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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Press Pass honors Davey Allison in 2013 products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The new racing season is almost here and Press Pass is gearing up for its start. Throughout the year, the company will deliver products with unique memorabilia and autograph cards.

However, Press Pass isn’t just looking ahead to new and popular drivers. The company is taking time to remember racing’s past honoring Davey Allison who died 20 years ago.

“Twenty years later, Davey is still regarded as one of the top competitors in the sport,” Press Pass said in a release. “His talent and competitiveness were matched only by his courage and kindheartedness. Press Pass was in its infancy when Davey passed away, but we strive to honor his legacy.”

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Kaepernick’s Rookie Card values see steady rise

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Colin Kaepernick’s status has risen with football fans and collectors in San Francisco. But there is still one place where Kaepernick’s cards remain more popular than the hometown – eBay.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has emerged as the NFL’s hottest player as his team heads to the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bay-Area card shops no longer have his cards in stock, so collectors have turned to the few outlets where they can find them.

“Interest has increased, but we sold out of his stuff,” said Stephen Tarantino, owner of Collector’s Cave in San Francisco. “It’s difficult to get them at a reasonable price, especially if we’re trying to get them off eBay. It just wouldn’t work.”

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Short-printed Pietrangelo jersey card draws hobby interest

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes, jerseys cards with just a plain, white swatch are valuable.

James Wright and Michael Hodges both learned this when they recently sold an Alex Pietrangelo jersey card from 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey. Pietrangelo is a defenseman on the St. Louis Blues.

The price?


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Check this out: Something old in something new from Beckett Grading Services

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

On one recent Saturday morning I came to work — a bit earlier than normal no less (don’t tell the boss) — to take advantage of a relatively new option from Beckett Grading Services.

And now that I’ve paid up and got my item back, well, naturally I wanted to show it off — and tell its story.

Better yet, I wanted you to, ahem, check it out.

Years ago, while still at the University of Alabama I set my sights on an autograph from Hall of Famer Joe Sewell (checklist and OPG) — the most highly decorated player in the history of its baseball program and a guy whose trivia in the game goes well beyond a 14-year career with the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. (Heck, I just learned a new piece of trivia today when looking him up — we share the same birthday.)

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Nathan Fillion autograph to appear in Castle Seasons 1 & 2 set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Castle fans will be excited to rip open the new cards from Cryptozoic. The company announced the inclusion of star Nathan Fillion as part of the autograph list.

Fillion has a passionate group of fans, stemming from his sci-fi days.

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HIT PARADER: Non-traditional hits can bring variety to collections — and dollars to pockets

By Chris Olds | Editor

Admit it, you’ve been here before — you rip into a pack, see a thick card and that rush of excitement is thwarted by a plain white swatch of a guy you’ve seen a dozen times before.

It doesn’t always have to be that way.

As you’ll see in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — The Hits Issue — what is a hit can vary from person to person and they can vary even more from product to product. If you dabble in some of the hobby’s multi-sport creations or in the non-sport realm, you can find even more variety in hits.

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Panini creates Super Bowl promo cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football fans and collectors going to New Orleans for this year’s Super Bowl will get a chance to get exclusive promo cards of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Panini America is producing is 26-card set filled with Super Bowl XLVII’s top stars such as Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis, with eight cards dedicated to the hometown team New Orleans Saints.

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A look at the Baltimore Ravens on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Baltimore Ravens tasted Super Bowl glory in 2000 – the only year the franchise in its current form won the big game.

The Ravens haven’t been around very long, they moved from Cleveland in 1995. However, Baltimore is enjoying its success with a core group of young stars and leadership of its tantalizing veterans.

Here’s a look at Baltimore Ravens on cards as they head to the Super Bowl.

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First look: 2013 Topps Stars Wars Jedi Legacy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Star Wars fans looking to own a piece of the iconic story might get the chance.

For the first time, Topps is offering real Stars Wars relics in the upcoming 2013 Star Wars Jedi Legacy. The relics include Chewbacca hair, Ewok fur and Jabba the Hut’s barge sail.

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Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o to appear in SA-GE products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

SA-GE Collectibles announced a couple of high profile signings.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and USC quarterback Matt Barkley will both appear in 2013 SA-GE Hit.

The company announced the signings on Monday, capturing well-known college athletes for its next set.

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A look at San Francisco 49ers on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The matchup for the Super Bowl was decided on Sunday – the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers.

Heading to the Super Bowl can do a lot for a player’s card value. Rookie and second –year players see the most gain, but even veterans that tend to get lost in the mix can grab attention if only for a few hours.

The San Francisco 49ers last won the Super Bowl in 1994, following a decade of dominance where San Francisco won four Super Bowls in the 1980s.

So who got them here this time?

Let’s look at top 49ers on cardboard (We’ll get to the Ravens later today):

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NJ collector pulls Abraham Lincoln cut autograph

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

White Plains, N.Y. – Stanley Fishburne wasn’t ready to leave.

The Trenton, N.J. resident and his girlfriend spent a recent afternoon hanging out with longtime friend Seymour Bernzweig, who owns A&S Sports in Westbury, N.Y. Fishburne opened a box of 2013 Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Edition, with each box featuring one cut signature card.

Fishburne’s box included a signature of Basketball Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan – a nice card for a hoops fan, but not the kind of pull to elicit hobby buzz.

Fishburne left the store. He returned five minutes later.

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Panini previews Super Bowl cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Are you ready for the Super Bowl?

Looks as though Panini America is getting in gear. The company previewed a couple of Super Bowl cards on its Facebook page with Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will meet in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

How can you get these cards?

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St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial dies at 92

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Major League Baseball lost one of its greatest hitters Saturday as St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial died after prolonged illnesses. He was 92.

A three-time NL MVP, seven-time batting champion and 24-time All-Star, Musial recorded an NL record 3,630 hits at the time of his retirement and batted .331 in 22 big-league seasons, all with the Cardinals. He never led the NL in home runs, but hit 475 for his career, which still ranks in the top 30. He was a member of three World Series champion teams and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, his first year on the ballot.

“Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball,” said Cardinals Chairman William DeWitt Jr. “We have lost the most-beloved member of the Cardinals family.”

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Upper Deck SP Game Used NHL

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 SP Game Used. Check out the video to see what she pulled.

First look: 2012-13 Panini Marquee

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has yet another new basketball brand up its sleeve in this, the post-lockout full card year of 2012-13.

It’s Marquee, and it will include marquee-worthy printing tricks when it arrives later this year.

The tricks? They start with Panini’s “Swirlorama” and also includes laser-cut cards and holographic film board. In all, there will be five rookie subsets in the main set each with different printing technologies used.

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First look: 2013 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bowman Platinum is back — and Topps is promising that it’s “going platinum crazy” with this year’s release.

Set to arrive on July 31 packing two autographed prospect Refractors and one autographed Refractor Relic in each 20-pack hobby box, the prospect line will include new features arising from deals with Baseball America and the Arizona Fall League.

The base set will consist of 100 MLB veterans and rookies, while the prospect set will include 100 potential stars. The base set will include Gold, Blue Sapphire and Ruby parallels with Rubies falling one per box, Blues two per box and Golds four per.

Meanwhile, the prospects will get a Chrome treatment.

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NHL teams move away from paper tickets

By Jon Waldman | Contributing Writer

Hockey fans and collectors in Winnipeg awoke earlier this week to some startling mail – their beloved souvenir tickets were a thing of the past.

Instead of issuing season ticket holders the traditional, colorful ducats, they received pass cards, similar to those you would get from Tim Hortons or McDonald’s, that identified the section, row and seat number of the ticket holder.

The changeover, in part, is being done to enhance the digital capabilities for the Jets. As President and CEO Jim Ludlow told local media, there will be special loyalty reward programs for season ticket holders that will be operated through these passes.

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2012 Limited Phenom rookies grabbing attention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The end of the regular season in football doesn’t mean an end to collecting. There are still plenty of football products on the collecting calendar.

Panini Limited arrived this week, featuring a memorabilia insert collectors anticipated. Gameday memorabilia cards features the date on the card that the equipment was apparently used.

A few of these cards have emerged and as you can at the bottom of the cards, there is a date with a specific game. These cards are the type of things collectors want to see more often in product with jersey and memorabilia cards. Besides being able to pinpoint a game, collectors want to feel confident in the item’s authenticity.

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ITG turned down NHLPA license this summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price weighed his options.

Last summer, he was presented with a proposal – the opportunity to receive an NHL Players Association license for one year, producing two releases. Create NHLPA-licensed cards, and utilize rookies and stars in a potential locked out season? Or continue ITG’s strategy?

Price turned down the proposal.

“Sometimes the deals you don’t make are your best deals,” Price said.

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Curt Schilling’s bloody sock will be auctioned

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The ultimate Boston red sock is hitting the auction block.

The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series will be sold on Feb. 23, through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

An iconic piece of memorabilia in dismissing “The Curse of the Bambino,” it is expected to sell for six-figures, according to Heritage. The former Boston Red Sox star is selling the sock through the auction company.

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Will Beckett Baseball make it to the MLB Fan Cave? Oh, and … show us your Fan Caves!

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Update: Kimmes has made the first cut of 52. Vote for him here.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

If you haven’t heard of the MLB Fan Cave, well, you must not have watched any baseball in the last few years, not checked out anything on MLB.com and probably don’t know what a Tweet is.

It’s OK … we’re here for you.

The Fan Cave is a Real World experience for a handful of fans who will watch every MLB game of the season and experience several other “events” in the Cave while promoting Major League Baseball. Through Jan. 25, MLB is taking applications for this year’s version and I have to say that I have a leading candidate. His name? Kevin Kimmes, and he keeps excellent reading material in his personal Fan Cave. (Just watch his video above to see for yourself.)

“I think that I’ll bring creativity and a love of the game that isn’t always found in the larger markets,” said Kimmes, who, as you’ll see in his video, is clearly a Milwaukee Brewers fan.

As part of our SuperCollectors Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly this summer, we’re seeking to showcase some of the best collectors’ Fan Caves out there. We want to see how you display and live with your collections. Simply put, we want to see your own personal Fan Caves.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the hits


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If there’s one thing that’s on the minds of collectors besides “What’s new?” and “What’s it worth?” it’s the old standby of the last 15 or so years.

“How many hits?”

While the use of autographs and memorabilia cards in products have revolutionized the hobby, what we call hits seems to meander in meaning from person to person. To some, it’s just those autos and mem cards. To others, it might include cards of other types. The hits have included everything from some star shortstop’s autograph to a piece of Superman’s cape — and seemingly everything else, too.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to focus on “The Hits” — whatever they might be — and here is the latest batch of questions — some serious, some fun — that we’re curious about on the subject. Check them out … after the jump.

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NHLPA decision could have devastating impact on Canadian dealers


By Susan Lulgjuraj  | Beckett Hockey Editor

No new rookies.

That’s the simplest way of putting it. The NHL Players Association released a statement on Wednesday stating the only rookies eligible for 2012-13 products would be those who debuted after last year’s All-Star Game through the end of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.

That means players such as Nail Yakupov – should he play for Edmonton in a lockout-shortened season – won’t get an official NHL Rookie Card until 2013-14 products.

There will essentially be a double crop of rookies, creating a situation much like the 2005-06 season. However, in that case, the previous season was canceled.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2012 Topps Chome rack packs (they were on sale) in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …