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Monthly Archives: August 2012

NHL great Phil Esposito to sell collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hall of Fame hockey player Phil Esposito is selling his personal collection, which includes awards, portraits and even a signed leg cast from a playoff injury.

Esposito’s collection will be sold through Legendary Auctions in November.

Esposito kept a vast collection of items through his 18-year playing career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

“Through the years, I collected items that meant something to me personally,” Esposito said in a release. “They represent pieces of me and I want to leave that legacy in good hands. I wanted to be the person who decided what happened to my collection.”

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Topps unveils Ginter artifacts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the select few collectors who found artifacts of a different kind in their boxes of 2012 Allen & Ginter baseball cards, today is your day.

The mystery of the Ginter Artifacts cards is no more.

On Friday, Topps detailed exactly what the “unusual artifact[s] from the past” are for the N43 redemptions.

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First look: 2012 Topps Supreme Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps will close out the 2012 calendar year with one of its high-end football products.

Topps Supreme, which is scheduled to be released the last week in December, will have only low-numbered hits. Each pack contains two base cards, a red parallel and one low-numbered autograph, autograph relic or relic card in every pack.

Cards aren’t the only things collectors can get out of Topps Supreme. There will be randomly inserted cards collectors can redeem for up to 15 player-signed jerseys.

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UD adds Crosby/Lemieux dual signed cards to The Cup

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes companies can’t get the cards they want in time for a product before it’s packed out. That’s why collectors end up with redemptions.

Recently, Upper Deck took a different approach. If the company had been unable to get specific cards in time, it didn’t include them in a product. That includes redemptions.

However, when UD finally did get the cards back, it included them in the product’s release. It recently happened with SP Authentic, and it did it again with The Cup.

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Beckett OPG By The Numbers: 2012-13 Hoops

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 2012-13 Hoops basketball card set from Panini America 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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Someday, I’ll have a Hall of Fame focus

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

If you’ve collected for any amount of time, you’ve probably had the moment where you sit back, look at all of the hot mess that is your collection and wondered what your focus is.

Wait, it’s just me? Ok, I’ll go along with that … but we all know better.

As I pondered a column topic for an upcoming Beckett Baseball, I turned to the Hall of Fame — the simple idea of writing about notable sigs I don’t have. It was to be a woe-is-me approach — more like confession — of how I am lacking some notable signatures in my collection, particularly given my supposed collecting focus (well, at least one of them … one that has been around for a long, long time).

Instead, I actually surprised myself — while still realizing that, yes, I am lacking some notable sigs.

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Rory McIlroy signs exclusive with Upper Deck

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Golfer Rory McIlroy is joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.

Golf’s current sensation has signed to be an exclusive spokesperson with Upper Deck.

Upper Deck will offer autographed memorabilia of McIlroy through its Upper Deck Authenticated program. Items will include pin flags, photos, lithographs, game-used items and more. His items will begin to appear with UDA in October.

His trading cards will appear in Upper Deck products in 2013.

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One find leads to another … and another

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It seems vintage baseball card “finds” are in the mainstream news more and more these days with the Black Swamp Find and other notable auctions grabbing headlines.

But the truth is that, while the finds and the rarities don’t get discovered everyday, there’s plenty of cash being spent on elite, vintage and pre-war baseball cards all the time. A glance through any notable auction catalog — or the results — will tell you that.

Another fine example of a find — and a notable sale — happened Wednesday night in Biddford, Maine, as an 1887-89 Old Judge Cabinet N173 card of Hall of Famer Mike “King” Kelly hit the auction block after being found in a trunk of old papers.

The Portland Press-Herald was at the auction Wednesday night, capturing the video above as the card was auctioned for $62,000 — $71,200 including a buyer’s premium.

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

Topps calls out dealers on Twitter for selling giveaway redemption cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Hobby shops should know, Topps is watching.

In about a week, collectors will be able to redeem cards pulled from 2012 Topps Football for exclusive packs that were given to hobby shops for the Topps Kickoff Hobby Store Promotion. The promotion starts Sept. 5, but some dealers have seemingly began to put cards up for sale on eBay now.

Whoops.

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Ripping Retail: A two-hit baseball repack

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a baseball repack box in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Chrome boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Finest football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they bust into a pair of 2012 Finest boxes from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Press Pass Hall of Fame Legends Edition

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Hall of Fame title creates a certain feeling. Athletes voted in are usually the best of the best, the greatest of a generation.

Press Pass is bringing a product that is full of autographs from only these athletes. Every autograph in its Hall of Fame Legends Edition will be of a Hall of Famer member such as baseball’s Nolan Ryan and Rickey Henderson, football’s Joe Greene, golf’s Jack Nicklaus and basketball’s Larry Bird.

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Box Busters Preview: 2012 Finest football cards

Join Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj as she opens a box of 2012 Finest from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Check out the video to see what she pulled.

First Look: 2012-13 Limited basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Limited is back once again in basketball, and Panini America is promising “a clever new technological twist” to the typically foilboard-heavy line.

Panini revealed the first looks and basic information for the product, which is set to arrive in late-November, on Tuesday, once again touting its double Rookie Card class and more.

The base set as a whole will include 250 cards with three parallels (Silver, Gold, Platinum) with two autographed cards and one memorabilia card guaranteed in every seven-card box.

Oh, and the twist? Well, it starts with diecut acetate cards.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Score hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds, Dan Hitt and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Score from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2012 Press Pass Sports Town Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football’s 2012 rookie class has drawn a tremendous amount of interest from card companies and collectors.

Press Pass is joining the fun with 2012 Sports Town Football, a new product in its football line. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden will be highlighted in the 60-player set.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka, Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 Ultimate Collection

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds, Dave Sliepka and Dan Hitt as they rip into a trio of 2011-12 Ultimate Collection boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Grading Services opens California office

 

Beckett Grading Services has opened an office in Southern California for collectors in and around the area to submit cards for grading in-person.

Located in Orange County, the office accepts submissions by appointment only, but those who use the office for submissions receive free shipping and insurance on all submissions, which are then sent to Dallas for grading. The new BGS office is located at 22840 Savi Ranch Parkway, Suite 200, in Yorba Linda, Calif.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment at the California office, contact BGS Regional Sales Manager Justo Vazquez via phone at 714-200-1934, fax at 800-249-7761 or email at jvazquez@beckett.com.

This is the second regional BGS office to open. In September 2010, BGS opened an office for submissions in New York City. That one is located near Times Square, at 135 W. 50th Street on the 14th floor. For New York-based submissions, contact Regional Sales Manager Charles Stabile via phone at 212-375-6760, fax at 212-375-6738 or email at cstabile@beckett.com.

As always, grading information and regularly occurring offers can be found at www.beckett.com/grading.

First Look: Panini America’s 2012 Black Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Get your credit cards ready, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III collectors.

Panini America is adding a new high-end football product to its line – 2012 Black. Much as the name states, the cards show players set against dark backgrounds.

One of the selling points of Black are the Rookie Signatures Materials Prime, which will have on-card autographs and prime pieces of memorabilia embedded in the card. These cards – featuring players such as Luck and RGIII – are numbered to 349 or less.

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Panini shows off NHL rookie sketch cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

As the hockey world awaits for the owners and NHL Players Association to come to an agreement and avoid a lockout, a couple of hundred people have descended in Toronto for the NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

It was a great way for these groups to get their minds off a potential shortened season.

Much like football and basketball, the rookies for the upcoming season get together for the card companies. They take dozens of pictures and sign autograph cards and memorabilia for Upper Deck and Panini America, the companies with both NHL and NHLPA card licenses for 2012-13.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 NBA Hoops

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 NBA Hoops in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Exquisite Collection football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011 Exquisite Collection boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Steve Wozniak helps create cardboard history

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

As a founding member of Apple and the creator of the first Apple computer, Steve Wozniak knows a thing or two about making history.

And with his memorabilia card in 2012 Goodwin Champions? Well, he just might have done it again.

How? Well, his memorabilia cards in the Upper Deck release don’t feature a piece of clothing — nothing that simple. They include a piece of a computer disc — a likely first for the hobby.

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