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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Leonard Nimoy highlights upcoming Transformers release

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leonard Nimoy will forever be known as Mr. Spock., but he will soon appear in a trading card set as another character.

Nimoy has signed 90 cards for an upcoming Transformers trading card set that will be distributed by Breygent Marketing. Nimoy voiced Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

There is no release date yet on the cards, but Breygent hopes it will be out this winter.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the ‘other’ sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.

But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.

1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. 

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Beckett Certified Appraisal launches

Beckett Media is proud to announce Beckett Certified Appraisal, an exciting new service that will give values to rare and unique cards.

There are cards don’t have values in Beckett’s price guides based on scarcity, but this new service will have the Beckett Price Guide analysts research sales data and market trends to give values to cards such as those with low print runs, show exclusives or graded cards with a low population report.

Beckett Certified Appraisal will analyze data to get a fair assessment of a card’s value.

To take part in the service, customers do not need to send in their cards. They email images and can choose either a one- or five-day service up to five cards starting at $15. Customers will receive a certificate as a PDF file in return.

To learn more about BCA, click on the link.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Limited basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012-13 Limited from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Absolute football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Absolute boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Upper Deck Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of the most popular aspects of 2012 Upper Deck Football was the College Mascot Patch cards. Collectors love to show their school pride.

Upper Deck is bringing these back for 2013 with an additional 60 cards in the set. These cards are tough to get, but that didn’t stop collectors from chasing them. In 2013, they will fall at an average rate of one in every 40 packs.

The next edition of Upper Deck Football releases in April with 50 regular cards and 200 Star Rookies in their college uniforms. Collectors can expect to find six cards per pack with 20 packs in each box.

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Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Beginnings III

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Marvel Beginnings III from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win a box? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Black Diamond hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Black Diamond from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Classics Signatures

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Classics Signatures from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Card Gallery: 2012 Panini National Treasures

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One thing is known – Panini America is bringing National Treasures to the diamond.

We can thank Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy for that, though Panini has teased the arrival of the high-end product, which will have a 2012 branding despite it not likely arriving until next year.

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Photo Gallery: 2012 Fleer Retro Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck teased 2012 Fleer Retro Football back in October, giving collectors a sneak peek at its newest football product.

The company has a little more in store for collectors today with a wide array of photos from base cards to elusive inserts to autograph cards.

To learn more about Fleer Retro Football, click on the link. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery below and the click on the images for a larger view.

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How high can Adrian Peterson’s cards go?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Quarterbacks. Quarterbacks. Quarterbacks.

That’s pretty much what everyone talks about when it comes to football cards. The reason is that they usually sell well. Even a mediocre quarterback in the NFL could be sold for a decent price because these guys push the league.

However, it seems Adrian Peterson is making a case for running backs once again.

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Ripping Retail: Starline Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1992 Starline Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrity cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …


Oyo Sportstoys adds football to its lineup

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Oyo Sportstoys started its business on the diamond, but the company is expanding to the gridiron.

The company creates building block-type of minifigures that resemble Legos. Many parts are interchangeable, so in case your favorite player is traded or signs with a new team, you can always get a new helmet.

The football figures won’t be ready until after the Jan. 1, 2013, but Oyo is taking orders on its website for more than 100 available players from the 32 NFL teams.

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Beckett By the Numbers: 2012-13 Panini Prizm

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

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 Panini Prizm basketball card set from Panini America 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.

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Week 15: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

With just two weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture got a bit murkier for some teams. But many football fans have been doing a little bit more than watching the standings.

Several players stood out in this weekend’s football games from superstars to rookies to those who live in the shadows. With a number of players charging toward records, football fans still have some interest in the NFL even if their team was bounced out of their fantasy football league.

There is a new category with Defensive Player of the Week. It might be a one-week shot, but it might carry on. These players deserve more credit.

Veteran of the Week
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – It’s hard not to go with Peterson every week at this point. As he inches toward 2,000 yards – and possibly the single-season rushing mark – Peterson shines on the field. He would be having a great season by any standards, but considering his offseason knee surgery makes many marvel at his success.

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Award Season: The Best of 2011-12 Hockey Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

All the hockey products for 2011-12 season are out. Collectors have ripped hundreds of packs, watched countless video and scoured the Internet for cards.

There’s just one thing left to do – decide on the best products of the year.

It’s time to give out card awards for 2011-12 hockey season. With dozens of products this year, some of the choices may be tough. Remember, there are no wrong answers.

Some of the award categories are listed below, so let your voices be heard.

Once you’re done with the polls, hit the comments for opinions and the answers to the rest of the ballot. They could appear in the next Beckett Hockey issue (Please leave your hometown and name).

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First look: 2013 Topps Archives baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is opening up its archives once again.

The company offered the first looks and basic information about its 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set on Friday, and the second consecutive release for the retro-styled product will arrive on May 29.

The brand is one that includes today’s players on past designs from Topps’ 60-plus year history in the baseball card market along with autographs of fan favorites from the recent past — also featuring photography and designs from past decades.

And for 2013? Some of the designs will be from past Topps releases in other sports, too.

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Box Busters: Sereal’s KHL Trading Cards

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened the newest line of KHL Trading Cards. The cards include many NHL stars who are playing overseas because they are locked out from the NHL.

Check out this special international Box Busters of KHL cards.

For those looking to get boxes of KHL cards, check out Sereal’s official eBay store.

The video is a little long, but there were 50 packs – 50 PACKS! – in the box.

UPDATE: Topps to make Olympic cards in 2014 now official

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps plans to continue making Olympic trading at least through the next two Olympic Games, according to a published report.

The Sports Business Daily caught up with Topps CEO Ryan O’Hara, who said the cards would continue with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and 2016 Summer Olympic at the Rio Games.

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National Hockey Card Day to return in 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

National Hockey Card Day is coming back in 2013.

NHC will be held on Feb. 9 in Canada and Feb. 16 in United States, Upper Deck announced Thursday.

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Sidney Crosby sharing the cardboard spotlight

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sid the Kid has had many, many autographed hockey cards – 670 to be exact.

That number is a little misleading because more than half are numbered to 25 or less, making many Sidney Crosby autographs rare.

Even rarer than the 100 or so 1-of-1 autos are the amount of autograph cards Crosby has signed with another player. Throughout Crosby’s career, the Pittsburgh Penguins star just didn’t really do it, usually casting his signature – and his signature only – on cards.

However, Crosby has shared spaced on cardboard lately as his cards have popped up with autographs from another player, no, an icon.

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Leaf signs Damian Lillard as first hoops exclusive

Leaf Trading Cards announced on Thursday that it has signed Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard to an exclusive multi-year autograph and memorabilia deal that will cover both trading cards and memorabilia.

Through 22 games, the Weber State product is averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game for the Blazers, who are last in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

“There was no question that Damian Lillard was the right guy,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray, noting that the rookie is Leaf’s first exclusive for basketball. “From Day 1, he showed a command of the court and exuberance for the game. This makes Damian the perfect ambassador to represent the excitement that Leaf brings to the trading card market.”

The Carrollton, Texas-based company will include Lillard in future multi-sport and basketball releases.

Cleveland’s Josh Gordon debuts in 2012 Absolute Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America will be releasing a number of football products in the coming month. It starts with 2012 Absolute – and the card shown above.

Cleveland Browns rookie Josh Gordon made his NFL trading card debut in Absolute.

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Free Price Wednesday: The Walking Dead

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Walking Dead’s first go-around on trading cards was a hit with collectors, selling out from the Cryptozoic warehouse. That’s the kind of success companies can’t ignore.

On Tuesday, Cryptozoic released The Walking Dead Trading Cards Season 2.

The set features scenes from episodes, bios and chase cards. But the most popular aspect of the first season of cards was the autographs.

As part of Free Price Wednesday, we’ll look at 2011 The Walking Dead Autographs.

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