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Monthly Archives: July 2012

A look at Elite’s Passing the Torch checklist

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Athletes are constantly compared to each other even if they haven’t played in the same decade. Fans love to speculate how a certain player will pan out. Will he be like my sports idol? Or just wash out after one season?

But inevitably, one good player leads the way for another. Since about 1997, the Donruss Elite brand has found ways to display that transition with its “Passing the Torch” autograph inserts.

This year’s Elite by Panini America, which came out this week, is no different with 20 pairs of subjects on the checklist. These cards are hard to pull with none having more than a 25-card print run.

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Box Busters Preview: 2012 Bowman Platinum

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Bowman Platinum cards in this Box Busters preview video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

UFC is coming up on 20 years in the mixed martial arts world. In that time, hundreds of fighters have fought for the MMA company from dozens of countries. In fact, UFC airs in more than 150 countries and in 22 languages.

The company has an international appeal and not just for the fans. Fighters come from across the globe to participate in the largest MMA promotion company.

Topps is commemorating that international flavor with 2012 UFC Bloodlines, which highlights the heritage of athletes in UFC and Strikeforce.

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Panini, Football HOF extend partnership

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are going to be partnering up for a long time.

The card company announced an extension of their exclusive relationship with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The two entities have had a deal in place since 2010, which allows Panini to use Hall of Fame marks and logos on its trading cards and stickers. In addition, Panini will produce autograph cards honoring each new member.

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Ichiro’s first Yankees cards coming soon

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Ichiro Suzuki‘s New York Yankees career is just two games old and that means it’s time for one thing.

His first Yankees baseball cards.

Topps, the lone licensee of MLB cards, will include him in pinstripes in at least four upcoming releases — the first being 2012 Topps Update, which arrives in October.

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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 …