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Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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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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See the rest … after the jump.

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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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