Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ripping Retail: Fairfield Collector’s Cache Box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a Fairfield Collector’s Cache Box baseball card repack ($14.99, Target) in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Calling all sports artists … Beckett Media wants to hear from you!

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

From vintage sets to today’s sketch cards and countless collectable lithograph options, art is everywhere in the collectibles world.

In a future issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore memorable artwork, sets (1953 Topps, anyone?) and artists who we think define the times — both the past and present.

And here’s where we want your help.

If you’re a sports artist, we want to hear from you — whether you paint, do sketch cards, comics, lithos, sculpt or do other types of work. (If you don’t do sports, but are in the non-sports card field, drop us a line, too.) Or, if you’re not an artist — but you collect certain artists’ works — tell us about them.

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Beckett to host JSA session in Dallas on Saturday

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (March 9) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

First Look: 2012-13 Fleer Retro basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Upper Deck is dipping into its Fleer archives once again.

The company unveiled the first looks and product details for the sophomore release of perhaps the biggest hit for the 2011-12 basketball season on Thursday as Fleer Retro will return in June with nods to some of the most popular insert sets of the 1990s.

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First look: 2013 Goodwin Champions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With golf, baseball, football and Olympic athletes in 2013 Goodwin Champions, Upper Deck has a wild assortment of sports stars.

Set for a July release, Goodwin Champions is coming back with basics that make the product popular and adding a bunch of extras to make it unique. It Came From Outer Space! Cards are back again with Museum Collection Wild West Relics or new Element Booklet Relics.

Some of the cards collectors will have to see believe.

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Your Turn (Beckett Basketball No. 248): Who would be king of 2003 had LeBron gone to college?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A decade ago, we witnessed The Arrival — and we saw his delayed coronation as The King of the NBA (at least for a year) last season.

It’s been 10 years since LeBron James arrived in the NBA and we’ve been amazed by his performances on the court and, well, of his cardboard.

And he’s only 28.

For the Your Turn page in Beckett Basketball, we’ll be looking back at the arrival of the 2003 NBA Draft’s stars and we simply want to know your answer to this question … Who would be The King — on the court and in the hobby — of the 2003 NBA Draft had LeBron opted for college? (Here’s a list of the players drafted if you can’t remember.)

Tell us who — and why — and we’ll run a selection of your answers in the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

First look: 2012-13 ITG’s Between the Pipes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Between the Pipes has been part of In The Game’s roster for a decade.

ITG’s popular set is back for another round with more hits. 2012-13 Between the Pipes will have Goaliegraphs fall at a rate of one in every seven packs while memorabilia cards fall at a rate of one in every eight packs.

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Details on 2013 Topps Heritage variations emerge as packs are ripped, cards hit eBay

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Hey, Washington Nationals fans … we bet you didn’t know Bryce Harper played in “Pittsburfh” last season.

That’s the case according to the rare short-printed error variation of the reigning National League Rookie of the Year in 2013 Topps Heritage, which officially arrived on Wednesday.

It’s one of six cards with error-related variations — each nods to uncorrected errors in the 1964 Topps set that Heritage emulates this year.  How much did the first one sell for on eBay? A modest amount.

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Box Busters Live: 2013 Topps Heritage … watch the replay + WIN A BOX

 

Ever wanted to join in on an episode of Box Busters in real time instead of YouTube tape delay? Now you can …

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Susan Lulgjuraj as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Heritage baseball cards and chat with you in the newest edition of Box Busters Live.

When? Today (Wednesday, March 6) — 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern)

Where? Right here on Beckett.com/news, (video will be embedded above) or via the Beckett Media Google Plus page. You will need to go to the Google Plus page to ask questions to the rippers, though you can also join in via YouTube.

What else? We’ll be giving away wax, singles and maybe more during the two-hour event.

More on Heritage, which may come in handy during the chat …  Click here for a look at the checklist      |    Click here to see the latest Heritage auctions on eBay

 

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Leaf announces Johnny Manziel as mystery redemption

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf Metal Draft and Leaf Valiant released with a rare mystery redemption.

The company announced Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – and latest Heisman Trophy Winner – will be the redemption.

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Upper Deck’s response to recent polarizing post

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck posted one female hockey fan’s collecting strategies on Tuesday, which gained attention throughout the collecting community.

Here is the post in question, and here is Upper Deck’s candid response:

“Upper Deck’s social media strategy is to actively engage our fans and share the stories of our collectors. Upper Deck was the first company to utilize a corporate blog and remains one of the few that actively profiles collectors and their stories. Upper Deck has profiled 45 collectors on the blog to date and will continue to tell the story of different collectors because that is what makes this hobby so unique, how different each collector is. As an organization we also feel it is important to share the story of families that collect together in order to strengthen their family bond. That was certainly the case with this story.

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Upper Deck alienates female hockey collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary/Opinion

Seriously?

I’m still waiting for the punchline. That’s how I felt when I read Upper Deck’s blog post supposedly written by a female fan. She bases her collecting focuses on a player’s looks.

That’s all well and good. You’re allowed to look at someone and gauge their looks. It’s human nature.

But for Upper Deck to endorse this post and write on Twitter “Here’s a story for the female @NHL fans out there. How to (sic) #collect NHL cards from a female correspondent,” is demeaning, thoughtless and sexist.

Here’s an example (up top is a screen grab of the post):

“I like to tune in early to see them introduce the goalie matchup where they show both netminders (usually unmasked) so I can pick the one who is cuter and cheer for his team during the game. This strategy makes watching dozens of games for which I have no personal investment in the outcome suddenly more entertaining and recommend more women hockey fans give it a try.”

Seriously, Upper Deck? You thought this would be a good idea to post on your company blog and never once thought you would alienate some of your customers?

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First Look: 2013 Panini Golden Age baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Golden Age has extended itself for at least another year.

Panini America revealed its plans for the sophomore release of its retro-styled baseball card set (one that includes way more than just baseball) on Tuesday as it announced 2013 Panini Golden Age is planned to arrive in June.

A 150-card base set will include stars from the sports world as well as newsmakers from the worlds of politics and pop culture. Each standard card, the company said, will have six mini variations for collectors to chase. Part of that pop culture? The Three Stooges are back once again — this time with a nine-card insert set of their own — as well as other appearances. Also part of the pop culture experience? Comic book icon Stan Lee and actress Bo Derek for starters.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Elite basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2012-13 Elite from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.      |      Want to see how these are selling on eBay? Click here.

Box Busters: 2012 Panini National Treasures

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2012 Panini National Treasures in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside this high-end box? Watch and find out …

(Click here to see how other cards from this one selling on eBay.)

First look: 2012-13 Panini Brilliance basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has yet another new basketball card line for NBA collectors — and this one’s brilliant.

It’s brilliant as in shining brightly and that’s exactly what 2012-13 Panini Brilliance will do when it arrives in late May.

With two autographs, one memorabilia card and 15 more additional inserts in every 20-pack hobby box Brilliance will include a shining example of a large basketball base set as well.

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Press Pass shows off newest football inscription autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Press Pass is in final preparations for its latest pre-draft release. 2013 Press Pass Rookie Football comes out March 20th with six on-card autographs in every box.

One of the most popular features of Press Pass from year-to-year are the Autograph Inscriptions. Players sign their names, but with a little something extra.

Most of the 2013 NFL prospects went the safe route with their inscriptions, rooting on their college team. But a few players decided to change it up. Red Ink autographs are randomly inserted into the product.

Players include Matt Barkley, Manti Te’o, Tyler Wilson and others.

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Chicago Blackhawks improbable run and their cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks have surprised the hockey world with its play this year. Sure, they’re good, but the Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation, earning a point in every game this season.

Here’s a look at some of the players that have made it happen and their cards.

Patrick Kane
Kane has been the offensive leader t season with 26 points (11 goals and 15 assists) – good for sixth in the league. Kane has a knack for scoring, but is able to get the puck in the right place for his teammates.

Total cards: 1,598
RC: 20
Autos: 438

Key cards
2007-08 The Cup #185 JSY AU /99 RC
2007-08 Upper Deck Ice #221 /99 RC
2007-08 Ultimate Collection #159 /99 RC

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2013 Topps Heritage in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Click here to see more from Heritage.   |    Click here to see the latest Heritage auctions on eBay.

Box Busters: 2013 SAGE HIT Low 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 Low Series in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Click here to see the latest SAGE HIT auctions on eBay.

Box Busters: 2013 Leaf Metal Draft football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Leaf Metal Draft in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Click here to see the latest Leaf Metal Draft auctions on eBay.

Preview Gallery: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The official arrival of 2013 Topps Heritage is about a week away, but the images are tricking in as Topps teases what’s to come.

Here’s a selection of what’s been seen — so far — in a gallery of images that we’ll add to as the cards arrive. Once the product is live at retail, we’ll post a massive gallery of highlights and interesting cards from what we pull.

See it all … after the jump. (Click here for a look at the checklist.)      |    Click here to see the latest Heritage auctions on eBay.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Supreme football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 Topps Supreme  in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Click here to see the latest Supreme auctions on eBay.

Andrew Luck 2012 Contenders Championship Ticket goes for $42K, but seller doesn’t get paid

Update: The card went to auction again, but the seller did not get paid a second time. He decided to do it as a BIN on eBay, and the card sold for $7,500 and was paid for this time.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

Whenever you open a pack of cards, how many times do you wish to pull the big one – the mega item that could solve all of your financial woes?

We’ve all done it from time to time, slowing peeking at a potential hit card to see if it’s the pull everyone wants.

Recently, Wisconsin collector Derek Reiter got that card. He pulled an autographed 2012 Contenders Championship Ticket of Andrew Luck, a 1-of-1, probably the top card in the product.

Reiter listed the card on eBay and in just a couple of days the price had shot to five figures. By the time the auction was over, the card sold for $42,300 on Feb. 20.

But that word “sold” is a funny one. An auction ends, but money doesn’t actually change hands just yet. So many things could go wrong with buyers who are not prepared to actually buy.

That’s what happened in this case.

Reiter didn’t get paid. He was told by the top bidder “his kids bid on it.”

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First look: 2013 UFC Finest

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

UFC Finest is back for another season on cards.

The popular Topps brand will showcase fighters from the UFC and Strikeforce such as Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and Benson Henderson.

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New National Treasures cards evoke memories of an old and soon-to-be-registered treasure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

When the debut edition of National Treasures baseball arrived yesterday from Panini America with a heavy game-used presence of legends such as Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson in tow, I couldn’t help but have a few questions.

How much money in memorabilia just left the Panini vault in this one?

How much money could I save elsewhere if I did the unthinkable (for me) and tried to get a box?

How would this one not have been a contender for Product of the Year and other Beckett Baseball awards had it come out during 2012?

After that wave of thoughts washed over me — and after a couple hours of compulsively window-shopping on eBay — I remembered one time years ago when I found my own little national treasure in a pack from Donruss.

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First look: 2013 Prestige Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The next season of football product is creeping up.

Panini America previewed 2013 Prestige football cards, revealing a breakdown of the one of the first NFL-licensed cards on the market.

Prestige will be Panini’s second football product with late-June release. Each hobby box will have four hits with at least two autographs in every box.

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