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Posted on November 15, 2013 – 4:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Bowman Inception, baseball cards, Bowman Inception, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Bowman Inception will be back for a sophomore season in 2014.
Topps unveiled the first looks at and the preliminary information for the second run at the higher-end, hits-only prospecting line on Friday, and it’s one that will include some new features as well.
Set to arrive on June 18, it will include with boxes per case with each box including just five cards. Each pack will include four autographs and one autographed Relic.
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Posted on November 14, 2013 – 11:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball | Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Mariano Rivera, mike trout, Steiner Sports | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Just because Mariano Rivera retired from baseball doesn’t mean he’s not going to stay out of the spotlight just yet.
Rivera, the long-time New York Yankees closer, has teamed Steiner Sports Memorabilia for an auction to raise money for a charitable foundation.
However, it’s not just Rivera’s game-used gear collectors can find. Rivera spoke to a number of athletes to have them donate items including Ichiro, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.
Posted on November 14, 2013 – 12:22 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Bowman Draft, 2013 Bowman Draft Picks, 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, Bowman, MLB, MLB draft, Refractors, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects on its release date in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Click here for our previous preview story for this one.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 9:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Elite Extra Edition, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Mark Appel, MLBPA, Panini America | Comments (4)
Elite Extra Edition is back.
Panini America announced on Tuesday that its annual prospecting staple will return for 2013 with a 100-card set, autographs, diecuts, parallels and more in store when it arrives on Jan. 9.
Packing six autographs, six inserts and two additional serial-numbered diecut cards per 20-pack hobby box, EEE will present all of the things that fans of the long-running brand have come to expect in what Panini touts as “the industry’s most-complete draft pick set.”
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Gaming, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Media survey, Beckett Updates | Comments (12)
Please help us learn about your collecting habits by taking this 18-question survey.
1. Where do you buy trading cards (pick all that apply)
2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook chat | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Thanks to Upper Deck for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.
Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.
If you can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 11:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 50 cards, 50 states, Alabama, Bear Bryant, Nick Saban | Comments (13)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
It seemed like a simple idea — pick a sports card that is symbolic for each of the 50 states, a star who is known as the best of the best for that area when it comes to collecting.
It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. Do you choose who is most collectable? Most memorable? Who comes to mind first? You know, it’s pretty hard picking cardboard icons.
Take Alabama, for example. Do you pick a coaching icon who still defines plenty in the football-crazed state — a Paul “Bear” Bryant? Or do you pick his modern-day equivalent in Nick Saban? Or do you pick one of the Crimson Tide’s star players – a list that includes a who’s who of NFL greats such as Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ken Stabler, Ozzie Newsome, Don Hutson, John Hannah, Dwight Stephenson, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, Shaun Alexander … and that’s just pre-Saban. (And that’s just the Crimson Tide.) Or, do you look at Bo Jackson or Frank Thomas at Auburn? Or maybe Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige and many others who don’t have school ties — but are all-time greats and from the state?
For the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Collecting USA Issue, we’ll present our picks for a card representing every state. But, for now, it’s your turn to choose right here — pick from the greatest (focus on sports with cardboard) athletes with ties to each of the 50 states.
Picking a cool or memorable card after you pick a player? Well, that’s another story.
Make your picks … after the jump. (And be sure to add any comments you may have below, too.)
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 6, 2013 – 9:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortal Collection, baseball, Ichiro Suzuki, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (20)
If you’ve been waiting patiently for Ichiro Suzuki baseball cards, you now have your high-end chance with 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection.
Unveiled by Leaf Trading Cards on Wednesday, the product will include four base cards and one autograph per box when it arrives in early December. A suggested retail price was not announced, but dealer cost from Leaf is $550 per box and only 300 hand-numbered boxes will be released.
Posted on November 5, 2013 – 4:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Hometown Heroes, 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes, baseball cards, box breaks, Panini America | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2013 Hometown Heroes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …