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Posted on December 31, 2012 – 5:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, collecting, featured, Nick Swisher, Panini America, Topps | Comments (9)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
Eight or so days ago, I woke up and had many phone, email and Twitter messages awaiting me, all hoping to know what I thought about the latest baseball news.
The headline? Nick Swisher signs with the Cleveland Indians.
Now, as many of you probably know as a regular reader, I’m a bit of a fan of the former Oakland Athletic turned former Chicago White Sox and now turned former New York Yankee. At my last count, which has been some time ago, I had eight game-used bats, three game-used jerseys, 30-something 1/1s and easily more than 100 certified autographs in my Swish Stash along with a few thousand cards.
I think my initial reaction was to read a few of the messages and then fall back asleep. After all, it was part of a holiday/vacation stretch for me where extra sleep might not even be worthy of a six-figure price — it’s more valuable than that.
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Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, Albert Pujols, Beckett Baseball, Bryce Harper, David Wright, Ken Griffey Jr, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, mike trout, Panini America, R.A. Dickey, Rally Squirrel, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Once the holidays wind down, there will be one thing atop the to-do list for those of us involved with Beckett Baseball.
Our annual Awards Issue.
But before we get to The Best of 2012 — even with more 2012-branded baseball products apparently still to come — we opted for one extra fan vote that previews the collector portion of those awards. (You can see that later this week.)
We want you to pick our best cover for 2012 … after the jump.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | @RGIII, Alabama football, Andrew Luck, Bear Bryant, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Cal Ripken Jr., cam newton, derek jeter, Emmitt Smith, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, The National, Tim Tebow | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.
In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.
Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 1:57 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | Beckett Basketball, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Jeremy Lin, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, Steve Nash | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
As 2012 winds down, we figured we’d take a few minutes to take a look back at 2012 via the covers of Beckett Basketball — a magazine that only published eight times this year but will be making the move back to monthly in 2013.
Heck, we’re already working on March’s issue.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 1:23 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris, Beckett Football, Deangelo Williams, Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd, Monday Morning Collector, T.Y. Hilton, Vontaze Burfict, Zach Brown | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
The final week of the regular season proved to be an exciting one with teams still fighting to get into the playoffs. It allowed for some spectacular play as well.
One of the biggest highlights came as NFL fans around the country watched to see if Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could break the single-season rushing mark. He fell short by nine yards, but still had an impressive game that led the Vikings to a playoff berth.
Veteran of the Week:
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: He didn’t have the most rushing yards on the day (though it was close), however, Peterson’s offensive push got his team into the playoffs on Sunday. He ran for 199 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, coming close to breaking Eric Dickerson’s record. Afterward, Peterson seemed to just be happy to play another week. He also caught a two-yard pass for a score in a 37-34 win over Green Bay.
Posted on December 30, 2012 – 7:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Adrian Peterson, Eric Dickerson, Minnesota Vikings | Comments (5)
One year ago today, Adrian Peterson had surgery to repair ligaments in his knee, and questions surrounded him of ‘Will he ever be the same? Can he come back?’
The Minnesota Vikings running back came back better than ever.
On Sunday, he broke 2,000 rushing yards becoming just the seventh player in NFL history to do it, and finishing the regular season with the second-best single-season record.
Peterson finished with 2,097, nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record.
Posted on December 30, 2012 – 5:04 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Topps, Wacky Packages, Wacky Packages Old School 4 | Comments (2)
Wacky Packages Old School is back with another series, poking fun at brands from the 1970s.
Check out the video to see what Beckett Editor Susan Lulgjuraj pulled. These boxes are only available at ShopTopps.com
Posted on December 30, 2012 – 3:52 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 1993 SP, 2009 Philadelphia, 2012 Topps Archives football, 2012 Upper Deck Football, Beckett Football, featured, Topps Football, Upper Deck football | Comments (2)
Collecting used to be much simpler.
We didn’t have to worry about autograph or memorabilia cards. Base cards dominated the hobby. There was no greater joy than pulling cards of your favorite players.
While that hobby era has faded, those simpler releases remain evocative, inspiring card companies to come out with a number of products in recent years bearing old names or using past designs.
But today’s retro cards have a broader focus than the cardboard classics of the 1800s and early to mid-1900s. Current products are now also being modeled after 1980s and 1990s cards, with companies trying to tap into the collectors’ childhood hobby habits, the sets we grew up on.
“Personally, I love the history of this hobby, its designs, its stories,” said Topps’ Clay Luraschi, director of product development. “I love that I can pick up a 1986 Jerry Rice card to this day and get instantly taken back to my youth.”
Posted on December 29, 2012 – 3:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2012-13 Limited, Panini America | Comments (0)
The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the Online Price Guide has been posted.
The 2012-13 Limited basketball card set has arrived on Beckett.com with the favorites, autographs and memories in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs – and see even more — after the jump.
Posted on December 28, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 1980 men's Olympic team, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, Albert Pujols, Damian Lillard, Ichiro, Lolo Jones, Mike Eruzione, Mike Tyson, Miracle on Ice, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Sarah Palin | Comments (8)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Bringing together an iconic group of athletes to sign for a product is an ambitious task, but one Leaf has taken on again.
In 2012 Legends of Sport, Leaf has assembled popular athletes and pop culture figures to fill out the set, including international baseball stars, Olympic athletes and even a former Vice Presidential hopeful.
The set includes more than 150 subjects.
Legends of Sport is scheduled to come out at the end of January and each box will contain three autograph cards.