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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Press Pass Legends 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 Legends racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 SuperBox Rookies & Phenoms

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2013 SuperBox in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Panini America’s pastime baseball


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The national pastime is Panini America‘s pastime — and an upcoming new baseball card line shows it.

The next high-end baseball card release from the Texas-based company is 2013 Panini America’s Pastime, which will arrive in December with Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig as well as long-time stars and retired legends in the fold.

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Upper Deck announces plans for Toronto Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has announced its plans for the 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo – that’s the Fall Expo for the rest of you.

Exclusive Priority Signings are back with a new design. Collectors can get autographs of players such as Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Patrick Roy, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and more on these cards only found at the Expo.

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In The Game applies for NHLPA license


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2013-14 hockey season is underway and in just a few days, the trading card season is set to take off in a big way. Upper Deck Series 1 and Panini Select come out with the first products featuring rookies from both 2012-13 and 2013-14.

But collectors may get another option soon.

In The Game submitted a proposal for an NHL Players Association license, Beckett Media confirmed.

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Boston Red Sox, World Series champs: Who is their winner on cardboard?


The Boston Red Sox are your World Series champions. Who do you think is Boston’s biggest winner on cardboard? Tell us with your vote or in the comments below.

Whose cardboard wins most with a World Series title?

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TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS III: Olds’ try at making official ‘Major League’ baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

When Topps announced on Tuesday that it intends to produce Major League baseball cards as part of its Archives product next year, I was filled with all sorts of thoughts and nearly left speechless with one thought.

Jobu on a baseball card?

And there definitely were a few internal expletives, too. After all, it’s Major League — the greatest baseball movie ever made. (I said it!)

But after the initial shock wore off that my favorite baseball movie was really coming to officially licensed MLB- and studio-backed cardboard — something I have imagined many times through the years —  the questions began. How many “players” will be on basic cards? Who might sign those 1989 Topps remakes? How many per box? Per case? Forget when pitchers and catchers report … how many days is it until May 28?

I emailed Topps for clarification of details after Tuesday’s story and asked how deep the checklist might go for the set commemorating the film’s 25th anniversary. There were no new details … yet.

Then, I started wondering what the cards might look like. After all, the film came out 25 years ago and the images used for its marketing are relatively limited. (Posters, press kits, lobby cards — you name it, I collect it when it comes to this film. There’s not enough, and it’s not up for sale often.) So that’s when I decided to build my own checklist and envision some things for myself with the help of some DVD screenshots and my copy of Photoshop.

Consider this my third installment (first one here; second one here) of Totally Fake Baseball Cards — but with these 21 cards potentially coming to life next spring … check ‘em out.

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Cryptozoic signs Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman for Sons of Anarchy trading card set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sons of Anarchy could be an interesting set for Cryptozoic.

When you first looked at the basic information, there were a couple of big names missing from the initial autograph checklist.

Fans of SOA should take another look at the trading cards set due out next years. Cryptozoic recently announced it got Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman to sign a three-set deal.

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First look: 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards — the home of Major League autographs & more


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Lou Brown would be proud.

Topps offered the first looks and basic product information for 2014 Topps Archives on Tuesday afternoon, and there are some notable new inclusions that have never been done before with major leaguers.

It’s including Major Leaguers.

That’s right, stars of the 1989 movie Major League will be among those signing for the product — cards styled with the 1989 Topps design and with character names and studio licensing that allows for use of the film’s logo as well as images as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. So far, Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen have signed on for this one. (Could past Topps signer Charlie Sheen be far behind?)

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Damian Lillard 1-of-1 Flawless Diamond has surfaced

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini Flawless Basketball has been a hot topic the last couple of days.

How could it not?

A $1,500-a-pack product (that’s been the going price through many card dealers) and cards selling on the secondary market for thousands … and I mean thousands of dollars.

Here is one of the biggest hits to make it out of 2012-13 Flawless Basketball – a 1/1 Damian Lillard Diamond card. The Buy It Now price on eBay is only $29,999.

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Stephen Curry’s breakout season has collectors scooping up his cards – and Golden State thinking big

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

Stephen Curry’s breakout moment came in the half-court shadows.

His Golden State Warriors were facing off against powerhouse San Antonio in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Game One, and Curry was putting on a clinic – raining threes, nailing behind-the-back passes, even picking the ball up from the floor to knock down the jumper.

Curry’s teammates erupted from the sidelines, holding their hands against their heads in disbelief.

With 40 seconds left in the third quarter, his heels nipping across the giant ‘Spurs’ logo at center court, Tony Parker in his face, Curry launched one final shot.


Twenty-two points in the quarter.

Curry pointed to the rafters, and when the Spurs called a timeout to regroup, he punched the air and screamed. All the recruiters who said he was undersized, the skeptics who wondered if he could stay healthy, the doubters, the critics … Redemption.

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First look: Upper Deck’s Edmonton Oilers Collection (with full checklist)

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck is creating a set strictly for Edmonton Oilers fans.

The Edmonton Oilers Collection will feature 10 packs per box with 10 cards in each pack. Each box will have three autographs, two manufactured patches and five rainbow foil parallels.

The Oilers have a long history with some of the best players including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr. The set will also include Edmonton’s newest stars such as Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.

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First look: 2013 Leaf Best of Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf is bringing certified autographs, vintage packs and rare Rookie Cards to 2013 Leaf Best of Football.

Each box will contain two cards: one original art card and one other card that could be a buyback, slabbed card, Rookie Card or a redemption for a vintage wax box or pack.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Media’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on our Facebook page


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 Topps for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.

(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.)

If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.

Behind the Scenes: Where the magic happens in the sports card industry — outtakes & more

Just a small view from the Baseball Card Exchange warehouse floor.

Just a small view from the warehouse floor of the Baseball Card Exchange. You can see a much grander scene in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — the Behind The Scenes Issue.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Step through the door of a card company and you might be surprised that what’s inside isn’t all wax packs and bubble gum.

The reality is that in many instances the locations that help sports cards come to life — or come to your door — look a lot like everywhere else but with hints and touches that there might be something unique, something creative, going on at times.

Armed with a checklist of photo ideas — blanket categories or concepts that might not apply to all locations — we recruited talent behind the scenes at several card companies and other businesses in the industry to present a visual story of what things look like everyday in the parts of the hobby you probably don’t see.

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First look: 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

All on-card, all the time – that’s way 2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball will be for collectors.

Each box of Exquisite will have one pack of six cards with five on-card autographs with a rookie or base card numbered to 99 or fewer. Upper Deck will feature autographs from Michael Jordan and LeBron James and many of the all-time greats. The release will also be limited.

The rookies will include players from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

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Week 8: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Veteran of the Week

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Megatron nearly broke the single-game receiving yards record with 329 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He added a touchdown in the 31-30 win.

Key cards
2007 Exquisite Collection #130 Calvin Johnson JSY AU RC
2007 Playoff National Treasures #107 Calvin Johnson JSY AU RC
2007 SP Authentic #291 Calvin Johnson JSY AU RC

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BGS & Babe Ruth: Collector discusses finding The Bambino in her first wax box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he interviews Stacy, a collector from Georgia, about a pretty big card she pulled from her first wax box.

The card came through Beckett Grading Services on Friday.

Her mailday video of the unboxing of the redemption can be seen below.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Prizm Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America debuted its Prizm brand in basketball last year.

The second installment of 2013-14 Panini Prizm will come out Dec. 18 with 20 packs in every box.

Panini is adding more parallels to Prizm. It will feature new Die-Cut Purple Prizm (numbered to 49) and Black Prizm 1-of-1s for the first time in basketball.

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Box Busters: 2012-13 The Cup Hockey

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Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of 2012-13 The Cup Hockey from Upper Deck.

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


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Opening Day is coming early — and you can get your hands on game-used cards then, too.

Topps revealed the first looks at 2014 Topps Opening Day on Wednesday, and the company’s announcement came with one new inclusion not typically seen in the 99-cent-per-pack product — game-used memorabilia cards.

For the first time in the history of the product, it will include game-used Relics. Five players out of 10 total are listed on the preliminary checklist — Derek Jeter, Freddie Freeman, Jose Bautista, Koji Uehara and Torii Hunter — for the product arriving on March 19.

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First look: 2013 Contenders Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Contenders is a collecting favorite every year. The Rookie Cards are usually a must-have for many football fans.

Panini America offered a peek as to what 2013 Contenders Football will look like this year.

The Rookie Ticket features a similar design to last year’s cards, which re-visited the original rookie tickets from 1998. This year’s design is vertical with the ticket and the player taking up about two-thirds of the design. The extra space on the right is for an autograph.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … baseball cards & more


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

No intro, just questions … 20 Questions.

1. Do you consider yourself superstitious when it comes to collecting?

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2. Which of these niches do you collect? (pick all that apply)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Without question, Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha is the one World Series player to watch on cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Sorry Red Sox fans, when it comes to cardboard there’s only one player to watch in this year’s World Series — at least for now — and it’s Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha.

Sure, both St. Louis and Boston have established veterans and promising younger players on both rosters, but the recent headline-grabbing performances of the right-handed rookie from Texarkana, Texas, are the ones that already have generated cash — and still could — for collectors.

On Sept. 24, Wacha arrived when he lost a no-hitter with two out in the ninth. At that time, he appeared on 260 different baseball cards in the Beckett.com database. (Click here for an Online Price Guide or Wacha checklist.) At that time, his cards typically sold for $1,560.25 or less (excluding rarities).

Of course, among those rarities is his 2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Pick Autographs Superfractor, a 1/1 card that has been examined by Beckett Grading Services and is currently listed on eBay for much, much more than that. That auction’s asking price shows the volatility of the market for rarer cards — and given his performances of late that price tag might still be a bargain.

Now, 21 dominating postseason innings and an NLCS MVP Award later, while on the cusp of a start in Game 2 of the World Series? He checks in at $2,197.25 for a total of 320 cards. While that does include new inserts and parallel cards, his most-valuable cards’ total — certified autographs — did not change. He still only appears on 119 different cards signed directly for manufacturers.

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