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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Inception baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Inception in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside besides a red mini pack box-topper? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions in this episode of Box Busters.

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Just a little patience … Axl Rose finally signs for Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

After more than a year, some of Axl Rose‘s Topps autographs are signed, sealed and ready to be delivered.

Topps revealed on its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon the first looks at its 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal insert — an autographed parallel printed on metal — that the Guns N Roses frontman finally signed after the card was issued last year via a redemption.

“#BOOM! Look who signed. @axlrose,” read the post. “Heavy Metal autos will ship soon. More info to come on other autos.”

Rose’s other autos, all issued as redemptions, included his standard Heavy Metal card from Archives as well as standard and red-ink autos found in 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter. This year’s version of that set officially arrives tomorrow.

It’s worth noting that the card above is missing the set’s “Heavy Metal” logo is not shown on Rose’s card — not a stretch to guess that that’s perhaps a reason for the delay in signing.

Axl Rose has signed. How did you react?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Leaf Trading Cards Reveals Big Plans for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.

The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.

The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:

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Panini Unveils Multi-Sport Redemption Program and VIP Set for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has given collectors a small glimpse into their plans for the upcoming 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and they will be focusing on the hottest rookies around in addition to today’s brightest stars.

It all begins with a special treat for VIP attendees as they will open up their bags to find a coupon they can take to the company’s booth and exchange it for a special six-card set. This loaded collection features recent NFL draftees Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, NBA picks Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, along with MLB freshmen Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka.

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Daniel Nava’s beard becomes a Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A beard is in a baseball card.

At least one collector ripping into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, which officially arrives on Wednesday has found a hair-razing card.

It’s a Daniel Nava Oddity Relic — and its game-used item inside is strands of hair from his playoff beard. It’s the only Oddity Relic listed on the Topps checklist released on Monday (click here to open a copy) and it’s limited to just 25 serial-numbered copies.

The card sits at $71 after nine bids on eBay.

How much do you think it will sell for? Do you have any other thoughts?

Tell us in the comments below.

Your Turn: What's your reaction to this card?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Golden Age baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Golden Age from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Topps signs Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to exclusive autograph deal

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Yasiel Puig has a new team.

The second-year star outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers has signed an exclusive autograph card deal with Topps, the company announced on Friday.

“Joining the Topps family is yet another dream come true for me,” Puig said in a prepared statement. “It’s exciting to be pictured on a baseball card and to be part of such a long-standing American tradition.”

Puig, 23, is in his second season in MLB after arriving from Cuba where he was star player. In 74 games this season, he’s hitting .309 with 11 homers and 45 RBI.

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Hobby Pulse Poll: Two no-hitters in one week — who will you collect?

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Two MLB no-nos in a week ... who you collecting?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Beckett 20 Questions on … legendary hitters, strong pitchers, baseball cards & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s plenty going on in baseball, so we’ll keep this edition of 20 Questions short and to the point.

1. Which of these hitters with Rookie Cards from the last 35 years or so would you buy first?

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2. Which of these 1983 RCs would you buy first?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click “more” to see the rest.)

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Poll: Which Tony Gwynn Rookie Card is the best?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With Tony Gwynn‘s untimely death last week at age 54, there have been a lot of collectors picking up copies of his cardboard.

That’s inevitable since he was easily one of the most-productive hitters of the last 50 years and also one of the most-overlooked, having spent his entire MLB career in San Diego.

That got us wondering … which Gwynn Rookie Card is the best? Here are a few questions that might help answer that — and feel free to make a case for any of them in the comments below.

Which Tony Gwynn Rookie Card would you want first?

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Which Gwynn RC is the most expensive?

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Which Gwynn RC is the cheapest?

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In your mind, which Gwynn RC is the rarest?

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In your mind, which Gwynn RC is the easiest to find?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Distributor Sports Images discontinues sports card portion of business

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.

The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.

Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.

“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”

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Topps exploring even more ‘Major League’ items

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you think you’ve seen the last of Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn and the rest of the Major League gang on Topps stuff, think again.

The company already previously announced that it has acquired a Charlie Sheen-worn “gamer” from Major League 2 and will include Relics in a few upcoming high-end card brands.

In an interview about the company’s online offerings for an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Jeff Heckman, the company’s manager of marketing and product development, mentioned that there might be even more in the works as a follow-up to the recent online-only jumbo card offering from the company.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Pro Debut in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Tier One baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Tier One in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards

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

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Topps readies Allen & Ginter promo cards of Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu for National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Two of baseball’s hottest rookies will headline Topps‘ wrapper redemption programs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Collectors who visit the company’s booth during the show at the I-X Center from July 30-Aug. 3 and open a box of 2014 Allen & Ginter will receive one of two mini promo cards made just for the show — one of New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka or one of Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. This is the only way to receive these cards.

A second wrapper redemption program will take place for collectors opening any three packs of any Topps product that is not Opening Day or 2014 Topps Minis, which will be making its debut at the show ($50 per box). For those who opt to open three packs, they will receive a mini card from one of these eight past and present NFL or MLB players: Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Jim Brown, Jordan Cameron, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Bob Feller or Albert Belle.

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Vintage logos and player caricatures lead way in latest Topps wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is turning back the clock and turning to caricature art in its latest line of wall art arriving on Topps.com today.

The Topps MLB Illustration line is reminiscent of the 1961 Topps Magic Rub-offs with more than 30 team logos and player prints available as 11-by-17 prints that are each numbered to just 99 copies.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

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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.

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