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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Industry Summit: Leaf’s corporate address

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Leaf’s Brian Gray didn’t hold back during his corporate address at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas on Monday.

Gray talked about the company’s mission for 2013 but also tried to empower dealers in attendance. He implored them to take charge and tell card companies about what they will and will not accept.

“You need to tell other companies you’re not happy,” Gray told the crowd about 300. “And if you don’t stick up for your customers, you don’t deserve a (patch) database, a better redemption process. … The other card companies can suck it or change.”

Gray has been vocal about his opinions in the hobby since he entered the market. He grabs attention by saying what’s on his mind and bringing special autograph guests to the Industry Summit. This year, Leaf brought in Frank Thomas.

However, that was not the point of Gray’s address.

Here are the highlights from Leaf’s session:

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MLBPA grants Upper Deck a baseball card license

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Upper Deck is back in the baseball card business with a license from the MLB Players Association.

The company announced its plans to return to the field on Monday with 2013 Fleer Retro baseball — a high-end product with a selection of remade memorable inserts from its Fleer portfolio.

This puts the company, which lost its MLB Properties license in 2010, back into the baseball fold more firmly with three products set to arrive in the coming months.

It’s unclear when Upper Deck and the MLBPA may have severed ties, but in 2010 the PA publicly advised its players to stop signing for the company, which had not made due payments. Last year, while MLB Properties was seeking unmade settlement payments stemming from its trademark infringement lawsuit, the MLBPA approved a licensing agreement for  2012 SP Signature Edition.

Now, with all of its books apparently in order, the MLBPA is allowing Upper Deck to proceed making union-approved cardboard. That allows it to use current players (non-prospects) in bulk in its products, but not with MLB-owned logos and names on the cards. (Panini America was granted the same license in September 2011.)

“We’re thrilled,” said Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin of the news. “We have been trying to delicately figure out how we wanted to re-introduce ourselves into the baseball market. Working with the MLBPA is a great way to do that.”

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Topps locks up MLB-exclusive license through 2020

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps and MLB Properties are extending their exclusive licensing agreement for baseball cards.

Their deal is extended through the year 2020, according to an announcement made by the company today.

“Since making Topps our exclusive baseball card licensee, they have continually validated that decision by bringing clarity to the marketplace and reinvigorating the hobby, especially among young people,” said Howard Smith, the MLB Senior Vice President, Licensing, in a prepared statement. “Generations of baseball fans have grown more attached to the game through collecting baseball cards, and Topps is continually coming up with new and creative ways to reach the next generation.”

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Cryptozoic to make Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Cryptozoic keeps grabbing hold of licenses for television shows.

The company announced four new licenses at The Industry Summit, including some of the most popular and talked about shows on television right now.

Cryptozoic announced licenses for Breaking Bad (Winter 2013), Sons of Anarchy (Winter 2013), Ender’s Game (Spring 2013) and Pacific Rim (Fall 2013)

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Beckett Graded Card Registry is live

Beckett Grading Services customers have wanted a dedicated registry for years – one that worked seamlessly and provided a great user experience.

The time is now.

The new Beckett Graded Registry is live with collectors already inputting hundreds of cards.

One of the unique aspects of the BGS registry is that it’s completely customizable.

“You get to create any collection you want,” said BGS Director of Grading Mark Anderson. “It could be Hall of Fame Rookie Cards or have a bunch of team collectors get together and build a custom registry of the 40-man roster. The thing about the customer registry is the user gets full control of what they want the registry to be.”

The registry will be able to handle any card in the Beckett database, including non-traditional sports, gaming and non-sports cards.

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A mailday video … just for fun

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds breaks down a mailday of purchases made over the last few months on COMC.com.

Why? Just for fun. (Yes, the video is flipped … he’ll get it right next time.)

What did he buy? How many of the cards were Nick Swishers? Watch and find out …


What is The Industry Summit?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Nearly 500 dealers and industry heads descended on The Industry Summit in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Card companies talk about products, retailers look for new business and dealers network with each other. It’s not a place for collectors, although things happen here tend to trickle down to that level.

“Most every industry has a trade event,” show promoter Kevin Isaacon said. “In this event, people meet to find out how they could make things better than last year.”

This isn’t a card show. It’s not like the National Sports Collectors Convention.

So what exactly IS The Industry Summit?

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First Look: 2013 Elite Football

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Panini is matching old and new with 2013 Elite Football, the company’s third announced product of the upcoming card season.

The company released details about the product on its blog Sunday. Many of the brand’s staples will be returning, such as Rookie Inscriptions and Passing the Torch autographs, which match retired legends and current icons. This year’s Elite series will also feature new insert sets such as the chain crew-inspired First & Goal and laser-cut Panini Portraits.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Opening Day & a Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2013 Topps Opening Day as well as a Hot Box blaster of 2013 Topps Heritage in this doubleheader edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: The Beckett Covers promo card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We’ve got you covered.

Beckett Media is launching its own brand of trading cards on Sunday with a series of four Beckett Covers promo cards that will only be given to a select few.

A total of just 540 encapsulated cards will be released, and all will be encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services for protection and presentation. Each will be limited to no more than 50 serial-numbered copies.

The cards, for this release, will feature cover images for the first issues of Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Football — but with a twist.

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First look: 2013 Topps Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

If 2012 was the year of the rookie, perhaps Topps wants to make 2013 the year of legends.

That seems to be the idea the company is going with for 2013 Topps Football. The tagline: “Own the Game. Build Your Legacy. Become a Legend.”

Topps Football is scheduled for an August release. Regular hobby boxes will have 36 packs with 10 cards in each pack, and one hit. Jumbo boxes will come with 10 50-card packs with three hits with at least two autographs.

Topps is kicking off the 2013 season with a promotion to win prizes including a trip to the 2014 NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere. Collectors have to complete the 110-card “Build Your Legacy” parallel set to win. These cards are numbered to 99 each.

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Pack rip: 2013 Topps Silver Slate Wrapper Redemption

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Beckett Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens 2013 Topps Silver Slate wrapper redemption packs … but not all the cards are silver. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Beckett 20 Questions on … sports movie items

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new blockbuster sports movie coming next month in 42, the latest Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is set to arrive as well with our latest look at collecting things from a slightly different perspective or with a slightly different approach.

You know, one that lets you explore stuff that’s already out there once again — or perhaps dig a little deeper on the auction block where one might not normally look.

Sometimes, it’s a real-world story that shows up on the big screen like in the case of Jackie Robinson‘s tale or even someone perhaps less-remembered in history like Vince Papale here. (In the case of Papale, being the subject of a film where he was played by Mark Wahlberg sparked serious demand for the value of his 1977 Topps Rookie Card.) Other times, we get fictional characters and stories that we all remember and appreciate over time for some of those similar peculiarities or details that we latch onto as collectors in real life.

For this issue, we’re curious about what you think, what you remember and what you know about sports films. Here’s the latest 20 Questions on the topic … after the jump.

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First look: 2012-13 Elite Series basketball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The Elite name apparently isn’t elitist.

Panini America announced on Thursday yet another new NBA product for the 2012-13 season, and it’s got a familiar name — Elite Series.

Not to be confused with the recently released 2012-13 Elite, 2012-13 Elite Series will arrive in May with an assortment of familiar names — insert lines from the past — inside this one.

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Topps gives a peek at 2013 football design

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Ready for the 2013 football season?

If you’re not, hurry up because the card companies are getting ready.

Topps offered a sneak peek into its 2013 base football design.

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Is Turkey Red coming to football?



By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Searching the Internet could lead to some interesting stuff.

Today, I ventured over to the Topps site to get a football checklist and stopped from surprise. Listed under products with the big yellow “New” star was 2012 Topps Turkey Red – for football.

The 2012 Topps Turkey Red football checklist (click here) shows 100 base cards with rookies such as Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck on it (of course, they are both short-prints).

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Cardboard cameos: Baseball cards have had their time on big screen

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s not always stars of the big screen that make their way onto sports cards. Sometimes, if you watch real closely, you can find real-life baseball cards among the props in movies.

Some films, naturally, are sports-related — but some are not.

In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly we’ll offer a look at a few movies where real-life baseball cards got some screen time.

This one? Well, it’s a replica of a 1952 Topps Andy Pafko card from the 2010 comedy Cop Out.

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RIP Google Reader … you gave me a connection to the blogosphere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly | Commentary/Opinion

Sorry Night Owl Cards and Waxaholic. I’d like to extend an apology to 2 x 3 Heroes and It’s like having my own card shop, along with the 300 other or so trading cards I follow on a daily basis.

Google is getting rid of Reader, its RSS newsfeed where over the years I inputted as many card blogs as I could. Blogs kept growing in the past couple of years even after I stopped writing on A Cardboard Problem and eventually created Cards by Sooz.

But one thing that never changed in my blogging world was reading the other blogs that are out there and I was able to do this because of Reader.

Starting July 1, I won’t be able to do this anymore because Reader is being taken out of Google’s rotation of products.

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Free Price Wednesday: Patrick Roy Rookie Card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey

Ever wonder how a grade could change the value of a card?

On Free Price Wednesday, we’re going to look at Patrick Roy’s 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card. In good condition, the card books for $60-$120.

But this is a popularly graded card. The number peeking back at you in the slab could change the value. Beckett offers these values in the Online Price Guide for various cards.

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Mosaiq previews 2013 Sports Card Collector Survey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Who collects cards?

We all have an idea of the “collector” – how they collect, what they want and what they are buying. But the truth might be different from perception. Mosaiq, a market research group, has conducted a study to find some of these answers.

The company will reveal their research findings from the 2013 Sports Card Collector Survey at the Industry Summit next week in Las Vegas. However, a preview of the presentation has revealed interesting trends in the hobby.

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