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Posted on January 27, 2014 – 10:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps short-prints, 2014 Topps SPs, MLB, Topps | Comments (9)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Postseason celebrations — and a small selection of Series 2 cards — appear to be among the short-printed variations in 2014 Topps Series 1, according to a small selection of collectors who have posted their findings on Internet auction sites so far.
The first baseball card set of 2014 officially arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday.
Some of the cards found have numbers higher than 331, where Series 1 stops, while others have two photos. And some cards appear to have the return of the sparkle variations as well.
The list below contains cards that are confirmed as having two photos, having Series 2 numbers or having sparkles.
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Posted on January 27, 2014 – 9:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps, Box Break, MLB, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a selection of 2014 Topps packs in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
And be back here on Beckett.com/news on Wednesday for a live break of several hobby boxes — Box Busters Live — where the cards could end up being yours. Click here for details.
Posted on January 27, 2014 – 5:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps Triple Threads, 2014 Triple Threads, MLB, Topps, Triple Threads | Comments (14)
For the ninth straight year, Topps is readying Triple Threads with trios of Relics, trios of autos and, well, more high-end possibilities than ever.
When 2014 Topps Triple Threads arrives in hobby shops on Sept. 10, it will include familiar two pack options per box adopted in recent years. One pack will include three base cards, two parallels, a triple Relic and a Unity single-auto jumbo Relic. The other will have three base cards, two parallels a signed triple Relic and a jumbo Unity Relic. Each will be numbered to 36 or less or 99 or less depending on type.
New for this year will be Triple Hits — deluxe cards that have autographs, Relics and a handprint — while Triple Threads Transparencies will have a jumbo Relic and an auto on acetate. Triple Hits will be a redemption because of the size — and limited to 10 — while the Transparencies will be numbered to 25 with a 1/1 Onyx parallel to chase.
Posted on January 24, 2014 – 4:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 1, baseball cards, Box Busters Live, case breaks, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
Join us right here at Beckett.com/news this Wednesday for the latest Box Busters Live at 2 p.m. Central as we rip into several boxes of 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards on the day of its release in a live video chat.
Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Susan Lulgjuraj will be on hand for the break as well as fielding your questions in real time via the webpage and @beckettmedia Twitter account.
The best part? The boxes we rip will all end up in collectors’ hands via direct contests during the event or later giveaways in Beckett Baseball magazine.
Look for more details here on Beckett.com/news the morning of the event.
Posted on January 24, 2014 – 4:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini, 2013 Bowman Chrome mini checklist, Bowman Chrome Mini, MLB, Topps | Comments (8)
Bowman Chrome. Minis. Prospects. Rookies. Factory Set. Bonus Refractor parallels.
Those few words should sum up it all when it comes to Topps‘ latest release — a test-run if you will — that will take the 2013 Bowman Chrome set, modify it into a 330-card prospect and rookies edition and release it in a shrunken but high-end factory set form.
Posted on January 24, 2014 – 11:31 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps checklist, 2014 Topps Series 1 | Comments (14)
The final checklist for 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball cards has been released.
Click here to download and view all the details.
Look for an analysis of what’s in store when the longest-running and best-selling brand in the hobby arrives next week right here later today (updated below).
The final checklist for 2014 Topps Series 1 has finally arrived five days before the official hobby-shop arrival of the cards themselves, and it’s a mix of features in this one that might interest more than a few collectors in more than a few ways.
Here’s a rundown of some of the ins and outs in 2014 Topps.
There are 34 standard Rookie Cards in the 330-card basic set, presuming no RC tag-eligible players were missed. (That has happened in past years.) Among them are Michael Choice, Billy Hamilton, Xander Bogaerts and Nick Castellanos. Several other young players, such as Manny Machado above, have the Future Stars foil-stamping on them but are just your typical base cards. Among those players are Jurickson Profar, Will Middlebrooks and Mike Zunino to name a few.
Return of a “tradition”
When Topps abandoned a long-running trivial tradition of placing star players on card numbers that end with 50s or 00s, some collectors were offended and voiced their opinions. Why? That varied by person. This year, the key players are back on key numbers. Mike Trout leads things off at No. 1, while No. 50 is Buster Posey, No. 100 is Bryce Harper, No. 150 is Andrew McCutchen and so on … card No. 331 — issued because No. 7 is retired for Mickey Mantle — is Yasiel Puig.
Posted on January 21, 2014 – 8:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps baseball cards, MLB, Topps, topps teasers | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
The arrival of the hobby’s longest-running and most-collected baseball card set is a week away, and Topps has begun teasing some of the inclusions in 2014 Topps Series 1.
Set to arrive next Wednesday, it will include plenty of the features previously disclosed (click here for our First Look story) as well as some surprises. It’s pure speculation at this point, but with two of the cards shown above perhaps the mystery variations will be related to champagne celebrations?
We’ll wait and see.
As Topps teases more to come this week via social media and other platforms, we’ll post the most-notable and new teasers right here here all in one handy place. The company announced on Tuesday that it has added an Instagram account into the mix, username ToppsSports.
Check our First Look for the basics and more here as the week goes on. See more images after the jump.
Posted on January 20, 2014 – 3:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football | 2014 bowman, baseball cards, Colorado Rockies, MLB, nfl, Seattle Seahawks, super bowl, Texas Rangers, Topps | Comments (5)
Russell Wilson is headed to the Super Bowl in February, and he’s headed to the baseball field in April.
Well, at least on cardboard.
The second-year pro out of Wisconsin helped his Seattle Seahawks clinch a spot in the big game on Sunday and Topps announced it will be adding the quarterback to 2014 Bowman baseball as a short-printed card arriving on April 30.
It’s not the first time that a former two-sport star has had both a baseball card and a football card. In fact, it’s happened many times with the likes of Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan, Ricky Williams, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Deion Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Josh Booty and others through the years.
Posted on January 17, 2014 – 1:14 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Hockey | 1980 Men's U.S. Hockey team, 1980 Olympics, hockey, Ken Morrow, Mark Wells, Mike Eruzione, Miracle on Ice, Olympics, Team USA | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. – The USA Hockey jerseys were a dead giveaway.
Or perhaps it was the photos and paintings, hockey pucks and sticks that let people know something special was going on at the Hilton in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
For the third time in recent months, the 1980 United States men’s hockey team – the group known for “The Miracle on Ice” – reunited for a public signing, something that previously hadn’t happened for many, many years.
“It’s been like a reunion the last three months,” said former forward Mark Wells. “We never imagined people would be talking about 1980. It was something we didn’t think would last.”
The 1980 gold-medal winning team was on hand as part of That 80’s Show run by MAB Celebrity-Services. The show featured the hockey team and the 1986 New York Mets World Series champions.
Some of the team’s biggest names, such as Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig and Ken Morrow, attended the show the weekend of Jan. 12-13. More than 100 people bought tickets for just Eruzione’s signature.
Posted on January 16, 2014 – 11:23 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Ivan Lovegren, The Breaks, Watch The Breaks, YouTube | Comments (9)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Ivan Lovegren’s love of cards started like many other collectors. He got a pack of cards as a child and love for the hobby blossomed.
Opening a pack of cards isn’t where the fun ends. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that don’t always work in your favor, but are enough for a good laugh – or video series – down the road.
Lovegren has created “The Breaks,” a web series looking at the funny, but not always good, moments of collecting through the ups and downs.
“Most of the ideas come from my own experiences – I have this horrible tendency to somehow make every mistake once, and that’s how I learn,” Lovegren said. “For example, (the second) episode has to do with me justifying a low-ball bid on a case of 2013 Topps Inception, but who can ever stop at just one bid?”
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
We all have our favorite players an our favorite cards from the stuff that seemingly everybody collects — or at least stuff everyone is familiar with — from the Big Four sports.
For the upcoming “Others Issue” of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, though, we want to hear about your cherished cards from the sports that aren’t baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or at least not the typical stuff from those sports.
Better yet, we want you to show us your favorites — as long as they aren’t the norm — show us and tell us about your favorite card or set in the comments below.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Allen & Ginter, BBM, brock lesnar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Fist-ograph, goodwin champions, Japanese baseball, Jimmie Johnson, Leaf, Lolo Jones, Lorena Ochoa, Masahiro Tanaka, Miesha Tate, MMA, Muhammad Ali, NASCAR, NPB, Panini America, Pele, soccer, Sonya Thomas, sumo, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, Winter Olympics, wrestling, WWE | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
That might be the best way to describe the sports card landscape and collecting habits these days. The sports that the most people like get the most attention and the most products — and that means that more people probably will own the key cards compared to some of the “other” sports that aren’t the Big Four of baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
And that might be the key to future potential — the oddball stuff of today could be much tougher to find tomorrow if there’s somehow more interest to be seen in sports that aren’t king on cardboard right now. While many a prospector is ripping case after case of the chromed-out stuff, there are far fewer likely buying soccer, wrestling and Olympic brands. There have to be far fewer autographs of some of the “other” sports’ biggest names — you know, the sports that don’t have 20-some products released each year. It’s a compelling thought as tastes always seem to change — just like the stars in the sports world.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at some of those other sports. As part of “The Others Issue” we’ll showcase your thoughts on this — and more. Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below — only after you respond to our latest 20 Questions.
1. Have you bought sports cards that are not from baseball, football, basketball or hockey?
2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 11:20 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | Beckett Media Facebook chat, Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Chris Olds, 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. There will be prize for active chatters during the two-hour session.
Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there right now if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.
Posted on January 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Pro Debut, milb, minor league baseball cards, Pro Debut, Topps | Comments (2)
The date for Topps‘ minor-league call-up is June 4.
That’s when the first of the company’s card sets for Minor League Baseball arrives in the form of 2014 Topps Pro Debut, the exclusive home of the players down on the farm along with any other MiLB sets the company produces with its license.
Each 24-pack box will include two autographs, one memorabilia card and one manufactured patch card. Debut uses the same base design as the 2014 MLB set that arrives on Jan. 29.
Posted on January 13, 2014 – 4:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Finest, 2014 Topps Finest, Finest, MLB, Topps | Comments (7)
In 2013, Topps celebrated the arrival of Finest within its new packs of Finest — and with the new inclusions for 2014 the company is clearly hoping for the finest Finest yet.
It’s added color, it’s added nods to the past, it’s added Hot Boxes and more. And it all arrives in 2014 Finest when it arrives in hobby shops on Aug. 13.
Posted on January 13, 2014 – 11:21 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Hobby Pulse Poll | baseball cards, Leaf Trading Cards, Panini America, Topps | Comments (13)
Which recently released baseball brand gets your cash? (Pick your top two.)
Posted on January 10, 2014 – 1:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Panini Select, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MLBPA, Panini America, Select | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Panini Select in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out.
Posted on January 10, 2014 – 1:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Bowman Sterling, Bowman Sterling, Topps | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Bowman Sterling in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 7, 2014 – 2:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | BALCO, Barry Bonds, Baseball Hall of Fame, BBWAA, Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame vote, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, steroids, Tom Glavine | Comments (5)
Who gets in?
That’s the question we get the answer to on Wednesday, when the latest class of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is announced. After last year’s induction of absolutely no one via the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, there seems to be even more spirited debate this year as a new crop of big names arrives on the ballot from the BBWAA.
We figured we should let you vote, too, though we see that many stars from the past have card values that are a shell of their primes. That’s one sign that collectors aren’t buying like they were and they probably aren’t buying some of the denials.
Below is a ballot just like the members of the BBWAA received, complete with all the names you would not expect to see. You can vote for as many as 10. The players who get votes on 75 percent of the ballots are elected.
The Beckett.com readers' 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot
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 January 7, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Chrome, MLB, Topps, Topps Chrome | Comments (8)
“Many have tried to imitate it, but there’s only one Topps Chrome.”
That’s the opening salvo on the sales materials for 2014 Topps Chrome, which Topps released on Monday. The hobby mainstay — and popular collecting substrate — will return once again on Aug. 27 with two autographs in every 24-pack hobby box.
There are a few new features this year with Silver & Black Refractors, which will be limited to 25 and signed in silver ink. Also new will be Topps of the Class autos, which have a bit of a Tribute feel, along with Topps Shelf, an Inceptionesque insert, and Topps All-time Rookies reprints. Also new — but old — are 1989 Topps Chrome cards that use the throwback design but in a different way as the cards are diecut.