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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ripping Retail Retro: 1991 Topps baseball cards … with a vintage surprise

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a $5 box of 1991 Topps in the latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Well, besides a bit of the unexpected? Watch and find out …

What’s inside 1991 Topps? Click here for a checklist and OPG.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1991 Pro Set Series 1 football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into yet another $5 wax box — this time, a 1991 Pro Set Series 1 football box — in the latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

What was in 1991 Pro Set? Click here for a checklist and OPG.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack cards — a $5 box buy at the local shop — in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

What exactly was in 1994 Fun Pack? Click here for a checklist and OPG

Ripping Retail Retro: 1990 Score baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1990 Score — yet another $5 box buy — in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

What’s in 1990 Score? Click here for a checklist and OPG.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1989 Pro Set Series 1 football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1989 Pro Set Series 1 football cards — a $5 box locally — in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside a rather streaky box? Watch and find out …

What’s in 1989 Pro Set? Click here for a checklist and OPG.

A look at top prospects in the 2013 NHL Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey fans can’t wait for the NHL Draft on Sunday.

It’s considered a deep draft by many with talented players throughout. But one player has gotten plenty of attention.

Seth Jones, son of basketball’s Popeye Jones, is one of the top prospects in the draft. He’s been profiled on ESPN and other mainstream media outlets, bringing more attention to the hockey draft since Sidney Crosby was selected in 2005.

Here’s a look at top prospects in draft, players who have potential to be on Rookie Cards come November.

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Panini America reveals 2013-14 NHL Double Rookie Class logo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In just a few days, the NHL will host its 2013 Draft. In preparation for the annual event, Panini America released its 2013-14 Double Rookie Class logo – readying hockey fans for the start of the collecting season.

The logo will be on all of Panini’s 2013-14 NHL-licensed products and on Rookie Cards in upcoming releases.

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First look: 2013 Panini Prominence Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini is changing Prominence Football in its second year on the market.

Along with new hits – and no stand-alone memorabilia cards – Panini America will offer three five-card packs in every box along with three autographs and two parallels.

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Upper Deck makes plans for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck has a number of plans for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention.

It already announced its VIP cards (click here), but the card company is putting it all out there.

One of the biggest draws at any National are the wrapper redemption programs held by the various companies. UD’s program can get collectors cards of players such as Jonathan Toews, LeBron James and Reggie Jackson.

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Upper Deck reveals wrapper redemption plans for 2013 NHL Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Remember when your favorite hockey players were selected in the NHL Draft?

Young men, fresh out of juniors, who had all their dreams in front of them.

Upper Deck is taking collectors back to draft day of some of these players including New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk as part of its 2013 NHL Draft wrapper redemption program.

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Panini announces wrapper redemption at 2013 NHL Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2013 NHL Draft isn’t just for show. Collectors can get into the action with exclusive trading cards.

This year’s draft is at the Prudential Center in Newark , N.J., and Panini announced its plans focusing on hockey in the New Jersey/ New York area.

Panini will hold a wrapper redemption program where collectors can get a six-card New Jersey Devils pack previewing the 2013-14 Score hockey design. The pack will include Martin Brodeur, Patrick Elias, Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Bryce Salvador and David Clarkson.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Fleer Retro Basketball

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Watch as Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj rips into a box of 2012-13 Fleer Retro Basketball. 

UPDATED: Panini inks top NBA draft picks to exclusive deals

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Update: Panini updated its site with information saying it had non-exclusive agreements with several players.

The top picks of the NBA draft will be getting autograph cards in Panini America products for the 2013-14 season.

Panini announced exclusive deals with 16 NBA prospects just moments before the start of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The deal included all of the top 10 draft picks starting with top overall pick Anthony Bennett chosen by Cleveland.

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Box Busters: 2013 Panini Golden Age baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Series 2 baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Football

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Watch as Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Football.

Then and now: NBA coaches on cardboard

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By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

They carry clipboards and manage egos and handle those inane in-game interview questions.

Sometimes, they make their way onto cards.

NBA’s head coaches follow different paths to the bench. Some are former players. Others started as low-level assistants and worked their way up the ranks.

This off-season has seen a flurry of changes, even from the successful teams. Thirteen different teams have made coaching changes in the past three months. The NBA’s reigning Coach of the Year (George Karl) is currently out of work. The Knicks’ point guard last season (Jason Kidd) is now the Nets’ head coach.

Here’s a look at the NBA’s head coaches on cards – then and now, as players and coaches. Read More »

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … right now on our Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page. Up for grabs this week is a box of 2013 Topps Series 2 … and more.

If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week for more.

Upper Deck to create commemorative set for Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Chicago Blackhawks collectors are getting a special set from Upper Deck.

UD is creating a commemorative set for the 2013 Stanley Cup champions. The cards will feature players such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford.

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Box Busters Mailday: An epic PC addition video

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds had a pretty big mailday for the ol’ Nick Swisher collection … and he opted to share it with you.

It includes 67 autographs, six 1/1s, 10 patch cards and more — all Swish, all the time.

Are you a SuperCollector? Your instructions on how to submit your info for this year’s Beckett Sports Card Monthly showcase can be found by clicking here.

Topps confirms Axl Rose, Yasiel Puig autographs will appear in Allen & Ginter baseball set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Perhaps they can be called sweet cards o’ mine?

Topps confirmed to Beckett Media on Wednesday that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig will have autographed cards in the forthcoming Allen & Ginter baseball card set that arrives on Aug. 7.

The product styled after the late 1800s products of the same name will include nods to “world’s champions” in other sports beyond baseball as well as newsmakers in pop culture and beyond. This year’s version will include a few musicians as well as a set of guitar pick Relics.

Topps Assistant Brand Manager for Baseball Jon Einalhori confirmed the inclusions in an interview on Wednesday for the September issue of Beckett Baseball.

Here’s a short excerpt from the piece:

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Babe Ruth Relics will be included in Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Bambino is coming to the Ginter.

One of the sports world’s biggest names is coming to one of the baseball card world’s more-popular brands this summer as a game-used memorabilia card for the first time that’s not on a 1/1 basis.

Babe Ruth is among the Relic subjects for the upcoming Allen & Ginter release from Topps and the company confirmed his inclusion to Beckett Media on Wednesday.

“He will have an Allen & Ginter Mini Relic card,” said Jon Einalhori, Topps’ assistant brand manager for baseball. “The card will be limited.”

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Upper Deck previews National VIP set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck gave collectors a sneak peek at its VIP cards for the National Sports Collectors Convention taking place next month.

The card company highlighted some of its exclusive athletes such as Tiger Woods and Lebron James in the set. Along with Woods and James, the six-card set features Wayne Gretzky, Frank Thomas, Jonathan Toews and Michael Jordan.

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Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 90): Which MLB rookie arrivals were most memorable?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Their names are often atop the minds of many when they arrive but how their careers shape up changes over time.

Jackie Robinson, Stephen Strasburg, Fred Lynn, Kerry Wood, Albert Pujols, Mark Fidrych, Mike Trout, Joe Charboneau, Mark McGwire, Ichiro Suzuki, Fernando Valenzuela and now Yasiel Puig … the arrivals of phenoms in major league baseball often seem to captivate but they don’t always end up in Cooperstown like their first few weeks on the job might suggest.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them.

And how about Ron Kittle? Go look up his Double-A and Triple-A stats before his debut in 1983. Some of you may already know that he impressed, but others may just know him as 1980s common-bin fodder with funny glasses.

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Fleer Retro Basketball highlights female great and HOF baseball star

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Cheryl Miller is one of the greatest basketball players in women’s college history. She appears on a handful of cards in the 1990s, after her playing career was over – but a career that stuck with many.

When she graduated from USC in 1986, Miller was second all-time in scoring in the NCAA with 3,018 points. She now sits eighth on the list.

Upper Deck included Miller, the sister of Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller, in 2012-13 Fleer Retro basketball that came out this week. Miller has popped up on cards earlier this year when Upper Deck also included her in 2012-13 SP Authentic.

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