Monthly Archives: March 2012

Animal Kingdom cards challenge hobby trends

But Upper Deck may have found something with its Animal Kingdom embroidered patch cards from 2011 Goodwin Champions as the rarer cards in the set from the multi-sport product have been commanding hundreds of dollars in online auctions for some time now.

Memory Lane Inc. to auction PSA 2 Honus Wagner

It’s a Honus Wagner T206 tobacco card, and it headlines Memory Lane Inc.’s Holy Grail Auction, which launches on April 21 and ends on May 5. The opening bid is $550,000.

Panini America lands USA Baseball license

Panini America just added the red, white and blue to its baseball card portfolio.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1981-81 O-Pee-Chee hockey packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

Peyton’s Place is … Denver?

Peyton Manning will be a Denver Bronco this season, meaning the above card will appear in 2012 Prestige football packs from Panini America.

First look: Sportskings Series E

000000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Sports Kings LLP is gearing up for another release this spring with Sportskings Series E, a high-end product featuring athletes across a broad range of sports. Each box – with a pre-release price around $100 – contains five cards: three base (including random minis), one base with a […]

First look: 2012 Topps Finest Football

Not long after the retro-filled, quarterback commemorative, Andrew Luck-infused goodness coming in basic Topps football,  2012 Finest should hit hobby  shops with distinct, higher-end appeal.

“Day with the Cup” insert back in 2011-12 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2

000000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor One of the popular inserts from the first installment of 2011-12 Upper Deck Hockey is back for Series 2. The card company worked with members of the Hockey Hall of Fame to get pictures of the Stanley-Cup winning Boston Bruins as they enjoyed their day with the Cup. […]

Hobby Q&A: ‘Ball Boys’ Executive Producer Shawn Witt discusses reality show debut

While many collectors can walk into a hobby shop any day of the week, many others might get their first glimpses — at least in a long time — when Ball Boys debuts on ABC next Saturday afternoon.

A-Rod is Topps’ sixth Prime 9 redemption

Topps has announced its sixth HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Alex Rodriguez who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Oyo Sportstoys readies for rookie season in MLB

Sometimes the ideas come from out of nowhere, but for Tom Skripps it came after building a spaceship from a certain popular building-block brand and a subsequent trip to Fenway Park to see his Boston Red Sox play.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Preferred

Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Panini Preferred basketball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass + Contest

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass football in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Panini ponders Peyton’s place via 2012 Prestige

Where will Peyton Manning go?

If you’re a SuperCollector, we want your story!

We’re going to dedicate an issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to showcasing SuperCollectors this summer and we want to see your collections.

Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Topps Heritage packs in this latest Ripping Retail video.

First look: 2011-12 Panini Past & Present

If you’re fan of the old — but also a fan of the new — then the new Panini America basketball set might be for you.

The basics: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball variations

The arrival of 2012 Topps Heritage is just a day away, so here are some of the things to look for when you’re ripping into those packs of the 1963-inspired cards.

Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit fan gets his own card

If you thought it was tough getting on a baseball card, you should try pulling one.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1978 Topps baseball cellos

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1978 Topps baseball cello packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

Box Busters: 2012 SAGE HIT football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 SAGE HIT in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Massive Ink Peek: 2012 Press Pass Football

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Whether he realizes it or not, Andrew Luck’s Stanford-themed inscription is telling of what many collectors will be shouting when they pull  his exclusive, early season autographs in 2012 Press Pass starting next week. (As in, “I just pulled an Andrew Luck auto, go card!” or “I’m about […]

Topps makes good on 2012 Tribute change

Topps’ first high-end release of 2012, Topps Tribute, arrived on Friday with previously announced bonus cards not actually being bonuses due to a change in the product breakdown.

Your Turn: How has the Web changed the hobby?

It’s a bit of a loaded question because there are countless possible answers — it might be better to ask whether there are ways it hasn’t changed collecting. After all, card grading, low print-runs on serial-numbered cards … a lot of today’s trends can be attributed to Internet-inspired changes in the collecting landscape.

Mickey Mantle is Topps’ fifth Prime 9 redemption

Topps has announced its fifth HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Mickey Mantle who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

First Look: 2012 Topps Inception

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Topps just added yet another release to its early-season production schedule. Sandwiched between 2012 Bowman Signatures and 2012 (basic) Topps, Inception will make its sophomore debut in the high-end realm. Slated for an early-July arrival, 2012 Topps Inception returns with a three-hit-per-box guarantee. Images and more details after […]

Box Busters: 2012 Leaf Metal Draft

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they host Leaf’s Brian Gray to rip some 2012 Leaf Metal Draft boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf MMA Metal

Jojn Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Leaf’s Brian Gray to bust a pair of 2011 Leaf MMA Metal boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1975 Topps Mini baseball cards (And be sure to vote for next week’s rip!)

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1975 Topps Mini baseball cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

BGS hosts JSA, Panini and Leaf for Saturday grading and authentication seminars

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters this Saturday as part of a day of presentations and sessions for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

A Beckett Marketplace kind of mailday

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds was on a mission recently after waking up at 4 a.m. on a Saturday. He wanted to find a certain couple of obscure cards. He did just that with the Beckett Marketplace.

Preview Gallery II: 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

The arrival of this year’s Topps Heritage, is still about a week away, but we noticed that you liked what you saw out of our last preview gallery (click here), so here are a few more images from our early retail box cracked without the cameras rolling.

Box Busters: 2011-12 NBA Hoops

Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2011-12 NBA Hoops cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Star Trek Complete TNG Ser. 2

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Star Trek Complete The Next Generation Series 2 cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.