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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Can you smell what Funko Pop! is cooking?

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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Who’s on cards? I don’t know … but Abbott and Costello are

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.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Sage Hit Low Series

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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.

Bin Laden card to be in Horrors of War II

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.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

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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 …

Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps WWE wrestling cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2013 Topps WWE packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail. 

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini America offers reason to make a taco run

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

There aren’t any panini on the menu, but there’s Panini at Taco Bell.

What?

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.

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First look: 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey (with checklist)

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.

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First Look: 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition (with checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Veteran hits highlight 2012 Totally Certified football

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.

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First look: 2013 Stars Wars Galactic Files Series 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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A sneak peek at Leaf Trinity football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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A look at 2012 Topps Valor football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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First look: 2012-13 Rookie Anthology Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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Turkey Red Football an online exclusive for Topps

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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What if you could find anything on a card?

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.

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First look: ITG’s Ultimate Memorabilia

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2013 SAGE HIT High Series football cards

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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 …

Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass football cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Sereal previews KHL Gold Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

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.

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New Jersey resident wins a day with Hakeem Nicks

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Maryland collector will make pro debut in April

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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 ToppsMake 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.”

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CONTEST: Four NFL players who surprised in 2012

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2012 Fleer Retro football cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Don’t worry, Daniel Hudson … you weren’t the first

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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