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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Press Pass previews 2014 Showbound Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass is bringing chrome action to its football products.

Press Pass Showbound Football will feature all on-card autographs. There are no regular base cards in 2014 Press Pass Showbound.

Each box will have six on-card autographs with the base autographs using Chromium technology, Press Pass revealed at the 2014 Industry Summit.

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Card Chat: Collectors talk about checklists and buying habits

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.

But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.

Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.

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Box Busters: 2014 Industry Summit Upper Deck promo box + win the contents

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Want to win this 2014 Industry Summit Upper Deck promo box with an exclusive autograph inside? Watch the video and follow the instructions.

A random winner will be picked from the comments on Friday, March 28 at noon ET. Good luck!

Box Busters: 2014 Industry Summit Panini Black Box

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Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a Panini Black Box from the 2014 Industry Summit.

Beckett Radio Episode 11 — Talking Industry Summit baseball card news and more

The latest episode of Beckett Radio is here. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Justin Grunert as they talk about the latest announcements from the Industry Summit as well as the hobby in general along with Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds.

Can we get final checklists sooner? Manufacturers say ‘no’

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – When it comes to checklists, one question always comes up – why can’t we get them sooner?

This was one of the hot topics during a manufacturer panel that featured representative from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini America at the 2014 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

Collectors and dealers may not like the answer. It seems the earliest companies can get a final checklist is the day of pack out because the biggest hurdle is the autographs.

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Topps readies print line modeled after 1960s test issue

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the more unusual test-issue sets of the 1960s is coming back next week as wall art.

Topps is launching a series of 20 11×17 “For Mayor” prints featuring 20 Hall of Fame players on Topps.com (direct link) on Tuesday at noon Eastern. The prints are reminiscent of the 1967 Topps Stickers with a political aesthetic backing the legendary players.

Each piece, which will be printed on Heritage-style stock, will be limited to just 99 numbered copies. They will cost $49.99.

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2014 Industry Summit: Panini America discusses new products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – With Panini’s Tuesday announcement revolving around its new rewards program, some of the other tidbits from its 2014 Industry Summit corporate address could have been missed.

Panini started by admitting 2013 was a mixed year for the company, plenty of which had to do with football. Football is a rookie-driven sport and the tail of the 2012 season (which comes out in 2013) did well while a weaker 2013 rookie class didn’t drive sales.

However, Panini expects that to turn around with a 2014 football class that features Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney and others.

Product information

Basketball: By having an exclusive with basketball, it allows Panini to create specific types of memorabilia cards such as the Christmas Day game-used shorts cards that will appear in Immaculate and National Treasures Basketball. These cards feature unique patches that Panini will utilize in those brands.

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Panini’s Mark Warsop discusses new redemption reward system

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – When Panini America announced its new reward system for redemptions on Tuesday, collectors immediately had a list of questions.

Panini has created the system to replace player-specific redemptions (read more). Beckett Media spoke with Panini CEO Mark Warsop following the announcement with many questions that collectors submitted through Twitter to Beckett Editor Susan Lulgjuraj.

Q. Will the Reward system replace all the hits in a product?

A. No, only when a card that was planned into a program that would have ordinarily been a redemption will be a Panini Rewards card, unless we are running a specific promotion and we want to add rewards just to reward the consumer.

All the regular hits will be in the program. It just replaces the redemption.

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Upper Deck gives update on its MLBPA license

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – One year ago today, Upper Deck announced that it had acquired an MLB Players Association license.

But in the last year, collectors have not seen a single baseball product from the company.

“We put together a couple of products last year, including Fleer Retro, and we weren’t happy with how they came out,” Upper Deck President Jason Masherah told Beckett Media. “Basically, we scrapped them and started over.”

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Panini to eliminate player-specific redemptions and add patch database

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Panini America is upping its digital game.

It introduced Panini Rewards and a patch database at the 2014 Industry Summit on Tuesday.

The biggest element from Panini Rewards is that Panini is eliminating player-specific redemptions. Collectors will instead get a card with a point value where collectors can then go on the Panini site or app to redeem the points for cards available.

The program will begin May and be available on smartphones (IOS and Android) and on its website.

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2014 Industry Summit: Topps discusses changes to redemption system

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Redemptions, more redemptions and a couple of new, but old products.

Those were the topics of Topps’ corporate address at the 2014 Industry Summit on Monday.

Topps executives are aware of the problems with redemptions: too many of them, many take too long to be fulfilled – if they even are – and not enough updates.

Topps discussed some of the changes it has made to the redemption system meant to get cards into the hands of collectors sooner, including eliminating unreliable signers and finding better moments to pursue autographs.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want to see your collection in Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.

We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.

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Win a shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirt from Panini America

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – On St. Patrick’s Day, the 2014 Industry Summit was filed with dealers wearing shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirts. And once the collecting world saw them, there were many who wanted to know where they could get one.

Well, right here.

Beckett Media is giving away one of Panini America’s shamrock Rated Rookie t-shirts that were only available at The Industry Summit.

How can you win?

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite collecting tradition. We will pick one commenter to get the shirt on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

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Topps announces the return of Topps Tek

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Topps is getting nostalgic.

The company announced its bringing back Topps Tek for the 2014 baseball season.

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Beckett Business Solutions launches partnership with eBay to create new dealer tools

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS — Dealers and retailers ripped open their packs from Panini America on Sunday at the 2014 Industry Summit. Inside were specially marked cards “2014 Summit” and featured players from all four major sports and numbered as high as five copies.

While the cards were a fun way to kick off the Summit – especially for those who pulled big autographs – it was a sneak peek at Beckett Business Solutions. These cards were immediately uploaded to BBS’s new eBay selling tool, available for dealers starting Monday, the official launch of the company.

“We have hundreds of millions of potential collectors in sports fans globally out there that we are not interacting with right now,” said Rob Veres, Vice President of Beckett Business Solutions. “Manufacturers provide us with amazing products, but amazing products alone can’t sell the cards. We as an industry need to work closer together to ensure we can get these products out to the people.

“Two things that are going to do that are technology and eyeballs. With Beckett Business Solutions, we believe we are bringing both to the counter because we partner with eBay to make listing on eBay far more seamless and profitable for everybody.”

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Leaf acquires the rights to Sportkings

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Leaf has acquired the rights to Sportkings.

Leaf CEO Brian Gray told Beckett Media at the 2014 Industry Summit that his company is working on a new release, which is slated to come out around the 2014 National Sports Collector Convention.

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2014 Industry Summit: Recapping Day 1

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – The first day of The Industry Summit is filled with seeing old faces and checking out the different booths.

Here’s a picture recap of the first day of the 2014 Industry Summit.

For live updates, follow Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj on Twitter here. You can also follow along with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #LVIS.

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Box Busters Live: 2014 Topps Heritage — watch the replay + comment to win one of our boxes

 

Are you ready to rip into some 2014 Topps and chat about it live?

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into hobby boxes of 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards and chat with you in the latest edition of Box Busters Live.

When? Today, (March 14) at Noon Central

Where? Right here (above). To submit questions, leave a comment below or tweet @beckettmedia on Twitter.

What else? We’ll be giving away nearly all of the boxes during the event. (At least one we open will be given away in a future issue of Beckett Baseball.)

HOW CAN YOU WIN ONE OF THE BOXES NOW? Leave a comment below telling us what you think of 2014 Topps Heritage and we’ll pick a winner from all comments left before April 1.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

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MORE 2014 TOPPS HERITAGE COVERAGE:

Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Heritage

Card gallery: 2014 Topps Heritage

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

UPDATED WITH SIX CONFIRMED: What intentional errors might be in store for 2014 Topps Heritage?

First look: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards

Beckett Radio Episode 10 — Talking card shows, grading, Beckett Business Solutions & more


The latest episode of Beckett Radio is here. Join hosts Derek Ficken and Andy Broome as they talk card shows, grading and more as well as discuss the new Beckett Business Solutions with Rob Veres. 

Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into six jumbo packs of 2014 Topps Heritage in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Be sure to be right here at beckett.com/news tomorrow for the latest Box Busters Live where we’ll be ripping into hobby boxes of this one and chatting live with you via streaming video and Twitter.

It begins at noon Central time with boxes going out to winners during the event.

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MORE 2014 TOPPS HERITAGE COVERAGE:

Card gallery: 2014 Topps Heritage

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

What intentional errors might be in store for 2014 Topps Heritage?

First look: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards

Full list of Sports Card Expo signers announced

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Sports Card Expo has announced its final autograph lineup for the May show.

Friday’s guests include Tom Barrasso, Joe Daley and Andy Moog.

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Panini adds a twist to Titanium Basketball retail packs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Collectors buying retail packs of 2013-14 Titanium Basketball will notice something different from its hobby counterpart.

Along with a configuration of one pack for $20, there will be five different versions of Titanium Rookie Memorabilia cards. Each retail pack will come with two of these cards, two base and one numbered star or Rookie Card, Panini announced on Wednesday.

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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Supreme Football

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Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Supreme.