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Monthly Archives: November 2012

First look: 2012-13 Panini Preferred basketball

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.

Rookie Cards.

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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Upper Deck previews 2012 SP Game Used Golf

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.

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NHLPA addresses Devante Smith-Pelly’s stamped autograph cards

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.”

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Steiner Sports auctions items for Sandy victims

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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Early analysis: 2012 Prime Cuts baseball checklist

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.

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Upper Deck offers exclusive promos for Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Prime Cuts + win a box

 

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.

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Vin Scully’s first certified autograph in demand

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Box Busters Preview: 2012 Topps Triple Threads Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj rips open a box of 2012 Topps Triple Threads Football.

Want to know what she got? Watch the video!

Free Price Wednesday: A look at Robert Griffin III’s Rookie Cards

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.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Heritage WWE cards

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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 …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Totally Certified basketball

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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 …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Prizm basketball

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Chrome football cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Predicting the Baseball Hall of Fame vote … and you can cast your own ballot here

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

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.

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Wil Wheaton auctions Star Trek card for charity

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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?

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Topps Five Star Football box will also be a display case

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Sporting News set hits auction block on Friday

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Swiss hockey league cards to feature locked out NHL players

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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Bryce Brown breaks out on Monday Night Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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?”

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