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Monthly Archives: December 2013

First look: 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball cards

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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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Turkey Red Football


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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Turkey Red, a Topps.com exclusive.

First look: 2014 Leaf Legends of the Link Golf

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.

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Michael Jordan ‘flu game’ sneakers sell for more than $100K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

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.

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Santa Claus coming to a Strata football box near you

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.

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Collecting blues: What to do when your favorite player finds a new team

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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MacKinnon, Monahan represent trade cards in Team Canada set

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.

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2013 Leaf Ink Football to release next week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

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.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting autographs

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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?

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2. How many autographs do you own?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards


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Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013 Garbage Pail Kids Mini cards. Watch the video to see the GPK stickers.

First look: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

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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

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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


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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

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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 NHL.com


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.

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

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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

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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


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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.

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Topps helps group breakers get kicking on Premier Gold soccer product

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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 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.

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First look: 2013 Topps FIve Star baseball cards final checklist


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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.

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.