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Posted on July 26, 2012 – 9:46 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Elite Football, Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson, Dan Marino, DeMarco Murray, Drew Brees, Emmitt Smith, Herman Moore, Peyton Manning | Comments (12)
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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Posted on July 25, 2012 – 7:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Bowman Platinum, Bowman Platinum, Box Busters Preview, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (11)
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 …
Posted on July 25, 2012 – 4:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
MMA | 2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines, Bruce Buffer, MMA, Randy Couture, Strikeforce, UFC, Uriah Faber | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on July 25, 2012 – 1:43 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Panini America, Pro Football Hall of Fame | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on July 25, 2012 – 8:45 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Bowman Chrome, 2012 Bowman Sterling, 2012 Topps Five Star, 2012 Topps Update, featured, Ichiro Suzuki, Ichiro Yankees, MLB, New York Yankees, Nippon Professional Baseball, NPB, Orix Blue Wave, Seattle Mariners, Topps, Yankees | Comments (16)
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.
Posted on July 25, 2012 – 8:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Football, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, featured, nfl, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Tom Brady | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on July 24, 2012 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, NBA, Panini America, Rookie Cards | Comments (12)
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 …
Posted on July 24, 2012 – 11:04 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Annie Savoy, baseball trades, Beckett Baseball, Bull Durham, featured, Ichiro Suzuki | Comments (36)
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.)
Posted on July 24, 2012 – 11:03 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Batgirl, Batman, DC comics, Green Lantern, Superman | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on July 23, 2012 – 5:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1993 BBM, 2001 Ultimate Collection, Ichiro Suzuki, Ichiro Yankees, Japanese baseball, Leaf, New York Yankees, NPB, Panini America, Topps | Comments (15)
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.”