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Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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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 Beckett.com/news.

Or, it might be a direct link to a hot player’s Online Price Guide in the Beckett.com 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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