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Monthly Archives: April 2012

NFL, NFLPA renew card license with Panini

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America will continue to be on the gridiron.

Well, its cards that is.

The NFL and NFLPA announced on Monday that they have renewed their card deals with the Texas-based card-maker for as many as 18 sets a year.

“We’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and the NFLPA,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “The NFL and NFLPA are two of our most important licensors, and these new agreements will enable us to continue producing sought after products for NFL fans for years to come.”

The first product of the year will be 2012 Prestige, which arrives in June. (Need a complete checklist for a past Prestige set or an OPG? Click here.)

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TRISTAR will open retail store in Las Vegas

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

TRISTAR is hoping a new venture in Vegas is a jackpot.

The long-running show-promotion and autographed memorabilia company announced on Sunday that it will be opening a new retail store in Las Vegas on May 1 — the TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia Store. It will be located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and will be the largest memorabilia shop on the Strip, according to the company.

“When TRISTAR does something, we do it big and first class,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRISTAR, in a prepared statement. “It will be like walking into a sports Hall of Fame, but instead of just looking, you can take pieces of the experience home with you.”

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Rittenhouse shows off NCIS sigs at Non-Sports Show

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | NCIS is one of the country’s most popular television shows. The military crime fighters are coming to trading cards this June.

Rittenhouse Archives is producing a card set that will capture the first 72 episodes in NCIS’s history.

At the Philly Non-Sports Card Show, Rittenhouse displayed many of the autographs that will be found in the product, which includes many fan favorites.

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Philip Humber’s gem creates perfect opportunity

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Chicago White Sox pitcher Phillip Humber — a right-hander from Texas with an 11-10 career record and not a single complete game entering Saturday’s contest at Safeco Field — threw nine perfect innings against the Seattle Mariners for just the 21st gem in MLB history.

In all, Humber appears on just 539 cards in the Beckett.com database with 219 of those featuring a certified autograph and a total value of more than $3,250. (Need a complete Humber checklist or OPG? Click here.) He appears on 33 Rookie Cards beginning in 2005 when he was a member of the New York Mets, many an affordable option.

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First Look: 2012 Press Pass Redline racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass will unveil its newest line this June with 2012 Press Pass Redline, a high-end racing product.

Redline will feature four hits for every tin with some of the most popular drivers. The tins are pre-selling for around $130.

Each two-pack tin will include two autographs and two memorabilia cards, and at least one of the autos will be an auto/memorabilia combo card.

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Blowout Cards settles court case with Upper Deck

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Blowout Cards has settled its lawsuit against Upper Deck that had alleged that the Carlsbad, Calif.-based card company’s distribution policies introduced last year were illegal under antitrust laws and “manipulated the pricing of its products.”

As a result, The Fantastic Store, Blowout’s retail storefront in Chantilly, Va., has been granted Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer status and can sell the company’s products. Meanwhile, the long-running BlowoutCards.com online storefront does not sell current Upper Deck products at this time.

Beckett Media caught up with Blowout owner Thomas Fish for a quick Q&A about the case and what it might mean for collectors.

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Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

BOSTON | The Boston Red Sox are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.

The small ballpark nestled inside the city limits could be hard to see if you’re not looking for it, but the stadium has such a rich history with most of the greatest players in the game having once played there.

Along with today’s ceremony, the Red Sox have made it easy for fans to celebrate as well. They have created a number of memorabilia pieces with “100 Years” adorning them.

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Honus Wagner card sells for $1.23 million

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

An SGC 40 specimen of the hobby’s most-famous baseball card sold for more than a million dollars on Friday morning at auction.

It’s a Honus Wagner T206 tobacco card (Sweet Caporal back), and it sold for $1,232,466.34 after 14 bids through St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co.

According to Beckett sales data for the card, a PSA 8 was sold for a record $2.8 million in 2007. A PSA 2 typically sells for $500,000 or less, but with an estimated total of just 50 known to exist — many of those in worse condition — there aren’t too many alternatives for a prospective buyer when one comes to market. This is just the fifth time Beckett has tracked a sale of more than $1 million for the card (in any condition).

This one blasted prices previously paid for cards in similar condition as a GAI 3.5 (Very Good+) sold for $456,057 through Mastro Auctions in late 2005.

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

Need a T206 checklist or a Honus Wagner OPG? Click here.

Box Busters: 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Prime Cuts boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a Prime Cuts checklist or OPG? Click here.

First look: 2012 Onyx Platinum Prospects

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s a new prospect on the baseball card field.

Onyx Authenticated, an MLBPA-approved memorabilia licensee, is a relative newcomer to the packaged memorabilia field. But now the Riverview, Fla.-based company is taking the next step.

It’s making baseball cards.

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass FanFare (w/contest)

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass FanFare boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What can you win? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for other 2012 Press Pass sets? Click here.

First Look: 2012 Triple Play baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Have you turned a triple play lately? If not — and it’s not easy — then Panini America‘s next baseball card brand just might let you do that.

Err, well … maybe it will just let you have some fun while collecting.

Panini’s new version of the short-lived, kid-focused card line of the early 1990s arrives this summer when Triple Play comes in July. The 99-cent-a-pack product features vector art drawings of big-leaguers in the 90-card base set — a new look and feel for most any card sets. It also will include oddities such as eye black cards that you can peel and wear to get into your gameday mode. (Need a Triple Play checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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First Look: 2012 Bowman Chrome

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Get ready, Chromies, you now have a new date to mark on the calendar.

Topps unveiled the first look and basic set information for 2012 Bowman Chrome on Thursday, the latest chapter in the always-beloved brand that will pack a bit more punch this year.

Set to arrive on Oct. 17, it will include one Chrome autograph per box and every third box (12 boxes per case) will include an extra autograph, too. (Need a full checklist of past Bowman Chrome sets or an OPG? Click here.)

 

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Box Busters: 2011-12 SP Game-Used hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 SP Game-Used boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need an SP Game-Used Checklist or OPG? Click here.

Collector says meeting Kobe was ‘time of our lives’

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

When Nick Gauder opened a pack of Panini America‘s 2010-11 Gold Standard basketball cards, he found something that could have made him very rich from a cash perspective.

It was a Golden Ticket good for a all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles and a chance to meet Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

But after meeting Kobe on Sunday — and an extended trip that allowed Gauder and his mother to meet relatives they hadn’t seen in decades — he was even more enriched.

“It was worth it, brother,” he said Wednesday, “because my mom and I had the time of our lives.”

While we’ll have more on Gauder’s trip in the next issue of Beckett Basketball soon — featuring Kobe on its cover — check out these Panini-produced videos. See Gauder meet Kobe above and see what else he left Los Angeles with below. (Need a full Kobe checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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

Your Turn: What are your best memories of collecting in the 1990s? (with polls)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Last year in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we took a look back at the decade when the hobby as we know it today was born, the 1980s.

This year, we’re taking a look at the decade where the hobby grew up and got complicated … the 1990s.

As part of the upcoming issue, we want to know what you think of the decade — from the 1980s-style overproduced trainwreck sets of the first few years, to the post-strike re-organizing and hobby-revitalizing inclusions such as game-used and certified ink in the later years.

We want to know what your favorites are from that time — any sport, any player, any team. We want to know what you miss. We want to know what you loathe.

We want to know … which players define the 1990s in your mind? We want to know all of that … and more. Tell us what you think and take our polls about the 1990s after the jump.

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First Look: 2011-12 Prime Hockey

 


By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

When the folks at Panini America launch a brand with the word “prime” in the title, they mean it.

On Tuesday, the company gave collectors a look at 2011-12 Prime Hockey. Delivering the industry’s first game-worn helmet decal pieces (Collision Course inserts), sweater lace cards (Prime Ties) and other choice materials, this  product is chock-full of, you guessed it, prime memorabilia.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Museum Collection

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Museum Collection boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a 2012 Topps Museum Collection checklist or OPG? Click here.

First look: 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America‘s latest chapter of its popular Americana line of non-sport cards arrives this summer with 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, a product that will return to a more traditional format, too.

Each 18-pack box will include three autograph or memorabilia cards  as well as nine inserts and a parallel card when it arrives on July 11. There will be 10 cards per pack and 16 boxes per case, according to the company’s announcement on Tuesday.

The product will include a mix of Olympic athletes, military heroes, Astronauts and more — including four Dwight D. Eisenhower Army uniform cut autographs. (Need an Americana checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Box Busters Retro: 2002-03 Fleer Platinum

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of 2002-03 Fleer Platinum cards in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

What will be found inside? Watch and find out …

Need a 2002-03 Fleer Platinum checklist or OPG? Click here.