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Monthly Archives: August 2013

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:

Baseball

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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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 Topps Finest Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of 2013 Topps Finest. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Upper Deck, Wayne Gretzky sign long-term, exclusive deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck and Wayne Gretzky have worked together a long time – since 1990 to be exact.

The two are keeping the relationship going with Upper Deck signing Gretzky to a new exclusive deal, the company announced in a release today. Autographed Gretzky cards and memorabilia will be found only through Upper Deck.

“As Upper Deck approaches its 25th Anniversary, the announcement of our expanded partnership with Wayne Gretzky couldn’t be better,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck, in a release. “While Upper Deck collectors continue to get excited about pulling Gretzky autographs from our hockey card packs, puck fans can now look forward to an amazing portfolio of Wayne Gretzky autographed memorabilia as well. We will offer several unique memorabilia pieces that are sure to be a hit with Gretzky fans everywhere.”

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TriStar’s next hidden treasure chase for Dallas Cowboys fans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

With football season right around the corner, companies are ramping up their football products.

TriStar is creating a product specifically for Dallas Cowboys, once the most popular team in the country. TriStar Hidden Treasures Dallas Edition Autographed 8×10 Football Photo Series 3 comes out in late September. The product will feature one 8×10 photo of a current or former Dallas Cowboy player.

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Looking at vintage lacrosse cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Canada and hockey go together. It’s the national winter sport.

However, that wasn’t always the case. For decades, the Canadian national sport was lacrosse — and only lacrosse. Hockey and lacrosse now share that distinction side by side. But Canada has been a hot bed of lacrosse with athletes crossing over between the two sports.

This isn’t just a modern phenomenon as lacrosse has been a huge sport in Canada for the last century. It was so popular that lacrosse trading cards were nearly as popular as hockey cards back in the early 1910s.

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Panini shows off upcoming Prime Hockey (with checklist)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

If you follow Panini America on Twitter, you might have caught the preview images of Prime Hockey it posted this morning.

The second-year product is the last on the 2012-13 hockey calendar, but one that looks like it won’t disappoint with its jumbo patches and popular tie cards. Here are the images Panini showed off on its Twitter feed for everyone to get a look.

Prime is scheduled to come out at the end of the month.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball + WIN OUR 1/1 Ginter Glossy card from this box!

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win our 1/1 card pulled from this box? Tell us what you think of this year’s set and tell us in the comments below. We’ll pick one at random from all comments received (that include an email address) before Sept. 1.

Upper Deck renews Team Canada license

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the Winter Olympics coming up next year, this seems like a good time for Upper Deck to announce it has renewed its license agreement with Hockey Canada in a multi-year deal.

Upper Deck will remain the exclusive trading card company for Canada’s national teams. This deal also allowed Upper Deck to get Team Canada memorabilia items for Upper Deck Authenticated.

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Introducing the Friday Hot List

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Every month, Beckett puts together a Hot List in its magazines with the top 25 cards of each sport.

Now, we’re putting together a weekly Hot List that encompasses the best of the best because our readers have asked for more. Sometimes the list may include a player or a product instead of just one card. However, this will give collectors a look at what is hot right now.

Here’s the first installment of the Friday Hot List.

1. Yasiel Puig
The hottest baseball rookie has shown no signs of stopping, and cards continue on the same trajectory. Bowman Chrome, Pro Debut, Inception are all hot cards. Then, Allen & Ginter came out and that’s what many collectors are scrambling to get.

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First look: James Bond Autographs & Relics Trading Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in movie history. The character has been in dozens of movies and played by a number of actors seamlessly.

How could a trading card company pick just one movie to represent? Sometimes, it can be tough and it seems Rittenhouse Archives is creating a set with a simple name to encompass the series, but there is nothing simple about these cards.

James Bond Autographs & Relics Trading Cards is scheduled to come out October 16. Each box will contain 24 packs with six cards in each pack. Every box will also have two autographs and a relic card, which will be numbered to 300 copies or fewer.

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