Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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First Look: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Cooperstown is a word that defines one thing when it comes to baseball — history.

The home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in rural New York is a treasure trove of baseball lore — and now Panini America is aiming to make “Cooperstown” synonymous with one more thing.

Baseball cards.

The company revealed on Monday its next baseball product, 2012 Panini Cooperstown, a 200-card release that will arrive in late July with some of the greatest names in the game — and more. (For a checklist of recent releases or an OPG click here.)

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Box Busters: 2012 Spartacus Gods of the Arena

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a premium pack of 2012 Spartacus Gods of the Arena cards from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need an OPG for this product? Click here.)

Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Super Hero Squad

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Marvel Super Hero Squad gaming cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Topps Update baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps released the basic product information and preview images Friday for its final chapter of the flagship brand this year, 2012 Topps Update.

The 330-card base set will include most traded veterans, every member of this year’s All-Star and Home Run Derby rosters, the latest rookies as well as a subset of Record Breakers and Rookie Debuts when it arrives on Oct. 3.

Update will include one autograph or Relic in every 36-pack box, while there will be one autograph and two Relics found in every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box. As with the previous series this year, the golden theme continues with every Jumbo box containing at least one Golden Relic, while those will only be found one per case in standard hobby boxes.

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Topps adds surprises to upcoming Archives

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps Archives will arrive on May 23 with many nods to the past on the baseball diamond, but Topps unveiled plans for even more to appear in the product chock-full of designs from the last 60 years of baseball cards.

It will include nods to pop culture of the 1980s — as well as even more baseball — in its return.

For starters, it will include 100 “Touched By Greatness” autograph cards of Cal Ripken Jr. These over-sized cards will be signed and include an actual hand print of the Hall of Famer. In addition, Archives also will include 100 original signed Topps player card contracts as case-toppers in the product. But that’s not all …

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Avery Bradley basketball cards heat up

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Secondary players often get lost on a team full of stars, but occasionally one breaks through to let fans know there is more to a basketball team than just the usual five.

Second-year player Avery Bradley recently made his presence known on the Boston Celtics. The 6-foot-2 guard finished the regular season hot for the Celtics and has played well during the first round of the playoffs.

One of the big beneficiaries of Bradley’s recent performances are his collectors. With the elevation of his game, his basketball cards are also seemingly on the rise.

His most popular – and hardest to attain – card is the 2011-11 Playoff National Treasures autographed/jersey card numbered to 99. The high book value in Beckett is $200 with the value increasing as recently as April. (Need an Avery Bradley OPG or checklist? Click here.)

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Steiner selling Yankees’ game-used throwback unis

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Only two times in New York Yankees history has the team worn throwback uniforms.

The last being April 20 when the Boston Red Sox celebrated Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. On that day, the Yankees were Boston’s opponent — so both teams wore the uniform of their 1912 franchise.

The uniforms that the Yankees players wore that day on now on sale through Steiner Sports, which has an exclusive deal with the historic baseball franchise to sell its game-used memorabilia. (Need a Yankees card checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Box Busters Preview: 2012 Bowman Jumbos … and more

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Bowman jumbo packs — and watches a collector rip into even more — in this Box Busters preview video.

Oh, and do you like vintage? Check it out.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Josh Hamilton ties MLB record with four homers

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs against the Orioles Tuesday night in Baltimore, tying the record for the most longballs hit in a single game, which was shared by only 15 other players in MLB history.

He went 5-for-5 with eight RBI in the game, both career-highs.

According to the Beckett.com database, Hamilton appears on exactly 2,700 baseball cards with a total value of more than $22,600 not including cards too rare to price. (Need a Hamilton checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Broad Street Bullies get their own set from ITG

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular hockey franchises is getting its own trading card set from In The Game.

The Philadelphia Flyers will get a set aptly named set Broad Street Boys – The History of the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Franchise.

It is scheduled to arrive on June 15.

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Dmitri Young puts collection on auction block

Update: The auction brought in more than $2.4 million.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you ripped wax in the early 1990s, you probably know Dmitri Young as a once up-and-coming prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals — a Rated Rookie back in 1993. Younger collectors might know him as a recently retired journeyman and the older brother of former No. 1 pick Delmon Young.

But what you might not know is that he’s been a serious baseball card collector for some time — a collector of only PSA 10 grade Gem Mint Rookie Cards.

Young’s stash ranges from Stan Musial, Roy Campanella and Ernie Banks to modern-day cards of Derek Jeter, Prince Fielder,  Ryan Braun and even his little brother. Now, through Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based SCP Auctions, he’s decided to part with his collection and some game-used memorabilia in a 497-lot auction that ends on May 18. (Need a Young checklist or OPG? Click here.)

“I love the hobby and what it has meant to my life,” Young told SCP before the auction opened. “I hope the legacy of this collection lives on for many years to come.”

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First look: 2012 Press Pass Showcase Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Press Pass Showcase Racing arrives at the end of May, celebrating a couple of different milestones.

First, the product is marking its four-year anniversary and not taking the occasion lightly. Press Pass promises “a boost” to the high-end release. The three-pack hobby box (five cards in each pack) promises a premium auto or relic in every pack.

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Preview Gallery: 2011-12 Panini America Gold Standard Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Gold Standard Basketball is coming back for its sophomore campaign.

With Panini America’s release of 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball just a couple of months away, it’s time to get a closer look at some of the cards in the product.

Collectors can expect some of last year’s features back such as 14K gold discs embedded in cards or 14K gold trading cards. But Panini is offering even more to make 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball even more successful. (Need a checklist for last year’s set or an OPG? Click here.)

Beckett had a first look at Gold Standard in April. But here are more preview pictures to enjoy.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Bowman doubleheader

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a dozen loose 2012 Bowman packs (above) and a Blaster Box and more (below) in this Ripping Retail video doubleheader.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

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(Need a past Bowman checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Press Pass fixes Keselowski autopen issue in Ignite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With Press Pass’ new racing product 2012 Ignite  hitting the street, some collectors noticed something strange on Brad Keselowski’s autographed Ignite Ink cards.

It didn’t seem as though they were hand-signed — each was the same size with exact strokes and ink widths.

Unfortunately, Press Pass learned Keselowski’s autograph sheet – as opposed to individual cards – were signed using an autopen, which is a machine used for automatic signatures.

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Memory Lane auction brings in more than $2M

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The auction blocks have been hot and heavy with Honus Wagner‘s famous card, but that doesn’t mean the price has come down.

The hobby’s Holy Grail seems to be popping up a bit lately with the most recent auction of a T206 Wagner going for more the $650,000.

Memory Lane‘s Holy Grail Auction brought in $2 million with several sought-after cards and memorabilia pieces hitting the auction block.

The Wagner – a PSA 2 – went for $654,400. Last month, the hobby’s most iconic card sold for $1.23 million, which was graded an SGC 40.  (Need a Wagner checklist or an OPG? Click here.)

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Fourth series of Legends of Marvel arrives in summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Super heroes are on most people’s minds right now. With The Avengers coming out and Free Comic Book Day, the hype around the mystical characters is pretty high.

Hoping to capture some of that magic is Rittenhouse Archives as the non-sport trading card company recently released news on its fourth series of Legends of Marvel.

Each set contains three characters and nine total cards.

Series 4 features Thing, Ms. Marvel and Ghost Rider. It will come out July 11.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team & Hopefuls

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team & Hopefuls boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps confirms Aflac autos for 2012 Bowman

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Bowman set is just two days away from appearing in hobby shops and Topps had one more order of business to announce Monday as collectors are clamoring for info about what they might find.

The company released the names of the Aflac All-American autographs that can be found in the packs this year along with the quantity of the cards signed.

Eleven players made the list — see them all after the jump.

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Buckner Ball sells for $418,250 via Heritage

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s a price for imperfection.

The baseball that Mookie Wilson hit in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that went between Bill Buckner‘s legs and propelled the New York Mets to a Game 7 — and a championship — sold for four figures Friday night through Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Specifically, it went for $418,250.

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