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Monthly Archives: November 2012

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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First look: 2012-13 Elite basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

After a year on the basketball card bench because of the NBA lockout, the foilboard is back.

The Elite foilboard, that is.

Panini America unveiled on Monday the first images and basic product information for 2012-13 Elite, which will arrive in February.

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Week 10: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

By the 10th week of the NFL season, many teams have separated themselves in their respective divisions. Most divisions have a clear leader.

Some individuals are beginning to emerge as well.

Here are this week’s awards for Monday Morning Collector.

Veteran of the Week
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: For the second week in a row, Peterson got the nod. The running back is on pace to have a career year.

On Sunday, he ran for 171 yards and touchdown on 27 carries in a 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Peterson is leading the league this year in rushing yards with 1,128, averaging 112.8 yards a game. Peterson is on pace to break 1,800 yards, which hasn’t been done in three years and never by Peterson.

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GALLERY: Scenes from the 2012 Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

There was plenty to see at the 2012 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo this weekend, and plenty people may have missed.

Here’s a photo gallery from the the Fall Expo showcasing cards, memorabilia and some of the strange things going on at the show.

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Hockey is not dead at the Toronto Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

MISSISSAGUA – Hockey isn’t dead – at least not in Canada.

Hockey collectors and dealer turned up at the 2012 Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo. They found plenty of people talking about Canadians favorite sport, even if the NHL is in a lockout.

Each morning of the Fall Expo started with a line of people waiting for the doors open. Some had an idea of where they wanted to go and zoomed for those tables when the doors unlocked. Other just wanted to get their early so they didn’t miss anything.

“It’s fun to be here because it lets me enjoy hockey a little bit,” Ralph Slindburg of Kitchener, Ontario said. “We have hockey here with the other leagues, but something is still missing with the NHL not going on.”

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Early analysis: 2012 Topps Five Star checklist

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The final checklist for the first Topps high-end baseball card release, 2012 Five Star, has arrived just days before the $500 per-pack product does.

Interestingly, there are 80 cards listed for the product’s base set — no base set previously was announced or even previewed — and the final details on the per-pack inclusions have not been disclosed other than there will be five autographs or Relics per pack. (Update: One base card per is likely.) There also appear to be parallels for some sets, which aren’t noted on the released checklist. (Click here for a Five Star checklist and OPG.)

But what we do know is that each box was slated to include two autographs (one active player, one retired player), one autographed Relic, one autographed booklet or extra autograph and a jumbo Relic, bat nameplate or bat knob card inside.

(Click here for our preview story with a full gallery and poll questions.)

Get a look at some of the final checklist’s inclusions for the base set and all autograph sets … after the jump.

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