Posted on March 31, 2013 – 12:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, CM Punk, He-Man, Hello Kitty, Jeremy Lin, John Cena, Kill Bill, KISS, LeBron James, NBA, Ozzy Osbourne, Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, Rocky, Scarface, SDCC, Steve Austin, The Beatles, The Big Lebowski, The Hangover, The Ramones, The Rock, The Wizard of Oz, WWE | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
For toy fans, they’re no secret. But for sports fans? Well, there just might be something cooking.
In the world of vinyl toys, that is.
Lynnwood, Wash.-based Funko is readying its second offering of Pop! vinyl toys coming in late summer with a handful of World Wrestling Entertainment stars getting the collectible anime-style treatment. Six WWE stars will be appearing on 4-inch, $10 figures — The Rock, CM Punk, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, Sheamus and Rey Mysterio.
The figures will arrive in August — but won’t be the first sports toys from the company as it signed a deal with the NBA last year. Its second series of NBA player figures arrives in April — part of a massive offering of entertainment licenses that, if one isn’t purely a sports collector, should entice.
Literally everything from The Walking Dead to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and even Alan and Carlos from The Hangover have appeared on pieces of the pop culture-inflused art.
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Posted on March 31, 2013 – 11:11 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News | Action Packed, autographs, Bud Abbott, I Don't Know, Lou Costello, Panini America, Topps, What, Who, Who's on First? | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
“Who’s on first?” might be an appropriate question for tonight’s season-opener with the Houston Astros involved.
Or perhaps it’s I Don’t Know playing a few spots for the new-look American League squad.
But what we do know is that “Who’s on First?” is 75 years old this season and — believe it or not — there are more than a few baseball cards for “Who,” but not What, I Don’t Know, Today, Tomorrow or even Why.
Maybe for the right fielder, though.
Posted on March 30, 2013 – 5:51 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2013 Sage HIT Low Series, Matt Barkley, SAGE | Comments (1)
Football editor Susan Lulgjuraj rips open some retail 2013 Sage HIT Low Series. Watch the video to see what she pulled.
Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted on March 30, 2013 – 12:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
As people walked the floor of the Industry Summit earlier this month, many stopped at the Famous Fabrics booth looking at what the company has on the schedule.
Then they paused.
Some were taken aback by one card in the showcase – an artistic portrait of Osama Bin Laden, a card that will be included in Horrors of Wars II, due out in late June.
Posted on March 29, 2013 – 6:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen, baseball cards, Gypsy Queen, Topps | Comments (8)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on March 29, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | 2013 Topps WWE, A.J. Lee, box breaks, brock lesnar, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Ripping Retail, WrestleMania, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2013 Topps WWE packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
Posted on March 29, 2013 – 12:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012-13 NBA Hoops, 2012-13 NBA Hoops Taco Bell, NBA, Panini America, Taco Bell | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
There aren’t any panini on the menu, but there’s Panini at Taco Bell.
Yep, there are panini at Taco Bell … Panini America trading cards as part of a new promotion that places new 2012-13 NBA Hoops cards into kid’s meals at the fast food giant.
Posted on March 29, 2013 – 8:43 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013-14 UD Trilogy checklist, 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey, double rookie class, hockey rookie cards, Nail Yakupov, Nail Yakupov Rookie Cards, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Upper Deck is wasting no time in getting Rookie Cards for this season’s NHL call-ups ready.
2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy releases on July 2, the earliest rookies from the 2012-13 season could be put on cards. There will be at least 30 rookies from this year’s class in Trilogy with the likes of Nail Yakupov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Galchenyuk, Dougie Hamilton and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Posted on March 28, 2013 – 10:32 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition, 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition checklist, Dominican Republic, featured, Japan, Robinson Cano, Topps, USA Baseball, World Baseball Classic | Comments (15)
The World Baseball Classic came and went and there’s one big development.
Its baseball cards are going high-end.
Topps unveiled on Thursday its plans for 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition, a hit-per-pack product showing stars from this year’s event, which was won by the Dominican Republic team led by MVP Robinson Cano.
Posted on March 28, 2013 – 10:11 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Totally Certified football, David Wilson, HRX Video Card, Panini America HRX, Robert Griffin III, Warren Sapp | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
The name Totally Certified goes back to the late 1990s. Pinnacle introduced the brand with football, hockey and baseball.
Panini America revived the name in football in 2011, and brought it back for another go-around by releasing 2012 Totally Certified last week. Totally Certified is a hit-driven product with an autograph or memorabilia cards in each of the six packs.
The type of hits can vary in Totally Certified with the obvious autographs and memorabilia cards, but collectors also have a chance at pulling HRX video cards. One of these video cards of Andrew Luck has already popped up on eBay with significant asking price.
Posted on March 28, 2013 – 9:46 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Stars Wars Galactic Files Series 2, Billy Dee Williams, Hans Solo, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Star Wars, Topps | Comments (5)
The Force seems strong with this one.
Topps previewed 2013 Stars Wars Galactic Files Series 2 with added content, including two hits per box.
Series 2 will have one sketch card and one additional hit in every box. The other hit could be a Medallion, Autograph, Dual Autograph or Printing Plate.
Posted on March 28, 2013 – 8:29 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Leaf Trinity Football, Beckett Football, E.J. Manuel, Eddie Lacy, Geno Smith, Leaf Football cards, Trinity Football | Comments (5)
Leaf is prepping for another football product.
The company announced the addition of Trinity Football to its lineup during the Industry Summit last week. Keeping to its name, Trinity will focus on three things: jumbo patch autographs, inscription autographs and glass cards.
Posted on March 28, 2013 – 8:12 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Valor Checklist, 2012 Topps Valor Football, Beckett Football | Comments (1)
Topps’ 2012 Valor football has been out for nearly a week. The rookie product has been talked about through the week with many collectors immediately noticing the unique packaging – a tin box that resembles more of a prop from the movie ‘300.’
Does this high-end product have staying power? Will it be something we see again next year?
Valor uses strong symbolism throughout putting together inserts such as ‘Courage’ and ‘Glory.’ While Topps doesn’t use many words, the focus of Valor is clear.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 5:24 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2012-13 Rookie Anthology Hockey, Beckett Hockey, Chris Kreider, Jaden Schwartz, Panini America, Panini America Hockey, Prizm Hockey, Sven Baertschi | Comments (2)
Rookie Anthology made its debut last year with an eclectic group of cards in one box. Collectors found Rookie Cards for previously released products for many late call-ups.
This time around, Panini America is keeping with the same theme but adding a couple extras such as Prizm preview packs.
Because of the limited amount of rookies that are allowed in 2012-13 products, Panini canceled many of its regular hockey products this season – limiting the amount of Rookie Cards for players such as Sven Baertschi, Chris Kreider and Jaden Schwartz.
This seems like a perfect moment for 2012-13 Rookie Anthology.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 4:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Topps Turkey Red Football checklist, 2012 Turkey Red Football, Alfred Morris, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Turkey Red | Comments (5)
Topps is officially bringing Turkey Red back to football.
Turkey Red will be only available from Topps.com with the set up similar to a recent successful sale of Turkey Red Baseball.
Football will go live on Topps.com with a limited print run on April 3 and will ship on April 10. Boxes of 11 cards will run $24.99, which includes nine base cards, one mini and one autograph.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 2:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, World Of Sports | Adam Sandler, Any Given Sunday, Bob Barker, Charlie Sheen, Days of Thunder, Goon, Happy Gilmore, Jamie Foxx, Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber, Major League, Moneyball, Tom Cruise | Comments (25)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion
What if you could open a pack of cards and find absolutely anything inside … what would it be?
It’s a simple question that could have so many answers from so many people if the real-world realities of intellectual property rights, personality rights and so on didn’t exist. You know, that’s the stuff that all involves money if a product is to be sold using somebody’s owned logos, names, trademarks and so on.
For some of us out there, fantasy cards can become a reality when we sit down with a copy of Photoshop and make those ideas happen just for fun. However, in the real world for cards to exist and be sold there are plenty of legal hurdles that must be cleared. With the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at sports movies and their memorabilia, and one short column in that issue talks about one of my “other” hobbies and how it came about.
What’s my niche? When it comes to fantasy cards, I’ve dabbled here and there with cards of sports stars from movies. Why? Why not. They’re just for fun, of course.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 12:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | In The Game, itg, ITG Ultimate Memorabilia, Nail Yakupov, Nathan MacKinnon, Ultimate Memorabili 12th Edition | Comments (5)
The 12th edition of In The Game’s Ultimate Memorabilia is almost here.
Each box contains just three cards with one base, one autograph and game-used memorabilia card. The set features current and former hockey stars – and in many cases on the same card.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 11:50 am | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 SAGE HIT High Series, autographs, SAGE | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 SAGE HIT High Series cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 11:26 am | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Press Pass, 2013 Press Pass football cards, press pass | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 10:51 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | Evgeni Malkin, KHL, Kontineltal Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Sergei Bobrovsky, Zdeno Chara | Comments (0)
In honor of having one of the Kontinental Hockey League’s most popular seasons, Sereal is putting out a new set to match – KHL Gold Collection.
KHL Gold Collection comes with just about everything a collector wants in a set – inserts, autographs, patches and even gold cards. The set comes out in just a few days and it will feature many NHLers who played the start of their hockey season overseas.
Sereal has previewed many of the upcoming cards, including booklets and engrave gold plates.
Posted on March 27, 2013 – 8:18 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Attack of the Baseball Cards, Hakeem Nicks, NFL Player of the Day, Panini America, Panini Player of the Day | Comments (0)
Frank Rosato couldn’t believe the words being read aloud by the owner of his local card shop.
The New Jersey resident listened intently to a letter from Panini America and it seemed to take a second to soak in just what was said. Rosato was the national grand prizewinner in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day promotion.
Rosato will get to spend the day with New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks on April 27. Rosato will get a private party with Nicks, sign free autographs for fans at Attack of the Baseball Cards in Union, N.J, and get a $250 shopping spree to spend on Panini products.
Posted on March 26, 2013 – 5:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Topps Heritage Minors, 2013 Topps Pro Debut, Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros, minor league baseball, Nolan Ryan, Topps | Comments (11)
For one Maryland man collecting is a family affair, and it’s his son who drove him to do something he’s never done before.
Next month, on April 18, Tim Kane will become a minor league baseball player.
Kane, of Millersville, Md., will be a member of the Corpus Christi (Texas) Hooks for a day as the winner of Topps‘ Make Your Pro Debut contest found in packs of 2012 Topps Heritage Minors baseball cards.
“I hope to win this contest so when my son opens his next pack of Pro Debut,” he wrote in his winning essay, “I can see the shock and joy when he realizes his father is on that card.”
Posted on March 26, 2013 – 5:09 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 NFL rookies, Beckett Football, Colin Kaepernick, Doug Martin, nfl, Russell Wilson | Comments (72)
The 2012 NFL season will be remembered for the hyped-up rookies that made good and veterans who proved they were still elite players despite serious offseason surgery.
However, several football players unexpectedly jumped on to the scene in 2012 – guys who were afterthoughts or backups coming into the season.
Here’s a look at some who surprised in 2012.
1. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay, RB (Martin’s OPG): The Tampa Bay rookie had 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns on 319 carries. Martin was a first-round draft pick, but excelling this quickly caught many by surprise. By Week 9, NFL fans knew his name as Martin rushed for 251 yards in a 42-32 win over Oakland.
Posted on March 26, 2013 – 4:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2012 Fleer Retro, 2012 Fleer Retro Football, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Fleer Retro from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on March 25, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 1993 SP, 2004 Score, 2004 Score Gold Rush, 2013 Topps Heritage, Daniel Hudson, Jose Canseco, Tommy John, Tommy John Surgery | Comments (1)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson blew out his elbow during a game last season and apparently got a not-so-happy reminder of the injury recently.
With a look at his 2013 Topps Heritage baseball card.
“Thank[s] @toppscards for using a close up of me right after my elbow blew out,” he tweeted with an image of card No. 141 in the set. “Card will be around forever as a reminder!”
Well, as it turns out, it’s not the only “moment” card that led to Tommy John Surgery.