Category Archives: Baseball

Poll: How much can Will Ferrell’s autos sell for?

FerrellAriz

How much to you think Will Ferrell's most-popular Archives auto will go for?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

The first Will Ferrell 2015 Topps Archives autograph has hit eBay with a Buy It Now price of $899.

While there might be other MLB teams that are more popular for deep-pocketed Ferrell fans, this price got us wondering how much you think he’ll sell for.

Tell us what you think above or in the comments below.

Update: A second card, this time the Dodgers, has a $2,000 BIN, while a Reds card carries a $699 BIN.

Update II: All three cards have sold.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Tier One baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Tier One in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Buster Posey talks cards on eve of Topps Series 2

IMAG2458

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

On Tuesday night, he caught a no-hitter. On Wednesday he looked back at a different time in his baseball career.

For three-time World Series champ Buster Posey, a former NL MVP and the All-Star catcher for the San Francisco Giants, seeing himself on a baseball card for the first time was a moment to remember, too.

“It’s a cool moment. As a fan of baseball fan myself, as a kid, I am seeing all the different cards come out and then to see your face on a card is a little surreal,” Posey said Wednesday in New York at Topps headquarters to promote 2015 Topps Series 2 arriving next week. “When I saw that first one, I will always remember that.”

Read More »

Giants rookie Chris Heston no-hits Mets

Heston

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Fifteen games into his big-league career, San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston has a no-hitter.

The right-hander from Palm Bay, Fla., dominated the Mets striking out 11 as part of a 5-0 win Tuesday night in New York. He moves to 6-4 this season.

On cardboard, Heston has a limited resume of just 78 cards valued at $343, excluding rarities too scarce to price. He appears on one Rookie Card so far with 27 certified autographs and zero game-used memorabilia cards.

Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

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 …

 

Ripping Retail Retro: 1985 Topps baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1985 Topps cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

Topps adds NBA hopefuls to Allen & Ginter

NBAginter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Allen & Ginter set from Topps will be the home of autographs from legendary fictional fighters named Rocky Balboa and Thunderlips as well as future baseball Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki.

It will also include four potential NBA stars.

Read More »

First look: 2015 Bowman Draft baseball cards

15BDBB_1002_Base_Judge

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Reinvigorated.

When 2015 Bowman Draft arrives in November, that’s one word that Topps used to describe the forthcoming prospect release. What will make it so? “Additional insert subsets, compelling prospect content and a variety of Chrome autograph cards,” according to the company.

Just like in the past, though, every 24-pack hobby box will include one autographed card when it arrives in hobby shops on Nov. 25.

Read More »

Joey Gallo shines in MLB debut

Gallo - Pro Debut

Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo did not disappoint the home fans in his Major League debut last night. The 2012 first round pick was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-4 with four RBI and a walk. Baseball America rated Gallo the 15th-best prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season, following a 2014 season in which he 42 home runs and drove in 106 runs between High-A and Double-A. In 34 games at Double-A Frisco this season, Gallo was hitting .314 with nine home runs and 31 RBI before an Adrian Beltre trip to the disabled list opened the door for his big league debut.

Read More »

Topps adds Thunderlips autos to Allen & Ginter

Thunderlips

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was Rocky Balboa, now there’s Thunderlips.

Hulk Hogan is signing autographs for the 10th edition of Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards, according to tweets from Celebzdirect, the Florida-based agency that handled Hogan’s signing.

Read More »

Custom card creator’s secondary hobby leads to autograph signing at Jose Canseco’s house

thumbsup

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Tanner Jones is a dedicated collector of Jose Canseco cards — so much so he makes his own custom cardboard that includes game-used pieces and dream combinations that haven’t been done before.

It’s the kind of stuff that really didn’t exist when baseball’s bad boy was bashing homers during the summers of his prime in the past. It’s also a hobby that helps Jones fill in the gaps for cards from years where Canseco wasn’t a force in the hobby, allowing him to more fully document — and collect — the slugger’s career.

How did it start?

“I was sick of the virtual eight-year Canseco-less drought where very few cards were produced of him. I deeply love the new designs the big companies have been putting out over the past several years, and wanted to see Jose in them,” said the 35-year-old graphic designer from Tomball, Texas. “One night, I printed up a 2013 Topps card with Canseco on the Yankees and posed it with other 2013 Topps cards. After cutting it out with scissors, I posted it [online] as a gag.

“People figured it out right away. It got me to thinking, ‘What if I really put some time into this?’ As the owner of a small web/graphics firm for 15 years, I wanted to do my own designs, too. Now people tell me all the time I’m creating pieces much better than what the big companies are doing. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure thankful for the compliments.”

Jones’ hobby of creating fantasy cards for fun recently reached a new plateau when an idea he had turned into a reality. The idea? What if he could get Canseco to sign a number of his cards, sign even more pieces to be used for future cards and maybe even wear/use a few more items to spawn creative memorabilia cards never before seen?

Well, it happened — and it happened as part of a family road trip with a stop at the former Bash Brother’s home in Las Vegas of all places where he and his family spent time with Canseco and his girlfriend, Leila Knight, fed their tortoises, had cupcakes and played some blackjack with specially created cards.

Here is just part of Jones’ story, which he has shared on the Beckett.com forums and elsewhere online. It’s his story in his own words … after the jump.

Read More »

Topps puts Hurricane Sandy Relic into Pro Debut

DugoutMat

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012 it caused an estimated $68 billion in damage — a total only topped by Hurricane Katrina, according to the Department of Commerce.

One of many victims of the storm was the Staten Island Yankees baseball team, the short-season A-ball squad for the New York Yankees that helped relief efforts in the area.

Why does this matter to collectors a few years later? Well, Topps has included a piece of a “Hurricane Sandy damaged dugout mat” as a Fragments of the Farm Relic in 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards that arrived in hobby shops yesterday. It’s a Relic that’s unique — What’s a dugout mat, anyway? — and it’s also a reminder of the past. It’s part of a stadium Relic set that just might be one of the more-unique memorabilia releases made.

Read More »

BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds submit?

BGSDiaryGrandy

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 June and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds submit?

  • 1961 Topps #2 Roger Maris, $250 (48%, 75 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Chrome WWE Atomic Refractors #51 Paige, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Heritage Black Back #399 Nick Swisher, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 1972 Topps #79 Carlton Fisk RC, $50 (38%, 59 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC, $12 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 2013 Panini Cooperstown Signatures #5 Johnny Bench /90, $60 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 1983 Madison Muskies Fritsch #13 Jose Canseco, $N/A (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All American Chrome #15 Joe Namath /555 $10 (22%, 35 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #366 Mark McGwire, $12 (21%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps #296 Randall Cunningham RC, $6 (19%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

Loading ... Loading ...

PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage High Number baseball

2015ToppsHeritageHigh-KrisBryantBlackChrome

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Heritage High Number is back in packs beginning on Sept. 23.

Topps revealed the details on 2015 Topps Heritage High Number on Wednesday, a product that makes a return in pack form for the first time since 2009. Topps released the Heritage update in packs in 2008 and 2009 along with a few basic Topps Update cards in every pack before placing the season-capper into boxed set form in 2012, which has been the routine since then.

This second helping of the 1966 Topps design will include one autograph or Relic in every 24-pack hobby box with a base set that begins with card No. 501 and adds 225 more cards to the overall set. This allows for 2015 call-ups to get their shot on a retro-styled Heritage card.

Read More »

Beckett 20 Questions on … this season and its cards

BryceHarper

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The MLB All-Star Game will be here before you know it — but at least there’s plenty of time remaining in the baseball card season. We figured we’d take a moment and allow you to assess both in our latest 20 Questions.

1. Who is your hobby MVP so far this season?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

panini-america-2015-elite-baseball-kris-bryant

2. Who is your hobby Rookie of the Year so far this season?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Read More »

Box Busters Retro: 1997 Bowman Chrome baseball

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of BBCexchange.com as they rip into a box of 1997 Bowman Chrome in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2015 Topps Update baseball cards

Update-Bryant

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s back, and it’s bigger than ever.

Topps unleashed the first look at 2015 Topps Update on Thursday and one big detail that jumps out at one is this — the base set will consist of 400 cards, which is the largest checklist for the release in years.

Packed with veterans players on new teams and the newest rookies, Update will arrive on Oct. 21 with 36 packs per hobby box.

Read More »

Max Scherzer signs baseball cards for a cause

Scherzer

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer wants to help the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, so he’s doing one thing he does pretty well.

He’s signing autographs.

Scherzer and the team have created the Baseball Cards for a Cause program where the right-hander will sign baseball cards sent to him for a $25 donation to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Read More »

Topps online release gets an update set

ToppsIchiro

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A recently released online-only set of oversized cards and wall art is getting an update.

Topps revealed the ’52 Tribute Update Series on Thursday, a 20-card addition to the previously released line that revisits the famed 1952 Topps set and is only available online via Topps.com.

There are two versions of the 5-by-7 set — a standard limited to 99 copies that sells for $49.99 and a Gold edition that’s limited to only 49 copies for $99.99.

Read More »

Bat brands get spotlight in 2015 Topps Tier One

BatBrand

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

I’ve always had a soft spot as a collector for game-used bats, which are perhaps the most-personalized pieces of equipment for a player.

The wear and tear that a bat shows only adds to a bat’s mystique, its intrinsic value. The same can be said for players’ choices in modifications — and with all of the bat companies out there these days approved for use by MLB players a brand of bat can be directly tied to a player, too, beyond just a specific model that they’re always known to use.

One type of game-used bat card in 2015 Topps Tier One, which arrived in hobby shops today, is the Limited Lumber set. It is a tad different from those typically found in packs. This time, at least on some cards in the set, the center brand of a bat gets the nod as the showcased piece of lumber in the 1/1 creations.

Read More »

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage ’51 baseball cards

15HB51_SS_2026_BRYANT

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s a new addition to the Heritage baseball card line — and it’s from 1951.

Topps revealed the newest retro brand on Friday, and it’s 2015 Topps Heritage ’51 — a boxed set homage to the 1951 Topps red-back and blue-back cards that predated the company’s flagship arrival the following year.

Set to arrive on Oct. 28, there will be 104 base cards, one autograph and a mix of 21 parallel cards per set. There will be 24 sets per case.

Read More »

GTS Helps Group Breaking Go Global

GTS-Distribution-logo

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

GTS Distribution has sent some of the hobby’s most prominent professional breakers to the Asia-Pacific region to help trading card shops build their business through group breaking utilizing some new Topps products that are exclusive to that market.

The wholesaler has partnered up with the Ripping Wax team and will be meeting with dealers in both Taipei, Taiwan and Tokyo, Japan to run breaks in their shops and show off what can be pulled from packs from the recently-released Asian editions of 2015 Topps Tier One and 2015 Bowman Baseball. Collectors in the United States also have an opportunity to take part in these events, which run until May 21.

“We have all seen the impact breaking has had in the North American card market, and while the Asia market typically mirrors what happens here in terms of product reception and performance, we feel there is substantial growth opportunity for all involved by helping this method of product delivery to the end-consumer take hold with our partners overseas,” said GTS Vice President Lloyd Kee in a press release. “We couldn’t be happier to be working with Ripping Wax. They’re among the best in the business and add tremendous value to what we are trying to achieve.”. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Prizm baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Prizm in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Chipz

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Chipz in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hobby challenge: Build an autographed card set

RipkenAuto

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We all want the best player possible as the autograph every single time we open a box, but we should realize that’s not possible.

Why? Simple economics.

Every time a card company puts a card of The Iconic Veteran Player into a pack of cards that sells for $5, it’s actually losing money on that pack and the box that it’s in. Why? Because the player dictates his cost of signing — you take it or leave it — and that’s got nothing to do with how much the card will sell for on eBay or what your product might cost.

What do you do? Who makes it onto your checklist and who doesn’t? That’s up to you as the brand manager — but your goal is to hit your production numbers while also creating the best lineup you can that will appeal to the most people.

Do you load up on quality bargain players? Do you go for the big chase cards? Do you create a balanced product that would appeal to more people but not necessarily draw in the gambler types hoping for a crazy find?

Take our challenge … after the jump.

Read More »

Sylvester Stallone autos coming in Allen & Ginter

StalloneGinter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 10th edition of Allen & Ginter will pack some punch.

Topps revealed on Thursday that Sylvester Stallone will be signing cards for the 10th edition of the retro-styled baseball card set that includes other notables in the sports world.

In this case, it’s a boxer from the big screen, Rocky Balboa, who is a world’s champion. (Note the card is labeled “Balboa.”)

Read More »

Beckett 20 Questions on … having fun in the hobby

FunPack

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The sports card world of just 20 years ago was immensely different from today, but one thing is the same for many collectors.

They just want to have fun with their hobby … right?

Defining “fun” will vary from person to person (see our Your Turn post’s comments section for examples) and we know that. One example of fun from back then was a Michael Jordan baseball card — his time as a minor-league player sold a lot of cardboard and it was fun to chase them simply because they were different and there were plenty available. And one brand of baseball cards back then was Upper Deck‘s Fun Pack, a kid-focused line that ultimately didn’t last.

It’s curious that it didn’t — there were surely a lot more kids (and others) buying cards then — but it does reinforce today’s manufacturing challenge of trying to decide what works and what doesn’t for collectors.  Kid-focused sets still exist, but that word fun remains hard to define when it comes to cards.

Despite this, we’re exploring the subject of fun and cardboard right here, right now in our latest 20 Questions. Tell us what you think on each one — and tell us more in the comments if you must.

1. Are you having fun in today's hobby?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

2. Which of these best describes you?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

Read More »

Your Turn: What makes the hobby fun?

RallySquirrel

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What makes the hobby fun?

It’s not an easy question to answer because so many different people collect for different reasons. It’s also a challenge because there are so many perspectives on what’s cool and what’s not when it comes to cardboard.

A simple card like that of the Rally Squirrel, a short-printed variation found in packs of 2012 Topps showing something that actually happened on an MLB field during an MLB game, can cause just as many groans as it does chuckles. But there’s no doubting that, no matter where you stand, it’s a fun card.

Read More »

Ichiro Suzuki to make Topps auto debut in Ginter

suzuki

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

He’s appeared on more than 10,000 different baseball cards as a star in both Japan and Major League Baseball. He’s working his way toward 3,000 hits in MLB despite not arriving until he was 27 years old.

But there’s one thing that Ichiro Suzuki has never done before — sign a baseball card to be placed into Topps packs.

All that changes this summer when 2015 Allen & Ginter arrives from Topps with the company’s first autographed cards in packs. He’ll appear on a card as a member of the Seattle Mariners, another as a New York Yankee and a third as a Miami Marlin.

Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Bowman baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Bowman in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League

15_Topps Heritage-schwarber

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball card collectors will get another chance to revisit 1966 this year as Topps‘ annual retro minor-league set arrives in September.

Topps released the basic details and first images of 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League on Friday, and it’s a farm-team twist on the 1966 Topps design that will pack two autographs and one Relic into every 24-pack hobby box when it hits on Sept. 16. This will be a hobby-only product.

Read More »

Getting “Up Close” with 2015 Bowman baseball

BowmanBack

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Tear into a pack of the recently released 2015 Bowman baseball cards from Topps, and I’ll guarantee you one thing.

You might not get your favorite player. You might not get rich. You might not pull an autograph. But one thing that’s for sure when you open a pack — no matter how knowledgeable you are about the game you are or how many years you’ve collected cards — is that you’ll learn something.

No, seriously, you will learn something.

Get “up close” with card No. 26 and you’ll learn that Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is a “huge fan of Double Decker Tacos.” Not only that, but he “eschews social media,” likes The History Channel and plays guitar.  You can see for yourself above — and he’s hardly alone with some of the unusual things found on his card.

Read More »

Ripping Retail Retro: 1979 Topps baseball cards

YouTube Preview Image

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1979 Topps baseball cards in this Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

What Retro video would you want to see next?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Topps creates Twitter-exclusive Refractor packs

 

twitter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Are you on Twitter? If not, Topps has a reason for you to be there.

All 150 prospects in the 2015 Bowman product — a crop that includes Kris Bryant and Carlos Rodon — will be found with Blue Refractors that are only available via Twitter giveaways by the @BowmanCards account. Oh, and there’s an autograph — a card limited to only three copies — in every pack, too.

The nine-card packs and the cards will be limited — only 150 packs were made.

Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Diamond Kings

YouTube Preview Image

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Diamond Kings in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …