Posted on December 12, 2013 – 1:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball, Panini America, pinnacle | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
A popular name is showing up in the NBA for the first time.
Panini America is bringing 2013-14 Pinnacle to NBA cards in mid-January with 10 30-card packs in each hobby box.
Each hobby box will have two autographs and a memorabilia card.
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Posted on December 12, 2013 – 11:57 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2013 football rookie cards, 2013 Topps Turkey Red Football, football cards, Topps | Comments (0)
Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Turkey Red, a Topps.com exclusive.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 9:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Sports | 2014 Leaf Legends of the Link, golf, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Leaf is bringing signed tournament cards to a new golf set.
Each box of 2014 Legends of the Links Golf will contain a cut autograph (single or double) and tournament-used signed scorecards.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 9:25 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Auction News, Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | flu game, Grey Flannel Auctions, Michael Jordan | Comments (1)
Someone spent more than $100,000 for a pair of shoes.
The sneakers Michael Jordan wore during his famous “flu game” sold for $104,765 through Grey Flannel Auction Thursday.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 8:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Strata Football, 2013 Topps Strata Football, Santa Claus, Topps | Comments (14)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Ho ho ho!
Topps is bringing Santa Claus to collectors this year.
Santa Claus autograph relic cards have popped up in 2013 Topps Strata Football. No, Santa isn’t one of the many backup quarterbacks this year. The Santa Claus cards are an extra addition to Strata.
Posted on December 11, 2013 – 5:43 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | baseball cards, New York Yankees, Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners | Comments (19)
The baseball offseason can make your head swirl as you try to watch all the moves being made. Guys get traded to division rivals while others are signing big contracts to move across the country.
But what happens when one of your favorite players on your favorite team decides to pack his bags?
As a collector, you probably have a decent stash of his cards, including autographs and memorabilia. And that’s where my friend Marie Pecora found herself. She has close to 400 unique Robinson Cano cards with more than 51 autographs in her collection.
The day Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, I immediately thought of her and what she planned to do with her Cano collection.
Her first response involved some sort of bonfire, but she has since calmed down – kind of.
Posted on December 11, 2013 – 10:43 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories, World Of Collectibles | hockey, Nathan MacKinnon, Olympic, Sean Monahan, Team Canada | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Throughout the past couple of years, collectors have found cards from Team Canada in Upper Deck hockey products.
Team Canada is one of the most successful international teams with many of hockey’s top stars on the roster. Upper Deck created a comprehensive set dedicated to this team alone in 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey.
Posted on December 11, 2013 – 9:48 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2013 Leaf Ink Football, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Leaf Football cards | Comments (2)
Autograph cards of some of football’s greats will be packed out in a new product next week.
Leaf is releasing 2013 Leaf Ink Football, a limited product.
Each box will contain five buyback autographed football cards with each card authenticated by PSA or JSA.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Collectibles, World Of Sports | autograph ettiquette, autograph pens, autographs, Classic, Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Namath, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, music autographs, Pro Line, Score Board, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Brady, Topps, Troy Aikman, TTM autographs, Ty Murray, Vince McMahon, WWE, Yoenis Cespedes | Comments (9)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.
We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)
1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?
2. How many autographs do you own?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 3:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, Pop Culture News | 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini Cards, Garbage Pail Kids, Topps | Comments (0)
Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards. Watch the video to see the GPK stickers.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 12:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Bowman Platinum, Bowman Platinum, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 11:15 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Bowman Sterling Asia Edition, 2013 Topps Museum Collection Asia Edition, 2013 Topps Supreme, 2013 Topps Supreme baseball cards, Dave & Adams Card World, GTS Distribution, Japan, Japanese baseball cards, Japanese MLB baseball cards, MLB | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on December 9, 2013 – 4:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | autograph hunting, autographs, TTM autographs | Comments (79)
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.
Posted on December 9, 2013 – 4:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Bobby Cox, Hall of Fame, Joe Torre, MLB, Tony Larussa | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on December 9, 2013 – 9:25 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | hockey cards, NHL, nhl.com, Upper Deck, Videos | Comments (0)
Upper Deck has been a staple in the hobby since 1989.
NHL.com went behind the scenes to show some of innovations by UD in hockey cards.
Posted on December 8, 2013 – 1:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Auction News, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News, World Of Collectibles | 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medal, SCP Auctions | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on December 6, 2013 – 3:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, Jackie Robinson, MLB, Strata, Topps | Comments (9)
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.
Posted on December 6, 2013 – 3:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, World Of Sports | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection, 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball, Barry Sandes, Mario Andretti, Tiger Woods, Tony Gwynn, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 8:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Topps Five Star, 2013 Topps Five Star checklist, autographs, Bill Russell, Five Star, Hall of Fame, memorabilia, MLB, Pele, Topps | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 7:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | 2013 Panini America's Pastime, 2014 Donruss, 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, 2014 Topps Archives, Dennis Eckersley, Jose Canseco, Major League, Mark McGwire, MLB, MLBPA, New York Yankees, Panini America, Roger Maris, Topps, vinage baseball cards | Comments (0)
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 Beckett.com. 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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 6:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Collectibles, World Of Sports | 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold, Cristiano Ronalde, Premier League, soccer, Topps | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 11:20 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | Buffalo Bills, E.J. Manuel, nfl, Panini Authentic | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories, Pop Culture News, World Of Collectibles, World Of Sports | christmas presents, Collecting Gift Guide, hanukkah presents, holiday presents, Sports Card Gift Guide, sports collectors gift guide | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 7:56 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2012-13 Exquisite Collection Basketball, Michael Jordan, Upper Deck | Comments (14)
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 Breakers.tv.
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.
Posted on December 4, 2013 – 8:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2013 Topps Five Star, 2013 Topps Five Star checklist, Five Star, MLB, Topps | Comments (7)
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?
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.