Posted on December 5, 2014 – 12:30 pm | Author: Brian Fleischer
Baseball, Beckett Updates | 2014 Topps High Tek, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst
After examining thousands of images on eBay, we believe that some of the patterns found in 2014 Topps High Tek are exclusive to the American League players, others are exclusive to the National League players, while others feature players from both leagues. Multiple email requests for confirmation from Topps have gone unanswered, so we’re reaching out to the Beckett community to confirm or dispute our findings.
Now, it’s only been a few days since the product went live, so it’s possible for some of our conclusions to be found untrue, but there are hundreds of examples of some of these patterns on the secondary market and we’ve yet to find one that disputes what we’ve found.
Please note that it appears the Wave and Spiral Bricks patterns are widely available and are likely to be combined into one base set in the Beckett Online Price Guide, as will the parallels. Also, based on how they are pictured on their base cards, Topps has considered Robin Yount, Jon Singleton and George Springer AL players, while Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jean Segura and Ryan Braun are considered NL players. Taking into account what league they were in during their careers, this would make sense.
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Posted on December 5, 2014 – 10:41 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Industry News | 2015 Topps, 2015 Topps Series 1, case breaks | Comments (8)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If you haven’t dabbled with the trend of case breaks you can — simply by ripping into a pack of 2015 Topps Series 1.
Topps announced on Friday that it will be placing redemption cards for case-break slots done by the company — 21 different case breaks during 2015.
The breaks will be streamed on YouTube via the ToppsTV channel throughout the year. The products will include 2015 Topps Dynasty, Tier One, Triple Threads, Supreme, Heritage and other products with a loftier price tag than the flagship brand.
Redemptions will be for specific teams in specific products based on the company’s preview information.
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Posted on December 4, 2014 – 5:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2015 Stadium Club, 2015 Topps Stadium Club, MLB, Topps | Comments (3)
Stadium Club will return next year with a new format but the same strong visual formula.
Gone are the mini boxes but the showcase of strong photography remains as Topps revealed 2015 Topps Stadium Club on Thursday, which arrives on June 24 with two autographs in every 16-pack box.
Posted on December 4, 2014 – 4:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Donruss/Playoff, Ichiro Suzuki, MLB, New York Yankees, Panini America, Seattle Mariners | Comments (0)
First it was Derek Jeter. Then it was Barry Bonds.
Now it’s Ichiro Suzuki‘s autograph that is back in packs.
Panini America officially detailed its plans for buyback autographs of the Japanese baseball legend on Thursday — his autographs are the first he’s ever signed for the company.
Posted on December 4, 2014 – 8:48 am | Author: chrisolds
Auction News, Baseball, Vintage News | 1951 Bowman, auctions, graded cards, vintage, Willie Mays | Comments (1)
This SGC 92 (8.5) specimen of Willie Mays’ 1951 Bowman Rookie Card was big hit at the auction block this week through Goodwin & Co. because there’s only one copy out there that grades higher from that company — and, of course, because it’s a Mays RC.
How much do you think it sold for? Tell us by taking the poll below.
How much did it go for? (Pick the one you think is closest.)
You can find out its final sale price in Auction Watch in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.
Posted on December 3, 2014 – 12:33 pm | Author: Brian Fleischer
Baseball, Beckett Updates | 2014 Topps High Tek, MLB, Topps | Comments (4)
By Brian Fleischer | Senior Market Analyst
The newest edition of Topps Tek released today in the form of 2014 Topps High Tek and with it comes a base set featuring 12 different background patterns — some more difficult to find than others.
While secondary market information is still sparse, we’ve scoured eBay and have been able to determine 11 of the 12 background patterns. Please note that the descriptions listed below are subject to change. The cards are printed on clear acetate, so the blue and black colors shown are the background of the scans, and not printed on the actual card. We will update this post as more information becomes available.
Posted on December 2, 2014 – 4:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2015 Finest, 2015 Topps Finest, MLB, Topps | Comments (6)
Finest will return in 2015 with some new features but the same iconic feel and format that it’s carried for years.
That was the main thought Tuesday as Topps teased 2015 Topps Finest, which arrives on June 3 with two autographed cards in each master box. Each mini box will contain six packs of five cards.
Posted on December 2, 2014 – 8:25 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Football, Just for Fun, Pro Wrestling | 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter, Alabama football, Allen & Ginter, Allen Iverson, Barry Larkin, Barry Sanders, Dennis Haysbert, Donruss/Playoff, Ichiro Suzuki, Joe Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr, Major League, Nick Saban, NWA, Road Warriors, Roger Maris, Score Board, Topps | Comments (0)
We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.
He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.
Can you predict which ones they will be?
December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?
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Posted on December 1, 2014 – 2:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2015 Topps Tribute, 2015 Topps Tribute autograph checklist, 2015 Topps Tribute autographs, MLB, Rusney Castillo, rusney castillo autographs, Topps | Comments (1)
Topps is already adding to the lineup for next year’s edition of Topps Tribute.
One of those additions is Boston Red Sox rookie Rusney Castillo, who is now in the fold for autographs.
Another expanded lineup in this one, according to the company, is the Milestone Baseball Relics list that will include 40 players with game-specific memorabilia swatches complete with MLB Authentication stickers. They will include baseballs from Masahiro Tanaka’s first start, Albert Pujols’ 500 home-run game, and Clayton Kershaw’s debut game to name a few as well as World Series baseballs for Buster Posey and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.
Posted on December 1, 2014 – 2:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps High Tek, autographs, baseball cards, MLB, Topps, Topps High Tek, Topps Tek | Comments (7)
One of the more-unique creations of the late-1990s is back on Wednesday and it’s Tek from Topps.
This time, it’s called Topps High Tek and it will be a hobby-only release with an autograph in every one-pack box.
You can see a selection of preview images as well as a few autographs from early online sellers — after the jump.
Posted on November 30, 2014 – 12:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Industry News | college cards, Jason Howarth, MLBPA, NBA, NCAA, New England Patriots, nfl, Panini America, sports cards | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Jason Howarth is the Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about the industry, its challenges, his New England Patriots and plenty more.
Check it out in our Sunday Conversation.
What’s the most-interesting trend you have seen in the industry lately — and what makes that stand out?
I’d say this was a trend — but it has evolved into the creation of a whole new segment in the hobby and it’s here to stay — case-breaking. I know some people feel that case-breaking is bad for the hobby, but you have to give the guys that are doing it right their due. They open volumes of product and showcase cards in programs that previously might have been overlooked. Case-breaking also brings in lapsed collectors back into the hobby and reignites their passion to collect.
Posted on November 27, 2014 – 12:02 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Pro Wrestling | 1957 Topps, 1971-72 Topps, 2005 Topps Fan Favorites, 2010 Bowman, 2013 Topps WWE, AJ Lee, Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Vintage Grading, BGS Diary, Bryce Harper, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dr. Jim Beckett, frank Robinson, John Johnson, Topps, USA Baseball, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
For the last few months, I’ve submitted five 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 of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2014 – 1:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Breaker Central | 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks, autographs, MLB draft, Panini America, Panini Prizm, prospect cards, Rusney Castillo, rusney castillo autographs | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on November 26, 2014 – 1:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Latest News | 2014 Topps Dynasty, 2014 Topps Dynasty checklist, autographs, Dynasty, Topps, Topps Dynasty | Comments (6)
Topps continues to tease what is its priciest single-card pack of baseball cards in the company’s history for a Dec. 3 release and the latest information released Wednesday is the most-important one of all for collectors deciding whether or not to dig in on the premium brand.
The autograph subject checklist.
The brand is 2014 Topps Dynasty and its single-pack boxes are currently pre-selling somewhere in the $370 range online. Every card is an encased autograph or a cut autograph. (Click here for our First Look at the product.)
The company touts it as having “the most carefully curated subject list in trading card history” and as being the “most-premium Topps product of all time.”
See — and grade — the autograph subject checklist … after the jump.
Posted on November 26, 2014 – 10:57 am | Author: Dan Hitt
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Football | Beckett Online Price Guide Plus | Comments (5)
Beckett Media is pleased to announce its most significant Price Guide development in a decade – Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.
Subscribers to Beckett Online Price Guide Plus will gain full access to our extensive raw market sales information database through their standard Online Price Guide interface. But what does this do, exactly, for the collector or dealer?
Thousands of bits of raw card sales data are accumulated every day inside the Beckett database. This raw information forms the basis for the data analyzed by pricing staff to produce and publish Beckett Price Guides. For nearly three decades, the pricing information released in our print and Online Price Guides was enough to satisfy the majority of collector and dealer demand for market pricing. While Beckett pricing data is still the best source of information for buyers and sellers, there have been an increasing number of cards released into the market that fall outside the scope of our traditional coverage — hence the need for Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.
Posted on November 25, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Contests | 2014 Donruss, 2014 Donruss Factory Set, Panini America | Comments (187)
Black Friday is coming and we want this limited-edition 2014 Donruss factory set from Panini America to be yours.
How can you own it?
Tell us your favorite player in the set in a comment below. (Yep, it’s that easy.)
We’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received before next Tuesday (Dec. 2).
Inside this sealed set will be an autograph or memorabilia card as well as all of the standard cards from the two-series release.
While you're here ... grade this set!
Posted on November 21, 2014 – 10:25 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Latest News | 2014 Panini Black Friday, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
We are barely a week away from the biggest shopping weekend of the year and collectors are gearing up for Panini America‘s annual holiday season tradition – their ever-popular Black Friday promotion.
Over the past couple of weeks, the company has been leaking out details about their 2014 Panini America Black Friday promotional set and packs are expected to loaded with cards that are sure to be heavily chased and may even become the cornerstones of some collections.
Starting on Friday, November 28, collectors will converge on hundreds of their favorite card stores in order to participate in the program and bust some packs or they can visit iCollectPanini.com if they do not have a hobby shop that is participating in the program. Naturally, there is an opportunity to pull autographs and memorabilia along with tough parallels from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.
What does Panini America have planned for hobbyists on Black Friday? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on November 19, 2014 – 6:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Breaker Central | 2014 Panini Classics, autographs, game-used memorabilia, Hall of Fame, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Classics in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on November 19, 2014 – 3:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Industry News, World Of Collectibles | Baylor, college sports, Collegiate Licensing Company, David Kirkpatrick, Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas State, Kentucky Wildcats, Miami Hurricanes, Mississippi State Bulldogs, NC State, NCAA sports, Panini America, Texas Longhorns, University of Texas | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis
The changes coming to the college trading card landscape in 2015 are going to be even more dramatic than anticipated, according to industry sources.
Panini America‘s wave of new deals signed with top schools in the last few weeks has reportedly gotten even larger. Industry sources tell Beckett Media that nearly all of the country’s 60-plus major colleges and universities — and nearly 300 schools in total — have signed multi-year deals with Panini, positioning the Dallas-based manufacturer to operate under a near-exclusive in the college-card market for the rest of the decade. That expansion would effectively end any broad collegiate engagement for Upper Deck, which has held an exclusive Collegiate Licensing Company license for the past five years.
Posted on November 19, 2014 – 9:42 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Hideki Matsui, Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, Los Angeles Dodgers, Masahiro Tanaka, Masanori Murakami, New York Yankees, Nippon Professional Baseball, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Topps, Upper Deck, Yu Darvish | Comments (9)
The final game of the Japan Series is scheduled for Thursday with MLB and Japan splitting the first six games.
That got us thinking — who are the top players in MLB today and in MLB history?
Who’s No. 1? We’ll let you decide … after the jump.
Posted on November 18, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, World Of Collectibles | college cards, Panini America, USA Today | Comments (2)
Panini America‘s push into the college ranks includes more than 220 schools that will allow the company to use their trademarks on rookie and prospect cards as well as produce college-specific card sets.
Panini VP of Marketing Jason Howarth offered insight on how the deal works to USA Today Fields of Green’s Nick Zobel, who took a look at the deal.
“The way the process works is that the rights we have with the school are tied to utilizing the school logos and marks,” Howarth said in the piece. “That means school insignia and mascots. The partnerships do not give us rights to players.”
That means all those college stars from those schools in football and basketball will have their first Rookie Cards arrive (once their college careers are over) with views as seen on the field or court. That means the baseball players from those schools will appear in hobby staples such as Elite Extra Edition just as they were seen on the diamond.
What that doesn’t mean is that Panini can make any card it wants of any player in the history of the school — at least not without that person’s permission and, of course, not before they are done playing.
Posted on November 18, 2014 – 4:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2005 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Grandstand, 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, 2008 Topps Heritage, 2009 Sweet Spot Rookie Signatures Silver, Boston Red Sox, Donruss, Pablo Sandoval, Pablo Sandoval autograph, Pablo Sandoval Rookie Card, Panini America, San Francisco Giants, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
The Boston Red Sox are pursuing free agent slugger Pablo Sandoval.
Now take a second to imagine a lineup — and the damage that could be done on the basepaths — with Panda and Big Papi David Ortiz both rumbling toward a catcher. That’s enough to make Buster Posey wince.
Sandoval’s cardboard presence is a unique one — here are five early cards to consider grabbing before he signs somewhere.
Posted on November 18, 2014 – 3:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Auction News, Baseball, Vintage News | Bill Skowron, Charlie Gehringer, game-used bats, game-used jerseys, George Kelly, Hank Aaron, Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Bench, Mickey Cochrane, New York Yankees, Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, SCP Auctions, T206, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra | Comments (0)
Update (Dec. 12): The Wagner sold for $403,664.
The Holy Grail of baseball cards is heading to the auction block tomorrow via SCP Auctions.
It’s a PSA 1 copy of the T206 Honus Wagner baseball card and it’s the highlight of a sale that runs through Dec. 6. It’s a grouping that also includes Jackie Robinson‘s Hall of Fame plaque — and one of only two confirmed 1949-season game-used bats — as well as parts of three notable collections.
The Wagner is estimated to command as much as $400,000, according to the company. It is a new find and was graded on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.
“Unveiling a fresh T206 Honus Wagner card is a dream scenario for any hobby professional,” said SCP’s Dan Imler. “The known supply of T206 Wagners will never begin to quench the exceeding collector demand for what is not just the most famous baseball card in the world, but one of our nation’s most-celebrated treasures. And to have it be a part of such an immense and diverse find of previously unknown T206s makes this one of the most exciting tobacco card finds in recent years.”
Posted on November 18, 2014 – 3:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Chrome Update, 2014 Topps Update, Adam Jones, Adam Wainwright, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Moss, Charlie Blackmon, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, derek jeter, Felix Hernandez, Freddie Freeman, Giancarlo Stanton, Glen Perkins, Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Josh Harrison, Kyle Seager, Matt Carpenter, Miguel Cabrera, mike trout, MLB All-Star Game, Nelson Cruz, Paul Goldschmidt, Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | Comments (9)
Topps Chrome Update is back — and so is the “holiday megabox.”
A new collecting twist that began last season is back for another run as a retail-only edition of 2014 Topps Chrome Update will be found in boxes arriving in stores now. Each box includes five packs of 2014 Topps Update and two packs of Chrome Update for $14.99
The Chrome Update set will consist of 55 cards, while there will be 25 All-Star Stitches Chrome Relics to be found and 10 All -Star Stitches Chrome Relic Autos as well. The only other inserts will be 20 World Series Heroes cards.
Posted on November 17, 2014 – 5:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Latest News | 1965 Topps, 2014 Topps Heritage, 2014 Topps Heritage High Number, Topps, Topps Heritage | Comments (3)
It’s 1965 one last time this Wednesday.
That’s when 2014 Topps Heritage High Number arrives in hobby shops with a season-capping edition of rookies and traded players who did not make it into the hobby staple earlier this season.
The 100-card set includes more than 60 Rookie Cards with both Rookie of the Year winners, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom among the players on the basic set as well as the 34-card autographed checklist. (There will be one autograph per factory set.) Interestingly, Abreu actually has two different autographed cards in this release.