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Posted on April 30, 2012 – 12:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Bowman Bryce Harper, 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Bryce Harper, 2012 Topps Archives Bryce Harper, 2012 Topps Factory Set Bryce Harper, 2012 Topps Series 2, 2012 Topps Tier One Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper RC, Bryce Harper Rookie Card, featured, MLB, RC, Topps, Washington Nationals | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Bryce Harper arrived in the major leagues on Saturday — now it’s time for his Rookie Cards.
Topps didn’t wait long into the 19-year-old’s big-league career to tease his first RC — arriving in 2012 Topps Series 2 on June 6 — but waited until today to offer any additional details about that card and future offerings it might have featuring the player who is the most highly touted prospect — and most-expensive on cardboard — prospect in MLB history.
“People at Topps are excited,” said Topps Vice President Mark Sapir. “We are most excited for collectors. He is a special talent and we will do our best to celebrate his MLB debut and Rookie Cards.
“We will do our best to quickly get Harper in product,” Sapir said. “We want collectors to have a chance to pull his card as quickly as frequently as possible. Due to timing, we are somewhat limited in all we can do. [Our] first few products will be a bit short due to printing windows, but there will be a few planned redemptions. In total, I think our plan is awesome and will truly unlock Harper to the collectors!”
First things, first … Harper will have autographed cards appearing in all forthcoming Topps products this year. (Need a Harper checklist or OPG? Click here.)
Specific details for the rest of the products will include:
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Posted on April 30, 2012 – 12:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | basketball cards, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, NBA, Panini America | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Derrick Rose is done for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, prematurely ending the reigning NBA MVP’s chances of being Like Mike anytime soon.
That also means that he’s done for the rest of the year, out for the Summer Olympics and probably for another nine months.
“Derrick’s not only a great player, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great person, but it’s not a death sentence,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. “It’s not a death sentence for him, it’s not a death sentence for our team. He’s going to come back. He’ll come back better than ever. It’s just the way it is and we’ve got to deal with.”
The coach is perhaps optimistic, but perhaps not. The real question for collectors is how the injury might affect Rose’s basketball cards moving forward. (Need a Derrick Rose checklist or OPG? Click here.)
In short, one must wonder … is the injury a death sentence for his pricey cardboard?
Posted on April 28, 2012 – 8:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Series 2, Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper Rookie Card, MLB, Topps, Washington Nationals | Comments (33)
Update: For additional info on this card and others from Topps, click here.
Before he had his second big-league at bat, the plans for Bryce Harper‘s Rookie Card were announced.
Topps confirmed on Saturday night that Harper’s Rookie Card will appear in 2012 Topps Series 2, which arrives on June 6. (Need a Harper checklist or OPG? Click here.) We’ll have more details on this as it becomes available.
Since his arrival on cardboard in 2009, Harper has appeared on 248 different cards with a total value topping $28,600 for those not too rare to price. However, none are cataloged as Rookie Cards.
Posted on April 27, 2012 – 3:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Limited, baseball cards, featured, MLB, MLBPA, Panini America | Comments (20)
Along with bats, the batting helmet might be the most used and abused — yet still appealing — piece of game-used memorabilia available to collectors.
They get thrown, scuffed, caked with pine tar, cracked … you name it, they show it.
But when it comes to game-used memorabilia cards, there just aren’t that many helmet cards to go around — not many at all — but Panini America is about to change that with its forthcoming (delayed) 2011 Limited baseball set, which arrives next week packing three autographs or memorabilia cards in every seven-card box. (Need a checklist from a past Limited set or an OPG? Click here.)
One of the memorabilia card options to be found in packs of Limited are Hard Hats, a return of the name introduced with the first batting helmet brand made by the former Donruss/Playoff company back in 2003. However, the first game-used batting helmet card was made by Fleer back in 2000 — and Topps had a selection of helmet cards in an early 2000s Bowman release.
Posted on April 27, 2012 – 3:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Bryce Harper, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLBPA, Panini America, Topps, Washington Nationals | Comments (5)
The most highly touted prospect in baseball card history, Bryce Harper, will be promoted to the majors and will make his big-league debut on Saturday in left field when the Washington Nationals visit the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Friday.
Harper, 19, was hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI in 20 games for Triple-A Syracuse before the call. He’ll face former NL All-Star Chad Billingsley, who will take the hill for the NL West-leading Dodgers. Pitching for the Nationals? Another highly touted former No. 1 overall pick and cardboard wunderkind, Stephen Strasburg.
Posted on April 27, 2012 – 10:22 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen, 2012 Topps Museum Collection, 2012 Topps Tribute, MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball, NPB, Texas Rangers, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
He’s been a star overseas, he’s a millionaire many times over and, heck, he’s even already been on the cover of Beckett Baseball before playing an official MLB game.
But Yu Darvish‘s gem on Tuesday night — 10 strikeouts in eight-plus scoreless innings for a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees — meant one thing.
He’s truly arrived.
The same can be seen on his cardboard, though he’s not exactly been cheap as all of his certified autographs that are presently available are of the needle-in-a-haystack variety and limited to just 25 copies. In other words, they weren’t cheap to start with. But now?
Posted on April 26, 2012 – 6:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2012 Prestige, Andrew Luck, nfl, NFL draft, Panini America, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The names have been called, the jerseys have been made and there’s one thing left to do for Panini America as the NFL Draft continues.
Make the football cards.
Up first on the Texas-based company’s schedule is 2012 Prestige, which arrives in June with No. 1 pick Andrew Luck, No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III, No. 3 pick Trent Richardson and more. (Need an Andrew Luck checklist or OPG? Click here.)
But before the cards can be printed, they must be mocked up. The company unveiled a selection of cards on Thursday night as the Draft carried on.
See the first four … after the jump.
Posted on April 26, 2012 – 6:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | @RGIII, Baylor University, featured, Heisman Trophy, nfl, NFL draft, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins | Comments (9)
With the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III just seconds ago.
Now, you can see his first Topps football card right here.
Card No. 340 in the 2012 Topps set will feature Luck — one of 110 NFL rookies who will be found in packs of the hobby staple when it arrives on Aug. 8.
Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic card inside as well as a selection of inserts and cards from the 440-card base set.
(Need a checklist of all existing Robert Griffin III cards or an OPG? Click here.)
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly 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 April 26, 2012 – 6:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2012 Topps, Andrew Luck, featured, Indianapolis Colts, nfl, NFL draft | Comments (4)
With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck just seconds ago.
Card No. 140 in the 2012 Topps football set will feature Luck — one of 110 NFL rookies who will be found in packs of the hobby staple when it arrives on Aug. 8.
(Need a checklist of all current Andrew Luck cards or an OPG? Click here.)
Posted on April 26, 2012 – 2:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2005 Bowman Chrome, 2005 Topps Update, featured, Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Kemp, MLB, Topps | Comments (1)
Matt Kemp‘s torrid start is one that simply can’t be missed right now and that’s easy to justify simply by looking at the stat sheet — and sales of his baseball cards.
He leads the majors in batting average at .449. He leads the majors in home runs with 10. He leads the majors in RBI with 23.
But that’s not all. He’s also powering his way into a rather prominent place in the hobby as the unquestioned franchise player for the first-place Dodgers — something that’s easier said than done. After all, a breakout season last year that saw him come up one homer short of the 40-40 Club and finish second in the NL MVP race really didn’t get noticed all that much when it came to his cardboard.
“Kemp is on fire right now, not only on the field, but in hobby as well,” said Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer, who tracks sales of cards daily for Beckett Media. “His 2005 Bowman Chrome AU RC has doubled in value over the past couple weeks, and its parallels have tripled in some cases. While that is far and away his key RC, his 2005 Topps Chrome Update card has tripled in value from $10 to $30, while most of his other Rookie Cards have doubled in value.” (Need a Matt Kemp checklist or OPG? Click here.)