Monthly Archives: August 2013

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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First look: 2013 Topps Five Star Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Five Star Football has become a favorite of high-end collectors since Topps introduced it on the market in 2010.

Topps offered a full preview of 2013 Five Star on Friday. Each box will come with four on-card autographs and one jumbo jersey or patch card. Specifically, the breakdown is one Autographed Rookie Card, one Autographed Rookie Patch Card, one Autographed Veteran/Retired or Veteran/Retired Autographed Patch, one Autographed Relic Book or Multi Autograph and one Jumbo Jersey or Jumbo Patch Relic.

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Panini reveals plans for 2013 Fan Expo Canada

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America has revealed it plans for the 2013 Fan Expo Canada.

The Fan Expo Canada has a large sports segment for the first time and Panini has prepared unique giveaways. The four-day show starts August 22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Panini will have a wrapper redemption program and will allow collectors to trade up long-standing redemptions.

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First look: Upper Deck University of Kansas Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

There are certain college programs that resonate with sports fans. Texas Football. Notre Dame Football.

Now, University of Kansas Basketball.

Upper Deck has focused on several famous sport programs over the years and is now creating a set for one of the oldest and storied collegiate basketball programs in American history.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

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Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulguraj opens a box of 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee hockey from Upper Deck. 

Ripping Retail: 2013 Topps Qubi baseball stampers

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a pack of 2013 Topps Qubi collectable stampers in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013-14 Black Diamond Hockey (with full checklist)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck seems to be taking the name of Black Diamond literal.

For the 2013-14 Black Diamond Hockey release, the card company is including relic cards with actual diamonds in them.

Of course, the Quad Diamond Rookie Gem Relics will be tough to pull, but UD has included them into a new configuration for the December release.

Each box will come with 20 five-card packs, including a bonus UD Ice pack. Collectors should find several Double and Triple Diamond cards in each box with an additional Quad Diamond – and a bonus Quad Diamond card. There will be at least one parallel and two Double Diamond Dual Jersey Puzzles in every box.

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First look: 2012-13 Immaculate Collection Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is ramping up its patch cards with the debut of 2012-13 Immaculate Collection basketball.

Actually, Panini wrote on its blog that Immaculate Collection would deliver some of the most unique NBA memorabilia cards ever made.

This high-end product will feature six cards with four hits in every box. Collectors should expect to find an Autograph Patch Rookie Card (numbered to 99 or less), one autograph or autograph patch, one memorabilia card and an additional autograph or mem card.

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NSCC Pack Wars: Olds vs. kids for 2013 Topps Minis … PART 2

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What happens when Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds takes on kids in Pack Wars on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention?

Watch Part 2 (as well as Part 1 if you missed it) and find out … after the jump.

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Your Turn (BSCM Rookies Issue): If you could own one perfect BGS/BVG 10 Rookie Card, what would it be?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There’s been one card firmly on my collecting radar of late — and it’s a Rookie Card that I have gone on record a few times as being a perfect card.

And yet I — and many others — can’t find a perfect copy.

There have been 3,959 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RCs go through Beckett Grading Services through the years and there’s not been a single BVG 10 on the pop reportBeyond that, just seven have made a 9.5 slab. (I’m down in the 8.5 and lower territory, myself.)

Sadly, none of the four I’ve picked up raw in the last month or so will make that cut, either, but that’s life and it got me thinking that my present obsession with this card may make for a perfect Your Turn page in the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

We have a simple question for you, and we’ll run a selection of the best answers in the upcoming issue as long as you leave your name and location in the comments below.

If you could own just one perfect BGS/BVG 10 Rookie Card (any sport), what would it be?

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.

Beckett 20 Questions on … Rookie Cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s no secret to many of those who buy, sell and collect that there’s one type of card that will outsell all the others no matter what happens to a player during or after his career.

It’s the Rookie Card.

We’ll take a look at RCs in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and, as part of that package, we want your take on some of the issues, trivia and more that entails Rookie Cards and collecting. Here are our latest 20 Questions …

1. Which major sport has the best Rookie Cards?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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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. Up for grabs this week will be … packs of 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter. 

(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.

Rare glossy cards appear in 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

O-Pee-Chee hockey hit the market last week with long-awaited Rookies Cards in base and parallel form. But collectors quickly noticed something not on the initial checklist.

Rare Glossy cards appeared in OPC. However, Upper Deck did include them in the final checklist. These Glossy cards are tough to pull, not even one per case. Even regular autographs seem to be easier to get than these cards with facsimile autos on them.

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Rare 1949 Baltimore Colts Silber’s Bakery cards appear online

Collectors will spend years, maybe even decades, tracking down some vintage sets.

The 1949 Baltimore Colts Silber’s Bakery set is one of these. It’s one of the hardest sets football collectors have tried to put together.

Cards from this collection pop up every couple of years. Now, two of the cards – showing Johnny Mellus and Charlie O’Rourke – have emerged on eBay from the same seller (thanks to Nearmint’s Vintage Football Cards blog, who linked to the auctions).

(Check out the eBay auctions here)

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Allen & Ginter and Axl Rose: One redemption card I’ll have plenty of patience for

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

If there’s one brand I have obsessed about as a collector more than any other through the years, it’s Topps‘ revived ode to the world champion of 1800s tobacco cards, Allen & Ginter.

When I first saw the sellsheets for the debut edition of this new (but old) baseball card brand back in 2006, I instantly knew I would be digging in for a case in advance — and even more upon arrival — and I did. I knew it would be among the year’s most-popular lines and I was right, though my days at Beckett were still a few years away. One card, among many, was on my sights and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to pull. It was an autograph of a childhood icon — not idol, but icon — Hulk Hogan, sporting his Hulkamania red and yellow among a sea of top-tier Hall of Fame baseball players, superstar athletes, sports legends and others. It a crop that makes that 2006 set one of the landmark releases of the last decade.

The framed minis carry a Victorian aesthetic unlike much within the hobby these says and they struck a chord with me — one that still does to this day. At the time, Hogan only had a single wrestling auto from his “Hollywood” days and a Topps Heritage sig that I had not yet landed, so his Ginter card stood out as one on my collecting radar.

Logic went out the window and I bought pack after pack after pack, clearing Central Florida retail shelves, shredding my Hobby case ordered in advance to find quite a few sigs and more, and driving the price up at an Orlando hobby shop by buying as much as I could where it was no longer fruitful at its pumped-up, replacement price. After countless packs, autos and more, I was without a Hogan, who signed just 200 cards. I finally caved and spent more on getting that one card than I had ever before. (The cost was a hobby box or two if I remember correctly — meanwhile I’m probably still paying for all that wax.)

All these years later, this year another iconic autograph for myself — and many others — arrives in Ginter, and it’s an autograph of someone who, until the last few months, has never appeared on a licensed trading card or signed a single autograph for a card company. And technically he still hasn’t as his four cards found in 2013 Topps Archives and 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter were issued as redemptions.

It’s Axl Rose.

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First look: 2014 Topps baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The countdown to next year starts now.

Topps released the product breakdowns and additional design samples for 2014 Topps baseball cards on Monday, and the theme for the hobby’s longest-running and best-selling brand is one that focuses on “an unprecedented explosion of young talent, a changing of the guard, as rookies and young stars are playing a bigger role than ever.” In other words, it says, “the future is now.”

Set to arrive Jan. 29, each 36-pack Hobby box will contain one autograph or Relic along with 10 cards per pack, while HTA Jumbo boxes will contain 10 packs and pack one autograph and two Relics per box.

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Behind the scenes at the Perfect Game All-American Classic autograph session

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By Theo Chen

SAN DIEGO | For the seventh time in the last eight years, San Diego hosted dozens of the top high school baseball players in the country this past weekend for the Perfect Game All-American Classic where top prospects around the country compete and do one thing to the delight of baseball card collectors.

They sign their first Topps baseball cards for possible inclusion in packs in the future.

In recent years, the East and West team rosters have expanded, and this year was no exception. This year’s game featured 25 East players and 26 West players for a total of 51 — the most ever. For collectors, that means more Bowman cards to chase, and for Topps, a bit more work coordinating the annual Thursday photo shoot and Saturday autograph session.

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Allen & Ginter provides good timing for Jason Dufner autographs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Jason Dufner won his first major championship over the weekend. The American won the PGA Championship.

Dufner nearly won the major in 2011 after losing in a playoff against Keegan Bradley. He saw a five-stroke advantage with four holes left wiped away in the final round. Dufner was not about to let that happen again.

Dufner played in well in 2012, winning two PGA Tour events. Some took notice and he was put on his first trading card in 2012 Leaf Ultimate Golf. He popped up again on cards just last week when Topps included him in 2013 Allen & Ginter.

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Upper Deck makes last call for last year’s O-Pee-Chee wrapper redemption

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

If you still have wrappers from last year’s O-Pee-Chee Hockey, Upper Deck is telling collectors to get them in for the remaining packs of the wrapper redemption program.

UD also warned collectors to not hold on to 2013-14 OPC wrappers. With the new rookies, these are not expected to last a year.

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BREAKING: Topps hides 1/1 glossy cards inside hobby box panels of Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It may be time to go dumpster diving.

Topps has hidden cards inside the top panel of some 2013 Allen & Ginter hobby boxes — a single-wrapped 1/1 glossy card can be found within the cardboard of the box much like a Rip Card.

The discovery was made on Saturday by Brent Williams, a heavy case-breaker based in Arkansas, when he found a Marco Scutaro card inside a panel when cutting a box open.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Fanfare racing cards

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Jojn Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Press Pass Fanfare NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …