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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Check it out: A look inside the final 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card checklist


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

From Axl Rose to Sandy Koufax, it looks like this year’s Allen & Ginter baseball card set from Topps will have a bit of everything for everyone when it arrives on Aug. 7.

Oh, and it’ll include Yasiel Puig, too.

Topps released the final checklist for the eighth edition of the product on Tuesday (click here to download a PDF or here for our updated preview story), so we’re taking a look at what can be found in this one soon.

A Puig of his own
As previously reported here, the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie will have a certified autograph in this one as well as a standard base card (not short-printed; above) along with mini parallels. He’ll be joined by 46 other MLB rookies, among them Shelby Miller, Manny Machado, Hyun-Jun Ryu and Abe Vigoda. Wait, isn’t Vigoda a bit too old for an RC? Scratch that … he’s in there — but not an RC.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday night on our Facebook page


Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Up for grabs this week will be autographs, game-used cards and more.

(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)

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

Cryptozoic peeks autographs for Psych trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Psych Trading Cards are set to release next month.

The Cryptozoic team is getting ready for the release by teasing us with images of the autographs. It’s not enough that Cryptozoic signed the leading men from the show – Dulé Hill and James Roday – but also got a number of well-known celebrities for its autograph checklist.

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Famous Fabrics to announce winner of Fab Four cut card at NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The time is close for collectors holding a redemption ticket for a Beatles cut card.

Collector who opened Famous Fabrics – Music, Music, Music and found a redemption for a chance to win the card will finally learn the winner at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention.

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First look: 2013 Topps Triple Threads Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Are collectors ready for a new-look Triple Threads?

At least that’s what Topps is promising in 2013 Topps Triple Threads Football when it previewed the high-end product on Tuesday. In the exact words of Topps, it called it “redefined.”

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Ripping Retail: Inside two Excell baseball repacks

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of retail repackage products from Excell Marketing in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

One thing’s certain: Ryan Braun’s suspension won’t help his baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Major League Baseball suspended former National League MVP Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season Monday for his ties to the Biogenesis investigation.

It means one thing for his baseball cards … bad news.

That shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who has collected him since his failed drug test in late 2011 that resulted in a suspension that was overturned on appeal. At that time, Braun claimed to have been the “victim of a flawed process” and alleged misconduct in the handling of his samples by the courier.

On Monday, Braun issued a statement remarkably different than his previous story.

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Panini lets collectors trade redemptions at NSCC


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Collectors attending the National Sports Collectors Convention next week in suburban Chicago will have the chance to finish off some outstanding collecting issues.

They can trade in their older Panini America redemptions for cards at the show.

The company announced its plans for the Panini America Trade Up program on Monday, which will allow collectors to trade in any non-fulfilled redemptions in the Panini America system for randomly filled grab bags of corresponding value at the show that include a single autograph or memorabilia card. Redemptions that are four months old or older are eligible for the replacement program.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 UD Trilogy hockey

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Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy hockey. With a hit per pack, watch the video to see what she pulled.

Beckett Baseball Hobby Pulse Poll: Which upcoming baseball card release gets your cash?


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The second half of the baseball season has begun but the baseball card year still has plenty of time to go. Which upcoming product (list excludes re-packs and cut products) gets your attention?

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler collects “quality over quantity” with his baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you’re a collector and you don’t see Brad Ziegler throwing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him on the highlight reels elsewhere.

You may have seen him in videos doing online breaks because he’s also a collector.

The sixth-year MLB sidearmer says he chases his own cards while also chasing “quality over quantity” as his collection is filled with autographs, bat barrels and bat knobs of some of the biggest names in the game.

“My three big personal collection guys are Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial and Roberto Clemente,” he said. “But I try to get as many different Hall of Famers as I can. My dream collection would be a bat Relic, a jersey Relic and an autograph of every Hall of Famer. I know it’s not realistic, but I’m trying to get as close as I can.”

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First look: 2013 UFC Bloodlines

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is celebrating UFC’s diversity.

The most famous MMA league brings fighters from around the world to compete in some of the most grueling matches. Topps is bringing back 2103 UFC Bloodlines, highlighting the nationality of these fighters.

There will be 10 mini boxes in one display box of UFC Bloodlines. Each mini box will contain two base cards, one parallel, one insert and one hit. Every display box will offer two relics, two jumbo or dual relics, one manufactured relic, two autographs and two autograph relics. In addition, sketch cards will be offered as hits.

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Topps looking for new artists for its ‘On Demand’ program

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is looking for a few artists to join its Artists on Demand program.

Topps announced the new program in May where collectors can request sketch cards from various artists. Each month, Topps would offer a different theme for collectors to choose from such as Wacky Packages or Mars Attacks.

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A collector first, Oakland A’s pitcher Pat Neshek still hunts his own baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Long before Pat Neshek was a big-leaguer, he was a collector and like many 1980s kids he collected heavily in his younger years before the distractions of life and the lack of funds during the college years curtailed his collecting habits.

Then, one weekend he volunteered to help his Butler University roommate hound for some autographs when a big-time college team came to town and his collecting interests were renewed.

“My roommate was a huge eBay autograph seller and one weekend he needed an extra hand because Ohio State basketball was coming into town,” said Neshek, who is in his seventh season in MLB pitching with the Oakland A’s this year. “I was pumped just to leave my dorm for the weekend, and I didn’t know what was in store. We ended up getting four team-signed basketballs, pictures with the guys on the team and we were able to get into the game with scalped tickets for $5. After that moment, I was hooked. I didn’t know player access was that easy.”

He hasn’t looked back since as a collector and during his path to MLB. He often documents his collection and his collecting habits via Twitter — he’s currently working on a signed 1985 Topps baseball set, for example — and his website, On the Road With Pat Neshek. There, he tells collectors how they can get his autograph — on their own card or via a trade — while also showing off some of his collection and his projects.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps MLS soccer cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps MLS soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

All-Star Alex Gordon remembers his Rookie Card craze

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

NEW YORK CITY | Before Alex Gordon was an All-Star, he became an overnight baseball card star.

Gordon was a top prospect in the Kansas City Royals system in 2006, but that wasn’t what got people to take notice. It was a baseball card.

An Alex Gordon card was accidentally released in the 2006 Topps set, card #297.

It shouldn’t have been there. Under new MLB Players Association rules, Gordon was not allowed a Rookie Card yet because he was not on the Royals’ 25-man roster.

“All these people kept asking me about the card,” Gordon told Beckett Media on Monday. “I was playing in Wichita at the time and apparently it wasn’t supposed to come out. It got my name out there because of a baseball card.”

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Thousands of dollars, garters & fisticuffs: Old baseball cards we never see can offer surprises


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

If you’re one of the Everyday Joe kind of collectors without a bank account in the six-figures or someone who makes a hobby out of window-shopping in auction catalogs, you’re probably a lot like me when it comes to older baseball cards.

They’re out of sight, so they’re out of mind — if you even know they exist at all.

There are countless examples of pre-war cardboard that I’ll readily admit that I have only seen flipping through pages of the latest Beckett Almanac, if that. They’re cards most of us may never see or you might see at a National Sports Collectors Convention if you attend … maybe.

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First look: 2013-14 Prizm Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America gave collectors a look at 2013-14 Prizm Hockey earlier this year when it included packs of its newest brand in Rookie Anthology.

The three cards held collectors over until now when Panini has released preview of the upcoming product. Prizm is set to come out in September with two autographs and two Prizm parallels in every box.

In addition, there are 20 packs with a Rookie Card in each pack – giving collectors a chance to get many of last year’s rookies that didn’t appear on cards.

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NSCC Notebook: Catching up on what’s going on at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is just two weeks away for non-VIP ticket-buyers. Here’s a rundown of what’s new from the announcements for the show.

Topps Q&A session 
As it has the last few years, Topps is hosting a Q&A session with interested show attendees. The first 150 people to sign up at the company’s booth will be able to attend an 8 p.m. session on Aug. 2  The company will have officials on hand to discuss the hobby. It will take place in Room 3 at the Rosemont Convention Center and run until 10 p.m. See more on Topps’ wrapper redemption programs here. The company also will debut its line of 2013 Topps Mini baseball cards. Click here for more info.

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First look: 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls (w/ preliminary checklist)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is getting in the Olympic spirit.

As athletes prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Topps is giving fans a look at those who are striving for gold in its newest product, 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls. There will be 24 packs in each box with eight cards per pack.

There will be three hits in every box including one U.S. Olympic Team Autograph and two U.S. Olympic Team Relic or Commemorative Relic cards.

The autograph checklist will feature up to 50 names including figure skater Evan Lysacek and skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. Topps will also include on-card autographs of some of the greatest members of Team USA in the Winter Olympics such as Bonnie Blair, Scott Hamilton and Mike Eruzione. The autographs will also come in four parallel versions.

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Panini offers to swap stickers of Aaron Hernandez for Tim Tebow

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is giving Aaron Hernandez the boot from its upcoming products.

Hernandez, who is in currently in jail as a murder suspect, will be replaced by New England’s Tim Tebow in Panini’s 2013 releases, the company announced on its blog today. The changeover will start with Rookies & Stars, set to be released August 21.

In Panini’s upcoming sticker album, Hernandez already has a placeholder with his former Patriot teammates. However, Panini is offering replacement stickers to those who want to switch out their Hernandez ones with those of Tebow.

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Turning back the clock: 1989 Topps baseball cards commercial


By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

Ah, the Gregg Jefferies days …

I was recently watching a TV broadcast from 1989 when I came across a gem – a commercial for Topps team sets.
Only $12.95 plus tax! Sure seems like a good investment.

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Beckett Covers cards return at National Sports Collectors Convention

Beckett Covers


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’ve got it covered … again.

The Beckett Covers trading card concept — a promotional program that debuted earlier this year with free promo cards featuring past Beckett covers just as they appeared on newsstands — will return at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention that starts two weeks from today in Chicago.

There will be 10 limited-edition cards to be found at various booths at the show with a bonus 11th card — one limited to just 99 copies — only available to those who present a complete Beckett Covers set at the Beckett Media booth and do a few other small things as part of an NSCC scavenger hunt.

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Panini lands Yasiel Puig for autograph deal that includes appearance during National


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Puig goes to Panini.

Panini America will have one of the hottest rookies in baseball on hand at the National Sports Collectors Convention next month when it has Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig at a VIP event after the show.

The appearance is part of a deal signed between the company for its Panini Authentic memorabilia line that the company also announced today. His first signed items will be sold beginning next month.

“Yasiel’s rocket-like ascent this season has been one of the most captivating stories baseball has produced in quite some time, and we look forward to working with him,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared statement. “We’ve already incorporated some of Yasiel’s first Rookie Cards into products that will be releasing soon, but we wanted the relationship to be more than that by delivering his authentic autographed memorabilia and by having him help us entertain our most important fans, collectors and partners at our VIP event at the National Sports Collectors Convention.”

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


Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page tonight at 8:30 Central tonight. Up for grabs this week will be a copy of the new Beckett Almanac book, the 42 DVD … and more.

(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)

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