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Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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Ripping Retail Retro: 1978 Topps football wax tray

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka from Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they rip into a 1978 Topps wax tray in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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Collecting ’42′ via its baseball cards and its stars

Lucas Black, left, plays Pee Wee Reese while Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in "42" arriving in theaters on April 12. (Warner Bros. photo)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Many of us may think we know the story of Jackie Robinson — and we might from what we have read or seen on cardboard — but for many who see 42 beginning on April 12 his cardboard might be seen a bit differently.

His cards might be seen as must-haves.

Robinson is one of many in the Warner Bros. film who can be found on baseball cards — and some of the actors in the film have their share of collectibles, too. Here’s a rundown of who’s playing who along with some tidbits from an advance screening last week in Dallas as well as stats and values as found in the Beckett.com database.


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Guest commentary: The NBA’s greatest win streak eludes cardboard


By Stan Carlberg | Guest Commentary & Opinion

In the midst of March Madness, the Miami Heat’s historical run has caught the imagination of basketball fans everywhere, including college hoops fanatics. But as much as Miami’s winning streak has intrigued the basketball world, if it weren’t for the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers setting what many believe to be one of the game’s unbreakable records, the Heat’s current run wouldn’t have as much drama or pressure to reach that magical No. 33.

As LeBron James and Co. challenge one of the game’s most coveted marks — and put in a bid as one of the greatest teams ever — in researching collectibles that center around the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak, I was surprised at how little memorabilia there is on the historic run.

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Press Pass jumps on Parks & Recreation license

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of TV’s top shows is coming to cards.

Press Pass announced its newest license for Parks and Recreation while at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas last week. Press Pass had licenses in the entertainment field before with Elvis and Kiss cards. But this takes the company – which usually focuses on racing and football – in a different direction.

“It’s a business we’ve eyed for quite awhile now. We wanted to find a property we felt had some good momentum to kick things off,” said Press Pass’s Tom Farrell, vice president of product development. “Pop culture has been on such a role, from autograph heavy sets to numerous entertainment sets; collectors are just hungry for pop culture products.”

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Topps Heritage in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Red, White and Blue are coming in pack form — with legends of the past, too.

Panini America revealed on Saturday its 2013 USA Baseball Champions product, which will arrive on May 29.

Set to include two autographs and three memorabilia cards per 24-pack hobby box, it also will include retired USA Baseball alumni, prospects and current-day USA squad members all in one 187-card base set.

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Check out an OPG for $5

Ever wanted to check out an Online Price Guide?

Today, Beckett is offering a one-month subscription for $5 to one of five sports: baseball, basketball, football hockey or racing.

To get one of these $5 subscriptions use one of the following codes with the link provided.

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Prizm is coming to hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Prizm is coming to hockey.

Panini America made the announcement at the 2013 Industry Summit. Three-card preview packs of Prizm will be included in 2012-13 Rookie Anthology, coming out in June.

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First look: 2013 Inception football


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

High-end won’t wait for the end of a season.

The first high-end product from Topps is scheduled for the end of July with 2013 Inception football – a hobby-only product.

In this one-pack-per-box product, collectors will get three hits with at least two autographs. Each pack will have seven cards with two veteran base cards and two parallels.

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Industry Summit: Panini America’s corporate address


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – The crowd at The Industry Summit shuffled into a showroom at The Orleans in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The room is usually reserved for concerts or big shows at the casino, but instead Panini America spoke to a room full of dealers.

It did not feel like a typical corporate address at The Industry Summit. The stage had three chairs in the center, banners of Panini’s exclusive athletes and purple lighting, giving the address of far different feel than those held in a conference room.

Panini discussed the company’s growth and where it believes it is headed. Here are the highlights from the address:

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42 & Famous: Chadwick Boseman talks about life-altering role, autographs & collecting

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

DALLAS | It was a Tuesday for everyone, but for Chadwick Boseman an evening screening of 42 was the third leg of a long jaunt around the country, one that began in Washington, D.C., and included a stop hours earlier at Wrigley Field.

After a VIP-only early viewing of the film telling the life’s story of Major League Baseball‘s social pioneer, Jackie Robinson, the 30-year-old unassumingly walked into Theater 5 of the Angelika Film Center wearing a red, white and blue plaid shirt and weathered blue jeans as the house lights slowly raised and the film’s credits rolled behind him.

He received a standing ovation. And then he did a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the assembled film devotees before a brief one-on-one exclusive with Beckett Media about the film and, of course, collecting.

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Box Busters: 2013 Industry Summit Panini Black Box

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Beckett editor Susan Lulguraj was on hand at the 2013 Industry Summit where she opened a Panini America Black Box. Watch the video to see what she pulled.


Panini America signs Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg to exclusive autograph deal

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The ace of the Washington Nationals has a new home.

Panini America announced on Tuesday that it has signed Stephen Strasburg to an exclusive autograph deal.

Terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed. The right-hander was previously a Topps-exclusive player beginning in 2010, when he captivated the baseball world with his dominating debut that was later derailed by injury.

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Cardboard Cameos: 25 years later, a Mariners scout learns he was in “Bull Durham”

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Imagine spending your career — your life — in baseball but never making The Show as a player. Then imagine making the show but not knowing it until 25 years later.

In the case of Alex Smith, the show is Bull Durham.

As part of our “Cardboard Cameos” story in the upcoming Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ve examined several films and spotted real-world baseball cards in some scenes. As it turns out, a real-world baseball card, Smith’s 1987 Durham Bulls ProCards release, got some screen time as a bookmark used by Annie Savoy as she decided to read Walt Whitman poetry to Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh.

And Smith, now the Northeast Scouting Supervisor for the Seattle Mariners, had no idea.

“I received your message, ironically on my birthday,” said Smith, who turned 50 on Monday. “What a unique, interesting gift to find out my baseball card was used in the movie. Never knew that! My initial thoughts? Pretty cool!”

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Industry Summit: Upper Deck’s corporate address

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealers were invited to the company’s corporate address at the Industry Summit on Monday.

Upper Deck gave out prizes during a contest geared around the eBay sales of popular UD cards. But more importantly, it addressed many new products dealers can expect.

However, its big announcement was that Upper Deck reacquired an MLB Players Association license (read more about that here).

Upper Deck created its Diamond Dealer program a couple of years ago for hobby shop owners. Currently, it has 1,639 certified Diamond Dealers with 1,244 in the United States and 395 in Canada – a 12 percent increase from 2012. Upper Deck takes the rules for Diamond Dealers seriously and removed 180 from its program for various reasons.

Here is information on several upcoming products:

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