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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With this year’s Topps Heritage set less than a week away, Topps has begun teasing images of what’s to be found in this year’s remake of the 1965 Topps set.

We’ve been given just a sip of the insert lineup, a few base cards and  a few others that can be found on the checklist (click here for our past look or to view the final checklist for yourself). One thing we have not yet seen are any teasers for error cards that will be corrected as nods to the original release. (Click here for a primer on what might be possible.)

For now, though, take a look at some of the images after the jump — a gallery we’ll be adding to as the week goes on.

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What is going on with Teddy Bridgewater’s autograph?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

That doesn’t look like Teddy Bridgewater’s autograph – that was the thought many had when seeing the former Louisville quarterback’s signature in 2014 Leaf Metal Draft football.

The autograph was just two letters: “T” and “B” with two lines after each letter.

That looked nothing the signature he has maintained for the past couple of years where he signed nearly every letter of his last name.

However, Leaf CEO Brian Gray says that is indeed Bridgewater’s new autograph, and will be his new sig moving forward. Gray had spoken to Bridgewater and his representative Abram Elam, who both said Bridgewater signed the Leaf Metal Draft cards.

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First look: 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Upper Deck is putting out 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball out in May with a new configuration.

Each box will come with 18 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be two autographs in every box. Collectors will have a chance to find autographed buybacks.

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Jadeveon Clowney autograph cards hit the market in Leaf Metal Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

A named that got attention from the NFL Combine was Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney, a defensive end at South Carolina, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and weighs 266 pounds – a time unheard of at his weight.

Large amounts of news coverage from the Combine was devoted to him, and a number of mock drafts have him going to the Houston Texans who have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Clowney’s first autographed cards appeared on the market today with the release of 2014 Leaf Metal Draft. His big, sweeping autograph fills more than the space provided by Leaf.

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Upper Deck releases Young Guns checklist for Series 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck Series 2 is scheduled to release next week with the second half of the Young Guns Rookie Cards.

The Series 2 checklist includes Aleksander Barkov, Brendan Gallagher and Martin Jones. The checklist features 50 new Rookies Cards.

The most popular Young Guns from the first series included Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Hertl, Nail Yakupov, Seth Jones and Sean Monahan.

Here’s a complete Young Guns Series 2 checklist:

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Collectors, dealers react to exclusive hockey card agreement

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck’s exclusive trading card deal with the NHL and NHLPA, which was announced Thursday, drew a range of reactions from collectors and dealers. Some are intrigued to see what Upper Deck will do, while others enjoyed the competition in the marketplace with Panini America.

“I’m very excited to see Upper Deck back as a major card company again with an exclusive license,” said collector Mitch Kalman of Herndon, Va. “They have been an innovator of technology dating back to the early ‘90s with holograms, booklets, etc. Upper Deck brings a lot of great ideas to the industry.”

Not all collectors were as optimistic as Kalman. Upper Deck and Panini shared the marketplace over the past four years. Panini brought brands such as Score and Crown Royale back while adding Prime and Dominion.

“I don’t think an exclusive or monopoly is a good thing for consumers in any business, no matter who controls it,” said Wayne Frazer of The IceBox Cards and Collectibles in Barrie, Ontario. “I have no issue with Upper Deck ‘winning’ over Panini — I was rooting for both to continue rather than just one.”

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Box Busters: 2014 Donruss baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Donruss baseball cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Tribute baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Tribute in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Topps Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The newest Topps flagship will focus on your fantasy team.

One of the newest inserts in 2014 Topps Football includes Fantasy Focus, featuring elite fantasy players such and LeSean McCoy. The cards will also give fantasy football strategies by NFL.com writers. Another new insert includes Greatness Unleashed.

2014 Topps Football will come with 10 cards in each pack with 36 packs in every box. It’s scheduled to release the week of August 20.

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NHLPA’s Adam Larry discusses exclusive trading card deal with Upper Deck

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

When Upper Deck, the NHL and NHLPA announced an exclusive trading card deal on Thursday, many collectors wondered why.

The NHL has been a two-company league for the past four years with UD and Panini America.

However, one of the biggest reasons is that handling one company is easier than dealing with multiple entities, cutting the maintenance in half while still maintaining an acceptable level on cards. While years and money were not disclosed, the NHL and NHLPA likely wouldn’t cut into their revenue by 50 percent by eliminating one of their partners.

Adam Larry, NHLPA Director of Licensing, thnks that early on there will be less products after a Double Rookie Class year. However, Upper Deck will determine the exact amount of products that will be created — which Upper Deck has not yet determined.

“Of the benefits, one of the big ones is being able to control number of products a little better,” Larry told Beckett Media. “One of the things we were hearing is there was probably a little too much product out there right now.”

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Beckett Radio Episode 8 — Talking collecting, licensing and more with Thomas Fish

The latest episode of Beckett Radio is here. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Justin Grunert as they talk to Blowout Cards’ Thomas Fish with the topics this week including licensing, his collection of original comic art and more.

Upper Deck, the NHL and NHLPA announce exclusive trading card deal


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL, NHLPA and Upper Deck have entered into an exclusive trading card deal.

The deal, announced by Upper Deck today, will take effect next season for multiple years, but the length of the deal with not disclosed.

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First look: 2014 Leaf U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

This year’s Leaf U.S. Army All-American Bowl will come 12 autographed or game-used memorabilia cards in every box.

The 2014 Leaf U.S. Army All-American Bowl featured many of the best players out of high school. If you think that’s too early to look at prospects, just look at some of those who competed in previous U.S. Army All-American Bowls such as Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Andrew Luck, Teddy Bridgewater and more.

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First look: 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

SP Authentic will release with new inclusions this year with floor cards from LeBron James’ high school, Ultimate Collection cards and more.

The LeBron James Supreme Court Floor cards feature a piece of James’ high school floor where he won two state titles. There are five parallels, including a signed version, and are tough pulls, falling at a rate of just three per case.

There are three autographs in every box, including one By The Letter Signature numbered to 75 or less.

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Panini creates 18-card set for Super Bowl champs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Collectors celebrate championships with cards.

Panini America created a special 18-card set for the Seattle Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII.

The set includes 10 cards of key Seattle players and eight cards of action photography from the big game. It also includes the first trading card of Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith.

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Actor autographs announced for Marvel – Captain America 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck announced the autograph singers for Marvel – Captain America 2. The signers include actors and artists.

Actor Autograph cards will be tough pulls falling at a rate of one in every 480 packs. One of the biggest names from the autograph checklist includes Cobie Smulders, who became famous from How I Met Your Mother. She plays Maria Hill in the Avengers franchise movies.

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What intentional errors might be in store in 2014 Topps Heritage? (UPDATED WITH CONFIRMED ERRORS)


UPDATE (March 14): The first five cards below have been confirmed as having variations in 2014 Topps Heritage. A sixth, card No. 442 of Mark Trumbo, has his birthdate incorrectly listed as 1927. The six error-based variations have been added as a gallery below. (Only the rarer error cards are shown.)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

With the release of the final checklist for 2014 Topps Heritage about 10 days before its arrival, we now know the players who will have variation cards for three of the four ways Topps is adding a chase to this year’s throwback brand.

Now, it’s time to guess on which cards will have variations based on mistakes made way back in 1965.

While there are 20 throwback uniform variations, 25 image variations and 25 logo variations to chase, the number of error variations isn’t yet known. That’s where we just have to dare to compare the checklists for both sets and, for now, guess which players’ cards could have the rarer — and potentially pricier — cards.

Again, this is purely guesswork, but …

– No. 43, Mike Shannon. His name is incorrectly designed in red, while the other Cardinals cards in the 1965 set are in yellow. This one might hold true again as Carlos Beltran holds down card No. 43 in this year’s set, though he’s a New York Yankee and a former Cardinals player now.

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Topps Heritage checklist includes Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Betty White, Keith Olbermann autos and more


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The final checklist for this year’s edition of Topps Heritage has been released, and there are nearly 60 different signers on the autograph checklist alone as Topps turns back the clock to 1965 in this long-running brand.

Among the signers for this one, which arrives on March 7, are Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Don Zimmer, Ernie Banks, Don Larsen, Michael Wacha, Nomar Garciaparra, Willie Mays and plenty more from the past and the present.

Oh, and there will be two Keith Olbermann autographed cards, too — and that’s just the solo sigs.

To view or save a copy of the final checklist as released by Topps, click here.

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Jewish Major Leaguers card series gets new set



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The newest version of Jewish Major Leaguers baseball cards arrives in March with a new group of players as well as the World Baseball Classic highlighted.

It’s the first edition since 2010, and seventh edition overall to the card series, which is licensed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. It will include 50 cards and arrive on March 15.

The first set in the series arrived back in 2003. The new set includes updates on current Jewish players in MLB as well as past stars. Among them are Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler and Ike Davis to name a few.

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Panini America readies Donruss wrapper redemption


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With the arrival of 2014 Donruss today, Panini America announced that it has another surprise for collectors beyond the return of the brand.

This year’s Donruss also will have a wrapper redemption program.

Collectors who trade in 24 hobby wrappers (one box’s worth) of 2014 Donruss mylar will receive a three-card pack that completes their set — card Nos. 201-203, three Rated Rookies.

The packs will begin shipping on April 1.

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