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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Adam Greenberg gets one more shot in the majors — and so do his baseball cards

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Update: Greenberg struck out on three pitches against 20-game winner R.A. Dickey during the sixth inning.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Seven summers ago, Adam Greenberg stepped into the batters box on a Saturday afternoon in Miami.

His life would never be the same again.

The Chicago Cubs rookie was making his major league debut in the ninth inning, pinch-hitting at the end of an 8-2 win over the Marlins, a game where many of the 22,863 fans in attendance had left.

The first and only pitch he faced in the major leagues, a 92-mph fastball from reliever Valerio de los Santos, hit him in the head. He never played in the majors again, toiling in the minors and struggling with medical issues. The last four years, he’s played independent ball, capping a decade-long odyssey that has a .263 average and 43 career homers to show for it in the minor leagues and plenty of zeroes in the MLB ledger other than one game played and one plate appearance — but not an official at-bat.

But all that changes on Tuesday night in Miami.

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Tim Tebow’s card prices take a hit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Tim Tebow heard the chants. Thousands of fans yelled his name in Denver, calling for him to quarterback the team.

Even after leading the Broncos to the playoffs and winning a game, Denver traded Tebow to the New York Jets, relegated as a backup and stuck on special teams.

Tebow is still popular among fans. Jets fans wear his jerseys on game day and plenty of them root for him to get in games with the Jets at 2-1 and tied for the top of the AFC East this season.

But his popularity hasn’t transferred to cards as of late. He was once one of the most collectible players in the NFL with autographs selling for hundreds of dollars.

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NFL refs to get attention this weekend

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

The biggest stars of this weekend’s NFL games aren’t the players – they’re the stripes-wearing, flag-carrying officials.

The ‘real’ referees are back, ending the league’s three-week replacement ref sideshow and bringing the officiating cause into focus, a focus that has received intermittent cardboard attention.

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Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey no-hits Pirates


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Homer painted a masterpiece against the Pirates Friday night.

While not quite perfect — the Reds had one error and he walked one — Homer Bailey did breeze through the game, winning 1-0 in Pittsburgh to up his season record to 13-10 and giving some collectors reason to examine his 2004 Rookie Cards.

He’s the 15th pitcher in Reds history to throw a no-no and it’s the first for the franchise since 1988.

Bailey appears on 544 cards valued at more than $2,600, according to Beckett.com. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.) He has 259 different certified autographs and just 13 game-used memorabilia cards, while 441 of his cards, or 81 percent, are serial-numbered.

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First look: 2013 Topps UFC Knockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fist-ographs made its debut in UFC Knockout last year. The autograph cards were so popular with collectors, it’s back again in 2013 UFC Knockout.

The unique hit features an ink fist print of an MMA fighter along with their signature.

Topps doesn’t stop there. There are two autographs, two autograph relics and four relic cards per eight-pack box. The Fist-ographs are box toppers.

Check out the extensive gallery below of 2013 UFC Knockout cards.

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Remembering Eleanor Engle, first woman to sign with an affiliated baseball team

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The photograph shows Eleanor Engle sitting alone on a dugout bench, with enough room for at least two people to sit beside her.

Her Harrisburg Senators teammates grouped on an adjacent bench. They couldn’t be bothered by the skirt-wearing shortstop. Soon, professional baseball would take a similar stance.

That photo – preserved on a card in 1991 Topps Archives – is reflective of what Engle endured when she became the first woman to sign a baseball contract with an affiliated team in 1952.

Engle died on Thursday at 86 years old.

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Upper Deck continues expired redemption raffle

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

No one wants to pull a redemption out of a pack of cards. Even worse is when you pull an expired one.


Upper Deck has experimented with ways to help collectors with these. It isn’t eliminating redemptions in products, that’s unrealistic for card companies that want hits with the best names in its products.

Instead, UD will continue running a raffle program it started at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, but for Upper Deck redemptions only. The redemption card must also be for an autographed card or signed memorabilia item.

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Panini appoints product development directors

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America announced on Friday that it has restructured its product development department.

Karvin Cheung (NHL), Ben Ecklar (NFL) and David Porter (NBA) will now be in product development director positions for their respective sports. They will report to Martin Welling, the VP of Operations.

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Topps bumps up 2012 Prime Football release

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps bumped up the street date for 2012 Topps Prime Football to Friday. The product was supposed to come out next week, but why wait.

Pushing up the release date creates same-day distribution for retail and hobby. For collectors who frequent big box stores, they know cards often show up a few days earlier than hobby releases.

As fans get their hands on Prime, eBay auctions have been trickling online.

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Prize Gallery: Beckett Customer Appreciation Month starts Monday with daily giveaways on Beckett.com


While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.

From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.

And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.

Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds

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Ripping Retail: A 250-card Excell baseball repack

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 205-card retail baseball card repack from Excell Marketing in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan highlight 2012 SP Authentic Golf

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Collectors have had to wait about eight years for a new golf set from Upper Deck.

In that time, we’ve seen some great tournament runs and golfers endure rises and falls. This week marked the return of SP Authentic Golf from UD highlighting some of the most popular male and female golfers.

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Get ready … October is Beckett Customer Appreciation Month

October is a fun time with Halloween and the baseball playoffs. Football races take shape and basketball and hockey (hopefully) get their starts.

But there is another reason to enjoy October – Beckett Customer Appreciation Month.

Every day in October, Beckett will give away a prize to members of the Beckett community.

Prizes include subscriptions, autograph cards, Beckett Grading Services gift certificates and much, much more for a total of 31 prizes.

In order to win, you have to create an account at Beckett.com. Then, starting October 1 you will visit the contest page and click a button to enter. It’s that simple.

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Rittenhouse reveals Halle Berry auto

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It took nearly 10 years, but Halle Berry has signed autograph cards for an upcoming James Bond product.

Rittenhouse Archives released a photo today of the Oscar-winning actor’s first certified autograph in a trading card product. The autograph will be in James Bond The 50th Anniversary Trading Cards Series 2.

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Beckett OPG By The Numbers: 2012-13 Prestige


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the Online Price Guide has been posted.

The 2012-13 Prestige basketball card set from Panini America has arrived on Beckett.com with the favorites, autographs and memories in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs – and see even more — after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Prestige basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012-13 Prestige boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2012 Prominence Football released today

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The newest football product 2012 Panini Prominence is on the shelves.

One hobby box comes with just one pack of eight cards, including three hits.

Some of the big names in Prominence include the 2012 rookies, especially Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. With Wednesday being the first official day of the release, let’s take a look at some of the cards that have appeared on eBay.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Triple Threads

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2011-12 Exquisite Collection basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Exquisite Collection is returning — and it’s returning soon.

Upper Deck announced on Tuesday that its highest-end line is on its way in basketball as 2011-12 Exquisite will arrive “in the coming weeks” with five autographed in every box.

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First look: 2012-13 Panini Prizm basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s next new basketball line will perhaps have collectors looking at NBA cards a different way.

Through a prism … or Prizm.

When it arrives on Oct. 24, 2012-13 Panini Prizm will arrive, as the company puts it, “a familiar, but dramatically improved technology that has been missing from the Basketball hobby.”

Mocked up to be printed on what appears to be chromium-like stock, Prizm will consist of a 300-card base set that includes 100 rookies. Each 20-pack box, suggested retail price $100), will include two autographs, two Prizms parallels and two inserts. There will be six cards per pack and 12 boxes per case.

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