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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tampa Bay Rookie QB Mike Glennon to reportedly start this weekend

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors will have to keep an eye on one more NFL rookie this weekend.

Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon will get the start at quarterback over Josh Freeman, NFL.com is reporting.

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St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha nearly no-hits Nationals


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The rookie almost got the job done.

In just his 15th big-league appearance and ninth start of his career, St. Louis Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha nearly no-hit the Washington Nationals, losing a no-no to an infield single with two out in the ninth inning Tuesday night in St. Louis.

With the 2-0 victory, he moves to 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA on the season for the NL Central-leading Cardinals after walking just two batters and striking out nine.

The former Texas A&M star has appeared on cards since 2011 when he was a member of the USA Baseball squad. He appears on 260 different cards — 119 of those certified autos — valued at $1,560.25 before the start, according to the Beckett Media database. (Click here for an Online Price Guide or Wacha checklist.)

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Week 3: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor


Do I have to say anything more?

He’s been the best player in the NFL so far this early season, perhaps staking claim to the MVP he lost out on last year. Through the first three games, Manning has 12 touchdowns passes.

In Monday night’s 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning completed 32-of-37 throw for 374 yards and three touchdowns. Manning is one of the week’s Veterans of the Week in Monday Morning Collector (by the way, I know it’s Tuesday)

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Collect Call: Topps talks about redemptions

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he talks with Topps VP of Finance and Operations David Leiner about redemptions in this latest edition of Collect Call.

What causes redemptions? How much do they cost the company? What’s being done to prevent them? How long does it take to build a set? Find out all this and more in the 25-minute interview.

Michael Jordan’s birth certificate ends up on eBay

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s birth certificate is back on the market.

The item – one of MJ’s earliest, most unique items – sold for $26,290 at auction through Heritage in August.

But according to the listing, “the sale was cancelled however because the buyer was unresponsive.”

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Intrigue Basketball

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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box 2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball. She pulled an autograph of a Hall of Fame player. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Topps provides redemption list for 2013 Topps Chrome


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The first Chrome set of 2013 arrives on Wednesday and with many of the cards in 2013 Topps Chome being signed on-card, that means there might be one extra thing that collectors find inside.


Topps issued a statement on Tuesday noting that, while there are many redemptions in the product, “many of the redemption cards in this product are already in-house and ready to be shipped out.”

The company also notes that it will start providing a weekly status update about redemptions via its Twitter and Facebook accounts each Friday.

See the redemption list … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 Innovation Basketball

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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2012-13 Innovation Basketball. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Get your hands on some 2013 Panini Cooperstown wax — Wednesday night during Chatter Up


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 Cooperstown baseball cards 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.

First look: 2013 Topps Mini Football Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors, get ready because 2013 Topps Mini Football cards are almost here. The product will be out early next week.

The only place to find the Topps Mini Football cards will be at Topps.com with a limited print run. Each box will come with 24 packs and 10 cards in each pack.

There will be one autograph or relic card per box and printing plates randomly inserted. Also, collectors can find 1959 mini inserts, and gold and black parallels of the base cards

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Theros Releases this week

Theros Promo

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+



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


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

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



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



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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