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Posted on September 25, 2012 – 12:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Barry Sanders, Beckett Football, Emmitt Smith | Comments (6)
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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Posted on September 25, 2012 – 10:57 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2012-13 Winter Classic, Beckett Hockey, Detroit Red Wings, Panini America, Toronto Maple Leafs | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on September 25, 2012 – 8:10 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Prominence Football, Beckett Footbal, Robert Griffin III | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 24, 2012 – 12:27 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Andrew Luck, Beckett Football, Jamaal Charles, Joe Flacco, nfl | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 23, 2012 – 11:55 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Marvel Comics, Non-Sports, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Marvel Premier | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on September 23, 2012 – 9:35 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Alexander Ovechkin, Beckett Hockey, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Bryzgalov, KHL, NHL lockout | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on September 22, 2012 – 8:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Triple Threads, autographs, featured, game-used memorabilia, MLB, Topps, Triple Threads | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on September 22, 2012 – 3:03 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2012-13 NHL Lockout, AHL, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Eberle, KHL, NHL lockout, Panini America, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 11:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2011-12 Fleer Retro, college basketball, featured, Fleer, Fleer Metal, Precious Metal Gems, Upper Deck | Comments (15)
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.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 1:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Gypsy Queen, autographs, featured, Gypsy Queen, Topps | Comments (9)
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.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 1:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | autographs, Beckett Grading Services, BGS, James Spence Authentication, JSA | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 12:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 42, Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chadwick Boseman, featured, Harrison Ford, Jackie Robinson, Jay Z, MLB | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 11:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Finest, 2012 Topps Finest, Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers | Comments (3)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on September 21, 2012 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2009 NFL rookies, Andre Brown, Beckett Football, featured, New York Giants, nfl, Ramses Barden | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on September 20, 2012 – 10:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1989 Bowman, featured, Jerome Walton, Jim Abbott, Ken Griffey Jr, MLB, Nolan Ryan, Robin Ventura, Topps | Comments (4)
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 …
Posted on September 20, 2012 – 4:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League, 2012 Topps Heritage Minors, autographs, milb, Topps | Comments (1)
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 …
Posted on September 20, 2012 – 3:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Topps Platinum, Andrew Luck, nfl, Robert Griffin III, Topps, Topps Platinum | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 20, 2012 – 12:08 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 NHL The Cup, Adam Henrique, Beckett Hockey, Blake Geoffrion, Brendan Smith, Brett Connolly, Cody Eakin, featured, Gabriel Landeskog, Jake Gardiner, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Simon Despres, Upper Deck, Video Trading Cards, Zack Kassian | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on September 19, 2012 – 4:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1991 Collect-A-Books, baseball cards, Ben McDonald, Cecil Fielder, Collect-A-Books, Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew, Impel, Jose Canseco, MLB, Ryne Sandberg, Yogi Berra | Comments (7)
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 …
Posted on September 18, 2012 – 8:37 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Valor Football, Andrew Luck, Beckett Football, Brandon Weeden, Doug Martin, Frank Gore, Jeremy Maclin, Jim Kelly, Kurt Warner, Michael Vick, Percy Harvin, Tony Romo, Trent Richardson | Comments (6)
Update: Topps issued a correction indicating there is just one pack per box.
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.