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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Upper Deck launches credit card program for trading cards

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.

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Win a 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey hobby box

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Today’s prize: 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey hobby box

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Beating the odds: Hockey cards give ailing man a lift

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 »

Win a subscription to an online price guide for a year

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

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Today’s prize: One-year online price guide subscription to the sport of your choice.

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World Series slugger Pablo Sandoval has just one Rookie Card

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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First look: 2013 Bowman baseball cards (with final autograph & relic checklists)

 

By Chris Olds| Beckett Baseball Editor

Think small.

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.

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Box Busters: 2012 Bowman Chrome

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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 …

Ripping Retail: 2012 Rookies & Stars Longevity

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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.

Panini’s Black Friday promotion is back

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Guest Commentary: The Bash Brothers’ baseball legacy is smeared but not forgotten

 

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.

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Topps releases football app for iPhone users

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.

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Topps releases Heritage High Number checklist

Update: Topps has announced the final two autograph additions and lowered that checklist from 22 to 21 players.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Win a box of 2012 SPx Football

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.

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Today’s prize: 2012 SPx Football hobby box

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Rittenhouse previews sketch cards for Marvel Bronze Age Trading Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscriptions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First look: 2012-13 Limited Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America’s 2012-13 Limited Hockey is set to come out this winter.

The set is currently schedule for a December release and every card will be numbered to 299 or less, including the three hits in every box.

Collectors will find at least one autograph in every seven-card box, which could be from a rookie, legend or hockey star.

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Beckett 20 questions … on baseball cards

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There isn’t just one type of collector, and that’s crystal clear when you talk to people in the hobby.

Some people collect for fun. Some people collect for profit. Some people just collect to collect. Now just imagine trying to make a card set that would please everyone. (Actually, don’t … it’s not possible.)

To see where many of you stand on the world of baseball cards, here are 20 questions — some serious, some not — that we’re curious to see how you answer. We’ll publish the results in the next issue of Beckett Baseball along with some quips if you have more to say in the comments.

1. What type of baseball collector are you?

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2. What type of card do you like best?

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See the rest of the questions after the jump …

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RareInk signs art licensing deal with NBA

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A California-based company started by a pair of former card company employees has entered the world of artwork.

NBA-licensed artwork that is.

RareInk.com and the NBA announced a partnership on Tuesday to bring fully licensed pieces to collectors featuring the work of several acclaimed artists.The collection will launch with 100 pieces of 40 players and 60 team logos. Collectors will be able to vote on what they want to see next.

“The goal of RareInk’s artwork is to capture the excitement and action of the NBA in a uniquely artistic way,” said Tim Muret, CEO of RareInk.  “Fans can shape the future of the RareInk collection by voting for their favorite players and moments to be featured as art pieces.”

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NLCS hero Marco Scutaro is a cardboard enigma

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Marco Scutaro‘s emergence as one of the San Francisco Giants’ key players late this season culminated with him being named the NLCS MVP Monday night.

But that’s not the only surprising thing about this 11-year big-leaguer who has played for six teams and hit .276 with 75 home runs and 478 RBI in his career.

He has just one certified autograph. He has just one Rookie Card.

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Sanders, Payton card auction up for the Nelkins

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The auction to help Todd and Ula Nelkin have a baby is underway.

The Houston couple posted their 1999 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch Barry Sanders/Walter Payton autograph BGS 10 on eBay (Click here to view the auction).

The Nelkins are selling the card to raise money for an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure – the third and final try for them.

READ MORE OF THEIR STORY HERE.

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Win a Muhammad Ali printing plate

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.

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Today’s prize: 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali Event Worn Memorabilia Printing Plate #EW12 1/1

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First Look: 2013 Topps Archives football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football card history never looked so good.

Topps released the first images of its upcoming 2013 Archives football series Monday, with the set relying on four different iconic designs – 1959, 1976, 1985 and 1986.

The base set contains 200 cards of veterans, legends and rookies, similarly to this year’s Archives baseball release.

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Presidential Predictor cards let collectors get political once again

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With the third and final presidential debate coming later tonight, there will be plenty said and plenty of opinions formed from the members of the two teams, err, parties.

The 2008 presidential race sparked an influx of political cards into our sports cards — so much so that each candidate this time around has plenty of cardboard available for collectors to debate about buying.

For the record, here’s how their past performances, err card values, stack up, according to the Beckett.com Online Price Guide:

Mitt Romney, 55 cards totaling $324.50, an average value of $5.90 not including those too rare to track a reliable sales range (click here for a full Romney checklist).

Barack Obama, 521 cards totaling $3,991.40 (not including rarities), an average value of $7.66 (click here for a full Obama checklist).

This time around, though, it appears that Topps has just 50 cards for each candidate in store — at least so far — and they are the Presidential Predictor cards found in packs of the recently released 2012 Topps Update. There are 50 near-identical cards per candidate with the only differences being what state the card indicates below his name and a unique online code on the back.

Why does that matter?

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Military member opens his first football box in years, gets a unique surprise

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Charlie DiPietro’s card store is a stopover for many military personnel in the San Antonio area.

Sports Card Plus is near Fort Sam Houston and a military hospital. So he sees about 10 to 15 current and former military members in his shop every week.

Recently, Sgt. White stopped by the shop. DiPietro doesn’t remember his first name, but he definitely remembers the story.

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Panini adds game-dated items to 2012 Limited Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Some collectors might want to get their Christmas presents a day late.

Panini America is releasing its high-end 2012 Limited Football on December 26 with patches, Hall-of-Fame autographs and cut signature cards.

Limited is known for its on-card autograph Rookie Cards, and Panini doesn’t plan to disappoint. Every card in the product will be numbered to 399 or less.

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