series 2 (updated)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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

Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic card, while each 10-pack HTA jumbo box will include one autograph and two Relics inside when it arrives on June 6.

The second series will consist of 330 base cards, including 295 veterans, 30 rookies and five record-breaker cards from the 2011 season. New for the series will be a 25-card Cut Above set showcasing greats from MLB’s past.

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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 …