Monthly Archives: September 2013

Theros Releases this week

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By Elliot Ross | Beckett Card Gamer

This Friday marks not only the release of a new expansion set for Magic: The Gathering, but also a whole new standard tournament block. That’s right, it is time to say farewell to Innistrad and hello to Theros. The Theros expansion set goes on sale and becomes tournament legal on Friday.

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First look: 2012-13 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Cup is coming after all.

The hockey season couldn’t end for Upper Deck without one of its signature products – 2012-13 The Cup will be released featuring Rookie Cards of Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi and Torey Krug.

Each tin will come with two autographed patch cards with one of them being a Rookie Card. There will be five Cup cards in every tin.

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Highest BVG-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $81,000+

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The best Beckett-graded Mick came and went on auction block this past weekend resulting in a big sale.

The highest-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card ever graded by Beckett Grading Services sold last week via St. Louis-based Goodwin and Co. as part of its latest Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons sale. Only 120 copies of the iconic card have been slabbed by BGS and this is the only BVG 8 in existence – with none higher.

In fact, only one 7.5 and two BVG 7s even exist for this always in-demand card, according to the BGS Population Report.

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Tip Sheet: Five tips for success on eBay

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By Ben Aguirre Jr.

To say the Internet has changed the game in terms of sports collectibles would be an understatement. The World Wide Web has opened the door for collector-to-collector trading across the world that really was previously only available to the most-connected dealers.

But perhaps no aspect of the Internet has had a bigger impact on the hobby than eBay. Hands down, the San Jose, Calif.-based company has been the dominant place to buy and sell cards online. When the auction site burst onto the scene in the late 1990s, collectors caught auction fever and were seemingly buying anything they had not ever seen before. Whether or not it was actually rare was not important — it was new to them.

But even though eBay has been a part of the hobby and business for more than 15 years now, there are still some older collectors and newer ones who do not fully understand some of the nuances of buying and selling on the site.
Here are some tips to make the site work for you:

Looking for a bargain? Try a blind category search. Instead of searching for something specific like a 1986-1987 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card, search the entire category of basketball cards and then sort the search by “ending soonest.” There are lots of good bargains to be had using this method.

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Auction of a Lifetime: Heritage readies Stan Musial collection for November sale

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball great Stan Musial logged 3,630 hits in the major leagues – a feat topped by only three players in the history of the game – but he’s going to add one more hit in November.

His memorabilia is hitting the auction block via Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

musialauction4There will be more than 500 lots from the life of the St. Louis Cardinals great and Hall of Famer up for grabs – everything from his Navy uniforms (military and baseball) to his famed harmonicas and even World Series rings received from the Cardinals in recent years. While the collection spans much of his career, not everything from the playing days of “Stan The Man” is represented in the sale, according to Heritage Director of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy. Either way, though, he said it’s a mix of memorabilia that ranks high among the sales that Heritage has handled.

“The Musials were very generous with the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum when Stan retired, so most of his uniforms, bats and various championship and MVP awards were donated long ago,” Ivy said. “The collection consigned to Heritage is largely comprised of material from Stan’s retirement years, but there are some really great highlight pieces from his years of active duty.”

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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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