Monthly Archives: August 2012

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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Box Busters: 2012 Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Goodwin Champions boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Product Preview: 2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In just a couple of short months – and the hopes of no lockout – 2012-13 Artifacts Hockey is scheduled to hit the shelves.

The newest Upper Deck product comes with a number of low-numbered cards and memorabilia cards beyond jerseys.

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Orr autos seem plentiful in Ultimate

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Have you ever wanted a Bobby Orr autograph, but couldn’t afford to get one of the best hockey players of all time?

It seems as though 2011-12 Ultimate Collection is making it a little easier for collectors to get their hands on one. Collectors opening the Upper Deck product have noticed Orr autographs falling at a pretty decent rate, which is usually unheard for a player of Orr’s caliber.

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Locker’s cards see early spike with starting nod

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

It seems second-year player Jake Locker is going to get the starting quarterback job in Tennessee, according to a report by the NFL Network.

Despite the Titans official website not going with the decision yet, Locker’s cards are certainly going to be affected by this report coming out.

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Box Busters Retro: 1991-92 Heisman Collection

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of Heisman Collection sets from the early 1990s in advance of the Beckett Sports Card Monthly College Issue in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Topps baseball cards (with FINAL checklist)

Update:  Topps has released the final Series 1 checklist. See it at the end of the story.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps unveiled the first look at the 2013 edition of its flagship baseball card set on Friday, and it’s one that just might excite collectors of the longest-running MLB brand.

And it just might excite fans of “the chase,” too.

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Box Busters: 2012 Elite football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Elite from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Score football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Score card boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Mike Trout is Topps’ third 2012 Finest rookie

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps announced its third Finest rookie redemption of the year on Thursday, and it’s the guy who is looking like he’ll take home the American League Rookie of the Year honors — if not more when the season ends.

It’s Mike Trout.

Collectors who found redemption No. 3 out of the five in 2012 Finest, which arrived in hobby shops last Wednesday, will receive a signed card of Trout, who is leading the AL in average at .340 and stolen bases at 38.

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Seattle’s Felix Hernandez throws 23rd perfect game in MLB history

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

King Felix looked rather royal against the Rays on Wednesday.

Felix Hernandez, the 26-year-old ace of the Seattle Mariners, was perfect through his first eight innings against Tampa Bay and blanked the Rays the rest of the way, too, for just the  23rd perfect game in MLB history and the third gem this season.

The win gave the eight-year veteran his 11th win of the season and a 96-72 career record — all with the Mariners. It was the sixth no-hitter (three of them perfect) recorded this season and the first perfect game in the 36-year history of the franchise.

On cardboard, Hernandez appears on 2,876 different cards valued at more than $21,700. (Need a checklist or an OPG? Click here.) None are more sought-after than his 2004 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor, which is signed, limited to just 50 copies and typically sells for as much as $800.The most-recent sale of the card was a BGS 9 (with 10 auto) that sold for $1,049 on eBay last month.

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First look: 2012 Panini Prime Cuts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America revealed the latest edition of Prime Cuts on Tuesday and the 2012 edition will arrive in October — just six months after the arrival of the 2011 product.

The company promises that the new edition has been “revamped, redesigned and re-engineered” from the previous version — an offering without prospects that were found heavily in the 2011 version and one instead relying upon Hall of Famers, current players, current rookies and other memorable players from the past.

Each two-card pack of the product will include one autograph and one memorabilia card or a pair of signed cards. There will be 15 packs per case, while the RCs will be numbered to 99 or less and there also will be some fresh prospects — memorabilia cards and autographs from the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National team.

The base set will be comprised of 50 memorabilia cards — each numbered to 99 — 50 signed cards (Century Signatures with Gold, Silver and Platinum parallels), 22 USA Baseball autographed jersey cards, 50 Timelines Materials autographs and 36 Timeline booklet cards, according to the company.

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College ties, heroes last a lifetime

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Alma Mater Materials, School Colors, School Pride, Collegiate Collection, Topps All-American.

If you’ve collected cards for any amount of time, phrases such as these should resonate a bit as they are among many somewhat-memorable releases in the past that still just might be a tad off your radar.

But for some of us, those insert sets and product lines are among the more-memorable releases out there as they are part of a smaller segment of collecting. They are college-focused cards — glimpses at stars before they had a professional contract and a draft pick position.

They’re legends who’ll never be traded to another team, stars whose times in those particular uniforms will never fade as they age and progress through their careers.

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Topps, NFL agree to multi-year extension

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps and the NFL will be doing business for several more years.

The trading card company announced a multi-year licensing agreement with the NFL in a press release today.

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FIRST LOOK: 2012 Topps Magic Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The next installment of Topps Magic Football is coming to hobby and retail stores.

After being an online-only product last year, the company has decided to make Magic more widely available as its popularity has risen.

Magic was created to pay tribute to the first Topps football cards, and Topps will continue honoring that tradition.

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Collectors remember 2004-05 NHL lockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Eight years ago, the NHL had an unprecedented season – one that didn’t happen.

After the NHL and NHLPA couldn’t come to terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL had a lockout that resulted in a cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season and the Stanley Cup was not given out for the first time since 1919.

It could happen again.

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Brett Jackson is Topps’ second Finest rookie

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps announced its second Finest rookie redemption of the year on Tuesday, and it’s one that Chicago Cubs fans might like.

It’s Brett Jackson.

Collectors who found redemption No. 2 out of the five in 2012 Finest, which arrived in hobby shops last Wednesday, will receive a signed card of Jackson, the top-ranked prospect for the Cubs. The first card, announced last week, was Pirates rookie Starling Marte.

The company will reveal the remaining three rookies during the next month.

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.

Upper Deck adds Civil War items to Goodwin

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes are usually the focus of the trading cards we collect. Basketball and baseball stars. Football and hockey legends.

Upper Deck is taking a different approach to 2012 Goodwin Champions – which still showcases athletes – by taking a look at America’s history. One of the highlights in this year’s product are the Museum Relics, but this time with a Civil War theme.

Goodwin Champions released today, and collectors have a chance to obtain relics from the Civil War era. Some of the artifacts are buttons, hat insignias and Confederate currency.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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Topps teases 2012 Magic Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Although 2012 Topps Magic doesn’t arrive until January, Topps is doing its best to get collectors interested.

The company tweeted several pictures from the upcoming product featuring the most popular players of the bunch.

Andrew Luck, Tim Tebow and Robert Griffin III were all in the mix.

By the way, this will be a hobby and retail product. Unlike the past when Topps made this an online-only product, this will be available in stores.

Take a look at the pics below.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …