Monthly Archives: February 2014

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 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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Derek Jeter plans to retire after 2014 — what’s next for his baseball cards?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will retire after the 2014 season.

It will be his 20th big-league season in a career that includes five World Series rings, 3,316 hits and countless highlight-reel moments.

As he nears his 40th birthday this season, the Yankees captain will surely appear on many more baseball cards atop his 14,343 already available that sell for more than $366,000 excluding rarities.

Will there be added interest in his Rookie Cards from 1993? Will he ever sign another certified autograph card? Will Steiner Sports ready a farewell memorabilia line? Will Topps create commemorative cards all season long?

There will be answers to some of these soon, but first we want to know what you think comes next for his cardboard as a retirement season awaits. Tell us in the comments and with our set of Your Turn polls after the jump.

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Cheyenne Woods set to share card with Uncle Tiger


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One has appeared on 1,326 golf cards valued at more than a quarter-million dollars.

The other just won her first event — but her first Upper Deck cards are coming soon.

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year and 106-event winner Tiger Woods, will share a signed card with her uncle in 2014 SP Authentic golf,  which is scheduled to arrive later this month.

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First look: 2013-14 In The Game- Used

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game is bringing back a former product. The Canadian card company is releasing 2013-14 In The Game-Used, 10 years after the original.

The product will feature four cards, all with game-used memorabilia. Each box will have four game-used memorabilia cards: a Single, Double, Triple and Quad Game-Used Memorabilia cards.

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First look: 2014 Topps Turkey Red baseball cards


UPDATE: The product will go on sale at noon Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Turkey Red is back for another run as an online-exclusive product.

Topps released the basic information and checklist on Monday for the product that will arrive soon on with 11 cards per $19.99 pack and one of those being an autographed card.

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First look: 2013 National Treasures Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is adding a little color to 2013 National Treasures Football.

A number of the autographs and insert designs will step away from the usual all-white design to bring colorful backgrounds to the cards.

Panini’s high-end football product is scheduled to come out in late March with eight cards in every box. Each box will have two base cards, three autographs numbered to 99 or less and three memorabilia numbered to 99 or less.

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Michael Jordan’s UNC memorabilia sells for nearly $55K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Michael Jordan’s college memories fetched big bucks this weekend.

A number of unique college items once belonging to Jordan sold at auction on Sunday for nearly $55,000 at the 2014 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction.

A recruiting letter addressed to Jordan from University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith sold for $27,010 and Jordan’s UNC diploma sold for $20,786. In addition, a recruiting letter from UNC assistant coach Bill Guthridge sold for $4,731 and a copy of Jordan’s college transcript sold for $1,894.

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First Look: 2014 Topps Chrome soccer cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Chrome is coming to the pitch.

Topps revealed the first glimpses at its next Major League Soccer set on Monday and it’s 2014 Topps Chrome that will arrive in August.

Each 24-pack hobby box will be packing three autographs inside when the first Chrome MLS set arrives on Aug. 20. While a set size was not announced, the base set will include MLS stars, members of the Mexican National Team as well as up-and-coming MLS prospects.

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Card Gallery: Diamond Kings return in 2014 Donruss — as do other inserts + vote for your favorites


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When the newest incarnation of Donruss returns to the baseball card field later this month, it will be the first in several years and the first baseball set under the brand name for Panini America.

Among the inclusions in the late-February arrival will be Diamond Kings along with a few other inserts that one might remember from the past — Team MVPs (a la 1989 Donruss) and Studio. While Panini teased full galleries of each online, here is a teaser for the MVPs and Studio along with a full look at the Kings, which have a design reminiscent of 1984 Donruss.

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First look: 2014 Bowman Chrome baseball cards


Update (March 3): Topps has announced that there will be five prospect autographs in every HTA Jumbo box. It also showed off the Bubbles Refractor, above.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is hoping to heat things up in 2014 Bowman Chrome with extra ink and some new inserts.

The company offered the first looks and basic info for the brand on Friday, and the biggest news for Chromies might be the fact that there will now be two autographs per standard 18-pack hobby box.

And yet there’s even more in store.

Set to arrive on Sept. 24, the basic set will include 220 MLB players — a mix of 170 veterans and 50 rookies — while the prospects set will include 100 players.

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ESPN Mint Condition: Wrapping up the 2013 football season with Beckett Football

Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj talks to ESPN Mint Condition about football cards, wrapping up the 2013 season.

Pittsburgh Pirates legend and Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner dies at 91


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While he may have been a feared slugger, he also was one of baseball’s most-affable legends.

Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who hit 369 home runs in just 10 major-league seasons before becoming a broadcaster for the New York Mets, died Thursday. He was 91.

He played in Pittsburgh for eight seasons after arriving at age 23 in 1946, leading the National League in home runs in his first seven seasons and hitting a career-high 54 in 1949. No other player in MLB history has that kind of league-leading streak. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1953 in a 10-player deal before finishing his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1955. He hit .279 with 1,015 RBI before he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975 — his 13th time on the ballot.

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Topps reveals 2014 football flagship design

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The 2013 football season wrapped less than a week ago, and Topps is already thinking ahead.

The card company revealed the design for 2014 Topps Football on Thursday.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Series 1 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins reflects on season and autograph changes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

DeAndre Hopkins came from a successful college program. At Clemson University, his teams simply won and he helped the Tigers to their first 11-win season in 2012.

After three years, Hopkins finished his college career with records in receiving yards (3,020) and career touchdowns (27). The Houston Texans drafted him with 27th overall, which seemed like a good place to keep the winning tradition going. Houston made the playoffs each of the last two seasons and was considered to be a contender again.

However, Hopkins found himself in an unfamiliar place when the Texans finished the 2013 season losing 14 straight games.

“It was difficult,” Hopkins told Beckett Media. “Thankfully, we had some guys that had been in tough situations. We have vets who have been in this spot.”

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First look: 2014 Sage Hit Low Series Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The next batch of Sage football cards will come out in March.

The 2014 Sage Hit Football Low Series cards will come with six autographs per box and one insert in every pack. Each hobby box of Sage Hit Low Series will contain 30 packs with five cards in each pack.

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First look: 2014 Press Pass Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The pre-draft football products will be on shelves soon enough.

The 2014 Press Pass Football card set will feature autographs from many of the top names of the 2014 NFL draft class.

Each hobby box will contain 30 packs with five cards in each pack.

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First look: 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Court Kings is back after a four-year hiatus, combining art and photography in Panini’s latest basketball offering.

The 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball set will feature four different rookie designs, taking inspiration from many modern sports artists

The set will have 5×7 box toppers along with 10 cards in each box, including an autograph, a memorabilia card and three inserts.

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Beckett Media unveils Beckett Auction Services


DALLAS, Texas | Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of its newest product line, Beckett Auction Services.

Based in Dallas, Beckett Auction Services will offer monthly online auctions as well as eBay consignment services. Monthly auctions are scheduled to begin in April, and consignments will be accepted starting in February. The auctions are set to include sports cards, non-sports cards, memorabilia and more, with a focus on high-grade modern/vintage cards as well as low print-run modern cards and sports memorabilia.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on our Facebook page


Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. There will be prize for active chatters during the one-hour session.

Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.

Jefferson Burdick’s football collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

NEW YORK CITY — There were several exhibitions and displays throughout New York and New Jersey celebrating the Super Bowl, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The museum’s exhibition was especially appealing to card collectors. For roughly two weeks, more than 100 vintage football cards from Jefferson R. Burdick’s Collection are on display in an exhibit called Gridiron Greats. It runs through Feb. 10.

Highlights from the display included 1894 Mayo, 1935 National Chicle and 1964 Leaf football cards.

Here’s a closer look at the exhibit.

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