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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Buy or Sell: Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Many collectors tend to be buyers and sellers, tracking the hobby marketplace in an effort to build our personal collections to the max.

You pull a good card of a player who you share no personal connection with. But it’s a card you know could bring in cash to help you get what you want.

However, the key is knowing when to sell the card for maximum value. Buying and selling is a lot like the stock market. Buy low, sell high, and have a bit of luck on your side.

Collectors sitting on Nick Foles cards are pondering the buy-sell decision right now.

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Upper Deck’s 2012-13 Black Diamond Hockey is live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the NHL lockout in full swing, and games canceled through the end of the year, one of the few things keeping collectors going is the small doses of new product.

Panini had Classics Signatures come out last week with a focus on retired players.

This week, Upper Deck released 2012-13 Black Diamond. This product has no redemptions. Essentially, what you see is what you get.

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Week 14: Monday Morning Collector

This week features a list of players that haven’t received the nod this season.

It was also the toughest week to pick a Veteran award. Many players had great games this weekend, making it a very hard choice.

Veteran of the Week
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers – The Panthers are all but dead this season. However, against one of the best teams, Newton came through reminding collectors why they chased his cards last season. He completed 23-of-35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also added nine rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Ronda Rousey headlines 2012 UFC Bloodlines

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

UFC made headlines last week by naming its first female champion.

Ronda Rousey was handed her belt on Dec. 6, and given her first UFC opponent. She will fight Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 this February in the first female fight for the country’s most top MMA league.

With Rousey’s success in Strikeforce and the Olympics (first American woman to medal in judo), it’s no surprise her cards are among the most popular in 2012 UFC Bloodlines.

UFC Bloodlines came out last week and MMA fans flocked to Rousey’s cards.

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First look: 2012 National Treasures Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is gearing up for its top football product with National Treasures.

The popular release – scheduled to come out in March – will include all of the top rookies from 2012, and a good mix of autographs from veterans and retired stars – something football collectors haven’t seem much of this card season.

“Panini America officials will play on the strength of a spectacular rookie class in hopes of making 2012 National Treasures Football the most powerful edition in the brand’s proud seven-year history,” the company wrote on its blog.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures Hockey

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj ripped open a box of 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures Hockey. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Box Busters: 2012 Prime Cuts baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into two boxes of 2012 Prime Cuts in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Your Turn (Beckett Basketball 245): What do you think is the key to a good NBA product?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

With some new basketball card lines, there has been some new interest in different cards — and in the case of 2012-13 Panini Prizm its Prizm parallels have been scorching.

This Kobe Bryant? It sold for $1,546 on eBay Thursday without a single piece of memorabilia or an autograph in sight.

That got us thinking … What is the key to a good NBA product these days?

We want to know, for the next issue of Beckett Basketball and its Your Turn page, what you think is the key to success with an NBA product.

Perhaps it’s the type of product or maybe it’s the player selection? Maybe it’s autographs? Maybe it’s scarcity? Or, perhaps it’s something else. We want to know what you think is most important.

Let us know in the comments below — along with your name and location — and a selection of the best responses will appear in the next issue.

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

Ripping Retail: A 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds rodeo case

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a case — yep, case — of 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail, which is in advance of the Other Sports issue of BSCM that will focus on more non-traditional card options for collectors.

What will he find? What did it cost him? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Bowman Draft

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Bowman Draft boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck corrects print run error on Letterman cards in All-Time Greats

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck had an error in its numbering on some of the hits in 2012 All-Time Greats, which released this week.

The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.

The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10 (one of the cards is pictured above).

Here is the entire list of Letterman cards in the product with the correct numbering.

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Upper Deck previews 2012 Notre Dame Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

As the University of Notre Dame celebrates one of its best seasons, Upper Deck is taking a moment to remember the storied football program.

The company released information on 2012 Upper Deck Notre Dame Football highlighting Fighting Irish icons from the past century. It seems like perfect timing since Notre Dame is headed to the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7 after going 12-0 in the regular season.

Every hobby box will include 80 cards – base sets, inserts and one autograph.

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Panini Classic Signatures Hockey goes live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

As NHL owners and players talk in a dark, locked room (at least that’s how I picture it), NHL fans await word on whether the lockout will end.

At least collectors have something new to collect to take their minds off an announcement that might never come. Panini released 2012-13 Classic Signatures featuring autographs of many former players – proving the lockout can’t take away from the storied history of the NHL.

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First look: 2012-13 Select basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Select has returned.

Panini America announced on Thursday that it’s reviving an early 1990s creation — Select — and bringing it back on the hardwood.

The company revealed 2012-13 Select, will arrive in March with nods to the past Score brand and nods to a new line, Prizm, which launched late last month. The brand originally arrived back in 1993 with Score for baseball and then has been used throughout the years as part of the Donruss/Playoff portfolio of trademarks, which is now owned by Panini. It was last used in 2008 for a football set.

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Beckett By the Numbers: 2012-13 Totally Certified

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the OPG has been posted.

The 2012-13 Totally Certified 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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Price of Perfection: Don Larsen’s perfect game uniform sells for $756,000

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The price of perfection is $756,000.

The New York Yankees uniform worn by Don Larsen during his perfect game in the 1956 World Series sold at auction Wednesday evening through Steiner Sports, collecting 22 bids and ending at $630,000. With a 20 percent buyer’s premium, the transaction totals $756,000.

Larsen opted to sell the uniform to pay for his two grandsons’ college educations.

“It’s for them. It’s for their education,” Larsen told Beckett Media in June. “If there’s anything left after that, maybe I’ll take the family on a little trip.”

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

 

Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck All-time Greats Sports

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Join a bunch o’ Beckett People as they rip into two boxes of 2012 Upper Deck All-time Greats Sports Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Triple Threads football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 Topps Triple Threads in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck to release USA Football set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The International Bowl is becoming a tradition. It’s an annual competition pulling in football players under the age of 19 from across dozens of countries.

USA Football assembles its own team to compete against the International Federation of American Football, which is comprised of 64 countries.

This is a place many people look for breakout players, a chance to see the start of a future star.

The fourth annual International Bowl will be held Feb. 5 in Austin, Texas.

And players for United States will have cards coming out on Dec. 18 with the releases of 2012 Upper Deck USA Football.

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Free Price Wednesday: Greg McElroy with Alabama

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Greg McElroy has thrown seven passes in his entire NFL career. Yet, that’s all sports fans in and around New York City wanted to talk about this week.

New York Jets fans have wanted quarterback Mark Sanchez benched for some time, but running into the back of his own lineman during a 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots solidified that stance. Some wanted Tim Tebow to be the answer, but with fractured ribs, the people’s champion wasn’t going to get a chance.

Enter McElroy, the Jets seventh round draft pick in 2011.

On Sunday, he completed 5-of-7 passes for 29 yards in the fourth quarter, including the only touchdown of the game. It was enough to beat the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.

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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 colds@beckett.com. 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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.