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Posted on June 27, 2012 – 4:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Prestige, nfl, Panini America | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Football‘s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2012 Prestige football cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 4:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology, NHL, Panini America | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt, Dave Sliepka and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 2:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Anthony Rizzo, MLB, Rookie Cards, Topps, Trevor Bauer, Will Middlebrooks | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Trevor Bauer fans only have to wait until Thursday for the former UCLA star to officially become a rookie.
They’ll have to wait a bit longer for his first Rookie Cards and RC autographs.
Topps announced on Wednesday that the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher will make his RC debut in Topps Finest, which arrives on Aug. 8, as part of an update on a few newcomers who will be appearing on cards soon.
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Posted on June 27, 2012 – 2:25 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2012 Certified Football, Andrew Luck Rookie Card, featured, First look, John Elway, John Elway Collection, New Releases, Panini America, Robert Griffin III Rookie Card | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
As hype and hullabaloo continues to swell over today’s 2012 Prestige release, Panini made sure to add another anticipation maker to the hobby hot list.
As the manufacturer noted, “2012 Certified Football doesn’t arrive for another 11 weeks or so,” but there’s never any harm in having a look behind the curtain. Shall we?
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 11:29 am | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2012 Prestige, @EricLeGrand52, Eric LeGrand, Panini America, Rutgers, Tampa Bay Bucs, Twitter | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
On May 5, Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers standout who was paralyzed on the field of play two years ago, tweeted showing off his new NFL jersey was going to be available to the masses soon with the proceeds going to spinal cord research.
Today, with the first glimpse at a card from the upcoming 2012 Prestige from Panini America, he has something else to tweet about.
His Rookie Card.
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 10:14 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Bon Temps, HBO shows, Sookie Stackhouse, Stephen Moyer, True Blood | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary
For someone who doesn’t have cable, it’s tough to get into television shows that aren’t on Hulu or NetFlix. (Yeah, I’m one of those people who hasn’t had cable in years.) So what do people like us do?
Well, when we get to stream TV shows, we watch. I buy a couple of shows on Amazon too if it’s something I love watching. But books are big. I read a lot.
That’s how I first got into True Blood. I read the books by Charlaine Harris that started Sookie Stackhouse’s life among the vampires. As I read the books, I pictured Sookie and Eric and Bill looking the characters from the show because that’s how I know them.
However, there is a difference with the television show and the books. The stories have diverted and True Blood is becoming a completely different world with the same characters. Good thing too because I think the books are geared toward women.
True Blood has become a show that appeals to both genders and that makes Rittenhouse’s new set easy to make because of the widespread appeal. Read More »
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 9:38 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | BCS, BCS Playoffs, College football playoffs, NCAA football, Polls | Comments (2)
For years now, we’ve been hearing this statement (or something like it) at bars, friends’ houses, college campuses, and even across bathroom stalls. “Man, the BCS needs to figure it out, scrap the bowls, and get a playoff system in place.”
As of late yesterday evening, the wait is over. Meeting adjourned. The committee has spoken. College football will have a playoff system.
Starting in 2014, the college football championship will be decided by a four-team playoff. According to the Associated Press, “the new format will create a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3.” Details are still rolling in, as far as where games will be played and exactly how the new system would work, but as collectors and sports fans we’re curious to hear your thoughts. Take the poll below and comment to let us know what you think of the decision.
Posted on June 26, 2012 – 4:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, Beckett Baseball, Donruss, Fleer, Panini America, Score, Sportflics, Topps, Upper Deck, Your Turn | Comments (41)
It’s been quite a year in baseball with plenty of surprises, emerging stars, new arrivals and more. On cardboard, it seems to be just as frenetic but we feel like there might be something missing.
We want to know … What do you miss in the hobby?
Maybe it’s the bubble gum, or maybe it’s the idea of something for nothing? Maybe it’s the challenge of building a set in packs or maybe it’s something else? Simply put, we want to hear what you feel is lacking in the hobby and want to see it return.
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 turn: Of these options, what would you want more of in the hobby?
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on June 26, 2012 – 2:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Panini America, TCMA, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
That’s the easiest way to sum up the hobby as it stands today vs. the past — whether that past is a decade ago or decades ago.
As our latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is at the printer with the latest and greatest about this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore, I couldn’t help but notice the countless differences between today and past conventions when I happened upon a few past programs from the NSCC recently in our archives.
Just like the cards and memorabilia we collect, it’s also readily apparent that the hobby has changed mightily just by flipping through a show program that’s not even 30 years old.
This, of course, is not a revelation to anyone who has collected for some time — and it shouldn’t be any type of message that today’s hobby is doomed. Far from it. In fact, one should rightfully argue that the innovations and the creations of cardboard today — ones that many a cardboard critic might sometimes bemoan as boring — are among the greatest creations in cardboard history compared to yesteryear. Today’s hobby, while perhaps not as widely accessible as it once was when “baseball cards” were a household phrase and a generation’s 401K and business plan, is perhaps better off than the past — as long as it can successfully capture the interest of a generation once again and combat the economic realities of ever-rising costs to produce licensed memorabilia and obtain autographs of today’s promising prospects and stars.
And that’s all just a basic thought prompted by the nearly 30-year-old pages of a show program.
Posted on June 26, 2012 – 12:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps Pro Debut, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Bryce Harper, milb, Minor League, minor league baseball, Pro Debut, Topps | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2012 Topps Pro Debut in this latest episode of Box Busters.
(Need a checklist or OPG for this one? Click here.)