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Posted on November 26, 2012 – 4:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2012-13 Heroes and Prospects, Aaron Ekblad, In The Game, itg | Comments (4)
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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Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett 20 Questions | 2012 Topps Five Star, Babe Ruth, Beckett 20 Questions, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, featured, Five Star, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, New York Yankees, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (32)
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?
See the remaining questions after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Updates | autographs, Beckett Grading Services, grading, James Spence Authentication | Comments (0)
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
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 1:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | 2012 Topps Five Star, Five Star, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 1:46 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Topps Triple Threads, Andrew Luck, Beckett Football, Brock Osweiler, Doug Martin, Eli Manning, Jerry Rice, Justin Blackmon, Nick Foles, printing plates, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, White Whale | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 12:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Five Star, baseball cards, MLB, Topps | Comments (18)
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 12:06 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Alex Smith, Beckett Football, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers | Comments (2)
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.
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.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 11:53 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2012-13 Panini basketball, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Panini America | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 10:47 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Topps, Addison Reed, Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper, mike trout, MLB, Rookie Cards, Steve Lombardozzi, Todd Frazier, Topps, Topps Rookie All-Star Team, Wade Miley, Willin Rosario, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Zack Cozart | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on November 26, 2012 – 10:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Andre Johnson, Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Robert Griffin III | Comments (2)
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.