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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Need the 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball card checklist? Download it here


The final checklist for 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards has been released.

Click here to download and view all the details.

Look for an analysis of what’s in store when the longest-running and best-selling brand in the hobby arrives next week right here later today (updated below).

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The final checklist for 2014 Topps Series 1 has finally arrived five days before the official hobby-shop arrival of the cards themselves, and it’s a mix of features in this one that might interest more than a few collectors in more than a few ways.

Here’s a rundown of some of the ins and outs in 2014 Topps.

Rookie Cards
There are 34 standard Rookie Cards in the 330-card basic set, presuming no RC tag-eligible players were missed. (That has happened in past years.) Among them are Michael Choice, Billy Hamilton, Xander Bogaerts and Nick Castellanos.  Several other young players, such as Manny Machado above, have the Future Stars foil-stamping on them but are just your typical base cards. Among those players are Jurickson Profar, Will Middlebrooks and Mike Zunino to name a few.

Return of a “tradition”
When Topps abandoned a long-running trivial tradition of placing star players on card numbers that end with 50s or 00s, some collectors were offended and voiced their opinions. Why? That varied by person. This year, the key players are back on key numbers.  Mike Trout leads things off at No. 1, while No. 50 is Buster Posey, No. 100 is Bryce Harper, No. 150 is Andrew McCutchen and so on … card No. 331 — issued because No. 7 is retired for Mickey Mantle — is Yasiel Puig.

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Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Marvel Now! cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Marvel Now! cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oyo Sportstoys skates into the hockey market

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Oyo Sportstoys is joining the hockey market.

The minifigures will feature The Original Six teams first and will expand from there.

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Beckett Radio: Episode 3 — Talking autographs, Russell Wilson & more

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Introducing the BGS Club

Beckett Grading Services is giving its customers more with the BGS Club.

The newest membership club will give collectors free grading vouchers, access to the Online Price Guide and special items such as t-shirts, backpacks, roller bags and more.

Membership is available for all whether you’ve been grading with Beckett for years or ready to start grading your collection today. Joining the club is optional. Customers can still get their cards graded with Beckett through our traditional channels.

There are three service levels available, check out the benefits below:

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Hobby Notebook: Teasing 2014 Topps baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The arrival of the hobby’s longest-running and most-collected baseball card set is a week away, and Topps has begun teasing some of the inclusions in 2014 Topps Series 1. 

Set to arrive next Wednesday, it will include plenty of the features previously disclosed (click here for our First Look story) as well as some surprises. It’s pure speculation at this point, but with two of the cards shown above perhaps the mystery variations will be related to champagne celebrations?

We’ll wait and see.

As Topps teases more to come this week via social media and other platforms, we’ll post the most-notable and new teasers right here here all in one handy place. The company announced on Tuesday that it has added an Instagram account into the mix, username ToppsSports.

Check our First Look for the basics and more here as the week goes on. See more images after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Five Star racing cards

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

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Topps confirms Russell Johnson autograph redemptions will be fulfilled

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The actor who played The Professor on Gilligan’s Island died last week.

Russell Johnson was 89.

Many people who bought 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary packs may have pulled a redemption for an autograph of Johnson.

Topps confirmed to Beckett Media that Johnson signed the autographs before he died.

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Topps adds Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to 2014 Bowman … baseball?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Russell Wilson is headed to the Super Bowl in February, and he’s headed to the baseball field in April.

Well, at least on cardboard.

The second-year pro out of Wisconsin helped his Seattle Seahawks clinch a spot in the big game on Sunday and Topps announced it will be adding the quarterback to 2014 Bowman baseball as a short-printed card arriving on April 30.

It’s not the first time that a former two-sport star has had both a baseball card and a football card. In fact, it’s happened many times with the likes of Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan, Ricky Williams, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Deion Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Josh Booty and others through the years.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Playbook Hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America is crossing over another brand to hockey.

2013-14 Playbook Hockey will make its debut in late March. The set has been featured in football and is known for its booklets cards.

The hockey version will have two hits in every three-card pack, including a booklet card in every pack.

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Panini establishes early relationships at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

E.J. Manuel has only played in 10 NFL games, but he’s already become a mentor for future NFL players.

He and seven other 2013 rookies are attending the Panini America NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which kicks off today at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

“My role is to be available and answer questions for these guys,” said Manuel, the Buffalo Bills quarterback. “What it takes to get drafted, what it takes to sort through draft boards, as well working with Panini.”

Manuel remembers his pre-draft experience well – it was only last year. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl and felt his performance helped his draft stock. Manuel was the only quarterback picked in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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First look: 2014 WWE Chrome wrestling cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is reviving a tag-team that’s not been done in more than a half-decade for its next wrestling card release.

It’s pairing Chrome with the WWE.

For the first time since 2008′s Heritage III Chrome release, a wrestling card set will be released with the preferred stock of many when 2014 WWE Chrome arrives on June 11.

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SIX PACK: Want to start a Jimmie Johnson card collection? Try these …


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With Jimmie Johnson‘s quest for a record-tying seventh Sprint Cup starting this season, there could be more fans and casual collectors checking out the cards of the NASCAR veteran. There are plenty of collecting options out there but what should someone start with?

Try these …

2000 SP Authentic #39, $20
Johnson has more than 4,000 cards listed in the Beckett database valued at more than $123,700 excluding rarities. Only four of those are Rookie Cards from back in 2000. The priciest of those is his SP Authentic card that checks in at $20 or less, while the rest can be had for $12 to $15 or less.

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Beckett Radio: Episode 2 — Talking NFL, A-Rod & more


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‘Miracle on Ice’ team draws a crowd more than 30 years later

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. – The USA Hockey jerseys were a dead giveaway.

Or perhaps it was the photos and paintings, hockey pucks and sticks that let people know something special was going on at the Hilton in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

For the third time in recent months, the 1980 United States men’s hockey team – the group known for “The Miracle on Ice” – reunited for a public signing, something that previously hadn’t happened for many, many years.

“It’s been like a reunion the last three months,” said former forward Mark Wells. “We never imagined people would be talking about 1980. It was something we didn’t think would last.”

The 1980 gold-medal winning team was on hand as part of That 80’s Show run by MAB Celebrity-Services. The show featured the hockey team and the 1986 New York Mets World Series champions.

Some of the team’s biggest names, such as Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig and Ken Morrow, attended the show the weekend of Jan. 12-13. More than 100 people bought tickets for just Eruzione’s signature.

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Rittenhouse bringing Sarah Michelle Gellar autos to new Buffy set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the biggest names missing from non-sports cards in the last 15 years has been Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star never signed autographs for Inkworks’ Buffy sets despite there being more than 10 produced.

However, Rittenhouse Archives announced the popular actress will be signing cards for them starting this year.

The company announced on its Facebook page: “In late 2014, we will release The Complete Buffy The Vampire Slayer Trading Cards and include the first official signed Buffy cards by Sarah Michelle Gellar.”

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Does Greg Oden’s return mean it’s time to get his cards out of storage?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

It might be time to find those Greg Oden cards you hid in a box in the back of your closet.

Oden made his return to the NBA on Wednesday night after missing four years due to injuries (micofractures, broken knee cap) and personal problems. He scored six points in eight minutes for the Miami Heat against the Washington Wizards.

And the first time he got the ball, Oden dunked it.

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Ivan Lovegren’s web series looks at the funny moments in collecting

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Ivan Lovegren’s love of cards started like many other collectors. He got a pack of cards as a child and love for the hobby blossomed.

Opening a pack of cards isn’t where the fun ends. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that don’t always work in your favor, but are enough for a good laugh – or video series – down the road.

Lovegren has created “The Breaks,” a web series looking at the funny, but not always good, moments of collecting through the ups and downs.

“Most of the ideas come from my own experiences – I have this horrible tendency to somehow make every mistake once, and that’s how I learn,” Lovegren said. “For example, (the second) episode has to do with me justifying a low-ball bid on a case of 2013 Topps Inception, but who can ever stop at just one bid?”

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite “other” card?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We all have our favorite players an our favorite cards from the stuff that seemingly everybody collects — or at least stuff everyone is familiar with — from the Big Four sports.

For the upcoming “Others Issue” of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, though, we want to hear about your cherished cards from the sports that aren’t baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or at least not the typical stuff from those sports.

Better yet, we want you to show us your favorites — as long as they aren’t the norm — show us and tell us about your favorite card or set in the comments below.

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