Monthly Archives: May 2013

First look: 2013 Topps Chrome Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

If you thought Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck autograph cards were going to try dry up this season, don’t worry.

Topps previewed 2013 Topps Chrome Football showing off base cards, inserts, and autographs – with Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck sandwiched between the rookies on the autograph checklist.

Chrome is usually known for having all rookie autographs, but perhaps Topps changed it up in attempt to re-capture last year’s excitement along with bolstering a rookie class that is short on hype.

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Beckett Behind the Scenes: Watching pink Louisville Sluggers come to life for Mother’s Day

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the eighth consecutive year, Major League Baseball‘s stars will take to the field this Sunday with a new color in their uniform mix and in many cases a new color of Louisville Slugger in their hands.

It’s pink, which is to raise awareness — and funds — for breast cancer awareness on Mother’s Day, and it’s an effort that has raised more than $1 million with MLB since 2006.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Archives football cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into 2013 Topps Archives a week before its hobby release date in this latest Ripping Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out … and don’t hold him to the details of some years’ designs! (He’s not the football guru … yes, he got some years wrong.)

See the First Look for the product here.

Find the 2013 Topps Archives checklist (when it’s in the database) here.

Some retail odds for this one … since it’s early  … after the jump.

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Beckett Media assignment leads to photographer’s trading card debut, too

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

When Texas-based journalist Josh Trudell took a recent assignment for Beckett Media, there were plenty of potential highlights for a guy who, deep down, is a passionate baseball fan.

(Trust me … he’s a Red Sox fan.)

But one extra perk of the job? Well, it just resonated more than documenting the experience of watching a dad be a minor leaguer for a day. You see, while Trudell’s story and photos will appear in an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly there was something else about that day’s work that will be special for other reasons long after the freelance money is spent and the magazines have come and gone from the racks.

One of Trudell’s photographs will be used on an upcoming Topps baseball card — on Tim Kane‘s memento of his experience becoming a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks. It’s a card Kane shares with his 8-year-old son, Peyton, and it will be coming soon in packs of 2013 Topps Pro Debut.

“My father and I, like Tim and Peyton, collected cards together – our biggest prize was a rookie Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps card that I still have,” said Trudell, a 1999 Northeastern University graduate. “Dad passed away three years ago, but I think he would have been just as excited about this as I am.”

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First look: 2013 Topps Major League Soccer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

As soccer grows in the United States, card companies are looking to tap into the market.

Topps has secured a licensed with Major League Soccer and will produce its first MLS cards this summer.

Each hobby box will have 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack. In addition, there will be two autographs and three relic cards in every box.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere revealed

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

UPDATE: The NFLPA sent over the official list of rookies attending the event, which is the same list we have below. This list is confirmed by the NFLPA. 

The NFL Player Association Rookie Premiere kicks off next week. This is when Topps and Panini America get a number of autographs from the newest NFL players.

About 40 players are expected to attend and the list has been leaked in several places, including Sports Card News and Fandeavor.

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Inscriptions add character to autograph cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Inscriptions can change the value of an autograph card. A funny or unique saying can cause a buzz with collectors just as it recently did with an Isaiah Pead 2012 Five Star autograph.

“Get Pead On”

We get it. And so do card companies. That’s why they seek athletes to personalize cards in a way that will grab attention.

Press Pass showed off several inscriptions from 2013 Fanfare Football. Many athletes stuck to nicknames or rooted on their college teams.

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Jack Hoffman card lands on eBay

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of Jack Hoffman’s blow-up rookie cards from Upper Deck has landed on eBay with the proceeds from the auction going to the Team Jack Foundation.

Upper Deck created five of these cards for the Hoffman family. According to the auction (view here), one went to 7-year-old Jack while the other four were signed. Just one of the cards is up for auction. UPDATE: The card finished at $6,100.

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Box Busters At the Shop: 2013 Bowman HTA jumbo box

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds watched the first 2013 Bowman HTA Jumbo box ripped at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas, Texas. Here’s what was found … in highlights fashion.

Click here to see our Box Busters Preview video.

What big pulls have been found in Bowman so far? Click here …

(For more on the product, including prelim and final auto/Relic checklists, click here.)

Box Busters Preview: 2013 Bowman baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 Bowman in this Box Busters Preview video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

What big pulls have been found in Bowman so far? Click here …

(For more on the product, including prelim and final auto/Relic checklists, click here.)

Topps bringing hand-stamped cards back to football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps introduced oversized hand-stamped cards in 2012 Topps Triple Threads.

These cards are coming back this season with a new design.

Topps released a preview image of wide receiver Tavon Austin’s card. The cards look drastically different from last year’s design.

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Marc-Andre Fleury mask features ITG cards

By Jon Waldman | Contributing Editor

Collectors will remember the buzz that popped up during the NHL lockout – Marc-Andre Fleury was to sport a new mask for the upcoming season. The new faceshield would be unique as it featured sendups of Between the Pipes hockey cards from years past.

On the side panels of the new goalie headwear were artistic renderings of Tom Barrasso and Michel Dion’s cards from the 2010-11 Between the Pipes series.

The mask’s inspiration was simple enough.

“I wanted to pay tribute to the goalies that had come through (Pittsburgh),” Fleury said.

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Preview Gallery: Parks & Recreation inscription autographs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Parks and Recreation set from Press Pass should be popular with collectors. The show is one of the best on television with popular actors whose autographs collectors would love.

Press Pass released a sneak peek of inscription autographs from Nick Offerman, best known as Ron Swanson on the show.

Take a look at the cards below.

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Long-time dealer, first-time card-holder … 2013 Bowman includes a surprise

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Collectors ripping into packs of 2013 Bowman when it officially arrives tomorrow might see a new face among those inside their mylar wrappers if they’re lucky.

And it might be a better card than they think.

It’s a card of Marcel Bilak … who?

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First look: 2013 Momentum Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is bringing back Momentum for the 2013 season with a few tweaks in design.

Momentum will still have one hit in every pack. But the way the cards look – more color and different artwork will stand out to collectors.

2013 Momentum Football is schedule to release in late July with 10 hits (at least half will be autographs) and 10 Rookie Cards in every box.

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Preview Gallery: 2013 Bowman 1948 box-topper autos

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For some of you who rip into 2013 Bowman when it arrives on Wednesday, there might be something inside your box that’s rarer then many a Refractor and anything but modern-feeling.

In fact, it’s so different it might warp your Chrome-loving mind.

They’re autographed box-toppers in the style of 1948 Bowman — a no-nonsense, no-frills issue that amounts to a black-and-white photo. (For more on the product, including prelim and final auto/Relic checklists, click here.)

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Beckett 20 Questions … on the NBA (and cards) today

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

It’s a busy time in the NBA with the postseason marathon ongoing and the awards season generating headlines beyond the court.

On cardboard, it’s just as busy with several new products arriving and stars making their own pushes with strong performances. (Need a checklist or OPG for one of the 541 basketball sets already made this year? Click here.)

Here’s the latest Beckett 20 Questions on cards and the court. Tell us what you think about the state of cards today, its stars and more with your votes and the comments below.

1. Kobe or LeBron? (You decide why ... just pick one.)

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See the remaining 19 questions … after the jump.

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Sizzling Starts: Who’s the hottest on the field — and on cards — this season?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We’ve made our picks, but we’re curious what you think.

For the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ve selected our five hottest players in MLB this season on the field with consideration of their cardboard, too. After all, now’s the time for new stars to emerge or for fans to truly take ahold of what they want from the newest players, the newest faces in new places and more after the first month or so of a new season. (Need a checklist or OPG for one of the 335 sets already made this year? Click here.)

Take a few minutes and ponder your top five picks for the hottest starts — and the hottest cards — this season with our poll — and leave a comment if you need — after the jump.

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Panini America goes back to the Studio for 2013 Father’s Day promotion

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the most-memorable debut baseball card releases of the 1990s, 1991 Studio, is making a comeback and it’s coming soon.

In Panini America‘s Father’s Day promotional program.

The in-shop pack-incentive program for buying Panini products has been a hit of sorts for the last few years with packs including autograph and memorabilia cards typically not found anywhere else in the company’s lineup.

This year, the training, err trading, ground includes a look back to the past with Studio’s unique love-it-or-hate-it look never-before revisited in a Panini line. That set will comprise 24 cards in the standard-card offering. They will be numbered to just 499. The design also will be applied to athletes from other sports as the promotion includes all of the company’s major licenses.

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Before Leon Sandcastle, there was Johnny Kilroy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leon Sandcastle is not the first fictional character to appear on a card.

In 1993, Michael Jordan abruptly retired from basketball, but the man wasn’t done playing – at least that was the message Nike put out with its own commercial that featured Johnny Kilroy, Jordan disguised as a different basketball player.

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First look: 2013 Topps Prime Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Non-traditional relics will be on display in October when 2013 Topps Prime comes out.

The relics will feature different items such as wristbands, gloves and even socks.

Each Topps Prime box will have 10 five-card packs, which will have at least one Rookie Card.

In addition, each box will have one autograph, one autograph relic and two relic cards.

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Hey, prospectors … who are you targeting in 2013 Bowman? (Vote from the autograph checklist)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s first Bowman set arrives next week from Topps with the some of the first MLB-approved cards and autographs for a new crop of rookies and prospects — you know, the kind of stuff that Chromie dreams are made of.

But in a year without a Bryce Harper or a Stephen Strasburg — at least not just yet — we’re kind of curious about who you’ll be picking off when it comes to landing standard autographs of the rookies and prospects in the product. (For more on the product, including prelim and final auto/Relic checklists, click here.)

After the jump, we have the full checklist of Chrome prospect autographs, Chrome rookie autographs and retail autographs — and we want you to pick your top choices for your hobby dollars. If you’d like to make even more of a case for who’s hot, who’s not and more, let us know in the comments below.

Oh, and Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t among those on the checklists because he was just announced as the player for Bowman Lucky Redemption No. 1 — so look for those five different redemption cards in packs, too.

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McFarlane Toys adds extra chase to Mike Trout’s debut figure

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For those of you who will be looking for the debut release of Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout in SportsPicks form this month, there’s an added element of surprise.

McFarlane Toys has created a chase figure that includes an MLB-authenticated piece of one of his stolen bases from last season.

Limited to just 200 serial-numbered figures, this figure from the 31st series of MLB figures from the Arizona-based company includes a slice of Trout’s 48th stolen base last season. He hit is 30th home run that same day. Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year award after a campaign that included the first 30-30 Club performance from a rookie in MLB history.

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Ripping Retail: A Best of 2012 baseball repack

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a Best of 2012 baseball repack in this latest Ripping Retail video

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Kobe Bryant takes mom to court over auction

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Earlier this week, it was announced that a treasure trove of early Kobe Bryant memorabilia was headed to the auction block, consigned to Goldin Auctions by Bryant’s mother, Pamela.

On Thursday, Kobe Bryant filed a cease-and-desist order saying the items are his and that he doesn’t want them sold, according to a story by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Behind the scenes for your Beckett Sports Card Monthly Art Issue screen prints

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is at the printer, but we got a different kind of delivery on Thursday that we wanted to share with readers and collectors alike.

We got our first looks at Chris Speakman‘s step-by-step screen printing of his Mike Trout piece that will appear on the cover.

While every copy of the June 2013 issue of the magazine will roll off the printing press in the traditional offset printing manner — four plates per spread of cyan, magenta, yellow and black just like printing plates for sports cards — the screen prints are different. Each and every print is hand-done for every color and each shade — one at a time as it is applied to every one of the 250 prints.

See the result of each plate and more about the final piece … after the jump.

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Demand rises for Jason Collins’ certified autographs

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Simply put, there is now more demand for his autographs.

On Monday, NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active player in a major American sport to announce that he’s gay, and since that time his limited number of certified autographs has skyrocketed — at least relatively speaking — as they have gone from unsold online auction fodder to as much as $100 on eBay.

In particular demand are his 2001-02 SPx autos, which have gone from unsold auctions at $1 to consistent sellers at $20 or so — and more for the rarer Spectrum verison.

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Egraphs pulls plug on electronic autograph service

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It started as a novel idea for a novelty, but now it is no more.

Seattle-based Egraphs has pulled the plug on its electronic service allowing fans to get a personalized autograph and message from sports stars electronically.

“We ran into some unforeseen obstacles that ultimately prevented us from continuing to operate,” wrote company CEO David Auld in a letter posted on the Egraphs website. “It has been a very difficult time for us here at the company, as every one of us was dedicated to building out the future of fan-celebrity interactions. We were fortunate enough to witness some amazing experiences between you all, and it was what enabled us to work up to this point.”

The company was founded in 2011 and was licensed by MLB and NBA with other sports’ stars also in the mix to sign and leave a message for fans for a fee. Those who purchased an Egraph will receive a message from the company via email telling them how they can permanently save their files.

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First look: 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has used its Team Canada license throughout its products, featuring the red and white uniforms in sets such as 2012-13 SP Game Used.

Rather than mix the Team Canada cards into other sets, the card manufacturer has decided to build a set around one of the best national teams in the country. In August, collectors will get a 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey set – that could only be found in Canada.

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