Monthly Archives: July 2013

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Tribute WBC Edition

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 Exquisite Collection football cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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 graded card book … and more.

(Click here to leave an early comment there if you can’t make it to tonight’s vacation-shortened edition, which will run about two hours.)

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

A helping hand: Collectors come to the aid of one of their own

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Dustin Smith goes to the Blowout Cards forum for relief from his everyday problems. He chats with friends about cards and shows off his collection.

But collecting cards has been put on pause because Dustin has bigger problems. He and his wife Kristen have a son, Connor, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, an aggressive, terminal disease.

“It’s a disease that gets worse and worse,” Smith said. “We’ve seen it take a massive toll. He’s lost the ability to swallow, the ability to eat. Without a ventilator, he probably wouldn’t make it 24 hours.”

Dustin turned to the Blowout Cards message boards. He needed a place to vent his frustrations, a place where he could finally get all his feelings and thoughts down. He didn’t expect much of a response, but there was an overwhelming amount of support for the Michigan-based couple.

“It was just for mental support in the beginning,” Dustin said. “I’ve read some cool stories on there and have dealt with awesome people. They are incredibly generous. I wanted to share my story on there.”

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Your Turn: Who’s on your collecting Mount Rushmore?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s a simple question that could spark many, many different answers, and it’s one that I used to laugh at when it was posed in the newsroom from time to time when it came to sports debates. But it’s also a question that seems to resonate with me as a collector so much to the point that I’m not sure I can even answer it decisively.

Who’s on your Mount Rushmore?

As trivial as it may sound, picking a top four players for a team or a school may not be that hard if you’re talking purely about one’s place in history. But for a place in a collection? For me, it’s tough.

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Fan Cave rip party features Billy Ripken and Topps’ MiLB player for a day

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

NEW YORK CITY | Tim Kane’s baseball adventure didn’t end when his one-day contract ran out with the Corpus Christi Hooks. He had one more stop to make at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City.

Kane attended a baseball card rip party at the Fan Cave last week. He and his son Peyton told their story about meeting Nolan Ryan and getting to feel like a minor league player with official jerseys, hanging out in the dugout and taking batting practice with the team. Kane won a contest after pulling a card from Topps Heritage Minor League last year.

“It’s been a whirlwind ever since we found out we won,” Kane, a Millersville, Md. resident, said. “Everything from when we found out we won to going to Corpus Christi and meeting Nolan Ryan – it’s all been so crazy and great. The smile has never left my son’s face. To me, that’s what it’s all about. It’s for him.”

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Fans, prospects and NHL commish get New Jersey welcome at 2013 NHL Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

NEWARK, N.J. | Hot, sticky and humid – a typical summer day in New Jersey. Kids play games on the boardwalk. Parents hold the prizes.

You don’t normally think about hockey on a day like this, but on this particular Sunday, the sport took center ice in Newark. New Jersey Devils fans flocked to the Prudential Center for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, bringing a taste of Jersey to the NHL.

“I’m so excited for this. I’ve been waiting for the draft for a while,” said 17-year-old Matt Kass. “I’ve been coming to game since I was 3 months old. Now this … I couldn’t wait for this day.”

Kass’s day at the Draft was like Christmas on steroids as he could barely keep still while waiting for the event to start.

The Prudential Center was nearly sold out for one of the deepest drafts in a decade. Hockey players such as Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones sat in the arena waiting for their names to be called.

The NHL Draft started with true New Jersey style – the fans booed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as soon as he got on stage … and every time they saw him after that.

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Upper Deck signs Andrew Luck to card deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors who had Upper Deck “Trade” cards from 2012 football products have watched their patience pay off.

The redemption was good for a trading card of a first-round quarterback from the 2012 NFL draft. Collectors speculated as to whom it would be, and finally Upper Deck has revealed the player – Andrew Luck.

UD will now be able to produce Luck cards, including autographs, featuring him in a Stanford University uniform.

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Topps wants collectors to pick cover athlete for Chrome Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Have you ever wanted to see your favorite player on the cover of a Topps hobby box?

Topps is giving collectors a chance to have their say on who will be on the next cover of 2013 Topps Chrome Football. Since it’s a rookie product, the choices are limited to some of the top skilled prospects from the latest draft.

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Follow an $18,000 Pete Maravich game-used Celtics jersey from auction block to the blade and beyond

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Ever seen an $18,000 piece of sports memorabilia cut up with a pair of scissors?

You will if you watch the video above.

That’s an exciting/sobering reality many days behind the scenes at Panini America where the memorabilia pieces that most of us could never own become smaller pieces we might be able to afford in packs of trading cards. One may hate to see it go, but one also might love to see it arrive in one’s collection.

One such recent example was a 1980 Boston Celtics jersey once worn by “Pistol” Pete Maravich, and it went for $18,000 in the seventh-annual Basketball Hall of Fame auction handled by Grey Flannel Auctions.

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Yasiel Puig highlights Leaf’s National Sports Collection Convention redemption

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf is making it possible pick your redemption at the National Sports Collectors Convention with Leaf Bucks.

By opening different products at the Leaf booth, collectors will earn bucks toward redemption prizes such as autographs, an NSCC six-card set or memorabilia.

Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is the star of Leaf’s redemption set. The company will have Puig in six different poses with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop.

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Save 15 percent on Total Access or Baseball online price guides this weekend

Introducing the Beckett Hobby Advisory Board

Beckett Media is proud to announce the creation of the Beckett Hobby Advisory Board. The board has been put together to help build the hobby through the promotion of Beckett’s vast array of hobby products and services, as well as the creation of new offerings and goods.

The first two members of the board are Dr. James Beckett, founder of Beckett Publications, and Rob Veres of Burbank Sportscards in Burbank, Calif.

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Box Busters: 2013 Prestige Football

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Watch Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj as she rips open a box of 2013 Prestige. What did you think of the break?

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


Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page tonight at 8:30 Central. Up for grabs this week is a box of 2013 Topps Series 2 … and more.

(Click here to 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.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey throws second no-hitter since September

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Homer painted his second masterpiece within a year against the Giants Tuesday night.

Although he lost a perfect game in the seventh after a walk, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey did hold on to the no-no, which was his second of his career since he blanked the Pirates on Sept. 28. He struck out nine in the 3-0 victory in Cincinnati.

With his previous gem, he became the 15th pitcher in Reds history to throw a no-no and that one had ended a drought that had lasted since 1988. This no-hitter, the first of the season, was the first in MLB since Bailey’s last gem.

Bailey appears on 603 cards valued at more than $2,700, according to (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.) At the time of his last no-hitter, his then-544 cards went for just more than $2,600.

He has 259 different certified autographs and just 13 game-used memorabilia cards — stats that have gone unchanged since September.

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Milan Lucic, Adam Henrique and other NHL stars collected hockey cards

By Mike Ashmore | Contributing Editor

Hockey collectors can come from anywhere. Some start as children, others get into the hobby as adults. They can be lawyers, doctors and sometimes even NHL stars.

Many players collected cards before their days in the NHL and they spoke to Beckett about their collections, past and present.

The first time

New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique was an unexpected breakout star of the 2011-12 rookie class, and found himself featured on cards to be a rewarding experience.

“It was a pretty cool feeling,” said Henrique, who grew up collecting Steve Yzerman memorabilia. “Growing up, everybody collects hockey cards. To see me on there, it’s a cool feeling. People want you to autograph stuff all the time, it’s cool. It’s an honor to play here. The NHL is the best league in the world, and I don’t take that for granted. I try to come here every night and just do what I need to do to help the team win. Everything that comes with that is just a bonus.”

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First look: Mars Attacks Invasion

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Martians are back for another attack.

In October, Topps will release Mars Attacks Invasion, a new art set inspired by the original alien invasion from more than 50 years ago.

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Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis shows off his impressive collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Evan Mathis has a special card at the top of his want list.

No, it’s not another PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle – he already owns one of those.

The Philadelphia Eagles guard is an avid card collector. He owns some of the hobby’s rarest cards. Beyond the Mantle, his collection includes a PSA 10 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF and a PSA 8 1932 Caramel Babe Ruth.

Mathis started collecting when he was about 6 years old. His first card was a 1988 Topps Bo Jackson that he still has – in a BGS 1 holder.

“I used to always count my Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas cards,” Mathis said. “When I first started collecting, Bo Jackson was my favorite player. His career came to an end in the early 1990s and that’s when Frank Thomas became my favorite player. I was a hoarder when it came to those two. I loved trading my friends to get cards of my favorite players and nothing beat pulling them out of a pack.”

The next card Mathis wants to add is one of his own. He’s appeared on just one NFL-licensed card, a 2005 Sweet Spot Rookie Card numbered to 699.

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