Monthly Archives: July 2012

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?

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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.

Upper Deck reveals $200 a pack Marvel cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck is changing the way it does entertainment cards – at least for one release.

The company is releasing a $200 pack product, Marvel Premier, which is set to be released on October 2, UD announced today at the San Diego Comic-Con.

This probably comes as a surprise for many comic fans. Perhaps they’re used to shelling out lots of money for rare and old comic books.

However, Upper Deck thinks it has something special on its hands with a set that will feature many of Marvel’s top artists.

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First look: 2012 Prime Signatures football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The sophomore campaign of Prime Signatures Football is getting a few upgrades from Panini America.

The configuration will remain the same with one autograph in every four-card pack, and just one pack per box.

Panini has added new elements to 2012 Prime Signatures, including rare jumbo prime materials rookie-signed inserts and Pen Pals, a multi-autograph insert set.

Many of these new pieces will feature the most-hyped rookies of the coming season: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Justin Blackmon.

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First Look: 2012 Topps Mini Relics & autos

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ downsized version of its 2012  flagship set is closer to its public debut less than three weeks from now at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

And now it’s time to see what the autographs and Relics will look like — and find out who’s who on those respective checklists — as the company provided that info to Beckett Media for the product that arrives at the NSCC before it can only be bought at ShopTopps.com, the company’s online store.

The product will be issued in pack form with mini versions of all 661 base cards found in 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. Just like back then, these cards are 2 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/8 inches tall — about three-quarters of the size of a standard card.

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A long-awaited Major League mailday

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he completes a collecting journey of sorts with a recent mailday for an item he has written about several times in the past.

What is it? What did it cost? Watch and find out …

Box Busters Preview: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips a hobby box of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest episode of Box Busters … well, sort of.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

UD offers redemption pick up and raffle at NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Getting a redemption cards is probably one of the least favorite things of the hobby. Having to hold on to it for months, even years, is even worse. But they are part of the business.

However, maybe collectors can do something about it.

Upper Deck is including a program for redemptions at its booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention from Aug. 2-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This isn’t the first time UD has offered this service. It started at the 2012 Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo in Toronto.

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Upper Deck reveals more in SP Authentic

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When 2011-12 NHL SP Authentic hits the streets tomorrow, some collectors might find extra autographs in their boxes – which might cause a little confusion.

In the newest SP Authentic are cards that were intended for last year’s product, but because the cards came in so late, Upper Deck removed what would have been redemption cards in an effort to reduce the amount of redemptions found in the product, according to a company spokesperson.

The company removed what are now being called 2010-11 SP Authentic Update Autographs and added them to this year’s SP Authentic.

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Card Gallery: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Today’s the day.

It’s been marked on the calendars for some time, but  2012 Topps Allen & Ginter officially arrives in hobby shops today packing the eccentricity that collectors have come to expect from the tobacco-style, retro-inspired release that has been a Topps staple since 2006.

From Hall of Famer autographs — a lineup perhaps not matched in past Ginter releases — to pop culture inclusions, there is literally something for everyone in this one.

While we’ll have more on Ginter soon, for now check out the selection of images from the product after the jump.

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First look: Warehouse 13: Season Three

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

How many people are SyFy Network geeks out there?

You can count me as one of them, although one of my favorites is coming off the air soon (I’ll miss Eureka).

However, another favorite from the network is Warehouse 13. The fun thing about many of these shows is there are trading cards of them on the market.

Rittenhouse Archives is also creating another set with Warehouse 13: Season Three, which comes out in October and with many of the main cast members signing autographs.

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Panini offers trades for redemptions at NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you have any outstanding older redemptions with Panini America, the National Sports Collectors Convention is where you can make a trade.

In short,  in Baltimore Aug. 1-5, you can trade and maybe upgrade.

The company announced its trade program on Tuesday. For any redemptions more than four months old totaling a certain amount, a grab bag containing an autograph or memorabilia card of $50, $100 or $200 Beckett value can be obtained via trade. The bags will note which sport they are good for and there is a maximum of $400 in redemptions that can be traded in during the show.

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First look: In the Game’s Forever Rivals

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the greatest rivalries in sports takes place on the ice between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

About 350 miles separate these NHL franchises, but sometimes even that doesn’t seem like enough. In the Game is celebrating this storied rivalry with a new set scheduled for October – Forever Rivals.

The 100-card base set will feature some of the best current and past players from both teams such as Howie Morenz, Ace Bailey, Carey Price and Dion Phaneuf.

“In The Game has gone to great lengths to produce the first full-out tribute to this long-running battle for the undying loyalty of hockey fans and it will be loaded with some of the most appealing cards the company has produced to date,” the company said in a release.

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Ohio man finds obscure cards in attic; Could be worth millions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Digging through an attic can be fun by uncovering old family treasures, secrets and sometimes even a stash of old baseball cards.

That’s the luck that Karl Kissner of Defiance, Ohio has seemed to found himself in.

He uncovered  a cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather’s attic, according to the Associated Press. Inside the box, he found baseball cards bundled with twine, smaller than current cards.

According to the report, experts are calling this one of the greatest cardboard finds with many of the cards in terrific condition. Collectors will get a chance to see these cards at the National Sports Collectors Convention when some of the cards will be put up for auction.

”It’s like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic” Kissner told the Associated Press.

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Sportkings announces NSCC VIP and redemption programs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you like games, the Sportkings booth may be the spot for collectors at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Each VIP bag will have a redemption card that can be exchanged for the Sportkings’ Corporate Booth for nine random Sportkings Puzzle cards from nine subjects. These National exclusives won’t be the only thing Sportkings is giving away as the company will also include a product redemption program.

Want to know who is included in the program? You can read more after the jump.

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A little more on 2012 Score Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

There are a couple different products set collectors look forward to during the football season. One of the big ones comes out next week – 2012 Score from Panini America.

One of the greatest appeals is the price point. Packs cost about $1. Again, that’s one whole dollar.

But at that kind of price, one would think there wouldn’t be much to offer in 2012 Score. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The set includes 400 cards: 300 commons and 100 Rookie Cards. In one box, collectors can expect 24 Rookie Cards, 36 Glossy, six parallels, 25 inserts and another three to four cards of either parallels or inserts. With 36 packs in a box and prices for hobby boxes n the $30 range, football set collectors could enjoy this.

Beckett did a first look at 2012 Score in May, but with the product closer to release, let’s break it down even more with a gallery of pictures from Panini … after the jump.

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ITG’s Price talks Broad Street Boys

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In the Game’s latest hockey product focuses on a long-time franchise.

Broad Street Boys is all about the Philadelphia Flyers with many of its greatest players featured on autograph or memorabilia cards.

The product sold out from ITG’s warehouse and has had some decent sales on the secondary market. Recently, a 1/1 patch card from the Games to Remember subset with Flyers’ Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach against the Central Red Army’s Boris Mikhailov, Vladisov Tretiak and Valeri Kharlamov sold for $2,025 on eBay. The game represented on the card was played Jan. 11, 1976.

Some of the other players in Broad Street Boys include Rod Brind’Amour, Jeremy Roenick, Dave Schulz, John Leclair, Eric Lindros, Ron Hextall, Jeff Carter and others (Need a 2011-12 Broad Street Boys checklist or OPG? Click here).

With the success of Broad Street Boys, does ITG plan on producing other sets that focus just on teams – perhaps something from the Original Six? If that’s the case, what teams would you like to see ITG focus on next?

Read a short interview after the jump with ITG’s Dr. Brian Price.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Panini teases its National VIP set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America offered the first glimpses at its plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention on Monday, teasing four of the six cards it will make available to collectors who purchase a VIP pass to the event.

The cards, created using the Gridiron Kings design of recent years, showcase NBA rookie Kyrie Irving, NFL rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as well as NHL newcomer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

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Baseball Card Exchange to give away rarity at NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the rarest Topps baseball cards of the 1990s — if not the rarest — can be yours at the National Sports Collectors Convention Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore.

How? You’ll have to visit the booth of Lynwood, Ill.-based Baseball Card Exchange to enter a giveaway for the card.

The 1990 Topps-style card of former President George H.W. Bush shows him as a member of the Yale baseball team — a card specifically made for the president, though a very small number of the cards reportedly made their way into circulation. A total of 100 cards, No. USA1, were presented to Bush by Topps’ Arthur Shorin.

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Triple Play focuses on fun, kids … will it work?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret that the hobby is often torn between two things — collecting and cash.

It’s no secret that, these days, pleasing everyone is an impossibility that the card companies simply cannot achieve.

It’s no secret that, at least in the eyes of many armchair quarterbacks, kids are a key to a revitalization that might rewind its presence and extend the hobby’s existence another generation or two.

But the folks at Panini America aren’t sweating that first point, perhaps the second, either, with its next baseball release. The third is the aim in the upcoming 2012 Triple Play, a kid-focused release that arrives on July 23 with all kinds of surprises — and with a kid-friendly price, too, at just 99 cents a pack.

One inclusion in that one, besides cards with wearable eyeblack stickers, are the “When I was a Kid” inserts — a  collection of artistic renderings of players as younger stars with a story about their past on the back. It’s an interesting touch that focuses even more on the focus of this product. (This set was teased during the weekend by Panini.)

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You pick who wins our Sandy Koufax autograph

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We recently found a redemption card for a Sandy Koufax autograph in a pack of 2012 Topps Tier One baseball cards and asked you guys what you would do to win it.

Now, after nearly 150 entries, we want you to pick the winner. We have narrowed it down to three:

Greg Perez, who visited Dodger Stadium and recruited former Dodgers Billy Ashley and Kenny Lofton for their support.

Ryan Kalmoe, who sang a Justin Bieber song for the world to see.

Gregory Zakwin, a diehard Dodgers fan who documented his quest for a Matt Kemp autograph and promised he’d do even more for Koufax.

Perez’s video is above, while the others’ entries are after the jump. Check them out and cast your vote. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Aug. 7, 2012 — the 40th anniversary of Koufax’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Who wins the Koufax?

  • Greg Perez, who visited Dodger Stadium seeking support (67%, 231,820 Votes)
  • Gregory Zakwin, the dedicated Dodgers fan (33%, 112,534 Votes)
  • Ryan Kalmoe, who sang Bieber (0%, 1,055 Votes)

Total Voters: 345,411

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