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Monthly Archives: September 2012

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 …