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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pete Rose’s exclusion in MLB products is nothing new — and it’s MLB’s call that he’s out

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Pete Rose has been banned from Major League Baseball and on its Ineligible List for more than 20 years now and that has meant one thing that should be obvious to collectors.

He hasn’t had a single, officially licensed baseball card since.

It’s nothing new, but his name being omitted from the Career Chase trivia lines in the 2013 Topps baseball set has at least one collector angry, who foolishly took Topps to task for something that’s out if its hands.

And I’ll use the word again. Foolish.

Why would I say that? Rose is on baseball’s Ineligible List — banned for life from the game for his gambling habits while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. That bans him from MLB cards, too — and that’s Major League Baseball’s call. A player who is banned will not be in an MLB-approved product — period.

Otherwise? Topps won’t be making MLB cards. Rose is perfectly welcomed elsewhere on cardboard — and he’s been a draw for companies who have gone without licensing.

“Since Pete Rose is banned from baseball,” said Matt Bourne, the MLB Vice President of Business Public Relations, on Wednesday, “he is not included in MLB-licensed products.”

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Beckett By The Numbers: 2013 Topps baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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

The 2013 Topps baseball card set has arrived on Beckett.com with the favorites, autographs and memories in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer – and see even more — after the jump.

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Free Price Wednesday: 2013 Topps Derek Jeter cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s Wednesday and around these parts at Beckett that means Free Price Wednesday!!!

OK, sometimes I get a little hyper about things, but this FPW will be fun. The newest product to get pricing in the OPG is 2013 Topps Baseball. And with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, it seems like a great time to check out the set.

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Marvel’s Guardians of Galaxy to release with comic

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Comic book fans are readying for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy when it comes out in March.

Along with the new comic comes limited edition trading cards. The cards will feature the super heroes on cards to be given out at select shops during the launch party.

Characters on the cards include Iron Man, Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot.

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Box Busters: 2012 SP Game-used golf cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 SP Game-used golf cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps creates world’s largest baseball card

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Photos courtesy of Topps

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Prince Fielder is used to the big-boy jokes, but he’s got nothing on this.

Topps unveiled the world’s largest baseball card Tuesday morning in Lakeland, Fla., a 90-by-60 foot version of Fielder’s card in the 2013 set.

The unveiling took place with Fielder on hand along with groups of youth league baseball players to help unveil the card at Peterson Park near the Tigers’ spring training home.

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Commercial stars sign for Wacky Packages

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We always seem to remember specific commercials and Topps is tapping into that nostalgia in its newest Wacky Packages product.

Wacky Packages All-New Series 10 Collector Edition comes out on March 13. Inside will be Commercial Star Autographs.

Just think back to 1980s and 1990s to some of the most popular commercials. No doubt, you probably thought of the Life cereal with Mikey loving the food. Mikey, all grown up, will be one of the autographs collectors can snag in Wacky Packages.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass FanFare Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Autograph cards of the 2013 football draft picks start showing up early this spring. Press Pass is putting out a couple of products before the April draft to get collectors started.

In April, Press Pass will release 2013 Press Pass Fanfare Football featuring one pack of five autographs.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

It’s time to start going through football mock drafts and ranking your favorite college players. The early football products will be here soon enough.

Press Pass kicks off its football schedule on March 20 with 2013 Press Pass Football, featuring six five-card packs with an autograph in every pack. Press Pass signed nearly 70 potential draft picks with players such as Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Manti Te’o and Marcus Lattimore.

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First look: 2013 Topps Turkey Red baseball cards (with checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Turkey Red is coming … and it arrives in a week.

As previously reported, Topps is releasing an edition of Turkey Red baseball cards this year exclusively as a ShopTopps.com item and it’s set to arrive in just one week, on Feb. 18.

Each 11-card $20 box will include one autograph and a selection of 10 cards from a 100-card base set in the familiar look of the past cards. There will be 43 signers for the product and Black parallels of autos limited to 10 as well as 1/1 Red parallels. Also to be found are printing plates. Pre-orders begin tomorrow and the product will ship next week. There is a limit of 25 boxes per household.

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Print run for 2012 Contenders short-prints

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One question collectors always ask after opening a box of Contenders Football is ‘Who are the short prints?’

Panini America announced an incomplete list of short prints for 2012 Contenders with print runs.

Need to know more? Well, the company did give collectors a little hint to find your own SPs – look at the backs of the cards. Base versions include the player’s draft position, college, height, weight and birthday in the box at the bottom, right of the card. The variations do not.

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Canada celebrates National Hockey Card Day

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

If the NHL lockout got you down and you stopped collecting cards, perhaps today is a good day to get back in the hobby.

It’s National Hockey Card Day in Canada (don’t worry Americans, your day is next week). In celebration, Upper Deck is giving away free packs of cards at participating hobby shops across the country.

The set consists of 16 cards from current and former members of Team Canada such as Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur. Fans can also head to Toys “R” Us or London Drugs to get one of five oversize cards.

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Your Turn (Beckett Basketball No. 247): Who’s the break-out star of the season?

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A year ago, Linsanity was taking the NBA by storm and creating cardboard calamity that hadn’t been seen in some time on the hardwood.

This year, James Harden seems to be injecting himself into the top-player spotlight as he’s dominating with a new team and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kobe and LeBron.

For the Your Turn page in Beckett Basketball, we simply want to know … who do you think is break-out star of the 2012-13 season?

Maybe it’s one of today’s rookies or a guy who’s been around but found a key spot where he can shine — and turn common cardboard into something more.

Tell us who and why and we’ll run a selection of your answers in the 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.

First look: 2013 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Once again, it’s time to take a trip down on the farm — and this year you might find Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh.

Topps released the basic information and first preview images for its newest edition of minor-league cardboard on Friday as 2013 Topps Pro Debut will offer a look at life before the bigs for the fourth straight year.

As the exclusive licensee for in-pack cardboard for Minor League Baseball, Topps’ latest Pro Debut offerings will arrive on June 5 with two autographs, one patch card and one patch or Relic card in every hobby box.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this not-even-out-yet product? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Panini Prizm football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Panini Contenders

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Panini Contenders boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

First advance one-sheet for 42 arrives

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The first piece of 42 memorabilia has arrived.

Warner Brothers released the first advance one-sheet poster for the Jackie Robinson biopic on Friday, a film that will chronicle the story of Major League Baseball’s social pioneer.

Starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, it’s set to arrive in theaters on April 12.

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Card show report: Garfield, N.J. (Feb. 3)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

For a card show that runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., getting there two hours before closing is late. In Garfield, N.J., this long-time running show is for the early birds.

They grab their morning coffees, ready for a show with a couple dozen dealers and head out on Sunday morning. The show occurs every two weeks at the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield.

The best thing about the show is the assortment of items. There aren’t just cards here, but old magazines and programs, bobbleheads, old board games, and, of course, new and vintage cards.

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Topps Magic blends old with the new

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Magic wasn’t available in retail shops last year. Topps made the football product an online-only release. But something about the nostalgic set resonates with collectors.

So for this year – when the 2012 rookie crop has moved product – Topps brought Magic back into the hands of collectors.

Topps Magic is a celebration of Topps’ football history on cards. While not as pronounced as baseball’s past, the first football ‘cards’ produced by Topps came in 1948.

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