Monthly Archives: December 2013

First look: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bowman is going platinum for the fifth time.

Topps revealed the basics on 2014 Bowman Platinum on Tuesday, with the prospecting line back for the fifth year in a row packing the familiar two autographed prospect Refractors and one autographed Relic per 20-pack hobby box.

It will arrive on July 30.

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Dave & Adam’s & GTS offer U.S. collectors chance to grab Japanese MLB cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Are you ready for the arrival of 2013 Topps Supreme baseball cards?

You might not be able to answer that one unless you live outside of the United States as that is an MLB card release specifically made for Asian markets — a move that began with the arrival of Bowman Sterling late last year. Why? The arrival of a rather popular Japanese star in MLB … you know, Yu Darvish.

While that was a product packaged separately from the rest of the 2012 Bowman Sterling run, this one’s a bit different — buying in Japan is the only way to initially get your hands on these cards. Here’s where Dave & Adam’s Card World and GTS Distribution come in.

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Your Turn: What autograph-hounding tales do you have? + win a Hall of Famer’s autograph


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve ever hounded for autographs, you probably have a favorite story.

We want to hear it.

For the upcoming Autographs Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re setting aside space to showcase some interesting stories from autograph collectors who do their hunting the old-fashioned way — with a pen in hand — instead of a mouse click.

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Managerial debut cards aren’t as illustrious as legendary careers


By Stan Carlberg | Collector Commentary

In an era of fabricated power numbers and mind-boggling moonshots, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre made their indelible mark on baseball by calling the shots from the dugout. The trio enjoyed lengthy careers as big-league skippers, so it should come to nobody’s surprise that the game’s third-, fourth- and fifth-winningest managers of all time were elected into the Hall of Fame on Monday.

What’s cool about their elections by the Veterans Committee is they will all enter Cooperstown at the same time. They may be going in as part of the special “Expansion Era” election, but their records are all among the greatest ever.

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VIDEO: Upper Deck talks innovation with

Upper Deck has been a staple in the hobby since 1989. went behind the scenes to show some of innovations by UD in hockey cards.

Jesse Owens’ Olympic gold medal sells for record $1.4 million

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

An Olympic gold medal Jesse Owens won at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million through SCP Auctions on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle won the medal at auction, according to the Associated Press. He paid $1,466,574.

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First look: 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The new year isn’t yet here — but the first glimpse at Series 2 is.

Topps recently released the basic breakdowns and information for 2014 Topps Series 2, the second installment of its flagship baseball card product that arrives in January. Its update will arrive on June 13 with one autograph or memorabilia card in every 36-pack hobby box or one autograph and two Relics in every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box.

Series 2 will continue where the first installment leaves off with 330 more base cards and a number of parallels for every card. There will be the customary Gold (/2,014), Camo (/99), Black (hobby-only /63), Pink (/50), 1/1 Platinum, Red Hot foil (six per standard box), Clear (/10) and 1/1 printing plates to chase. There also will be silks for some players with those limited to 50.

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Golf and hockey star autographs in 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Exquisite Collection Basketball is known for its high-end hits of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

However, not every autograph featured in 2012-13 Exquisite Collection was one of Upper Deck’s exclusive basketball signers. There are several non-basketball autographs in Exquisite such as key players in racing, baseball, golf and hockey.

Exquisite Collection Sports Autographs features six autographs of athletes from different sports.

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Card Gallery: 2013 Topps Five Star baseball


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The sophomore release of Topps‘ highest-priced baseball card brand, Five Star, has begun to trickle onto eBay (click to view) with some of the rookie-year concerns alleviated.

Chipping? Not a problem. Silver-ink autographs? Readable and waiting.

And there are also a few surprise redemptions that might make collectors happy if they find them.

Here, you’ll find a gallery of first-day finds — some of the big stuff, of course, has not yet surfaced. Let us know what you think of what you see so far in the comments below or show off what you think is of note.

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Canseco’s back, waiting on Major Leaguers, modified vintage plans … there’s no off-season for cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Some time ago, on paper, the upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball was planned as a break from the norm — an issue with a vintage focus that would take a look back at some of the cooler baseball cards and sets from the past.

Why? Why not, since it’s firmly the off-season on the field?

Instead, plans changed some as the wave of new cardboard-makers had other ideas with their plans for 2014 with product announcements and surprise inclusions that we know most readers will want to know about. You’ve seen some of them here lately on This month’s news items are surprises that I still might not believe until they arrive — things that might have seemed like they came off of wish lists.

Well, off mine, anyway — but I’d bet some of you will be interested in them, too.

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Topps helps group breakers get kicking on Premier Gold soccer product


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Topps‘ first high-end Barclays Premier League soccer product set to arrive late this month, the company has come up with an incentive for group breakers to kick-start their breaks of the 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold.

It’s giving away a pair of game-used Cristiano Ronaldo cleats to the breakers whose video gets the most views.

Four others will receive prizes ranging from free wax to other autographed items.

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Panini Authentic inks E.J. Manuel to exclusive deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini Authentic added another football player to its stable.

The company signed Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel to an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal joining Andrew Luck, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin.

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Holiday Gift Guide for sports collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Buying gifts for a sports card or memorabilia collector can be tough if you’re not one yourself. They say things like top loaders and penny sleeves, and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

Let’s make things a little easier with Beckett’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for collectors.

1. Pay Pal Gift Card

It’s one of the simplest presents you can get a card collector. Many of them probably shop on eBay for singles or even hobby boxes. A PayPal gift card will allow them to pick up anything they want.

2. A hobby box

Don’t be afraid to ask the collector in your family what their favorite sport is – then head over to a hobby shop and pick up a hobby box of their sport. Many of these will be in the $100 range. Most hobby shops clerks are willing to help you pick the right box, but the important information is usually listed on the sides of the boxes. It will tell you how many packs, autographs and what collectors can expect to find inside.

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Michael Jordan 16-autograph Exquisite card surfaces

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

The Michael Jordan 16-autograph card was pulled from 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball on Wednesday night.

The Jordan was the final of 16x autograph cards to surface. It was pulled by Dan’s Sports Cards on

The Jordan card features MJ’s signature 16 times, all with a different picture of him. That’s 16 Michael Jordan autographs on one card.

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First look: 2013 Topps FIve Star baseball cards final checklist


Topps has released the final checklist for 2013 Topps Five Star, which arrives on Friday.

The sophomore release of the most-expensive brand in Topps baseball card history includes plenty of big names from the past as well as the present.

Click here to view the checklist as released by the company and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Topps Five Star: You buying?

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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.

First look: 2013-14 Gold Standard basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Have a favorite basketball player? There’s a chance to get a card of them wearing the jersey of every team they have played for in 2013-14 Gold Standard basketball.

The set is back in mid-February with a 275-card base set and 25 short-printed variations.

Each 10-card hobby box will come with four autographs and one memorabilia card – leaving a lot of room to chase down that base set and variations.

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Who would you rather collect: Michael Carter-Williams or Victor Oladipo?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Here’s a little play off the game “who would you rather?” but this time we want to know who would you rather collect?

Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo are two of the hottest rookies in the NBA. On Tuesday night, they both had triple-doubles marking the first time in history two rookies did it in the same game.

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Hobby Pulse Poll: Jacoby Ellsbury is a New York Yankee … now what for his cardboard?


Long-time Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has signed with the New York Yankees.

What does that mean for his cardboard? Tell us what you think by taking our three-question poll …

Good move for his cards?

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If you're a Red Sox fan, do you keep his cards?

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If you're a Yankees fan, do you want his past cards?

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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.

Is Russell Wilson worth the wait?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Seattle Seahawks look like the best team in the NFC after a convincing 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints Monday night.

Russell Wilson has been tremendous this season with 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 12 games. On Monday, he completed 22-of-30 passes for three TDs and no picks.

Seattle’s 11-1 record has fans hopeful for a long playoff run … maybe even a trip to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Meanwhile, collectors simply want to know when they will receive their long-awaited Wilson autograph cards.

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First look: 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck Series 2 is capturing cards in its new set that didn’t make into the first go-around.

This February’s release will include another six Young Guns in every box along with a memorabilia cards from the Double Rookie Class.

2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey will feature 24 packs and eight cards in each pack.

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First look: 2013-14 Heroes & Prospects hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

When looking for hockey prospects, one of the first places collectors look is to In The Game’s Heroes & Prospects set.

It has autographs and game-used memorabilia of future stars and the next installment is no exception.

Autographs of players such as Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart will be included in 2013-14 Heroes & Prospects, scheduled to come out on Jan. 31.

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First look: 2013-14 Elite basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Passing the Torch autographs have been some of the most popular autographs throughout the years. It’s back in 2013-14 Elite Basketball from Panini America.

These autographs feature top players paired with rising young stars such as Kobe Bryant and James Harden. Each card will be numbered to 49 or less.

Elite will come out in late January with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. Collectors will get two autographs and two memorabilia cards in every box.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media 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. There will be prize for active chatters during the two-hour session.

The prizes? Well, it will be an all-autograph edition this week. Among the autographs that will go out to collectors will be Manny Machado, George Springer, Wil Myers, Josh Donaldson, Homer Bailey, Dominic Brown, Lonnie Chisenhall and Wade Miley.

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.