Monthly Archives: October 2013

Panini’s retail-only monster football boxes contain exclusive Prizm cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

A collector whose limited options to buy cards includes Target and Wal-Mart will get some more exclusives from Panini America.

The card company is putting together a 2013 Panini Football Monster Box with five packs of 2013 Score, two packs of 2013 Prizm Football and three exclusive Prizm inserts from Cornerstones and Building Blocks inserts.

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Tristar’s latest Hidden Treasures looks at the history of football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The latest Tristar Hidden Treasures product will look at football favorites.

The next installment will be The History of Football coming out Nov. 20, with 8×10 autographed photos.

There are four different subsets of autographs with Hall of Famers, Football History, Today’s Stars and Football Favorites.

The checklist includes 270 players with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Andrew Luck, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith and Aaron Rodgers included.

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Upper Deck releases checklist for 2012-13 The Cup Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck’s 2012-13 The Cup will be coming out next week.

The company announced the product only recently and it has turned it around pretty quickly. UD has been working on this product for a while, getting on-card autographs of players such as Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin.

Upper Deck has been working on quality control and pack out this week. This mean we get a chance to see photos of live images.

But maybe best of all, we got a checklist you can download here: 2012-13 NHL The Cup Checklist

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When should movie trading cards be released?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion

Movie and TV show trading cards can be challenging to put together.

The companies could have a large number of actors that it wants to sign for the release, and wardrobe pieces to buy, chop up and put into products.

Sometimes it could take a while and come out at what seems like an off time such as Pacific Rim. It has been announced, but collectors are still waiting for Cryptozoic Entertainment to release the cards based on the popular sci-fi film. It said in March the cards will come out this fall.

Interestingly, the movie has left theatres and DVDs of the film are on the way. To keep collectors interested, Cryptozoic is giving away copies of Pacific Rim on Blu-Ray (see how you can win one here).

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First look: 2014 Topps UFC Knockout

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

Topps is coming out punching with 2014 UFC Knockout.

Each five-card pack will have one parallel and one hit, which could be an autograph, relic or autograph relic. Each box will have eight packs.

The base set will feature 100 UFC fighters of young stars, veterans and current champions. There will be Gold, Green and Red parallels. In addition, Topps has included 1-of-1 parallels such as Mat (printed on simulated mat stock) and Printing Plates.

The autograph lineup is extensive in 2014 Topps UFC Knockout. There are nearly a dozen different types of autographs, including parallels that collectors can pull: Notable Nicknames, Three of a Kind Triple Autographs, Knockout Autographs, Ultimate Inscription Autographs, UFC @autographs (Twitter handles included) and Autograph Glove Redemption cards.

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Two dealers get prison time, probation for sale of fake game-used jerseys

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Two men who were charged with selling fake game-used jerseys to the public as well as card companies to be used in memorabilia cards were sentenced in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday with probation and jail time among the end result while three others are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 25.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Samborn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, dealer Steve Jensen was sentenced to three years probation with four months of home detention and electronic monitoring. Meanwhile former Florida-based memorabilia dealer Bradley Wells was sentenced to six months in prison starting on Jan. 6 with three years of supervised release after that.

“In both cases,” Samborn said, “restitution is still to be determined.”

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Beckett 20 Questions on … your collecting tastes

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking you behind the scenes inside some card companies to show you things you may not have seen before and talk shop with some people whose daily routines include helping your cardboard come to life.

As part of that, we’ll have our typical 20 Questions in the issue but, honestly, there may not be 20 questions that fit that concept — so instead we’re asking questions that take us behind the scenes in your minds.

Here are 20 questions asking what you think about collecting today as well as your collecting tastes and habits.

1. Where do you buy most of your wax boxes?

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2. What type of collector are you?

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How much demand will there be for Prince George’s “rookie card”?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s not a Prince Fielder, it’s not a George Brett, but it’s found in packs of 2013 Topps Update.

It’s a “rookie card” of Prince George of Cambridge, the latest addition to Britain’s royal family — and he’s in packs of baseball cards.

And, well, the asking price for the first one to hit eBay on the first official day of release for Update is, well, rather regal.

Will it sell? That remains to be seen. Oh, and let us know what you think of the card in the comments below.

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.

Topps reveals all three Finest mystery rookie redemptions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The mystery is no more in Finest.

Topps announced all three of the rookie autograph redemption card subjects in 2013 Finest on Wednesday, ending any speculation about who the cards might be for that are found in the recently released 20th anniversary product.

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Topps Update includes All-Star variations, retired greats & plenty of Yasiel Puig

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Topps Update baseball set officially arrives on Wednesday with some of the midsummer moments, vets who changed teams and rookies, too.

And it also includes the latest batch of short-printed photo variations to chase as well as a Boston Strong red-foil stamped subset, too.

Among the short-prints found so fare are cards for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. Not counting parallels or variations, the outfielder has 10 cards to chase in Update alone. One of his variations, for example, shows him trying out an oversized glove.

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First look: 2013-14 SP Game Used Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck is showing off memorabilia from the 2012 NHL Winter Classic and 2012-13 NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 2013-14 SP Game Used Hockey.

Yep, this should be a fun product for Chicago Blackhawks fans.

SP Game Used will include just about anything it can from the events, including net skirts, net cords, game pucks and more – some event signed by the players.

The five-pack product won’t be forgetting about the rookies, however, with plenty of Rookie Cards to collect. Each five-card pack will come with one hit and there will be at least one autograph in every box.

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Box Busters: 2013 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Flesicher as they rip into boxes of 2013 Bowman Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Finest baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Totally Certified Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors will get a chance to open cards on Thanksgiving.

Panini America is releasing 2013 Totally Certified Football on Nov. 27, one day before the American holiday.

Collectors get to remember past Thanksgivings with new inserts highlighting some of the best football games from that day – with autograph parallels included.

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Auction house gets 10 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Many people dream about finding old valuable cards.

That happened to Hunter Heaney recently when he got a huge lot of sports and non-sports cards that belonged to his father. In the group of a cards were 10 1935 National Chicle #35 Bronko Nagurski cards.

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The Nagurski card has a high Beckett book value of $5,000 — and that’s raw without a grade — and is one of the most sought after football cards. The card in a mint condition can fetch a price tag much higher than that. In 2006, an SGC 96 sold for $240,000.

“The Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle is considered by many longtime football collectors to be the most important single vintage football card in existence,” said Dan Hitt, Senior Market Analyst for Beckett. “It is the key card in the first set devoted exclusively to professional football. The final 12 cards in the set were short-printed, making them all difficult to assemble, with Nagurski being in much higher demand than the other 11. I have never seen such a large “find” of Nagurski cards.”

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Chatter Up with Beckett Media’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. 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 2013 Topps Mini football pack lot.)

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

Week 6: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Veterans of the Week

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers (View full checklist here)
The veteran tight end put on a show in a 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He had 180 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions.

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Panini’s Fall Expo passport program features Mario Lemieux

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Fall Expo is less than a month away.

Collectors and dealers had been waiting for this show in particular because the last two have been hit with challenges. It wasn’t anything the coordinators did – just people overcoming last season’s lockout and lack of major Rookie Cards in 2012-13 products.

Yes, this Fall Expo from Nov. 8-10 should be a good one with new hockey releases that feature the start of the actual Double Rookie Class.

Oh, and Mario Lemieux.

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Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. happy to stop looking at dad’s basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Tarrytown, N.Y. | Tim Hardaway Jr. is used to cameras and cards. His father was one of the best point guards of the 1990s, starring for the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat.

Hardaway Jr. is happy to finally get his own cards.

“It’s awesome just to be in a situation now that you are in the NBA and have your own trading card … now I could stop looking at my father’s all throughout the house,” Hardaway Jr., told Beckett Media recently. “Now I can have my own collection.”

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3-D art cards: A unique item for collectors and a second chance for a dealer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Walking through a card show, collectors see the typical fare – vintage cards, prospects, dime boxes and wax – stopping only when they think they might buy something.

But Vincent Patrick’s table gets collectors to stop no matter what they are into. His art cards capture their attention with people wanting to learn more.

Patrick calls these baseball cards 3-D cards. He takes two or more cards, cutting meticulously around the player on one card and using the background of another to create a shadowbox-like effect for a unique result.

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Mastro pleads guilty to mail fraud, admits trimming famed Honus Wagner card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Former auction house executive Bill Mastro pleased guilty to mail fraud in a U.S. District Court on Thursday and in the process admitted that he had trimmed the most-expensive and most-famous baseball card in existence as part of his testimony.

The card is the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner, which was once owned by Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky and most recently sold for $2.8 million to Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.  It was graded a Near Mint-Mint PSA 8 card by PSA, Professional Sports Authenticator, as its first graded card back in 1991. The trimming was not disclosed to the buyer when Mastro originally sold the card for $110,000 back in 1987.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck Kansas basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Upper Deck Kansas cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

 

Box Busters: 2013 Topps UFC Finest MMA cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps UFC Finest in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Does Olds know who’s Miesha Tate and who’s Ronda Rousey? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 World Stars Toreka Edition + win our 24K gold autograph

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 World Stars Toreka Edition — a high-end autograph brand from Brothers Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Contest: How you can enter to win the 24K gold card? Comment below — we’ll pick a winner from all entries received (with email included in proper field) on Nov. 1.

Here’s the link for the U.S. Edition’s availability.

Upper Deck surprises Rory McIlroy fan with unique item

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Michael Crew is a huge Rory McIlroy fan.

He’s collected his cards, followed his career and even got to meet the golfer.

But Upper Deck provided Crew with one of the best pieces of his collection recently. It sent Crew a handwritten note from McIlroy thanking him for his support.

“My reaction was like a kid in a candy store,” Crew said. “I was expecting a redemption from UD for my Inked Drivers set so when my wife called and said there was a package from UD I assumed that’s what it was. When I got home I immediately went to the package and thought it was too big for a redemption. I opened it up and started tearing up right away. I told them I hadn’t cried since my daughter was born. “

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Card companies prepare Tomas Hertl Rookie Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

By now, you have probably seen Tomas Hertl’s highlight reel capped off by a crazy between-the-legs goal against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Hertl, a 19-year-old rookie, scored four goals in San Jose’s 9-2 win over the Rangers, but the last one got everyone talking.

While Hertl was already on the radar of card companies, his fourth goal certainly made those working on hockey cards take notice. He has seven points (six goals) in three games.

Hertl’s first NHL cards will arrive in early November when the first crop of 2013-14 rookies begin appearing on cards.

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

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(Note: Yes, that says Oct. 2 thread … we’re using last week’s thread where comments are awaiting Olds, who was sick last week.)

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, 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 an autograph.)

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

Thinking pink? NFL auctions pink equipment from October games

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

If you watched any NFL games this weekend, you noticed all the pink.

Every October, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL adds pink to the playing field with players wearing pink equipment, officials using pink flags and just splashing the color wherever it can.

The NFL is auctioning pink products. You can find game balls, game-worn jerseys and Sofia Vergara signed memorabilia.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1994 Action Packed football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1994 Action Packed football cards in this latest retro edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Click here for checklists or OPGs for 1994 Action Packed.

First look: 2013 Select baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Select is coming back to baseball.

Nearly a year ago, Panini America announced the return of Select for the basketball masses as a high-end, Prizm-based product. Now, the company has announced its plans for the diamond with 2013 Select baseball cards.

The first Select baseball release since 1998 will arrive in December with seven packs per mini box, each packing two autos, two Prizms, one Rookie Card and three other inserts. There will be two mini boxes per overall box.

 

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First look: The Complete Bionic Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re a fan of 1970s TV shows, this might be the trading card set for you.

Rittenhouse Archives is putting The Complete Bionic Collection to cards featuring every episode from of The Six Million Dollar Man (103) and The Bionic Woman, including the three original movies/pilot episode and all three Bionic reunion specials.

Rittenhouse is putting these cards out in its premium pack arrangement. Each pack will come with two autographs and at least nine episode cards.

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First look: 2014 Topps Tier One baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Tier One recently arrived — and now it’s time for next year’s version.

Topps released the basic information and images for 2014 Topps Tier One on Tuesday, and the high-end brand is returning with a bit more in store from this season.

Every pack next year will include two autographs, one Relic and every fourth pack will include a bonus Relic when it arrives on May 21.

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First look: 2014 Topps MLB sticker collection

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The stickers are returning.

Topps unveiled its 2014 MLB Sticker Collection on Tuesday, the latest edition of the sticker line that the company hopes will draw in new collectors and help entice them into buying cardboard, too.

It’s a 315-sticker collection that features top stars, mascots for each team and logo stickers as well. This year’s eventual World Series champion will be showcased with a 15-piece puzzle within the set as well.

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Box Busters: 2013 ITG Enforcers 2 Hockey

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Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 ITG Enforcers 2. Check out the video to see what she pulled.