Monthly Archives: September 2013

Steiner Sports readies for Mariano Rivera tribute Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Mariano Rivera‘s Hall of Fame career is coming to an end and Steiner Sports‘ work to commemorate it has just begun.

The New York Yankees have eight games remaining this season and on Sunday Steiner will provide a photograph of the all-time saves leader to all fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium as part of Mariano Rivera Day. It also will promote the Mariano Rivera Retirement Collection, which will feature several different pieces of memorabilia along with autographed items found only via Steiner.

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Beckett Media publishes new book solely about autographs

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If you’re an autograph hound — or merely a collector of certified ink — Beckett Media has a new book just for you.

The newest offering in the Beckett library is the Beckett Autographs Price Guide, a release solely dedicated to autographs. The 432-page book includes a pair of feature stories to assist ink collectors hunting on their own and to spot some of the landmark certified sets. In addition, there are more than 1,000 exemplar images of autographs for most notable players from the Big Four sports as well as a few others and also a gallery of presidential autographs.

Lastly, more than 300 pages of the $49.95 book are dedicated to price guides for most major certified autograph sets from the four major sports as well as those from racing, golf, tennis and multi-sport releases.

For more information or to order a copy, click here.

First look: 2013 Limited Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini is coming out with newly designed base cards for 2013 Limited Football.

Limited will feature Phenoms autograph memorabilia cards, Game Day Materials and Limited Cuts.

The one-pack product will have seven cards inside with three hits. At least one of them will be an autographed card. When it comes to getting rookie hits, collectors probably want to get the Phenoms subset that will highlight the top NFL rookies of 2013.

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Friday Hot List: Trent Richardson, NFL rookies and Danica

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

A couple of rookies emerged this week, giving collectors other options for the newest draft class.

Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins and Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard had good games in the last week to get collectors chasing their cards.

Hopkins had 117 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Bernard had 38 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals 20-10 win over Pittsburgh.

Collectors like options and these two players gave that to them this week.

Check out the rest of the Hot List below:

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Michael Jordan’s “flu” sneakers consigned to Grey Flannel

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Grey Flannel Auctions is still putting its holiday auction together, and a unique basketball item has been consigned to the auction house.

Michael Jordan’s game-used sneakers from Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals will hit the auction block. He also signed them. Basketball fans might easily recognize that game.

The Flu Game.

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Multi-player basketball memorabilia card up for grabs in Customer Appreciation Month daily contest

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: 2012-13 Panini Preferred Forward Memorabilia #4 Nowitzki/Faried/Durant/Pippen/James/Anthony/Hill

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s and daily prizes, check out this thread in the Beckett forums. Don’t forget to enter everyday for a chance to win.

Box Busters: 2013 Panini Prizm baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Leaf bringing signed full-sized football helmets to the market

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf is super-sizing its signed memorabilia line.

The company is set to release full-sized autograph football helmets in late October. Each box will have one full-size helmet signed by current and retired players such as Walter Payton, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

Each helmet is licensed by the NFL, which means helmets will have team or league logos on them.

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Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series memorabilia headed to auction

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Bill Mazeroski’s most famous baseball items are going to auction.

The uniform he wore during Game 7 of the 1960 World Series when he a hit a winning home run will be sold through Hunt Auctions at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Kentucky on Nov. 9.

Along with the uniform, Mazeroski is auctioning a bronzed bat and cleats from Game 7, six of his eight Gold Glove Awards, a 1960 Babe Ruth Award and a bat given to him by Roberto Clemente.

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Win a Dynamic Duo Subscription

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: Dynamic Duo Subscription – includes 1-year magazine and Online Price Guide subscription to the sport of your choice

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s and daily prizes, check out this thread in the Beckett forums. Don’t forget to enter everyday for a chance to win.

First look teaser: 2013 Topps Chrome Update baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is throwing Chrome fans a curveball with a new product line.

Though details have not yet been formally announced, the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards will be adding Topps Chrome Update to its roster of products this fall, according to a sales post on MLB.com. 

Each 2013 Topps Mega Box, which is posted for $19.99 plus shipping on the site, will include five packs of the forthcoming 2013 Topps Update release set for arrival on Oct. 16. Also included in the boxes that will begin shipping on Oct. 23 will be two four-card packs of 2013 Topps Chrome Update.

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Buy or sell: Trent Richardson traded to Indy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

As if 2012 football products weren’t hot enough, the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts (according to ESPN) – making his cards already more exciting.

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Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Win a 2013 Bowman Inception Autograph

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: 2013 Bowman Inception Prospect Autographs Green #GP Gregory Polanco (#’d/25)

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s and daily prizes, check out this thread in the Beckett forums.

Inside a Topps Vault mailday …

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds for a mailday video straight from the Topps Vault, the memorabilia division of Topps that helps get items that helped bring past card sets to life into collectors’ hands.

Click here to see what you can find straight from the Topps Vault.

Box Busters: 2013 Topps MLB Chipz

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2013 Topps MLB Chipz in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Giovani Bernard cards heating up

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When I asked industry insiders what rookies collectors should watch, a name kept popping up – Giovani Bernard.

The Cincinnati Bengals took him off the board in the second round. He was the first running back picked in the 2013 draft.

In Monday night’s game, Bernard rushed for 38 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. He also had a 27-yard catch for a touchdown.

Two scores later and Bernard’s cards are on fire today. More than 50 autograph Bernard cards popped up on eBay since last night’s 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While many have listed them as BIN on eBay, the traditional auctions are interesting.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday 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. Thanks to Panini America for this week’s prizes — pack lots of 2013 Rookies & Stars will be going to this week’s winners.

(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.

Beckett Card Gamer arrives today

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Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of our newest quarterly magazine, Beckett Card Gamer.

Beckett Card Gamer is a one-stop resource for gaming hobbyists to get strategy guides, previews, reviews, news, pricing and more for all of the top card gaming titles including Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon,World of Warcraft, CardFight Vanguard, HeroClix miniatures and more.

EACH ISSUE INCLUDES:

• Latest coverage of all the most-popular card games:

Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Cardfight Vanguard and HeroClix Miniatures.

• Complete price guide for Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh!

• Comprehensive price guides for Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Cardfight Vanguard and HeroClix.

• Previews and reviews of all upcoming and current gaming sets.

Beckett Card Gamer can be found in hobby stores beginning this week and in major newsstands starting on Oct. 1. If you are a hobby store interested in carrying Beckett Card Gamer, please contact Dealer Sales at (239) 280-2380, or via email here.

Customer Appreciation Month: Win a James van Riemsdyk autograph

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: 2009-10 OPC Premier #62 James van Riemsdyk JSY AU RC

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s, check out this thread in the Beckett forums.

First look: 2013-14 Select Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America is bringing the Select brand back to hockey.

While note a huge name in the hockey world, Panini is resurrecting the brand after a nearly 20-year absence.

Every hobby box will come with two mini boxes that will contain two autographs, two Prizm parallels and three inserts in each.

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Week 2: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The second week of the football season found a couple of teams that are surprisingly undefeated. The Chiefs stand tall on that list.

However, when it comes to standout players, there are many familiar faces on this list of the week’s top performers.

Veterans of the Week

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers completed 81 percent of his passes (34-for-42) and threw four touchdowns in a 38-20 drubbing of the Washington Redskins.

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First look: 2013 Topps Supreme Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

With just four cards in every box, Topps is looking to pack what it can in 2013 Supreme Football.

Each pack will contain one base, two parallels and one hit, which could be an autograph, autographed relic or relic card in the late-February release.

The hits in Supreme will be low-numbered with a variety of subsets to pull.

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First look: 2014 Bowman baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The big and the small are back in Bowman next year.

Topps revealed the first looks and basic details for 2014 Bowman on Friday, and it will be a product that builds upon the mini presence introduced this season and add a jumbo twist for next.

How? With a nod to the 1989 Bowman set, which arrived 25 years ago next summer.

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Friday Hot List: Billy Hamilton, Serena Williams and ribbons

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

September baseball call-ups saw a spike in their card prices this week, but probably none better than Billy Hamilton.

The Cincinnati Reds speedster has four stolen bases and three runs in five games. Although he is 0-for-2. Hamilton has made pinch-running exciting for card collectors.

His card have seen a jump in value this past week – after steadily dropping as collectors wondered if he would ever called up. He only batted .256 in the minors this year in triple-A. Hamilton got plenty of attention last year when he stole 175 bases.

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Upper Deck creates rare Precious Metal Gems for employees

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Several collectors noticed interesting cards showing up on eBay – purple Precious Metal Gems.

Turns out these cards were made for Upper Deck employees, according to the company’s blog. These cards were given away to show appreciation to the employees.

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Companies reveal plans at GTS Distribution Open House

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

GTS Distribution hosted its Northeast Open House on Thursday, inviting dozens of dealers.

Several companies, including Panini America, Upper Deck and Wizards of the Coast presented news and upcoming products to the dealers at the Hilton in Newark, N.J.

Here’s a roundup of the news from the presentation.

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Customer Appreciation Month: Win a 2013 Allen & Ginter retail box

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Retail Box

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s, check out this thread in the Beckett forums.

$100,000 to “catch ‘em all”

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By Elliot Ross | Beckett Card Gamer

Could this card be the rarest and most expensive Pokemon card in existence?

Absolutely! And it can be yours right now for only $100,000!

What you’re looking at is the promotional Pokemon Illustrator trainer card. It was given as a prize for a winning entry into the 1997 Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest in Japan. For those of you that don’t speak Japanese, the card text translates to: Read More »

A closer look at 2013 Prominence Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini Prominence Football hit the hobby shelves this week.

The 2013 version features autographs on different materials with a focus on this year’s rookies.

Each hobby box comes with three packs with five cards, including an autograph, in each. To see a complete preview, click here.

Prominence is live today, so let’s look at some of the top cards coming out of the product.

One of the first cards I noticed was the 2013 Prominence Rookie USA Flag Patch of Andre Ellington. I didn’t see many of these on eBay, and rightfully so because they are 1-of-1s. With a good signature, these can be beautiful cards from any player.

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Customer Appreciation Month: Win a quad jersey card

Every day this month we will give away a prize. To enter, click on this link, hit “Enter the Contest” and you’re done. You  must be a member of Beckett.com to enter, so create an account if you do not have one yet.

Today’s prize: 2011-12 ITG Enforcers Tough Franchise Jersey Quads #TF04 Rob Ray/Matthew Barnaby/Brad May/Andrew Peters (print run of 40)

Prizes throughout the month include hobby boxes, rare cards, OPG subscriptions, BGS gift certificate and more.

To view the list of winner’s, check out this thread in the Beckett forums.

(NOTE: The picture is not the exact card you could win, but an example of the card.)

Box Busters: 2013 Heroes of Sport All-Sport Edition Chapter 1 + win our Wayne Gretzky autograph!

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a case of 2013 Heroes of Sport All-Sport Edition Chapter 1 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What is the very first item found that can be yours? Watch and find out …

Editor’s Note: There are no points this time — what we thought were points were the scratch-off codes on the redemptions! (Camera light goes on, Olds’ brain shuts off.)

Box Busters: 2013 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 SP Authentic Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck’s 2013 SP Authentic Football should be out early next year.

Each box will come with three autographs with at least one Rookie Auto Patch, including players such as E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith.

The 150-card base set will be made in the 1996 SP style with 50 short-print of rookies and legend. There are also four SP canvas variations per box. Each box will come with 24 packs and five cards in each pack.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Tier One baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.