Monthly Archives: May 2012

BGS-graded Michael Jordan tops $41,000 at auction

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A BGS 9.5 copy of Michael Jordan‘s 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metals Gems Red, a card (above) that is limited to just 90 copies and is the highest grade of its kind according to the BGS Population Report, sold for $41,825 through Heritage Auctions.

The card was one of more than 50 lots of graded Jordans sold via Heritage this week, each professionally graded by Beckett Grading Services or PSA. (Need an MJ-only checklist or OPG? Click here.) The Gems card was a runaway winner bidding-wise, but it wasn’t the only one to grab the attention of bidders. Get a rundown of a few other notable sales after the jump.

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Brian Wilson (and beard) coming from McFarlane

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Beard, The Angel and a Prince are coming to a toy aisle near you.

McFarlane Toys has unveiled its 30th line of MLB Sports Picks figures and the seven-figure lineup includes two debut figures and some All-Star staples.

Most notable might be injured San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson and his world-famous beard. His figure will feature the pose he does in honor of his father when he closes out games. No word on whether “The Machine” will have any cameos when the figures arrive next month. (Need a Wilson checklist or OPG? click here.)

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Box Busters: 2011 Limited Baseball

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Limited baseball boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist for a past Limited set or an OPG? Click here.)

MLB pitcher Brad Ziegler rips a case of Prime Cuts

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Brad Ziegler is a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a fifth-year pro with an 11-14 record and 19 saves in his big-league career split between Oakland and the desert.

You might have seen him on a past Beckett Baseball cover as well as a few Topps cards, though we all know relief pitchers don’t get a lot of love.

But what you may not know is that he’s a pretty serious baseball card collector. So much so, he recently decided to sit down an bust a case of the newly released 2011 Prime Cuts from Panini America on camera. Check it out …

 

Panini America teams up with Dallas Mavericks

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America, the NBA’s lone licensee of basketball cards, is teaming up with the reigning league champion Dallas Mavericks for something new.

A game-used memorabilia and marketing program.

As part of its Panini Authentic line of memorabilia offerings, the Texas-based collectibles company will be creating limited edition memorabilia pieces from last year’s NBA Finals while also selling game-used memorabilia and promoting NBA cards and memorabilia at American Airlines Center where the team plays. It’s the first team-focused deal for the memorabilia company. (Need a checklist of every Mavericks card ever made or an OPG? Click here.)

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Topps offers extra autos in new Olympic product

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re interested in going for the gold autographs in Topps‘ new Olympic card set, then the company did you one better.

The company announced on Thursday that its newly released 2012 U.S. Olympics Team & Hopefuls product now includes an additional autograph every other hobby box.

The set was previously announced to have one autograph, one Relic and a commemorative Relic per box.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Six players to watch in NBA Playoffs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NBA Playoffs have a way of bringing out some unlikely stars, reminding fans of aging ones or getting recognition to those who have deserved it.

With some high-profile players getting hurt and missing the rest of the postseason such as Chicago’s Derrick Rose and New York’s Amare Stoudemire an opportunity has been created for others to get some much-needed attention.

A great postseason has a way of inflating card values. It’s the way Boston’s Rajon Rondo finally got attention a few years ago.

Here’s a look at six players in this year’s NBA playoffs that collectors should keep an eye on.

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Angels ace Jered Weaver no-hits Minnesota

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Who cares if Albert Pujols doesn’t have a home run this season if Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver holds the opposing team hitless?

That’s exactly what happened late Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif., as Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins and his team rolled to a 9-0 victory. It was Weaver’s fourth win of the season and 86th in his seven-year career. It was the first Angels solo no-hitter at home since Nolan Ryan no-hit Baltimore on June 1, 1975.

On cardboard, Weaver appears on a total of 1,776 cards in the Beckett.com database, a collection valued at more than $11,500 before the news and not including rarities too scarce to price. (Need a Weaver-only checklist or an OPG? Click here.)

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Massive graded Michael Jordan card stash hits auction block via Heritage

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A massive haul of professionally graded Michael Jordan rarities and high-condition cards could heat things up on the auction block through Heritage Auctions with the final buzzer set to sound on Friday here in Dallas.

It’s not often that modern graded cards have such a presence through major auction houses — that’s often the domain of vintage graded baseball and other memorabilia — but nearly 50 lots of MJ cards, each professionally graded by Beckett Grading Services or PSA, are up for grabs right now. (Need an MJ-only checklist or OPG? Click here.)

The leader in the clubhouse as part of the Internet bidding thus far is a BGS 9.5 copy of Jordan’s 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metals Gems Red, a card (above) that is limited to just 90 copies and is the highest grade of its kind, according to the BGS Population Report. It’s already attracted 17 bids and sits at $13,145 including the buyer’s premium — with plenty of time to go before it closes.

But that’s not all that’s apparently grabbing the attention of Jordan collectors, who have been paying record amounts for MJ items of late. Among the highlights? A mere 24 cards with BGS 10 grades for starters. Here are a few more notables from the bidding so far:

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Your Turn (Beckett Baseball issue No. 76): Who has impressed you in 2012?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

From Ryan Braun and Rally Squirrel cards to Matt Kemp, Yu Darvish and the arrival of Bryce Harper, there’s been plenty to talk about with the beginning of the 2012 MLB season.

We want to know who or what stands out to you.

Maybe it’s a new Topps brand. Maybe it’s one of Panini America‘s baseball products. We simply want to know what has impressed you — 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.

Your Assessment: The 2012 season

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Chargers great Junior Seau dead at age 43

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Junior Seau, a bruising linebacker for the San Diego Chargers throughout the 1990s, was found dead in his Oceanside, Calif., home on Wednesday, according to a report by TMZ.com. He was 43.

A fan favorite of many in Southern California after he was a first-round pick out of USC in the 1990 NFL Draft, Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame, and, in 2009, he was named to the franchise’s 50th Anniversary Team. Seau played in two Super Bowls — once with the Chargers in 1994 and the New England Patriots in 2007 before he retired in 2009.

In all, Seau appears on 2,308 different cards in the Beckett.com database, cards valued at a total of more than $19,000 before the news. (Need a Seau checklist or OPG? Click here.) He appears on six Rookie Cards from 1990 and was a tough signer for card companies as he appears on only 86 different certified autographs.

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Topps details 2012 Bowman wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The highly anticipated 2012 Bowman set arrives next week packing Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes and more inside its packs.

But what’s outside of the packs — or at least wrapping them — matters, too, as there’s a wrapper redemption for the product this year.

Topps detailed the particulars of the program on Wednesday, and it’s one that has a limited supply available — and a new form of Refractor is included, meaning they could disappear fast.

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USA Baseball makes its Panini America debut in Limited

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s recently acquired USA Baseball license allows for baseball’s next wave of future stars to make their official cardboard debuts earlier than ever.

And with the delayed-but-arriving-this-week release of 2011 Limited, the future is now.

A surprise inclusion in Limited, which arrives in hobby shops today, are the first Panini cards for USA Baseball. In all, 62 players can be found in the USA Baseball National Teams insert — the 2011  Collegiate National Team, 2011 18U National Team and 16U National Teams. All cards are limited to just 199 copies, according to the company. In addition to the standard cards, there is also a game-used jersey element, too. (For a complete checklist of all past USA Baseball cards or an OPG, click here.)

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to offer these scarce patches and letters taken from game-worn jerseys from the 2011 season,” said Mike Payne, baseball brand manager, in a prepared release. “They seemed like a perfect fit for Limited Baseball, and should be a nice surprise. And this is just the start for our partnership with USA Baseball. We also look forward to delivering the first cards of the 2012 USA Baseball National Team later in the year.”

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Mascot mania? UD reports college patch odds

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Early signs indicate that the short-printed College Mascot patches in 2012 Upper Deck Football are seeing significant love on the secondary market. Yesterday, the manufacturer behind these intricate collegiate threads supported the chase with a detailed rarity report.

From Albert E. Gator to Willie the Wildcat, this list has enough school spirit to last Lee Corso for a lifetime.

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Kate Upton dances her way into Topps set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

You might have seen her do “The Dougie” at an NBA game, or you might have seen her bust out her newest dance moves, the “Cat Daddy,” on TMZ on Tuesday.

You might have seen her deny Justin Verlander an entrance into The Perfect Club, or, of course, you might have seen her on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

But where you haven’t seen Kate Upton just yet is on a baseball card — but even that’s about to change this summer.

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Ignite racing

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass Ignite racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What can you win? Watch and find out …

Retro Box Busters: 2007 Artifacts

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2007 Artifacts in this latest retro edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside this box courtesy of Pittsburgh Sports? Watch and find out … Want to win a box? Watch and find out how …

(Need an Artifacts checklist or OPG? Click here.)

A look at Upper Deck’s summer hockey line

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Lots of things are heating  up this time of year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are steaming right along in the semifinals. People are firing up their grills for late-spring burger flipping. And the oppressive summer heat is already starting to spike temperatures in Texas.

But in the spirit of keeping cool, Upper Deck hit the hobby with details about its upcoming summer releases, 2011-12 Ultimate Collection and 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee. Put on those Ray Bans, hockey collectors. It’s bright out there.
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Box Busters: 2012 SAGE Autographed

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 SAGE Autographed Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini signs Robert Griffin III to auto, promo deal

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

He’s the Heisman Trophy winner, the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft and now he’s one of Panini America‘s biggest draws.

He’s Robert Griffin III, and he’s the latest top player to sign with the Texas-based sports card manufacturer.

The company announced on Tuesday that Griffin — who threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns last season for Baylor University — will be showcased as a Washington Redskin on cards autographed and on packaging of Panini’s products beginning with Prestige, which arrives in June. (Need a Robert Griffin III checklist or OPG? Click here.)

“Robert Griffin III is one of the most dynamic playmakers to emerge at the quarterback position in many years and his extensive presence in our 2012 products will only add excitement to arguably the greatest rookie class of the last decade,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We’re thrilled to have Griffin in the Panini America family and we can’t wait to deliver his historic first licensed trading cards to fans and collectors around the world.”

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Bowman: Home of YOUR Rookie Card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you’ve ever wanted to appear on an official Topps baseball card, now’s your chance.

Topps announced on Tuesday that there will be 10 Bowman Debut Golden Contracts randomly placed into 2012 Bowman hobby boxes. Everyone who finds one will get a Yu Darvish autographed baseball. (Need a Darvish checklist or OPG? Click here.)

But the real draw? That’s the grand prize.

One of the 10 collectors who finds a contract will receive a $500 signing bonus, a Bowman jersey and appear on a baseball card in a 2013 Bowman release.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.