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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Topps football factory set includes exclusives

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

For set collectors who don’t want to buy pack after pack and search singles on eBay for every football card in 2012 Topps, there is an easy way to get the entire collection, including subsets.

All 440 base cards from the line will be available the first week of October in a complete factory set, but there is one difference. In the hobby-only edition, collectors will get one five-card pack of numbered orange parallels.

But you can get a start on collecting the set if you can’t wait. Topps Football releases early next month.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 79): Which trades do you remember most?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Did you see the Ichiro Suzuki trade coming? If so, you might need to go to Vegas or buy a lottery ticket, but the big news got us thinking and we want to know what you’re thinking, too.

In short, we want to know … Which baseball trades do you remember most?

Maybe it was the time when your favorite player was dumped and your dreams of success were shattered. (Jose Canseco to the Rangers? Devastated me.)

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DC Comics The New 52 puts old heroes in new tales

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

DC Comics relaunched its comic book line in 2011 coming out with The New 52. All existing titles were canceled and 52 new series debuted last September with the same characters, except with some different back stories.

To go with the new look and feel, Cryptozoic is coming out with DC Comics The New 52 trading cards, featuring a 71-card base set scheduled to come out in late August. There are also two chase sets: Lanterns die-cuts and Work in Progress, which shows characters as they go from sketch to full-color images.

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Ichiro Suzuki is a … New York Yankee?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Japanese superstar and future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees.

Seattle will receive pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquar, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network, and the Yankees are set to play the Mariners tonight in Seattle at 10:10 p.m. Eastern, so his debut in pinstripes could come very, very soon. [Evening Update: He hit eighth for the Yankees, wearing No. 31, smacking a single to center field in his first at-bat before immediately stealing a base, too.]

Ichiro’s certified autographs are particularly rare. He has signed just 149 certified autographs since 2001 with his rights currently held by Leaf. Meanwhile, he appears on 1,478 memorabilia cards.

Topps‘ plans for Ichiro’s first fully licensed Yankees cards could come very soon, according to VP Mark Sapir.

“Soon,” he said. “Hope [for] tomorrow.”

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Panini America NSCC wrapper redemption to include plates, cracked ice … and Bryce Harper



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America‘s plans for its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention have not yet been fully revealed with the start of the event just 10 days away.

What’s known so far? The Texas-based company is bringing printing plates and cracked ice to the show as part of its show at the show in Baltimore Aug. 1-5.

While the company is promising more info later today, its first offering will be printing plates from various box designs from its products this year. These items will be found via instant-win redemption cards in the bonus packs opened at the show. (Collectors who open a certain number of standard Panini packs will receive a show pack in return, which will have exclusive show-only cards along with other bonuses.)

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Barry Larkin’s baseball card basics

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Barry Larkin will be the only living player taking the stage to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he’ll revisit the memories of a career, the memories of a lifetime dedicated to the sport that he made his profession.

You can do that, too, though his baseball cards.

Here are the basics on the baseball cards of the former Cincinnati Reds shortstop, as found in the Beckett.com (Need a Larkin-only checklist or OPG? Click here.) database. First, his cardboard statistics:

Total cards: 3,505     Teams: USA Baseball, Cincinnati Reds
Total value: $23,541.99*     Memorabilia cards: 552
Rookie Cards: 3     Autograph cards: 396
Serial-numbered cards: 1,575     (* not including cards too rare to price)

Get Olds’ picks for a few notable cards to track down … after the jump.

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Preview Gallery: 2012-13 NBA Hoops Rookie Impact

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The next NBA season is still far away, but the first card set of 2012-13 will arrive soon as NBA Hoops is slated for an August release with a double-dose of rookies in tow.

If you haven’t heard, all those rookies who didn’t have cards in last year’s lockout-limited lineup from Panini America will have their first cards in this year’s sets along with this year’s rookie class.

There will be 25 Rookie Impact insert cards showing last year’s rookie class in this one for starters, while Panini promises that 72 cards in the 300-card base set will be all about rookies.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Mars Attacks Heritage

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into some packs of the new 2012 Mars Attacks Heritage cards from Topps in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Will he survive the invasion? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for the product? Click here.

First Look: 2012 Bowman Sterling baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps revealed the first looks at this year’s first high-end prospecting product on Friday, and it’s Bowman Sterling.

And it includes more ink than before.

Set to arrive on Dec. 12, each pack will include one rookie or prospect card and a combination of three hits — a mix of autographed prospects, autographed rookies, dual autos and more. There will be six packs per box.

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Topps readies Mini promos for NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps announced even more that it has planned for the National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore.

The biggest news on Friday? Small cards.

Topps’ forthcoming 2012 Topps Mini product will be sold at the show with a five-card mini promo set available for everyone who buys a box. Boxes will be $50 (free shipping if purchased online). Its previously announced wrapper redemptions can be found here.

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U.S. Postal Service releases MLB stamps today

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Been to the post office lately?

If not and you’re a baseball fan, you have four reasons to do so starting today as a series of MLB All-Stars Forever stamps is now available featuring four Hall of Famers — Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Stargell and Larry Doby.

These Forever stamps will cost $1.80 for a block of four or $9 for a pane of 20.

“Today the Postal Service honors the memory of four great players whose unchanging dreams and exceptional skills propelled them to success,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe at one of five ceremonies (each player’s city and in Cooperstown) unveiling the stamps today. “We’re pleased to honor baseball and these four excellent players, especially since the sport reflects so much of what is unique in American culture.” Read More »

Beckett.com By the Numbers: 2011-12 Limited

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2011-12 Limited basketball card set has arrived on Beckett.com with the favorites, autographs and memories in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs – and see even more — after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Inception football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Inception boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What big card can you win in the next issue of Beckett Football? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 SP Authentic hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2011-12 SP Authentic cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Onyx Authenticated announces NSCC plans

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Onyx Authenticated‘s first baseball card product, 2012 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Prospects, is set to ship beginning on Friday and that’s not the only news as the newcomer will have a presence at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention as well.

The company announced its plans for the show set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore on Thursday, and it will have a wrapper redemption program for those who open a six-box case of the product at the event.

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Updated: Shop owner cuts up 36-card NT booklet

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Remember the 36-card booklet from 2011 National Treasures?

Panini America put out the longest booklet card in trading card history with NFL rookies from last season, including quarterback Cam Newton. Of the five copies of the booklet card, Greg Lambert of California Card Shack got his hand on the first card of the series, which was the only one of the group to have inscriptions.

Lambert is now selling the cards on eBay – yep, the cards.

The card shop owner recently had the booklet professionally laser-cut to make 36 separate cards.

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Soccer

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini announces NSCC event for high-rollers

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Are you planning to spend some big bucks on wax at the National Sports Collectors Convention?

If so, Panini America wants to see you … in the VIP room.

The Texas-based company announced on Wednesday that it will host an exclusive event for high-rollers at the NSCC on Aug. 4. The Saturday-night event will only be open to those who receive an invitation after they redeem $6,500 worth of Panini Bucks at the company’s booth.

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Jeremy Lin, Houston Rocket … now what?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

One of this past season’s biggest stories was the tale of Jeremy Lin, who came out of nowhere to become the biggest thing in The Big Apple as a star for the New York Knicks for a couple months and then faded just as quickly due to injury.

The point guard’s meteoric rise was one that’s perhaps unparalleled — at least in a few years — and sparked a run on cardboard not seen on the hardwood in some time for a player not named LeBron. His 85 total cards, not including those too rare to price, still command a total of $13,994 to own. (Need an OPG or checklist? Click here.)

Now, he’ll return to the Houston Rockets — a team he briefly played for — after signing a $25.1 million three-year deal, according to ESPN.

We want to know … what do you think this will do for his cardboard?

Jeremy Lin's cardboard future

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

2012 Score Football evokes memories of old

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With 2012 Score on its way on to shelves, the product brings a reminder of the popular football brands of the past.

Specifically, the iconic 1989 Score with a number of great Rookie Cards.

This year’s set includes Rookie Reprints on their original designs, but with different pictures. Of the 50 Rookie Reprints, 10 of the cards are from the 1989 set, including Score Supplemental (20 percent).

The original 1989 Score is one of the most popular football sets from the past 30 years. Just look at the rookies from that year: Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman, Cris Carter, Michael Irvin, Rod Woodson, Thurman Thomas and so many others  (Need an OPG or checklist from 1989 Score? Click here).

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Box Busters Preview: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of Allen & Ginter — this time without technical difficulties — in a preview of what’s to come in a Box Busters vid soon.

What will he find? Watch and find out …

Who would be your football Fan Favorites?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Coming off the heels of a successful Topps Archives baseball product, the team at Topps is will be rolling out something similar for football. On Twitter and Facebook, the company solicited ideas for designs and Fan Favorite autographs.

Topps recently wrote on its Facebook page: “Now, we are bringing this fun to football! The football team is plowing through the archives to pick out the coolest retro designs for the debut of Topps Archives Football.”

Topps has asked what years collectors would like see and received more than 400 responses. Early 1980s designs seem to be some of the more popular picks.

Now, it is looking to see who they could include in the Fan Favorites autograph set. These are guys who aren’t obvious superstars or legends. They want players who were adored, but weren’t the biggest names on the team.

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ESPN talks cards with Orioles’ Manny Machado


ESPN’s “Mint Condition” recently caught up with Orioles prospect Manny Machado to ask him about cards, autographs and more.