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Monthly Archives: November 2012

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 …

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 …