Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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