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Monthly Archives: July 2012

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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Infographic Friday: 2012 Prestige by the numbers

If you’re a football collector, there’s a high probability that you’ve already ripped into a box or two, or twenty of Panini‘s 2012 Prestige. But while you were busting, you probably thought to yourself, “Boy, I wish I could see this break in infographic form!”

Or maybe you didn’t.

Either way, the fantastic design team here at Beckett just filed away this by-the-numbers take for the coming issue of Beckett Football. And we thought you might get a kick out of the informational sneak peek. Using the box we opened for our recent episode of Box Busters, we wrangled the cards, piled some stacks, and did some counting — all for the sake of hobby geekdom.

Click on the image to enjoy in greater detail.

Topps offers MLB All-Star FanFest exclusives

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps has set up shop at the MLB All-Star FanFest in Kansas City and that means it has some show-exclusive cards for collectors at the event.

First, for anyone who buys a 2012 Topps All-Star version of its factory set, they will receive one of four All-Star patch cards like the Yu Darvish seen above. Four players are available — Darvish, Bryce Harper, Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton. These cards are serial-numbered out of 150.

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The Fleer Jericho mystery: A bad cut? A prank?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Sometimes, memorabilia cards can go wrong — and this Chris Jericho card from Fleer shows a potential example of how that can happen.

But it’s a mistake that also made somebody some money.

Back in 2001, the 41-year-old multi-time world champion and son of former NHL player Ted Irvine was one of 13 WWE stars found in the Fleer WWF Championship Clash Piece of the Champion set — a release where a piece of a shirt or other worn memorabilia was cut up and a swatch placed into a card. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)

This card recently was found and sold on eBay for $99.99 — much more than the typical $10-$20 price that the card normally commands.

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First look: 2012 Topps Triple Threads football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Football season is never too far out of mind, and Topps has a way of getting collectors to think about the sport — even in the middle of a dead heat.

Topps released information and pictures one of its most popular products, 2012 Topps Triple Threads. It’s back with a couple different designs and plenty of autograph and Relics.

But there aren’t just cards in 2012 Triple Threads. Nope, collectors will get a chance to get full pieces of autographed memorabilia. Collectors can hit redemptions for autographed jerseys, helmets and hand-signed autograph cards (rookies sign gloves and jumbo cards with their on-card autographs).

First the basics on Triple Threads, which is set to be released in mid-November … after the jump.

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Topps offers limited product for UFC Fan Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

UFC fans are getting a treat this weekend. Not only is there another match with UFC 148, but the UFC Fan Expo is taking place at the same time.

The Fan Expo will feature more than 50 UFC and Strikeforce fighters including Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Tito Oritz and others at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday (roster is subject to change).

Of course, Topps will also be there promoting some of its MMA product. For those that will be able to attend, Topps will be at booth 731.

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