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Monthly Archives: October 2012

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.

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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.

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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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MeiGray President explains NHL patch card from locked out season

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes a card is pulled that could surprise collectors. We’re not talking about the monster hit kind of surprise – although this card falls into that category – but a card that gets collectors wondering what’s going on here.

Clouts N’ Chara Sports Cards, a popular card shop that does breaks on blog.tv, opened a box of 2011-12 Panini Prime and pulled a Ryan Miller 1/1 patch card.

The patch featured a MeiGray Group game-worn authenticity patch with a serial number from the 2004-05 season.

Many hockey collectors immediately saw a problem.

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Win a box of 2011-12 SP Authentic Hockey

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: 2011-12 SP Authentic hobby box

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McFarlane Toys readies Yu Darvish debut figure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

His season ended a bit earlier than some might have hoped, but Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will make one more start this year.

He’ll start arriving in mailboxes when a McFarlane Toys Collectors Club-exclusive SportsPicks figure ships next month.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Panini Americana

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Press Pass Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is getting ready for the 2013 racing season. Its flagship product comes out next month with new additions, inserts and memorabilia.

Press Pass is offering two race-used in every box of 2013 Racing for the first time in the product’s history.

Those hits could include race-used tires, letters patches from manufacturers, lug nuts, sheet metal, fire suits and more.

Press Pass Racing will feature six cards per pack and 30 packs in a box, and to come out November 21.

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Panini revisits the John Elway Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Not much needs to be added about John Elway, one of the best quarterbacks of a generation.

Perhaps all that needs to be out there is in the cards.

Panini America released the John Elway Collection as part of 2012 Certified. The collection consists of five cards dedicated to the Denver Broncos two-time Super Bowl champion.

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Auction Watch: An Exquisite auction

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The newest edition of Exquisite Collection has arrived but there’s a past card from the high-end line that’s getting plenty of attention right now on the auction block.

With nearly a week to go, a 2009-10 Exquisite Collection All-NBA Access Dual Logos Autographs card of Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird is on eBay and already generating big bucks (presuming the bids are legit).

How much is it so far? Click here to find out … and then tell us what you think with the poll below or in the comments.

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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.

 

Topps Strata sneak peek with Robert Griffin III

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Strata will make its appearance soon, and Robert Griffin III collectors might want to start saving their money.

A couple of cards trickled into Topps featuring the Washington Redskins quarterback.

So less writing, more pictures.

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Win a Beckett subscription to your favorite sport

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: Dynamic Duo Subscription: One-year magazine and online price guide subscription to the sport of your choice.

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Cool cards, cool prices: Five memorabilia cards that won’t break the bank

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all know that not all game-used memorabilia cards are made alike.

After all, there only so many patches or tags on a uniform and there’s not an endless supply of certain players’ jersey swatches to go around – no matter how long they play or whether they are Sabathia-sized.

But memorabilia cards can be cool without being expensive, too, and here are five memorabilia cards that will cost you far less than $100 to own. In fact, $100 or less will get you all of them … and you’ll probably have a few bucks left over for a few more mem cards – or maybe even a CC-style lunch.

Chasing Joe Willie
2011 Timeless Treasures Changing Stripes #14 Joe Namath /249, $25 (or less)
If you collect members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame or legendary quarterbacks, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you have a Joe Namath game-used jersey card in your stash. What you might not find? A Namath card with a Los Angeles Rams jersey, and that’s where he finished his career with a one-year stop in 1977. This card? It has both.

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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

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 SP Signature Pride of a Nation Combo Signatures #USANY Whitey Ford/Phil Rizzuto /10

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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.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …