Monthly Archives: June 2012

Topps adds left-handed Yu Darvish, more Bryce Harper autos to Series 2

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

You’re not imagining things if you know what you are looking at.

When 2012 Topps Series 2 arrives on Wednesday, it will include a short-printed variation card of Yu Darvish pitching left-handed. It’s one of more than 20 short-printed cards (26 at last unofficial count) to be found in the set.

Why left-handed? Apparently Darvish likes to warm up as a lefty from time to time — a quirk that Topps opted to capture on cardboard (card No. 660) as the Japanese star has received plenty of attention in his rookie season. (Need a Darvish checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Read More » By the Numbers: 2012 Topps Archives

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 2012 Topps Archives baseball card set has arrived on with the favorites, autographs and memories 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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First look: 2012-13 Prestige basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America offered the first glimpses at 2012-13 Prestige on Tuesday, the second release of the post-lockout era and the second release that will include a double-dose of NBA rookies.

The product will include 100 Rookie Cards — members of last year’s NBA Draft class as well as this year’s — when it arrives in August.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Series 2 baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into four jumbo packs of 2012 Topps Series 2 cards in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Exclusive: A brother’s blessing — Junior Seau’s brother discusses ongoing art tribute

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

While Junior Seau became a star on the gridiron and entertained countless fans, he also was known for his charitable efforts that helped kids go to college and perhaps inspired a new generation of superstars both on and off the football field.

But for all that success, that prowess, as a larger-than-life figure, Seau also is serving to inspire someone else who was quite close to him — particularly now in the wake of his untimely death last month at age 43.

In the past, Junior Seau inspired and encouraged his big brother, Savai’i, to pursue his dreams of being an artist — and an ongoing project they started months ago that was meant to culminate with Junior’s likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a few years has taken on a somber turn.

In an exclusive interview with Beckett Media Contributing Editor Susan Lulgjuraj, Savai’i Seau discussed The Junior Seau Print Collection, his brother’s wishes for his work and more. Here’s an excerpt of the story that will be found in the August issues of both Beckett Football and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines arriving in hobby shops and bookstores soon.

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Topps spices up Series 2 baseball release

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is adding a bit more luster to the 2012 Topps Series 2 baseball set that arrives on Wednesday as it teased a pair of inclusions on the cusp of its release.

In all, there four additional players’ autographs added to its Golden Giveaway lineup — this time, the cards will be in packs, though — and we have our first looks at some of the solid gold cards that some collectors will start to find in packs soon.

First, the company teased some of the 24k-gold cards to be found as redemptions (above) — Series 1 cards were encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services as these cards can be quite fragile.

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Next Topps UFC product will include fight-used cards somebody sank their teeth into

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next UFC release from Topps will be one you can sink your teeth into.

No wait …

The upcoming UFC release from Topps will include one insert set that will have some collectors champing at the bit for a certain few cards.

Err … When 2012 Topps Finest UFC arrives in July, it will include cards that will include complete fight-used mouthpieces embedded into the cards.

“Its just an ongoing effort by our company to be innovative, to push the bounds, to do our best to give our collectors great content and to connect them with their favorite fighters,” said Topps VP Mark Sapir. “We are all about bringing the game, the fight, etc., to our collectors and this is just another special way we plan to do this.”

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Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets history — and already has a no-no baseball card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

After more than 8,000 MLB games, the New York Mets finally have a no-hitter in the record book.

And that infamous drought is gone thanks to Johan Santana, who blanked the visiting Cardinals Friday night at Citi Field for an 8-0 victory.

While Santana made history — and appears on 5,376 baseball cards valued at more than $42,700 according to the database and OPG — the historic no-hitter will not generate the first Mets no-hitter baseball card in existence.

You see, that’s already been done before — and it features … Johan Santana.

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First look: 2012 Topps Prime

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

As usual, early fall will be a prime time for football fans. But wait, there’s a Topps product twist.

The company announced today that its star-centric brand, 2012 Topps Prime will hit hobby shops on Oct. 1 — fully loaded with a roster of Relics, autographs and rarity variations. Here’s the skinny …

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Topps readies Series 2 wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With 2012 Topps Series 2 arriving next Wednesday, many a baseball collector might be ready to unwrap some of the fun that might be found inside the latest installment of the hobby’s most-bought brand.

And now all those wrappers are now good for something, too.

Topps announced on Friday that it will have a wrapper redemption program for the set — one which will have 10,000 hobby packs and 10,000 retail packs. It’s the first time that Topps has extended a redemption program to include retail.

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Tebowing in 2012 Prestige

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

You’re going to want to take a knee when ripping certain packs of 2012 Prestige Football this year.

Yesterday, Panini America touted a Tim Tebow insert set slated to arrive in late June with the company’s popular preseason brand. Let’s take a look.

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SuperCollector Scoop: Can you top ‘The Kosar Kid?’

Under normal circumstances we try and showcase a SuperCollector or two in each of our monthly magazines.  Even when we’re taking on submissions for the special SuperCollector edition of Beckett Sports Card Monthly (like we’re doing right now), we usually defer to print in the end … usually.

But let me assure you, there is nothing usual about Bernie Kosar SuperCollector Christopher Lee.

Once you’re finished saying “We’re not worthy. We’re not worthy” after reading this beyond extraordinary tale of hobby dedication, we encourage you to top it.

You don’t have to get a tattoo or anything, but we (and the rest of the world) are interested to see what you’ve got. Click here to find out what information we need and how you might be able to find yourself in the pages of the next BSCM.

But first, let’s see just how high the bar has been raised.

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