Posted on November 30, 2012 – 10:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012-13 Panini Preferred, NBA, Panini America, Panini Preferred | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
The sophomore season for Preferred will include something that many collectors prefer and that wasn’t around in its rookie year.
Panini America unveiled the first looks at 2012-13 Panini Preferred on Friday and the biggest difference this season will be RCs as last year’s release didn’t include any first-time players.
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Posted on November 30, 2012 – 7:17 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Sports | 2012 SP Game Used Golf, Arnold Palmer, featured, Jack Nicklaus, Morgan Pressel, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Golf was lacking from the hobby for many years. However, Upper Deck is bringing it back in a big way.
The company released images of 2012 SP Game Used Golf featuring an autograph and a memorabilia card in every pack.
Posted on November 30, 2012 – 4:08 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | Devante Smith-Pelly, featured, NHLPA, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (14)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Some collectors realized many of Anaheim Ducks Devante Smith-Pelly’s recent autograph cards were stamped and not actually signed by the player.
The NHL Players Association learned of the mistake and is working with Smith-Pelly, Upper Deck and Panini to fix the issue.
“It turns out he did stamp the cards, it affects five products,” said Adam Larry, director of licensing for the NHLPA. “It was just an error in judgment. There wasn’t any bad intention on his behalf.”
Posted on November 30, 2012 – 1:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Auction News, Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | Brandon Steiner, Corey Perry, Henrik Lundqvist, Hurricane Sandy, Operation Hat Trick, Steiner Sports | Comments (0)
Brandon Steiner was fortunate enough not to be directly affected by Hurricane Sandy went it slammed into the northeast about a month ago.
However, the owner of Steiner Sports still felt it.
His brother lives in Breezy Point, a waterfront section of Queens leveled by the storm. Friends, cousins, employees all dealt with the aftermath with losing power, possessions and patience.
Steiner has been helping the best way he knows how. The company has held auctions to raise money for relief funds to for victims of the storm.
“I know there are a lot of people struggling,” Brandon Steiner said.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 8:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts, 2012 Prime Cuts, autographs, bat barrels, Bryce Harper, Hall of Fame, mike trout, MLBPA, Panini America, USA Baseball | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
With 2012 Prime Cuts arriving Friday from Panini America, we got our first glimpses at the final checklist for the high-end product. Here’s a notebook-style rundown look at some of what it includes, according to information released by the company.
Harper’s here …
The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, Bryce Harper, can be found on his first Panini memorabilia cards in Prime Cuts. He’ll have five Century Gold cards, a 1/1 Century Platinum, 49 Century Silver and 99 standard jersey cards. … While the product is chock-full of retired and Hall of Fame players, there is a crop of rookie autographs and USA Baseball players in the product. Signed USA Baseball jerseys will be numbered out of 199, while some rookies will be numbered to 199 but most are out of 149. Nearly all other cards in the product are limited to 99 or fewer copies. … AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout will have approximately 200 memorabilia cards and fewer than 20 autographs in Prime Cuts.
Batty for barrels
There will be 25 1/1 bat barrel cards to be found in the Barrel Up set, a lineup that includes current stars such as Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Matt Kemp alongside legends such as Stan Musial, Kirby Puckett, Rickey Henderson and Roberto Clemente.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 6:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories, World Of Sports | 2013 Industry Summit, LeBron James, Robert Griffin III, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Retailers signing up early for the 2013 Industry Summit will get three exclusive cards from Upper Deck.
The company has made cards commemorating the launch of UD Infinite, which can only be found as part of a credit card reward system.
The Industry Summit cards will feature Tiger Woods, Lebron James and Robert Griffin III, and are numbered to just 150 each. Retailers can expect them in early 2013 as an advanced gift for signing up for the Summit.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 5:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts, 2012 Prime Cuts, autographs, baseball, Boston Red Sox, Hall of Fame, Joe DiMaggio, mike trout, MLBPA, New York Yankees, Panini America, Ted Williams, Vin Scully | Comments (175)
THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
You’re not seeing things … Prime Cuts is back and it arrives tomorrow.
While 2011 Prime Cuts arrived in April, the 2012 version of the popular high-end brand arrives on Friday with a different configuration and a new look for the long-running brand’s second release under the Panini America umbrella.
This time around, it will include just two cards per pack — at least one autographed — for approximately $150.
We’ll have a Box Busters episode right here very soon, but be sure to check out a preview gallery — and find out how you can win a box — after the jump.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 1:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Panini Cooperstown, Cooperstown, Dodgers, Ford C. Frick Award, Los Angeles Dodgers, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Panini America, Vin Scully | Comments (3)
One of the hotter baseball cards on the secondary market these days is one that’s in short supply and features a first-time signer who turns 85 years old today.
It’s the 2012 Panini Cooperstown Signatures card of Vin Scully, who has been the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers longer than many of you out there have been alive — for the last 64 years.
Despite a career with many memorable calls and countless Hall of Fame inductions, including Cooperstown honors in 1982 (video below), there was one thing that Scully had never done before Panini America‘s Hall-focused product — sign an autograph for a card company. Because of that, demand for the 100 cards in the product has been Cooperstown-worthy.
Posted on November 29, 2012 – 11:40 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Triple Threads Football, Beckett Football, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | Comments (0)
Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj rips open a box of 2012 Topps Triple Threads Football.
Want to know what she got? Watch the video!
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 10:48 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Gridiron, Beckett Football, Beckett Price Guide, Free Price Wednesday, Online Price Guide, Robert Griffin III | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Robert Griffin III is one of the hottest players on cards right now.
The Washington Redskins rookie quarterback has lived up to the hype so far with his gun-and-run style of play.
With Free Price Wednesday upon us, here’s a great chance to look at RG3’s cards in the Online Price Guide.
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 10:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | 1985 Topps WWF, 2012 Topps Heritage WWE, C.M. Punk, John Cena, The Rock, Topps, Trish Stratus, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Topps Heritage WWE packs in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 7:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2012-13 Totally Certified, Anthony Davis, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Kyrie Irving, NBA, Panini America | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2012-13 Totally Certified boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 7:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2012-13 Panini Prizm, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, chromium, featured, NBA | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2012-13 Panini Prizm boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 6:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Chrome, Andrew Luck, nfl, Refractors, Robert Griffin III, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Chrome boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 3:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Barry Bonds, Baseball Hall of Fame, BBWAA, Craig Biggio, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame ballot, Hall of Fame vote, Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Mark Ingram, Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa | Comments (22)
Will a time of reflection reflect our complicated times?
That’s the question we’ll get the answer to on Jan. 9, when the latest class of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be unveiled.
This year’s Hall of Fame ballot arrived from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Wednesday with some of the game’s biggest names ever on the ballot — some being players whose statistics eclipsed many others in the record books as they defied age and just kept getting better as their careers progressed.
Now comes the biggest question … yes or no?
Well, if you examine the values of their key baseball cards today vs. a decade ago, you might already have an answer — at least one that reflects how the fans feel. Many values for stars with clouds of suspicion around them are shells of what they were in their prime. Here’s a look at the most-notable players on the ballot when it comes to cardboard. Also, be sure to submit your votes on the ballot below.
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 3:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Auction News, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News | Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wil Wheaton | Comments (3)
Actor Wil Wheaton dug through boxes in his garage when he discovered an old signed Star Trek: The New Generation Card.
Wheaton live tweeted his findings, including the card, which many noticed there was something a bit odd.
Wheaton messed up the signature by writing through his face.
So how did he fix it?
Posted on November 28, 2012 – 11:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Five Star Football | Comments (4)
Five Star Baseball made its mark on the hobby last week, but the idea for the product originated with football.
Topps Five Star Football was a popular high-end release when it came out in 2010. While the next football installment isn’t scheduled to come out for another couple of months, Topps did release news on Five Star.
Collectors always look for ways to showcase their collections from buying frames to making their own displays.
With Five Star Football, Topps is taking out some of the hassle.
Posted on November 27, 2012 – 7:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Auction News, Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | 1916 M101-5, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Jim Thorpe, Joe Jackson, Sporting News, Walter Johnson | Comments (1)
An attic find will soon hit the auction block through Memory Lane Inc.
It’s a high-grade set of 1916 M101-5 blank-back cards, a 200-card release that includes the likes of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Jim Thorpe. The cards, which were originally released as a marking promotion for The Sporting News, open on auction on Friday with bidding running until Dec. 15.
Posted on November 27, 2012 – 5:39 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2012-13 NHL Lockout, John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Rick Nash, Swiss Hockey National League, Tyler Seguin | Comments (1)
As more and more hockey players wind up overseas because of the NHL Lockout, card companies abroad have something new to work with.
The Swiss Hockey National League has benefitted from the lockout by having NHL stars join its teams.
The league includes players such as Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane, New York Rangers Rick Nash, New York Islanders John Tavares and Boston Bruins Tyler Seguin.
Posted on November 27, 2012 – 11:17 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2009 Razor Army All-American Bowl, 2012 Gridiron Football, Beckett Football, Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles | Comments (5)
Sometimes Monday Morning Collector comes a bit too early, a reminder after last night’s football game.
In a battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football, a rookie emerged that hadn’t been talked about since he left high school several years ago.
Bryce Brown, who started for the injured LeSean McCoy, set an Eagles rookie record with 178 yards on 19 carries. He added two touchdowns, but also had two fumbles in the 30-22 loss.
When a game like that happens, usually collectors scurry to find his cards. But really, the first question that came to mind “Did he have any cards?”
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 4:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects, Aaron Ekblad, In The Game, itg | Comments (4)
In The Game’s 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects set is coming together and the company released the first images today.
As the name says, there will be a focus on old and new players, but this time the entire prospect set will feature solely players from the Canadian Hockey League.
The CHL is the governing body of major junior hockey in Canada. It’s widely considered one of the best developmental leagues. That means collectors can expect find players with some great potential.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | 2012 Topps Five Star, Babe Ruth, Beckett 20 Questions, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, featured, Five Star, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, New York Yankees, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (32)
Since its high-end arrival earlier this month, 2012 Topps Five Star — the most expensive pack of Topps baseball cards ever made — has been one that’s generated more drool, more talk and more debate than most products this year.
While the initial wave of cards has been priced (click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG), the impact of this one arguably may not be known for some time. Could it spark more high-end to come? Could a flood of rarities now equal genuine scarcity later? Or, could it be a one-time experiment? Only time will tell.
For now — and for the next issue of Beckett Baseball where we’ll take a look at more from Five Star — here are 20 questions about the $500-per-pack product that we want to hear your answers for. How would you grade it? What did you like? What did you not like? Give us your take on each question — or add a comment if you want at the end.
1. Did you buy any 2012 Topps Five Star wax?
See the remaining questions after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett News, Beckett Updates, News Categories | autographs, Beckett Grading Services, grading, James Spence Authentication | Comments (0)
Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Jan. 5 for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.
The Saturday event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.
Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 1:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett News, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Topps Five Star, Five Star, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
The first wave of auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.
The 2012 Topps Five Star baseball card set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com with plenty of high-end punch — but keep in mind many of those rarities are too rare to price. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer — and see even more — after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 1:46 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Triple Threads, Andrew Luck, Beckett Football, Brock Osweiler, Doug Martin, Eli Manning, Jerry Rice, Justin Blackmon, Nick Foles, printing plates, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, White Whale | Comments (0)
Between turkey, stuffing and Black Friday sales, Topps released 2012 Triple Threads Football last Friday.
For many, the anticipation for the high-end product was high. What names would be used for the 2012 Rookies? What combination would end up on cards together?
An interesting aspect of Triple Threads has been the White Whales, printing plates but with a different name.
Printing plate are collectible as 1-of-1 anyway, but giving it a name synonymous with elusiveness seems to add a different aspect.