Posted on August 30, 2013 – 5:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012 Panini Prizm, 2013 Panini Prizm, 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks, Byron Buxton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kris Bryant, Mark Appel, Panini America, Panini Prizm, Prizm, Prizm Perennial Draft Picks | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The third Panini Prizm baseball card set to arrive in less than six months is in the preparation stages.
Panini America announced 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks on Friday, an October release that will arrive with the latest MLB draft picks and prospects in tow. In April, the season-capping 2012 Panini Prizm set arrived, while this year’s standard set, 2013 Panini Prizm, arrives on Sept. 18.
What will make the third time the charm? The first on-card autos for top MLB draft picks on the various shades of the Prizm rainbow, of course, and the first Panini cards, the company promises, of Cuban defector Jose Abreu, who has yet to sign a big-league deal but has suitors.
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Posted on August 30, 2013 – 8:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 1999 Topps Traded Autographs, 2012-13 Elite Series Eilte Glass, 2012-13 National Treasures RPA, 2012-13 Prime Hockey, 2013 Fleer Retro Marvel, 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Tuel, Miguel Cabrera, Montee Ball, Precious Metal Gems | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The first thing that comes to mind with Upper Deck’s emergence of the Fleer Retro brand is Precious Metal Gems. No matter the sport, these cards tend to be hot.
What about a non-sports product?
This week, UD released Fleer Retro Marvel dedicated to the heroes and villains of the famous comics.
It works there too. The PMGs in Fleer Retro Marvel are some of the hottest cards right now with many selling for more than $100. There are even sales of these cards in the $300 range. A Green PMG of Rogue sold for $399 and a Green Red Skull sold for $300.
The Precious Metal Games and sketch cards from Fleer Retro Marvel are some of the top cards on the non-sports market right now.
Posted on August 30, 2013 – 8:05 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, Cory Conacher, Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, Panini America, Sean Monahan, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
TORONTO | Many of the upcoming 2013 NHL rookies got ready for their future Rookie Cards this week.
More than 20 players appeared at the NHL Players Association Rookie Showcase to take pictures and sign autographs that will appear on future cards from Upper Deck and Panini America.
Some of the players included Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Cory Conacher and Sean Monahan.
“It’s very special,” said Conacher, a rookie with the Ottawa Senators last season. “I collected cards as a kid. To be able to see my face on one of them was very special. They actually gave me a deck of cards for family and friends.”
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | College Colors Days, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Since Upper Deck has the CLC license, the company is celebrating College Colors Days in a special way.
UD is hosting parties and contests in five stores around the country – all centered in big college towns. Each shop will have at least 30 prizes to hand out of autograph cards, memorabilia, unopened boxes and more.
The grand prize winner will get to be on a trading card from Upper Deck.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 4:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Topps Magic Football, football cards, Topps | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
The magic is back.
After bringing Magic Football back from the online-only world, Topps is putting 2013 Magic Football on the hobby shelves once again.
Collectors will get eight cards per pack, including a mini in every pack, and 24 packs in each hobby box. There will also be three autographs in every hobby box.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | #collect, 2014 Topps Museum Collection, featured, MLB, Museum Collection, Topps | Comments (8)
The Museum Collection is back once again — and there just might be a masterpiece or two for you to chase among the new inclusions.
Topps unveiled 2014 Topps Museum Collection baseball cards on Thursday, and the high-end brand will include new nameplate Relics and more among the offerings when it arrives on March 26.
Packing four packs per box with a hit in each pack, Museum Collection will include three base cards, one parallel and an autograph or Relic in every unit. Each box will include one autograph, one autographed Relic one jumbo Relic and one quad Relic inside. Meanwhile each 12-box case will guarantee one autographed jumbo Relic and one Museum Collection autograph as well, according to the company.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro, Avengers, Comic books, comic cards, Fleer Retro, Marvel Comics, Marvel Universe, Spider-Man, Upper Deck, X-Men | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013 Topps Qubi, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MLB, Topps, Topps Qubi | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into packs of 2013 Topps Qubi in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Rittenhouse True Blood, Anna Paquin, HBO, Rittenhouse Archives, True Blood | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Rittenhouse True Blood cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:03 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 1992 Bowman, Beckett Grading Services, BGS, eBay, fake cards, graded card, Mariano Rivera Rookie Card, PSA | Comments (22)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
I had one goal for the National Sports Collectors Convention – purchase a 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card.
I know. My timing is not good, but it’s the only single card I wanted. I found a PSA 9 graded Rivera RC for $100 at the show. After thinking on it and asking collectors’ opinions, I figured I would leave it there and get one for cheaper on eBay.
Just a few days after getting home, I won an ungraded Rivera RC for about $44.
I got the card in the mail. It looked great. Centering looked perfect, corners and edges were sharp. There was a small printing defect on the back of the card, but I didn’t care. I was just happy to have it on my possession.
Luckily, the White Plains card show was coming up and I could have my card inspected.
The weekend of the White Palins show, I took the 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card to the Beckett Grading booth. I intended to get a Raw Card Review because I wanted to know the condition of my card. It looked so good to me! Could you imagine I picked a 9 off eBay for that price?
I handed it to one of the graders. He took it out of the top loader and within 10 seconds he made his declaration.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 2:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Rittenouse Falling Skies Season 2, Falling Skies, Moon Bloodgood, Noah Wylie, Rittenhouse Archives | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a premium pack of 2013 Falling Skies Season 2 cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 12:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Hockey, News Categories | Decade the 1990s, In The Game | Comments (2)
Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens Decade The 1990s from In The Game.
Posted on August 29, 2013 – 11:46 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | 2013 Topps, Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth autograph, MLB, New York Yankees, The Ultimate Chase | Comments (9)
You know how we all love redemption cards? Well, for one collector, Stacy, there was one redemption card’s arrival yesterday that was worth documenting.
It’s a little something from 2013 Topps — and we’re likely to be seeing the card and hearing more from her soon right here in Dallas.
Posted on August 28, 2013 – 12:49 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2012-13 Elite Series Basketball, Panini America | Comments (1)
Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 Elite Series Basketball. Watch the video to see what she pulled.
Posted on August 28, 2013 – 12:36 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Andrew Luck, Barry Sanders, Eddie Lacy, NFL Kickoff Weekend, Topps | Comments (1)
Topps is bringing its football kickoff promotion back, but the rules have changed from last year.
During NFL Kickoff Weekend (Sept. 5 to Sept. 10), collectors who purchase 18 packs of 2013 Topps Football from participating dealers will get one NFL Kickoff Promo pack.
Posted on August 28, 2013 – 10:37 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2012-13 Panini Signatures Basketball, basketball cards, Panini America | Comments (2)
Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 Panini Signatures Basketball.
Posted on August 27, 2013 – 12:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | autographs, Redemptions | Comments (55)
If there’s one thing in the hobby that’s the most loathed and yet still misunderstood, it’s redemptions.
They’re a reality of today’s hobby structure of hard- and often-hitting boxes. They’re a reality of that combined with the fact that there are countless brands and several companies. They’re a reality and a product of a volume business making what formerly had been a bit less – a lot less? — of a commodity, autographs.
For an upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ve decided that we want to hear your take on redemptions. We want to see how you assess them in varying ways even though they are something that we probably all don’t like but all have to deal with.
Unless, of course, you can settle for fewer autographs …
1. Are you currently owed a card via a redemption?
1b. How many redemption cards are you waiting on?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on August 27, 2013 – 12:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | baseball toys, building blocks, Lego, MLB, Oyo Sportstoys | Comments (0)
The latest release from Oyo Sportstoys will let youngsters channel their inner Theo Epstein.
Or maybe build their kid-sized Populous-inspired visions.
The creation? New Oyo MLB Field Sets that, along with some extra building blocks, will let kids build their own teams on the field — and even the stadium to go with it. Launched this month, the Lego-compatible sets can be found in four sizes — a starter set, an infield set, an outfield set and a Game Time set with prices varying from $19.99 to $59.99.
“Field Sets are a natural extension of our product line,” said Tom Skripps, the president of OYO. “OYOs are collectible toys, and Field Sets allow our fans to play with their OYOs just like any other toy, or display their collection in a fun manner.”
Oyo launched its full baseball line last year and is licensed by MLB, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NCAA to showcase actual players on figures that come with appropriate uniforms and accessories. Until now, collectors could chase the Oyos of their players — many MLB players, for example, have figures available. Each of them has facial features that are reflected on their figures along with their names and uniform numbers on the toys as well as the packaging.
Posted on August 27, 2013 – 11:32 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett News, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Chatter Up, Chris Olds | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central.
(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.
Posted on August 26, 2013 – 11:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2013 Momentum Football, football box busters, football cards, Panini America | Comments (7)
Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Momentum from Panini America.
Posted on August 26, 2013 – 11:41 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Absolute Football, E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Panini America, Tavon Austin, Tools of the Trade | Comments (4)
Getting closer to a player’s gloves, helmets and equipment seems to be getting easier.
Panini America will include shoes, facemasks and more into its Tools of the Trade subset in 2013 Absolute Football, which is scheduled for a late-October release.
Absolute will come with four packs in each box with a hit in every pack. There will be two autographs, two memorabilia, two Rookies Cards and two parallels in each box.
Posted on August 25, 2013 – 12:42 pm | Author: Dan Good
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Topps football, Drew Brees, Eddie Lacy, Geno Smith, Manti Te'o, Peyton Manning, Short-Prints, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Topps, Topps Football, variations | Comments (8)
By Dan Good | Contributing Editor
Topps included short-printed variations of 55 different cards in 2013 Topps Football. The SPs all feature alternative photographs, from rookie poses to action shots and images of players running through the tunnel before a game.
Key veteran players include Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
Rookies are also featured – including E.J. Manuel, Eddie Lacy and Geno Smith.
The most intriguing short-print belongs to Patriots acquisition Tim Tebow. Tebow began his career with the Broncos, and led Denver to the playoffs following the 2011 season. That season, the Broncos faced the Patriots in Week 15, with the Pats winning 41-23.
Following the game, Tebow and New England QB Tom Brady met at midfield, sharing platitudes and giving each other a quick hug.
A photo from that meeting now graces Tebow’s super-short-printed variation, number SP-TT. Read More »
Posted on August 24, 2013 – 3:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | 2007 Topps WWE Heritage Chrome, 2011 Topps WWE, The Fairfield Company, The Rock, Topps, wrestling cards, WWE Divas, WWE Wrestling Cube | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a WWE Wrestling Cube — a retail repackage product from The Fairfield Company — in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 24, 2013 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, baseball cards, Ginter code, MLB, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.
Posted on August 23, 2013 – 1:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett News, Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Alex Okafor, Christine Michael, Dennis Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, Mike Gillislee, nfl, NFL autographs, NFL Rookie autographs, Russell Wilson, Stepfan Taylor | Comments (14)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
As part of the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at rookies a few different ways.
Some are serious, some are fun and some, well, they’re just ones to marvel at.
One item inside that issue featuring Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy is after the jump … a hard-hitting (not really) assessment on five rookies’ autographs. You can see the rest inside the issue when it arrives in hobby shops next month.