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Posted on October 26, 2012 – 1:55 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Topps, Bryce Harper, MLB, Panini America, Topps | Comments (37)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
A new year — and a new year on cardboard – will be here before you know it.
As we begin to prepare the January issue of Beckett Baseball, we simply want to know … What do you predict for baseball cards in 2013?
Tell us in the comments below. Please include your name and location with your comment. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 1:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Threads, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012-13 Panini Threads boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 1:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Gridiron, nfl, Panini America, photography, sports photography | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Gridiron from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 12:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Certified, nfl, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Certified boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 12:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2012 Press Pass Legends NASCAR, cut autographs, IRL, NHRA, press pass | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass Legends in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 11:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Golf, Multisport | Joe Namath, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck Upper Deck credit card | Comments (3)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Spending money could earn you more cards.
Upper Deck has launched a program with the Dynamics ePlate Visa credit card to earn digital cards, which in turn can lead to exclusive cards in hand.
Read More »
Posted on October 26, 2012 – 9:29 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey | 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee, Beckett Customer Appreciation Month, NHL | Comments (0)
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: 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey hobby box
Posted on October 25, 2012 – 4:12 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions Autographs, Gordie Howe, Richard Huffman, Scott McCharles, Stadium Sports Cards, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Richard Huffman doesn’t normally show off his dance moves, but when he pulled a redemption card out of a Parkhurst Champions pack, he couldn’t help but get down.
The redemption was good for a 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions Autographs Wayne Gretzky/Gordie Howe wire image.
A thrilling card for sure – one that books for $600 – but in that moment, it wasn’t about the amazing pull for Huffman or Scott McCharles, the owner of Stadium Sports Card in Blenheim, Ontario. McCharles could only be happy for his friend.
In many ways, the hobby is what keeps Huffman going. Read More »
Posted on October 25, 2012 – 9:24 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | | Comments (0)
Today’s prize: One-year online price guide subscription to the sport of your choice.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 8:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2008 Topps Heritage, Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants, World Series | Comments (8)
With three home runs in his first three at-bats Wednesday night — two off of reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander – in Game 1 of the World Series, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval just might be on the minds of a few collectors.
He became just the fourth player to homer three times in a World Series game, joining Babe Ruth (who did it twice), Albert Pujols and Reggie Jackson.
Sandoval, who hit .283 with only 12 home runs and 63 RBI this season, appears on 849 cards in the Beckett.com database (click here for a Sandoval checklist or Online Price Guide). Of those, just one is classified as a Rookie Card and 207 of them feature a certified autograph.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 3:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Bowman, 2013 bowman checklist, Al Kaline, Bowman, Darin Ruf, Dylan Bundy, featured, Gerrit Cole, Josh Hamilton, MLB, Oscar Tavaras, Sapphire Refractor, Topps, Tyler Skaggs | Comments (8)
By Chris Olds| Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps unveiled its plans for 2013 Bowman on Wednesday, and one downplayed — or downsized? — inclusion just might grab the attention of some collectors out there.
Two words: Bowman Minis.
Set to arrive on May 3, the 65th anniversary release of Bowman will include Chrome Refractor Minis as one insert set – a 150-card offering showcasing five prospects per franchise. Not only that, but there will be Blue (/250), Red (/5) and SuperFractor (1/1) parallels of these cards, too.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 2:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Bowman Chrome, Billy Hamilton, Bryce Harper, featured, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (11)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2012 Bowman Chrome boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside … besides a card with 1:7,515 odds? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 1:31 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 Rookies & Stars, 2012 Rookies & Stars Longevity, LaMichael James, Rueben Randle | Comments (1)
Check out the video to see what Beckett Football editor Susan Lulgjuraj pulled in her box of 2012 Rookies & Stars Longevity, a retail only box that comes with four hits for $50.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 12:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Hockey | black friday, panini, Panini America | Comments (6)
Panini America is bringing back its Black Friday Promotion.
The day after Thanksgiving is arguably the biggest shopping day of the year with people filling up on turkey and then heading out to the mall.
But Panini wants collectors to go to local card shops as well.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 11:44 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Bash Brothers, Dale Tafoya, guest commentary, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, sports books | Comments (1)
Editor’s Note: Dale Tafoya is the author of Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed and a long-time baseball fan and a collector, too. When he asked about doing a guest piece for us, I gave him a green light, and here’s where I’ll make a shameless plug for his book, which I read several years ago. It’s one that talks to a lot of players who you might not expect to hear from on the issue of steroids in baseball — and it’s one that shows us all that it’s not something that started in Oakland or any other big-league town. It started down on the farm — or even earlier. It’s worth a look and worth adding to your book collection. — Chris Olds
By Dale Tafoya
Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, poster boys and pioneers of baseball’s steroid era, always will represent one of the shameful periods of the sport. Why not? In the 1980s, before the game fully embraced weightlifting, these two muscle-bound teammates of the Oakland A’s showed up and took baseball by storm. Blasting thunderous home runs, Canseco and McGwire morphed into one word like Smith & Wesson and Procter & Gamble. Soon, bulging biceps, dumbbells and steroids saturated the game, resulting in unprecedented home run totals and contracts that gutted the integrity of the game.
In 2005, however, Canseco blew the whistle on the sport and his teammate when he wrote Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big. Canseco not only exposed rampant steroid use in the sport, he also claimed he and McGwire were at the forefront of it all. Suddenly, they were no longer considered one of the most feared power-hitting duos in the history of the game; they were now considered cheats who helped taint our beloved sport. Sadly, steroids received the credit for decades of accomplishments.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 11:30 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | iTunes, Topps, Topps Huddle | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Topps continues to roll out mobile apps geared to fantasy games for its customers.
Topps HUDDLE officially released Wednesday, a fantasy football game that you play on your smartphones.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 10:21 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Heritage High Number, Bryce Harper, featured, MLB, ShopTopps.com, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (17)
Update: Topps has announced the final two autograph additions and lowered that checklist from 22 to 21 players.
Topps released the final checklist for its much-anticipated 2012 Topps Heritage High Number boxed set on Wednesday, which includes some notable debut cards.
There are 22 Rookie Cards in the online-only set, according to the company, a crop led by Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Trevor Bauer, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Adams. Notable veterans include Ichiro Suzuki, Andy Pettitte, NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro and several others in their new uniforms.
There will be 21 players on the autograph checklist, a crop led by the rookies Harper, Darvish, Cespedes and Bauer.
See the checklists after the jump.
Posted on October 24, 2012 – 9:21 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football | 2012 SPx Football, Beckett Customer Appreciation Month | Comments (2)
Today’s prize: 2012 SPx Football hobby box
Posted on October 23, 2012 – 4:49 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Marvel Comics, Punisher, Rittenhouse Archives, Spider-Man, Swamp Thing, Wolverine, X-Men | Comments (2)
Rittenhouse is looking at Marvel Comics from the early 1970s to the mid-80s. Comic fans recognize this period as the Bronze Age.
This time for Marvel Comics involved all of the big superheroes, but it seemed as though their lives got infinitely harder with darker plots than previously seen.
The Bronze Age marks the rise of Wolverine, a new team of X-Men, and first appearances for Punisher and Swamp Thing.
Posted on October 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Edition, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Clint Eastwood, Cy Young, Davy Jones, Harry Houdini, Lou Gehrig, Press Pass Inc., Princess Diana | Comments (0)
Autographs of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Cy Young could be hard to find. Even signatures of Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana and Harry Houdini are limited.
However, Press Pass is making the autographs of these sports and historical figures available in a new product – 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Edition.