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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Topps clarifies printing mistakes in Tribute WBC set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Mistakes happen.

This time, Topps is pointing out a couple of printing mistakes on 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition, which arrives in hobby shops on Friday.

The first is on the packaging, which says there is one autograph or Relic numbered to 99 or fewer copies per pack. The autographed cards are not numbered — just patch cards — in the hit-per-pack product.

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Bleacher Creatures branch out to the WWE

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Not long ago, we took a look at a relatively new entrant into the sports world, and now the Bleacher Creatures are branching out.

The plush renditions of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL stars have a new crop of stars to contend with — the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment.  

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Topps sends Wacky Packages Postcards Series 9 to online store

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Wacky Packages Series 9 Postcards are going on sale on the Topps website. The postcards will come in two varieties: Limited Edition and “The Birds” Edition.

The Limited Edition product will cost $52.99 and is limited to just 350 signed and numbered postcards. “The Birds” is $39.99.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … SuperCollecting, organizing, displays, storage and more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The annual SuperCollector showcase in Beckett Sports Card Monthly is coming and as a part of that special issue, we’re curious about some of your collecting habits.

Particularly, how you organize, store and display your collection.

What follows are the latest 20 Questions we have for readers here, and we’ll showcase your answers in the upcoming issue along with some tips on how to collect and some profiles of collectors you might have heard of — and more you have not.

1. Do you display your cards and memorabilia?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo signs for Sportkings

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports fans will be seeing an influx of Cristiano Ronaldo autographs – a long awaited card.

In The Game announced the international soccer star signed for Sportkings Series F, which will come out in late July. The signatures are on-card as well.

“This is a huge signing for ITG,” said Beckett senior market analyst Brian Fleischer. “Along with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the best soccer player in the world. Besides his ability on the field, his collectability is intensified by having played for two of the most popular clubs in the world in Manchester United and Real Madrid. That, coupled with the scarcity of his certified autograph, makes this signing a sure fire winner for ITG.”

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We want to see your collections … and fancaves

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The annual SuperCollector Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is coming, and we want to see your collections — and your fancaves where you display it all just like past SuperCollector Stan Dybus Jr. here.

Your instructions on how to submit your info can be found by clicking here. 

Box Busters: In The Game’s 2013 Draft Prospects + contest

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of In The Game’s 2013 Draft Prospects, and she’s giving away one of the hits — an Aleksander Barkov autograph.

For a chance to win the autograph, answer the following question in the comments below:

When do you think Barkov will be picked in Sunday’s NHL Draft?

All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. One entry per person and all answers in before noon on June 30 will be considered.

 

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Hockey. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

Beckett Baseball Hobby Pulse Poll: Which upcoming Yasiel Puig cards will you chase hardest?

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Which Yasiel Puig baseball card will you work hardest to own?

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There are a lot of new products coming soon, including Pro Debut tomorrow, that will be packing Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. Which one wins your cash?

Chicago Blackhawks win 2013 Stanley Cup championship

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

While many hockey fans wanted to see a thrilling Stanley Cup Finals reach a seventh game, the Chicago Blackhawks were in no rush. Chicago dashed their hopes with two late-third period goals on Monday night.

The league’s best team took home the Stanley Cup Trophy last night after an improbable win beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of a best-of-seven series.

The season started with the Blackhawks earning a point in the first 24 games of the season, a run that captivated even the most casual hockey fan. It ended with Blackhawks scoring two goals in the final 1 minute, 16 seconds to win it all.

After the win, Blackhawk fans rushed to get Stanley Cup and Blackhawks memorabilia.

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First look: 2013 Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In 1981, NPR broadcasted a six-hour Star Wars story “A New Hope” with action, drama and more of a back story for the epic tale. Those Radio Drama stories are now coming to trading cards with original artwork.

In November, Topps will release 2013 Stars Wars Illustrated: A New Hope. The cards feature new vantage points and add a backdrop to the legendary story.

The base set will consist of 100 cards, but the extra 45 inserts will put together the full story.

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First look: 2013 NFL Topps Qubi stampers (with checklist)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps is bringing a little more than trading cards to NFL fans.

In November, the company will release 2013 Qubi, collectors stamp cubes that feature a player’s likeness, facsimile autograph or team logo.

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First look: 2013 WNBA trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne have brought recent attention to women’s basketball. Now, the two will be getting their first WNBA-licensed trading cards next month.

Rittenhouse Archives is producing a 100-card factory set featuring the young stars, including autographs of each in the $150 product. The factory set will be limited to 500 sets and comes out July 31.

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Box Busters: Inside a vintage baseball grab bag

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a grab bag of vintage baseball cards from Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas, Texas, in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

RareInk readies Miami Heat championship pieces

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

With an NBA championship in the hands of the Miami Heat for the second consecutive season, one official NBA licensee already has a number of commemorative, fully licensed art pieces up for grabs.

That’s RareInk.com. 

The company has five lithographs already available highlighting moments from the Finals, one being a  championship montage by Mark Sgarbossa. The other four are renditions of photos from key plays, including one showcasing LeBron James‘ block of Tiago Splitter‘s slam dunk in Game 2.

“The goal of RareInk’s artwork is to capture the excitement of the NBA in a uniquely artistic way,” said Tim Muret, CEO of RareInk. “Our Heat Championship art is an exclamation point on a great NBA season and our art collection, which features over 400 pieces.”

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Upper Deck brings back O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption program

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck is bringing its O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption Program back to Canada this year.

After collecting 50 hobby wrappers, collectors can redeem them for a six-card pack featuring red-bordered OPC parallels and an OPC stamp card.

The red-bordered set consists of 600 cards, including 100 from the 2013-14 rookie class. Players such as Vladimir Tarasenko, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Huberdeau will be part of this special set. The OPC stamp checklist has 50 names on it.

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First look: 2013 Certified Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Mirror, mirror what do you see? A preview of 2013 Certified football.

Certified will have four hits (at least one autograph) and three Mirror parallels in every box.

The set will include Fabric of the Game hits, Rookie Cards and plenty of parallels for collectors to chase. Certified will feature basic Rookie Cards as well as Freshman Fabrics for the 40 players who attended the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere.

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Box Busters Live: 2013 Topps Series 2 baseball cards + win boxes by watching the replay

Who: Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Susan Lulgjuraj, Brian Fleischer  — and you.

What: Box Busters Live — an absolutely free live video chat and box-breaking experience where you ask the questions, you get the answers … and you may even get the cards.

When: Today (Wednesday, June 19) starting at 1 p.m. Central time. It will run at least two hours or maybe a tad longer to finish ripping. (We’ll chat about and rip at least three boxes before they can be yours — and there will be even more up for grabs.)

Where: The video portal will be right here in place of the Dylan Bundy card seen above when it is ready today.  You can join in on the discussions by leaving comments on this post (below), chatting via our YouTube channel or commenting to us via Twitter.

The product: The newest baseball card set from Topps, 2013 Topps Series 2.

How can you win a sealed box or one of our opened ones with a Miguel Cabrera SP inside? Watch and comment below. (We”ll take entries until next Friday, June 28.)

Need to see our Series 2 preview story? Click here.

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At 8:30 (Central) tonight … Head on over to the Beckett Media Facebook page (facebook.com/beckettmediallc) for the latest Chatter Up live chat session with editor Chris Olds. There will be wax and more up for grabs for active discussions and creative questions. Look for the image above on the page. There will be prizes for creative questions and active chatters during the event. Here is the direct link to tonight’s thread.

First look: 2013 Bowman Sterling football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors who are on the search for 2013 Bowman Sterling football will have to head to the nearest hobby shop.

The hobby-exclusive product hit shelves in late October featuring a slew of new rookies with a few veterans sprinkled in.

Each box of 2013 Bowman Sterling comes with six packs and five cards in each pack. Each pack will typically contain five cards with one autograph, a jumbo relic and three base cards. Every box will also have at least one patch card, one autograph relic and one autograph patch inside.

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Evan Gattis gets his first big-league cards in Series 2 Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the season’s biggest surprises finally has a baseball card.

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis appears on card No. 418 in the 2013 Topps Series 2 set that officially arrives on Wednesday, ending a cardboard drought that had the budding star in just a single minor league packed-out product. (Click here for a checklist or OPG.)

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In The Game has one of its best years … and it’s not over

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game trading cards had a good year – and the hockey card season isn’t even over for them.

In a trading card season limited of NHL-licensed cards, ITG saw considerable growth having one of its best years in the history of the company.

“It’s either one or two for us with the last lockout season,” ITG’s Dr. Brian Price said. “We had sell out after sell out this year. To credit the fact that the other two manufacturers curtailed their productions, but the negative that goes with that was they weren’t playing hockey. The interest was less as well.”

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David Ortiz’s Boston Strong moment among 25 Topps Series 2 short-prints

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s second installment of Topps baseball cards officially arrives tomorrow with 25 short-printed variations to chase and within those there are sure to be some surprises.

As in 20 variations of cards from Series 1. Oh, and David Ortiz‘s memorable (and mouthy) Boston Strong speech, too. (The first to his eBay has an asking price of $299.)

Several of the Series 2 short-prints have been confirmed thus far with photo variations that include portraits wearing sunglasses and signing autographs for fans. It’s worth noting that two players, Mike Trout and Yu Darvish each have two cards listed on the Topps checklist.

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Upcoming Panini Golden Age set includes Hindenburg relic, first John Belushi memorabilia card and more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When Panini America‘s sophomore release of Golden Age baseball cards arrives later this month it will include not only the first cards of the original Bad News Bears. 

It also will include one of the biggest stars of the 1970s as well as a memorabilia card from one of the biggest disasters of the 1930s.

The star is John Belushi and the disaster is the Hindenburg — and they’ll both be found in packs of cards as Golden Age includes an eclectic mix of sports, pop culture and more.

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Box Busters Live: 2013 Topps Series 2 baseball — Join us on Beckett.com/news Wednesday

Who: Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Susan Lulgjuraj, Brian Fleischer  — and you.

What: Box Busters Live — an absolutely free live video chat and box-breaking experience where you ask the questions, you get the answers … and you may even get the cards.

When: This Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. Central time. It will run at least two hours or maybe a tad longer to finish ripping. (We’ll chat about and rip at least four boxes before they can be yours — maybe more)

Where: The video portal will be in a thread on Beckett.com/news posted on Wednesday morning.  You can join in on the discussions by leaving comments on that morning’s Beckett post, chatting via our YouTube channel or commenting to us via Twitter.

The product: The newest baseball card set from Topps, 2013 Topps Series 2.

– Need to see our Series 2 preview story? Click here. –

Also on Wednesday: Head on over to the Beckett Media Facebook Page (facebook.com/beckettmediallc) for the latest Chatter Up live chat session with editor Chris Olds — there will be wax and more up for grabs for active discussions and creative questions.

Box Busters: 2012-13 SP Authentic Hockey

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Watch as Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj rips open a box of 2012-13 SP Authentic Hockey.

Box Busters: 2013 SPx Football

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Watch the video to see at Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj gets in a box of 2013 SPx Football.