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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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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