Monthly Archives: September 2014

Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Stadium Club baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Stadium Club returns Wednesday after six years on the bench with a new array of inserts and autographs to chase as Topps revisits the venerable 1990s brand with a high-end twist.

With a new configuration of three mini boxes per overall box and six packs inside similar to Finest, Stadium Club will deliver the hits with an autograph in every single mini. It’s the first Stadium Club set since 2008, a high-end release back then. It did not return in 2009.

This time around, the base set will consist of 200 cards and here’s a small sampling of a bit of everything found in the brand … after the jump.

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Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Prime football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps Prime football cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Fleer Ultra hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Fleer Ultra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Gypsy Queen turns five next year.

Set to arrive on April 15, 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen will arrive with the latest new look and retro style for the popular brand with two autographs and two Relics per 24-pack hobby box. It also will include one 10-card mini-box as a box-topper in its fifth season of release.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 4.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

(24 carries, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns)

Most people didn’t expect much from the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray in the preseason this year, but four games in and Murray is on pace to have a 2,000-yard season. His 149-yards and two touchdown performance helped the Cowboys dominate the New Orleans Saints, 38-17. Murray’s cards have cooled off in the last year but if DeMarco Murray keeps dominating other team’s defenses collectors could see his cards rise back to where they used to be. 2011 Exquisite Collection is an example of this. It topped out at $250 and has dropped down to $150. It will also help if Dallas can keep winning and make the playoffs for the first time in several years.

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WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus is The Queen of WrestleMania, a mom — and a “collector nerd” too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

She’s seen the world as both a model and an athlete. She’s a successful businesswoman. She’s a Hall of Famer. She’s held the WWE’s women’s championship more times than any other Diva in history and is now officially wrestling royalty.

Her new Queen of WrestleMania cards from Topps say so.

But the title that is apparent for Trish Stratus now vs. her past is the one that probably matters most — and it’s even reflected on the final card in her new set.

It’s Mom. And the last card found in the new 2014 Topps Road to WrestleMania set shows the first time she publicly announced the future arrival of  her son, Maximus, who celebrates his first birthday in four days with his first cardboard appearance. You can call it a Rookie Card per se.

“That’s hilarious. Oh my God, that’s great,” she said, laughing. “I never really looked at it like that, but you’re right.”

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New Fleer Ultra Hockey Release Features Surprise Parallel Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes a redemption card can be a bit of a disappointment for a collector. After pulling one from a pack, there is often a wait associated with it and what is ultimately received might not live up to expectations.

In the case of the redemption cards for Ultra Violet parallels coming out of 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey packs from Upper Deck, the cards collectors will receive will certainly be worth the temporary inconvenience. These flashy pieces of cardboard are limited to one copy each and are going to be highly coveted by player collectors.

“We made the Ultra Violet one-of-one parallels as a component of the group of high end chase cards that are available in Ultra,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “We strategically fashioned this product to highlight an array of chase cards that more often than not, are devoid of autographs and memorabilia. We offer plenty of those cards in other brands and we wanted to give Ultra a distinct profile in our hockey calendar lineup. The Ultra Violet cards help contribute to that effort.” Read More »

Upper Deck Becomes Exclusive American Hockey League Licensee

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back in July, Upper Deck released its first product featuring players from the American Hockey League and the boxed set was the precursor to a new exclusive deal between the NHL’s top development league and its lone licensed trading card producer.

Over the years, a mind-boggling number of future stars have played at the AHL level and were able to develop their skills before making the transition to the NHL game. With a current membership of 30 teams located throughout North America, there are strong regional followings which have supported clubs for decades.

“The AHL is thrilled to be able to bring the excitement of our league to fans though AHL trading cards and collectibles,” said David Andrews, the league’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I know Upper Deck will be a great licensee to work with both now and in the future.” Read More »

Collect Call: Talking Topps cards, autos and even a missing tooth with WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he talks about wrestling, autographs, the Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards, memorabilia and even a missing tooth with the Queen of WrestleMania, Trish Stratus, in this edition of Collect Call.

Look for even more about Stratus and collecting in a story right here soon on Beckett.com/news and in the pages of an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Curious about the tooth moment? View it here in HD at the 1:56 mark.

Which of these Queen of  WrestleMania cards is your favorite? Tell us below and take our poll.

Which Queen card gets your vote as the best?

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The Journey of Derek Jeter — A year-by-year look at The Captain’s career on cardboard

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

If you’re a certain age, you’ve grown up with him on your television or on your cardboard. If you’re a bit more advanced in age, you’ve grown old with him on the field perhaps evoking memories of similar pinstriped superstars of your youth that you might have loved or hated.

Either way, something is about to change.

The twilight of Derek Jeter’s spotless journey with the New York Yankees is coming to a close with a few days all that remain in the hourglass called his career. Sure, everything ultimately will be documented on the stat sheet, on cardboard (of course) and on DVDs and memory reels to come for decades, but the chance to see a new highlight is coming to a close quickly.

That’s life.

We’ve known Derek Jeter on cardboard far longer than just his last 20 seasons as a big-leaguer — all spent at shortstop for the New York Yankees. While he made his Bronx debut back in 1995, his debut on cardboard came with 20 draft picks and minor league cards from various card companies way back in 1992.

Classic, Front Row, Little Sun, Fleer and more captured The Captain long before he held that title — long before we knew him to be anything more than just another new guy with potential. Long before we came to know him as Mr. November.

Taken with the sixth pick in the 1992 MLB Draft behind MLB non-luminaries Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds and Chad Mottola, Jeter was the first high-schooler selected that year. Five summers from now he should be the first — and potentially only — member of that draft class to find himself in Cooperstown. (Sorry, Johnny Damon.)

Whether you remember Jeter more in his early days fresh out of Kalamazoo Central High School or just in classy blue pinstripes as a Top Prospect who actually delivered, we know that, as a collector, you probably have a memory or two about Jeter cardboard from the past.

If not, we’ll revisit each of Jeter’s 20 seasons as a big-leaguer after the jump, noting just how many of his 14,000-plus cards in the Beckett.com database came from that season and presenting some highlight-worthy cards from the more than $380,000-plus in cardboard (excluding rarities) that are out there for us to chase.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps UFC Champions MMA cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps UFC Champions in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Finest football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Finest in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Canada Junior hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Canada Junior in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back in 2000-01, Upper Deck was one of the first hockey card manufacturers to embrace the concept of having a game-used memorabilia card included in every pack of a product. Their debut SP Game Used release hit store shelves that season and it was an instant smash hit.

In recent years, however, the brand has had to fight an uphill battle at times despite adding some new features and facing added competition from products offering increased ratios for pulling a memorabilia card. Critics may need to reconsider their opinion in the near future, though, as the configuration has changed dramatically and it looks to offer more variety and value in every five-card pack.

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What’s in your Relic? Exploring some 2014 Allen & Ginter oddities

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Each and every year, Topps’ Allen & Ginter brand of baseball cards ups the ante with unusual Relics that go right alongside some of the eccentric choices found as card subjects. Here’s a sampling of the unusual Relics in this year’s set.

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What’s inside filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Allen & Ginter Relic in this year’s set? It’s no surprise, really, as he’s shown wearing one of his Edmonton Oilers-style SIR hockey jerseys and that’s what is in the card. The creator of an empire with Clerks and his other View Askew films also has a network of podcasts and SIR is an abbreviation for SModcast Internet Radio, its collective name. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Smith in a new trading card set but it is since it’s been a long time since his film Mallrats had its own card set. This hardcore hockey fan helped finance his first film by selling his comic book collection and his empire has had plenty of merch through the years, too. You can check it all out over on jayandsilentbob.com.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 3.

Veteran of the Week:

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

(370 yards passing, 4 touchdowns)

Another week, another dominating performance by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck threw for 370 yards, 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. After two years, he has proven one of the most consistent players in the league, putting up huge numbers week after week. The 44-17 win over Jacksonville is up there with his most impressive performances of his young career. From the moment there were Andrew Luck cards, they have been in high demand. If Luck can figure a way to make a deep run into the playoffs, could we see his values soar even higher than they already are?

 

Cards to Grab:

2012 Exquisite Collection #0 Gold AU/99 ($1,800)

2012 Panini National Treasures 301 JSY AU/99 RC ($2,200)

2012 Topps Five Star #170 JSY AU/50 RC ($350)

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Panini NFL Player of the Day Promotion Kicks Off

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The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion is in full swing with more than 800 participating hobby shops scheduled to receive their program kits this week.

This will be the 15th year for the successful program, and the Player of the Day card set looks to be more packed than ever. This season’s set includes a 25-card base set (13 veterans, 12 rookies) and features an 18-card autographed set, player-worn memorabilia cards and, for the first time, Cracked Ice parallels with a shimmering, reflective background.

Participating hobby shops display the Player of the Day poster picturing an NFL player from the 32 different teams, plus Wild Card players. When a collector purchases a pack from a Panini card product and pulls a card of the featured player of the day or a Wild Card player, they are entered into a weekly drawing for various prizes, including Player of the Day promo packs, t-shirts and more. These winners are then entered into national drawings for a chance to win bigger prizes, including the grand prize—a day with an NFL player, a $250 shopping spree, an autograph session at the hobby shop, and a party at the winner’s home.

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Card Gallery: 2014 Panini Immaculate’s game-used baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While we visited Panini America headquarters this week for a look inside the vault at some key pieces of game-used memorabilia for the upcoming Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, there was even more action elsewhere in the Dallas area as Panini’s latest baseball product was being packed at the printing facility.

The debut edition of Panini Immaculate arrives  on Wednesday, and it’s got some game-changing jumbo game-used memorabilia cards inside — cards that will demand you stop and look.

Here’s a selection of images straight from Panini after the jump — and you can see more by clicking here and here.

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First look: 2014 Topps Heritage High Number baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is turning back the clock to 1965 once again this season.

How? With the 2014 Topps Heritage High Number set, a 100-card offering that will arrive via a boxed set on Oct. 29.

Each factory set will include one autographed Rookie Card and there will be 24 sets per case.

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You want our rare cards? We want to see your SuperCollector submissions & your deadline is Dec. 8

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We pulled a pretty sweet 1/1 Craig Kimbrel Relic booklet out of Triple Threads and a rare rookie parallel of Teddy Bridgewater out of Rookies & Stars (/5) and we want them to be yours.

BridgewaterTwo collectors will get their hands on them if they submit their SuperCollector stories for the upcoming annual SuperCollector showcase issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Your deadline is Dec. 8.

We run SuperCollector nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. This time, though, it’s 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 Larry Bird cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail baseball 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.

After the jump, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to enter — what to say, what to send and where.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Triple Threads in this edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oh, and that big card that was pulled? It’s going out to one of you … get those SuperCollector entries ready. (More to come on that later.)

Box Busters: 2014 Flair Showcase football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Flair Showcase in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Win a Case of 2014 Topps Fire in Topps Fire Friday Promotion

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Topps has deemed today, Friday, Sept. 19, Topps Fire Friday. Collectors around the country will have a chance to win a case of Topps Fire Football cards when it hits stores in January.

Starting today and running all weekend through Sept. 21 collectors can walk into their local hobby shop and ask that the store order Topps Fire Football. Next, take a picture of you in the hobby store asking for Topps Fire in a creative way such as holding up a sign that says “I want Topps Fire” with the store manager. Once you take the picture, tweet using both the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday & the Topps Twitter handle: @Toppscards. Or you can post a picture to the Topps Facebook page at Facebook.com/Topps using the the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday.

The entrant who submits the most creative photo will win. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23 on Topps’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. The winner will receive a case of Topps Fire Football upon release of the product in January 2015.

You can read the official rules at http://www.topps.com/firefridays

David Lee
footballeditor@beckett.com
Twitter: @FreeEnergyDude

First Look: 2014 Panini Flawless Football

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Panini is bringing is popular Flawless brand from basketball and hockey to the gridiron at the end of next month.

Releasing Oct. 31, 2014 Panini Flawless Football will feature plenty of on-card autographs and patch cards. Every card will be numbered to 25 or less.

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Mets rookie Jacob DeGrom gets his first autograph — via Topps Finest rookie redemptions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

New York Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom finally has an autographed card and it can be found in packs of 2014 Topps Finest.

But you won’t see his name anywhere on the redemption card as he’s presently known as “Rookie Auto Redemption No. 2.”

Topps revealed all three of the subjects in this year’s set on Thursday morning and the ninth-round draft pick from 2010 isn’t even the top pitcher on the list, despite his 8-6, 2.68 ERA-season as a rookie in The Big Apple.

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First Look: 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A quarter of a century ago, Basketball card collectors rejoiced when they were finally able to collect more than one set during a season and it is only fitting that 2014-15 NBA Hoops from Panini America will be kicking off the upcoming campaign.

An affordable entry-level release that is loaded with hits that even advanced collectors can appreciate, Hoops is expected to deliver two autographs and one memorabilia card in every box along with a wide array of rookies, inserts and parallels.

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LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles Combine for 280 Yards 2 TDs in Monday Night Win

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Last year’s collecting attention for the Philadelphia Eagles was on quarterback Nick Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. But last night in a Monday Night Football match-up against Andrew Luck and the Colts, it was the Philadelphia running back combination of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles who commanded the spotlight in a come-from-behind win to give the Eagles a 2-0 record. In fact, the two accounted for more than 60 percent of the team’s yardage.

McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and added 23 yards receiving. Sproles, a nine-year vet who has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, led all Eagles in receiving with 152 yards and also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sproles also had a key first down late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal.

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Panini America Reveals Early Details on 2014-15 NBA Releases

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The 2014-15 NBA season is already receiving a ton of hype due to a strong rookie class and the off-season moves by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but trading card collectors have been patiently waiting for further details on what to expect from Panini America.

With some new products coming and many established favorites returning, Panini hopes to build on a strong 2013-14 season and will actually be slightly reducing the number of brands to help the market grow. Beckett Basketball recently received a chance to pose some questions to the company’s Product Development Director, David Porter, and he gave an indication about what is anticipated on store shelves in the next few months.

“We’re very excited about the 2014-15 NBA calendar,” he said “We’re going to lead off with our Hoops release on October 15th. Prestige will follow shortly, available only at Target. Next, we have a revamped Totally Certified releasing November 5, 2014. December will contain two releases, Court Kings and a brand new offering in Paramount. The bulk of the products will be released by the end of April, 2015. Stay tuned for release schedules on National Treasures Basketball, Immaculate Basketball, and Flawless Basketball.” Read More »

Beckett Auctions “Find of the Week”

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Market Analyst & Auctions Coordinator

Beckett Auction Services (www.auctions.beckett.com) has been able to consign many items of sports hobby history since its inception earlier this year. A common theme for the current September auction is showcasing items from “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. One item in particular that caught my eye was a UNC team-signed basketball from the 1983-84 season. Some call it one of the greatest teams to be labeled as underachievers, but others just call it a solid squad with some Hall of Famers.

Signatures from this baby blue and white colored basketball with a retro Tarheel logo have the entire roster of players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Cliff Morris, Buzz Peterson, Cecil Exum, Matt Doherty, and more.   Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Good things sometimes seem to come in groups of three and the upcoming release of 2014-15 Trilogy Hockey from Upper Deck is certainly hoping to put that theory to the test once again later this year.

Arriving in time for the holiday season, Trilogy has traditionally offered up three major categories of hits since its debut back in 2003-04. This time, it’s all about autographs, rookies and memorabilia cards and there are some interesting changes that should be able to generate some interest from collectors.

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Panini snaps my favorite player’s signing slump

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

My fellow collectors, my long national collecting nightmare is over.

A reference to a presidential address older than I am probably isn’t fitting here — nor is this a development that will change the collecting landscape once and for all because it’s not that important to that many baseball fans.

Except, it’s important to me — and maybe a few of you in the Brohio section of the ol’ ballpark in Cleveland or a few of you among his 1.72 million Twitter followers – and I’m writing it, anyway.

My collecting conundrum — call it a drought, call it a slump, call it whatever — of the last few years will soon be over as I received a tip via a top-secret Twitter DM Friday night from a source I’ll simply dub “Deep Tracy.”

The scoop? Panini America is releasing autographed cards of Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, my favorite player, in 2014 Panini Immaculate arriving on Sept. 24. They’re his first autographs (ones actually showing him on the card, anyway) since 2010, and they’re the first not on stickers since 2008. This one’s signed on what the company is calling “black tweedweave” and it was inked after the card was assembled.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.

Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.

1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?

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2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?

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See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.

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Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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