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Monthly Archives: May 2013

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.

Box Busters: 2012-13 Momentum basketball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for Momentum? Click here.

2013 Topps Archives football photo variation guide

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps released 2013 Topps Archives this featuring designs of old sets with autographs from fan favorites throughout the years.

But you didn’t think colleting the base set was going to be easy, did you?

There are photo variations for some of the players. Right now, it seems to be with last year’s rookies. The gallery below is incomplete, but as we get more information and photos, we will update the post. Please keep in mind, this is a work in progress. If you see any others, let me know so we can update the post.

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Panini America at the first day of the NFLPA Rookie Premiere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps at the first day of the NFLPA Rookie Premiere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps was on site for the first day of the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. Check out the photos below to see what Topps has in store for collectors.

Beckett magazines now in the Google Play store

Beckett Media has launched a set of apps in the Google Play store for Android systems.

The apps will allow you to download each Beckett magazine issue with news, reviews, the latest price guides and more. Each issue in the Google Play store will cost $7.99.

The magazines include Beckett Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Sports Card Monthly.

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First look: 2013 Topps Heritage Minors baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Heritage is headed down to the minors for the third straight season.

Topps offered its first glimpses at the this year’s edition of Topps Heritage Minors on Wednesday, a 1964-style look at life before the big leagues that arrives on Sept. 11 with two autographs and one Relic in every 24-pack hobby box. (Need a past Heritage Minors checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Topps Archives football provides tribute to Chuck Muncie

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Former NFL Pro-Bowler Chuck Muncie died on Monday. He was 60.

Muncie played for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers. He found his greatest successes for San Diego’s “Air Coryell” offense, scoring 19 touchdowns in 1981.

Muncie battled drug addiction during his career, but later turned his life around – and became a mentor and counselor.

Muncie doesn’t have many cards – just 39 in the Beckett database – but a new release is bringing renewed interest to his career. Muncie is part of 2013 Topps Archives football. His card #237 is a short-print, but he also has an autograph in the set.

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Panini, NFLPA team up to give fans a unique experience

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Welcome to the digital age, card collectors.

Panini America and the NFL Players Association are teaming up to bring collectors closer to the players. Several fans will take part in a Google+ Hangout with NFL rookies Montee Ball and Matt Barkley on Thursday.

Winners will be able to ask players questions during the live session and receive a digital copy of a special Panini Score Rookie Card.

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Box Busters: 2013 Bowman baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for Bowman? Click here.

Rittenhouse prepares super high-end Star Trek set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The newest Star Trek movie comes out this weekend, and the newest Star Trek trading card set comes out next month.

Rittenhouse Archives is creating a product with few cards and a high price point, but delivering exactly what every collector wants out of a box – autograph relic cards of Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock).

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