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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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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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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