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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez nearly no-hits Twins

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez may only have a 5-4 record this season, but his win over the Minnesota Twins Friday night was one of the more memorable games of his career.

He nearly threw the second no-hitter of his eight-years in MLB, blanking the Twins for a 6-0 win at home but allowing a single hit in the ninth to Joe Mauer. He would have been just the sixth pitcher to throw a no-no in each league.

Sanchez (click here for a checklist or OPG) appears on just 571 cards for his career, carrying a total value of just $1,919.05, excluding rarities. His 12 Rookie Cards can be found in 2005 MLB products with his priciest being his 2005 Ultimate Signature card that typically checks in at $60 or less. It’s an autographed card limited to just 125 serial-numberd copies.

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First look: 2013 Topps Qubi baseball stampers (with checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is hoping this one gets baseball collectors’ stamp of approval.

The longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards introduced a new novelty item on Friday with 2013 Topps Qubi — collectable ink stampers that feature the likenesses and autographs of some of Major League Baseball’s greats.

Each pack of Qubi will include one stamper and one collector sheet. There will be 18 packs per box when they arrive on July 22.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Archives Football + win a hobby box

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Check out what Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj got in a box 2013 Topps Archives football.

You can win a sealed hobby box of 2013 Topps Archives football by entering the giveaway below. There are several ways to earn entries to the contest.

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Box Busters: An educational(?) autograph mailday

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he checks out what he got in the mail from GibraltarTrade.com/store while exploring a perhaps-overlooked area of autograph collecting — buying via show promoters online. While it’s not uncommon, it’s one area collectors might not consider as often when seeking autographs.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Non-sports cards provide innocent, sentimental fun – and sometimes value, too

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A sunbaked Sunday morning. Early risers congregate on the sidewalk, waiting. The doors will open soon, beginning a day of study and reflection.

No, this isn’t church, but the passion is similar.

Collectors gather in clusters – husbands and wives, fathers and sons. New friends. Old friends. Someone steps out of the line to smoke a cigarette. Others stay, discussing their collections. It’s daunting to face a hobby landscape without limits, and this is as close as you’ll find – the Philly Non-Sports Card Show, where cards of 1800s flowers and 2000s blockbusters intersect.

The twice-yearly show has become a hobby staple since its inception in 1984, a deviation from the usual shows devoted to baseball and football cards.

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Autograph tickets for the National Sports Collectors Convention go on sale today

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly two months away, and now is the time for collectors to get started with their planning.

Tickets for the massive autograph pavilion go on sale to the public today at 7 p.m. ET. This year’s show takes place July 31-August 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

There are a number of stars from many sports signing at the National.

Top stars include baseball’s Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas, Roberto Alomar and Chipper Jones; football’s Eric Dickerson and Frank Gifford; boxing’s Sugar Ray Leonard; hockey’s Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito; NBA rookie Damian Lillard and soccer star Mia Hamm.

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Collectors noticing Torey Krug’s playoff run

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Boston’s Torey Krug had never competed in a Stanley Cup playoff before. He actually had just three NHL games to his name coming into the series with the New York Rangers.

But Krug’s playoff performance so far has caused fans and collectors to take notice.

The 22-year-old defenseman has three goals in four games against the Rangers – looking more like a savvy veteran than an undrafted rookie.

Krug appears on this year’s small crop of his rookies on cards. He skated his first game for Boston on April 3, 2012, making him eligible for cards this season.

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Box Busters: A $23,500 break from Heroes of Sport

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he interviews Dan, a prize winner from Heroes of Sport‘s debut line who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What will he find inside his box busted live for us all to watch? Watch and find out … we’ll just say that it previously sold for more than $23,500 at auction.

First look: 2013 Topps Update baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Although 2013 Topps Series 2 is coming soon, it’s time for an update.

A Topps Update, that is.

Topps previewed its flagship-capping third standard release of the year on Wednesday, and it’s 2013 Topps Update that will arrive on Oct. 14 packing the final chances at The Chase for the season.

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First look: 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Superheroes. Old School designs. Popular sports releases.

Upper Deck has used these elements to create 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro trading cards – taking a popular new brand from its sports edition into the comic world.

Each display box will contain two mini boxes with 10 five-card packs in each mini box. Marvel Fleer Retro is scheduled to release in August.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Museum Collection baseball + win our Brandon Phillips patch autograph

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win a Brandon Phillips patch auto we pulled? Leave a comment below (include your email address in the proper field) and maybe let @datdudeBP know on Twitter that we’re giving away his card. We’ll pick someone at random from all entries received before May 31.

First look: Wacky Packages All New Series 11

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Wacky Packages have made a comeback over the last couple of years with new releases from Topps.

The next installment – Wacky Packages All New Series 11 trading card stickers – comes out in late September with items for adults and children to collect.

The newest Wacky Packages will make fun of toys, video games, TV shows, cereal and more just the way fans of the series have come to expect. Topps will release hobby and retail versions of the product with plenty of incentive to pick up the Collector’s Edition (hobby release) for extra hits and content.

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Brian Urlacher retires after 13 seasons

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Brian Urlacher is calling it a career.

The longtime Bears linebacker announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday in a statement posted on Twitter.

“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13-year-career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.”

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First look: Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 3

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is keeping up with the Garbage Pail Kids releasing Brand New Series 3 in October.

The newest GPK set will feature 170 cards in the with 132 base (66 A and B versions), three inserts sets and eight hobby-only bonus cards. Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1990-91 Upper Deck High Series hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they tear into a box of 1990-91 Upper Deck High Series  in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …


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Beckett Media launches weekly Facebook chats

For those of you who just can’t get enough sports card chatter in your lives beyond Beckett.com, our message boards, Box Busters episodes and Twitter, we’re adding something else to the mix.

Beckett Media will be launching weekly chats via Facebook with the first being Chatter Up, a Wednesday Q&A segment with Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds that appears on the Beckett Media LLC Facebook page.

For now, it will be a simple real-time chat. But, who knows, perhaps it will evolve into something more as we go along. Either way, it’s one more chance for collectors to chat about the hobby and collecting as well as win some cool stuff each and every week.

Chatter Up — Wednesday nights at 8:30 Central on the Beckett Media LLC Facebook page.

Want to win a four-hobby pack lot of Panini Marquee basketball cards? Check out the thread for this week here and tell us what you think in the comments below. We’ll pick one winner at random on May 29.

In The Game and Sport Kings merge into one company

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In The Game, Inc., and Sport Kings LP are merging as one company.

The companies owned by Dr. Brian Price were kept separate, but they will now be one, Price announced today.

“By making this acquisition, I will be able to continue the production of the Sport Kings brand as the consolidation of the brand into the ITG family makes it easier to move forward with future releases,” Price said on his blog. “In the past websites, marketing and sales were kept separately causing confusion in the marketplace, this acquisition removes that confusion.”

Price will move forward with the Sportking series releasing Series F this summer before the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Showcase football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass Showcase in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Ignite NASCAR cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2013 Press Pass Ignite in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Rookies & Stars Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is starting up the crusades again.

The company previewed 2013 Rookies & Stars Football today, showing off its inserts and hits including Crusade cards, which is set to come out in late August.

“For starters, there’s the return to glory of the landmark Crusade insert, which will bring back the authentic hypnotic designs and printing technology that made those original 1998 gems instant classics,” Panini’s Tracy Hackler wrote on the company blog.

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