Monthly Archives: February 2013

Box Busters: 2012-13 Limited hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dave Sliepka and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012-13 Limited from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contenders football celebrates 20 years on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Twenty years ago the first Contenders football product launched. Playoff started a product that would last decades with some of the most celebrated football rookies on cards.

Rookies from the 1993 set included Drew Bledsoe, Jerome Bettis and Mark Brunell.

Over the next couple of years, Donruss released cards of rookies on unique insert designs, looking to find something that would resonate with collectors.

Then came 1998 – the debut of Rookie Contenders Ticket, an autograph subset that became a mainstay even under Panini America.

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Jagr moves into a tie for 10th all-time scoring

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The puck found Jaromir Jagr’s stick, he flicked it toward the net and it sailed passed Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk.

The goal won it for the Dallas Stars in overtime, a much-needed win in a short season, but the goal meant more for the history of the game.

Jagr’s 668th career goal put him for tenth place with Luc Robataille on the all-time scoring list.

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Rare baseball photo sells for $92,000

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A rare 1865 photo of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team sold for $92,000 Wednesday night in Biddeford, Maine, after it was reportedly discovered in a photo album at a yard sale.

Auctioned by the Saco River Auction Company, the SGC-authenticated photo shows nine players and a manager for the team, which was established in 1855 as part of the National Association of Baseball Players.

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Dwyane Wade autographs return in 2012-13 Elite

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is adding some Flash to its latest basketball sets.

After more than two years on the sidelines, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will have his first certified autographs in some time in the forthcoming 2012-13 Panini Elite, which is set to arrive on Feb. 20. (Click here for a checklist and OPG when ready.)

Wade, a former Topps spokesman, has not had a certified autograph since one Topps product made for the its abbreviated 2009-10 season of releases, Bowman 48 (below). Not long after this release, Panini America became the NBA’s official exclusive manufacturer of cards.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Magic Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj rips into 2012 Topps Magic Football, which releases this week. Check out what she pulled from a blaster and a rack pack.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Hockey. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook.

Upper Deck announces plans for NHL rookie redemptions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hang on to those Upper Deck rookie redemptions.

The company will begin redeeming its NHL rookie redemptions found in 2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 and 2012-13 Artifacts starting in July, the earliest card companies can produce cards of this season’s newest players.

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League of Their Own director Penny Marshall finally gets her own baseball card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

She’s been on television since the 1960s, brought A League of Their Own to the big screen and has a very notable collection of sports memorabilia.

But now she has her own baseball card.

Penny Marshall makes her trading card — and certified autograph — debut in 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, the latest multi-sport offering from Leaf Trading Cards which arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday.

Although known for her role in the long-running TV show Laverne and Shirley, Marshall was the first female director to have a film gross more than $100 million with Big (1988) and League (1992), which brought the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League into homes and into the national consciousness.

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Axl Rose to sign first certified autographs for Topps

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Welcome to the jungle.

Topps announced the headliner in its forthcoming 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal Autographs set on Tuesday, and it’s none other than Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.

It will be Rose’s first fully licensed trading card appearance and his first certified autograph as he has nothing listed in the database. The singer was an icon of the late-1980s and early 1990s as his band’s 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide while five other records sold more than 65 million copies total.

The 10-card  autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. There will be a standard version of the cards as well as one that will be limited to 25 copies and printed on metal.

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First look: 2012-13 Momentum basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

If you thought the hobby had gained enough momentum after a recent football card release, think again.

Momentum is coming to the hardwood.

Panini America unveiled its plans for 2012-13 Momentum basketball on Monday, a high-end release that will arrive on April 8.

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Olympic gold medal, Stanley Cup rings highlight Classic Auctions winter collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Classic Auctions’ Winter 2013 Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction opened to bidders today with plenty of memorabilia, cards and interesting items hockey collectors could enjoy.

The auction consists of more than 1,100 lots of many vintage items.

One of the most popular lots in the early bidding is a 13-inch Calgary Flames 1988-89 Stanley Cup Championship Trophy. The starting bid opened at $1,500 and has already shot past $2,000 with nearly a month left on the auction.

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Jacoby Jones excites at Super Bowl, Rookie Cards spike

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When thinking of the Baltimore Ravens receiving corps, Jacoby Jones’ name doesn’t immediately come to mind. The speedster makes more noise returning kickoffs or punts.

That’s where he shined against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 2007 draft pick gave football fans the most electrifying play of Super Bowl XLVII when he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 108 yards for a touchdown.

Jacoby Jones – now you will remember it.

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Panini Prizm Gold entice football collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Prizm football came out last week – Panini America’s answer to chrome to cards, a favorite among card collectors.

Prizm utilizes chrome-like technology on a new base design for its football product. The set features all the big football stars with 2012 rookies as well.

But like all “chrome-ish” type of cards, collectors seem to love color. In this case, it’s gold.

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Must-have Super Bowl sets and singles

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

While the Super Bowl comes once a year, the event lives on in cardboard – with numerous sets and singles devoted to NFL championship lore. Here’s a look at key Super Bowl sets, as well as other notable cards that showcase football’s most significant (and sometimes humorous) moments.

Top sets

1990 Pro Set Super Bowl MVPs – Pro Set had its flaws, with mass production and errors leading to the company’s demise. But sometimes the results were stunning, and such was the case with 1990 Pro Set Super Bowl MVPs, an insert set highlighting the big game’s biggest players. Each card shows a painting of Super Bowl MVPs, starting with Packers QB Bart Starr and leading to 49ers legend Joe Montana, the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXIV. Pro Set produced a number of Super Bowl-themed releases, but these cards are the most memorable.

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Joe Flacco named Super Bowl MVP

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

After a long night and a postseason for the record books, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco emerged as Super Bowl XLVII MVP.

Flacco had three touchdowns in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers for an impressive 11-touchdown, zero-interception playoff performance. Flacco finished 22-for-33 for 287 in Sunday’s 34-31 win over the 49ers.

As the New Jersey native stood at the podium hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it must have felt like justice for many Ravens fans. Flacco never gained the type of respect many quarterbacks around him received – even though he had been to the playoffs every year he has been in the league.

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Box Busters: 2012 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Arthur Ashe estate items up for auction

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

Arthur Ashe’s 1992 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year trophy could be yours, in a current auction featuring the tennis great’s memorabilia and writings.

The Arthur Ashe Estate Auction, run by Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia, runs until Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The Sportsman of the Year trophy – emblazoned with silhouettes of ancient athletes – was awarded to Ashe “For Symbolizing in Character and Performance, The Ideals of Sportsmanship” as he faced his public battle with AIDS. He had contracted HIV during a blood transfusion, and spent the final years of his life advocating on behalf of AIDS-related causes.

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Sports Illustrated publishes salute to Stan Musial

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Fans of a baseball legend have one more piece to add to their collections.

Sports Illustrated has published a 76-page full-color tribute to Stan Musial, who died on Jan. 19 at age 92.

The magazine, which arrived in stores Thursday, includes stories from the SI archives, plenty of its famed photographs and more. It carries a $7.99 cover price.

Some past tribute issues, such as one for Dale Earnhardt in 2001, have become valuable collectibles in the short-term, while championship-focused special issues can be popular but are often not as valuable.

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Leaf previews Metal Draft and Valiant

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The next season of football cards is just a couple of months away with companies getting the hottest draft picks on cards. Leaf is coming out with two products highlighting some of the top young talent.

Leaf Metal Draft and Leaf Valiant both release in early March with players such as Matt Barkley and Manti Te’o.

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