Monthly Archives: April 2013

Box Busters: 2012-13 In The Game’s Between the Pipes

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 In The Game’s Between the Pipes. Check out the video to see what she pulled.

Olympic Pavilion returns to National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Olympic Pavilion is returning the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this summer.

Two years ago, officials from the NSCC joined with members of the Olympin Collectors Club to bring memorabilia to the National. They are back again after taking last year off due to the 2012 London Games.

Memorabilia at the Olympic Pavilion comes from so many aspects of the international sporting event. Different items include pins, medals, badges, programs, apparel, paintings and other paraphernalia.

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First look: 2013 Topps Five Star baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Five Star is back — and it’s going for an even-higher ranking.

The sophomore release of the most-expensive baseball card brand in Topps history was unveiled on Friday, with the $500-per-pack sequel including one base card, two autographs, one autographed patch one autographed book or silver-ink signature and one jumbo Relic in every pack.

A preliminary checklist was not disclosed for the product arriving on Dec. 4.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Marquee basketball cards + win an unopened box!

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Panini Marquee in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside and how can you win a box? Watch and find out …

We’ll take submissions for the contest until April 26 before we pick a winner. Include your email in the appropriate field or we can’t contact you if you win.

Box Busters: 2012 Panini Prizm baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2012 Panini Prizm in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Baseball card collector Tim Kane becomes a player for a day — with Nolan Ryan as his boss

Hall of Famer and Corpus Christi Hooks owner Nolan Ryan signs the contract of Tim Kane, making him an official member of the team on Thursday. Kane, a card collector, was a player for a day this week after winning Topps' Make Your Pro Debut contest.

 

By Josh Trudell | Contributing Editor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas | The grin on Tim Kane’s face was matched only by the size of the “30” on the back of his jersey.

Kane, winner of the Topps and Minor League Baseball “Make Your Pro Debut” contest, signed his one-­day contract with the Corpus Christi Hooks, the double-­A affiliate of the Houston Astros, on Thursday.

“This is an experience I know I’ll never forget, and my son and wife will never forget,” Kane, a Maryland police officer, said before signing his deal with team owner and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Meeting Ryan was the icing on a day that included a complete tour of Whataburger Field, a press conference to announce the signing, warming up and playing catch on the field with the Hooks players, and sitting in the dugout with his son, Peyton, for the first three innings of a game against the Frisco Roughriders.

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It’s a dirty job: Dave Hobrecht creates game-used art

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve collected the last few years, you may have seen the work of California-based artist Dave Hobrecht in packs of cards such as National Chicle or his work on sketch cards.

Or, you might have seen his striking black-and-white pastel-and-charcoal pieces – but you haven’t seen his latest.

It’s game-used art.

What? It’s game-used – as in artwork with actual game-used dirt from MLB stadiums ground and mixed into his charcoal and pastel pieces – a sort of sepia-toned version of his previous pieces with a bit more to them.

We caught up with Hobrecht for this Q&A about his newest creations …

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Cards inspired him to take photos — and now his photos are on cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Imagine you spend your career in a profession that allows you to travel, attend sporting events and then get rewarded when the proof of your journey appears in, say,  Sports Illustrated.

That’s exactly what 41-year-old Kentucky-based photographer Jeff Moreland does — but SI doesn’t quite compare to one of the other fringe benefits.

“Honestly, the magazines are cool, but the cards have just been the biggest thrill for me,” he said. “I love Sports Illustrated, and seeing my images of Kentucky basketball, Bryce Harper and others on the pages has been great, but those cards are just on a different level. I still get a kick out of finding a new card that has one of my images on it, and as soon as I know a release date is out for a product, I’m on eBay searching for singles to buy that I’ve shot.”

When he’s not at his day job is a publisher for a newspaper group or shooting other sporting events, he’s a photographer for Topps — one of at least a dozen who regularly shoots NFL games for the company and whose work appears on your trading cards.

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Beckett Media seeks a few more card experts

So you think you know cards? Prove it!

Beckett Media is currently accepting resumes from candidates for the following positions:

— Price guide analysts
Beckett Grading Services card graders
— Grading sales representatives

Candidates should have a solid grasp of the card industry, including all sports and non-sports as well as vintage and modern. Knowledge of other collectibles areas — autographs, memorabilia, comics, coins, etc. — also is beneficial. Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to careers@beckett.com.

Beckett does not reply to every applicant; qualified candidates will be contacted via email with further information and need to be willing to relocate to Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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For those interested in contributing to Beckett magazines via freelance opportunities, please send story pitches to editor Chris Olds at colds@beckett.com.

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Tribute baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Fleer Retro hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 Fleer Retro in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

UPDATED: Upper Deck creates card for 7-year-old cancer patient

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Jack Hoffman has been part of the Nebraska football family  since last season – and he’s getting his first trading card.

The 7-year-old is battling pediatric brain cancer and grabbed attention earlier this month when he ran for a 69-yard touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game.

Upper Deck is going to create a “Rookie Card” for Hoffman, the company announced Tuesday. The cards won’t appear in packs, but will be blown up and signed by Hoffman and used for charitable purposes.

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First look: 2013 Legends of the Gridiron

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf has cobbled together the autographs of many famous football icons for a new product.

The cut-autograph product – 2013 Legends of the Gridiron – will focus on Hall of Famers, superstars and Heisman Trophy winners.

Each box will contain just one encapsulated card in this very limited production run. Just 99 12-box cases will be produced of Legends of the Gridiron.

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First look: 2013 Topps Platinum Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps intends to make Platinum football cards shine this year with all its chrome.

The company announced 2013 Topps Platinum Football will be released in early September, with 20 packs per box with five cards in each pack.

The 150-card base set will feature 50 Rookie Cards. The Rookie Cards will feature several chrome parallels cards such as X-Fractor, Black, Gold, Red, BCA and Military Refractors, and a Superfractor and Printing Plates.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Valor & Turkey Red football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into 2012 Topps Valor as well as a pack of 2012 Topps Turkey Red in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2012-13 Leaf Metal basketball cards (with checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Aiming to fill an apparent void in the “under-served basketball market,” Leaf Trading Cards unveiled 2012-13 Leaf Metal on Tuesday, and it’s a product it says has features which “all companies are sure to imitate once unveiled.”

The product will include one autograph and one insert card per pack and five packs per box when it arrives in May, featuring on-card autographs of stars from the past as well as a few from the present.

Among the signers will be Patrick Ewing (click here for OPG & checklist), the former Knicks star and Hall of Famer who simply doesn’t like signing. He has signed jumbo patch cards for this one. Ewing has just 18 certified autographs made in the past with the most-recent cards coming in 2003-04 Upper Deck products.

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BGS, COMC partnership will benefit Canadian collectors

Beckett Grading Services and Check Out My Cards are pleased to announce a new partnership.

COMC customers will be able to grade cards through Beckett using store credit starting April 17 – a help for Canadian customers looking for ways to alleviate shipping costs when it comes to grading.

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Rittenhouse previews Warehouse 13 Season Four trading cards

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The newest season of Warehouse 13 is here – right in time with the announcement of the newest set of cards for the SyFy television show.

Rittenhouse Archives’ Warehouse 13 Season 4 Episodes 1 thru 10 will release on June 19. The premium packs will contain one autograph or autograph relic card, two relic cards, two episode cards and one Of Monsters and Men or Grand Design chase cards.

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Leaf introduces Matrix inserts

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf announced an update to its Metal technology at The Industry Summit, but weren’t ready to reveal the results.

On Tuesday, Leaf unveiled Matrix, using etching combined with color to create a dynamic insert.

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Beckett Baseball’s Hot & Not (mid-April): Mets rookie Matt Harvey steals the show

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

With the MLB season’s first month half over, now’s the time to look at who’s hot and who’s not …

HOT

Matt Harvey — SP, New York Mets (Beckett checklist & OPG here)
3-0, 0.82 ERA with 25 Ks and six walks in 22 innings
Harvey is the poster boy for red-hot baseball cards this season with his start on Saturday en route to NL Player of the Week honors. His next start on Friday will be just his 14th in MLB and he’ll face a young pitcher many a collector may know, Stephen Strasburg. This guy already has some uttering Gooden and Seaver, so the Big Apple hype machine is primed. His earliest cards can be found in the 2006-07 USA Baseball set — he has plenty of autographs and game-used there — while his MLB prospect debut comes in 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft. That one has generated a lot of attention with a BGS 9.5 Orange Refractor recently selling for $825, while another copy has an even loftier asking price, like many Harvey cards across the board. Remember Ike Davis’ start a couple years ago? We do, but we also remember Strasburg’s.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards + win our Darin Ruf box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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Want to win our box that includes the Ruf autograph? Simply leave your name and a comment below. (Include your email address in the proper field.)

We’ll pick a winner at random from all comments received before April 26.

Dominion cards to be placed in Panini Prime hockey this season

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey collectors may have wondered what was going to happen to Dominion this year after the release was canceled.

Panini America is adding it to 2012-13 Prime Hockey, due out in August.

With the addition of Dominion, Prime will get more content, but that also means the price will likely jump. Collectors can expect to pay around $250 or more for Prime this year.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1982 Donruss baseball rack packs

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka from Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they rip into a pair of 1982 Donruss rack packs in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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The Martians are coming — again!

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If the first story of the Martian invasion wasn’t enough, fans of Mars Attacks should get ready for another.

Topps is producing a new set of trading cards Mars Attacks: Invasion, due out in October, the company announced on Monday.

This new set comes on the heels of the successful launch of last year’s remake of the original Mars Attacks, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic card set.

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Adam Scott wins Masters, has a small career on cardboard

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

An Australian won The Masters for the first time on Sunday.

Adam Scott, 32, took home the green jacket after beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff at Augusta National for his first Major win.

Scott’s cardboard career is short and more than 10 years old.

Upper Deck produced cards of Scott in 2001 and 2002 at the start of his professional career.

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2012 Topps Turkey Red Football photo variation gallery

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps released 2012 Turkey Red Football this week – an online-only product. The product shipped over the last couple of days with collectors finding autographs, minis, printing plates and photo variations.

The photo variations were seemingly a surprise. In the preview, Topps didn’t announce there would be different pictures for some of the cards, but it didn’t take long for dealers and collectors to spot the differences.

So far, we’ve spotted 10 football rookies with photo variations. The first card in the picture is what we presume to the photo variation and the second card is the base. However, as more information comes out, this could change.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Turkey Red Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened two packs of 2012 Topps Turkey Red, a Topps-online exclusive. With an autograph and mini in every box, check out the video to see what she pulled.

First looks: 2013 Pinnacle baseball cards + 2013 Panini Prizm details

Update: Originally published on April 3 — now has new details and images

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Pinnacle is back on the diamond.

Panini America‘s 2013 baseball slate will include a revival of the Pinnacle brand as 2013 Pinnacle is scheduled to arrive on July 31.

Packing two autographs in each 24-pack hobby box, it will carry a suggested retail price of $2.99 a pack and include a meaty lineup of inserts and parallels to go with a 200-card base set that includes 50 Rookie Cards.

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First look: 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Set collectors get ready for 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey.

The 500-card base set will feature all the top stars, rookies and all the players in between when it comes out in August.

Each hobby box will come with eight cards per pack and 32 packs in every box. There will also be plenty of inserts.

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Panini plans auction for special Prizm parallel

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini isn’t done with the 2012 football season.

In one of the most exciting football seasons on cards, Panini America is putting together special cards collectors can only get at auction.

Panini created special one-of-a-kind Prizm Pylon parallels featuring an orange color scheme. The first 10 cards of the 300-card set will be auctioned for 24 hours starting April 19 at noon (Central time).

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2012-13 Fleer Retro Hockey is live

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The latest Fleer Retro product is out.

Upper Deck gave the treatment to basketball and football. Now, it’s hockey’s turn.

Fleer Retro brings back 1990s inserts. Hockey players get a new look, but on old designs such as Noyz Boyz and Jambalaya inserts. Previous Metal Gem parallels are also included.

Here’s a look at some of the hot cards on eBay right now. Hit the comments to tell us what you think.

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Upper Deck releases checklist for Update cards in SP Authentic

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The canceled hockey products from the 2012-13 season made the card companies get creative.

Some cards were already made and collectors expect specific cards every year. Upper Deck decided to inserts several popular sets into products still scheduled to come out.

In this case, Update cards – the ones to complete an Upper Deck set with the Series 1 cards – will be inserted into SP Authentic. Here’s an early checklist for the cards you need.

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Top golfers at the Masters on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Masters is one of golf’s most popular championships. At the end of it all, one man gets to don the green jacket.

Most of the world’s top golfers are competing at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga., this week. Many of whom have had plenty of golf trading cards – and some who are just getting started.

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the Masters as he aims for his fifth title in the event and 15th Major win. Here is a look at some of Woods’ cards and some of the other favorites to win the Masters.

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First look: 2013 SPx Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

SPx Football will have a new look for 2013. Upper Deck is changing the way collectors get their cards from the popular brand.

The re-configured 2013 SPx Football will have 10 packs per box with five cards in each pack. There will be four hits in every hobby box with at least three autographs. Collectors will also find six inserts in each box.

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Leaf readies first tennis release

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf will bring its first tennis-only product to the market at the end of the month.

The company acquired Ace Authentic’s trading card line in December and less than six months later, 2013 Ace Authentic Signature Series Tennis will be here.

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