Posted on March 13, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1963 Topps, 2012 Topps Heritage, featured, MLB, Topps, Topps Heritage | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on March 13, 2012 – 2:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2011-12 Past & Present, Blake Griffin, Chicago Bulls, featured, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Panini America | Comments (4)
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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Posted on March 13, 2012 – 11:49 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Heritage, 2012 Topps Heritage variations, featured, MLB, Topps, Topps Heritage | Comments (13)
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.
Posted on March 13, 2012 – 10:01 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Opening Day, Christian Lopez, derek jeter, featured, New York Yankees, Topps | Comments (10)
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.
Posted on March 12, 2012 – 1:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1978 Topps, 1978 Topps cello packs, box breaks, Dale Murphy, Eddie Murray, featured, George Brett, Jack Morris, Mke Schmidt, pack breaks, Ripping Retail | Comments (3)
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 …
Ripping Retail Retro Week 3: What should next week's rip be?
Posted on March 12, 2012 – 11:05 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Sage Hit, college football, NFL draft | Comments (3)
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 …
Posted on March 12, 2012 – 10:45 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2012 Press Pass, Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck Autographs, featured, Go Card, Robert Griffin III, St. Patricks Day, Stanford, Stanford Cardinal | Comments (5)
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 »
Posted on March 9, 2012 – 5:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Tribute, 2012 Topps Tribute Tribute to the Stars, autographs, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (24)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 6:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, collecting, featured, Your Turn | Comments (55)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 4:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Prime 9, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 4:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, hockey, NHL | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 4:15 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2012 NFL DRAFT, 2012 NFL Draft Class, 2012 Topps Inception, Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck Autograph, Andrew Luck Rookie Card, featured, Inception Football, Robert Griffin III | Comments (5)
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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Posted on March 8, 2012 – 1:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Leaf Metal Draft, Andrew Luck, college football, Leaf, Robert Griffin III | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 8, 2012 – 1:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MMA | 2011 Leaf MMA Metal, Leaf, MMA | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on March 7, 2012 – 5:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1975 Topps Mini, featured, George Brett, Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Robin Yount | Comments (11)
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.
What should they rip next week? Tell us below …
Ripping Retail Retro: What should next week's rip be?
Posted on March 7, 2012 – 4:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates | BGS, James Spence Authentication, JSA, Leaf, Panini America | Comments (4)
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 email@example.com.
— Chris Olds
Posted on March 7, 2012 – 4:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1975 O-Pee-Chee, 1975 Topps, 1975 Topps Mini, 1976 O-Pee-Chee, 1977 O-Pee-Chee, Beckett Marketplace, Burbank Sportscards, Nick Swisher, O-Pee-Chee, Steve Swisher, Topps | Comments (2)
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 …
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 6:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Heritage, MLB, Topps, Topps Heritage | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 5:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011-12 Hoops, 2011-12 NBA Hoops, autographs, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, NBA, Panini America | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Star Trek Complete The Next Generation Series 2, Non-Sports, Rittenhouse Archives, Star Trek | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 1:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | autographs, Non-Sports, Rittenhouse Archives, The Brady Bunch | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on March 5, 2012 – 3:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Finest, 2012 Topps Finest, Eric Hosmer, featured, Jesus Montero, Matt Moore, MLB, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on March 5, 2012 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | featured, MLB, Texas Rangers, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 5, 2012 – 1:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2010-11 National Treasures, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant, Panini America, Phil Jackson, Toni Kukoc | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 5, 2012 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Racing | 2012 Total Memorabilia, featured, Jack Roush, press pass, Reba McEntire, Roush Performance, Shelby Blackstock | Comments (2)
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.