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Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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First look: 2013 Score Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini’s first release of the 2013 football season will be Score. But this isn’t just the start of the collecting season for Panini, this is Score’s 25th anniversary.

For the anniversary, Panini is getting a bit nostalgic using the 1989 design for rookies. Players such as Geno Smith and Eddie Lacy will get the same design treatment as Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman and Deion Sanders’ Rookie Cards.

Panini is spicing up the content of Score, which is not a product known for hits.

However, there will be three hits with at least two autographs in every hobby box. Compared to last season where there just four autos in every hobby case.

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UPDATE: Panini previews Black Boxes for Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Industry Summit kicks off Sunday with card companies and hundreds of dealers converging on Las Vegas to discuss the state of the hobby.

While there is plenty of business talk, there are still aspects that make it fun for those attending.

Panini America is rolling out its Black Box promo once again – a place to get special rare cards specifically made for this type of event.

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Superman: The Legend Trading Cards preview

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With all the comic book cards on trading cards lately, we can’t forget the Man of Steel.

Superman: The Legend Trading Cards will be released later this month by Cryptozoic.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports movie?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

We’ve made our picks for our 20 favorite sports movies in the past, but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — The Sports Movies Issue — we want to hear from you.

If you have pride in your Yankees film, if you have a field of dreams out back — or maybe just a sandlot — or if you just like the money shown to you (on DVD, of course), then we want to know about it.

Heck, if you collect items relating to your favorite film, even better … tell us about that, too.

Tell us, in a comment along with your name and location … What is your favorite sports movie … and why?

It can be any sport, any era … we want to know. Make a compelling case and you just might see your response in the next issue.

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.

Upper Deck releases Fleer Retro Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck has taken hold of the Fleer Retro name this year, bringing back inserts that many thought died in the 1990s.

Fleer Retro Football is out with a number of cards from the new set showing up on eBay.

Fleer Retro is not about the hits in the recent sense of the word. There are autographs in the product, but the real excitement seems to come when pulling one of the rare inserts such as this Jambalaya Joe Namath card.

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My first Registry is easily beatable … or is it?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Sometimes, my grand ideas don’t aways go to plan.

Not long ago, I wrote about one of my rarest graded cards and how I planned to have it be among my first registered cards. I was wrong and I was as predictable as can be once I saw that the Beckett Graded Registry was live today. I went back to my well — and instead registered my toughest find.

My first registry is “For Major Leaguers only” and it’s for the toughest not-supposed-to-be-tough-set I know, the 1989 Major League Movie collection. You see, the Registry isn’t for just the 1952 Topps collectors of the world — it’s for any weird little niche you can find. And mine? Well, you all know by now …

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“Moments” banners offer striking looks at 42

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The latest in collectable promotional materials for the forthcoming Jackie Robinson film, 42, have been teased online by Warner Bros. and will start appearing at theaters and perhaps in some of the typical collector outlets soon.

The final “moments” banner was revealed Saturday morning — the latest in a series of eight images that chronicle moments in the story of Robinson, which will come to the big screen on April 12.

One image, for example, shows him signing his contact with Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, watching — a memorable moment that’s been captured on more than a few baseball cards in the past. Another shows him with his wife, Rachel. Others show him traveling with the team and talking to the media — all are scenes that are sure to be key components in the film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as baseball’s social pioneer.

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Ripping Retail: A 20-pack pro wrestling repack box

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 20-pack repack of nothing but pro wrestling cards in this latest Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Coming Monday … Beckett Graded Card Registry

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

Well, that time is close. On Monday, BGS will roll out the new Beckett Graded Registry with a completely customizable interface.

“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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NBC Report: Richard McWilliam’s death caused by alcohol poisoning

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Upper Deck co-founder and CEO Richard P. McWilliam died because of alcohol poisoning while at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Jan. 5, according to a report from NBCSanDiego.com.

According to the story, the autopsy report states that “McWilliam had been binge drinking for several days and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 in his system at the time of his death.” That amount is three times the legal limit and, according to the autopsy report, NBCSanDiego said, he had “alcoholic dementia and was abusing pain medication.”

McWilliam’s wife also confirmed his habits, according to the report, which she said had worsened since his having heart surgery in 2008.

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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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