Monthly Archives: October 2012

First look: Panini’s 2012 Crown Royale Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

What works in one product could work in another, and Panini America is taking that chance.

Panini’s Choice autographed die-cuts debut in football when 2012 Crown Royale releases in December.

The Panini’s Choice autographed inserts were originally found in 2012 Preferred Basketball. The cards will have Gold, Blue, Purple and Green parallels.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Update baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into 2012 Topps Update in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Beckett By The Numbers: 2012 Topps Triple Threads

 

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2012 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com with the newest prospects, some of baseball’s hottest rookies and more. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer  — and see even more — after the jump.

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Win a dual signed Whitey Ford/Phil Rizzuto card

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Bowman Chrome

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some new 2012 Bowman Chrome packs in this latest Ripping Retail video.

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Topps’ Heritage Update set to arrive Nov. 6

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Pre-ordering for the ShopTopps.com-exclusive 2012 Topps Heritage High Number set has begun today, its originally announced date, but the sets will not begin shipping until Nov. 6, according to the company.

While a checklist was not yet released by Topps, the sets will cost $99.95 on the company’s website and one previously unannounced feature also will be found inside the sets.

There will be red-ink autographs limited to just 10 copies among the autographs that will be seeded one per set. In addition, Topps has announced that only 1,000 sets will be made.

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Panini’s 2012 Certified Football is live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The latest football product, 2012 Panini Certified, released this week.

The product features 10 packs per box with five cards in each pack. There are four hits in every box with at least one autograph.

Much like the most of the 2012 products, rookies highlight 2012 Certified with Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck taking up most of the attention.

Certified has slowly made its way on to eBay.

Here are some of the most popular auctions on the site to give you an idea of what Certified looks like. Tell us what you think in the comments.

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DC Comics’ Batman gets another card set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the most iconic superheroes will get a new trading card set. After all the dark and mysterious vigilante has done, it’s the least Cryptozoic could do for him.

DC Comics Batman: The Legend Trading Cards is scheduled to come out this winter The five-card packs will be in hobby and retail stores.

The 61-card base set will feature Gotham City’s supervillians and some of Batman’s allies.

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Rittenhouse brings original Spider-Man television series to cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The 1967 Spider-Man series brought the superhero to television for the first time.

Children and comic books fans saw Spider-Man swinging between buildings and taking down the bad guys in motion.

Rittenhouse Archives is bringing the original series to cards in January. It will offer a nine-card series of lenticular/motion cards based on the animated cartoon.

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Win a Kevin Durant National Treasures card

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Bob Knight’s championship rings, Olympic gold medal hit the auction block

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports is including memorabilia from one of college basketball’s most legendary  figures in its Perfect 25 Anniversary Auction, which opened today.

Steiner has procured items from college basketball coach Bob Knight’s career, including championship rings and an Olympic gold medal.

The headline item of the auction is former New York Yankee Don Larsen’s uniform from the World Series perfect game.

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Game-used: You may never know that it’s real

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

A few years ago, I picked up a somewhat obscure  game-used jersey of my favorite player, Nick Swisher, and I can’t prove without a shadow of a doubt that it was used.

I repeat … can’t.

I’ve done some research but I still can’t prove without a shadow of a doubt that it’s real. And you know what? I’m OK with that.

It’s a white 2001 USA Baseball jersey, and it’s not got a single statement of authentication to go with it — but I do know, to a degree, its path into my hands. I picked it up on eBay through someone who bought it in a bulk lot from an auction house where it was consigned as part of an even bigger lot back in 2009.

So, naturally, what did I do back in June when its buddy, a matching blue jersey, popped up on eBay from the same collector/seller?

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Exquisite Collection

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Exquisite Collection boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oh, and how can that dual autograph be yours? Check out an upcoming issue of Beckett Basketball for the details.

Olds’ Hobby Mailday: Oct. 16 edition

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Just for fun, Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on Checkoutmycards.com.

What did he buy? How many of the cards were Swishers? Watch and find out …

Post Cereal bringing back hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Post Cereal has a long history of making trading cards, especially in hockey.

The food company is bringing cards back to the sport, becoming an official partner with the Canadian Hockey League, the league announced Monday.

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ITG shows off skate lace cards in Superlative III

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Seems the latest trend for this year’s hockey products is laces.

First, Panini hit collectors with jersey laces. Now, In The Game is bringing skate laces to collectors in Superlative III.

Superlative Laces features skate laces from a number of different players such as Jean Beliveau, Pavel Bure, King Clancy (which looks like a leather lace) and Tim Horton.

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Panini previews 2012-13 Titanium Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Titanium is back for a second year under the Panini America umbrella.

The five-pack box will feature a hit in every pack with at least one autograph.

Collectors can currently expect to see 2012-13 Titanium on the shelves in late January.

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Win a Ryne Sandberg autographed jersey card

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Ravens lose Ray Lewis for season, maybe longer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Baltimore Ravens received tough news about their defense.

They will be without Ray Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Who knows if he ever suits up again?

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Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Polarizing pair’s autos to hit block via Pristine

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A dual cut autograph featuring signatures of two of baseball’s more-polarizing figures will hit the auction block later this month.

A Pete Rose-Joe Jackson cut from the 2012 Historic Autographs Why the Hall Not? series will be sold through Phoenix, Ariz.-based Pristine Auction on Nov. 7.

Rose and Jackson both appear on MLB’s Ineligible List for their ties to gambling scandals. Rose, who admitted gambling on baseball while a manager, and Jackson, who was one of the eight players banned from baseball as part of the 1919 Black Sox scandal to throw the World Series, cannot appear on MLB-licensed card products.

While Rose is a prolific signer, Jackson’s autographs are limited because he was believed to be illiterate for much of his life, only learning to sign his name in his later years.

The auction opens on Oct. 25.

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.

Upper Deck packs plenty of Michael Jordan autographs into upcoming Exquisite Collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

When Upper Deck‘s 2011-12 Exquisite Collection basketball card set arrives this week, it will include plenty of fresh air.

Plenty of fresh air Jordan autographs, actually.

The in-demand autographs of the company’s spokesman, Michael Jordan, will be found seemingly often inside the boxes of the high-end, $500-per-pack product.

How many cards did he sign?

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Panini signs Andrew Luck to exclusive autograph, memorabilia deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America has added another star to its lineup.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has signed an exclusive multi-year autograph and memorabilia deal to its Panini Authentic division. Luck is the first NFL player to reach an exclusive deal with Panini Authentic, joining NBA stars Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Signed helmets, jerseys and photographs of Luck will only be available exclusively through the Panini Authentic website.

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NFL Week 6: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The sixth week of the NFL season was highlighted by the rookies. Everyone was essentially talking about Robert Griffin III on Sunday with a small dose of Russell Wilson beating the New England Patriots.

However, there were other performances this week that certainly stood out.

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Win a Kasey Kahne autograph

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Topps announces Star Wars printing plate set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

NEW YORK CITY | Stars Wars Galactic Files recently made its release as the most comprehensive Star Wars trading card sets out there.

But the Topps isn’t done with the line.

Topps is producing Stars Wars Galactic Files Deluxe Print Plate Box Set, it announced at New York Comic Con this weekend. Topps took pre-orders for the $499 box at the New York City convention.

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My Little Pony cards draw big interest

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

NEW YORK CITY | When the television show My Little Pony made a comeback in 2010, not many could have predicted what happened next. The show didn’t just cater to children who loved cartoons, but somehow found a passionate audience of adult viewers.

Many of these viewers did more than just watch the show – they wanted collectibles.

The passion was apparent this weekend at the EnterPlay booth at New York Comic Con. EnterPlay designs and manufactures collectibles including My Little Pony trading cards. The company sold an exclusive poster at the booth, and there was a line to get it throughout the weekend.

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A contest for MMA fans

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First look: 2012 Contenders Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Contenders is celebrating a big birthday this season. The now-Panini product is turning the big 2-0!

That’s right, Contenders has been a part of the football trading cards since 1993. And it’s still going strong.

The next edition of Contenders (24 five-card packs) is scheduled for a January release with the product showing off its history.

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Ripping Retail: Excell Baseball Home Run Cube

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into an Excell Home Run Cube in this latest Ripping Retail video.

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First look: Upper Deck 2012-13 SP Game Used Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Memories of the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Finals will live on through an Upper Deck product.

The newest version of 2012-13 SP Game Used Edition will feature memorabilia from the Stanley Cup Finals, including pieces from the nets in Games 3, 4 and 6. Net pieces will include cords, skirts (which are signed) and the NHL shield.

Sounds pretty exciting for Los Angeles Kings fans.

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Gallery: New York Comic Con

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

New York City will be filled with some of the wackiest, craziest and absurd people and costumes this weekend.

No, this isn’t a normal weekend in the Big Apple, but the four-day New York Comic Con.

Fans of comics, video games or just about anything you could imagine dressed up as their favorite characters from the Scooby Doo troupe to Super Mario to the Power Rangers.

A couple of card companies were at NY Comic Con showing off non-sports products, and we will have some news from the show.

But here’s a little primer, a gallery of pictures from the New York Comic Con.

Enjoy!

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Beckett 20 Questions: Collecting game-used

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is in production, and it’s  going to focus on all things game-used memorabilia.

From game-used cards to the ins and outs of the game-used market, we’re aiming to touch on what matters most to collectors and we want to know what you think beyond your buying habits when it comes to game-used.

Here, we present 20 questions on the topic — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for. We’ll present some of your comments and the voting results in the next issue.

1. Which company made the first sports memorabilia card back in 1996?

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2. Do you consider a preseason, exhibition or coach jersey to be game-used?

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The next Panini Authentic NBA player will be …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America will announce a new NBA player in its Panini Authentic lineup  on Monday, someone who is big enough his memorabilia will be showcased alongside the stars you see above.

While our money is on Derrick Rose — but that’s just a guess — we want to know who you think it will be.

Tell us in the comments below.

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

Win a Guy LaFleur autographed jersey card

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Today’s prize: 2010-11 SP Authentic Limited Autographd Patches Guy LaFleur /25

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