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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Box Busters: 2013 Topps Chrome Football


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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Chrome Football.

Box Busters: 2013 Bowman Sterling Football


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Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Bowman Sterling Football cards.

Nate “Tiny” Archibald teams with past NBA stars in a new memorabilia company

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

BRONX, NY – The teens dribble across the John F. Kennedy High School court, one player after the other. Forward. Only with their left hands. Backward.

A man in sweats stands at the top of the key, overseeing the drill and offering feedback. He’s not the head coach or a school employee, just somebody who wants to give back. He also happens to be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and NBA’s Top 50 team, New York City’s own Nate “Tiny” Archibald.

Archibald, one of the quickest and hardest players to defend in his day, remains the only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season, 1972-73.

Archibald could easily be stalking the sidelines of an NBA team somewhere, coaching in the pros or being a special assistant to someone with a big title.

But that’s not where the 65-year-old wants to be. No, he’d rather attend high school and college basketball games around the city.

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Topps adds Mexican National Team cards to upcoming Major League Soccer set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is adding some extra futbol into its next Major League Soccer release.

The exclusive licensee of MLS announced on Wednesday that its 2014 Topps MLS set will include players from the Mexican National Team, which is World Cup bound after downing New Zealand 4-2.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass racing cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 TRISTAR TNA Impact Glory wrestling cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2013 TRISTAR TNA Glory wrestling cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Leaf offers interesting Pink Ribbon Inscriptions in 2013 Sports Heroes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf is taking the fight against breast cancer onto cards in 2013 Leaf Sports Heroes with Pink Ribbon Inscriptions. Leaf is also making a donation to a breast cancer charity in conjunction with the subset, according to Leaf’s Brian Gray.

The autograph inscription cards will feature people such as Ric Flair, Damian Lillard and Pete Rose. But the inscriptions are what really stand out.

Ric Flair is not just throwing his support behind the fight against breast cancer, but doing so in a way that should get noticed.

His inscription reads: “Save the Boobies”

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Box Busters: 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013 Topps Heritage High Number baseball

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Update: Sets will go on sale on Thursday, Nov. 21.


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps Heritage High Numbers are back this year and some of the top rookies from 2013 will be included.

Topps released the first glimpses at the second-year version of the throwback-style update set on Monday with two notable youngsters among those on the checklist — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig and Miami Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez, who will be included in the online-exclusive update set.

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LeBron James 16-autograph Exquisite card shows up

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the 16-autograph booklet cards from 2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite has popped up on eBay on the first day of release.

It’s 16 autographs of LeBron James on one card.

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Box Busters: The Beach Boys from Panini America

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of The Beach Boys from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Press Pass Five Star racing cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is putting out 2014 Five Star Racing in time for the next season.

The high-end product will come with five cards in every pack, including one booklet card. Five Star will be a limited run with fewer than 800 boxes produced from Press Pass.

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Full checklist of 2013 Topps Chrome football released

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Every year, Topps Chrome Football is one of the most popular products on the market.

The season’s edition shouldn’t be much different. Topps has included 60 rookie autographs in 2013 Topps Chrome. In addition, there are 25 rookie autograph variations.

But along with rookie autographs, Topps has an assortment of veteran autographs including a number of second-year players such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Josh Gordon. Other veterans include Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Arian Foster. 

Check out the full checklist for 2013 Topps Chrome Football below.

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Topps releases 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Garbage Pail Kids are getting smaller.

Topps.com launched 2013 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards that can only be found on the company’s website.

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Upper Deck gives Gretzky collector a big surprise

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Most Wayne Gretzky collectors know Jeffrey Griffith.

The Anaheim resident is one of the top Gretzky collectors. He literally wrote the book on it – which can be seen at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Griffith has about 5,200 unique Gretzky cards with about 15,000 total pieces, including doubles.

Upper Deck decided to add one more autograph to Griffith’s collection while at the 2013 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto. It was a personalized signed Gretzky oversized card with an inscription that read:

To Jeffrey
Thanks for all your support over the years! Great job.
Wayne Gretzky 2013

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’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 Upper Deck 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.

Gretzky collector pulls massive hit from 2012-13 The Cup


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Norm Fournier and some friends hang out often at Dave’s Sports Cards in Cornwall, Ontario.

A bunch of guys just talking sports and having a few laughs.

Remember those days when card shops were the place to hang out?

Of course, you can’t just stand around. Part of the fun is opening boxes just to see what’s hiding on the shelves. Fournier did just that when he picked up a tin of 2012-13 The Cup.

Then he froze.

Fournier is a big Wayne Gretzky collector and he just pulled one of the top cards out of Upper Deck’s product – a ‘Property Of’ Game Used Stick with Gretzky’s name stamped on it.

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First look: 2013-14 Sereal KHL Sixth Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Missing out on Ilya Kovalchuk cards?

You will be able to find some in Sereal’s KHL collection sixth season of cards.

The new set will come out in January with 20 different types of cards for collectors. Each box will come with 34 packs with five players in each pack. Each box will come with four hits and 10 parallels.

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Coming Soon — Beckett Yearbook: Best of 2013

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The year isn’t over yet, but the calendar year for Beckett Media‘s five sports card titles is — and that means it’s time for a new addition.

Joining the Beckett lineup beginning in December will be the Beckett Yearbook, a full-color look at the Best of 2013 — the most-interesting, most-notable and most-important stories found in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball this year.

Arriving in early December in hobby shops and then on newsstands in the middle of the month, Beckett Yearbook will pack 128 pages of nothing but stories about sports cards and memorabilia from Beckett Media’s editors as well as other contributors this past year. World Series champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox graces the magazine’s front cover, while Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck gets the nod on the back.

The cover price for this special issue is $9.99.

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