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Category Archives: Baseball

First look: 2015 Topps MLB Chipz

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Chipz will fall where they may in the spring.

Topps‘ third MLB product reveal on Wednesday afternoon is 2015 Topps MLB Chipz, the third go-round for the round collectibles that feature today’s baseball stars.

Each pack will include four Chipz with 36 packs per gravity box when it arrives in April. A firm release date was not announced.

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First look: 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball sets

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Bowman Chrome Mini factory sets are back.

Bowman Chrome cards are getting shrunken once again and packed into factory set form as Topps announced Wednesday that 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini sets will arrive in December.

Set to arrive the week of Dec. 24, each factory set will include 330 cards and each eight-set case will guarantee a 1/1 Superfractor card or printing plate. Also new this year will be image variations for some players, while every factory set will also include 30 Refractor parallels.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Tribute baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The first high-end line of 2015 will be Tribute.

Topps released the first images of 2015 Topps Tribute on Wednesday, a hit-per-pack high-end brand that the company promises will be “revamped to incorporate your feedback, suggestions and ideas” while including the “same upper-echelon technology the has made Tribute a collecting staple.”

Like past years, it will include three autographs and three Relics per six-pack box when it arrives on Feb. 19.

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Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. 

Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.

“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”

On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”

In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.

While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.

How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click a second time for a larger view)

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.

 

First look: 2015 Topps baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The new year is here.

Topps released the first glimpses and basic details for the 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball card set on Thursday, a base set that is the largest for the company in years with 350 cards in the initial release.

Set to arrive on Feb. 4, there will be 36 packs per hobby box with 10 cards per pack, while jumbos will have 50 cards per pack and 10 packs per box for HTA. There will be one auto or Relic in each hobby box and a guaranteed auto and two Relics in every jumbo as has been the pattern in recent years.

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At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

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Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.

At the National: A legendary autograph lineup — the 1927 New York Yankees

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Collector Alan Zimmerman stopped by the Beckett Media booth during the recent National Sports Collectors Convention to show off a rather legendary pull from Topps Five Star.

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Your Turn: Which new rookies will you collect?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new NFL season coming quickly, we’re getting our first glimpses of the latest players in their new threads on the field.

Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and more newcomers from this year’s draft have taken their first plays against exhibition opponents, giving us our first chances to gauge their cardboard superiority against something concrete. Some might have wowed us, some might not.

For the upcoming second-helping of a Rookies Issue of BSCM this year (the first was just a few months ago), we want to know who you’re collecting for newcomers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Tell us which rookies you’re collecting in the comments below … we’ll run a selection of your answers in the upcoming issue.

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 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Donruss Series 2 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Auctions Puts Pieces of Hobby History Up For Bid in August

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With each passing month, Beckett Auctions continues to pick up momentum as many major pieces of hobby history are on the block and ready to go to the highest bidder.

The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one. Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.

After the jump, we’ll learn more about some of the tremendous items collectors may bid on starting at noon Central on Aug. 10.
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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Sunday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With another National Sports Collectors Convention coming to an end, most attendees are hopefully returning home with items that they have desired for years.

The quest for the perfect collectible is a challenge most hobbyists embrace and there is a good chance that many walked away with positive feelings about their experiences over the past few days in Cleveland. The Beckett Media team certainly enjoyed meeting with collectors from all over the world and hearing about their experiences.

The 2014 National Treasure Hunt closes with five more unique items and you can read more about them after the jump.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Saturday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

As the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention keeps rolling along, many great items are turning up on the show floor and commanding the attention of the crowd.

One of the greatest things about the National is the diversity of collectibles that can be bought, sold or even traded for. Since the beginning, it has always been about baseball items, but fans of other sports are well-represented as well.

Let’s take another look at some of the treasures that popped up over the course of the show on Saturday after the jump.

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Old cards help create Exquisite Lebron tribute at National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer

CLEVELAND | When one thinks of the most-iconic basketball card of the last decade, there is likely one that comes to mind — the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James, an autographed patch Rookie Card.  Only 99 copies exist, but with the help of Tim Carroll, an elementary school teacher from South Carolina, there soon will be a 100th of sorts.

Carroll, the man who famously cut up 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards to create a giant tribute of the famed Ken Griffey Jr. RC, has been at the National Sports Collectors Convention this week making his latest creation, his version of the famed James card.

“I’m using nothing but Upper Deck brand Cleveland Cavaliers cards to recreate the modern Holy Grail of basketball cards,” Carroll said as he held a glue stick in one hand preparing to place a shiny piece of 1995-96 SP card into the area that surrounds the head of James on his creation.

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At the National: Busting packs with Jobu and other NSCC superstars at the ballpark

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds took Jobu and a few of his friends to the ballpark on Friday night and you can find them all in his Cleveland-focused and National Sports Collectors Convention-only packs ripped in the stands of Progressive Field after a dominating 12-2 Indians win over the Texas Rangers.

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler and Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as they rip into a box of the not-even-out yet 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Beckett Media Super Break

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he introduces the Beckett Media Super Break box — a collaboration repack product –along with Super Break’s Scott Allen. They present a box to a random collector at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

On the breaker beat at the NSCC — five basics we should know

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum.  The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.

The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned.  The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.

The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.

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Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.

From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.

We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.

Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.

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The National remains the show of all sports shows

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

CLEVELAND | Merely walking the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention is an experience of its own.

Turn one direction and you can be greeted by the movers and shakers of the hobby — hobnob with hobby veterans and hobby newcomers alike all with a shared interest in cardboard no matter which decade they might specialize in.

Turn one way, particularly at this year’s show at the IX Center and you can see an entire online community specializing in shredding, consuming today’s finest products at break-neck rates. Turn the other and you’ll see focused, intent collectors with notebooks and paper checklists seeking to complete a perhaps decade-old pursuit of completing a set from decades ago.

Then, of course, you’ll see what you would have never imagined finding.

And that’s the charm.

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a box of 2014 Bowman Platinum with Topps’ Marc Stephens after its debut.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …