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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Panini signs seven top NBA prospects

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has seven new members on its basketball team.

The exclusive licensee of NBA trading cards announced on Tuesday that it has signed exclusive trading card deals with seven projected top first-round picks in Thursday’s draft, meaning that Panini products will be the only places to find cards of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, Jared Sullinger and John Henson.

Kidd-Gilchrist was a member of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats, while Robinson was the Big 12 Player of the Year at Kansas and Barnes was an All-ACC honoree at North Carolina.

“We’re genuinely excited to add these gentlemen – the next generation of NBA superstars – to the Panini America family, and we can’t wait to get their first trading cards into the hands of fans and collectors,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared statement. “The presence of these players in our complete line of 2012-13 products, in concert with the best rookies from the 2011-12 season, will create an unprecedented opportunity for fans and collectors to pursue a Double Rookie Card class in Panini America’s official NBA products throughout the entire season.”

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RGIII, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton featured in newest McFarlane release

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

McFarlane Toys announced SportsPicks NFL Series 31 will feature some of the biggest current stars.

This grouping includes last season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, a Super Bowl champion and one of the most exciting draft picks. In all, seven players are coming to McFarlane Toys with new poses and new jerseys.

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Upper Deck bringing back popular inserts for Fleer Retro Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck Fleer Retro has been pushed back to September, but for good reason as the company wants to get as many live autographs in the product as it can and limit the amount of redemptions collectors have to deal with.

The 2011-12 version will bring back some more old-school inserts that basketball fans once loved.

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Exclusive: Topps offers new details on mini set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps offered the latest glimpses into its upcoming surprise product on Monday as it offered additional information about its 2012 Topps Mini baseball set exclusively to Beckett Media.

The product will be issued in pack form with mini versions of all base cards found in the Series 1 and Series 2 (as the case with this year’s factory sets). It also will include autographs and memorabilia cards, too — all in the smaller size a la the 1975 Topps Mini set, which was a test issue only released in Michigan and California.

“This should be a great product,” said Topps’ Mike Jaspersen. “[It's] 1975 all over again.”

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Box Busters: 2004 Alias Season 3 (Inkworks)

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2004 Alias Season 3 cards from Inkworks in this retro edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

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

R.A. Dickey’s auto supply is low & demand is high

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

One of the most-interesting stories in baseball this year might be the emergence of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, a guy who has the best record in MLB and some of the hottest cards around.

And he’s perhaps languishing in your commons boxes.

Dickey has an 11-1 record with a 2.00 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 99 innings, and he’s got just two Rookie Cards and a total of just three certified autographs despite making his cardboard debut way back in 1997.

Now, the guy with a 52-51 career record and a 4.09 ERA just might end up starting the All-Star Game.

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Topps unveils five-card National VIP set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is little more than a month away and the latest teaser of show-exclusive cards has arrived.

It’s from Topps and it’s the company’s VIP set, an offering of cards modeled in the famed 1952 design but with a twist.

It’s showing some legendary names in earlier uniforms than most of us remember seeing before on cardboard — Mickey Mantle with the Class C Joplin Miners for example.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Press Pass Redline

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Some might say that NASCAR’s colorful firesuits and sheet metal means it easy to provide impressive memorabilia cards, but Press Pass‘ latest effort just might blow the engines of the most-hardened collectors.

And that’s exactly what the intent is with 2012 Press Pass Red Line as there are two autographs and two memorabilia cards in every single box of the high-end product that arrives on July 5.

As previously reported here, these tins will include at least one autographed memorabilia card, and we’ve got an extensive preview gallery of cards that will be found in the product that you can see here … after the jump.

(Need a checklist or OPG for a 2012 Press Pass racing brand? Click here.)

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After nine years, King James has his crown

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

He’s been the chosen one since well before Day 1 in the NBA, and he’s been anointed for greatness ever since.

After nine years and 713 games, The Chosen One finally has his ring.

In other words, LeBron James … NBA champion.

The questions now, though, are … is he worth it? Is he worth even more now? They’re valid questions as countless dollars — likely millions — have been spent on his sports cards and memorabilia (signed and unsigned) and he’s now considered to be closer to complete with a ring. (Expectations will likely dictate more is necessary out of the Miami Heat guard, of course.)

So, again, is he worth it? What’s next for his basketball cards? Well, part of that is in the eye of the beholder — but the basketball card-buying masses apparently say “yes” as long as their pockets are deep in some instances.

 

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Topps teases mini baseball card line

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ latest creation might make you feel like it’s 1975 again … if you’re old enough to remember it.

For those who aren’t? Well, it might be something old that’s something new.

What is it? Well, according to a teaser banner on ShopTopps.com, it appears that the company is planning a line of mini baseball cards.

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Box Busters Retro: 2006 Smallville Season 5

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2006 Smallville Season 5 cards from Inkworks in this retro edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

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

Fringe trading cards arrive this week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Fringe is one of the more popular shows on television. But there is a difference in fans when it comes to it and many other shows on TV.

There’s no watching Fringe just a little bit or catching an episode if you happen to be going through the channels.

It’s all or nothing with Fringe, which creates some great fans.

Cryptozoic captured the best of the show’s first two seasons on cards for a product that arrived this week.

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Upper Deck fast-tracks Signature Edition baseball

Update (June 21): This product is now scheduled for a July 3 release and will arrive with licensing/approval from the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to an announcement from the company.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The next Upper Deck baseball set is coming soon — as in next week.

This year’s SP Signature Edition will arrive on May 1 with what the company is touting as “the best lineup of living baseball players ever offered in one product.”

Each box will carry a suggested retail price of $255 with three three-card packs and a total of nine autographed cards inside. There will be two single-signed cards and one card with multiple sigs per pack. In some cases, the company said, there will be as many as eight signatures per card.

Of course, without a league license or players association deals for baseball, the cards are likely to be without photos or logos — and no card images have been released in advance of this fast-tracked product, which will include six boxes per case. (Want a checklist or OPG for past Signature Edition sets? Click here.)

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Collector Box Busters: 2012 Topps Tier One

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas to watch a Box Busters of a collector tearing into 2012 Topps Tier One on its day of release.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out … and stay tuned for a hobby box break of Topps Archives after that.

First look: 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

 

Update (June 20): Topps announced on Wednesday that the product will not be released to retail channels, making it a hobby-only product.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The MLB Draft is complete, now we can have draft picks cards.

Topps unveiled the basic information and preview images for 2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects on Friday, the latest installment of the annual staple that will have some of the first cards of the 2012 MLB Draft class inside when it arrives on Nov. 28.

New this year will be dual autographs pairing Top 10 picks from this year’s draft with notable top picks from the past, while there will be cards featuring the All-Star Futures Game members as well as Aflac and Under Armour All-American signatures, too.

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First Look: 2012-13 Panini Threads basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America premiered its third NBA product for 2012-13 on Wednesday, and it’s one that will include a little hardwood when it arrives in October.

It’s Threads, and it will arrive on Oct. 3 packing 100 Rookie Cards printed on wood stock — each with on-card signatures, too.

Each 24-pack box will include an assortment of cards from the 150-card base set and an array of inserts. But most importantly it will include three autographs and one memorabilia card. (Need a checklist or an OPG for a past Panini Threads release? Click here.)

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First Look: 2012-13 Score Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

It’s official. Panini‘s best bang-for-your-buck hockey brand will hit the streets in early August.

This time around 2012-13 Score Hockey will arrive before the new season, chock full of rookies who skated after the 2012 NHL All Star Game. Here’s the deal on one of the better hobby deals on the market …

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Panini previews 2012 NHL Draft Swag

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Once again making its presence known at the NHL Draft, Panini America will appear in Pittsburgh later this week with a Penguin-themed plethora.

Yesterday the company revealed a seven-card Pittsburgh Penguins team set and two more commemorative cards that will be available as a part of the on-site wrapper redemption program.

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Biggest Stars Wars trading card set … Ever?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Star Wars fans get ready.

Topps is putting together a comprehensive trading card set featuring events from the full saga – all six episodes down to 350 base cards.

Star Wars Galactic Files.

The names says it all. A list of characters, factions, vehicles, creatures from all six films, The Clone Wars and the expanded universe, which includes comics, novels and more.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.

We hope you can top them.  You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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