Posted on November 29, 2013 – 10:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey | 2013 Panini Golden Age, baseball cards, black friday, Box Break, Panini America | Comments (5)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into some Panini America Black Friday packs after buying a 2013 Panini Golden Age box in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 27, 2013 – 2:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Alabama, Bruce Sutter, Carlton Fisk, doc gooden, Field of Dreams, Frank Thomas, Jim Palmer, Jim Rice, Johnny Bench, Leaf, Leaf Trading Cards, Matthew Perry, Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor, Pete Rose, Randy Owen, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs | Comments (21)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
They’ve been built, will you come looking for them?
Leaf Trading Cards revealed on Wednesday its newest creations — baseball cards with cornstalks from the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.
They will be found in holiday bonus packs given to distributors.
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Posted on November 27, 2013 – 1:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey, hockey cards, Nathan MacKinnon, NHL, Panini America | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Totally Certified was supposed to make its debut in hockey last season. However, the abbreviated hockey season pushed the product back into this season’s calendar.
The first 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey is scheduled to come out Feb. 26 with four five-card packs in every box. Each box will come with four hits (with at least one autograph guaranteed) and for Rookie Cards.
Posted on November 27, 2013 – 12:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Bowman Football will hit in June jammed with rookies for the 2014 season.
The base set will have up to 220 subjects, with 110 rookies and 110 veterans. These cards will also come with several parallel versions include Silver Ice, Blue, Gold, Orange, Orange Ice and others. The rookies will have also have paper parallels (meaning the not chrome versions) with up to six parallels.
Posted on November 27, 2013 – 8:29 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2014 National Hockey Card Day, National Hockey Card Day, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
National Hockey Card Day is slated for January 18, 2014 in Canada and the United States.
Upper Deck has promoted this day throughout the last several years to get hockey fans into hobby shops across North America. This is the third year in a row it’s been hosted in the U.S.
The U.S. set will contain 21 cards with 11 rookies. Collectors will get a free pack of cards when they go to a participating hobby shop, and can get the 21st card with a $10 purchase of an Upper Deck product.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 5:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2013 Topps Heritage High Number baseball card set in this latest Box Busters video.
See all 100 cards — front and back — from the set after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 4:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Allen & Ginter is back for its ninth edition — and this year it’s adding metal and pop-up cards into the mix.
Yep, cards printed on metal and pop-up booklet cards like the children’s books.
Topps unveiled the first looks at its 2014 edition of the eclectic throwback-style set on Tuesday and it’s one that also includes skeleton cards and one-per-case mini parallel packs are new features, too. The mini packs will include red mini parallels of the standard set limited to just 50 copies, while some will have redemptions for a framed Relic set.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 4:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport | 2014 Topps U.S. Winter Olympics, 2014 Winter Olympics, autographs, Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic autographs, Sochi, Topps, Winter Olympics | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2014 Topps U.S. Winter Olympics in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 2:18 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 2013 Black Friday, Panini America, Panini Roundtable | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Panini America is offering a special rewards program for card shops.
The Panini Roundtable recently launched with more than 800 stores in the United States and fewer than 300 in Canada. The purpose of the program is to drive customers into brick & mortar shops, giving local card stores opportunities to thrive.
“When you talk about longevity and things that are major drivers to have a sustainable business, you start with brick and mortar and end with brick and mortar,” said Panini America’s Tim Franz, Director of Sales.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 1:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football | baseball collectibles, Football collectibles, Miami Heat, The Highland Mint, U.S. Navy Seals | Comments (0)
The Highland Mint is offering sports fans special framed photos of some of their favorite teams. The 12-by-20 inch photos will feature facsimile autographs on top of a glossy image of a picture of the stadium.
The Highland Mint is raising money for U.S. Navy Seals through this project. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation (NSWFF), which benefits the families of active and fallen U.S. Navy Seals.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 12:31 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 football cards, 2013 Topps Turkey Red, 2013 Topps Turkey Red football cards, Topps, Topps.com | Comments (3)
2013 Topps Turkey Red is back as an online-only exclusive for football.
Each box will contain 11 cards with nine base, one mini parallel and an autograph. Turkey Red goes on sale on Friday for $19.99 at Topps.com.
Like last year’s online debut, the base set will feature 100 rookies from the current season.
Posted on November 26, 2013 – 12:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Donruss, Panini America | Comments (26)
Donruss is back in baseball.
After nearly a decade on the bench through licensing losses, licensing gains and even a change in company hands, the standalone Donruss brand will return to the baseball card field in 2014 as Panini America announced its plans for the revival on Tuesday.
Set to arrive on Feb. 26, 2014 Donruss will include Diamond Kings, Rated Rookies and more when it returns for the first time since 2005.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 3:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook, Facebook chats | Comments (2)
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 can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Bench Warmer, black friday, Blowout Cards, COMC.com, Dave & Adams Card World, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary & Opinion
It’s not just a big sales day, it’a a whole lot of work — and, to some degree, an experience for collectors.
Black Friday is nearly here, and, for card companies, it’s a chance to add to the creative pieces collectors can chase. For card sellers, it’s a chance to be creative with marketing and to ensure they are utilizing all of their sales potential as best they can.
These days, that’s not just a website or simple storefront for many dealers. It’s a multi-channel online approach that creates and fosters surges of traffic — as well as collector interest — throughout the biggest sales weekend of the year. It’s building an audience and an experience — and, of course, both of those things benefit a brand that can stick with collectors the remainder of the year.
How big can it be online?
“In the past, the website has averaged between two to three million pageviews on Black Friday,” said Chris Park of Sterling, Va.-based Blowout Cards.
And that’s just one of the company’s platforms.
Posted on November 25, 2013 – 11:01 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 SPx Hockey, 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey, Nathan MacKinnon, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Trilogy Update | Comments (2)
Collectors will be getting an update to Upper Deck Trilogy.
UD will put UD Trilogy Update cards in 2013-14 SPx, which is scheduled to come out in February. The cards will feature 13-14 rookies, which were not in the initial release, including No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon.
Each box of SPx will come with four hits of autographs and memorabilia cards with at least one Autograph Rookie Jersey card.
Posted on November 23, 2013 – 12:03 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2013 Topps Chrome Football, 2013 Topps Chrome Football variations, Topps | Comments (2)
By Dan Good | Contributing Writer
2013 Topps Chrome Football is back – and with it, photo variations.
A total of 55 players, 30 veterans and 25 rookies, appear on variations.
The variation photos should look familiar. The same poses were used on variation cards in 2013 Topps Football.
Base Rookie Variation cards fall at a rate of 1:340 hobby packs. For veterans, it’s every 283 packs.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | card shops, Chuck Whisman, Lancaster, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, VSM Sports Outlet, Wheatland Auctions | Comments (7)
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Baseball Card Exchange, Collecting USA, Reed Kasaoka | Comments (1)
The following is an excerpt — and also some extra info — from the upcoming Collecting USA issue in Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which arrives in hobby shops next month.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Imagine your job is to get in a Ryder truck and drive from city to city to examine card collections, make offers, buy cards and load the truck for your next stop. Mile markers, highways, iTunes and baseball cards are your best friends for days on end — if you’re even sure what day it is.
That’s the job of Reed Kasaoka, the buyer for Baseball Card Exchange, a leading dealer of vintage wax in the hobby.
He’s spent a decade on the road as a buyer and he’s seen plenty of collections, loaded plenty of trucks and more.
We caught up with him in the midst of a five-day road trip for this Q&A about his days of helping people “collect USA” while traveling the USA, too.
Q: You travel the U.S. buying cards, putting in thousands of miles a year in a Ryder truck. Any idea how many other people in the industry do what you do?
A: I think I’m the only person in the hobby whose full-time job is to travel and buy cards. Any dealer would gladly jump in a truck to pick up a significant collection, but once they get back to their office, that’s when the real work begins. They have to unload the truck, process and sort the collection, price each item, find ways to market to the public or other dealers, pack and ship orders, and do all the paperwork. I’m lucky to have co-workers and a boss who take care of all these steps, freeing me up to just concentrate on buying cards.
Q: Have you ever logged how many miles you have done in a year? What’s the longest stretch of days on the road you have done? And how many years have you done this now?
A: I’ve been a dealer since I was 14, but didn’t start traveling extensively until May 2004, when I moved from Hawaii to Buffalo, N.Y. I’m not sure of actual miles I drive each year on the road, but 2013 has been the busiest year of my career, and I’ll log about 35,000 miles this year. The longest trip was in the Summer of 2006. I drove from Buffalo to the National Convention in Anaheim, spending 32 days on the road covering 7,979 miles.
Posted on November 22, 2013 – 10:45 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, Mark McGwire, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals, Topps | Comments (25)
The former single-season home run champion and Bash Brother is back.
Mark McGwire is back in Topps baseball card sets — with autographs — after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a deal with the former Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals slugger who is now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The signatures will be his first for the company.
Posted on November 21, 2013 – 1:47 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection, basketball, LeBron James, NBA, NCAA | Comments (3)
Beckett Basketball Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened a box of 2012-13 Exquisite Collection. Check out her reaction to the big hit.