Monthly Archives: March 2014

First look: 2014 Leaf Valiant Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

It’s coming back — 2014 Leaf Valiant Football, an all-autograph product, will return in this spring.

Each box will have four autographs of many of the top 2014 NFL prospects.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 SPx Hockey cards

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Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 SPx Hockey by Upper Deck.

Did Upper Deck include an unlisted parallel in Series 2 Hockey?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes checklists don’t tell the whole story for a trading card set.

Upper Deck may have included at least one parallel in Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey that is not included on the checklist – Young Guns acetate parallels.

A few collectors and dealers found the stealthy hit on the first day of the release.

There are Young Guns Exclusives (numbered to 100), High Gloss or Spectrum (numbered to 10), Printing Plates (1-of-1) parallels, and Canvas Young Guns inserts on the CL, but no mention of the acetate cards.

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Initial autograph guests announced for 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Tickets are on sale for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

The National will be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Tickets start at $18 (for a single day) and range all the way to $279 for the SuperVIP package, which includes entry to all five days, free parking, first-in-live privileges for autograph guests, early admission and more.

The National has already announced some autograph guests for this year’s show, and the list is bound to get longer.

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Topps confirms origin of 2013 Kyle Kendrick error card


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the last few months, a few baseball card collectors have found an unusual 2013 Topps card of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Graphic designers know how a mistake like this happened — simply put, the image wasn’t shrunken to fit the frame of the card. On Monday, Topps confirmed its existence as a legit card printed by the company and shed a little light on the card’s origin we prepared our Errors & Variations issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports card error or variation?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

People make mistakes.

If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.

Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)

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First look: 2013-14 SPx Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck’s SPx Football will utilize PMG technology this season.

The SPX Rookie Auto Jerseys will includes PMG with red parallels numbered to 425 or less, Blue to 50 or less and Green parallels will be 1-of-1.

Each box of 2013-14 SPx Football cards will come with 10 packs and five cards in each pack.

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First look: 2013-14 Contenders Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The last edition of Contenders Hockey will come out in late March.

Panini America announced 2013-14 Contenders Hockey over the weekend, and showed off one of its final NHL-licensed trading card sets in the last year of its NHL, NHLPA contract.

Contenders will contain 18 packs in every box with five cards in each pack. There will be at least four autographs in every box.

Contenders is known for its Rookie Tickets and Panini will ensure that is in the forefront of the last Contenders release. Up to 125 Rookie Ticket signers will be included with rare photo variations

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Card Gallery: Inscriptions and Red Ink Autos from 2014 Press Pass Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Press Pass’ latest football product will be out featuring some of the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Every year, Press Pass puts together an autographs set that doesn’t only include basic autos but rare Red Ink parallels and Inscription autographs.

Here’s a look at some of Press Pass’ newest signed cards, which comes out on Wednesday.

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