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Posted on April 19, 2012 – 3:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Press Pass FanFare, Andrew Luck, autographs, NFL draft, press pass, Robert Griffin III | Comments (120)
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.
Posted on April 19, 2012 – 2:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Triple Play, Panini America, Yu Darvish | Comments (8)
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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Posted on April 19, 2012 – 10:07 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Bowman Chrome, featured, MLB, Topps, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | Comments (3)
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.)
Posted on April 19, 2012 – 10:05 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 SP Game-used, hockey, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on April 18, 2012 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2011-12 Gold Standard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, panini, Panini America | Comments (10)
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.)
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball 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 17, 2012 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Donruss, featured, Fleer, Playoff, Score, The 1990s, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (37)
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.
Posted on April 17, 2012 – 4:10 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Panini Prime Hockey, Collision Course, featured, Gordie Howe, Panini America, Prime Ties, Ryan Nugent Hopkins | Comments (9)
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.
Posted on April 17, 2012 – 11:49 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps Museum Collection, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MLB, Topps | Comments (14)
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.
Need a 2012 Topps Museum Collection checklist or OPG? Click here.
Posted on April 17, 2012 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, astronauts, Dwight Eisenhower, Kerri Strug, Non-Sports, Panini America, Sally Ride | Comments (2)
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.)
Posted on April 16, 2012 – 10:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2002-03 Fleer Platinum, Carlos Boozer, Fleer, Manu Ginobili, Michael Jordan, NBA, Shaquille O'Neal | Comments (2)
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.