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Monthly Archives: October 2013

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)

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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

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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

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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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Hobby Pulse Poll: Is this the coolest sports card packaging ever?

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 We want to know what you think … is Panini America‘s Flawless briefcase the coolest piece of sports card packaging ever? If not, what trumps it? Let us know with your vote and add a comment below.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Update baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013-14 Titanium Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

It was a product not on last year’s calendar, but one collectors have not forgotten about.

Panini America will release 2013-14 Titanium Hockey on Dec. 26 featuring a hit per pack. Titanium will have five packs of four cards in each box.

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First look: 2013 Ace Authentic Grand Slam Tennis

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf is coming out with another tennis product under the Ace Authentic banner.

It bought Ace Authentic with plans on pushing into the tennis market, getting autographs of players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. This is the last time Leaf is using the Ace Authentic name.

Next month, Leaf will release 2013 Ace Authentic Grand Slam Tennis with 10 autographs in every box.

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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 prize.)

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

Upper Deck releases Young Guns series 1 checklist

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

So what exactly is the Double Rookie Class in hockey supposed to look like?

Upper Deck gave collectors a sneak peek with an early checklist of the Young Guns Rookie Cards from 2013 Upper Deck Series 1 that comes out next month – the first UD product with 12-13 and 13-14 rookies in the same release.

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Behind the Scenes: Making World Series bats at the Louisville Slugger factory

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With our Behind The Scenes Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly coming up with some glimpses at hot spots for making cardboard in the hobby, cutting down a raw video package produced by the Louisville Slugger company seemed like a fitting way to end the day.

Why? Why not.

Take a look at what was happening Monday at the Louisville Slugger Factory — making World Series bats, some of which are destined to end up on or even in baseball cards.

Panini hosting VIP Party at Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America is bringing its VIP party north of the border.

The company is throwing a party with celebrity guests for people who spend $5,000 at the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, Canada. The card show is Nov. 8-10.

The Fall Expo, as it’s commonly referred, is one of the largest card shows in Canada every year. It hosts nearly 100 dealers and some of the best hockey players of all-time have made signing appearances. This year, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur will be signing.

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Newest Chicago White Sox prospect Jose Abreu will make MLB baseball card debut in 2014 Bowman

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A potential future star now has a place for his MLB debut — in 2014 Bowman.

The Chicago White Sox grabbed international free agent Jose Abreu over the weekend, agreeing to sign the Cuban star to a reported six-year deal worth nearly $70 million — a mark that’s more than what recent Cuban stars Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig received. When and where he makes his major league debut may not be known yet, but his first appearance on officially licensed MLB cardboard is.

Topps announced Monday that he’ll make his debut in an MLB uniform in 2014 Bowman. Also part of the company’s announcement? Those cards will arrive signed.

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Week 7: Monday Morning Collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Veterans of the Week

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In Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis, Andrew Luck showed why the Colts were willing to go with a rookie over a proven star. Luck did everything he needed to defeat the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.

He completed 21-of-38 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns without throwing any interceptions. He also ran in a touchdown to beat Denver 39-33.

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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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