Posted on June 25, 2014 – 5:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Hobby Pulse Poll | baseball cards, Clayton Kershaw no-hitter, MLB, No-hitter, Tim Lincecum no-hitter | Comments (4)
Two MLB no-nos in a week ... who you collecting?
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on June 24, 2014 – 12:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett 20 Questions | 1983 Donruss, 1983 Fleer, 1983 Topps, Allen & Ginter, Andre Dawson, braves, Cal Ripken Jr., Clayton Kershaw, Cubs, Dale Murphy, derek jeter, Dodgers, Golden Age, Greg Maddux, Hall of Famers, Joe Jackson, Joe Morgan, Montreal Expos, Pete Rose, Reds, Tom Glavine, Tony Gwynn, Vin Scully, Wade Boggs, Yankees | Comments (16)
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?
2. Which of these 1983 RCs would you buy first?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click “more” to see the rest.)
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Posted on June 24, 2014 – 10:47 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Hobby Pulse Poll | baseball, Hall of Fame, MLB, San Diego Padres, Tony Gwynn, Tony Gwynn baseball cards, Tony Gwynn RC, Tony Gwynn Rookie Card | Comments (2)
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?
Which Gwynn RC is the most expensive?
Which Gwynn RC is the cheapest?
In your mind, which Gwynn RC is the rarest?
In your mind, which Gwynn RC is the easiest to find?
Posted on June 23, 2014 – 6:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | GTS Distribution, sports card distribution, Sports Images | Comments (1)
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.”
Posted on June 23, 2014 – 2:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Cleveland Indians, Major League, MLB, Topps, Topps.com | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on June 20, 2014 – 4:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps Pro Debut, milb, minor league baseball, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 20, 2014 – 4:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on June 20, 2014 – 3:56 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps Archives, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Cleveland Indians, Major League, Major League autographs, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on June 19, 2014 – 2:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Albert Belle, Bob Feller, derek jeter, Jadeveon Clowney, Jim Brown, Johnny Manziel, Jordan Cameron, Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, mike trout, NSCC, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on June 19, 2014 – 11:11 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | cariactures, David Ortiz, derek jeter, Gary Carter, mike trout, MLB, Ryne Sandberg, Topps, Topps Wall Art, vintage logos | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on June 16, 2014 – 4:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, Charlie Brown, MLB, Snoopy, Snoopy baseball card, Topps | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on June 16, 2014 – 11:33 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1983 Donruss, 1983 Fleer, 1983 Topps, baseball, Baseball Hall of Fame, MLB, San Diego Padres, Tony Gwynn | Comments (12)
One of baseball’s good guys is gone.
San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn, a member of the 3,000-hit club and a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2007, died Monday after batting cancer. He was 54.
Nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” he was an All-Star in 15 of his 20 big-league seasons in which he hit .338 and won eight National League batting titles — all with the Padres. While his career average ranks 20th in MLB history, he also was a five-time Gold Glove winner playing outfield.
“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn,” said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in a statement. “The greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life. … For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball.”
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 5:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey | Father's Day, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, Panini Father's Day promo, promo | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 3:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Charlie Sheen, Cleveland Indians, Dennis Haysbert, Major League, Pedro Cerrano, ReelBats.com, Topps | Comments (0)
If you thought the Major League madness was over, well, think again.
The 25th anniversary of the film that brought Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and Roger Dorn to life has generated some red-hot baseball cards from Topps this summer — and the commemorative items for the fictional Cleveland Indians team just keep coming with the latest coming from Florida-based ReelBats.com.
They’re 25th anniversary Cerrano mini bats.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 5:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Sabermetrics, baseball cards, MLB, Sabermetrics, Topps | Comments (9)
Look closely at the backs of some of your 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball cards and you might not recognize the stats headers on some of the cards — or maybe even the stats themselves.
That’s because they are short-printed Sabermetrics variation cards.
While the full details about these cards continue to trickle in, we simply want to know what you think about this cardboard twist.
Tell us in the comments below.
Your Turn: Do you want Sabermetrics on your baseball cards?
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, National Sports Collectors Convention | 20 Questions, 2014 National, autographs, Beach Boys, Chief Wahoo, Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cy Young, Dolph Ziggler, ESPN, Family Guy, Greg Oden, Hall of Fame, Heisman Trophy, Jim Brown, LeBron James, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Ohio State University, Panini America, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sister Mary Assumpta, Topps, TRISTAR, Upper Deck, WWE | Comments (0)
Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.
We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.
1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?
2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?
See the rest of our questions … after the jump.
Posted on June 11, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, MLB, Peanuts, Snoopy | Comments (5)
Snoopy and Joe Mauer on a baseball card.
Makes perfect sense, right?
Collectors tearing into packs of 2014 Topps Series 2, which officially arrived today have found a short-printed version of card No. 125 (which is actually a Series 1 card) in the packs — a card with the Minnesota Twins star sharing his card with the Peanuts icon.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 11:11 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1955 Topps, baseball cards, Bryce Harper, derek jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, mike trout, MLB, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Topps.com | Comments (2)
If you’re a fan of 1955 Topps baseball cards, then the company’s latest creation is for you.
It’s Topps‘ latest series of wall art prints — and this time they showcase active players on the memorable horizontal design.
Sixty-two players are available on 10-by-14 prints that are printed on 16-point retro-style card stock. Those cost $24.99 and can only be found on Topps.com.
For card collectors, there’s an extra twist, though.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 9:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 MLB Draft baseball cards, Bowman, Leaf Trading Cards, MLB draft, Panini America, Perfect Game All-American Classic, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
When the Houston Astros selected 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken with the first pick in this year’s MLB Draft on Thursday night, he immediately had a new fan base that probably can’t wait to seek out his cardboard.
The irony? They already can.
Thanks to the proliferation of pre-professional prospecting products and other All-Star inclusions, many players in this year’s draft — 28 of the first 41 players selected — already appear on cardboard and have certified autographs.
Aiken? Thanks to his presence on USA Baseball squads as well as appearances in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and other prep events, he already appears on 72 cards in the Beckett.com database valued (excluding rarities) at nearly $200 total.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 7:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1967 Topps test issue, MLB, My Hero Collection, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Topps.com | Comments (12)
Who’s your baseball hero? He might be among the players in Topps‘ latest vintage-style wall art offering.
The “My Hero Collection” is one of the largest offerings yet with 50 players from the past and present represented on a design reminiscent of the 1967 Topps test issue.
This time around, though, they are 11-by-17 prints printed on 18-point chipboard that are serial-numbered to 99 copies and cost $49.99 apiece on Topps.com.