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Monthly Archives: February 2012

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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Lin-sane leaps in hobby value

Yesterday this Jeremy Lin Rookie Card booked for a $100 high value. Today it is currently soaring at $1,000.


By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Jeremy Lin. That about sums it up.

With a three-point dagger against Toronto last night, the Asian-American NBA sensation continued to convince fans and collectors that Linsanity is here to stay.

Over the weekend we ran a comprehensive story about what’s driving Lin’s recent rise in the hobby, but his trading card sales just won’t stop soaring. According to the latest Beckett market research study, Linsanity is leading to even higher Rookie Card prices and overall collecting value. Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs pointed to significant increases in the Beckett Online Price Guide  which should reflect updated pricing later this evening.

Be sure to check the OPG for an all-encompassing look at Lin’s jump in value. But until then, here are three cards that summarize the ongoing Linsanity saga. Read More »

2012 Leaf Metal Draft Football on the Horizon

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Moving beyond the Super Bowl and toward the draft, football cards are coming full circle again.

Early season manufacturer Leaf Trading Cards recently unveiled more details about its forthcoming 2012 Leaf Metal Draft release — complete with Andrew Luck allure and a number of eye-catching upgrades. According to a company press release, the late-March arrival will hit shelves with substantial aesthetic changes and a lower price point.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re preparing this year’s edition of The Autograph Issue for Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want to know just one thing from you at the moment.

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Maybe it’s a signed ball or a signed piece of scrap paper from a random meeting. Maybe it’s a certified autograph of a superstar — or maybe not even a sports autograph at all.

Tell us — and be sure to include your name and location, which will appear with your answer in the next issue.

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

Box Busters: 2011 Limited Football

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Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two eight-card packs of 2011 Limited Football. Watch to find out what they pulled in this low-quantity card  break.

Jeremy Lin’s Knicks debut will come in NBA Hoops

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

He’s the biggest name in the Big Apple right now, but Jeremy Lin doesn’t yet have a single basketball card showing him as a member of the New York Knicks.

Panini America is ready to change that.

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Whitney Houston’s legacy also seen on cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Six-time Grammy winning singer and film star Whitney Houston died on Saturday at age 48 leaving behind an immense legacy in pop culture.

And it’s a life that’s also reflected on trading cards.

Her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 1991 was a memorable moment as the United States fought in the Gulf War, and it was captured on a 1991 Pro Set football card, No. 350. The card was a strong seller at the time — purely from its novelty as a card that was quite different from the others (along with some star power) — and it will likely be an item that gets attention in the wake of this evening’s news.

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Linsanity! Supply, demand, major market attention & more drive Jeremy Lin card craze


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

“How’d your week go?” might be a simple question with a rather mundane answer for many of us, but for one NBA player it’s probably not describable.

For Jeremy Lin, it’s been a week of meteoric rises — from that of an unknown to the toast of The Big Apple and beyond.

How has that happened? With a simple four-game stretch of double-digit games for the struggling New York Knicks — unbeaten during this run — he’s become the star of the town, a new face on the NBA’s post-lockout landscape, a guy who is single-handedly selling cardboard (singles and wax), has jerseys selling so hot they’re going on back-order and national media buzzing about a player and a team that were largely unknown and forgotten not all that long ago.

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Box Busters & Contest: 2012 Essential Elvis

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis packs in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win a box? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Panini Plates & Patches Football

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Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2011 Panini Plates & Patches. Watch to find out what they pulled from the low-quantity, high-quality brand.

Box Busters: 2011 SP Authentic Football

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 SP Authentic football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …