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Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Need a 1990-91 Upper Deck checklist or OPG? Click here.

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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1980s Celebrity cut autographs show up in Archives Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When 2013 Archives Football released last week, collectors found cards of players in old, popular designs and former players who are fan favorites.

But there are some quirks in 2013 Archives – one of which is the inclusion of cut autographs from celebrities popular in the 1980s.

Just a few of these have popped on eBay, but enough to give collectors an idea of what they can expect.

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Texas’ Jurickson Profar is the second Bowman Lucky redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Edior

It’s no longer a mystery who will appear on the second 2013 Bowman Lucky Redemption card.

It’s Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, who is making his season debut tonight with the Rangers against visiting Oakland.

Profar was hitting .273 with four home runs, 19 RBI and six stolen bases for at Triple-A Round Rock before his promotion. He was Baseball America‘s No. 1 prospect entering this season.

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Leaf readies Brittney Griner cards, autographs

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball fans waiting for the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick won’t have to wait long.

Leaf Trading Cards has signed an agreement with former Baylor star and future Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner to produce her first basketball cards and certified autographs.

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Auction for autograph Jack Hoffman card goes unpaid

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Jack Hoffman’s story naturally went national. The 7-year-old fighting cancer scored a touchdown in the University of Nebraska’s spring game.

Anyone who watched the video from the game realized just how dusty it was in their room that day.

Upper Deck then created blow-up cards of Jack and one of the silver autographed cards (three are signed in silver and one in gold) was auctioned on eBay earlier this month for The Team Jack Foundation. The final bid came in at $6,100 – shattering anyone’s expectations and adding more excitement to a special story.

But unfortunately, there is no happy ending when it comes to this auction.

Too often there are stories of high-end ticket items that go unpaid – and that is true in this case as well.

Prep 2 Pro Sports owner Mike Schnoor, who is selling the cards on behalf of the Team Jack Foundation, has not received any money for the Hoffman card despite contacting the final bidder and the next couple of bidders on the list.

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Five Stanley Cup cards to collect

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Stanley Cup is unlike any other championship in the four major sports. Hockey players have superstitions surrounding the Cup and the championship trophy is its own character.

Over the years, trading cards have featured the Stanley Cup along with key moments from the entertaining series. Most recently, Upper Deck even featured cards with Cup winners showing off their special day with the trophy.

Here are five key cards or sets for collectors to look for.

1924 C144 Champ’s Cigarette Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup wasn’t always a 34-inch high trophy. One of the first renditions of it was much smaller. It was donated Lord Stanley in 1893 to the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. Most experts believe the 1924 C144 Champ’s Cigarette was the first time ithe Stanley Cup appeared on a trading card.

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Parks & Recreation autograph checklist revealed

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass has announced the full set of signers for its upcoming Parks & Recreation trading card set.

The autograph checklist features many of the show’s stars, who also added insciptions to many of their cards. Some of the big names included on the checklist are Paul Rudd, Megan Mullally, Fred Armisen and Parker Posey.

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NFL rookies share thoughts on their own card collections and their first RCs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is underway this week in Los Angeles with 40 NFL rookies checking out their newest trading cards.

The players are signing cards for upcoming products and making their rounds, including ESPN broadcasts and meeting with dealers and fans.

Five rookies were with Panini America promoting the company’s cards on Thursday. Beckett Media had a chance to talk to Mike Glennon, Tavon Austin, E.J. Manuel, Marcus Lattimore and Denard Robinson.

Beckett: How did it feel seeing your Rookie Card for the first time?

Glennon: It was pretty cool. As a kid I collected and I always envisioned myself on a card one day. Now, you finally get to see yourself on one. You’re living out a dream as a kid.

Manuel: When I got my first shipment of cards, I was like “Wow, this is really starting to happen. I’m in the NFL.”

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Past & Present basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for Past & Present? Click here.

Have some patience, Guns N’ Roses fans: A first look at Axl Rose’s first certified autograph trading card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Now, all we need is a little patience.

When Topps announced in February that Axl Rose‘s first certified autograph was coming in 2013 Topps Archives — a retro-styled look at baseball cards with a bit of pop culture also infused — more than a few collectors and rock fans took notice.

The arrival of the next installment of the reigning Beckett Baseball Product of the Year is just 13 days away with Rose’s signatures sure to have a few people saying “you could be mine.”

Beckett Media got the first look at the unsigned version of the card on Thursday — a release that will have a standard autograph version as well as a version of the card printed on metal. It’s not going to be so easy to pull that one as just 25 copies of that version will be made.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Preferred basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for Preferred? Click here.