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Monthly Archives: October 2012

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.

Visit the Beckett Forums to see daily winners.

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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Week 7: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Monday Morning Collector is back for the seventh week of the NFL season. If we had to pick a game of the week, it would be the New York Giants against the Washington Redskins. It wasn’t the prettiest game played, but it was definitely exciting.

Now on to the awards.

Veteran of the Week
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: Houston has come on as one of the best teams in the league. The Texans are 6-1 and have outscored opponents by 88 points this year. A big part of that success is Matt Schaub, the Texans quarterback. He’s been consistent week in and week out. On Sunday, Schaub finished 23-for-37 for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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Cryptozoic announces five new licenses

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Allentown, Pa. | Cryptozoic Entertainment had exciting news for television fans over the weekend.

The company announced five new licenses added to its stable at the Philly Non-Sport Card Show in Allentown, Pa.

Cryptozoic added Psych, Once Upon a Time, Archer, Alphas and Revenge.

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Win a BGS gift certificate

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: $50 Beckett Grading Services gift certificate.

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Signed lithographs celebrate Jewish players in MLB

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A new lithograph by artist Ron Lewis celebrates the place that Jewish players hold in MLB history.

The 24×36 piece showcases the 26 living Jewish players as well as the late Hank Greenberg along with 10 spectators who are notable contributors of the game — from Sandy Koufax to Ryan Braun and from Marvin Miller to Bud Selig. 

There will be five editions of the work, which will begin shipping on Nov. 7, and can be found via Art O Graphs Limited of Buffalo Grove, Ill., at JewishBaseballPlayer.com. Each version will be autographed with differing features.

Some of the players include Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, Al Rosen, Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Youkilis and Adam Greenberg — shown as a Cub, not a Marlin — while spectators include commissioner Bud Selig, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Theo Epstein, 61* creator Billy Crystal and Larry King.

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Readers Write: Meeting heroes at Cooperstown

From time to time, we’ll showcase mail from readers — here’s the latest of many letters in response to Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds’ run-in with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson as found in the October 2012 issue. (An online version of the piece is here.)

Just wanted to let you know that I liked reading your article “You May Not Want to Meet Your Favorite Stars,” which was written around the misfortune of meeting Mr. Reggie Jackson.

I’d like to start off by saying that I am a 33-year-old from Toronto and a long-time baseball card collector.  I buy Beckett price guides a couple times a year, as I mostly buy older cards, specifically 1950s and 1960s, and I figure they don’t change in value that much … not that I collect for the value, anyways. For me, it is mostly collecting guys who I respect or who have met, and that is why your article spoke volumes to me.

I go to Cooperstown, N.Y., every summer for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and I have had the privilege to meet many Hall of Famers who have generally all been very nice, with the exception of a miserable Whitey Ford, but that is another story.  I recently met “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks who is most likely the nicest man you’d ever want to meet. Put it this way, I am now in the market for an Ernie Banks Rookie Card. He was awesome, and he even hit on my wife which I didn’t mind because he’s Ernie Banks!

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Robert Griffin III’s cards demanding big bucks

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Some of Robert Griffin III’s most sought-after cards are commanding used car prices.

The Washington Redskins rookie quarterback is one of football’s hottest stars – and he has the high-end cardboard to prove it. A Topps Platinum 1/1 autographed superfractor of RGIII is currently listed on eBay for a Buy It Now price of $10,000.

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Topps factory football set offers bonuses, including rookie photo variations

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps’ 2012 complete football factory set released last week into retail and hobby shops.

Each box came with 440 base cards, including all the top rookie and veterans. The factory sets also come with different bonuses. But that could be one of four things depending on the box you find.

The most common – which was on the original sell sheet – is a five-card pack of numbered orange parallel cards. But it’s not the only type of factory set floating out there.

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Wrestling fans, win a Sting 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: 2009 TriStar TNA Impact Sting Face Paint Gold #S1 Sting Black /60

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The Walking Man held interesting place in MLB history — and trivial place in my collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the longest time, one near-common card from the 1950s held an important, yet trivial, place in my collection.

My 1954 Bowman card of Eddie Yost, a third baseman for the Washington Senators, was the oldest card in my collection for years — a seemingly random purchase for pocket change at the Talkin’ Baseball store in Billings, Mont., circa 1989.

While my buddies were busy stashing Rated Rookies of Tom “Flash” Gordon and some guy named Ken Griffey Jr. in bulk, I found it more interesting to explore older cards that were cheaper and seemed less plentiful. But mostly cheaper.

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Yet one more reason to love game-used bats

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret that baseball players can be a superstitious, ritualistic and detail-oriented bunch.

After all, when you play 162 games a season you have to try and keep things as simple as possible.

Where that is often seen for collectors are with game-used bats where players mark them certain ways, tape them or pin tar them in certain spots or even simply in what models and colors they use for some at-bats but not others.

But, according to a New York Times story Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki takes it a step farther.

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