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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Box Busters: Inside another vintage baseball card grab bag

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds noticed that a lot of you noticed his recent vintage baseball card grab bag video, so naturally he picked up another vintage baseball card grab bag to video just for you — and he’s hoping you’ll notice once again.

What will he find inside this time? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail Retro: A pack from a 1980s classic

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a single pack of a 1980s classic in this Ripping Retail retro video.

What did he buy? What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Preview Gallery: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s edition of the hobby’s annual throwback to yesteryear, Topps Heritage, isn’t set to arrive in hobby shops until March 14, but we got our hands on an early retail box and cracked it without the cameras rolling.

We’ll hold off on any in-depth analysis of what we found until our forthcoming Box Busters episode and instead let you examine some of what we found for yourself among the colorful throwback cards in the style of 1963 Topps.

After the jump, you can find a massive 40-card preview gallery of what we found inside … and you just might notice some quirks among the cards seen here to get you guessing what Topps might have up its sleeve in this year’s set. Also be sure to take our poll (and leave a comment) to offer your first impressions.

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Davy Jones’ career can be remembered via music, television … and trading cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.

Davy Jones, one of the four members of the 1960s band The Monkees, died on Wednesday at age 66, leaving a career chronicled via music, television shows and, of course, trading cards.

Jones sang lead vocals on the band’s final No. 1 hit in the U.S., “Daydream Believer,” and, of course, was one of the key targets of hijinks — as the little guy — during episodes of the band’s television show, which ran for parts of three years and won two Emmys. According to Billboard, the band sold more albums than the Rolling Stones and The Beatles combined in 1967.

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Box Busters Teaser: 2011-12 NBA Hoops (3 packs)

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into three 2011-12 NBA Hoops hobby packs in this Box Busters teaser video.

What did he find? Watch and find out …

We’ll have a full box break later this week.

Panini America unveils Playoff Contenders Baseball autograph short-prints

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s newest edition of Playoff Contenders baseball is barely a week old — and that’s an eternity for many collectors wondering which autographed cards are short-printed in this year’s set.

The company took care of that mystery on Wednesday when it released the tiers of SPs in the MLBPA-approved product.

The rarest card in the product is the Rookie Tickets card of No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen, which is limited to just 87 copies.

See the rest of the list … after the jump.

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First look: 2012 Topps Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Hold tight, football fans. There’s plenty of time before the next season starts, and we’re still more than 50 days away from the 2012 NFL draft, but Topps is already building hype with its basic football brand.

The pre-preseason preview has officially begun. 2012 Topps Football hits the streets in early August with familiar appeal and new, old-fashioned fun. Behold.

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Panini America reveals photo variations for 2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you look closely at the Rookie Tickets in 2011 Playoff Contenders Football, you might have noticed a slight difference in the photos of the same player.

There are small discrepancies, but Panini America has made variations to all 36 cards in the subset.

Want to know exactly what you’re looking for? Well, check out the photo gallery with pics below. Click on the images twice for a full-size look.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Topps Opening Day


 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We got a chance to open some packs of 2012 Topps Opening Day baseball cards without the cameras rolling on Tuesday, well in advance of the arrival of the retail staple’s debut on March 7.

We’ll save the details for the Box Busters and more to come, though.

For now, check out some of the cards — inserts and notable uniform updates for a few players not seen in 2012 Topps Series 1 — that we found inside.

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Bryan Hornbeck and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter code is cracked

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Ginter Code was a tough one this year. Unlike year’s past when it took days or even just a few short weeks to figure out the puzzle, the 2011 code took seven months to finally get cracked.

Topps is closer to the release of 2012 Allen & Ginter than it is of the release that had this crazy puzzle.

Finally, a group of three men broke through.

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Does extra auto ink negate need for logos?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The ongoing saga of how collectors might react to Panini America‘s MLBPA baseball cards offered its lasted chapter on Monday as the company teased a number of cards yet to the signed for its forthcoming Prime Cuts product.

And it all left me saying “Who needs logos when you have inscriptions?”

Prime Cuts is set to include a Notable Nicknames autographed insert set — which means Albert Pujols here should be adding something like “The Machine” signed alongside his pricey sig. That’s an addition that doesn’t come cheap.

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Box Busters: A hobby shop vintage grab bag

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into something he picked up at a hobby shop (gasp!) and found a great piece of trivia inside in this latest edition of (sorta) Box Busters.

What did he buy? Watch and find out …

Want to comment on the video? Find it at www.beckett.com/news

Hank Aaron is Topps’ third Prime 9 redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you have card No. 3, then you have the guy who was once known for 755.

You know, 755 career home runs.

Topps has announced its third HTA Prime 9 card, and it’s Hank Aaron who is the third player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

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Former Topps employee files multi-million dollar lawsuit over John Henry card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A former Topps employee filed a lawsuit in a New York Supreme Court last week seeking more than $4 million in damages after his image was used on a trading card without his permission.

Christopher Holmes, a former long-time brand manager for the company, was featured on five trading cards depicting him as the folk hero John Henry, a former slave who helped build railroads in mystifying fashion.

According to court documents, Holmes has “suffered public ridicule, degradation, humiliation, emotional distress, economic damages and other injuries” due to the American History Relic card, which was released in 2011 Topps Triple Threads. He also alleges that the cards are in violation of New York Civil Rights Law, which prohibits “the use of a person’s name, portrait, picture or voice for the purposes of advertising or trade without the written consent of the subject.”

Holmes, who had been employed by the company since 1994, was photographed while an employee last July, but he was terminated from the company without good cause, according to court documents, on Aug. 26. The cards were released in Triple Threads on Sept. 28.

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Box Busters: 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Playoff Contenders Football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a  pair of 2011 Playoff Contenders boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Collectors create insert set for Panini’s upcoming NBA Hoops

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Almost a year ago, Panini America asked collectors to come up with an insert set for an upcoming NBA product.

Collectors were asked to vote on theme, name of the insert, checklist and also design for the cards. It was a insert set essentially made by collectors.

Well, Panini has unveiled the inserts that you – the collector – has made and will be live in 2011-12 NBA Hoops, which should be out next week.

The 20-card set is named “A Night to Remember” and features some of the greatest NBA players in history such as Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson. But current stars weren’t forgotten either as guys such as Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant made the list.

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Michigan family finds rare football card in old farmhouse

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Attics and basements, old storage units and safe deposit boxes. These are the kind of places collectors store things away, sometimes even forgotten about.

Many people have found treasures in strange places, most recently a Michigan family who unearthed a rare find when going through an old farmhouse after a recent family death. They found many old items, but one thing caught their eye: a slew of vintage football and boxing trading cards, according to a report from WSBT-TV.

The family held on to the cards and got in touch with a local card shop. It was a good thing they didn’t trash the collection.

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …