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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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.

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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 …

Box Busters: 2012 Finest baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Biggio, Clemens bring family experience to Classic event and Topps signings

By Theo Chen | Contributing Writer

SAN DIEGO | The Perfect Game All-American Classic was similar to previous years when it was held this past weekend, but it had three interesting distinctions.

Only two were noticeable by the collectors and fans who attended the game. First, the roster was expanded from 46 last year to 48 players this year — the largest ever. Second, this year’s invitees included for the first time, sons of potential future Hall of Famers — and not just one but two of them. Cavan Biggio and Kacey Clemens, offspring of Craig and Roger, are friends who grew up playing youth baseball in the Houston area and spending time around major league clubhouses with their famous fathers.

Of course, Cavan and Kacey are not the first sons of former major leaguers to play in the All-American Classic, just the most prominent by far. Previous second generation players include Jack Armstrong Jr. (2007), Cameron Bedrosian (son of Steve, 2009), Connor Narron  (son of Jery, 2009), Shawon Dunston Jr. (2010) and Lance McCullers Jr. (2011).

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Andrew Luck’s debut brings hope, expensive cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

The Indianapolis Star’s sports front page said it all.

The headline: “It’s only preseason but …”

The top pick of the 2012 NFL Draft made his debut on Sunday, and in rather impressive fashion. Andrew Luck threw a 63-yard touchdown on his first pass.

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Rory McIlroy cards aren’t in plentiful supply

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Rory McIlroy winning the PGA Championship this weekend, some collectors might have rushed to see what kind of cards they can get of the young golfer.

Perhaps an autograph that have sneaked into a product. Or even an event-worn shirt. At the very least, just a card listing his accomplishments – which are piling up quickly.

No. There’s none of that. In fact, there’s just one licensed card and a handful of others.

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Panini VIP event offers experience beyond show

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

We’re about a week removed from the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and since then a couple of things have resonated with me about the hobby and its premiere event.

It’s still pretty strong — but it could still be stronger.

Not stronger in practical ways like more dealers, more space, more education and more discussions. That’s easy, and it’s stuff that could be done — by NSCC organizers or others attending the event (some companies did). But it could also be stronger as in potentially bringing in more of corporate America, more star power in different ways and making it feel more like The Event of All Events — something that can raise the profile of the hobby beyond just those in it, a way to ensure that those who used to collect can realize that it’s all still around and that the cardboard is better than it was in the past, too.

Panini America‘s VIP party on Aug. 4 showed how a bit of that might be possible as the company put on a show beyond the card show.

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