Posted on July 27, 2014 – 3:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Atlanta Braves, Baseball Hall of Fame, Bobby Cox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cooperstown, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Joe Torre, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals, Tom Glavine, Tony Larussa | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame …
Look for a behind-the-scenes story about how the Hall’s plaques are made in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.
Posted on July 25, 2014 – 3:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 2014 Golden Age, 2014 Panini Golden Age, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Joey Ramone, Liberace, memorabilia cards, Panini America, Panini Golden Age, The Ramones, Willie Nelson | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Each and every blaster box of this year’s Golden Age baseball card set from Panini America includes a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and it’s likely from one of several icons found in the product’s Legends of Music set.
There are four performers in the eight-card set — Hank Williams, Liberace, Joey Ramone and Willie Nelson — and all but Ramone appear on more than one card.
Some of Nelson’s three cards feature swatches from his famous red bandanas (but not all), while the others have swatches from clothing pieces purchased at auction.
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Posted on July 25, 2014 – 12:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Game-used bat barrel, game-used memorabilia, Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
There’s just one spot on a game-used baseball bat that says it all — and it makes for some of the most-impressive game-used cards possible.
It’s the nameplate on a bat barrel, that sweet spot of real estate on a slugger’s most-vital weapon when it comes to success in the national pastime. Aside from perhaps the bat knob, which can sometimes make for prime cards with personal touches that stand out, the barrel is, without question, the best piece of a bat to make cardboard.
And they are some of the rarest cards around, too.
Posted on July 25, 2014 – 12:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1972 Topps, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, Topps, Topps Wall Art | Comments (1)
It’s time to take a trip to Cooperstown.
With Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, Topps‘ latest offering of wall art is one that puts the spotlight on 20 of the best players in the history of the game — it’s the Metal Cut Collection. It’s also a first for the new series of online art offerings in that these will come not only printed on metal but also diecut using the style of 1972 Topps — just without the borders.
Posted on July 23, 2014 – 12:36 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Bobby Orr, Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning, Reggie Jackson, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.
Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.
Posted on July 21, 2014 – 5:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1/1, 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, @thatkevinsmtih, autographs, baseball cards, Kevin Smith, MLB | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Covers, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey, Beckett Sports Card Monthly | Comments (1)
Beckett Media has it covered.
Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.
A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 1:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Donruss, 2014 Donruss Series 2, Albert Pujols, autographs, derek jeter, Jose Abreu, MLB, MLBPA, Panini America, Recollection Collection | Comments (6)
Donruss is back — again.
Panini America is readying a second series of Donruss baseball cards in the year of its return to the baseball field and it will arrive soon — Aug. 6 to be exact.
Series 2 will include two autographs per box as well as a Bat King or a Jersey King memorabilia card along with a selection of inserts and base cards capping the first release.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, MMA | Box Busters Live, MLB, MMA, NBA, nfl, Panini America, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (56)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.
Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.
How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.
He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 9:30 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Upper Deck, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary | Comments (2)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.
From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.
An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.
Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »
Posted on July 14, 2014 – 10:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1958 Topps, 2014 MLB All-Star Game, 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Jumbo, 2014 Topps Wall Art, Topps, Topps Wall Art | Comments (0)
Somebody got a 1/1 Derek Jeter oversized baseball card straight from Topps for $99.
Probably right place, right time as it was part of Topps’ latest wall art line that highlights the rosters of this year’s Midsummer Classic, which is Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Each player is captured on the memorable 1958 Topps All-Star subset design.
Every All-Star appears on a 10-by-14 oversized card print limited to just 99 serial-numbered copies with each available for $34.99.
Posted on July 10, 2014 – 4:09 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1/1, 2014 Bowman Inception, autographs, MLB, prospects, Topps | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on July 9, 2014 – 9:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, MLB, Topps | Comments (3)
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 …
Posted on July 9, 2014 – 1:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Multisport | 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions, goodwin champions, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on July 8, 2014 – 4:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | autographs, Axl Rose, Axl Rose autographs, Guns N Roses, MLB, Topps | Comments (5)
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?
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 July 8, 2014 – 1:58 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Bench Warmer, Damian Lillard, Famous Fabrics, In The Game, Jadaveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (0)
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:
Posted on July 8, 2014 – 10:59 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, National Sports Collectors Convention | Andrew Wiggins, Blake Bortles, Cleveland, Dante Exum, Johnny Manziel, Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, National Sports Collectors Convention, Panini America, Redemption Programs | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on July 7, 2014 – 9:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, baseball cards, Boston Red Sox, Daniel Nava, game-used, MLB, playoff beard, Topps | Comments (6)
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?
Posted on July 3, 2014 – 4:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Panini Golden Age, baseball, Brady Bunch, Panini America, TV | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on June 27, 2014 – 4:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Los Angeles Dodgers, Topps, Yasiel Puig, Yasiel Puig autographs | Comments (4)
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.