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Monthly Archives: April 2013

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 …

Click here for the OPG and checklist

 

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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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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