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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Turkey Red baseball cards + win a box

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into two boxes of 2014 Topps Turkey Red in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? How can you win a box of your own? Watch and find out …

South Bay’s high-end basketball buyback product out this week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

South Bay Baseball Cards will release 2014 Super Break Deluxe Edition Basketball this week.

The Super Break will be available in a limited quantity with just 200 boxes made. Each box will contain 10 items – nine buybacks and one original sketch card.

The price tag comes in around $3,400.

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First look: 2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Press Pass Gameday Gallery will be a back for a sophomore release this April.

2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery features artistic renderings of 2014 NFL draft prospects, including Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles and dozens more.

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First look: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm soccer cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

World Cup soccer will be here soon enough. So Panini America is getting ready for the tournament with a new card release – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm.

The set will feature 24 packs with six cards in each pack. The base set will contain 200 cards with players from all 32 qualifying teams. The World Cup starts June 13 and ends July 12.

The set will feature autographs from many top soccer players. The autographs, which boast a checklist of around 50 players, will have Prizm Signatures (numbered to 25 or less) and Black Prizm Signatures (1-of-1). Some autographs will also include Combo Signatures featuring more one than one player and are numbered to 10 or less.

Announced singers include Lionel Messi, Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Alexi Lalas and others.

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Beckett Radio Episode 7 — Talking NBA Jam Session, redemptions & more with Panini’s Tracy Hackler

The latest episode of Beckett Radio is here. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Justin Grunert as they talk to Panini America’s Tracy Hackler with the topics this week including the NBA Jam Session, redemptions and more. Also find out out how you can win a box of 2013-14 Gold Standard basketball cards, too.

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

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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”

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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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