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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gallery: 2013 Sage HIT Low Series

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The new season of football products has already started to roll out.

2013 Sage HIT Low Series hits the market this month, but Beckett got its hands on an early box.

Check out the gallery below to see some of the cards.

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McFarlane’s NFL smALL Pros debut this summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

McFarlane Toys is shrinking its sports line of figurines.

This summer, NFL smALL Pros Series 1 will debut with 2.5-inch high cartoonish figurines of several football stars. The figurines are meant to be fun and seem to be geared toward children. However, it includes a chase element for adults who love their collectibles.

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Walter Johnson’s game-used memorabilia presence expands in National Treasures

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

“The Big Train” was one of the first five players inducted into Cooperstown after winning 417 games over 21 seasons — an average of 19 wins a year — striking out 3,509 batters and throwing 110 shutouts, which is still an MLB record.

But there was one thing that Walter Johnson had never done until recently — appear on a game-used memorabilia card.

Before the arrival of 2012 Panini National Treasures on Wednesday, Johnson appeared on a total of just four total game-used memorabilia cards — all 1/1s — found in 2011 Prime Cuts from Panini America.

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If you could ask 42′s Chadwick Boseman one question, what would it be?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Jackie Robinson‘s story is a historically significant one both socially and in the sports world, a tale that had such sweeping implications the world as we know it today would look so much different had he not done one simple thing.

Play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, even that wasn’t so simple and his story is coming to life on the big screen in April via 42, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 

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ESPN short examines the $2.8 million Honus Wagner — and its legal baggage

An ESPN 30 For 30 segment, “Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner” explores the tale of the world’s most valuable baseball card as well as the allegations of its trimming before it was graded an 8 by PSA years ago.

The card most recently sold for $2.8 million to Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. 

Check it out here — and let us know what you think of it all in the comments below.

Card Gallery: 2012 Panini National Treasures


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so we’re not sure how much needs to be said about the arrival of 2012 Panini National Treasures earlier today.

Why’s that? Because this small selection of images of cards pulled by collectors says plenty … after the jump.

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2012 Topps Supreme football is live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The 2012 football card calendar is nearing its completion, but the end of the season also means a release of a couple of high-end products.

This week, 2012 Topps Supreme came out, a one-pack-a-box item for around $90. Collectors get just four cards with one hit that could be an autograph or a relic inside, along with a parallel and two base cards.

Many of the early hits include booklets and multi-autographed cards.

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First look: 2012 Panini Prizm baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Chrome vs. Prizm — now the battle can really begin.

Panini America confirmed on Wednesday that it’s bringing the Prizm brand to baseball this year with 2012 Prizm.

Set to arrive in April, it will include a 200-card base set that includes 50 rookies. Each will be found with standard Prizm parallels as well as Gold and Finite Black 1/1s that will only be found in hobby packs. At retail, there will be Green as well as Walmart-only Blue and Target-only Red Prizms to be found.

Each hobby box will include two autographs and three Prizms. Retail boxes will include three Green Prizms. (Click here to download a copy of the preliminary checklist.)

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Cris Carter signs deal with Steiner

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has signed an exclusive agreement with Steiner Sports.

Cris Carter, a standout for the Minnesota Vikings, signed a collectibles deal with Steiner Sports, joining the company’s large roster of athletes. The Carter Hall of Fame line will include signed Ohio State and Vikings helmets, mini-helmets, footballs and photographs.

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First look: 2012-13 SP Authentic hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors will get more than just the title cards in SP Authentic hockey this season.

When Upper Deck canceled a number of its hockey products earlier this year, the company didn’t want to do away with many of the cards it already worked on. It decided to insert the items from SPx and Upper Deck Series 2 as content in 2012-13 SP Authentic.

SPA is scheduled to come in June with three autographs in every box, on average.

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“Pistol Pete” Maravich game-used memorabilia cards to return in upcoming Panini America products

Pete Maravich has just 53 game-used memorabilia cards and none since 2009-10. Panini America announced Monday that it will be making more mem cards of the legend in its future products.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

“Pistol Pete” will be a hit once again.

Panini America will be creating its first game-used memorabilia cards for former LSU and Atlanta Hawks star Pete Maravich in NBA brands coming later this year, the company announced on Monday.

“We have obtained a Pete Maravich jersey that will be appearing in product,” said brand manager Keith Hower in a company box break video released Monday. “We’ve got to plan it out and schedule where it’s going to appear, but Pete Maravich memorabilia is coming to Panini basketball.”

Maravich, known for his eccentric style of play and floppy socks, still holds the NCAA scoring record with an average of 44.2 points a game for his entire three-year LSU career along with other marks. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987 and named to the NBA at 50 team in 1996.

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Card Gallery: 2012 Panini National Treasures baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Panini America‘s priciest baseball card set ever arrives on Wednesday with just eight cards per pack of 2012 Panini National Treasures.

Plenty has been teased in this one — you can see a selection of nearly 50 high-end hits after the jump — but there’s still a bit of mystery of how this $400-a-pack (suggested retail price) product will look with the typical box breaks.

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A-Rod ring already topping $30K on auction block

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A copy of Alex Rodriguez‘s 2009 World Series ring given as a gift by the slugger to his cousin, Yuri Sucart, is on the auction block through Goldin Auctions and already has topped $30,000 with more than a month remaining in the sale.

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Danica’s Daytona showing should sell some cards

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Danica Patrick wrote herself into the record books on Sunday as the best-finishing woman to compete in NASCAR’s premiere event, the Daytona 500, when she finished eighth in a race won by five-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson.

Of course, earlier in the day, Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap in the race and she was the first to win the pole for the event when she took it last week. The best previous finish for a woman in the race was Janet Guthrie, who finished ninth in 1978.

The 30-year-old is embarking on her first season as a full-time driver in the highest level of stock-car racing this season after a couple seasons as a part-timer. She’s already a big-time player on the card circuit, though, as she appears on more than 840 different cards and diecasts made through the years with a total value of $31,336.25 not including those pieces that are too rare to track. (Click here for a full checklist and Online Price Guide.)

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Writers once got their due on baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

One recent cardboard purchase of mine was done sight unseen without a card shop, eBay or a shred of league licensing involved.

It began with a random thought — “Does this person have a card?” — and after a search on Beckett.com an answer was in-hand but a set nowhere to be found. Fast forward a couple years later and curiosity grabbed at me once again prompting me to send an email asking someone what they knew, if they had, if available to buy, etc. You know, the typical transaction minutia.

What arrived in my hands last week turned out to be a surprisingly interesting card collection — the 1990 Little Sun Writers set, a small release of 24 glossy cards featuring guys you’ve likely not heard of unless you’re of a certain age or do a lot of reading and writing.

They’re cards of notable baseball writers — Major League Writers per the set’s full name.

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Rittenhouse previews Game of Thrones Season 2 trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans of the Game of Thrones are getting excited for the upcoming season. The trailer for the third season released recently picking up where last season left off.

Along with the trailer, fans also got a glimpse of the newest Game of Thrones trading cards coming out this spring. The Rittenhouse Archives set will highlight the second season with 88 base cards.

Game of Thrones Season Two Trading Cards will have more than 30 actors signing with actors such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow).

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Eruzione collection sells for more than $1 million

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The day finally came for Mike Eruzione. Plenty of sports fans talked about the auction of his hockey collection. It contained memorabilia from the 1980 Olympics including the Miracle on Ice game.

Eruzione’s items sold through Heritage Auctions on Saturday night.

The big seller was his Team USA jersey worn in the 1980 Olympic game in which the Americans defeated the USSR 4-3 in the medal round, dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.”

That jersey sold for $657,250, including a buyer’s premium – but it didn’t get the $1 million many had hoped.

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First Look: 2013 Finest baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been 20 years.

Topps has an anniversary to celebrate this year and it’s doing so in 2013 Finest, the 20th anniversary edition of the line that marked the birth of the Refractor.

Set to arrive on Aug. 14, Finest will include two six-pack mini boxes per box of this with one on-card autographed Rookie Card Refractor and one autographed Jumbo Relic found inside.

Also inside? Designs from 1993 and other memorable releases from Finest’s past.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Turkey Red baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 Topps Turkey Red in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Triple Threads is back and it’s going against the grain — as in its got a whole new look.

Topps unveiled the first images and basic product information for the eighth edition of the popular high-end brand on Friday and it will return on Sept. 11 packing the same pack configuration as last season.

As in one pack per box contains three base cards, two parallel, one Triple Relic and one Unity Single Auto Jumbo Relic, while the second pack contains three base cards two parallels, a Autographed Triple Relic card and a Unity Single Jumbo Relic.

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