Category Archives: Baseball

Ripping Retail Retro: 1993 Topps Series 1 baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1993 Topps Series 1 — home of the Derek Jeter Rookie Card — in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Beckett 20 Questions on … vintage baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions … all about vintage baseball cards.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector?

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2. When do you think the "vintage" years end?

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Topps adds new MLB rookies to wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They’ve made it to the majors and now they can be yours once again.

Topps added seven new MLB rookies to its 2015 MLB Call-ups wall art line on Wednesday, a brand of 10- by 14-inch prints of their debut Bowman cards printed on quarter-inch acrylic for an added three-dimensional effect when placed onto a wall.

This time around, Michael Conforto, Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Nola, Luis Severino, Miguel Sano, Stephen Piscotty and Steven Matz can be found in the lineup only available at Topps.com.

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Jayson Werth’s beard looks even more amazing in Chia Pet form for stadium giveaway

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Jayson Werth‘s beard might be the greatest gift to stadium giveaways.

Last year it was a bobblehead. Now the Washington Nationals are giving away a Jayson Werth Chia Pet.

And it’s fantastic.

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Topps gives out exclusive Jose Abreu autograph to 2015 National Q&A attendees

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The National has no shortage of exclusive cards. However, one big one could easily slip by because it wasn’t advertised and it required a little work to get. At the end of their Q&A on Saturday, Topps announced that those in attendance would receive a special Jose Abreu autographed card. But the offer was only open to those who stuck around until the announcement was made.

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Topps reveals Finest Mystery Redemptions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The mystery in 2015 Topps Finest is solved.

Three Mystery Redemptions found in packs of Topps‘ long-running brand were revealed and they include one of the hottest rookies on cardboard this season.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

My $123,750 Bud Selig autograph

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

One of my goals every time I set foot on the floor of a National Sports Collectors Convention is to find a single interesting item that could serve as a single memorable souvenir of the trip. It’s not that easy on a smaller budget or if you don’t have an organized want list, but I managed to do that in the final hours of the show.

I call it my $123,750 Bud Selig autograph.

There were many more interesting and obscure autographs to be found on the show floor of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, but this one just struck me as interesting — especially for my price — because of the timeframe, the amount, the “Allan Selig” signature and the mystery of what it might be for. After all, it’s a few dollars.

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Topps releases remaining NSCC sets online

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you missed the show of all shows, Topps has two show-only releases that you can still get — at least for a limited time.

Three limited sets of 5-by-7 baseball cards — one featuring notable Chicago icons and the other featuring game’s biggest young stars on High Tek stock — were only found at the National Sports Collectors Convention but now are available now on Topps.com. Two other sets showcase young stars of the NFL.

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BGS Vintage Challenge: Chris Olds

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff member were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.

The Card: 1959 Topps #435

The Player: Frank Robinson

The Cost: $28

The Cost to Grade: $15 (NSCC special for vintage cards from BGS)

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First Look: 2016 Topps Tribute baseball cards

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The first baseball card set revealed for 2016 is a high-end brand that was a bit of an enigma this year.

It’s 2016 Topps Tribute, a hit-based continuation of the brand that faced printing issues this year and a recall of the product as autographs arrived out of packs with ink concerns. But perhaps making up for all that next year will be the arrival of Superfractors and Chromax printing technology to offer a new twist for the brand.

The rest of the Tribute model also returns with three autographs, three Relics and six parallels in every hobby-only box when it arrives on Feb. 24.

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First look: 2015 Topps Vault Originals

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

An upcoming Topps baseball card set will go big while focusing on photography from the past.

The brand is 2015 Topps Vault Originals and it will arrive in September packing an autograph in every pack and dimensions that help enhance the on-card autograph size as well as classic Topps photos. The company teased it at the National Sports Collectors Convention this weekend in Chicago.

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John Smoltz, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar join Panini America VIP party guest list

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the newest Baseball Hall of Famers, a hardcourt legend and two more young NBA stars have been added to the Panini America VIP Party guest list for Saturday night.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headline the latest batch of signers for the exclusive event. Joining them will be Chicago Bulls rookie Bobby Portis and Milwaukee Bucks star Jabari Parker, who also were announced on Friday.

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Scenes at the show: National Sports Collectors Convention (Friday)

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You can find virtually anything at the National Sports Collectors Convention. Look for a gallery of images — just a small selection of scenes from the show — after the jump.

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Pete Rose, Ricky Williams among first Panini VIP Party guests revealed

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A hit king and a gridiron legend will be among those on hand to meet guests at the Panini America VIP party in Chicago on Saturday during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend.

Baseball’s career hits leader Pete Rose and former NFL and Texas Longhorns star Ricky Williams were revealed as the first two guests — with more to come — for a party for those who spend $7,500 on a list of selected products on the show floor from a selected list of dealers.

Eligible attendees will receive 500 silver VIP packs after they sign up for the event and then gold VIP packs at the event with cards made just for the program. The guests will sign photographs noting the event for attendees as well.

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In Search of Bob Christian

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Bob Christian compiled a .224 lifetime batting average in 54 major league games. That included 4 home runs and 19 RBI. In 1968, he was a September call-up by the Detroit Tigers where he doubled in three at-bats. Three.

And I was thrilled to pay $350 for his autograph.

This is what the National Sports Collectors Convention is all about – finding the Bob Christians of the world. And when looking for a guy like Christian, it’s not easy. I needed his signature to add to my almost-complete 1968 Detroit Tigers autograph collection.

Why would anybody in their right mind pay that much for a non-descript ballplayer? My wife would ask the same question. But anyone who has been searching for that one difficult signature to complete a team autograph set (hello 1961 Yankees collectors needing Duke Maas) understand. And the reality of Bob Christian is that he wasn’t around long enough to sign a lot of items, even if there was a big demand back in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. For one thing, he spent his last season as a ballplayer playing in Japan.

But what really makes him a tough signature is the fact that Bob died of leukemia. He was just 28 years old.

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Fighting cancer with the support of the Fighting Irish

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Daniel Alexander is braver than most people can fathom. He has been battling pediatric brain cancer for a significant part of his young life. But that hasn’t stopped him from being an important part in many peoples’ lives.

After Daniel was diagnosed, his mom looked for support. That led her to Friends of Jaclyn, a foundation that pairs children with pediatric brain cancer with local college and high school athletes. Daniel was partnered with the Notre Dame baseball team and made an honorary member of the squad. What started as a pairing has blossomed into something more like family.

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Ripping Panini America NSCC wrapper redemption packs with Tracy Hackler

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler to rip some wrapper redemption packs from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

We’ll give away some of the hits in this break randomly to commenters … so let us know what you think.

Nickels turned into thousands via vintage wax

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A visual tour of just some of the vintage wax boxes and packs at the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the NSCC. So much pocket change turned into thousands of dollars. Check it out …

Dare to Tear: Ripping a 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card

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Would you dare to tear? Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips his 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card in this tear-worthy Box Busters video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Get the back story on this card — and his stance on the whole ripping debate — here.

Beckett Auctions lands Strasburg Superfractor

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Devin Grant holds the 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor along with his godson, Tristan, who is his “collecting buddy.” The card previously sold for $21,403.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor is headed to the auction block one more time — this time it’s via Beckett Auctions.

The card originally sold for $17,403 raw in 2010 and then sold to Leaf Trading Cards for $21,403 so it could be placed into a repack product. Devin Grant pulled it from a pack and attempted a charity fundraiser in 2011 but ran into roadblocks with state laws about such a venture.

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Box Busters: 2015 Panini Cooperstown baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Cooperstown in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Your Turn: Who’s your favorite Hall of Famer?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions are set for Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., with the latest class of legends joining the other 306 former players, executives, managers and umpires already enshrined.

Joining the Hall this year are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio, but we have a bigger question for you on this legendary weekend. (Click here to see their best early cards.)

Who’s your favorite Hall of Famer?

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To rip or not to rip … that is the Ginter question

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s a question that has probably sparked many a debate for collectors during the last decade, and a situation that ultimately comes down to a personal choice about what to do with your cardboard.

With the latest edition of Topps‘ popular Allen & Ginter line arriving this week, the question arises again with a new batch of Rip Cards and a third helping of Double Rip Cards.

Do you rip it? Do you dare to tear?

The concept isn’t unique to Topps’ retro brand — it’s something that we’ve seen before in late-1990s Pinnacle cards with oversized releases containing a regular-size card inside. However, the cards back then weren’t found one per case and they weren’t serial-numbered and among the rarest cards in a brand. Now, though, the debate can be had — and if you’re lucky enough to pull a Double Rip then the debate might be twice as tough.

It’s one that I am faced with myself.

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First look: 2015 Topps Strata baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Strata is coming to baseball and it’s including some of the biggest names in the game with some of the biggest pieces possible with nothing but hits in single every pack.

And it’s all under plastic.

Set to arrive on Dec. 9, 2015 Topps Strata will include one autograph and one Relic per box and 12 boxes per case.-Every other box, according to Topps, will include an autographed Relic instead of a standard one. Every autograph will be signed on-card.

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Topps reveals Ginter buyback auto list

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s edition of Topps‘ popular Allen & Ginter line is the 10th version of the retro-styled brand and one of the inclusions in this year’s product that makes it stand out is something we’ve seen before.

Buybacks.

Each box includes two regular-sized buyback cards and one framed mini buyback. In some instances, though, the cards are autographs.

On Thursday, Topps released the list of signers for the buybacks.

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Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps Vault adds signed memorabilia to lineup

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For more than a decade, the Topps Vault program has helped get behind-the-scenes collectibles from the making of our collectibles into collectors’ hands.

Now, the lineup of Vault items on Topps.com contains more than just photo transparencies and player contracts as the company has added autographed memorabilia into the mix.

A selection of more than 500 autographed photos, baseballs and bats have been added to the site’s inventory — a selection that includes the inexpensive and somewhat obscure to legends such as Sandy Koufax and Hank Aaron from the past as well as stars of today like Miguel Cabrera, Yu Darvish, Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig.

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Kris Bryant signs with Fanatics Authentic

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

MLB’s biggest rookie has a new home.

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has signed with Fanatics Authentic on an exclusive basis for autographs and memorabilia, according to a report from ESPN.com.

Bryant joins a stable of signers from the past and present whose autographs for card companies will go through Fanatics — if they sign — unless they have pre-existing deals that have not yet been exhausted. Fanatics will also launch its own memorabilia lines featuring Bryant’s autograph on items and have a booth at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention beginning July 29 in Chicago.

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BGS Diary (July): Digging vintage, Kris Bryant, ‘Eight Men Out,’ minis and The Dude

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Topps commemorates Todd Frazier’s Home Run Derby win, Mike Trout’s All-Star MVP

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Derby champ and the MVP are now noted on cardboard.

Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier was the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Champ and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was The Midsummer Classic’s MVP and Topps has commemorated both with a three-piece wall art offering released Friday.

Available only on Topps.com, these 10-by-14 prints are styled after the 1960 Topps All-Star subset design and are printed on glossy card stock.

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Photo of the Day: Olbermann’s Ferrell collection

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It’s not a shock, is it? Noted collector Keith Olbermann recently showed off his Will Ferrell autograph collection.

Box Busters: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Bowman Inception in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter checklist

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The wait is over for the biggest questions about one of the hobby’s most-popular products.

Who will be signing for Allen & Ginter this year?

Well, Topps answered that on Monday with the release of the checklist for the 1oth edition of the brand that has brought “world’s champions” from many fields of sport — as well as many other non-traditional inclusions — in advance of its release on July 22.

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Topps’ NSCC promos also include Ginter, Gypsy Queen

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ plans for promo cards at the National Sports Collectors Convention will have even more of a retro-styled twist.

Beyond the previously announced 1953 Bowman homage that will be available to VIPs at the show beginning on July 29 in Chicago, the company is readying a wrapper-redemption program will focus on two popular retro brands.

One will be Allen & Ginter 10th Anniversary diecut cards, the other will be a youthful update to Gypsy Queen.

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