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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ripping Retail Retro: 1987 Fleer + win our box!

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Topps preps Blue Wave wrapper redemption for Bowman release

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Blue Wave Refractors are back — and they’re coming with the release of 2013 Bowman next week.

Topps announced on Tuesday the return of the wrapper redemption program, which will get bonus packs into the hands of collectors who send their wrappers back into the company.

This year, there’s a limit of 10 packs per household — with the requirement that they must all be sent at the same time. A collector gets one five-card pack for every 24 hobby, 10 HTA jumbo or 36 retail wrappers. Just like last year, there will be autographs in the packs, while supplies last.

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First look: The Walking Dead Comic Trading Cards 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Walking Dead comic spurned a popular television series. But the graphic novels still have its loyal legion of fans.

Cryptozoic will release the second edition of The Walking Dead Comic Trading Cards on June 5, featuring artist autographs, chase cards and oversized sketch cards.

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Beckett addresses website concerns


A letter to our members:

We would like to take this time to address the website concerns which many of you have voiced through forums, emails, or posts on Facebook and Twitter. We apologize for the performance issues that we have been experiencing of late, in particular the difficulties using Organize, and searching the Online Price Guides and Marketplace. Our online goal is, and has always been, to provide a stable platform for our members to build and manage their collections. In trying to meet the needs of so many collecting styles and so many collections, we now find that we are extending the capabilities of our system.

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Who to watch in tonight’s NHL playoff games

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Tonight is the start of the NHL playoffs. In a lockout-shortened season, the playoffs came quickly, but the fight to get there was just as ferocious as any other season.

Three of the eight series start today.

Let’s look at some of the players who could make a difference tonight.

Charlie Coyle, Minnesota Wild

Coyle is surrounded by solid forwards in Zach Parise, Mikku Koivu and Jason Pominville. The rookie is learning from some of the best. He has eight goals and six assists this season.

But for Minnesota to have a chance against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, the Wild will need more scoring depth and that’s where players such as Coyle will have to step in.

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Topps reveals its own Leon Sandcastle card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Any fans out there plan on collecting cards of Leon Sandcastle, the fictitious football player from a Super Bowl commercial played by Deion Sanders?

The chase just might get bigger.

Topps revealed on Twitter its own Sandcastle card that will be in 2013 Bowman football, scheduled to come out June 6.

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New Jersey family spends the day with a New York Giant

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Michael Rosato played football on his front lawn with a few of his friends. They ran routes to get to the end zone disguised as a driveway. They handed off the ball to their secret weapon, a little girl who giggled the whole time.

But one of the players stood out above the group of 7-year-olds.

New York Giants second-year player Prince Amukamara was the quarterback.

“It was priceless seeing him out there playing football,” Michael’s mother Anne Rosato said.

The Rosato family won Panini America’s NFL Player of the Day promotion where they got to meet an NFL player. Initially, it was announced they would get to hang out with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, but the New York Giant canceled that morning. After calling around and scrambling to find a new player, Amukamara was happy to come to the family’s house, play football, sign a few autographs and check out Michael’s extensive card collection.

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Red Hot & Rare: Short-printed 2001 Topps Archives autos light up auction block


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Before the arrival of Rickey Henderson many years ago, Lou Brock was the king of stolen bases in MLB. He’s a relatively accessible signer and an autograph that’s not tough to find — and not very expensive — with some looking.

But his autograph on a short-printed 2001 Topps Archives reprint of his Rookie Card?

That’s a different story — a story that apparently should offer us all a brief respite from the notion that there isn’t life after cardboard turns a certain age even in today’s seemingly over-saturated, it’s-been-done-before-I-already-have-it environment.

How much for the Brock? You wouldn’t believe it if I typed it.

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Panini announces Spring Expo plans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the Spring Expo just a few days away, Panini America has released its plan for collectors.

Panini is bringing the Team Colors set back to Toronto and collectors will get a chance to grab a full set.

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Mickey Mantle’s 1960 Yankees contract heads to auction to benefit hurricane relief efforts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Mick will help New York and New Jersey rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

Mickey Mantle‘s 1960 contract that guaranteed him $60,000 with the New York Yankees will hit the auction block via Steiner Sports on Wednesday after it was donated by Mantle’s sons, David and Danny, with the proceeds to be split among New York and New Jersey.

Bidding opens at $25,000 and runs until June 2. (Click here to view the auction.)

“My mom [Merlyn] deserves all the credit for saving my father’s contracts in a file cabinet to preserve them,” said Danny Mantle in a prepared statement. “The 1960 contract is in near perfect condition and looks brand new. We watch all those people living in tents, and decided to take the contract and put it to good use to raise some money for the victims.”

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A visit to the Dick Perez art exhibit in New York City

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Dick Perez is an artist well known with collectors from his many renditions in trading card sets including Donruss’ Diamond Kings.

Perez doesn’t just paint for little 3-inch by 5-inch pieces of cardboard, but puts to canvas the scenes of some of baseball’s iconic figures. Perez uses several photographs to get the exact portrait he wants, even using a bit of imagination.

Perez’s artwork was on display recently at the Agora Gallery in New York City where he put on an exhibit. The artwork included items from the last several years with a number of Jackie Robinson paintings that were bought by the Jackie Robinson Foundation to eventually be put in a museum.

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Jason Collins’ announcement might spark added interest in his cardboard

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Will a historic first prompt added interest in his basketball cards?

NBA veteran Jason Collins is the first active player in a major American sport to announce that he’s gay, according to a cover story for the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, and that’s the big question.

What might this mean for his basketball cards? Well, that remains to be seen, but it should be obvious to many that it’s a significant piece of social history in sports — though it ultimately has little bearing on the court, where the 13-year veteran has averaged 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in his career.

Collins is a free agent now, last playing for the Washington Wizards, and he will be a player who will be watched — that’s one thing that’s definitely certain.

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Pastime Cards is latest player in repack business

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s another player in the repack game — and this one’s starting out with the Hall of Fame.

Pastime Cards, a Brandon, Fla.-based company, makes its product debut next week with 2013 Pastime Collection Hall of Fame Edition — a buyback product that includes nothing but Hall of Famer autograph cards in every box along with two other cards.

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Tim Tebow out in New York

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The high-profile New York Jets backup quarterback is out.

The Jets released Tim Tebow this morning, according to several media reports, after the team drafted West Virginia graduate Geno Smith in the second round.

That crunching sound you hear is the bottom falling out of Tebow’s card values. When it was clear that Tebow would never get a chance in New York, his card values dipped – and it seems they will only get lower.

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2013 NFL Draft: Day 2 live blog

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The first round of the NFL Draft was filled with talent teams need to win – not necessarily the guys that collectors want.

That’s what the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft was for.

Justin Hunter was the first skilled position player off the board in the second round – yes, before the likes of the Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Eddie Lacy.

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First look: 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The MLB Draft is not that far away — and now their cards may not seem that way, either.

Topps unveiled the basic information and preview images for 2013 Bowman Draft on Friday, the Bowman-capping, prospect-laden release that often includes the first licensed cards of top MLB prospects.

Set to arrive on Nov. 13, it will include one Chrome auto per 24-pack hobby box, and new this year will be chances to own draft-worn memorabilia and a chance to attend the event. For the second consecutive year, it also will be a hobby-only release.

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First Look: 2012-13 Signatures basketball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Yet another new NBA line is here from Panini America — and this one’s all about the ink.

It’s 2012-13 Signatures basketball and it will arrive in July packing three autographed cards in every four-pack box.

The brand, as the company says, will carry “an emphasis on clean designs, rare chase elements, photo variations and the Panini America NBA debut of autographed film slide cards.”

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Mike Trout’s Beckett Sports Card Monthly Art Issue cover available as a limited edition print

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly heads to the printer today and arrives in hobby shops soon, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for Mike Trout‘s latest cover.

In fact, you can buy a limited edition screen print of the June 2013 cover right now.

The annual issue looking at art’s place in the hobby is graced by an MLB-approved print by SportsPropaganda.com artist Chris Speakman, whose style has been found in past baseball and MMA card sets as well as in his popular creations. This piece will be limited to just 250 hand-signed and serial-numbered prints — each hand-screened.

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First look: 2012 Exquisite Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

High-end college collectors should prepare for 2012 Exquisite Football coming out in June.

The release will include six cards in every box with five of them being autographs. There will be at least one Rookie Autograph Patch and one UD Black or UD Black Rookie Lustrous Signature.

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Top NFL pick Eric Fisher doesn’t have many cards yet

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Kansas City Chiefs chose offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first pick of the NFL Draft. Fisher is just the fourth OT to be taken first overall since 1936, according to the NFL website.

While a need for the Chiefs, it’s not a sexy pick for collectors looking to invest. Tackles don’t normally drum up a lot of interest when it comes to collecting. These are the type of players that Chiefs fans would collect.

But they might have a hard time finding his cards.

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