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Posted on March 27, 2012 – 6:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Boxing | 2008 Topps Co-Signers, Bert Sugar, Boxing, featured, MLB, sportswriters, Topps | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Boxing fans probably know Bert Sugar as an eccentrically dressed icon, a Hall of Fame writer, a historian, a character.
But the man who died at age 75 on Sunday was far from just that, particularly when it came to cardboard, though even he appeared on a few cards himself through the years. (His 2008 Topps Co-Signers Solo Sigs card, his only certified auto, is above, complete with his name misspelled — something I’m sure he loved.)
In fact, he’s pretty important in helping shape part of what became the pop culture phenomenon of baseball card collecting beginning in the 1970s. But don’t take my word for it … watch this touching piece from noted media personality and life-long collector Keith Olbermann from his show on Monday.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on March 27, 2012 – 3:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | collecting, Keith Olbermann, MLB, Topps | Comments (4)
Noted media personality and collector Keith Olbermann received the “Friend of the Card Stores” award last week during a Topps dealer seminar in Las Vegas.
His speech offered some words of encouragement to hobby shop owners — and the perspective of a life-long collector — remarks in stark contrast to the CBS News feature earlier this week that the hobby, baseball cards in particular, were part of a dying industry.
While the CBS story has created quite a bit of chatter among collectors (click here to view the segment and read comments), here’s hoping that Olbermann’s comments can generate just as much discussion.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 8:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Boxing | featured, Mike Tyson, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated | Comments (16)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
Mike Tyson is getting in the ring with Upper Deck.
The California-based card company has signed the famous boxer to an autograph and memorabilia deal. Tyson will appear in upcoming trading card releases, making his debut in 2012 Goodwin Champions.
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Posted on March 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | 1909-11 T206, auctions, Eddie Plank, Goodwin & Co., Honus Wagner | Comments (2)
Another famous Honus Wagner cards is hitting the auction block on Tuesday.
The card – along with several others from the T-206 set – is being sold by a Houston businessman, who didn’t want to be identified, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.
A St. Louis collectibles dealer is handling the auction and he expects the card to bring in more than $1 million. However, it’s not the only card in the exhibit. The card is being auctioned off with a huge collection of T206 cards in individual lots.
“I believe it will bring between $1.2 million and $1.5 million,” Bill Goodwin, who runs Goodwin & Co., told the newspaper.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 5:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Non-Sports | | Comments (6)
Smallville has been off the air for more than a year, but 10 glorious seasons of the show has created a passionate, dedicated fan base.
Cryptozoic is releasing the missing sets for those fans. Seasons 7-10 are coming out this spring after Inkworks released the individual sets. Let’s take a quick look at what the Smallville Seasons 7-10 set is going to bring.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 11:06 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 1981 Topps, Art Monk, featured, football cards, Joe Montana, Ken Stabler, nfl, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Football‘s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1981 Topps rack packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Next week’s rip: A 1989 Upper Deck low series baseball box.
Posted on March 25, 2012 – 7:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | baseball cards, CBS News, sports cards | Comments (58)
CBS News examined what it calls a dying baseball card industry during a four-minute, 49-second feature on Sunday.
It included interviews with an author, a show promotor, a dealer-collector and vintage dealer “Mr. Mint” Alan Rosen.
We want to know what you think after you watch it with our questions after the jump. Please leave a comment if you’d like to say more.
Update: Panini America did not take the story lightly.
Posted on March 23, 2012 – 2:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Allen & Ginter, 2012 Bowman, Cuban baseball, Finest, MLB, Oakland A's, Tier One, Topps, Topps Chrome, World Baseball Classic, Yoenis Cespedes | Comments (2)
Topps is hoping its latest autograph acquisition leads to some moneyball for collectors.
The company announced on Friday that it has signed Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to an autograph deal, meaning the promising Cuban star will appear in products beginning with 2012 Bowman.
Posted on March 23, 2012 – 10:57 am | Author: chrisolds
Football | autographs, featured, legal news, MLB, NFL PLAYERS, NFL Players Association, Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Upper Deck | Comments (42)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The NFL Players Association and NFL Players Inc. have filed a lawsuit against Upper Deck this week in the New York Supreme Court seeking nearly $1.5 million in unpaid royalties and autograph fees for more than 220 NFL players.
The lawsuit, which is for “serial breaches of contracts,” asserts that Upper Deck has not disputed its owed monies, and offered to negotiate a payment plan “claiming that Upper Deck’s financial situation was preventing timely payments of the amounts due.” Furthermore, the filing also states that “it became apparent during the course of the discussions that Upper Deck did not intend to honor its contractual obligations. Considering Upper Deck’s recent history of flouting its legal obligations to its licensors, including … admitted counterfeiting [Konami Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit] … and millions of dollars in outstanding payments to other licensors, Plaintiffs gave up hope that Upper Deck would honor its contractual commitments.”
In total, the company owes players more than $1.25 million for autographs alone, with the rest ($368,354.49) being for licensing and service agreements. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tops the list with $180,000 owed, while new New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is owed $84,000 and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is owed $71,960. The NFLPA also is seeking to find out whether the company had players sign additional autographs outside of the NFLPA’s agreements — which also could amount to additional financial damages. This comes on the heels of the company’s lawsuit with Major League Baseball for unpaid settlement agreement money in its trademark lawsuit, while the company also has a few other lawsuits presently in the courts system.
Posted on March 22, 2012 – 6:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Prime 9, Chicago Cubs, Ernie Banks, Topps | Comments (1)
You can play two, but the redemption won’t get you two.
Topps has announced its seventh HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Ernie Banks who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.