Monthly Archives: September 2012

Weeden’s debut comes up short … will his RC?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden appeared like he was going to have a bad day when he threw for just 118 yards and four interceptions on Sunday, but when his Browns fell just short in their 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles it might not have felt as bad as it could have.

The real question now, though is how will it affect his oldest and perhaps hottest Rookie Card?

Of course, that’s not any of his 2012 NFL releases — it’s his 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft autograph, a baseball card that shows him in his former sporting life — a pitching prospect for the New York Yankees.

That card, which is not serial-numbered, has typically sold for $30 or less while his priciest 2012 RC is his 2012 Elite card, which is limited to 699 copies and sells for $10 or less. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Beckett 20 Questions: Rookies, RCs & collecting


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re prepping this year’s Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly soon and one thing is clear.

Rookie Cards reign in the hobby.

Whether it’s vintage firsts or modern-day rarities, RCs seem to demand our attention the most — so much so it can defy logic at times. Want a fresh sign of that? Panini America started selling Rated Rookie t-shirts last night — a rookie brand is now a clothing line.

When it comes to RCs, though, there are plenty of unclear areas, too. There are also many a personal definition for what is and what isn’t an RC and there are plenty of prospecting products that just make those personal tastes even harder to define.

We want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to Rookie Cards. Here, we present 20 rookie-focused questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answer on. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the issue after we see the results.

1. After six years, do you feel the Rookie Card logo is working in MLB?

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First look: 2012 Topps Five Star Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

New York Giants fans might want to start saving their money.

Topps Five Star comes out in February with its typical high-end cards, but memorabilia from Super Bowl XLVI is also included.

Two specific Super Bowl relic cards are a Pylon Super Bowl Patch card and a Super Bowl MVP Pigskin Relic, which is numbered to just 20 cards.

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Panini’s NFL Player of the Day kicks off

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Card companies are working to get collectors into hobby shops across the country.

Panini America’s latest endeavor involves the 13th annual NFL Player of the Day promotion, which 550 stores nationwide will take part in. Panini exclusively took over the promotion in 2009.

Collectors can get cards and other prizes as part of the promotion. It all starts Sept. 15.

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Rockies’ Josh Rutledge is fourth Finest rookie

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps revealed the fourth Finest rookie redemption of the year on Friday, and it’s a member of the Colorado Rockies.

It’s shortstop Josh Rutledge.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps WWE

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into the new 2012 Topps WWE cards in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Who broke Wahoo’s leg? Watch and find out …

Introducing the Beckett Bonus

You may have seen them on a few sports card boxes lately, but you’ll likely see more of these QR codes elsewhere in the hobby, too.

Starting with our next round of magazines arriving in October, we’ll include a little something extra — it could be a link to something you can’t watch in a magazine but you can find right here on

Or, it might be a direct link to a hot player’s Online Price Guide in the database to go along with a story in the magazine.

Or it might be a little something that, well, you just can’t find anywhere else.

We’re calling it the Beckett Bonus.

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Florida dealer pleads guilty to mail fraud charges

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A Florida-based dealer pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges in a federal court on Thursday for his role in marketing and selling fraudulent game-used memorabilia.

According to the U.S Department of Justice, Bradley Wells, 31, of St. Petersburg, admitted to obtaining “hundreds of jerseys that were not game-used and then had them altered in order to sell them for a higher price” while working for Authentic Sports Inc. and Historic Auctions LLC, both Florida-based companies, between 2005 and 2009.

He had been indicted on two counts back in October 2011.

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Kevin Ogletree’s values soar after breakout game

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

A career game can translate into value pretty quickly as Kevin Ogletree card owners have learned.

The Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver had no touchdowns in his previous three years in the league and 25 catches to his name. In Wednesday night’s 24-17 win over the New York Giants, Ogletree had 114 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.

Could he be the answer to the Cowboys losing Laurent Robinson?

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Halle Berry auto coming to James Bond product

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rittenhouse Archives is celebrating James Bond like no other.

The company is putting out James Bond The 50th Anniversary Trading Cards Series 2 with some big names included in the autograph set.

Rittenhouse lists at least two actors who played Bond – Daniel Craig and Roger Moore – many of his villains and, of course, leading ladies, which includes Oscar-award winner Halle Berry, which seems to be her first certified autograph, according to the Beckett database.

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Ten NFL rookies to watch in 2012

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFL season starts tonight.


The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys kickoff the 2012 season, but not on cardboard. That has been raging for months with a deep rookie class, especially at the top.

There are many rookies this year who will have significant roles not just Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Here’s a list of some of the 2012 rookies to watch.

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2012 Topps NFL Kickoff pack break and checklist

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Topps NFL Kickoff Redemption officially kicked off today.

Collectors were able to redeem cards found in 2012 Topps Football products for a packs at participating card shops.

With one redemptions, I got one pack of five cards. Check out the cards after the jump.

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Ripping Retail: What’s in a 1983 Donruss fun bag?

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 1983 Donruss fun bag in this latest retro episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Upcoming football cards contain diamonds

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Diamonds are a football player’s best friend.

That’s the theme of one of the inserts in Panini Momentum, which comes out next week.

The company released several images of the upcoming product including a preview of the Studs insert.

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First Look: 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America is celebrating hockey’s history this fall.

With 2012-13 Classics Signatures, collectors can expect to find autographs of retired players who made the game what is today.

At least one autograph of a retired players is expected in every five-card pack.

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Beckett joins ESPN’s Mint Condition to talk football

Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj joined ESPN’s Mint Condition to talk about the upcoming NFL season on cards. See which rookies she thinks will shine and what one veteran will have a big year.

Click above or click here to the view the video.

Hockey world still remembers Summit Series

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Forty years ago, Canada and the U.S.S.R. forged an undeniable rivalry. The 1972 Summit Series pitted the two countries in an eight-game match up. Two international powerhouses on the same stage.

The Russians shocked Canada and the hockey world with their dazzling play in the first game. Trailing by two goals in the first period, Russia came back to win 7-3.

That game changed the tone of the Summit Series and turned it into a slugfest. Canada couldn’t take the Russians lightly.

The Summit Series was an interesting time for hockey. The World Hockey Association just formed and Canada only picked players from the NHL to compete. Guys such as Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe weren’t included. But, of course, there as Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Stan Mikita, J.P. Parise and so many others.

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Michael Clarke Duncan’s card resume is brief

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan died Monday in a Los Angeles hospital while receiving treatment for a July heart attack. He was 54.

A star with more than 90 credited television and movie roles in his career, collectors might best remember him as Lucius Washington in Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell or as Kingpin in Daredevil alongside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. His breakthrough role, which won him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards, came in The Green Mile, a Stephen King adaptation that starred Tom Hanks.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1993 Action Packed ASG

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1993 Action Packed All-Star Gallery in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What or who will he find inside? Watch and find out …