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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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Your next BSCM Supercollector is … Chad Caldwell

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re prepping yet another issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and we’ve picked a SuperCollector for the July issue, which will be all about legends and legendary collections.

This month’s SuperCollector is Chad Caldwell from Houston, Texas, who collects Ken Griffey Jr., a legend from the not-so-distant past.

He submitted a video, which you can see above, along with a Photobucket link and told his story — which has a bit of a twist to it (see part of that after the jump).

You can have a chance to have your collection showcased as a SuperCollector by clicking here and following the instructions.

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Some Topps Olympic autos already look golden

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A half-dozen or so U. S. Olympians featured on Topps cards already have captured the hearts of more than a few Americans more than two months before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

How do we know? They’re already going for gold.

It’s apparent just by looking at the values of their autograph cards found in packs of 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team as the basic autographs for seven cards (showcasing six athletes) have reached or topped the $100 plateau since the product’s release. (Need a checklist or OPG to find out what your cards are worth? Click here.) And that’s not including rarer parallel cards.

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McFarlane Toys readies Bryce Harper figure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

He’s got a pair of home runs, plenty of cardboard, and even his first self-induced injury, but now Bryce Harper is a bonafide big-leaguer in yet another way.

He’s set to have an action figure.

McFarlane Toys announced Wednesday that the 19-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder will appear on a SportsPicks figure arriving in October. (Need a checklist of past McFarlanes or an OPG? Click here.)

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Box Busters: 2012 Bowman baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into 2012 Bowman in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a 2012 Bowman checklist or an OPG when available? Click here.)

Your turn: The Goalies Issue

We’re focusing on goalies for the upcoming issue of Beckett Hockey and we have a few opportunities for collector participation.

Here’s how you can weigh in and how you might just get to see your name in print:

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NFL Players Rookie Premiere starts today

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NFL Players Rookie Premiere starts today in Los Angeles.

Why is it so important?

This is where the card companies – in this case, Topps and Panini America – get photos, autographs and event-used memorabilia for all of the Rookie Cards in this upcoming season’s products.

Without this event, the card companies would have to go to all the 32 different teams to get this many top rookies in one place.

About 35 rookies will be at the event, including 11 first-round draft picks such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson, who were the first three picks of the draft.

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Josh Hamilton’s key baseball cards heat up

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

His bat is headed to Cooperstown, his baseball cards are headed upward.

That’s the easiest way to sum up Josh Hamilton‘s legendary week, one that saw him hit a record-tying four home runs against Baltimore and five more after that before his lucky bat couldn’t take any more and finally broke on Sunday.

That final blow — at least for that bat — meant the lumber was destined for the Hall of Fame and that even more attention was on his key baseball cards.

“All of his 1999 Rookie Cards were bumped up at least one level, and his 1999 Topps Traded Autograph has quickly become one of the most desirable cards in the hobby,” said Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer, who tracks values of cards daily. “Literally overnight, many of his certified autograph cards doubled in value.”

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Readers Write: A creative and thoughtful collector

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

We get a lot of emails with ideas, questions and comments about the hobby, but the above video letter from basketball collector Folkert Leffring, who is from the Netherlands but living in Spain, was one of the more memorable and thoughtful ones we have received recently.

The challenges of collecting American cards overseas is one thing to consider. The challenges of collecting NBA autographs is even bigger.

Despite this, he crafts his own cards to send off to players for signing — and he had an idea about a potential charity auction that he wanted to share. We want to know what you guys think.

You can watch a second video he made showing off some of his other card creations he has made and had signed after the jump.

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First look: 2012 Elite Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Sleep tight, football collectors. Panini’s 2012 Elite will be visiting you soon in a midsummer night’s dream.

As the manufacturer revealed today (unfortunately, not in iambic pentameter), the beloved mid-level brand will land just after July 4 with time-tested product traditions and enough nuances to satisfy modern collector cravings.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Elite Hockey

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Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of 2011-12 Elite Hockey from Panini America. Watch to see what they get from the rip.

Also, be sure to check out 2011-12 Elite on the Beckett Online Price Guide for a complete checklist and pricing when it becomes available.

Box Busters: 2011-12 SPx Hockey

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Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino rip open a box of 2011-12 SPx Hockey from Upper Deck. What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Also, be sure to check out 2011-12 SPx on the Beckett Online Price Guide for a complete checklist and pricing when it becomes available.

Lionel readies Earnhardt Jr. Batman diecasts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One’s a man in black and the other is the son of a man in black.

But, together, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Batman will team up on the track as the son of the seven-time Cup champ will race a Chevy Impala designed with The Dark Knight Rises on its paint scheme.

While the film opens on July 20, Earnhardt will drive one of four paint schemes — all of which will have diecast replicas made by Lionel NASCAR Collectibles  — on June 17 at Michigan. (Need an Earnhardt Jr. checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Learn more — and see the latest trailer — after the jump.

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First look: 2012 Score Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

This year’s Score football card set could feel like a collector’s dream.

The 2012 Score set boasts 400 base cards – 300 veterans and 100 rookies – for one of the most expansive checklists in a football set this year.

But for many collectors the best part just might be the price at 99 cents a pack when it is scheduled to release in July.

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Box Busters: 2012 James Bond 50th Anniversary

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 James Bond 50th Anniversary cards from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this product? Click here.)

Despite injury, Mariano Rivera’s RC remains hot

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It may not look like much, but the baseball card seen here is the most-valuable release in one of the most-important sets of the 1990s.

And it might be a bit of a lesson in card manufacturing — or at least supply and demand.

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been in the news lately as he has a blood clot in his right calf, a complication of tearing his ACL and injuring his knee during a fluke accident while shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City earlier this month. It’s a career-threatening injury for the 42-year-old career saves leader, but he has vowed to return to pitch one more time not ready for his record 608 saves to be his final mark.

Despite all of this negative attention for what has been a first-ballot Hall of Fame-caliber career, Rivera’s 1992 Bowman Rookie Card has done the unthinkable of late.

It’s actually gone up in value. (Need a Rivera checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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