Posted on June 17, 2014 – 3:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett News, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, News Categories | Beckett Updates, job posting | Comments (0)
Are you a seasoned editor who can report and write for online as well as plan and execute print projects, too?
Beckett Media is seeking an editor with extensive deadline experience who can do it all for print and the Web — following beat responsibilities on a daily basis, while also overseeing all aspects of multiple monthly publications from start to finish. Throw in maintaining a strong social media presence, too.
Candidates should have a firm journalism background as well as strong knowledge of sports cards and memorabilia. Contributing to and planning/editing for all publications would be expected.
Candidates will need to be able to meet weekly deadlines, handle editing and overseeing other responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with other editors and designers on their titles.
Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to email@example.com.
Posted on June 17, 2014 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | basketball cards, Kawhi Leonard, NBA, San Antonio Spurs | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
With all the big names in the NBA Finals, the one that emerged as the series MVP didn’t overtake the bulk of the conversation. Nope, instead LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade were the ones always mentioned.
Perhaps someone should have been watching the 22-year-old small forward because Kawhi Leonard gave one of his best basketball performances in the NBA Finals to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat.
Leonard was selected 15th in the 2011 NBA Draft. Some teams that passed over him probably wish they could have the developing star on their team. Instead, the Spurs drafted the player they hope could replace Duncan one day.
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Posted on June 16, 2014 – 4:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, Charlie Brown, MLB, Snoopy, Snoopy baseball card, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Series 2 in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 16, 2014 – 11:33 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 1983 Donruss, 1983 Fleer, 1983 Topps, baseball, Baseball Hall of Fame, MLB, San Diego Padres, Tony Gwynn | Comments (12)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
One of baseball’s good guys is gone.
San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn, a member of the 3,000-hit club and a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2007, died Monday after batting cancer. He was 54.
Nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” he was an All-Star in 15 of his 20 big-league seasons in which he hit .338 and won eight National League batting titles — all with the Padres. While his career average ranks 20th in MLB history, he also was a five-time Gold Glove winner playing outfield.
“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn,” said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in a statement. “The greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life. … For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball.”
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 5:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, Hockey, News Categories | Father's Day, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, Panini Father's Day promo, promo | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 3:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Charlie Sheen, Cleveland Indians, Dennis Haysbert, Major League, Pedro Cerrano, ReelBats.com, Topps | Comments (0)
If you thought the Major League madness was over, well, think again.
The 25th anniversary of the film that brought Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and Roger Dorn to life has generated some red-hot baseball cards from Topps this summer — and the commemorative items for the fictional Cleveland Indians team just keep coming with the latest coming from Florida-based ReelBats.com.
They’re 25th anniversary Cerrano mini bats.
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 9:05 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013-14 Stanley Cup Final, Alec Martinez, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, Marian Gaborik, Stanley Cup | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
This year’s Stanley Cup Final may not look like a hard-fought contest between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers in years to come, but this series was close with three of the five games going into overtime. In the end, the Los Angeles Kings came out on top winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Only one game didn’t have suspense, but it doesn’t matter now. The Kings managed to get that magic goal when it counted, winning each of the three overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final.
Some players shined, others will find new life in the hobby.
Here are the players who might be getting a bit more cardboard love this offseason:
Jonathan Quick | Goalie
Quick became popular after Los Angeles’ first Stanley Cup win. His Rookie Cards sky rocketed in value and collectors wanted to own a piece of the Kings netminder. A second title in just three years may give his cards another boost. He even managed a shutout in Game 3 in the Final.
Posted on June 13, 2014 – 1:46 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football Cards, football, nfl, Topps | Comments (6)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
If you love Topps Chrome Football cards, Topps is hoping you’ll enjoy it just a bit smaller. Topps is introducing 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football, which is set to come around Christmas.
Each box of 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football will have 24 packs with four cards in each pack. There will be one mini Rookie Autograph card per hobby box.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 5:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Topps Sabermetrics, baseball cards, MLB, Sabermetrics, Topps | Comments (11)
Look closely at the backs of some of your 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball cards and you might not recognize the stats headers on some of the cards — or maybe even the stats themselves.
That’s because they are short-printed Sabermetrics variation cards.
While the full details about these cards continue to trickle in, we simply want to know what you think about this cardboard twist.
Tell us in the comments below.
Your Turn: Do you want Sabermetrics on your baseball cards?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Industry News, News Categories, World Of Sports | 20 Questions, 2014 National, autographs, Beach Boys, Chief Wahoo, Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cy Young, Dolph Ziggler, ESPN, Family Guy, Greg Oden, Hall of Fame, Heisman Trophy, Jim Brown, LeBron James, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Ohio State University, Panini America, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sister Mary Assumpta, Topps, TRISTAR, Upper Deck, WWE | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.
We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.
1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?
2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?
See the rest of our questions … after the jump.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Upper Deck is bringing back an old name into the hockey market.
In September, 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey will release as a standalone product after five years. Each box will come with 18 packs with six cards per pack.
Fleer debuted Ultra during the 1992-93 season for hockey. Upper Deck produced an Ultra set in 2009-10, and included Ultra cards in its Fleer Showcase and Retro revivals over the past couple of years.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 12:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Collectibles, World Of Sports | 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Panini America, World Cup | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With the launch of the World Cup, Panini America is offering soccer collectors exclusive 2014 Prizm World Cup parallels through eBay.
The “El Samba” parallels, which are just 1-of-1, are inspired by the yellow and green colors of Brazil, the home country. These cards were not used in the original product.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 10:15 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2013-14 Upper Deck MVP, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sam Tageson, San Jose Sharks, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
When the San Jose Sharks signed Sam Tageson to a one-day contract in March, people took notice. He was just 17 years old, but he wasn’t a superstar.
Tageson has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and he may need a heart transplant one day. The Sharks signed Tageson with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As though skating out of the huge Shark Head and standing with San Jose during the national anthem in a March game wasn’t enough, Tageson got his own Young Guns card from Upper Deck. The company recently revealed the card to Tageson during a charity event, and a limited number of cards will be placed in 2014-15 MVP Hockey, which is scheduled to come out in August.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 9:10 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, News Categories, World Of Collectibles, World Of Sports | 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franz Beckenbauer, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Panini America, Pele, Roberto Baggio | Comments (3)
Soccer fans, it’s time to go crazy.
Today starts the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But collectors – and many diehard soccer fans – have been experiencing the World Cup for several weeks. Across the globe, fans have been putting together Panini FIFA World Cup sticker albums with billions of packs being distributed.
Panini also incorporated a card set into this year’s fun with 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup. The set included dozens of players that normally don’t get cardboard attention and even offered autographs of players that haven’t had them. With 50 autographs, Panini put together a checklist that got high praise from collectors.
Posted on June 11, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, MLB, Peanuts, Snoopy | Comments (5)
Snoopy and Joe Mauer on a baseball card.
Makes perfect sense, right?
Collectors tearing into packs of 2014 Topps Series 2, which officially arrived today have found a short-printed version of card No. 125 (which is actually a Series 1 card) in the packs — a card with the Minnesota Twins star sharing his card with the Peanuts icon.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2013-14 Panini Innovation, NBA, Panini America, Panini Innovation | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Innovation basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories, World Of Sports | 2014 SP Game-used Edition, golf cards, PGA, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 SP Game-used Edition golf in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 11:11 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 1955 Topps, baseball cards, Bryce Harper, derek jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, mike trout, MLB, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Topps.com | Comments (2)
If you’re a fan of 1955 Topps baseball cards, then the company’s latest creation is for you.
It’s Topps‘ latest series of wall art prints — and this time they showcase active players on the memorable horizontal design.
Sixty-two players are available on 10-by-14 prints that are printed on 16-point retro-style card stock. Those cost $24.99 and can only be found on Topps.com.
For card collectors, there’s an extra twist, though.
Posted on June 9, 2014 – 3:11 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | 2014 Score Football, Panini America, Panini Rewards | Comments (6)
The first NFL-licensed football trading card set isn’t scheduled to come out until Wednesday, but that has never stopped people from listing cards early on eBay.
2014 Score Football has June 11 release date, but a few people on eBay have gotten their hands on the product early, giving collectors a sneak peek. As expected, Score relies heavily on the 2014 rookie class.
But what is more intriguing than the release of Score this week is the start of Panini’s point system meant to replace redemptions.
Panini Rewards points cards are randomly inserted into packs of 2014 Score.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 9:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 MLB Draft baseball cards, Bowman, Leaf Trading Cards, MLB draft, Panini America, Perfect Game All-American Classic, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
When the Houston Astros selected 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken with the first pick in this year’s MLB Draft on Thursday night, he immediately had a new fan base that probably can’t wait to seek out his cardboard.
The irony? They already can.
Thanks to the proliferation of pre-professional prospecting products and other All-Star inclusions, many players in this year’s draft — 28 of the first 41 players selected — already appear on cardboard and have certified autographs.
Aiken? Thanks to his presence on USA Baseball squads as well as appearances in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and other prep events, he already appears on 72 cards in the Beckett.com database valued (excluding rarities) at nearly $200 total.