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Monthly Archives: November 2012

ITG previews 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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Beckett 20 Questions … on 2012 Topps Five Star


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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?

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See the remaining questions after the jump.

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Beckett to host JSA session in Dallas on Jan. 5

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

Beckett.com By The Numbers: 2012 Topps Five Star


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Chasing the white whales in Triple Threads

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Your Turn (Beckett Baseball 83): 2012 Topps Five Star … would you buy if you could buy?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

High-risk, high-reward.

That phrase sums up high-end wax boxes, and the latest example of that arrived recently with 2012 Topps Five Star.

In the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ll be looking at the ins and outs of the historic release from Topps — the most-expensive Topps baseball product ever made at $500 (or less) for a single pack.

We know it’s not for everybody, but we simple want to know … If you could buy it, would you buy it?  … Or, if you did, how did you do? (Click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG.)

Tell us in the comments below. Please include your name and location with your comment. We’ll run a selection of the best answers — perhaps the most-constructive ones —  in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

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.

A look at Colin Kaepernick on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

With Alex Smith becoming the player many thought he should have been, Colin Kaepernick wasn’t expected to get much playing time in San Francisco.

Unless …

Well, unless became a concussion followed by a quarterback controversy.

Kaepernick has started two weeks in a row for the 8-2-1 San Francisco 49ers. He had one great start followed by another good one, allowing the QB dilemma to hold for another week.

On Sunday, the second-year player completed 16-of-25 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. The week before, he completed 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards and two TDs in a 32-7 win over Chicago.

Kaepernick is a player collectors should watch.

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First look: 2012-13 Panini basketball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The flagship is back on the hardwood.

Panini America‘s basic Panini line of basketball cards hasn’t been seen since 2009-10 but it’s back for this season after the company unveiled the first glimpses of the brand on Monday.

Set to arrive in late-February, it will include a 300-card base set along with 60 rookie autographs and plenty more. Each 24-pack hobby box will include two autographs.

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Trout, Harper headline Topps Rookie All-Star team

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Eleven baseball players have been honored and next year their baseball cards will be enhanced.

Topps announced its 54th-annual Rookie All-Star Team on Monday and it includes both 2012 Rookies of the Year, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, as well as the other four finalists for the award. Each of their 2013 baseball cards will include a Rookie All-Star trophy, a feature that regularly appeared on Topps cards since the first winners, the 1959 class that included Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, made their debuts in the 1960 Topps set.

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Week 12: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

It’s that time of the week again – looking at most of Week 12’s games to hand out the weekly awards, and perhaps find a few key players to put on your radar.

Veteran of the Week
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans – Johnson was a strong contender for the award last week. However, we couldn’t pass up on him again after his performance in Houston’s 34-31 overtime win over Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Johnson had nine catches for 188 yards, after coming off a 273-yard game last week. His two-game mark is the best back-to-back yardage total by a WR in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Steiner auctions jerseys from Operation Hat Trick

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

ATLANTIC CITY | Hockey fans were loud and clear on Saturday night.

“We want hockey,” rang through the building at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Operation Hat Trick was in effect, an exhibition game to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

While the fans attended for charity, many came just to get a feel for hockey again. The NHL has been in a lockout and games have been cancelled through mid-December, including the All-Star Festivities and the Winter Classic.

“I’m happy to have hockey back in my life,” said Jocelyn Maldonado, a Philadelphia Flyers fan. “I’m going to need more after this, much more”

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By the numbers: 2012 Topps Chrome Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Chrome Football is one of the most popular products of the year. The 2012 product has seen tens of thousands of auctions on eBay.

As of Tuesday morning, there were already more than 47,000 closed auctions on eBay and purchases on the Beckett Marketplace causing Dan Hitt, a senior analyst at Beckett, to speculate that this is one of the most broken football card releases of all time.

Beckett has updated 2012 Topps Chrome Football in its Online Price Guide with HI and LOW values for Rookie Cards, parallels, autograph cards and more.

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Free Price Wednesday: Chris Kreider in Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Prices for Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey has been updated in Beckett’s online pride guide.

The most popular cards from the set are the Young Guns and the UD Canvas Young Guns.

Seems like good timing to have Upper Deck in the system, especially with the return of Free Price Wednesday.

Every Wednesday, we’ll look at a popular card, player or set and show values from Beckett’s OPG.

One card that jumps out from the Young Guns subset is New York Rangers Chris Kreider. His Rookie Card currently has a value of $20-$40 in the Beckett OPG. Kreider’s canvas card jumps to $25-$50.

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NFL’s top rookies spreading holiday cheer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is doing its part to spread holiday cheer this season. It got Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson to don Christmas hats for special holiday-themed memorabilia cards.

The only way to get these cards is in Panini’s Black Friday promotion.

The 2012 NFL rookies wore hats specific to each player’s team. Luck’s hat has a bit more blue in it while RG3’s hat has that Redskins maroon color.

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Autographed handprint cards coming to Triple Threads Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

There’s something new this week with 2012 Topps Triple Threads – oversized autographed handprint cards.

Not new to Topps, but certainly a new element in football that will be included in one of Topps’ high-end products.

“We put a special Cal Ripken “Touched by Greatness” card in Archives Baseball that created much buzz,” Topps said in a press release. “The card included Cal’s autograph as well an impression of his actual inked handprint. We are now ready to blow this idea up and go Prime Time with our NFL products.”

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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.


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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