Posted on October 23, 2013 – 11:21 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012-13 Panini Flawless, Flawless, NBA, Panini America, sports card packaging | Comments (15)
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.
Is this the coolest sports card packaging ever?
Posted on October 22, 2013 – 5:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013 Topps Update, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Michael Wacha, MLB, MLB All-Star Game, Topps, Yu Darvish | Comments (4)
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 …
Posted on October 22, 2013 – 12:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013-14 Titanium Hockey, double rookie class, Nail Yakupov, Panini America | Comments (0)
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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Posted on October 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Sports | Ace Authentic, Leaf, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Tennis | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 9:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett News, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook, Facebook chat | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s 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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 9:04 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, Alex Galcheyuk, double rookie class, Nail Yakupov, NHL, Sean Monahan, Seth Jones, Tomas Hertl, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 5:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | baseball bats, Boston Red Sox, game-used bats, Louisville Slugger, memorabilia, Shane Victorino, World Series | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 2:18 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013 Fall Expo, DJ Kool, Fall Expo, Panini America, Panini VIP party | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 1:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Leaf Metal Draft, 2013 Panini Perennial Draft Picks, 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition, 2014 bowman, Chicago White Sox, Jose Abreu, Jose Abreu autograph, MLB, Topps | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on October 21, 2013 – 10:56 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Andrew Luck, Chandler Jones, Chris Ivory, Eddie Lacy, Le'Veon Bell, Monday Morning Collector, Ryan Mathews | Comments (5)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
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.
Posted on October 18, 2013 – 1:11 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Panini Football Monster Box, 2013 Prizm Football, 2013 Score Football, 8, Panini America | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on October 18, 2013 – 11:56 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Emmitt Smith, Joe Namath, Tom Brady, TRISTAR, Tristar Hidden Treasures The History of Football | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on October 18, 2013 – 11:39 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2012-13 Upper Deck The Cup, Upper Deck, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (1)
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
Posted on October 17, 2013 – 12:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News | Cryptozoic Entertainment, Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim trading cards | Comments (4)
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).
Posted on October 17, 2013 – 9:44 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | 2014 UFC Knockout, MMA, Ronda Rousey, UFC | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 5:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Bernie Gernay, Brad Horne, Bradley Wells, game-used memorabilia, game-used memorabilia fraud, Jerrod Oldridge, JO Sports Co., Panini America, Steve Jensen, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (10)
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.”
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Sports | baseball cards, basketball cards, Beckett 20 Questions, collecting, football cards, hockey cards, Panini America, press pass, sports cards, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (30)
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?
2. What type of collector are you?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 12:57 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Topps Update, MLB, Prince George of Cambridge, royal family, Topps | Comments (7)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on October 16, 2013 – 12:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Finest, 2013 Finest rookie autograph redemptions, 2013 Topps Finest, Evan Gattis, MLB, Shelby Miller, Topps, Wil Myers | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 8:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Topps Update, 2013 Topps Update photo variations, all-star game, Ken Griffey Jr, Topps, Yasiel Puig | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 4:28 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2012-13 Stanley Cup Finals, 2013-14 SP Game Used, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 2:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013 Bowman Chrome, autographs, Bowman Chrome, MLB, prospects, Refractors, Topps | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013 Finest, 2013 Topps Finest, Finest, MLB, Refractors, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 2:11 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Totally Certified, football cards, Geno Smith, Panini America | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 – 12:14 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Auction News, Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories, Vintage News | 1935 National Chicle, Bronko Nagurski, football cards, Wilson's Auctioneers | Comments (4)
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.
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.”