Posted on February 29, 2012 – 11:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1957 Topps, 1958 Topps, 1959 Topps, 1960 Topps, 1961 Topps, 1962 Topps, 1966 Topps, 1967 Topps, 1968 Topps, baseball cards, High Numbers, MLB, Vintage cards | Comments (8)
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 …
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 10:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1980s, baseball cards, Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
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 …
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 9:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1963 Topps, 2012 Topps Heritage, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Lawrie, Buster Posey, derek jeter, featured, Jesus Montero, Justin Verlander, Matt Moore, MLB, New York Yankees, Stephen Strasburg, Topps, Topps Heritage | Comments (27)
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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Posted on February 29, 2012 – 8:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | 1966 Monkees Series A, 2011 Pop Century, autographs, Davy Jones, music memorabilia, Non-Sports, The Monkees | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 6:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011-12 NBA Hoops, basketball, Jeremy Lin, NBA, New York Knicks, Panini America | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 11:16 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Playoff Contenders, 2011 playoff contenders baseball SPs, autographs, featured, Panini America | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 11:08 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 1965 Topps Football, 1984 Topps Football, 2012 Topps Football, featured, Quarterback Immortals, Retro cards | Comments (9)
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.
Posted on February 28, 2012 – 7:09 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2011 Playoff Contenders Football, cam newton, football, nfl | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on February 28, 2012 – 6:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Opening Day, Albert Pujols, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, MLB, Topps, Trevor Cahill | Comments (10)
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.
Posted on February 28, 2012 – 12:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports, featured, Rick Santorum, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
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 …
Posted on February 27, 2012 – 9:57 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | 2011 Allen & Ginter, codemaster, featured, Ginter code | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on February 27, 2012 – 3:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Prime Cuts, autographs, Deion Sanders, Ernie Banks, featured, Jose Bautista, Ken Griffey Jr, licensing, Matt Kemp, MLBPA, nicknames, Panini America, Randy Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard | Comments (24)
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.
Posted on February 24, 2012 – 9:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1957 Topps, 1958 Topps, 1959 Topps, 1963 Topps, 1966 Topps, baseball cards, featured, Topps, vintage | Comments (4)
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
Posted on February 24, 2012 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Prime 9, Atlanta Braves, Hank Aaron, Topps | Comments (14)
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.
Posted on February 23, 2012 – 11:24 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Team Orange, 2011 Topps Triple Threads, 2011 Topps Triple Threads American History Relic, baseball cards, Christopher Holmes, featured, John Henry, MLB, Topps, Wheelbarrow Walker | Comments (33)
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.
Posted on February 22, 2012 – 7:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Playoff Contenders, 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball, Archie Bradley, baseball cards, Dylan Bundy, featured, Gerrit Cole, MLB, MLBPA, Nick Swisher, Panini America | Comments (15)
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.
Posted on February 22, 2012 – 5:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Playoff Contenders, 2011 Playoff Contenders Football, autographs, box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, cam newton, featured, Jake Locker, Julio Jones, nfl, Panini America | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on February 22, 2012 – 4:14 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2011-12 NBA Hoops, Bob Cousy, Jason Terry, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Panini America, Wilt Chamberlain | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on February 22, 2012 – 3:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 1894 mayo, college football, featured, football cards, Harvard, John Dunlop | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, featured, Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR, press pass, Tony Stewart | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 6:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, In The Game | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 ITG Heroes and Prospects hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 11:04 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | derrick williams, featured, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, NBA, NSCC, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
What happens when a player has no regular-issue NBA cards?
It means what had been a free promo card is now a $40 in-demand commodity.
That’s exactly the case as the only card of No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving can be found in the 2011 Panini National VIP set (No. 5), a card selling so well of late that it’s been bumped up from its previous high of $6.
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 10:37 am | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Baseballcardbust, Comedic Cards, Fun with Trading Cards, Hobby Challenge, Hockey Forums | Comments (3)
I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
Why so serious?
Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.
For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 7:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
MMA | 2012 UFC Finest, brock lesnar, Dana White, featured, Randy Couture, Topps, UFC, Uriah Faber | Comments (2)
When collectors get their hands on 2012 Topps UFC Finest, they should be on the lookout for Dana White autographs.
The current UFC Prez is one of the most familiar faces, but also pulling his solo autograph means a chance at winning an exclusive UFC trip.
Finest is a comprehensive set when it comes to getting hits. Of course, it has the requisite autos and relic cards, but it includes opportunities to win autographed memorabilia and a trip where a lucky fan and a guest will attend an event and meet fighters.
That all comes in one product 2012 Topps UFC Finest scheduled to be out mid-July.
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 4:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 1980s, 1989-90 NBA Hoops, Beckett Basketball, David Robinson, featured, MLB, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, San Antonio Spurs, The Admiral | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary
If you weren’t around collecting in the late 1980s, then you missed out on a whirlwind of epic proportions that shaped much of the cardboard world we know today.
But thanks to overproduction, you can relive it all over again in a few ways — but now it’s even better.
One example of that can be found — enhanced — in the re-launched NBA Hoops line of basketball cards that arrives next week from Panini America. It will have autographed buybacks of David Robinson‘s second card from his rookie year in tow, and that’s a pretty impressive inclusion that might not resonate with some, but it will with many others.
You see, Hoops — and 1989 in particular — was a game-changer for the hobby.