Posted on May 31, 2013 – 6:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 Score, nfl, Panini America | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a jumbo box of 2013 Score in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on May 31, 2013 – 4:31 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 football rookie cards, 2013 Topps Strata Football, Beckett Football, Geno Smith, Montee Ball | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Topps is bringing back Strata back for a sophomore campaign.
The card company debuted the layered product last season with one of the most hyped rookie classes. It hasn’t changed much in 2013 Topps Strata football, and left in what collectors enjoyed about the product.
Each box guarantees two autographs, one relic card and a rookie die-cut. Case hits include one Strata Signature Relic, three Clear-Cut Autographed Patch cards and three Rookie Patch cards.
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Posted on May 31, 2013 – 4:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Contests, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Topps Archives, autographs, Axl Rose, Box Busters Live: 2013 Topps Archives, Guns N Roses, Topps, Topps Archives | Comments (123)
The latest Box Busters Live has come and gone — but you still can win one of three boxes. Watch the video to find out how … start at the 3:30 mark as we had some technical difficulties. Deadline for entering is June 22.
Who: Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Susan Lulgjuraj, Brian Fleischer – and you.
What: Box Busters Live – an absolutely free live video chat and box-breaking experience where you ask the questions, you get the answers … and you may even get the cards.
When: Today starting at 1 p.m. Central time. It will run about two hours, maybe a tad longer to finish ripping. (We’ll chat about and rip all four boxes before they can be yours.)
Where: The video portal will be right here above. You can join in on the discussions by leaving comments right here on this post, chatting via our Google Hangout, watching on YouTube or commenting to us on Twitter.
The product: The newest edition of the reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year, Topps Archives.
– Need to see the checklist from Topps? Click here. –
Posted on May 31, 2013 – 4:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 NHL Artifacts, 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts, Cory Conacher, Nail Yakupov | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Yakupov. Galchenyuk. Conacher.
Just a couple of more months until hockey collectors will get to see this season’s top rookies on NHL-licensed product. Upper Deck is going all out with the Double Rookie Class and previewed 2013-14 Artifacts, a September release, which seems full of Rookie Card goodness.
Posted on May 30, 2013 – 7:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions, 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions checklist, Chipper Jones, frank Robinson, Jim Abbott, Joe Girardi, Johnny Damon, Ken Griffey Jr, Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra, Panini America, Roger Clemens, Terry Francona, USA Baseball | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The Red, White and Blue are back in packs — and for the first time, it’s an entire product issued in pack form just for USA Baseball.
But that’s not all that Panini America‘s 2013 USA Baseball Champions has to offer if collectors are patriotically inclined.
Besides the inclusion of the latest young players to take the field for America, there are several notable USA Baseball alumni who have certified autographs for the first time in years.
Posted on May 30, 2013 – 6:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps Archives, 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal Autographs, Axl Rose, Guns N Roses, Topps | Comments (11)
The first Axl Rose Heavy Metal Autograph redemption card from 2013 Topps Archives has hit the auction block on eBay a day before the product’s official release, and it’s already picking up steam after just a few hours online.
How fast? You could say it’s been gaining bids faster than Rose singing “Garden of Eden” on Use Your Illusion I.
There will be a few questions about this card in the coming days and weeks, but none are more important than how high will it go?
Posted on May 30, 2013 – 1:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Topps Archives, 2013 Topps Archives new error cards, Bobby Bundy, Chris Sale, Dylan Bundy, errors and variations, Frank Thomas, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Hank Aaron, Jason Heyward, Joey Votto, MLB, Topps | Comments (1)
When 2013 Topps Archives arrives tomorrow, it will include all sorts of throwback designs and nods to the past that make it, well, Archives as well as the touches from last year that made it reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year.
But it will also include something new — which is something old.
It also will include nods to the original chase cards in the hobby — errors and variations.
Posted on May 30, 2013 – 10:34 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Topps Archives, 2013 Topps Archives checklist, 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal Autographs, Axl Rose, Axl Rose autograph, Box Busters Live, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
Who: Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Susan Lulgjuraj, Brian Fleischer and you … and everybody else, too.
What: Box Busters Live — an absolutely free live video chat and box-breaking experience where you ask the questions … and you may get the cards.
When: Tomorrow (Friday, May 31), at 1 p.m. Central time. It will run about two to two-and-a-half hours. (We’ll chat and rip all four boxes before they can be yours.)
Where: Here on Beckett.com/news will be your starting point for finding us — and you can join in on the discussions with comments here, via our Google Hangout, on YouTube and on Twitter, too. (Links to come tomorrow.)
The product: The reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year for 2012 … this year’s edition of Topps Archives, which arrives in hobby shops tomorrow.
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 4:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MMA | 2013 Topps UFC Knockout, 2013 topps UFC knockout checklist, autographs, MMA, Topps, UFC | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps UFC Knockout in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Need a checklist or OPG for this product? Click here.
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 4:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Panini Brilliance, NBA, Panijni America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2012-13 Panini Brilliance in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Need a checklist or OPG for Brilliance? Click here.
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 3:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Bowman Sterling, 2013 Bowman Sterling checklist, Bowman Sterling, Topps | Comments (0)
Bowman Sterling is back once again.
Topps released the basic information and preview images for the 10th edition of Bowman Sterling on Wednesday, a high-end prospecting brand that caters to those collectors wanting a little more bang for their buck.
As in three autographs in every single $50 pack.
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 2:02 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | 2013 Leaf Pop Century, Al Pacino, Jennifer Lopez, Leaf, Leaf Pop Century | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Leaf is bringing back 2013 Pop Century featuring actors, athletes and entertainers all in one box.
There are four autographs in every box with the likes of Al Pacino, Jennifer Lopez and the Naked Cowboy. All autographs will have parallels, including 1-of-1s.
Posted on May 29, 2013 – 11:48 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2012-13 SP Authentic basketball, 2012-13 SP Authentic basketball autograph groups, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Upper Deck‘s latest edition of SP Authentic basketball includes several groupings for its various autographed inclusions.
On Wednesday, the company released the details of the 2012-13 SP Authentic groupings. See them all after the jump.
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 7:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Panini Past & Present, box breaks, NBA, Panini America, Ripping Retail | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2012-13 Panini Past & Present in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 4:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 SP Authentic, 2012-13 SP Authentic basketball, Upper Deck | Comments (108)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012-13 SP Authentic in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? How can you win an unopened box? Watch and find out …
A winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries received before June 7 in the comments below.
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 2:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | Beckett Media Facebook chat, Chatter Up, Chris Olds | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds for another Chatter Up Facebook chat Wednesday night at 8:30 Central by clicking right here.
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 12:43 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Jack Hoffman, Team Jack Foundation, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Footall Editor
Even though the Team Jack Foundation didn’t get paid from the initial eBay auction for a signed blow-up card of 7-year-old Jack Hoffman who is fighting brain cancer – the family is pretty happy with the ending.
After Beckett reported the news of the non-sale, many potential buyers contacted Mike Schnoor, owner of Prep 2 Pro Sports in Norfolk, Neb., who was handling the auction on behalf of the charity, to buy the card.
Three different buyers offered $10,000, and since Schnoor had three versions all signed in silver pen, he sold all three and raised $30,000 – a big difference from the $6,100 they should have received from the eBay auction.
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 12:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Beckett Sports Card Monthly supercollector, John Axford, Kevin Kimmes, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, supercollector | Comments (4)
Beckett SuperCollector Kevin Kimmes, left, recently threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers game — and he also added a little something to his John Axford collection.
By Kevin Kimmes | Guest Writer | Opinion & Commentary
I have a bucket list.
A few years ago, I purchased a book — The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List: 162 Things You Must See, Do, Get & Experience Before You Die by Robert Santelli and Jenna Santelli on a whim from Barnes & Noble. I figured that it appealed to the collector/checklist-chaser side of me and that I would probably never complete it, but it would give me some great ideas for road trips, leisure reading and films that I may have missed.
One entry, however, caught my eye right away … No. 139: Throw Out The First Pitch.
The entry struck me due to the presumed difficulty associated with it, despite the fact that the author claimed that it is actually easier to accomplish than one might think, especially at the minor-league level. I filed the idea away, assuming that it would be one of those entries that I would probably never complete. That was until I decided to get married.
When it came time for planning my bachelor party, my brother asked me what I wanted to do. I told him that I wanted to skip all the cliché stuff and just have a day filled with baseball: batting cages, tailgating, oh yeah … and throwing out the first pitch at a game.
“So, like a t-ball game? Little league?” was my brother’s response. “I don’t think the Brewers are going to let you do this just because you’re getting married.”
Posted on May 28, 2013 – 8:12 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Garbage Pail Kids, mars attacks, Sketch cards, Topps, Wacky Packages | Comments (0)
For decades, children have enjoyed the art on Topps cards such Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. As they got older, adults have found the same joy as well.
Many of the GPK and Wacky Packages have become iconic pictures such as Adam Bomb from GPK and Mars Attacks.
Topps is making artists from the newer sets available to fans when the trading card company will offer custom sketch cards from Topps’ artists on its website.
Posted on May 25, 2013 – 7:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2013 Topps Star Wars Jedi Legacy, Chewbacca Relic, Ewok Relic, Harrison Ford, Star Wars, Topps | Comments (10)
Join Beckett Media‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 Topps Star Wars Jedi Legacy found at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas, Texas, in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Need a Legacy checklist or OPG? When it hits Beckett.com, it will be here.