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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 Nov. 7

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 Nov. 7.

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.)

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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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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First “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn memorabilia card can be found in Triple Threads

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

He hasn’t pitched in years, has control issues and, well, he’s even admitted to PED use back in the day — but now he’s got himself an official game-used Topps baseball card.

Cleveland Indians legend and Major Leaguer Ricky Vaughn, aka Charlie Sheen, has his first memorabilia card ever thanks to Topps and it arrived in hobby shops today in 2014 Topps Triple Threads.

Nestled between Robinson Cano and Troy Tulowitzki on the Triple Threads Jumbo Plus Relics checklist is Vaughn, aka Wild Thing, and an image of a card released by Topps shows it to be a 1/1 Ruby parallel of the standard (limited to three copies) card. No other listings for the movie character appear on the checklist, though it’s possible more appearances could be had since Topps previously announced it had acquired a Vaughn jersey, which appears to be from the filming of Major League 2.

Major League autographs appearing in this year’s edition of Topps Archives were in big demand earlier in the year with the Sheen card the priciest, selling for as much as $700.

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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.

Your Turn: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card?

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What hasn’t made its way into a memorabilia card?

That’s a big question that may not have many answers if you’re talking about the four major sports, but the possibilities elsewhere in the sports world — and beyond — are a bit more vast.

We’ve seen plenty make its way into cardboard in the past but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Game-used Issue, we’d like to know what you’d want to see cut up and put into a memorabilia card. Maybe you’d want to see more non-traditional but historically significant pieces such as the Hindenburg from 2013 Panini Golden Age above — or maybe you’d want to see more movie props or simple things such as game-used baseballs with stitching. Tell us.

Do some thinking, get creative, and perhaps we’ll award something interesting with some memorabilia in it to one or two of our creative responders.

Q: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card? It could be anything … sports or not.

Let us know in the comments below — and we’ll run a selection of the answers in the upcoming magazine.

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.

More mem than ever: Memorabilia card total jumps 35 percent in less than three years

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary

You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.

You’d be wrong.

A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.

It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)

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Beckett Auctions lands Babe Ruth-Harry Frazee dual cut autograph

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HISTORICAL DUAL AUTOGRAPH CARD OF BABE RUTH/HARRY FRAZEE HIGHLIGHTS BECKETT AUCTIONS’ OCTOBER LINEUP

A one-of-a-kind autograph card linking the two principles in the sale of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1920 highlights the October 2014 Beckett “Legends of Baseball’’ Auction.

The 2005 SP Legendary Dual Cuts Autograph numbered 1/1 features cut signatures of Ruth and former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, the man who sold Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 along with a reported $300,000 in loans that Frazee used to help finance one of his Broadway plays. The deal remains the most lopsided in baseball trade in history. The year he was sold, Ruth went on to slug 54 home runs – then a single-season record. Frazee died in 1929 and his signature remains in high demand to those wanting a piece of this unique history.

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THE DANDY DOZEN: The priciest* Bowman Chrome baseball autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Ever wonder which Bowman Chrome prospect/rookie autos (excluding parallels*) are the most expensive?

Mike Trout is the second player of the bunch to have his standard Bowman Chrome debut auto top the $1,000 mark — and he’s the only one to do it that’s not serial-numbered. Tops on the list, of course, is Albert Pujols‘ 2001 card that is limited to just 500 copies.

The rest of the crew is a who’s who of recent hot players — from Nats teammates Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg to Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig. You also can’t forget a pair of cards from this year’s biggie, Kris Bryant.

Here are the top 12 cards …  after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

First Look: 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75 Years baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s annual Hall of Fame baseball card set is going high-end.

The company formally revealed the basic product inclusions and images for 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75 Years on Tuesday, and it’s a single-pack box that includes twice as many autographs per box than its predecessor, Cooperstown.

This time around, Hall of Fame will include 12 cards in a box with two Hall of Famer autographs, four cards numbered to 75 or fewer copies and six other cards — one Elite Series, one Dominator, one Crusade, one Diamond King and two other cards — per box. It is set to arrive on Oct. 8.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … Hot baseball players, hot prospects & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As the regular season winds down and the pennant races heat up, this year’s true movers and shakers will begin to emerge on cardboard.

With our latest 20 Questions, we want to know what you think of the hobby’s key players, key cards and key product developments.

1. Who is your hobby MVP this season?

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2. Who gets your Hobby Rookie of the Year vote?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click “Read More” … )

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Upper Deck to Release 25th Anniversary Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This week, collectors heading to their local card store or particiating in an authorized group break featuring Upper Deck products are in for a surprise treat coming in the form of special 25th Anniversary Promo Packs.

The five-card packs will contain a special 110-card base set from several sports designed in the same manner as the landmark 1989 Upper Deck Baseball release. Seeded once per pack is one of 40 different additional 1989 Themed Rookie Cards that include such young talents as Byron Buxton, Nathan MacKinnon and Johnny Manziel.

If that was not enough, there are over 70 different Autograph Parallel cards to track down and they are limited to between 25 and 125 copies each. Combined with the ever-popular Printing Plates, they will be coming out of packs at an attainable 1:17 rate. Read More »

Trading Card Industry Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini's Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini’s Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks.

As you would expect, the videos are priceless.

The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge from Upper Deck that was accepted by The Topps Company. Take a moment after the jump to watch and consider making a donation of your own as the post ice-bath expressions from Topps Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sports & Entertainment, Doug Kruep and Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin are incredible. Read More »

Pete Frates, the man behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, gets his own Topps baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Employees of Topps took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday in New York City and the former college baseball player who inspired the viral video movement as part of his own battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis now has something he never had before.

He has a few Topps baseball cards.

Pete Frates, the former Boston College captain, now appears on five new wall art offerings from Topps — cards featuring photos of Frates from his playing days and designs from the Topps archives.

“Topps is honored to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS charities,” reads the description in the store. “All proceeds will be donated by Topps to fund ALS research to find a cure for this disease. #StrikeoutALS.”

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First Look: 2015 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

New year, new stickers.

Topps revealed the lineup for its 2015 Topps MLB Sticker Collection on Thursday, giving beginners — and maybe even collecting veterans — a simple option for the new year at just $1 a pack.

Set to arrive on March 4, it will include 50 packs per box and 16 boxes per case, while each album will include 32 pages and a sheet of six free stickers.

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …