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Monthly Archives: September 2012

NFL rushing legends Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith are still going strong

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

BALTIMORE – All these years later, and the reluctant superstar and the eager superstar remain grouped together.

Football legends Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith dominated defenses of the 1990s, accounting for a combined 19.1 miles of NFL rushing.

The two are the greatest living yard-gainers – known for finesse and power, records and mettle.

Their differences make them unique. Their successes make them stand together.

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Panini prepares NHL Winter Classic cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the highlights of the NHL season over the last couple of years has been the Winter Classic.

NHL has paired popular teams to play in an outdoor venue for one game. This season, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs are scheduled to play at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013 – as long as the lockout is over.

Panini America has put together a 50-card set commemorating the event: NHL Winter Classic, The Big House.

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Panini adds a new chase to RG3 cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

As though there wasn’t enough reason to collect Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Panini America just gave collectors an incentive.

Panini’s newest football product 2012 Prominence comes out this week. Inside are plenty of Rookie Cards of players who were at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which included Griffin. He will have five different types of autographs including Autographed Letter Nameplates and Autographed Team Logo Patches.

This is where the fun comes in.

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NFL Week 3: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The third week of the NFL season had some highlights and plenty of lowlights.

Every week, we’ll look at who did well and some of the cards that collectors can grab of these players. We’ll pick a Veteran of the Week, Rookie and the Week and Breakout Performance of the Week.

Got different ideas? Let us know in the comments.

Veteran of the Week
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco played in one of the most exciting games of the weekend, Flacco led his his team to a 31-30 win over the New England Patriots with two scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Add in the emotional toll of wide receiver Torrey Smith losing his brother in an accident (Smith had two touchdowns), and it was an amazing game to watch.

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Preview of multi-panel sketch cards in Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The time is almost here for Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier.

A $200 a pack product with just four cards.

One of the cards in the pack is a multi-hinged sketch card. Sketch cards are popular in non-sports cards, especially among cards dedicated to comics or graphic novels.

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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.


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