Monthly Archives: October 2013

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


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

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.

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


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


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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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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


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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Topps reveals all three Finest mystery rookie redemptions


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


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.


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



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


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.