Monthly Archives: November 2012

This $200 Ty Cobb card could be yours … if you submit your SuperCollector info

Update: Deadline is extended … we want your entries!

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If there’s one thing I’ve come to  appreciate more and more over the last few years at Beckett Media, it’s the tales of collectors — specifically, those of SuperCollectors who clearly are so focused on their niche that only one word applies.

Insanity.

And it’s a good thing. Imagine my thoughts today as I dipped into the SuperCollector mailbag and saw that we didn’t really have too many new and amazing entries piled up from the last few weeks.

I did the only sane thing I should do … I went and found this 2012 Topps Museum Collection Primary Pieces Ty Cobb card — one of just 25 made — and am randomly giving it away to one SuperCollector who submits all the necessary info between now and Feb. 1.

The card is an impressive one — the last selling for $210 on eBay — and we’ll make sure it’s in someone’s hands … as long as they submit their info about their collection.

How can it be yours? Read the instructions on submitting your SuperCollector info (any sport, any player, any niche)  … after the jump.

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First look: Wacky Packages All-New Series 10

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cap’n Crud, Gadzooka Bubble Gum and Band-Aches, all ways Wacky Packages have turned familiar household brands into jokes.

Topps is back with the iconic brand, Wacky Packages All-New Series 10, releasing on March 13.

For those that have never heard of Wacky Packages, it makes fun of mainstream brands from food products to video games and television shows to phone apps.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Five Star baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they explore a box of 2012 Topps Five Star in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

(Click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG.)

Baseball News & Notes: Panini’s first USA set arrives, Black Friday, you can be in Gypsy Queen

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Some news nuggets heading into a holiday weekend …

Panini America‘s USA Baseball boxed set — its first with the license — arrives today. It will include 62 base cards featuring the 2012 Collegiate National Team, 18U and 15U squads, too. Each $100 (or so) set also will include seven autographs and two memorabilia cards. Among the notables are Cavan Biggio, son of future Hall of Famer Craig.

Topps wants you to be in 2013 Gypsy Queen — on a baseball card. As part of an online promotion on its Facebook page, the baseball card maker will be taking submissions from collectors telling them why they should be a Gypsy King or Gypsy Queen in the 2013 set. Visit its Facebook page for more information. All entries must be received by Friday and a winner will be selected on Tuesday.

Panini America has released its list of dealers who will have its Black Friday packs available as part of the company’s promotion. Click here to view the list.

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.

 

First look: 2013 Topps WWE wrestling cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The march to WrestleMania XXIX on April 7 will include cards.

Topps wrestling cards.

The lone licensee of WWE trading cards unveiled its plans for 2013 on Tuesday with 2013 Topps WWE, which is set to arrive on March 13.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include two hits — autographs or Relics — with a $1.99 suggested retail price per pack. Autographs will be found one in every other box, while there also will be Triple Relics, Diva Kiss cards (200 total) and 1/1 printing plates to be found.

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FIRST LOOK: Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The gross, nasty and strange are back for another edition, and we couldn’t be happier.

Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2 is coming out in March with more explosions, mockery and silly nicknames.

Topps released a new series of GPK this year, taking on many incidents from pop culture such as The Jersey Shore and the police officer who blasted college students with tear gas.

“The Brand New Series platform has broadened fan appeal and rejuvenated Garbage Pail Kids by shifting away from over-the-top shock value, and moving towards endearing characters and varied humor,” Topps wrote in a release.

In 2013, the company will put out two new series.

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Upper Deck adds rookie redemptions to Series 1

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Working around a sports work stoppage could be difficult for card companies as they try to find the right mix of veterans and rookies to make a compelling product for collectors.

Hockey can be a bit difficult, specifically because the companies have to abide by a specific rule.

A player can only appear on a card if he has played in an NHL game. That means top draft picks won’t be in any product, no matter how badly dealers need them to move hockey off their shelves.

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UPDATE: Upper Deck announces SP info for GTS, Universal cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

GTS and Universal are giving hockey collectors a chance for exclusive cards.

GTS, U.S. distributor, and Universal, a Canadian distributor,  partnered with Upper Deck to create a 30-card set featuring players such as Chris Kreider, Steven Stamkos and Alexander Ovechkin, with the opportunity to get gold foil parallels and autographs.

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Week 11: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

There was a lot of extra football this week with three games going into overtime on Sunday, which led to some inflated statistics.

However, many of the best teams pulled ahead solidifying their spots in the league.

Let’s look at the awards for Week 11.

Veteran of the Week
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texas: Schaub was one of the players who wound up in overtime, but he out-threw the rest of the quarterbacks in the league this week by about 170 yards. The veteran completed 43-of-55 passes for 527 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 43-37 win over Jacksonville in over time.

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Winnie Cooper gets an auto in Big Bang Theory set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television.

However, the autographs in Cryptozoic’s upcoming product for the third and fourth seasons of the show could be popular with collectors.

The autograph subset doesn’t just feature the main cast members, which would make for a fun chase on its own, but celebrities and sports stars as well.

We’re talking autographs from Winnie Cooper and Wesley Crusher here.

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Collecting Panini packs on Black Friday

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This week everyone is planning for Thanksgiving. Spending time with family and eating plenty of food. But many also use this week for some strategizing.

Black Friday has essentially become a national holiday, planning store runs, waiting in front of stores in the wee hours of the morning and buying as many presents as people can fit in their cars.

Panini is making it a day for collectors as well.

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Supply, demand, baseball cards … and Twinkies

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Just in case you haven’t heard, Twinkies have, at least for now, met their maker.

The impending doom, err news, has sparked a run on Twinkies perhaps not seen like any other — or at least not since Tallahassee in Zombieland.

No, really. Here’s Westland, Mich. Here’s another. And they are not alone.

Oh, and eBay? You don’t even want to look at that. Or this. Or even this where it’s listing after listing after listing … it’s quite the sight to see.

But, on a more serious note, what you might not know is that Hostess — the maker of Twinkies — and baseball cards go hand in hand dating back to the mid-1970s.

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Box Busters: 2012 Panini Signature Series baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into 2012 Panini Signature Series in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Panini Cooperstown in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

(Yep, this video is reversed … now you know how Dale Murphy felt in 1989! — Olds)

Box Busters: 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Prime Signatures football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Prime Signatures boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Certified hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012-13 Certified boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass SportsTown football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pack of 2012 Press Pass SportsTown in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass racing in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters Preview: 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulguraj rips open a box of 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1.

Want to know what Young Guns she pulled? Watch the video and find out.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Hockey. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.

First look: 2013 Topps Opening Day baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Opening Day is Feb. 6.

Well, at least opening say for 2013 Topps Opening Day baseball cards.

Topps unveiled the first looks at the long-running retail-friendly brand on Thursday with many of the staples of the past but also one interesting new inclusion — Mascot Autographs.

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First look: 2013 Topps MLB sticker collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The stickers are sticking around.

Topps unveiled the newest edition of its MLB Sticker Collection, and it’s a grouping that includes 315 stickers of star players, team logos, mascots and legends from the past.

For 2013, each album will include six free stickers to get collectors started. The players included in the album will be Andre Ethier, Cole Hamels, Jason heyward, Manny Machado, Brandon Phillips and Mark Trumbo.

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Looking for color in 2012 Topps Chrome Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Chrome and color parallels go together. The more color, the better the box – at least that’s how many collectors feel.

Since last week’s release of 2012 Topps Chrome Football, colored parallels have slowly made their out of packs into collectors’ hands.

The most popular parallels in 2012 Topps Chrome Football seem to be Black, Gold and Red, numbered to 25, 10 and five, respectively. Obviously, the low numbering has a lot to do with the collectability of the cards.

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Gallery: 2012 Topps Five Star on eBay (Day 1)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Whether one can afford it or not, the $500-per-pack 2012 Five Star baseball card set from Topps is getting broken.

A lot.

In roughly 24 hours since its early arrival on the eBay auction block, there are nearly 2,000 lots on the site and counting along with another 700-plus completeds for the product as a whole. When you consider how few cards are in a box, that’s a lot of boxes ripped … on Day 1 of release. (Click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG.)

Here’s a gallery of some cards that stood out from those available on the auction block … so far.

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Box Busters Preview II: 2012 Panini Cooperstown

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into another box of 2012 Cooperstown from Panini America after a vintage grab bag from Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas as an opening act.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Premier

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Marvel Premier from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Photo guide: 2012 Topps Chrome base rookie variations

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors might have found cards with different pictures of certain rookies in 2012 Topps Chrome Football.

Topps released 25 rookie base cards photo variations.

To make it easier to tell the cards apart, we’ve put together a photo guide. The cards on the left are the photo variants and the cards on the right are the base card pictures.

Check out the gallery below.

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Dale Earnhardt buy back autos in Press Pass Power Packs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass introduced its Power Pack program last year where the company offered bonus packs with exclusive content to customers.

The packs contained the Power Pick set, autograph buy backs, memorabilia cards and instant win prizes.

Press Pass has released a new Power Pick set for 2013. Some of these packs can be found in 2013 Press Pass Racing, but can also be obtained through local hobby shops.

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Five baseball card trades Jeffrey Loria would make

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

He did it again, and the photo on Jeffrey Loria‘s 2004 Topps Fan Favorites (insert joke here) card shows you precisely how many Florida Marlins fans are left.

A year after the team put the finishing touches on a publicly financed new $600-milion stadium and signed big-time free agents Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle while making overtures to Albert Pujols, the Marlins owner apparently did what he’s known to do best. He signed off on trading long-time ace Josh Johnson, Reyes, Beuhrle and more to the Toronto Blue Jays for … a box of rocks and two popsicle sticks (go watch SportsCenter for the details until it’s finalized).

He’s Mr. Firesale  — this isn’t the first time — and that got me thinking … what other baseball trades might Loria make?

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Do you have what it takes to be a member of the Topps Five Star Club?

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First comes the $500 pack, next comes the $10,000 club.

With the arrival of the most-expensive baseball card set in Topps history tomorrow in 2012 Topps Five Star, the company released details of its Five Star Club, which is “an elite club for our most passionate collectors.”

Membership is free, but as part of the application process one must present evidence of spending $10,000 a year on Topps product either via receipts or a statement from one’s hobby shop owner.

Those selected to be in the club will receive a personalized membership card, exclusive autograph cards every quarter, exclusive Five Star parallel cards for football and baseball, be able to participate in quarterly calls with Topps employees and receive VIP status at selected national events. There also will be exclusive contests for members.

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Beckett 20 questions … auction block curiosities

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The auction block has changed you.

Whether it’s eBay or an auction house with sales you don’t have to attend in-person, the auction block has probably shaped more collections than we can imagine. That card you finally tracked down on eBay? You may not even be the second owner. That 1969 Topps set you finally finished? Hundreds of those cards could have changed hands many times — sometimes possibly at auction. (Oh, and we won’t even dwell on all you wax-busting burgeoning auctioneers … )

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re looking at auctions — some of the cool (and weird) stuff sold, some of the notable dealers and more As part of that package, our new tradition of 20 Questions will be included — tell us what you think, starting below and with a comment if you need to, too.

1. Which of these sales is real?

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2. How vital have auctions been to your collection?

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Topps wants you to take the Bowman Prospect Challenge, which arrives later this month

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps wants prospectors to show off a bit more than their Chrome rainbows.

It wants to see how much they know about the players.

The company announced Tuesday that it will launch the Bowman Prospect Challenge in 2012 Bowman Draft, which arrives later this month.

The code cards will allow those who find them to unlock four prospects, one of which will be chosen to play for one of 10 monthly prizes that will include autographed Bowman cards at this link and a season-long grand prize with 150 exclusive Bowman Victory autograph cards of other top prospects.

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Box Buster Preview & Giveaway: 2012-13 Panini Certified Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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Check out what Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj gets in a box of 2012-13 Certified Hockey.

Also, want to win Panini promo packs from the 2012 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo? Check out the entry form below to see how you could enter to win five unopened packs. Contest ends Friday.

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Preview gallery: 2012 Topps Five Star baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ foray into the ultra-high-end baseball card market officially arrives tomorrow with 2012 Topps Five Star. 

While there will be all kinds of outrageous inclusions inside, only one pack’s worth of the cards (minus a jumbo Relic) have arrived on the eBay auction block early … so far.

The thick stock appears that it might be chipping prone based on the un-cropped photos on just a few cards from the $500 packs, but we’ll have to wait and see for more to arrive on the block.

For now, check out a gallery of actual card images — which we’ll add to throughout the week — after the jump.

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Youth is king: Mike Trout and Bryce Harper win AL and NL Rookie of Year awards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Rookie of the Year voting is over and two hobby mainstays of this season took home the awards.

In the American League, 21-year-old Angels outfielder Mike Trout won via unanimous vote becoming the youngest ROY in AL history.

Meanwhile, over in the National League, 20-year-old Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper became the second-youngest Rookie of the Year in MLB history and the youngest position player to pick up the honor.

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