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Monthly Archives: November 2012

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.

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 …