Monthly Archives: April 2013

Score Hockey retail will remain a low-cost option for collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The new configuration of 2013-14 Score Hockey was introduced a couple of weeks ago, but collectors wondered what would happen to retail.

Retail will remain a low-priced option for collectors.

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Topps is bringing chrome to Garbage Pail Kids

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Garbage Pail Kids are going chrome.

Topps is bringing its technology to GPK this summer, but with a little twist. 2013 GPK Chrome will feature the entire 1985 Garbage Pail Kids reprinted with its special shine.

The base set will contain 151 cards: 82 original Series 1 characters (A and B names), 28 lost Garbage Pail Kids (14 A and B names) and 41 Chrome Concept Sketch Cards by original artist John Pound.

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Topps auction shows dollar signs behind old deals

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The business side of baseball cards isn’t one that manufacturers often like to discuss, but a number items up for grabs in the first Topps.com auction this week shed some light on that side of the game.

How? With a glimpse at some old contracts that are up for sale.

Now, these aren’t anything new — contracts have been part of past Topps Vault auctions since 2001 — but a handful of these have terms of the agreements attached to the signed pages. One example? Topps paid former Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan $20,000 for the right to reproduce and sell his baseball cards in bronze for two years from 1990 to 1992. (Oddly, the contract is dated near the end of the term.)

That’s a far cry from the typical $75-a-year extension seen on many of the typical card contracts — amounts that, of course, don’t include royalties paid later.

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Stan Musial Heritage samples carry air of mystery

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

The baseball world lost one of its greatest hitters earlier this year and that hasn’t done anything but drive demand for some of Stan Musial‘s key cards.

But, as a collector, these really grab my attention because they have a bit of mystery.

They’re “player sample” versions of Musial’s 2011 and 2012 Topps Heritage autograph cards that were given to him. They were signed under the watch of the late Hall of Famer’s authentication company, Stan The Man Inc. operated by his grandson, Brian Schwarze.

They’re not catalogued (Musial checklist and OPG here) as they weren’t created for general release and most collectors don’t know that they even exist. (Though some, of lesser players, have snuck into packs and onto the secondary market in the past few years.)

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National Treasures football hits the shelves

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of the most popular products of the football season released today. Panini’s 2012 National Treasures hit the shelves.

Based on football card sales this year, this was probably one of the most anticipated products. National Treasures Rookie Cards are usually among the most sought after cards every year. With the attention and success the elite level rookies received this season, National Treasures is certainly one product to watch.

The value of previous sets show just how much collectors seek these cards.

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Your guide to 42 & its collectibles + Poster contest

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Jackie Robinson movie, 42, arrives in theaters in two days and that means the world will finally get a chance to revisit the tale of one of Major League Baseball’s bravest stars and discover one of Hollywood’s newest talents in Chadwick Boseman.

If you’re a reader of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, you can find him on the cover of the May issue, which arrived in hobby shops this week and should start appearing at other newsstand outlets soon. Inside, you’ll find plenty from him — and even more about collecting as it relates to sports movies. (I’ve also got a heavy eBay bounty ready for the first JSA-authenticated copy out there signed by Boseman. — Editor)

As the marketing materials — i.e. SWAG for the film — continues to trickle out of Tinseltown with the latest being this quirky gem and a few other interesting novelties beyond some very in-demand posters, yet another impressive piece of potential memorabilia will present itself very soon at Dodger Stadium.

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GIMME FIVE: What five NBA cards would you want?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Every once in a while when searching the Beckett database prepping a magazine, I’ll find some new surprise that leaps out at me from the listings despite my 25 years in the hobby as an active collector.

Other times, I’ll just find myself poking around to check in on what something might be worth or cross-checking that with a pop report to see if any rarities have been captured high-grade style in a BGS slab.

And at other times, I can find myself asking a question. And this is one of those times and the magazine is Beckett Basketball — except I’m asking you, too.

If I (or you) could own five basketball cards of any era, any kind, any condition, any price … what would they be?

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1981 Donruss baseball cards + win our box!

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka from Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they rip into a box of 1981 Donruss in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win the box? Tell us who you would want to pull from 1981 Donruss box in the comments below. The most-creative answer,  in Olds’ opinion, wins. Contest closes on April 19.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Big League Minis

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a pack of 2013 Topps Big League Minis in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012-13 Sereal KHL Gold Collection

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj busts open 2012-13 Sereal KHL Gold Collection, a collection a high-end cards. Check out the video to see what she pulled.

Football Blue Wave Refractors start showing up

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football collectors have been waiting on their Blue Wave Refractor packs for several months. The first batch of cards has finally shipped.

These packs were available to collectors who pulled autograph redemptions from 2012 Topps Chrome football. Not everyone has gotten their packs yet because Topps is sending them out with the redemptions that have been fulfilled so far such as some Russell Wilson and Dwayne Allen.

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Redeem or sell: 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Mystery Redemption Item

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each box of 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey contains just two cards. One card is a 1-of-1 sketch card while the other is a buyback for graded Rookie Cards or autograph cards or vintage cards.

One card is getting special attention from collectors – the Mystery Redemption Item.

The item could be for an unsealed box of cards, with many of them being from the 2005-06 season. That season was popular with the double rookie crop led by Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps Valor Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a tin of 2012 Topps Valor Football. Check out the video to see what she pulled.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

WrestleMania 29 rundown: Predicting every match with a little help from their cardboard

 

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

The biggest event in sports entertainment, WrestleMania, is little more than 24 hours away with the WWE‘s showcase event coming from a sold out MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

It’s no secret among wrestling fans that trading cards can be hot commodities as the print runs are often far smaller than their baseball or football counterparts and the volume of autographs and memorabilia for the stars of today pale in comparison to those other sports, too.

But there’s only one wrestling card that matters tomorrow — who’s facing who at WrestleMania (7 p.m. Eastern on pay-per-view) — but we’ve taken a look at the match-ups and the competitors’ cardboard stats on Beckett.com to give you a tale of the tape for each match — and for the latest WWE Hall of Fame class going in tonight.

Check them all out … after the jump.

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Honus Wagner T206 sells for $2.1 million (updated)

Update: The card sold early  Saturday morning for $1.871 million after 15 bids — not including a 12.5 percent buyer’s premium. That ups the minimum price paid to $2.1 million — or $2,105,770.50 to be exact.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

How high will it go?

The PSA 5 (MC) copy of the famed T206 Honus Wagner card — one of only three cards graded 5 or higher by PSA — is entering its final day on the auction block via Goldin Auctions and sits at $1.571 million after 13 bids. The bidding ends on Friday.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … art in collectibles

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our annual look at art’s place in the sports card and memorabilia world is coming in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and, simply put, we want to know what you think about many a thing in the hobby.

From non-sports and sketch cards to Diamond Kings, toys, photography and more, there’s plenty to explore in the world of art as it’s seen on our collectibles.

Here’s the latest 20 Questions where we seek your take on it all.

1. Should card companies use more artwork or other non-card approaches in products?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis: You buying?

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Four games, four home runs, 16 RBI and a .467 batting average.

Those were the kinds of stats Texas Rangers fans had hoped for a few years ago out of now-Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who became just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to open a season with a home run in his first four games.

The others before Friday? Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, Nelson Cruz. Not bad company.

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First Look: 2013 ITG Draft Prospects

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game is making an all-prospect product this year.

In June, the company is putting out 2013 Draft Prospects featuring players such as a Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov.

Boxes will contain 12 cards – including three autographed cards, two game-used memorabilia cards and seven Foil Base cards (with parallels).

The 180-card base set will also feature former first round picks and draft day surprises, along with future draft prospects such as 16-year-old phenom Connor McDavid – who just earned the Ontario Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year award. Read More »

First look: 2013 Press Pass Showcase Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Press Pass is packing the autographs into 2013 Showcase Football.

This one-pack-per-box product will contain seven cards, six of which will be signed. The other card will be a game-used jersey card.

Press Pass has limited the checklist to about 50 players for the autographs, which will be skilled position players and top draft picks. The jersey card checklist will be limited to about six top players.

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First look: 2013 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Press Pass is dipping into the art world.

In June, the company will release a high-end trading card set featuring all art cards with 2013 Press Pass Gameday Gallery.

The cards will feature some of the top NFL prospects from this year’s draft including Geno Smith, Manti Te’o, Mike Glennon and others.

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Rare Air: Upper Deck readies Michael Jordan UNC Master Collection

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

If you like Mike, then this set might be for you.

Well, 250 of you that is.

Upper Deck is readying what will be the most-limited – and most high-end – Michael Jordan card set ever made with the 2013 Upper Deck Michael Jordan UNC Master Collection, which will arrive this summer.

Each wood-boxed set will be limited to just 250 serial-numbered copies and include 23 standard cards. It also will include one hand-painted Masterpieces card – each limited to 30 – four signed cards and one complete patch set with the cards comprising either the standard or alternate Carolina logos. In addition, each box will include one Master Collection Shadowbox, Precious Metal Gem or a 1/1 autograph.

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First look: 2013 Finest Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps has given away uncut sheets as prizes to collectors through its various outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Topps is giving a chance for all collectors to get in the mix with 2013 Finest Football.

Collectors can pull a redemption for an uncut sheet of cards including veteran and rookie base and Refractor and X-Fractor parallels.

Topps is also making a push for more on-card autographs this year and hopes to lessen the amount of sticker autographs collectors will get in Finest.

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Upper Deck to release Tiger Woods Master Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck plans to release the definitive set for one of the greatest golfers in history.

Later this year, UD will release the 2013 Upper Deck Tiger Woods Master Collection. These types of products contain a number of rare items, but also collectors will have to pay for the exclusive nature of the set.

Every Master Collection box contains 80 base cards numbered to just 200 commemorating each of Woods’ PGA Tour wins and honoring several collegiate milestones. Woods has won 77 PGA Tour titles, second all-time. He’s also won 14 Major Championships.

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Box Busters: 2012 Totally Certified football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 Totally Certified from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Panini Playbook football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012 Panini Playbook in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In just a few weeks 2013 Press Pass Ignite Racing will hit the shelves featuring the first set with NASCAR drivers in their uniforms this season.

Each box will feature 20 packs with five cards in each pack. A box will yield one autograph, one memorabilia card, one parallel, five inserts and a 2013 Hall of Fame insert

Press Pass Ignite is scheduled for a May 1 release and will have a 70-card base set.

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Ten NHL trades and their hobby impact

By Jon Waldman | Contributing Editor

Wednesday was an unofficial holiday for hockey fans, as the NHL Trade Deadline Day was finally upon us.

Yes, the day was as eventful as we expected. Names of all rankings switched sweaters, with just as many surprises on D-Day as there were leading up to the moment where rosters freeze for the remainder of the NHL season.

Of course, trading is nothing new in hockey cards. Hundreds of swaps go down every day in our hobby, with no deadline to ever worry about (well, except maybe when the postal services raise their rates each year); and yet when a player does change teams in the big leagues, regardless of player loyalties, there is movement that either starts or stops at times.

Bearing this in mind, we’re counting down the top 10 trades that happened in the last couple weeks, starting off with the one that put a dagger through the hearts of Flames fans.

To the Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarome Iginla
To the Calgary Flames: Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski, 1st round pick (2013)
And The Winner Is … Pittsburgh inherits a player on a mission to win the Stanley Cup. Last time we had this kind of determination with a team working towards a singular goal for one person, Ray Bourque held aloft Lord Stanley’s mug.
Hobby Impact: Flames fans are (pardon the pun) putting on fire sales now of their former hero, but just about everywhere else collectors are either staying on board with Iggy or jumping on his bandwagon in anticipation of dual team memorabilia and signature cards with Sidney Crosby.

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First look: 2013-14 Score Hockey with checklist

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Score Hockey is changing it up a bit.

When 2013-14 Score Hockey comes out in July, collectors will find a new configuration in hobby outlets – 10 52-card jumbo packs in one box. Along with the meatier packs come three hits (two autographs) in every box.

The changes come with a double rookie class coming next season.

The first Panini hockey release of 2013-14 is expected in July and the 550-card base set will feature the first Panini RCs of Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jonathan Huberdeau and others.

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First look: 2013 Panini Cooperstown baseball

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America is going back to Cooperstown in August.

The sophomore release of Panini’s Hall of Fame-focused baseball brand will arrive on Aug. 14 with one on-card Hall of Famer autograph per hobby box and a few new inclusions as well. It will be a 100-card base set capped by 10 short-printed cards with colorized photos.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Opening Day + contest

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

What will they find inside? How can you win an unopened box? Watch and find out …

Note: A winner will be selected at random from all correct and complete entries received before April 11.

Box Busters: 2013 Panini Triple Play + win a box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Panini Triple Play cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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

Note: A winner will be selected at random from all correct and complete entries received before April 11.

Box Busters: 2013 Topps MLB Stickers + win a box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2013 Topps MLB Sticker Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win a box of  50 packs? Watch and find out …

 

Note: A winner will be selected at random from all correct and complete entries received before April 11.

Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini basketball cards

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

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Box Busters: 2012-2013 Select basketball cards + contest teaser

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2012-13 Select from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win one of the boxes? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: Cryptozoic’s Castle Seasons 1&2

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Beckett Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of Cryptozoic’s Castle Seasons 1&2.

Check out the video to see what she pulled.

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