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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball

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

What will he find inside? Watch and find out … Look for our Box Busters video on Heritage soon.

First look: 2011-12 Panini Past & Present

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

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.

Panini offered the first looks at 2011-12 Past & Present basketball on Tuesday, a product that it promises “to embrace the extreme differences between vintage cards and cutting-edge print technologies in one unique product.”

That means that you’ll find cards with some new looks and experiments on this brand-new line and you’ll also find some cards with more familiar looks, too, when it arrives on May 9.

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The basics: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball variations

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The official hobby 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.

Look for these for starters:

Error short-prints. There are 10 cards with variations based on mistakes found on cards in the original 1963 set. They include Darwin Barney, Kerry Wood, Dan Haren, Ryan Madson (twice?), Carlos Pena, Julio Teheran and Mike Stanton along with two of the Rookie Stars cards, Nos. 29 and 54. What are the mistakes? We’ll let you discover them for yourself for now …

Image-swap variations. There are 25 cards where the images’ positions have been switched from the normal card. The smaller black-and-white image from the circle is the main card photo and the standard card’s photo is now in the circle. Mostly stars in this one — some of them include Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum and Prince Fielder.

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

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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

Specifcially, this one — the 2012 Topps Opening Day card of Christian Lopez, the New York Yankees fan who caught Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit ball and gave it back to the future Hall of Famer.

After a week of release, just four copies of the card have surfaced on eBay — one active auction and three that have sold for quite a few packs of the dollar-a-pack product. One copy sold for $59.99, another for $40 (after eight bids) and the first to sell went for just $25.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1978 Topps baseball cellos

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

What should they rip next week? Tell us below …

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Box Busters: 2012 SAGE HIT football cards

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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.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Massive Ink Peek: 2012 Press Pass Football

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 to sell this Andrew Luck auto, go card!”

The product, as previously noted, will be the first brand to offer Luck-inked cards before the NFL-licensed sets hit the market. Also including inscriptions and red ink from Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Michael Floyd and many more freshman stars,  here’s a look at how the March 21 release looks to extend the luck of St. Patrick’s Day. Read More »

Topps makes good on 2012 Tribute change

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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 configuration.

The company is fixing that problem.

The Tribute To The Stars autographs were originally supposed to be incrementally placed extra hits in the product. Instead, these cards have been found in place of an autograph or Relic.

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Your Turn: How has the Web changed the hobby?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

How has the Internet changed your 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.

Better yet, though, we figured we’d just ask you — because there just might be many different answers for many different people. Dealers might sound different than collectors. Manufacturers might have differing answers, too. You’re all out there.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore some of the ways that the Internet has transformed collecting, the industry, the market. For one part of the issue, we’re planning to showcase your answers on this wide-ranging topic. Leave your comments — with a name and location — below and we’ll showcase the most notable ones in the magazine.

Also, be sure to take our polls asking you about the Internet’s influence after the jump.

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Mickey Mantle is Topps’ fifth Prime 9 redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you have card No. 5, then you have No.7.

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.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Topps Inception

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 the jump.
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Box Busters: 2012 Leaf Metal Draft

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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.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf MMA Metal

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Join 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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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

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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.

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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.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

At least one presentation will focus on BGS’ new graded/authenticated baseball program (above), while representatives from trading card companies are planning to attend. Here’s a breakdown of presentations:

10  a.m. — Baseball grading from BGS and JSA
11 a.m. — Panini
1 p.m. — Leaf/Brian Gray
2 p.m. — Jimmy Spence

If you have any questions, please email grading@beckett.com.

— Chris Olds

A Beckett Marketplace kind of mailday

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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.

What did he buy? Watch and find out …

Preview Gallery II: 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

After the jump, you can find an additional 16-card preview gallery of what we found … just some basic cards, notable names and quirky cards we didn’t show the last time around.

We’ll have more on Heritage when it hits and a Box Busters video here as soon as possible, too.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 NBA Hoops

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Star Trek Complete TNG Ser. 2

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Rittenhouse Brady Bunch

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a set of 2012 Brady Bunch cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2012 Topps Finest Baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With Yu Darvish under wraps, now it’s time for the newest product.

Topps unveiled its latest forthcoming 2012 baseball card line of the year on Monday as it pulled back the curtain on 2012 Topps Finest, which will arrive on Aug. 8 with the Japanese star — and plenty more.

Each master box of the product (two six-pack mini boxes) will include one serial-numbered autographed rookie Refractor as well as an autographed jumbo rookie Relic, while there are three new insert card sets to chase — ornately diecut Faces of the Franchise, Faces of the Franchise autographs and autographed rookie redemptions.

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Topps signs Japanese star Yu Darvish to exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish will only have his autographs found in Topps products as the lone exclusive licensee of Major League Baseball cards signed him to an exclusive autograph deal that was announced on Monday.

His first autograph will arrive in 2012 Topps Tribute, which arrives later this week. Those cards will be redemptions and limited to just 25 copies as part of the exclusive deal covering autograph, memorabilia, insert and base cards.

Darvish also will have limited-run autograph cards appearing in 2012 Topps Museum Collection (limited to 30 cards; arriving April 4) and Gypsy Queen (25 cards, April 18) before making a heavier arrival in 2012 Bowman on May 9.

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Phil Jackson’s first certified autographs finally arrive

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Phil Jackson won 11 NBA championships — more than any other coach — and played for two more title-winning teams during a lengthy playing career.

But for all the things he did in the game of basketball, there was one thing that never, ever happened.

He never signed a certified autograph.

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Reba McEntire’s son makes his trading card debut in Total Memorabilia

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve ripped into packs of the recently released 2012 Total Memorabilia racing cards from Press Pass, you might have thought one newcomer looked a tad familiar but not known why.

As it turns out Shelby Blackstock, an up-and-coming racer who makes his trading card debut in the TM Rising Stars insert set, has a mom who you just might know.

She’s music and TV star Reba McIntire, who has recorded more than 25 country albums, had her own Golden Globe-nominated sit-com and appeared in movie classics such as Tremors and Maverick.

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