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Monthly Archives: August 2013

First look: 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks

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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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Friday Hot List: Precious Metal Gems come out blazing

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.

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NHL prospects ready for cards at the Rookie Showcase

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.”

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Upper Deck celebrating College Colors Days with collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First look: 2013 Topps Magic Football

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.

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First Look: 2014 Topps Museum Collection baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Qubi baseball stampers

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Rittenhouse True Blood

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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.

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Buyer beware: I bought a fake card on eBay

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.

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Box Busters: 2013 Rittenhouse Falling Skies Season 2

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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.

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters: In The Game’s Decade the 1990s

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Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens Decade The 1990s from In The Game.

One Ruthian redemption card arrives from Topps

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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.

Box Busters: 2012-13 Elite Series Basketball

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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 Elite Series Basketball. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Topps brings back NFL Kickoff hobby shop promo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini Signatures Basketball

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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 Panini Signatures Basketball.

Beckett 20 Questions on … redemptions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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?

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1b. How many redemption cards are you waiting on?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Even Chicago Cubs fans can build a winner with Oyo Sportstoys Field Sets

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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

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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.

(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.

Box Busters: 2013 Momentum Football

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Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Momentum from Panini America.