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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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.

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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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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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