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Monthly Archives: March 2014

#CardChat: Panini Rewards replacing redemptions

Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj hosts a weekly chat every Monday on Twitter with collectors discussing different hobby topics.

This week’s topic centered on Panini’s new reward system,which it announced at the 2014 Industry Summit last week.

To read more on the topic, click here. You can also read a Q&A with Panini CEO Mark Warsop here.

Join #CardChat every Monday at 3 p.m. ET on Twitter. In the meantime, check out the responses from this week’s lively conversation.

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Box Busters: 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a set of 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Opening Day baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 SP Authentic golf cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 SP Authentic golf cards from Upper Deck.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

New Upper Deck Master Collection set puts together 30 great athletes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.

Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.

The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.

Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click for a larger view)

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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