Monthly Archives: November 2012

First look: 2012-13 Elite basketball cards

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

Week 10: Monday Morning Collector

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

GALLERY: Scenes from the 2012 Fall Expo

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

Hockey is not dead at the Toronto Fall Expo

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

Early analysis: 2012 Topps Five Star checklist

We take a look at some of the $500-per-pack product’s final checklists for the base set and autographs.

Mike Trout’s anti-climactic Rookie of the Year win will reaffirm his cardboard surge this summer

Collectors called this one throughout the season as demand for Mike Trout’s cards intensified well before he finished the season as the first rookie in the 30-30 Club.

FALL EXPO: Panini wrapper redemption pack rip

Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj is on location at the 2012 Toronto Fall Expo. She rips open five packs of Panini America promo wrapper redemption packs.

Panini’s Cooperstown includes first baseball cards of first woman elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

If one wants to see the depth of the inclusions in the new 2012 Cooperstown baseball card set from Panini America, one doesn’t need to land a Vin Scully autograph or an Alexander Cartwright card.

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he opens a set of 2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers cards — an online-only release — in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Your Turn (BSCM Auction Issue): What auction block steals or stories do you have?

Do you have any auction steals or stories you can share with collectors? Do you have any treasures you found almost by accident?

Major dealers already readying for Black Friday

It’s one part competition, one part promotion, one part entertainment. It’s Black Friday — and its’ coming in roughly two weeks.

How can this Michael Jordan & Larry Bird auto be yours? Find out in January’s Beckett Basketball

We’re giving away this 2011-12 Exquisite Collection Endorsements Dual Michael Jordan/Larry Bird autograph in the January 2013 issue of Beckett Basketball.

Preview Gallery: Bryce Harper’s 2012 Topps Five Star autograph inscriptions

Bryce Harper’s autograph is one that’s been obsessed about quite a bit in the last few years, but next week it gets even crazier with the arrival of the high-end Topps Five Star brand.

Box Busters Preview: 2012 Panini Cooperstown

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Cooperstown baseball cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Silver Sluggers: A collecting niche to consider

This year’s Silver Sluggers will be unveiled on Thursday during a one-hour special on MLB Network hosted by Greg Amsinger and a guy who knows a thing or two about bats, Billy Ripken.

A look at Alfred Morris’ first Topps autograph

Alfred Morris’ first Topps cards will come out in Blue Wave Refractor redemption packs.

First look: 2012 Panini Playbook Football

Panini’s Playbook is back for a sophomore campaign.

First look: 2012-13 Contenders basketball cards

A season has passed, the patches are gone and Contenders is back.

Beckett By the Numbers: 2012-13 Panini Threads

The 2012-13 Panini Threads basketball card set from Panini America has arrived on

Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Chrome football cards

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Topps Chrome football packs in this latest Ripping Retail video.

Gallery: Presidential cards through history

The presidential election won’t be decided for hours – maybe not until tomorrow – so in the meantime, look at these cards of president and nominees from over the years.

Nelkins find buyer for Sanders/Payton card, update baby plans

Todd and Ula Nelkin were sad the night their well-known eBay auction ended without a sale.

Leaf continues football line with signed jerseys

Leaf has a line products geared toward getting collectors autographs in different ways.

Beckett’s plans for the 2012 Fall Expo

Beckett Media is getting ready for the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto this weekend.

Topps adds bonus to Chrome redemptions; Alfred Morris autos coming

Topps Chrome Football officially releases Friday and the company is promoting the use of on-card autographs.

First look: 2012 Totally Certified Football

Panini America is bringing its video cards back. The HRX Video Trading Cards will appear in 2012 Totally Certified Football, due out in late-February.

Panini offers redemption trade-up at Fall Expo

Panini America will hold its Redemption Trade-Up Program during the 2012 Fall Expo this weekend.

ITG adds contests and autograph guests to Fall Expo

In The Game knows the despair hockey fans are feeling during the lockout. The company is trying to ease the pain by bringing contests, prizes and autograph guests to its booth at the 2012 Fall Expo this weekend.

Week 9: Monday Morning Collector

This week’s Monday Morning Collector was the toughest of the season. It was a fun weekend in terms of games and matchups, but then winners had to be picked.

James Harden: From sixth man to main man

When the Thunder traded James Harden a week ago today more than a few pundits figured that this would be his chance to become a leading man in the NBA. It didn’t take long.

A toy-aisle trip down Memory Lane for me … and maybe a money-maker for you?

Imagine my amusement when, during a post-work toy store run Thursday, I saw a new, similarly odd kind of new toy … one that reminded me of an old favorite and one that turns out to be in pretty high demand.

Beckett grader Andy Broome self-publishes book

When Beckett Grading Services’ Andy Broome isn’t busy examining vintage cardboard for defects as part of his day job, he can often be found drawing.

Dynamics CEO talks Upper Deck reward system

When the CEO of Dynamics Inc., put together the reward system for the innovative Dynamics ePlate Visa credit card, one of the highlights would be for those who loved cards.

Week 8: Monday Morning Collector abbreviated

The one player everyone is talking about after Week 8 is Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin.

Upper Deck previews 2012-13 NHL Black Diamond

There are still previews for hockey products even though the NHL is still in a lockout. However, how long companies continue to do so remains the question.