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Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Carmen Electra’s pants sell for nearly $1K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Carmen Electra has a strong following, so it was a no-brainer that Benchwarmers included her in its products.

But no one may have predicted what a recent card of her sold for on eBay.

A 1-of-1 zipper card from a pair of shorts worn by Electra sold for $940 after 149 bids.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1998 Bowman football cards + win our box

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they tear into a box of 1998 Bowman in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can the box be yours? Tell us what you think of the break in the comments below. We’ll pick one of the most creative answers left before May 24.


Ripping Retail Retro: What do you want to see next time?

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Need a 1998 Bowman checklist or OPG? Click here.

Beckett 20 Questions on … sports families

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.

Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)

Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.

1. DId a family member get you into collecting?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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First look (updated): 2013 Pinnacle baseball cards

Update: Originally published on April 3 — now has new details and images

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Pinnacle is back on the diamond.

Panini America‘s 2013 baseball slate will include a revival of the Pinnacle brand as 2013 Pinnacle is scheduled to arrive on July 31.

Packing two autographs in each 24-pack hobby box, it will carry a suggested retail price of $2.99 a pack and include a meaty lineup of inserts and parallels to go with a 200-card base set that includes 50 Rookie Cards.

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Topps, MLS announce exclusive trading card deal

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps and Major League Soccer announced an exclusive license agreement on Monday.

The license is for trading cards, player stickers, sticker albums and other collectibles.

“Exclusive is definitely something that is important for us,” said Topps brand manager Jeff Heckman. “We look to grow the category certainly. That is something that is important to us.”

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Preview gallery: 2013 Score football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini American’s first NFL-licensed trading card set is due out this week with 2013 Score.

Score features new rookies and some compelling photography. The set will also honor the 25th anniversary of Score using the 1989 design for this year’s Rookie Cards.

Of course, there is also Leon Sandcastle.

Check out the preview gallery of 2013 Score and let us know what you think.

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Cryptozoic gets $300k Kickstarter campaign funded

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Even card companies need a little help from time-to-time.

Cryptozoic Entertainment, which has created trading cards and deck-building games, started a Kickstarter campaign to build a multiplayer online trading card game HEX.

The company asked for $300,000 to get the venture going – and it has hit that mark with 25 days still left.

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An interview with hockey legend Patrick Roy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey fans got a treat at the Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo when hockey goaltending legend Patrick Roy signed for what he says was his only card show appearance.

Fans took pictures with Roy, who was there as part of a 1993 Montreal Canadiens reunion. They also had pictures, pucks and sticks signed by the hockey great.

After his signing, Patrick Roy spent a few minutes with Beckett Media talking about his own collection and meeting fans.

Q. What sort of unique items did you see out there today?

A. Unique items? There is nothing in my head right now popping up. Basically, to be honest with you because I’ve been a hockey card collector, I respect everything. Maybe 10-15 year ago I stopped. But what people like to collect is what matters and precious to your eyes. I respect whatever people want to get signed.

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Beckett Grading to host James Spence on June 15

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on June 15 for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be the recently added baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

John Tavares named Hart Trophy finalist

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL released the finalists for the Hart Trophy on Friday.

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin and New York Islanders John Tavares were named to the list.

Crosby and Ovechkin have both won the award. But this is the first time Tavares has been named a finalist.

Tavares finished 15th in the league with 47  points (28 goals, 19 assists). It wasn’t so much the numbers that got him there, but his importance to the Islanders this season.

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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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