Author Archives: chrisolds

Draft picks sets helped shape hobby we know today

Back in 1991, this first card from Classic Four Sport was a talking point for an emerging niche of sports card collecting — draft picks sets. Back then, we often had to wait a year — or at least later in the year — to see our newest teams’ newest stars on cards, so a card like this was something dramatically different.

Mascots take over in latest Topps wall art line

Baseball’s furry friends are taking over.

USA Baseball is common thread with emerging stars

Sure, they’re all now MLB rookies in Chicago. They’re all now under lock and key for another season before they can be free agents (thanks, Super Two rule!) and they’re all guys who have been watched closely on cardboard for some time. But that about of time is longer than you might think. Why? USA Baseball cards.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Museum Collection

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Museum Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Kris Bryant gets his own Topps wall art line

Kris Bryant is kind of a big deal — even bigger as wall art.

First Look: 2015 Topps High Tek baseball cards

High Tek won’t be a one-year wonder — not after its popularity last year.

BGS Diary: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autos?

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for April — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry.

Topps readies Kris Bryant Rookie Cards

With Kris Bryant’s arrival finally here in a game batting cleanup for the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, that finally means his first official MLB Rookie Cards get the green light.

Kris Bryant arrives: 10 baseball cards to consider

Today’s the day — Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant gets the call.

First look: 2015 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

Two autographs per box and Hot Packs are back.

First Look: 2015 Elite baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor After cameos as inserts in Donruss brands the last two years, Elite is back as a standalone product. Panini America revealed the first details and preview images for 2015 Elite on Wednesday night, a 200-card set that will arrive on June 17 with the traditional names and foilboard […]

Box Busters Preview: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen in this latest Box Busters Preview video.

Topps notes Jackie Robinson Day with new sets

The Jackie Robinson Story collection is a reproduction of the 10-card set found in packs of 2015 Topps at Target stores — only this time they are 5- by 7-inch jumbo cards and 10- by -14-inch prints.

Kentucky Derby races onto magazine shelves

Beckett’s The Kentucky Derby is 96 pages of vintage and recent imagery for $7.99 and can be found on shelves now, or by ordering through BeckettMedia.com.

Box Busters: 2014-15 SP Authentic basketball cards

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 SP Authentic in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Marvel 3D

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2015 Upper Deck Marvel 3D in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Dragon Ball Z Heroes & Villains

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Dragon Ball Z Heroes & Villains in this latest edition of Box Busters. What will they find inside? How can you win two boxes? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania

Topps revealed the first looks at 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania on Monday, a step-by-step recap of the year that was and sets the stage for WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Honus Wagner pushes $1 million mark in Robert Edward Auction

It’s the hobby’s biggest card and it’s in one of the year’s biggest auctions.

The Relic contained in this Chris Davis Museum Collection card is from a specific game and season

It’s a nameplate of a black Louisville Slugger M356 model that Davis splintered at the handle when facing Jon Lester during the bottom of the fourth inning on March 31, 2014, in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. How do I know this? The MLB Authentication sticker tells me just that.

Box Busters: 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Win our box of 2014 National Treasures baseball

How can you win a box? Leave a comment below telling us your favorite baseball player — and why.

Will Ferrell MLB auctions enter final hours

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor When comedian Will Ferrell played for 10 MLB teams in a single day last month to raise money for cancer-fighting charities, many laughed at his historic antics in meaningless games. Nobody is laughing at the results on the auction block so far. More than 70 auction lots of game-used […]

Topps releases 1952 Tribute jumbo team sets

The famed 1952 Topps set is back — in jumbo team set form — via the latest online offering from Topps.

Box Busters: 2015 Donruss baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into 2015 Donruss in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps Bunt launches for another virtual season

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor A new season is here on the field and it’s here on virtual cardboard, too. While this year’s baseball cards on paper arrived a few months ago, this year’s edition of Topps Bunt arrived late last week with a new card design, new inserts and new challenges for […]

What’s on your want list? Tell us right here …

Do you have a card that you can’t find? Post it here in the comments.

Josh Donaldson talks baseball cards on MLB Central

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds recently caught up with Josh Donaldson during the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip where the subject of his baseball card values came up.

First look: 2015 Topps Supreme baseball cards

September will be a Supreme time of year. Why? Because Topps revealed the next edition of Topps Supreme on Wednesday and the hit-based product’s 2015 edition will arrive in September with potentially more punch than ever in its brief history.

Beckett Auctions lands Benanti Collection

Beckett Auctions is pleased to announce the acquisition of items from The Benanti Collection.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Select basketball cards

Join Beckett Basketball’s Derek Ficken as he treks to Panini America headquarters for an insider’s look at 2014-15 Panini Select in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Your Turn: Who will take it all in MLB this year on the field … and on cards?

Tell us in the comments below who you think will win it all — the World Series — and who’ll dominate on cardboard.

Kris Bryant Superfractor pulled, graded by BGS

The Kris Bryant 2013 Bowman Chrome Superfractor autograph visited Beckett Grading Services for encapsulation after it was pulled by a customer of Neuhart Cards in Delaware, Ohio. Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds caught up with Neuhart’s Brian Rideout who hand-delivered the card to BGS for grading.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Opening Day baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Opening Day in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Major League Soccer

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Major League Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.