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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Getting KHL cards of NHL players

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though new NHL products may be limited over the coming months, there may still be new products with NHL players in it.

Several NHL athletes have gone overseas to compete in the Kontinental Hockey League, or KHL, including Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Bryzgalov.

Those players will be coming to KHL cards, starting with the first series, a spokesperson from Sereal said, the official licensee of KHL cards and stickers.

“We are honored to produce cards for players like Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Malkin, Gonchar, Bryzgalov and many more,” Sereal wrote on its official Twitter page on Thursday.

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High Fives: 2012 Topps Triple Threads baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the hobby’s most-popular high-end products arrived for the seventh-straight year this week packing within it some of the hobby’s most-colorful memorabilia cards, some big names and some big ink.

It’s 2012 Topps Triple Threads.

With roughly five days of completed eBay auctions in hand, here’s a look at some high fives for the brand — some completed auctions and some that did not sell with the most-expensive cards listed first. (While there are plenty of active auctions, this first high five does not include any of them as asking prices can be a bit crazy for a product like this.)

Check ‘em out …

Five autographs that sold (completed auctions only)

1. Mike Trout-Yoenis Cespedes-Jesus Montero autographed Relic printing plate 1/1

2. Bryce Harper autographed Relic /18

3. Clayton Kershaw-Matt Kemp-Dee Gordon autographed Wood Relic 1/1 EXCH 

4. Bryce Harper autographed Relic /99

5. Duke Snider autographed Wood Relic 1/1

See more … after the jump.

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Five tips for collecting during the NHL lockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Every day the NHL lockout goes on, hockey fans get more antsy without a resolution.

Some hockey collectors might not want to bother with cards because they are so disappointed. But the lockout can be a good time for collecting – as long as you can deal without having much new product.

Here are five tips to collecting during a lockout to get you through the coming weeks.

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Beckett OPG By the Numbers: 2011-12 Fleer Retro

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2011-12 Fleer Retro basketball card set from Upper Deck 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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First look: 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The gypsies will return in 2013.

Topps revealed the first glimpses at its third installment of the retro-styled Gypsy Queen baseball card line on Friday, and it’s one that showed promise of some new-inclusions compared to the sophomore effort.

Among the new higher-end inclusions? Patch Relics, button mini Relics, mini booklets and more.

Set to arrive on April 3, GQ will include two autographs, two Relics and a 10-card mini parallel box-topper box in every 24-pack hobby box. The base set will consist of 300 cards capped by 50 short-printed cards found one in every four packs. In addition, there will be variations in the base set that were not disclosed by the company.

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Beckett Grading to host James Spence tomorrow

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Sept. 22) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items.

Modern-day rookies can’t touch Jackie Robinson’s influence on sports, society and world

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Not all rookies are made alike.

Some show their promise with their first tries at the highest of levels but then fade from the highlight reels just as quickly for whatever reason. Others might do the same at their first crack but produce results for a longer time, while a different few individuals might slowly build and never stop.

That’s life. Some of us win, some of us lose.

But in the beginning? Well, at that point, they are all rookies — players who need to learn the ropes despite their past successes. But that notion of promise, that notion of being special? It’s equal — no matter what the draft round or the signing bonus says — and there is always potential for a transformation and a new tale, no matter what the odds. It’s that potential that drives the hobby and the power of Rookie Cards.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll explore the world of rookies — a fundamental interest of many collectors — but none of the rookies carry the power, the potential, for world-wide change more than one from more than 60 years ago. And a reminder of that came on Friday with my first glimpses at the trailer for 42, a movie examining the life of Jackie Robinson. (Trailer after the jump.) He was a rookie who helped change the world — not just his sport. That’s something that the Mike Trouts, the Bryce Harpers, the [insert any other can't-miss name here] simply cannot do no matter how many home runs they hit or flashy plays are made in the outfield.

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Juan Segura is Topps’ final Finest rookie

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps revealed its fifth and final Finest rookie of the year on Friday, and it’s Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura.

Collectors who found redemption No. 5 out of the five in 2012 Finest, which arrived in hobby shops last month, will receive a signed card of the infielder, who is hitting .266 in 33 games this season.

The fourth redemption was of Rockies rookie Josh Rutledge, while the third was of Angels star Mike Trout, the second was Cubs rookie Brett Jackson and the first card announced was Pirates rookie Starling Marte.

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.

New York Giants’ Brown and Barden see spike in cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When every single game is so important in football, a breakout game can change the perception and focus of that player.

Just look at card prices of Andre Brown and Ramses Barden of the New York Giants.

If that sentence was written a week ago, most collectors would have said, “Who?” Instead, after New York’s 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, collectors are rummaging through their collections looking for cards of these back-up players.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1989 Bowman

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1989 Bowman in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Platinum

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck reveals more on The Cup’s video cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck’s Rookie Evolution Video redemptions have made noise when they appeared in packs of 2011-12 NHL The Cup.

Collectors wondered – some a little loudly – ‘Who will be in them? What will we see?’

While not all information is available just yet, Upper Deck has given out more information of what collectors can expect.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1991 Collect-A-Books

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of 1991 Collect-A-Book packs in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps previews Valor — a new high-end NFL set

Update: Topps issued a correction indicating there is just one pack per box.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The adjectives of a champion are similar. The traits they carry, the qualities they imbue stand out above the rest.

Courage. Honor. Heart.

We all use those words describe the greats. Topps is taking that sentiment and turning it into a football product creating an extensive high-end product for its collectors.

Valor.

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Panini teams with U.S. Bank to create 49ers set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The San Francisco 49ers are flying high after two weeks of the NFL season. Alex Smith, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis have led San Francisco to a 2-0 record this year.

To celebrate what could be an exciting season, Panini America and U.S. Bank have teamed to develop an exclusive eight-card team set.

Most of the top San Francisco players are in the set including Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree.

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100 years of the Grey Cup on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The 100th Grey Cup will take place this November. That’s a century of celebrating the Canadian Football League.

The commemorate the event, the Canadian Football League Players’ Association has created a 100th Grey Cup Limited Edition Trading Card Box Set.

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Monday Morning Collector, NFL Week 2

Update: The rookie stats for the quarterbacks were corrected to reflect just Week 2 statistics.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The second week of football season has already seen some interesting storylines: the Philadelphia Eagles are somehow undefeated, the New Orleans Saints are winless and the rookie quarterbacks shined on Sunday.

The Monday Morning Collector is here to take a look at some of the performances and who collectors might want to check out on cards.

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Box Busters: 2012 Momentum football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Momentum boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Rookies & Stars

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Rookies & Stars football cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Fanfare racing

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass FanFare racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out. (Our technical difficulties clear up after the first few seconds.)

First look: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you wanted more Heritage this year, you’re getting more Heritage this year.

Well, it’s next year’s … at least for now.

Topps revealed on Friday the first full look at a card design you might remember from back in 1964 if you’re old enough — the 2013 edition of Topps Heritage. If not, you’ll get to live it all over again next year in the 13th installment of the retro-designed brand.

Set to arrive on March 6, Heritage will include autographed cards at twice the previous rates, according to the company, though there will be just one autograph or Relic found in every 24-pack hobby box.

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Pete Rose banishment agreement part of Goldin Auctions debut event

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Ken Goldin is kicking off the auction side of his business with a little flair.

The sports memorabilia dealer’s Goldin Auctions Fall 2012 Premier Auction of Sports Memorabilia will include nearly 1,000 lots from all types of sports, starting Oct. 10.

Items include a 1934 signed New York Yankees baseball, a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series ring, a 1977 Roger Staubach game-used jersey, Bernie Parent’s game-worn “Winter Classic” goalie mask and a 1995-96 Michael Jordan game-worn jersey.

There are also several non-sports items in the lots including Avengers No. 1 Marvel comic book and signed document by Abraham Lincoln.

But one of the most interesting items in the auction is a five-page document signed by baseball’s all-time hit leader Pete Rose. The paper is Rose’s banishment agreement from Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

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Panini contest offers trips to Halls of Fame

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

If you’ve always wanted to visit a Hall of Fame but couldn’t, Panini America might be able to help you out.

If you get a little lucky, of course.

The only licensed manufacturer of sports cards for the NBA, NFL and MLBPA announced on Friday that its newest product, 2012-13 Prestige basketball, which arrives in hobby shops today will include the first chance for fans to potentially win a trip to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. — and more.

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UPDATE: Topps teases Valor, coming in 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps started the tease at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Officials from the company handed out little beige stickers with a “V” emblem and were coy about the meaning.

Just spread the word, they said.

Then, a Twitter account popped up adding to the mystery @V_Is_For.

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