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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Star Trek Movie trading cards release next week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rittenhouse Archives’ newest product, 2014 Star Trek Movie trading cards, comes out next week on Feb. 26.

The set features the 2009 Star Trek movie and Star Trek Into the Darkness from 2013. Each box will come with 24 packs and six cards in each pack.

There are two autographs in every box and the autographs list is extensive with all the top actors included such as Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock).

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First look: 2014 Marvel Universe trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Marvel Comics is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year

Rittenhouse Archives is joining the party. In 2014 Marvel Universe, the first part of the 75th anniversary cards will be featured as case hits. The 75-card set will be distributed throughout Rittenhouse products this year with the first 25 cards appearing in 2014 Marvel Universe.

Each box of 2014 Marvel Universe will come with 24 packs and five cards in each pack. Each box will also include one color sketch card of a top hero or villain from the Marvel world such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and others. More than 100 artists will contribute to the set.

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Wacky Packages to get the chrome treatment from Topps

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Wacky Packages is getting the chrome treatment.

Some of the first Wacky Packages releases will be included in 2014 Wacky Packages Chrome with the original 1967 series, 1973 Series, and 1973 Series 3.

Wacky Packages Chrome will include standard Refractors, Blue Refractors (numbered to 50, hobby only), Gold Refractors (numbered to 25, hobby only) and 1-of-1 Superfractors.

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Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Original Series 2 out this summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Garbage Pail Kids chrome cards will be back this summer

Topps will release 2014 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Original Series 2 on July 31 featuring 42 characters.

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Stadium Series helmet up for auction

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The helmet New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wore during the Stadium Series is up for auction through Steiner Sports.

The helmet features images of New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

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Leaf, ITG apparently not invited to the Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With the Industry Summit less than a month away, it seems two vendors from last year’s meet up will not be in attendance.

Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game Inc., will not have booths set up.

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Card companies announce Michael Sam autograph deals

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football player Michael Sam grabbed national attention recently when the prospect announced he was gay. Sam, the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC from Missouri, could be the first active openly gay player in the NFL if he gets signed.

Card companies are now scrambling to include Sam in their products.

Press Pass and Topps have both announced Sam’s autograph cards will be including in upcoming products.

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A Back-in-the-Day Break + watch to win a box

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Join Beckett Media analyst Justin Grunert as he rips into a box with a guest and talk about the good ol’ days of collecting in this Back-in-the-Day Break.

They’re opening a box of 2013 Topps Strata football cards, which was provided by Steel City Collectibles. They also provided a box to give away, so watch the video for details on how it can be yours.

Visit www.steelcitycollectibles.com and use promo code BKT5Off to receive $5 off any order of $50 or more.

Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic Team

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic Team cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside the very first pack? Watch and find out …

Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Tribute packs some non-traditional Relics — and plenty of autos


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

This year’s edition of Topps Tribute arrives on Wednesday with some new design touches on the autographs, some new types of jumbo memorabilia cards and a more futuristic look for the traditionally holoboard-centric brand.

Among the higher-end inclusions? Game-used baseball cards with swatches of varying types, jumbo batting gloves, bat knobs, dual autographs and more. (Click here to view the final checklist as released by Topps.)

Now, while those cards won’t be among the finds in the typical six-pack box of this one — despite its high-end price of about $300 a box — it’s encouraging to see some new tweaks and new testing done in a brand that’s been largely unchanged in the few years since its return. The run of sets have largely carried a feel similar to its 2001 arrival, but it’s a formula that has proven to be popular with plenty of collectors.

See more where this David Ortiz card came from with a gallery of nearly 100 images — after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Museum Collection football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Museum Collection football cards.

Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck USA Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj open a box of 2013 Upper Deck USA Football.

Box Busters: 2013-14 SeReal’s KHL hockey trading cards

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Watch as Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of KHL hockey trading cards by SeReal.

In The Game teases a potential “replacement for sticker autos”


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Most card companies know that sticker autographs aren’t a preference for many collectors but the deadlines of card production and busy millionaires’ lives don’t often mesh.

But In The Game may have an alternative to stickers coming in its next baseball product, which owner Brian Price teased on Monday.

ITG called it a ” three-piece autograph card that almost seamlessly integrates the autograph into the card itself.”

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Just for fun: Looking back at the Joe Garagiola – Bazooka Bubble Gum Blowing Challenge

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While preparing the upcoming Vintage Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, I stumbled across the video above that documents the making of a memorable, yet obscure card in the 1976 Topps baseball card set.

It’s card No. 564 of Kurt Bevacqua competing in the Joe Garagiola-Bazooka Bubble Gum Blowing Challenge, an apparent league-wide competition to see who could blow the biggest bubble with just five sticks of gum.

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First look: 2014 Leaf Best of Football: Unopened Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

If you are looking to rip unopened wax from years ago, Leaf is giving you that option.

The company announced 2014 Leaf Best of Football: Unopened Edition, which features sealed football boxes from the last 20 years.

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Initial Spring Expo signers include hockey favorites and WWE legend

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Canada’s most popular sports card show announced its initial autograph signings for the Spring Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.

Names include some of Philadelphia Flyer favorites, recent Calgary stars and a WWE Legend.

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Upper Deck releases checklist for 2013-14 NHL Artifacts rookie redemptions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The checklist is ready for Upper Deck’s 2013-14 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions.

Upper Deck released Artifacts last September before the official Double Rookie Class could be included on cards. That means this year’s rookies such as Nathan MacKinnon and Tomas Hertl were kept out of the product – initially.

But collectors knew that the Artifact rookie redemptions would be good for those players. Sure enough the checklist includes MacKinnon, Hertl, Calgary’s Sean Monahan, Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba.

See below for a full checklist of unsigned and signed Rookie Redemptions from Artifacts.

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Russell Wilson signs his outstanding Panini autograph redemptions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Sometimes patience pays off.

Panini America announced Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has signed his outstanding autograph redemptions.

Wilson signed for four hours, which included cards from 2012 Crown Royale, 2012 National Treasures and 2012 Contenders.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting vintage


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.

It’s vintage.

Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.

Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.

For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?

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2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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RareInk offers NBA All-Star Game art set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the All-Star Game slated for this weekend, RareInk has created a special 10-piece art set for some of NBA’s top stars.

The set features the starting lineup of the East and West All-Stars, including LeBron James, Steph Curry and Blake Griffin.

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Beckett Radio Episode 6 — Talking NBA, Olympics, gaming and more


The latest episode of Beckett Radio is here with the topics this week including the NBA All-Star Game, an Olympics update and more. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Justin Grunert as they talk to senior market analyst Bryan Hornbeck about gaming cards.

Beckett Radio have some other guests in the coming weeks as well. Next week, Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager Tracy Hackler is scheduled to be on, and Blowout Cards’ Thomas Fish will be on the following week. New episodes will be online every Thursday at 4 p.m. Central. Be sure to follow Beckett Radio on Twitter, @beckettradio, for the latest there.

First look: 2013-14 Panini Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini’s flagship basketball product looks to be knighted on in its third release.

2013-14 Panini Basketball will hit the shelves in early April with hobby and retail exclusives available throughout the product.

Panini will include two autographs in every hobby box with 24 packs and 10 cards in each. When it comes to retail, there will be one hit (auto or memorabilia card) in regular boxes, which will have 24 eight-card packs.

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Your Turn: What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.

Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?

Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.

So, all that said …

What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?

What do you like about vintage cards?

What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?

Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards in the comments below.

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.

Baseball cards create lasting memories for one Derek Jeter collector

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

I knew the day would come. It inched closer and closer with every at-bat, every season, every centimeter of forehead that was new and fresh.

Derek Jeter would eventually retire from baseball.

Jeter announced today that 2014 season would be his last. Even though I knew it was coming, it gave me a pause. I stopped what I was doing and simply stared out into nothing.

Then, I smiled.

While there is a part of me that is sad because Jeter has been my favorite since 1996, I can’t help but enjoy thinking about the way he played. I had season tickets to Yankee Stadium for several years; I traveled on the road to more than 15 different ballparks to watch them play. I got to see spectacular plays in person that get replayed on highlights reels all these years later.

For me, Jeter is the Yankees. He is my Mickey Mantle, my Joe DiMaggio, my Babe Ruth.

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