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Monthly Archives: August 2013

First look: 2013 Absolute Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Photo Guide: 2013 Topps Football SP variations

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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 »

Ripping Retail: A Fairfield WWE Wrestling Cube

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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 …

Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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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.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

RATED ROOKIES: Five NFL rooks needing auto help

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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.

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Friday Hot List: baseball prospects, GPK Chrome and rookie autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Football cards look like they are really beginning to heat up this week. With the regular season a couple short weeks away, collectors are hitting their collecting stride.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that two products came out recently in 2013 Topps and 2013 Rookies & Stars. But collectors are still thinking about baseball with a few odds and ends thrown in.

Check out this week’s Friday Hot List:

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Kolten Wong

The St. Louis Cardinals prospect was called up about a week ago. The second baseman’s cards have seen the appropriate spike a call up gets when he first gets in the Majors.

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Box Busters: 2013 Rookies & Stars Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Rookies & Stars from Panini. With four hits, an insert or parallel in every pack, watch the video to see what she pulled.

Topps offers autograph set and Rookie Premiere trip in chase contest

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps added a unique chase to 2013 Topps Football this year – one if completed could land collectors special prizes.

Those who have opened 2013 Topps packs may have noticed “Build You Legacy” promo cards. These cards tease the contest.

In order to compete, collectors have to find Build Your Legacy parallel cards – and it seems some subjects are exclusive to hobby or retail. Collect all 110 cards and mail in the collection to Topps to get an entire vintage-style Topps autographed card set of the 40 rookies who attended the 2013 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

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Leaf offering Metal Draft Matrix football cards direct to collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf Trading Cards is keeping 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Football set going.

The company didn’t issue an update set, pre-packaged for hobby shops and retail outlets, but are available for consumers through its eBay store. Collectors can get parallels of Matrix cards for several top 2013 football prospects.

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NHLPA announces list of players to appear at the Rookie Showcase

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

This is when you know hockey season is getting close.

Next week, the NHL Players Association will host the Rookie Showcase with Upper Deck and Panini America in attendance taking pictures and getting autographs for upcoming products.

The NHLPA Rookie Showcase will feature 27 players this year including Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and AleksanderBarkov.

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Upper Deck announces plans for 2013 Fan Expo Canada

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck will have a strong presence at the 2013 Fan Expo Canada.

Along with its sports trading cards, the company has a stake in the entertainment side as well. Upper Deck will showing off its Marvel Comic products throughout the show including a heavy presence of Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game.

On the sport side, Upper Deck will have an interactive booth with games and cards for collectors.

Attendees will be able to get their own personalized cards (which was a big hit at the 2013 NFL Draft). There will be exclusive Fan Expo Upper Deck Cards.

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Topps adds Twitter handles to football card backs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Social Media and sports go hand-in-hand. Fans react to sports news and games through their Twitter accounts. They post pictures of their collections on Facebook.

Inserts have also popped up in trading card sets showcasing a player’s Twitter handle.

Topps has made it even easier to interact with football players and teams by adding Twitter handles to card backs for each player. If a player has a Twitter handle, it’s sure to be there. For teams, Topps includes the official team name.

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First look: 2013-14 NBA Hoops Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini is going big with basketball.

Panini is creating a jumbo hobby box version of 2013-14 NBA Hoops Basketball when it releases in late October, the company announced today. Each jumbo box will have 10 packs of 50 cards each – that’s 500 cards in one box.

Each box will contain two autographs, one memorabilia, 50 parallels, one Artist’s Proofs and more than 100 inserts.

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Ripping Retail: 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome

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Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens retail packs of 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome.

Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens retail packs of 2013 Topps Football.

 

Box Busters: 2013 Pinnacle baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013 Pinnacle from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Pastime Cards Enshrined Edition + win our Hall of Famer autograph

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rip into a box of 2013 Pastime Cards Enshrined Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win the Hall of Famer card we pulled? Instructions are in the video …

The game may have its flaws, but baseball cards help tell the stories

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Years ago, I picked up the 1970 Topps Rookie Card of Miguel Fuentes and Dick Baney that you see here for pocket change — literally a quarter or so because of its rounded corners, small creases and other cardboard fraying that looks like it’s been handled more than a few times by more than a few people.

And for years now it’s been sitting in the page you see here nestled among a group of multi-player RCs from that set which perhaps better marks the end of the 1960s than the beginning of the 1970s with its white cardboard — a finale that stood for more than two decades before an encore. You see, in my younger years, I often found it more interesting to dig into the boxes of the past to spend my pocket change than rip into another pack of a brand I had already pored over plenty other times. That’s how Fuentes and Baney came to reside between cards of Richie Allen, John Mayberry, Jerry Reuss and a Senators card (Wow, defunct team!) that included three players (Three times as good!) and one of the longest names (other than Yaz) I had seen on cardboard as a kid, “Stelmaszek.”

The card here caught my eye because it was an RC of players from the Seattle Pilots, a one-year wonder in MLB that became the Milwaukee Brewers the following season when Bud Selig bought and relocated the franchise. On top of that, I knew that Fuentes held a somber place in baseball history as he was a somewhat promising pitcher whose September call-up and final pitches in the franchise’s final game also were his last as he was murdered less than four months later.

But that’s only half of the story of this Rookie Card.

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Ripping Retail: Inside a New York Yankees Fan Box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a New York Yankees Fan Box — a retail repackage product featuring nothing but pinstripes — in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Female comic characters get the focus in upcoming releases

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Comics have superheroes and villains of every variety – men, women, aliens.

Over the next several weeks, the women from the two big comic companies are getting their own place in the trading card world.

Cryptozoic Entertainment is releasing DC Comics The Women of Legend Trading Cards in September and Rittenhouse Archives is releasing Women of Marvel Series 2 Trading Cards in November. That’s a whole lot of leather and lace for comic fans to enjoy.

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