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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)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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.
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Posted on November 6, 2013 – 9:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortal Collection, baseball, Ichiro Suzuki, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (20)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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 …
Posted on November 4, 2013 – 5:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Chris Olds, Facebook chats | 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 Topps 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 4, 2013 – 2:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Topps, 2013 Topps Ultimate Chase, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ roller coaster of a season ended in the National League Championship Series, but the memories of the season — and especially the postseason — will remain for a father-son collecting duo.
Thanks to the Topps Ultimate Chase Ticket, Alan Tavelman and his 14-year-old son, Zach, got tickets to every postseason game for their selected team, the Dodgers, after they found one of 10 tickets inside a box of 2013 Topps. The ticket was good for a signed bat — and then a spot in a drawing to win a postseason pass for a team of their choice, which they won.
“At first my son and I were not sure what it was,” said Alan, 53, of Porter Ranch, Calif. “Then we actually read the ticket and we were very excited and could not believe that we actually had one.”
Posted on November 3, 2013 – 5:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo, 2013 Toronto Fall Expo, Fall Expo, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Panini America has revealed how collectors can get exclusive 2013 Toronto Fall Expo packs for next weekend’s show.
To get their hands on these packs, collectors have to bring an unopened box of select Panini products, and open them at the Panini booth. Depending on the products, collectors get anywhere from five to 20 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Fall Expo packs.
Panini has included cards of rookies from all four major sports numbered to 399, Cracked Ice parallels, Tools of the Trade memorabilia cards, Player Sketch Cards and plenty of autographed variations.
Posted on November 1, 2013 – 1:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Hockey | Alex Carbajal, Bakersfield Blaze, Boston Red Sox, Chico Outlaws, Chico State Wildcats, hockey cards, Hudson Valley Renegades, Josh Hamilton, Lincoln Saltdogs, Mark Parent, minor league baseball, NHL, panini, Panini America, Tampa Bay Rays | Comments (1)
About a decade ago, you might have found Alex Carbajal on a pitcher’s mound in Florida at Ed Smith Stadium wearing a Sarasota Red Sox uniform gripping a baseball in his left hand while looking in for a sign from catcher Jim Buckley.
Today, though, he can be found in Texas helping Panini America make hockey cards as a licenses acquisitions manager — a role that is pretty important to card collectors though they may not know what exactly it entails.
“I negotiate and manage all the hockey signature contracts for Panini,” said the 35-year-old who celebrates a birthday next week. “I also procure the game-worn and game-used equipment for our cards. I work closely with product development and help with their checklists by contacting players and signing them to their deals. I am also the person the players turn to if they want cards of themselves.
“Weird how that worked out.”
Posted on October 31, 2013 – 4:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Topps Triple Threads, autographs, MLB, Relics, Topps, Triple Threads | Comments (6)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Triple Threads in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 31, 2013 – 4:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 SuperBox Rookies & Phenoms, baseball cards, BGS, MLB, The SuperBox, Yasiel Puig | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2013 SuperBox in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on October 31, 2013 – 12:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 Panini America's Pastime, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLBPA, Panini America, Yasiel Puig | Comments (2)
The national pastime is Panini America‘s pastime — and an upcoming new baseball card line shows it.
The next high-end baseball card release from the Texas-based company is 2013 Panini America’s Pastime, which will arrive in December with Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig as well as long-time stars and retired legends in the fold.