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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 80): Who are your hobby award-winners?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Mike Trout‘s all-around dominance this season has made a mockery of the can’t-miss cardboard around him and, by season’s end he just might have the American League Rookie of the Year and American League MVP awards in his grasp.

For the next issue of Beckett Baseball and as the season winds down, we simply want to know … Who are your 2012 hobby award-winners?

We want to know who your Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young winners are … on cardboard. (Tell us other players in other areas if you feel they stand out, too.)

Tell us in the comments below. Please include your name and location with your comment. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

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.

Bryce Harper’s autograph evolves with time, volume

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

When collectors rip into their newest Topps packs and find an autograph of Bryce Harper they’re not only finding one of the more in-demand Rookie Cards of the most-hyped prospect in MLB history.

They’re also finding a perfect example of how a player’s autograph changes over time.

The Washington Nationals rookie is no stranger to signing autographs, and the demands for his ink have inevitably become time-consuming as his signature has become dramatically different in just the two newest releases from Topps — 2012 Topps Chrome (the latest, above) and 2012 Finest. His signature essentially has become an abbreviated “BH” — something different than the older autograph stickers the company presently is using on some of his cards and even more different than many of his other past releases.

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Neil Armstrong’s legacy not seen on much cardboard

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, according to an NBC News report, following complications from a recent heart operation. He was 82.

On July 11, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon with Armstrong the first to set foot on the lunar surface. It was an event millions of people watched, a moment in history forever remembered by those who witnessed the event.

But when it comes to mass-produced collectibles featuring Armstrong — and in particular his autographs — there’s not a lot to choose from,  despite there being a healthy interest in NASA memorabilia and astronaut sigs.

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New Dodgers not burning it up on cardboard

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The biggest waiver-period trade in some time, if not ever — a nine-player deal that sends Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett from Boston to Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers — may shake things up on the field and in the playoff hunt, but it likely won’t matter that much where it matters for collectors.

On cardboard.

While Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett are established stars, none of them have been hobby Hot List mainstays of late and none ultimately have upper-echelon Rookie Cards that will explode in value in the coming days as those in Dodger Blue adopt them into their collections.

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Baseball’s shaving cream celebrations aren’t new

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Sorry, A.J. Burnett – someone else beat you to the shaving cream celebration.

The now-Pirates pitcher, who spent three seasons with the Yankees, gained notoriety for smashing his teammates’ faces with towels full of shaving cream. The shenanigans usually followed clutch wins, leaving heroes to wipe fluff out of their eyes after achieving their biggest moments.

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Ripping Retail: 2012-13 NBA Hoops

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2012-13 NBA Hoops blaster box in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2012-13 Certified basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

They’re baaaaacccccck.

Panini America released the first glimpses at its latest forthcoming 2012-13 NBA card line on Friday, and it’s Totally Certified, which will include the return of a perhaps-controversial but strong-selling type of unique basketball card.

What is it? The Panini HRX video trading cards.

Certified took a year off as part of the NBA lockout-shortened product lineup last year but will return in November with the HRX cards and plenty of micro-etched foil madness that marked the previous year’s release. This time around, each six-pack box will include six autograph or memorabilia cards with a minimum of three sigs in each box.

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Lance Armstrong has eluded major cardboard

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Seven-time Tour de France winner and noted cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has decided he’s not going to fight steroid charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a move that could strip him of his record seven titles and bar him from cycling in any capacity for the rest of his life.

The news announced on Thursday night won’t have an immense impact on cardboard, but Armstrong, 40, does appear on a total of eight cards in the Beckett.com database. He’s never appeared on a certified autograph — standard or cut sig — and has just two scarce and unpriced memorabilia cards, a pair of 1/1s from Sportkings in 2008 and earlier this year.

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Topps’ Game Time Giveaway site is live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps’ Game Time Giveaway site is live.

Collectors of 2012 Topps Football may have gotten several code cards in their packs. Now, it’s time to use them.

The site, which can be found at http://gametime.toppscards.com/ is similar to the digital games Topps did with baseball. Enter the code you found on the back of the Game Time Giveaway card and you can earn different virtual products or cards.

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First look: 2013 Topps Tribute baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ first high-end baseball card release of 2013 will be Tribute as it unveiled the first looks and product details for the product, which is in its fifth straight year of revival after a break of several seasons.

Set to arrive on March 6, each six-pack, hit-per-pack box will include three autographed cards numbered to 99 or fewer copies along with three Relics limited to 99 or fewer copies. All will carry the familiar foilboard- and foil-stamped-feel of past releases.

The 100-card base set will be comprised of current stars and greats of the game with seven versions of parallels available per card — Blue (/99), Green (/75), Orange (/50), Gold (/25), Red (/5), Purple (1/1) and printing plates.

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With lockout looming, Kreider leads early NHL rookie class on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Every day that passes without an agreement between the NHL owners and the NHL Players Association, it seems hockey is heading closer to a lockout.

Of course, this will effect cards. Specifically, you won’t be able to collect all those rookies you were hoping to see. There’ll be no Nail Yakupov or Ryan Murray on trading cards anytime soon if there is a lockout.

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Short prints driving interest in 2012 Topps Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors may have felt 2012 Topps Football seemed to be more popular than past sets. They aren’t wrong about that.

In the first couple of days of release of the product, Beckett Football price guide analyst Dan Hitt noted there were more than 30,000 completed listings for the cards.

Think about that … 30,000 completed listings, which Hitt noted is a huge number for any football product.

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Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis retires

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Almost 10,000 yards later, running back Clinton Portis is calling it quits.

Portis is just 77 yards shy of the 10K-mark for his career, but after nine years in the NFL Portis officially announced his retirement on Thursday.

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Press Pass’ FanFare Racing arrives next month

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Montly Editor

Press Pass FanFare Racing is back for a second year. The autograph and memorabilia-heavy product comes out next month with an extensive autograph and memorabilia checklist.

Some of the names in the product include Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Travis Pastrana, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

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Could a venue change help MJD’s card value?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Maurice Jones-Drew has been one of the best running backs in the NFL the past couple of years. Last year, he ran for more than 1,600 yards – about 250 more than the closest running back.

That hasn’t helped his card value much, however, in a quarterback-heavy hobby.

One of the issues is MJD plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, not exactly one of the top markets. NFL teams seem to have also shied away from having one back carry the load. Instead, they have a couple of different guys share the responsibility.

But could MJD’s card values change after everything is over?

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Sports movies: Where are those props now?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

One of my hobbies when not documenting things in the hobby for a Beckett magazine or right here on Beckett.com is searching for sports cards and memorabilia tangentially related to the stuff we see every day — in particular, seeking out stuff related to sports movies.

Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

One? The chase. Sometimes movie memorabilia just isn’t plentiful, meaning you can’t find it just by a simple, single online search. Often times, spur-of-the-moment ideas yield nothing after countless searches on countless websites.

Two? Stuff isn’t always expensive — because it’s not on the minds of many a fan, nor is it the en vogue item of the week before the next Next Big Thing arrives at every local hobby shop and retail store aisle.

Three? It’s a seemingly never-ending search — yet it doesn’t seem impossible, either, because there aren’t 1/1s that show up in online auctions and then are never seen again afterward.

Then, there are situations where, unlike in the modern card market, answers can be elusive.

Take, for example, the image above … it’s a scene from a pretty forgettable early 1990s movie but it’s got a whole lot of cardboard enigma going on, unlike much of the stuff produced at that time that we almost all own in bulk.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2012 Topps Chrome blaster box in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Black & White surprise in 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck included a surprise insert in 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee NHL that wasn’t on the checklist.

The insert set is called O-Pee-Chee Black & White. As the name suggests all the picture are black and white, in addition to a deckled edge with a facsimile autograph on the front of the card. There are no real autographs version of these cards, according to Upper Deck.

The cards are tough to grab, and prices on eBay are certainly indicating the scarcity.

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Ryan Tannehill named Miami Dolphins starting QB

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

For more than a decade, the Miami Dolphins have looked for a consistent quarterback. Not the next Dan Marino, but at least someone that could help the Dolphins be competitive.

Miami has had eight different starters at quarterback since Marino retired in 1999, and have made the playoffs once in the last 10 years.

The Dolphins named their ninth quarterback starter since Marino and they hope it’s something who will last for several years – Ryan Tannehill.

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Make your own auto combos in 2011 Exquisite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When getting a dual autograph sometimes a collector wishes different players could have been paired together. Perhaps even hoping to have two favorite players on one card that share no real bonds.

With a new autograph set in 2011 Exquisite Football, collectors can actually make the dual and quad autographs they want by mixing and matching special cards – of course, within the scope of the checklist.

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Vintage spotlight: Joe Doyle, king of the errors?

By  Andy Broome | Beckett Media

“Slow” Joe Doyle (OPG and checklist) compiled a career record of 22-21 and a 2.85 ERA for the New York Highlanders and Cincinnati Reds from 1906-1910 — not exactly Hall of Fame material — but Doyle will forever hold a place near the top of the list in the baseball card Hall of Fame as the king of the error cards.

Doyle has the distinction of being pictured on the rarest card in the famed T206 set, rarer than the most famous card of all time, the Honus Wagner.

In fact, some would say it’s 10 times rarer than Wagner.

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Reds prospect Billy Hamilton steals himself a place in professional baseball history

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton firmly placed himself in the baseball record books Tuesday night in Pensacola, Fla., by swiping his 146th stolen base of the season.

The mark topped the previous pro record of 145 set by Vince Coleman 29 years ago and is 16 more than the MLB record set by Rickey Henderson back in 1982.

Hamilton, a 21-year-old shortstop, has been caught stealing 33 times this season — a number that tops a more vital number for baseball card collectors, 15, which is total for certified autographs. (Need an checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Upper Deck football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2012 Upper Deck football blaster box in this latest episode of Ripping Retail in advance of The College Issue of the magazine.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail: 2012 Score football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2012 Score football cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Photo gallery: 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. | Every year before the start of the NBA season, the current class of rookies go through meetings and seminars during Rookie Transition Week. They learn about financial considerations and some of the pitfalls NBA players can run into during their career.

Then comes a day of fun.

They get to put on their new NBA uniforms, many of them feeling the fibers for the first time, and take pictures that will eventually show up in basketball products for that upcoming season.

On Tuesday, this year’s group of rookies descended on the MSG Training Facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., where Panini America set up several photo stations to get thousands of pictures of the 61 rookies in attendance. Players such as top draft picks Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal were there, showing off their basketball moves and signing autographs for several fans.

Take a look at a photo gallery from the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

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