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Monthly Archives: October 2012

First look: 2012 Prizm Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is bringing its Prizm technology to football.

The 2012 product will feature a 300-card base set with 100 Rookie Cards, which will also have autographed versions.

Panini will release Prizm into hobby and retail shops.

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ITG reveals redemptions for 2012 Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the Game will showcase two of its products at the 2012 Fall Expo, and collectors have a chance to get exclusive expo cards.

Forever Rivals and Superlative Hockey Volume III will be highlighted at the 2012 Sportscards & Memorabilia Expo, both of which will be available at the show.

To get the exclusive game-used cards, open a box at the In The Game booth at the expo.

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Panini reveals Fall Expo wrapper redemption plans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America is continuing its popular wrapper redemption program at the 2012 Fall Expo.

Collectors can get base cards, short-prints and wild memorabilia cards.

Each wrapper redemption pack will contain two cards that can be from a variety of subsets. And the only way to get them is at the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo, right outside of Toronto.

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Toronto Fall Expo Collectors Guide

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even if there isn’t a hockey season, many fans aren’t going to let a lockout get in the way of their fun.

The 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo (known informally as the Toronto Fall Expo) is considered the National for hockey. The Toronto International Centre is covered with about 900 tables holding countless hockey cards.

Here is your Fall Expo guide with links and information (wrapper redemptions, autograph signings) about the Expo.

Make sure to bookmark the page and check for updates as more information is released.

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Beckett By The Numbers: 2011-12 Exquisite Collection

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 Exquisite Collection basketball card set 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.

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Win a Lebron James card

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2011 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Gold Spectrum #43 Lebron James

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Beckett 20 Questions … to start the NBA season

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The NBA season tips off tonight with three games that will inevitably restart the fires with a few collectors and perhaps prompt a few others if there are any surprises.

But we’re not waiting for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Cleveland for the season to begin. We’ve got 20 questions about basketball and basketball cards that we’re curious to see how you, the collectors, answer.

Some are for fun, some are more serious … if you have more to say about the NBA these days — or collecting, of course — you can let us know in the comments below.

1. Do you collect basketball?

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2. Where would you rank NBA cards among the Big Four (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA)?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Win a Blake Griffin autograph card

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2010-11 Classics Significant Signatures #43 Blake Griffin /99

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Who’d you get? Panini America drafts its 2011-12 NBA rookie redemption class

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

You might have pulled one of the cards, now you can know who they are.

Panini America drafted the checklist for its 2011-12 NBA Draft cards on Monday night … the redemptions found in packs of 2011-12 Past & Present, 2011-12 Limited and 2011-12 Gold Standard found in lieu of Rookie Cards this past season.

See the results of what’s what … after the jump.

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Sereal shows off KHL cards of NHL players

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The KHL’s trading cards are coming together.

The Kontinental Hockey League cards feature several NHL players who are competing overseas because of the NHL lockout.

Some of those players include Alexander Ovechkin, Nail Yakupov and Ilya Kovalchuk, which makes a great addition to the fifth anniversary of Sereal’s trading cards.

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Panini’s continued deal with NBA excites Kobe Bryant … and his kids love seeing his old Afro on cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor| Commentary

With Panini America‘s new multi-year licensing deal with the NBA, it’s quite possible that the remainder of Kobe Bryant‘s professional career will only be documented on cards made by the Italian company.

And that’s fitting considering that Kobe spent part of his childhood in Italy when his dad played pro basketball there — but that’s not part of what interests his kids these days at all, no matter what Daddy decides to do in a few years.

“The Anthology thing they are doing is pretty cool,” Bryant said. “You get a chance to go back and look at the career throughout the years. The kids enjoy it because they get to go back and look at Daddy’s Afro and all of that good stuff. It’s been a great partnership.

” … My kids, they just think it’s cool. It’s just cool. You have a card, you look at it, you check it out. For them, they like looking at Dad’s Afro. For them it’s just cool to have, they can pass it around, share it with their classmates. ”

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NBA renews Panini America’s card license

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America will star on the hardwood a few more years.

The NBA announced on Monday morning that it signed a new multi-year licensing agreement with the Texas-based branch of the world’s largest collectibles company, once again making Panini the exclusive card and sticker manufacturer of the league.

Panini’s presence in the United States began in 2009 with its purchase of Donruss/Playoff and its acquisition of an NBA license. Now, it also has licenses with the NFL, NHL and MLB Players Association. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed that the deal is for five years and runs through 2017.

The news came via a conference call with Sal LaRocca, the Executive Vice President Global Merchandising Group, along with Mark Warsop, the CEO of Panini America, and Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion and Panini spokesman.

“Our companies share a collective interest in promoting our brands worldwide,” LaRocca said in a prepared release. “Panini has continually demonstrated the ability and commitment to creating products that appeal to our fans on a global basis.”

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Upper Deck’s Fleer Retro Football pictures released

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Card companies are taking lessons in history these days.

Upper Deck is readying 2012 Fleer Retro Football and the first pictures from this set have come out.

Iconic players and top 2012 rookies will be featured on retro base designs and inserts.

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Tennis great Pete Sampras signs memorabilia deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

American tennis great Pete Sampras has joined a list of tennis stars offering event-used memorabilia.

Sampras signed on with The MeiGray Group, a New Jersey-based authentication company, to be included in the company’s United States Tennis Association Match-Used Authentication Program, the company announced.

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Win a Shania Twain memorabilia card

Beckett Customer Appreciation Month continues where registered users can win great prizes throughout October.

Go to www.Beckett.com/customerappreciation and click on “Enter the Contest.”

There is a limit of one entry per day and you need a valid name and email address registered with your Beckett.com account.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

Today’s prize: 2011 In the Game Canadiana Mega Memorabilia #MM40 Shania Twain

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San Francisco Giants, World Series champions: Who are you collecting?

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants are your World Series champs.

We simply want to know … after a four-game sweep of Detroit and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, which Giant is the best to collect? Pick one below or tell us in the comments.

The Giants: Who are you collecting?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

UD brings back Priority Signings for Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey fans attending the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Show in Toronto will be happy to learn Upper Deck’s Priority Signing wrapper redemption program is back.

To take part, Collectors have to purchase a hockey hobby box of 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee, 2012-13 Artifacts or 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show. They will receive a voucher that can be redeemed (along with the wrappers from the box) at specific times at the Upper Deck booth.

In return, collectors will get one random NHL Priority Signings autograph card.

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Want a World Series team’s celebration-used champagne cork? It’ll cost you …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Sometimes I wonder if authentication goes too far … but then I remember there’s something for everybody out there to collect.

Currently on the auction block via MLB Auctions is a selection of game-used items relating to the San Francisco Giants‘ march to the World Series. You can track down a game-used ball from the team’s playoff run, an on-deck circle or even jerseys from the team’s last World Series run but the quirkiest item on the block just might be this.

A post-game NLDS celebration-used champagne bottle cork.

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More auctions pop up to help Nelkin family

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Sometimes there’s a story that seems to move people. It touches people in a way least expected.

This is happening right now with the Nelkin family. The couple reached out earlier this month to the media to get out their story in hopes of getting attention for a card they were going to sell on eBay.

See the current auction here.

The proceeds will go toward a procedure to help them have a baby.

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Pull-out autographed jersey cards among most popular in 2012 Panini Gridiron

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America’s 2012 Gridiron Football came out this week with a slightly tweaked name and some impressive photos on the base cards.

Some of the most popular cards from the set, however, have barely anything to do with photos.

The pull out signed jersey cards, Gridiron Gems, are garnering some of the most interest from card collectors.

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