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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Box Busters: 2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Kyrie Irving NSCC promo card picks up steam

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.

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Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection


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 »

2012 UFC Finest offers more than autos, relics

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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.

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The late 1980s: The gift that keeps on giving

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.

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Lin’s game-used jersey to benefit charity


Update: The auction ended at $42,388 after 34 bids.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Interest in Jeremy Lin‘s meteoric rise to the biggest name in The Big Apple might be waning just a bit, but a key piece of his memorabilia is on the auction block and could change some people’s minds once again.

Because it, too, is a bit lin-sane.

It’s his game-used New York Knicks jersey from Feb. 10 — the night he scored a career-high 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers — and it’s being sold as part of a package with four Knicks tickets and the chance to meet Lin through CharityBuzz.com.

The auction ends at noon on Tuesday and bidding presently stands at $31,388. It benefits The Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Panini addresses customer service concerns

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America addressed collector concerns about its customer service department and the long-standing, industry-wide issue of redemption cards on Monday after a number of collectors had recently expressed frustration with an inability to get in touch with representatives for the company.

According to a company statement, Panini is restructuring the department to expedite deliveries as well as follow through on replacement scenarios in a more timely fashion when needed.

The full statement can be found after the jump.

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Panini’s 2011-12 Titanium Hockey marks another brand revival

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Over the weekend Panini America gave collectors a sneak peek at the latest chapter in its hockey brand revival saga. This time, the card maker took us back to the early 2000s to reawaken Pacific Trading Cards product Titanium Hockey.

Retaining original Rookie Card appeal and updated to meet current hobby standards, 2011-12 Titanium Hockey will hit  the streets in April — seven years after the brand’s last installment. Read More »

RG3 & friends’ first SAGE cards arrive in March

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will appear on licensed football cards starting in March. The Baylor quarterback gained plenty of attention last season when he ran away with the Heisman voting and became known by just three characters: RG3.

He and many other football rookies get their faces on the first card set of the year in HIT Football – Low Series from SAGE Collectibles.

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NFLPA sends agents memo on unlicensed deals

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The NFL Players Association recently sent a memo to agents reminding them that signing deals with non-licensed trading card companies could end up costing their players money later.

Presently, only Topps and Panini America are fully licensed card companies with the NFL and the NFLPA, which allows unrestricted use of NFLPA members in their products once the players sign. Meanwhile, four other card companies — Press Pass, SAGE, Upper Deck and Leaf — will produce prospect cards of the players in other uniforms (only Upper Deck has NCAA logo use rights).

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Ripping Retail: 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition)

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition) in search of a Whitney Houston card or two in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside this affordable non-sports gem? Watch and find out …

Online giant Blowout Cards opens a shop

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sometimes it pays to go against the grain — and Blowout Cards is trying just that.

While countless hobby shops have closed their doors in recent years to focus on selling inventory online, one of the industry’s leading online sellers is doing the exact opposite.

Blowout is opening a card shop.

Beckett Media caught up with Blowout’s Thomas Fish to talk about the company’s new shop in Chantilly, Va., which recently opened with a soft launch in advance of a March 1 grand opening.

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Babe Ruth is Topps’ second Prime 9 redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you have card No. 2, then you can do your best Sonny Bono now.

As in “I got you, Babe.”

Topps announced its second HTA Prime 9 card today, and it’s Babe Ruth who is the second player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

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Hall of Famer Gary Carter loses cancer battle

By Chris Olds| Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter, a member of the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday. He was 57.

“The Kid” played 19 seasons in the majors for the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, hitting .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBI. He was an 11-time All-Star, twice the MVP of the Midsummer Classic, and a three-time Gold Glove winner behind the plate. He retired in 1992 and was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003 on his sixth try.

On cardboard, Carter appears on 2,746 different cards in the Beckett.com database with his Rookie Cards coming in the 1975 Topps and 1975 O-Pee-Chee sets. Before the news, his Topps RC commonly sold for $15 or less, while his OPC card topped out at $25 — both bargains within the era.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Limited Hockey

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Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2011-12 Limited Hockey. Watch to find out what they found inside this limited-quantity box break.

Gem Mint Jeremy Lin for the win?

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

The New York City arm of Beckett Grading Services just slabbed a piece of Linsanity.

After landing the card, a Jeremy Lin 2010-11 National Treasures Century Materials Prime Signatures numbered to 25, collector Yair Rozmaryn turned it over to the New York office with the same hope that every grading customer has. In his case, the grade was high and Rozmaryn was soon holding a gem mint BGS 9.5 Lin (for the win).

Currently sitting in a safety deposit box, the card just went live in an eBay auction.

With the help of BGS New York’s Charles Stabile, we connected with the 29-year-old collector to pick his brain about the phenomenon and what he’s planning on doing with his Linsanely hot Rookie Card.

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First look: 2011 Limited baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America unveiled its newest forthcoming baseball card product under its MLBPA licensing deal on Thursday, and it’s one that a few collectors might remember from the Donruss days.

It’s Limited.

Set to arrive late next month, it will be branded as a 2011 product and include three autograph or memorabilia cards per pack with each 15-pack case including an average of 43 autographs, according to the company.

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Topps ups the ante in 2012 Topps Tribute with bonus Hank Aaron autos & more

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps Tribute was one of the surprise hits of 2011 with the high-end brand’s inclusions sparking a run on wax almost immediately after its release.

This year, Topps is upping the ante with some additional bonuses not previously unveiled.

The company announced on Thursday that every Tribute Autograph and Tribute Relic card will now come encased with a Tribute authentication sticker attached, but that’s not the real bonus for buyers of the brand.

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First look: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

By Chris Olds |  Beckett Baseball Editor

If Bowman is the home of the Rookie Card, then Topps Chrome might be the home of the diecut card.

Topps unveiled the basic product information and preview images for2012 Topps Chrome on Wednesday, and there is not one but two new diecut insert sets to chase with autographed versions in tow, too.

Oh, and there will be two autographed cards per box as well as Refractor Hot Boxes to be chase, too — one in every three cases — when it arrives on Aug. 22.

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First impressions: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Every once in a while, I get a quiet moment to sit back and bust a box of cards the old-fashioned way — without a camera on.

On Wednesday evening, in advance of our Box Busters video to come, I did just that with a box of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia and a single word sums up my experience.


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