Monthly Archives: May 2012

First look: 2012-13 NBA Hoops

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s first post-lockout season for NBA cards is winding down and that means one thing.

It’s time for a look at 2012-13 — and from all accounts it will be a card calendar loaded with more than three times as many releases as 2011-12 … and twice as many Rookie Cards than a normal year.

Arriving in August, 2012-13 NBA Hoops will include a 300-card base set which will include Rookie Cards for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NBA Draft classes. There will be two autographed cards found in every 36-pack hobby box. (Need a checklist or OPG for a past Hoops set? Click here.)

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Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 77): Who’s your hobby Rookie of the Year?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been quite a year for promising rookies so far as Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Trout — and many others — have grabbed attention of many on the field and in the hobby.

We want to know … Who is your hobby Rookie of the Year so far (and why)?

Tell us in the comments below. 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. (Take our poll after the jump.)

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A baseball card with a story to tell

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

In my dozen years writing about the hobby here at Beckett Media and for newspapers owned by The New York Times, Hearst and the Tribune Company, there’s been one common statement that has held true each and every year.

Every card has a story.

Sometimes they are simply statistical tales — not all that often compelling accounts of multiple home runs or other achievements in a game or career. At other times, they are stories from the field of competition that raise interest in something bigger. Other times, it’s your own tale that can be told with finding a card in a box — where you were, when it happened, what you’ve been through with it through the years.

But the story on Eddie Waitkus1955 Bowman card? That’s something completely different — and it’s one that would likely never happen today.

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Beckett.com By the Numbers: 2011-12 Past & Present

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2011-12 Panini Past & Present basketball card set from Panini America has arrived on Beckett.com with a strong taste of the old-school and some sweet new-school inclusions that might turn some heads. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs  — and see even more — after the jump.

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Cardboard Awards: The best of 2011 Football

Now that every 2011 football brand has hit the streets and collectors have been given some time to soak it all in, we need your help in picking the best of the best. After the jump you’ll find a few polls and write-in opportunities for each category in the upcoming awards edition of Beckett Football.

Feel free to just copy and paste with your answers or explain your picks in a sentence or two. Either way, act fast and weigh in with your honest opinion.

Need to review the materials? Click here watch every 2011 football product we opened for Box Busters.

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Canseco, Larsen on ESPN “Mint Condition”

The latest ESPN “Mint Condition” segment talks Jose Canseco, hot/cold players, Don Larsen and more.

Panini reveals short prints and even shorter short prints for 2011-12 Elite, Contenders Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino

By way of a two-post unveiling, Panini America recently confirmed the rare and rarest of rare short prints in two fan favorites — 2011-12 Elite and Contenders Hockey. The company wrapped up the reveal today  by identifying the SSPs (Super Short Prints)  for both brands, but we’re happy to bring the information to you in one tidy (and lengthy) list.

May the chase continue — but at higher speeds. Be sure to check the Beckett OPG for complete checklists and pricing when it becomes available:

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Showcase

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Contenders + SuperCollector contest

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oh, and how can you win a huge card? Watch the video and follow the instructions at the link below.

Click here to read how to submit your SuperCollector information (any sport).   (You can also find the same info in upcoming issues.)

First look: 2012 Topps Chrome Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

On the heels of the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Topps is readying one of its most popular football products.

Topps Chrome is coming back with all on-card rookie autographs. The product is scheduled to come out in early November.

There will be at least 45 different rookies in the product with autographs. But what makes the set fun for many collectors is all the Refractors. The 24-pack hobby boxes – with four cards in each pack – will have eight different refractors. With a 220-base card set – 110 veterans and 110 rookies – that’s a lot of cards to chase.

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Olds’ Hobby Mailday: May 25 edition

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If you’re out there exploring the world of collecting online, then there’s one non-traditional — but not unusual — type of video out there you’ll discover.

The “mailday video” where a collector just wants to show off a new find.

With that said, join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds for just that where he shows some of the stuff he’s bought in the last few months of buying on one sports card site.

Why? Just for fun … and, besides, we noticed many of you watched them before.

First look: 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you’ve ever wanted to play professional baseball, now’s your chance.

Topps unveiled its plans for 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League on Thursday and one of the inclusions in the second-year run of the product is a chance to become a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks for a day next season and appear on a card in 2013 Topps Pro Debut, the company’s other annual MiLB release. The Hooks are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

For those of us who don’t find the card, the set presents a chance to take an aesthetic trip down Memory Lane with a product that is styled after the colorful 1963 Topps set when it arrives on Sept. 12.

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ESPN.com launches sports memorabilia segment

ESPN.com’s Playbook recently launched a weekly video segment called “Mint Condition” which will focus on the hobby. Check it out.

Panini America set to celebrate Father’s Day

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

First there was Black Friday, now there’s Father’s Day.

Panini America is bringing its hobby-shop holiday formula that it launched last November to the spring — June 17 to be exact.

Father’s Day.

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What would you do if you pulled the big hit?

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

Opening packs of baseball cards is a gamble. We all say it. We all know it. But we continue to do it in hopes we beat the odds and get that beautiful big hit.

On Wednesday, I bought two boxes of 2012 Topps Archives. Just the packs alone filled me nostalgia with its design. Yep, these cards had that 1980s feel all the way. It was great seeing current players on former designs, many of the designs that were around when we first got into collecting.

There was one pack I opened that more special than the rest. I slowly scanned the cards and saw one with Rangers written across the top in block letters. I realized the card was signed and then it hit me. This wasn’t a Fan Favorite auto, but Texas Rangers rookie Yu Darvish.

I actually yelled and threw both hands in the air as though I just hit a perfect landing.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Past & Present

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into boxes of 2011-12 Panini Past & Present in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2012 Showcase Football hits hobby shops today

 

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

A popular brand among racing collectors, Press PassShowcase made its football debut today. I’ll just go ahead and put words in the manufacturer’s mouth by saying, “you’re welcome.”

Highlighted by exclusive non-NFL-licensed Andrew Luck autographs and unique inscriptions from other draft dominators, this set should satisfy high-end football cravings before well the season gets underway. For the $120-plus price tag, it’s a brand that won’t always stick to your ribs, but there’s plenty of flavor to savor.

The hobby-only product offers a hit-heavy break with a carefully-chosen 44-man autograph roster. On average, each box yields  six on-card autographs and one game-used jersey card. Behold the hit breakdown and a gallery of inscriptions   the break.

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Beckett.com By the Numbers: 2012 Bowman baseball

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2012 Bowman baseball card set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com with the newest prospects, some of baseball’s hottest rookies and more. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer  — and see even more — after the jump.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Archives baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some of the newly released 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.

How much will he open? What will he find? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 UD College Football Legends

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Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Topps Five Star (with polls)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ high-end baseball brand has arrived.

The company pulled back the curtain on 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball on Monday, a new high-end brand that will pack two autographs, one autographed Relic, one autographed booklet or extra autograph and a jumbo Relic, bat nameplate or bat knob card in every single box.

Of the standard autographs, one will be of an active player and one will be of a retired star with every card in the product signed directly on the cards themselves, not stickers.

Five Star is set to arrive on Oct. 31 and it will pack a high-end price. Factory cost for three-box cases of the product are starting north of $1,000, so a $400- to $500-per-pack cost should be expected.

See more after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Upper Deck USA Football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of Upper Deck USA Football sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Game of Thrones cards arrive next month

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the hottest television shows in the last year has been HBO’s Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s books.

A series like this has captured the imagination of so many people with its intrigue, violence, love and politics. Of course, it’s going to get the trading card treatment.

Rittenhouse Archives is readying its release of Game of Thrones Season One. The product, filled with autographs and shadow box cards, is scheduled to come out on June 6.

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NFL Players Rookie Premiere wraps up at Rose Bowl

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NFL Players Rookie Premiere wrapped up Saturday with players running around the field in their full NFL uniforms for the first time at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles while getting their photographs taken in various poses.

These are the images that collectors will get to see on a number of football cards this season.

It’s a busy and long day for players and card companies. Besides taking the photos under the hot sun in their uniforms, players are trying to catch up on the rest of their autograph duties.

The Rookie Premiere is vital to Panini America and Topps for the upcoming season. Without this three-day session, the companies likely wouldn’t have rookie autographs in their earliest products – or maybe many products at all during their first year.

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Rookie Premiere: Topps goes oldschool with 1984 set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Sure seems like Topps is into its oldschool designs this football season.

First, we featured a post on tallboys coming back, inspired by 1965 Topps. Now, let’s fast forward two decades.

Topps is bringing back the 1984 Topps design for another special round of autographs from the NFL Players Rookie Premiere this past weekend.

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Cal Ripken Jr. documents Archives print card process

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When 2012 Topps Archives arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday, some collectors will start getting their hands on a unique card that someone else already laid a hand on.

Cal Ripken Jr. to be exact.

As one of the inclusions in the multi-decade, multi-design throwback set, there will be 100 Touched By Greatness autograph cards that feature a signature from baseball’s ironman as well as an inked hand print from a Franklin batting glove that Ripken wore to do his “other inking.”

Ironclad Authentics was, well, on-hand to document the process. Check it out in a video after the jump.

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Babe Ruth game-used jersey sells for $4.4 million

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A circa 1920 New York Yankees road jersey worn by Babe Ruth sold for a record $4.4 million early this morning through SCP Auctions.

Including a buyer’s premium, the final price was $4,415,658 after 36 bids — the most ever paid for a single piece of baseball memorabilia by a wide margin. In 2007, SCP sold a PSA 8 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card for $2.8 million.

The auction opened with a $250,000 minimum bid and the winner of the jersey was another auction house, Lelands.com.

“We are ecstatic about the acquisition of what we consider one of the most important pieces of sports memorabilia in history,” said Lelands President Michael Heffner in a statement. “We are always on the lookout for high-quality sports memorabilia and this artifact represents the pinnacle.”

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Rookie Premiere: Topps revives tallboys … sort of

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Topps is going vintage.

At least part of its 2012 football card product line.

The company debuted one of the 2012 autographs sets at the NFL Rookie Premiere this week, which is a design from one of its popular products in the 1960s.

Topps has brought tallboys back, the nickname given to the 1965 Topps oversized football card set — as a miniature version that may be found in 2012 Topps. (That product is confirmed to have unsigned 1965 cards.)

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Rookie Premiere: Panini bringing back acetate

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The 2012 NFL Players Rookie Premiere is a great way to preview the upcoming football card season. With the pictures card companies are putting together, every little image helps in helping collectors find the cards they want to chase.

On the first day of the Premiere, the companies were big on getting on-card autographs.

In Panini America’s session, the company showed off dozens of photos. But take yours off the athlete and look at what they are signing. Some autographed strips of leather from a football or manufactured patch cards.

But what is so special about the picture above with Robert Griffin III?

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Cryptozoic celebrates Tarzan’s 100th anniversary

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Tarzan is remembered for his unique pets and hearty yell while banging on his chest. We still remember him and can mimic his mannerisms.

But Tarzan is old. Really old.

The character first appeared in 1912. Think about that — this is its 100th anniversary, and Tarzan has appealed to all these generations via movies, TV shows and books that have all been made in honor of the first comic Tarzan of the Apes.

Now, the iconic character is coming to trading cards in special set by Cryptozoic. The set, scheduled to arrive this summer, will highlight the last 100 years of comics, books and movies.

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Beckett.com By The Numbers: 2011 Limited

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2011 Limited baseball card set from Panini America has arrived on Beckett.com with the prospects, legends and more all in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer  — and see even more — after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Between the Pipes Hockey

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Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of goalie-centric 2011-12 Between the Pipes from In The Game. What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Ripping Retail: A 1990s retro rip

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With The 1990s Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly in hobby shops now and in newsstands soon, editor Chris Olds decided to rip into some 1990s packs for a Ripping Retro video from the early part of the decade.

What will he rip? What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

NBA Rookie Cards finally arrive … well, sort of

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

With the arrival of 2011-12 Past & Present from Panini America today, the hobby finally has its first Rookie Cards for this season’s young stars.

Well, sort of.

As previously announced, the rookies are found via redemption cards and there are three types of cards to chase — all looking pretty similar to each other. (Need a checklist or OPG when available soon? Click here.)

First, there are autographed redemptions for the 2011-12 NBA Draft class, capped by Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There are 35 cards in that one — but all redemptions are blind. There will be a “draft” assigning players to the redemption cards (letters A-Z and then AA-II) live and online in late October. The company has not announced whether all cards were created in the same quantities.

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