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Posted on July 30, 2012 – 4:26 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, Andrew Luck, Doug Martin, Panini America, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson | Comments (5)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
For some of the current NFL rookies, it’s probably a good thing they were athletes. Art doesn’t seem to be one of their strong suits.
However, it never hurts to have a little fun and that’s just what Panini America did with the NFL rookies at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. The card company gave the footballers a blank slate on a typical card size and told them to draw something for the fans.
Many of the players opted for images of their new teams, drawing logos of the Indianapolis Colts or the Buffalo Bills. Some players went for sayings or inspirational words.
Others were a little more creative.
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Posted on July 30, 2012 – 4:09 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 Ultimate Collection NHL, featured, Mario Lemieux, Steve Stamkos, Tim Thomas, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Even during the dead heat of this summer, there are many collectors looking forward to the days when the air cools and ice arenas become a popular hang out.
Upper Deck is getting hockey fans in the mood when its latest release comes out next week – 2011-12 Ultimate Collection.
While on the high-end scale, Ultimate is a favorite among collectors with high-caliber autographs and sharp designs. Ultimate is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 7 with pre-orders around $100 a box.
Collectors will get one pack per box with four cards including an autograph, a Rookie Card, a base card and a memorabilia card, on average.
Posted on July 30, 2012 – 1:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | O.J. Murdock, Tennessee Titans | Comments (1)
Death is tough to deal with on any level, whether due to an accident or old age or some other tragic event.
That sentiment emerged Monday, after news broke about the death of Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock. He was 25.
According to published reports, he took his own life. Murdock never played in an NFL game, missing the 2011 season because of an injury. He hadn’t reported to camp this year.
He did appear on one Rookie Card – 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear, including some parallels.
Posted on July 30, 2012 – 11:36 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates | 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, The National | Comments (9)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With just two words just about every card collector knows exactly what you’re talking about.
In two days, the National Sports Collectors Convention will kick off in Baltimore with a sneak peek. But the real fun starts on Thursday when the doors open to the public and thousands of collectors and dealers show up to the biggest card show of the year.
Of course, through all the excitement and the counting down of minutes, you might forget a few things.
So here are three last-minute tips for the NSCC. After all, we don’t want you to forget your toothbrush.
Posted on July 30, 2012 – 11:20 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport | 2007 Upper Deck Goudey, 2012 Olympics, Michael Phelps, Olympics, Ryan Lochte | Comments (0)
When Ryan Lochte beat out the field in the 400 individual medley, which included Olympic swimming Golden Boy Michael Phelps, he became The Guy. Essentially Lochte became a household name and not a commercial break goes by without seeing him swimming to London.
Sure, Phelps is the most popular and his sponsorships with Subway probably won’t go away anytime soon. However, Lochte won the first gold of the Olympics for the Americans. While Phelps took fourth in the same race.
Collectors looking to snag a couple of Lochte’s cards are in luck. Lochte is featured in 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team, but his first card came in 2007.
Posted on July 28, 2012 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | DC comics, DC Comics The New 52 | Comments (0)
DC Comics The New 52 trading card line should be an exciting one for fans of the relaunched series. It comes out with fresh art, and it’s been several years since DC Comics had a dedicated set.
Beckett previewed the set earlier this week, including five exclusive preview images sent to us by Cryptozoic.
One of the unique features of the set is that it was written by DC Comics writer Adam Beechen, whose first comic for DC was Justice League Unlimited #1. Beechen previously worked with Cryptozoic’s art director David Baron on “Batman Beyond,” and recommended Beechen for the job.
Posted on July 27, 2012 – 5:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | authentication, baseball, baseball bats, game-used bats, game-used memorabilia, Hall of Famers, MLB, PSA | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
PSA is helping bring order to the chaos of game-used baseball bat collecting with a new resource for collectors based on information collected when the company has authenticated and graded pieces from the past.
The company has created a website called PSAProBatFacts.com, which is a reference resource showing models and types of bats used by past players. In its initial debut, there are specs and images for bats from 73 members of the Hall of Fame and 34 other notable players who are often collected.
“Professional model bats are among the most desirable items in the entire sports memorabilia hobby,” said Joe Orlando, PSA President, in a prepared release. “They are tangible pieces of sports history, used by the players to create that history.”
Posted on July 26, 2012 – 6:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | ESPN, NSCC, The National | Comments (0)
ESPN’s “Mint Condition” catches up with Mike Berkus of the National Sports Collectors Convention to discuss next week’s show in Baltimore.
Posted on July 26, 2012 – 1:58 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, cam newton, Eli Manning, nfl, Panini Sticker Album, Pop Warner, Rob Gronkowski, Tim Tebow | Comments (1)
What do Eli Manning, Tim Tebow, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski and Calvin Johnson have in common?
They are the cover boys for Panini America’s 2012 NFL Sticker & Album Collection.
With 72 pages and 494 stickers (354 glossy, 100 holographic stickers, 40 micro-etched stickers), collectors are going to need plenty of time to chase down a complete book. Seven-sticker packs are $1 each and albums are $2.
Posted on July 26, 2012 – 11:23 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Bill Mastro, Doug Allen, featured, Honus Wagner, Legendary Auctions, Mastro Auctions, T206 | Comments (29)
Sports auction house executives Bill Mastro and Doug Allen were indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on Wednesday on charges of fraud for allegations that include auction manipulation and, in the case of Mastro, altering one of the hobby’s most-famous baseball cards, the PSA 8 T206 Honus Wagner that has sold for $2.8 million.
Mastro, the founder of defunct Mastro Auctions which closed in 2009, faces one count of mail fraud. Allen, who was the president of Mastro before it closed and is now president of Legendary Auctions, faces 14 counts. Another former Mastro executive now with Legendary, Mark Theotikos, faces six. According to a New York Daily News report, the maximum penalty for the charges is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.