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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Beckett By the Numbers: 2012-13 Timeless Treasures


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 Timeless Treasures 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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‘Miracle on Ice’ jersey and stick to be sold through Heritage Auctions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Michael Eruzione’s goal against the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics is probably one of the greatest American sports moments – a wrister that sailed into the back of the net, the winning goal in the “Miracle on Ice” game.

The U.S. went on to beat Finland in the championship game and took home the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y. A moment that stands as one of the best.

Now, Eruzione, captain of that legendary team, plans to sell 22 of his keepsakes from that Olympic run including two jerseys, the stick he scored the game-winning goal with against the Soviet Union through Heritage Auctions in February, the company announced today.

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Box Busters: 2012 Panini Golden Age

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Panini Golden Age in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: Upper Deck’s 2012-13 Fleer Retro Hockey


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the removal of several products on Upper Deck’s hockey schedule, there was room for something more.

Upper Deck announced 2012-13 Fleer Retro Hockey, scheduled for an April release.

This is the third sport getting the Fleer Retro treatment from Upper Deck. The company created basketball last year and a football release scheduled for February.

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Upper Deck cancels three 2012-13 hockey products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck canceled three of its 2012-13 hockey products in the wake of the NHL Players Association’s decision to restrict Rookie Cards this season, the company announced today.

UD has taken SPx, Upper Deck Series 2 and Ultimate Collection off the schedule.

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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.

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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.