Monthly Archives: December 2012

Week 13: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFL is nearing the end of the regular season. There are just three weeks left to decide what teams will make the playoffs.

It seems like this time of year certain players stand out with gritty performances.

This week was tougher than most to give awards. Many veterans had solid weeks and some rookies certainly shined, but had dark moments during games as well.

Here are the awards for week 13:

Veteran of the Week
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Peterson won the award again with an outstanding performance on Sunday. He rushed for 210 yards on 21 carries, padding his league-leading season total, and scored in a 23-14 loss to Green Bay. Peterson has rushed for 100 yards or more in six straight games.

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Card Gallery: Panini America’s 2011-12 NBA rookies

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First they were drafted, then they sat on the bench for a card season. Then they were drafted again, and now they can be seen on cardboard.

Panini America on Monday revealed the first looks at the rookie redemption cards collectors will be receiving from their 2011-12 NBA packs.

Get a glimpse of the cards from 2011-12 Past & Present, Limited and Gold Standard … after the jump.

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Is Panini bringing National Treasures to baseball?

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The high-end National Treasures line that has been in the Donruss/Playoff and now  Panini America portfolio for some time with football and basketball just might be headed to the baseball diamond soon.

How do we know?

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Dale Murphy tweeted photos of the cards as he signed them on Monday on his account, @DaleMurphy3.

The product has not yet been teased by Panini America.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Panini discloses two rarities in Cooperstown

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If one looked closely at the on-box features of 2012 Panini Cooperstown, the very last line of the product’s features on the back panel of the wax box was a simple one.

“Ty Cobb Georgia Peach (one card) * Lou Gehrig The Iron Horse (one card)”

On Monday, Panini America unveiled exactly what those are — and exactly how tough they are to find.

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Topps: Five Star baseball will return in 2013

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When the first Topps Five Star set arrived on the football card landscape in 2010, it brought a new look to the company’s portfolio and changed the game to a degree before the first box even was opened.

It changed the game with its price.

At $500 a box, Five Star was like nothing that had ever been seen before from the long-running company, and it was then that the seeds were planted for what has been the biggest baseball card release of 2012.

“It’s not unusual when launching a successful brand in a particular sport that collectors immediately start requesting a crossover to other sports,” said Topps Director of Product Development Clay Luraschi in an interview to appear in the February issue of Beckett Baseball. “The response to produce Five Star baseball was overwhelming.”

Luraschi confirmed in the interview that Five Star will be back in 2013 with plans to “take it up a notch” beyond its rookie-year baseball offering. He also discussed the reactions and feedback from collectors, Five Star’s chipping issue and more about what went into the decision to bring Five Star to the diamond.

The February issue will arrive in hobby shops later this month.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

NFL rookies can’t get all the love: A list of second-year players to collect

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

This football season has been all about the rookies. Every highlight reel, every pre-game show – even plenty of posts on Beckett – are dedicated to Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson and the slew of talented 2012 rookies.

However, it was not so long ago we were talking about last year’s guys.

Remember Cam Newton? Of course, you do. He’s still playing. However, it’s tough to get excited when he plays on a team with a lousy record. But he still has a gun for an arm.

There are many second-year players making their mark on this season. It’s not all about the 2012 rookies.

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NBA Starting 5 promotion starts today

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

You can be in the NBA’s Starting 5 by heading to a sports card shop in December.

A joint program through the NBA and its lone trading card licensee, Panini America, the NBA Starting 5 begins today and will allow collectors who pick up Panini cards at participating hobby shops the chance to get some exclusive cards, autographs, win prizes and maybe even get a VIP trip to the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

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