Monthly Archives: March 2012

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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They’re baaaaaaacck: Upper Deck includes Evolution video cards in World of Sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball  Editor

They’re back — and this time they’ve got Michael Jordan in tow.

Upper Deck’s recently released World of Sports product includes a new batch of Evolution video cards — trading cards with actual video components embedded inside that can play highlights from the player — an innovation that sparked a mixed reaction from collectors last year and a war of words between two companies over who was first in the hobby with the idea.

While the hubbub might not be as loud this time around,the Evolution checklist does include a pretty big name in M.J.

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Topps unveils early season 2012 Bowman Signatures Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Just as we thought we’d seen a preview of the first Topps football product of the 2012 season, the manufacturer swooped in and unveiled another brand.

High-end 2012 Bowman Signatures comes with one autograph or autographed Relic card per pack and hits hobby shops in late May. Unless the card maker has any other tricks up its sleeve, this product will feature the first Topps Rookie Cards of the season.

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Reggie Jackson is Topps’ fourth Prime 9 card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you have card No. 4, then you have No. 44.

You know, the guy who hit three home runs in a single World Series game, Mr. October.

Topps has announced its fourth HTA Prime 9 card, and it’s Reggie Jackson who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

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MLB Properties sues Upper Deck for unpaid trademark lawsuit settlement money

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

MLB Properties, the licensing arm of the Major League Baseball and its teams, filed a lawsuit against Upper Deck in U.S. District Court on Wednesday seeking more than a quarter-million dollars owed to it as part of a previous trademark infringement and breach of contract lawsuit settlement.

On March 3, 2010 (link here), MLB Properties settled its lawsuit with the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company confidentially. The terms of that agreement were part of the court filings this week, showing that Upper Deck had agreed to pay a little over $3 million in damages ($3,065,824.92) via installments throughout 2010. That came after it had used MLB’s logos in a pair of products after losing its license to make official MLB cards beginning in 2010. It had been a licensee since 1989.

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Panini Confirms all short-printed RCs in 2011 Playoff Contenders Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

With Panini America’s 2011 Playoff Contenders Football product now live and flowing on the secondary market, some collectors have managed to glean which cards are short-printed and which cards are not. Today, the company put speculation to rest by revealing the entire list of those coveted, short-printed Rookie Cards that seem to fuel the chase year after year.

Offering good reason to go after certain short-print Rookie Ticket cards, the manufacturer pointed out a Tyron Smith card that recently sold for $475.  “Quick: When’s the last time a Rookie Card of an offensive lineman sold for more than $450?” Panini’s Tracy Hackler rhetorically pondered. “The fact of the matter is that Smith’s is the shortest RC in the set with a print run of just 23 total copies.”

Current anecdote aside, it’s no secret that these cards have a history of selling well. Check out the lottery-like list of cards limited to 400 or less after the jump.

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Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 74): If you could own just one card, what would it be?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Imagine a world where you could only own a single copy of a single baseball card — just one and that’s your entire collection.

Which one card would it be?

Would you go with an expensive card? A favorite card? A card you could trade for a different card later?

We want to know which one — and we want to know why.  For me, I really don’t know … it’s quite tough.

Please include your name and location with your comment. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

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

Football’s Mad Men: Who is your essential mid-century quarterback?

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Despite hype and promise, the forthcoming issue of Beckett Football will not feature top rookie prospect Andrew Luck on the front cover. Instead, we’re turning back the pages of time and hobby history to reflect on an era of style, circumstance, and stardom.

Oh, and we’re also giddy over the late-March return of AMC‘s mid-century-themed “Mad Men” so we’re celebrating … but with a collector purpose.

If  you have a minute to spare, please respond to a few questions, polls and watch Broadway Joe tie it all together with a TV spot after the jump. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the next issue of Beckett Football. Read More »

Earliest known Babe Ruth game-used New York Yankees jersey hits auction block in April

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A circa 1920 New York Yankees road jersey worn by Babe Ruth might fetch seven figures when it hits the auction block through SCP Auctions on April 30.

“This is simply the finest sports artifact we’ve handled in our 30-year history,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “It has it all. You would be hard pressed to dream up a more desirable baseball artifact. The historical impact of Ruth’s emergence in the Big Apple in the early 1920s, combined with the jersey’s superb original condition, makes this a sports treasure of the highest order.”

It’s the earliest known gamer for The Bambino, and the bidding through the  Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based company will close on May 19.

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