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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Leon Sandcastle coming to Panini football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The commercial was one of the favorites during the last Super Bowl – Deion Sanders thought he had plenty in the tank. He put on a wig and a fake mustache to become Leon Sandcastle and impressed the scouts so much at the combine he became the first overall pick at the 2013 NFL Draft.

Panini America will be making cards of the fictional character for 2013 Score and Prestige.

He will appear as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs on his card.

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Upper Deck announces Spring Expo plans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

When is it time to start talking hockey’s double rookie class?

Now, seems like a good time. Upper Deck released its plans for the Spring Expo in Toronto (May 3-5) and its highlighting next season’s cards

Upper Deck will give away free chances to win signed memorabilia from members of the 2013-14 NHL double rookie class. Collectors at the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo simply have to show up at the Upper Deck booth to get a raffle ticket. The giveaways will take place Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.

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ESPN’s Darren Rovell and Upper Deck have a chat on Twitter

This Larry Bird autograph card could be yours … if you submit your SuperCollector info

Update: A new prize is up for grabs … we want your entries!

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If there’s one thing I’ve come to  appreciate more and more over the last few years at Beckett Media, it’s the tales of collectors — specifically, those of SuperCollectors who clearly are so focused on their niche that only one word applies.

Insanity.

And it’s a good thing. Imagine my thoughts today as I dipped into the SuperCollector mailbag and saw that we didn’t really have too many new and amazing entries piled up from the last few weeks.

I did the only sane thing I should do … I went and found this Larry Bird card and am randomly giving it away to one SuperCollector who submits all the necessary info between now and July 1.

The card is an impressive one — and we’ll make sure it’s in someone’s hands … as long as they submit their info about their collection.

How can it be yours? Read the instructions on submitting your SuperCollector info (any sport, any player, any niche)  … after the jump.

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ITG announces Spring Expo plans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Card manufacturers are getting ready for the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. The Spring Expo takes place May 3-5 in Mississauga, Ontario, at the Toronto International Center for one of the largest card shows in Canada of the year.

The Spring Expo is mostly about hockey and this gives In The Game a chance to connect with collectors.

Every year, ITG rolls out different redemption programs and this year it will feature three at its booth.

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High-grade rarities headline Memory Lane auction

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A high-grade 1932 U.S. Caramel set — all in PSA 8 condition — joins a high-grade copy of football’s holy grail card, a selection of T206 rarities and some 1950s Topps gems in the latest Memory Lane Inc. auction that starts this week.

The 32-card multi-sport set (checklist and OPG) includes Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig among the baseball luminaries along with Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones and other stars from the era in the auction from the Tustin, Calif.-based company. The set will be sold as either a single auction or separately, whichever generates the most bidding action. Bidding begins at $50,000 for the set.

The Ruth card has only been topped twice on the pop report, while the Gehrig is the highest specimen. Both cards will open with $10,000 starting bids.

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Purple Heart recipient will get a baseball card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Doc Jacobs got his tryout — and now he’s getting a baseball card.

A Purple Heart-honored Navy vet who lost his left leg, toes on his right foot and parts of two fingers in Iraq had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 28 — and now he’ll get his own baseball card from Upper Deck in its retro-styled 2013 Goodwin Champions multi-sport set that arrives on July 9.

Jacobs will be signing 100 copies of the card found in an insert set called Heroic Inspirations.

“When we heard about Doc’s story, we immediately said to ourselves, ‘Now that’s a baseball player we need to make a trading card for,’” said Chris Carlin, sports marketing manager for Upper Deck. “We worked in concert with our great partners at Operation Gratitude and the charity Doc co-founded, VETSports, to make it happen. We couldn’t be more excited to give patriotic Americans the opportunity to collect inspiration.”

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Upcoming Bazooka Joe book an ode to a bygone era — and, of course, bubble gum

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion

At first glance, you know the subject matter because of its bold design and its translucent paper dust jacket.

But if one’s not sure, there’s always the bubble gum pink pages and cover.

Of course, inside the pages of Bazooka Joe and His Gang, the forthcoming release from Topps and Abrams ComicArts books, is a journey through the creative process of a key piece of Americana — the birth of a bubble gum icon from the tales of those who helped create it to the evolution of the brand and the character as it stands today.

“I used to race home from school to watch Dad at his drawing board, a cigarette dangling perpetually from his lips, smoke curling into his eyes as Joe, Mort, Pesty and the other kids in the Bazooka Joe gang came to life,” wrote Talley Morse, the son of Bazooka Joe co-creator Wesley Morse, in the preface of the book, which arrives in late May. “I was proud of my father’s work for Topps, but being a kid, the thing I loved most about it was the uncut production sheets of baseball cards he brought home, especially those of my hero, New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle. It was also a big deal for me to go with Dad to the Brooklyn headquarters of Topps where he’d talk business and I’d walk out with handfuls of gum.”

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Beckett previews the 2013 NFL Draft on ESPN’s Mint Condition

Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj shared her thoughts on 2013 NFL Draft with ESPN’s Mint Condition.

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 …