Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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Hockey products will be hurt by potential lockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

As the deadline for an NHL lockout looms, it seems ever more likely hockey will be at least delayed this year.

The NHL and NHLPA have yet to come to an agreement, and if one is not reached by midnight on Sept. 15, hockey will be in its second lockout in eight years.

When the 2004-05 season was canceled collectors found solace in their cards. This was the easiest way for them to deal with the disappointment of another work stoppage.

However, many currently wonder what will happen to hockey trading cards if there is another lockout.

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Commentary: Possible issues in some parts of game-used industry shouldn’t taint everything

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Is it real or not? What’s real, anyway?

Those are two questions that are seemingly always on the minds of collectors when it comes to game-used memorabilia, and as it’s an aspect of the industry that requires specific knowledge of a topic and, of course, faith.

Faith being that those in positions of “have” in this industry of “need” are doing the right thing — that the players, agents, equipment managers, teams, dealers or card companies are not intentionally misrepresenting items to be something that they are not, that they know what they are talking about, and that they are diligent in what they present to the public.

In some cases, the public could be the everyday collector. In others, it could be a card company buying items to place into memorabilia cards.

It’s inevitable that misrepresentation has happened at some point at one of those levels in the game-used industry through the years as more than 750,000 different (total was 738,395 late last year) game-used memorabilia cards have been made for all sports since they were introduced to the world in 1996. That’s a lot of jerseys and other items with who knows how many swatches inside the millions of cards made. An exploding industry of game-used memorabila — mem card numbers alone went from 4,256 unique cards made in 2000 to 78,954 different in 2005 — is bound to draw the attention of someone trying to exploit it and make a buck.

But that shouldn’t mean every item or every card is suspect.

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Box Busters: 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011-12 The Cup hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2011-12 The Cup from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini brings back NFL Rookie of the Week promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Along with Panini America’s Player of the Day promotion, the card company is back with its NFL Rookie of the Week.

Each week, Panini will pick five players who will be nominated for the honor in conjunction with Pepsi Max. Football fans will get to choose from the list who they think should receive the honor.

For now, these virtual cards will be NFL Facebook page each week for fans to pick the winner.

The nominees will be highlighted on a different Panini design each week, starting this week with Score.

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First look: 2012 Panini Golden Age baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was a Gold Standard, now there’s a Golden Age.

While the standard set a lustrous standard on the hardwood, Panini America‘s newest baseball card line apparently aims to celebrate the halcyon days of collecting.

It’s 2012 Panini Golden Age, a retro-styled product that will include eccentric inclusions, pennant or movie-focused box-toppers … and minis.

Set to arrive in late-November, Golden Age will include one autograph and one memorabilia card in each 24-pack box — and maybe even a Loch Ness Monster.

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A look at NFL Week 1 card losers

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

The first week of the football season came with a look at cardboard winners. But there is another side to the needle.

There are also losers to Week 1, guys who didn’t perform well and whose card values have or will take a hit if these types of performances continue.

Usually these players are first- or second-year guys. They are athletes who still have a lot to prove and whose weekly performances can shape how their cards sell.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Fleer Retro basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Fleer Retro boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win an unopened mini box? Watch and find out … the deadline to enter is next Monday at 11 a.m. and we’ll pick a winner based on the comments.

Video cards make a comeback in 2011-12 UD The Cup

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Remember video cards that were all the rage last year?

Companies put video cards of athletes in boxes of some of the top players in the league. Well, they’re back.

Upper Deck has included Rookie Evolution Video Card Redemptions in 2011-12 The Cup – a high-end hockey product on UD’s calendar, which came out this week.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Prime hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Panini Prime hockey boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

WWE legend Jerry Lawler collapses during show

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, a WWE Hall of Famer and announcer during Raw telecasts since the late-1990s, collapsed at ringside Monday night during the live broadcast in Montreal. According to published reports, he was responsive by the end of the show after suffering a heart attack.

Perhaps best-remembered for his early 1980s feud with comedian Andy Kaufman and their fight on Late Night with David Letterman, Lawler, 62, has wrestled regularly since 1970 and fought in an impromptu match earlier in the evening before resuming his announcing duties. He collapsed at the desk and fell to the floor during a tag match before being taken backstage during the three-hour broadcast.

Later in the show, fellow announcer Michael Cole told viewers at home that Lawler was being attended to backstage — that the events were not part of the programming — and following segments of Raw ran without commentary. After a second announcement that Lawler was taken to a local hospital, the show continued without commentary for its final 30-plus minutes and ended with a final update on Lawler’s status.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Prime Hockey

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Check out this Box Busters video with Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opening 2011-12 Panini Prime. What did she pull? Watch the video to find out.

2012 Topps Platinum Football retail break

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

Topps Platinum hits the shelves this week. But if you’re lucky, you can grab some of it early in retail stores.

On Monday, I found a Target that had plenty of Platinum ready for ripping. There were loose packs, rack packs and blaster boxes.

There would have been a Ripping Retail video, but I managed to mess that up and record about two packs worth of the break before I somehow hit the end button.

Instead, enjoy a gallery of the cards I snagged out of a blaster and two rack packs.

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Box Busters short: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into yet another box of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards in this abbreviated edition of Box Busters.

Which case hit will he find inside? Watch and find out …

David Akers ties record for longest field goal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Kickers don’t really get a lot of attention in football – usually only when they miss one does anyone seem to notice.

But one of the most memorable plays from the first Sunday of the 2012 NFL season came from David Akers. The San Francisco 49ers kicker nailed a 63-yard field goal to tie the NFL record for longest kick with Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski.

Akers didn’t seem to think he was going to make it. His mouth dropped after the ball hit the cross bar and bounced over to get his team the three points.

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Ripping Retail: 2008 Topps Update HTA Jumbo

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2008 Topps Update HTA Jumbo box found at a retail store in this latest retro episode of Ripping Retail.

Which Hall of Famer’s autograph will he land? Watch and find out …

 

Your Turn (BSCM Rookies Issue): If you could own only one RC, what would it be?

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Give or take an anomaly here and there, did you know that there are a mere 148,003 Rookie Cards cataloged on Beckett.com alone?

We’re sure you did, and that number will stand for a whole day or two until the next new product arrives — but that’s not what we’re here for today. We’re here to ask you a simple question for the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly: 

If you could only own a single Rookie Card — just one — what would it be?

Tell us in the comments below and be sure to include your name and location. We’ll run a selection of the best replies in the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

NFL Week 1: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

The first week of the NFL is almost over. We have just two games left on the schedule with a double dose of Monday Night Football tonight.

On Sunday, some of the teams treated us to good games – others weren’t as nice. However, through it all there were players that stood out, lived up to the hype or crashed with collectors.

Here’s a look at some performances and their potential effect on cards.

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Just like past, new Precious Metal Gems defy logic

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

Some brands just command the devotion and attention of collectors and it’s pretty apparent that after all these years the Precious Metal Gems still do that.

They’re back in the new 2011-12 Fleer Retro from Upper Deck and they’re found in three shades: Red (numbered to 150), Blue (numbered to 50) and Green (numbered to 10).

All of the shades are seemingly generating one color, though. Green.

The Bill Russell card above, No. 6/10 matching his uniform number? It apparently sold for $4,050 after 55 bids — and it’s not alone.

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Grey Flannel auctions big-money hoops relics

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

September may mark the start of the football season, but for Grey Flannel Auctions it means some legendary sales when it comes to basketball memorabilia.

And the premiere item that sold via the Westhampton, N.Y.-based company this past weekend was the 1976 Olympic gold medal of six-time NBA All-Star Walter Davis — an exquisite piece of historic bling that collected 20 bids totaling $108,000 when the action closed at the seventh-annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction.

It wasn’t the only piece of big-dollar memorabilia to sell in the 198-lot event as six game-used jerseys from the 1960s into the early 1990s each commanded more than $50,000 apiece.

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