Monthly Archives: June 2013

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.

Box Busters: The Walking Dead Comic Trading Card Set 2

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Watch as Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of Cryptozoic’s The Walking Dead Comic trading card set 2.

Box Busters: Cryptozoic’s DC Comics: Superman The Legend

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Check out what Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Susan Lulgjuraj pulled from a box of DC Comics: Superman The Legend trading cards. Don’t mind the commentary. It was late.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1994-95 Finest hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) as they tear into a box of 1994-95 Finest  in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …


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Topps releases statement on recent replacement redemption issue

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps‘ customer service department has officially responded to the recent changes in the replacement redemption process. Here is a statement from Topps:

“We would like to address Topps’ recent communication to its customers regarding substituting redemption cards.

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First look: 2012-13 Panini National Treasures (w/ checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

National Treasures is coming back — with a double rookie class — and it’s coming on July 31.

Panini America released the basics on NT Thursday, and it includes a whopping 10 cards per wooden box and just one of those being a base card.

Yep, that’s nine autographs, mem cards or press plates per box of this high-end brand.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Redline racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Redline racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass brings QR codes to cards in Redline

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion

It’s a simple touch, but I’m pretty sure it’s not been done much before — at least not on sports cards.

We’ve seen them seemingly everywhere — and on many a box of cards — but with its newest NASCAR product, Press Pass has added yet another feature to sports cards.

A QR code.

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First look: 2013 Ultimate Collection Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Fans of Ultimate Collection will want to check out the next release coming in October.

Upper Deck is bringing a new rookie die-cut booklet, featuring autographs of 2013 NFL rookies in their college uniforms.

UD is keeping with its normal Ultimate configuration with four cards in every box: one base (numbered to 299), one rookie (numbered to 199), one autograph (numbered to 265 or less) and one memorabilia card (numbered to 99 or less).

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey

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Check out this video as Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj rips open a box 2012-13 Rookie Anthology Hockey.

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Update: Panini posts dealer list for Father’s Day promo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America’s Father’s Day promotion is ready for the weekend. The promo packs include cards from all four major sports and will include previews of upcoming products and rare autograph and memorabilia cards.

Panini kicked off the Father’s Day off promo last year with rousing success. Collectors went to their local shops and picked up Panini products along with their promo packs.

Nearly 500 hobby shops are participating in the promotion across North America. Call your shop to see how these packs will be allocated. They may vary from store to store.

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Topps readies promotional cards for National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is set for next month in Chicago and Topps will be there.

With a pair of promo card sets for collectors in attendance to chase.

Topps provided Beckett Media with its plans for the show on Thursday and they include a general wrapper redemption program as well as a Bowman Platinum redemption similar to last year. It will be a mix of retro and new styles to cater to perhaps  two different audiences of collectors at the show.

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Box Busters: 2013 Bowman Football

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Check out this Box Busters video of 2013 Bowman Football with editor Susan Lulgjuraj.

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Panini prepares Tim Tebow’s first Patriots card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Tim Tebow signed with a new team just a couple of days ago. That gave Panini America enough time to ready his first card as a member of the New England Patriots.

Tebow’s first New England card will appear in 2013 Panini Rookie & Stars, which is scheduled for an August 21 release.

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A look at the Boston Bruins on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Boston Bruins had the fifth-best record (28-14-6) in the NHL this season. They surprised the Maple Leafs in a thrilling Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs, beat the New York Rangers without much of a sweat and blew past the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Now, they take on the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup championship starting tonight.

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Join us for Chatter Up … tonight on Facebook

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Join us on Facebook at 8:30 Central time this evening for the latest Chatter Up session with Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds, which will be every Wednesday night.

There will be prizes for creative questions and active chatters during the event. If you can’t make it, leave your questions here so they can be checked out later. Here’s the direct link to tonight’s thread.

Be sure to share this with others so they can join in, too.

Press Pass readies NSCC promotional cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass will be back in action at the National Sports Collectors Convention next month in Chicago with a pair of promotions available to collectors.

One will be a set only available to those who opt for the VIP ticket package, while the other will be a wrapper redemption program.

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National Sports Collectors Convention planned for next six years, headed back to Atlantic City

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports collectors always want to know where the National Sports Collectors Convention is headed next.

Officials at the NSCC have the location set for the next six years, NSCC director Mike Berkus told Beckett Media.

Chicago will be a hub for the show, going there every other year. But in 2016, the NSCC is returning to an old place after a 13-year absence – Atlantic City.

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A look at the Chicago Blackhawks on cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins start tonight.

This puts together two of the best teams this year, especially the Blackhawks, who had a thrilling run to start the shortened season. Chicago had just seven losses in regulation during the 48-game season.

The Bruins have been one of the hottest teams in the playoffs with scoring depth, a stingy defense and a dynamic goalie. But there is more to this series than the numbers on the ice.

In this arena, we look at cardboard statistics too. We’ll start with the Chicago Blackhawks with the Boston Bruins coming later today.

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Panini creates online promo for hockey collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America has put together an online promotion for hockey fans just in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The card company is giving away limited edition Private Signings, autographed memorabilia cards of rookie and diamond-studded autograph cards with selected purchases from its online store.

Customers who buy $100 worth of select NHL products (limited to 2012-13 Classics Signatures Hockey, 2012-13 Certified Hockey and 2012-13 Limited Hockey) will receive one 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Promo Pack. Multiple purchases are allowed, so the more boxes you pick up, the more promo packs you get.

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First look: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf is getting ahead of the hype. This summer, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is coming to the big screen.

The Mortal Instruments started as a six-book young adult series and producers hope it can capture the interest of teenagers everywhere. The books pack all types of creatures in them, appealing to paranormal fans out there.

Leaf is putting The Mortal Instrument: City of Bones in late August in time for the release of the movie.

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