Monthly Archives: July 2012

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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First Look: 2012 TRISTAR TNA TENacious

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

TRISTAR‘s newest TNA IMPACT Wrestling card set will make its debut on Aug. 1 at the National Sports Collectors Convention, and that’s also where the company will have some stars from the organization on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

While those details are still to come, the specifics on TENacious are here — and it’s a set that will celebrate a decade of wrestling for the company.

Set to arrive for the rest of the non-show-going hobby on Aug. 15, this one will include three autograph cards and either a memorabilia card or celebrity cut autograph in every 20-pack hobby box.

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Upper Deck’s SPx lets fans make their own cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When opening 2012 SPx football from Upper Deck, collectors may have found a little surprise within their packs.

Shawdowbox cards are back, but this time Upper Deck allows the collector to change what is inside the card. In essence, collectors can create new cards while sitting at home.

SPx came out in June with Shadow Slots, and according to Upper Deck ‘s blog, the company has a patent pending on this type of card.

Shadowbox cards are multi-dimensional with a top layer of acetate that has designs around its edges. You can see through to the background creating a 3D-like card. Upper Deck now allows you to take out the background and add a new one.

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Simplicity and greatness all with a click

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

They’re as simple as it gets when it comes to a Hall of Fame collectible, they have been around for years and are heavily chased as autograph items.

They are the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s plaque postcards.

While recently preparing the legends issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly (available now), we showcased each of the major sports Halls of Fame via quick-read basics — helpful guides to each if you feel the need to go. And that also included taking a look at some iconic — yet affordable — memorabilia choices that can be found either at the Halls or in their online stores.

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Cooperstown showcases military + auto updates

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s next baseball-focused brand, Cooperstown, will showcase not only the greatest in the game but also the best around them.

And that’s not all as Cooperstown also will showcase Hall of Famers who served in the military via a 10-card insert set called With Honors, a lineup that will include the likes of Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Whitey Ford and more  when it arrives in late August.

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Box Busters: 2012 SP Signature Edition + contest

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside these $250 (we accidentally said $150) boxes?   Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or an OPG when available? Click here.)

Update: Upper Deck announced that there are short-prints among the un-numbered autographs. Look for a full checklist of all cards in the product on soon but get the groups for the un-numbered cards after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Limited basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this one? Click here.)

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Redline

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Redline boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this one when it is available? It will be here.)

Box Busters: 2012 SPx football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 SPx from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this one? Click here.)

Box Busters: 2012 Game of Thrones & NCIS

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Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Game of Thrones and a premium pack of 2012 NCIS from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for Game of Thrones? Click here.)

(Need a checklist or OPG for NCIS? Click here.)

Would you pay more for Yu Darvish’s other auto?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s no secret that Yu Darvish‘s autographs are among the hottest cards for this year’s rookie class in MLB, but Topps has teased a different twist for the Japanese star’s latest autographs arrving via redemptions in the recently released Tier One.

The Texas Rangers ace signed a small number of cards using Japanese characters, or kanji, according to images teased by the company. (Need a Darvish checklist or OPG? Click here.)

How many were signed this way? Topps did not say … so we want to know how much would you pay for a card like this?

Your take: Yu Darvish's other autograph

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

Upper Deck readies NSCC wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck unveiled its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and the custom-designed set will include changes at autographs from some of the biggest names on the company’s roster.

Collectors who buy five brands from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show will receive an UD voucher that is good for a single NSCC pack after those five are opened at the company’s booth.

The eligible products include 2011-12 SP Game-Used, SP Authentic and SPx hockey along with 2011 College Football Legends as well as these 2012 products: Upper Deck football, SPx football, SP Signature Edition baseball and Upper Deck Soccer.

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Andy Griffith dead at 86

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor | Commentary

The world is somberly whistling that familiar tune today, as television star Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. Official reports indicate that he died this morning at his home in Dare County, N.C.

Today we pay hobby homage to the lovable, deliberate southern lead on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

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Topps gives quick peek of Triple Threads football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Even though Topps Triple Threads Football is still several months away, Topps teased a few photos from the product on Monday.

There were just three pictures, but two of them featured two rookies that are going to get a lot of attention this year.

These cards are undoubtedly Triple Threads. You would know it without us saying so.

Of course, this really is just a small peek of the cards. More information on TTT will be posted as soon as it’s available.

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Panini releases auto SPs in 2011-12 Titanium hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Have you been looking through your 2011-12 Titanium Hockey cards, trying to figure out which are short-prints.

Sure, maybe some have popped up on eBay in fewer quantities, but how you can be totally sure? Now, it’s easy. Panini America has released a list of autograph short-prints.

Just to make things fun, there are also a few super-short-prints.

See the list of short-prints after the jump (Need a 2011-12 Titanium Hockey OPG or checklist? Click here)

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ESPN’s Mint Condition: Charlie Sheen & King James

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ESPN‘s weekly sports card and memorabilia segment, “Mint Condition,” has talked with noted collector Charlie Sheen and Upper Deck about LeBron James and his NBA title in the last couple of weeks.

Check out Sheen above and see LeBron … after the jump.

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Press Pass celebrates Richard Petty’s 75th

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Happy 75th birthday Richard Petty!

In celebration, Press Pass has put together Richard Petty Birthday Tribute cards that will be in 2012 Press Pass Showcase.

Showcase doesn’t come out for another month, but the party has started.

In the coming days, Press Pass is going to release images from the tribute subset. In total, 16 people have signed a birthday wish inscription, including son Kyle Petty. As cards images are released, they will be added to the gallery.

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The Walking Dead trading cards continues with a tribute to the comics

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Walking Dead didn’t start as a hit cable television show. The origins of the show started with comics in 2003.

Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore – who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard in the seventh issue – got together to create a story about a zombie apocalypse. The story follows survivors of the apocalypse and what they do to get through it.

Cryptozoic had a hit when it issued trading cards from the television show’s first season. The company is coming back with the second season on trading cards, which will be released in the fall.

But the celebration of The Walking Dead continues with a trading card set devoted to the comics, where it all started. The Walking Dead Comic Book Trading Cards are scheduled to be released at the end of July.

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