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Category Archives: Basketball

First look: 2014 WNBA Trading Cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

The yearly release of WNBA trading cards is coming in August from Rittenhouse Archives.

This year’s set will be limited to just 500 factory sets of 100 base cards.

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Panini brings back Father’s Day promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America’s Father’s Day Promotion is back.

The program began in 2012 with collectors heading to hobby shops to buy Panini products and getting free Father’s Day packs in return. The packs featured exclusive cards and rare parallels.

This year’s offerings include Diamond-embedded cards, Cracked Ice parallels, Green Prizm parallels from 2013 Select Football (numbered to 15), memorabilia and autographs cards.

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Panini offers incentive packs for case purchases of 2013-14 Innovation Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is offering an incentive for distributors who purchase cases of 2013-14 Innovation Basketball.

Suppliers will receive two free five-card bonus packs for each ordered case. Often the cards from these packs are passed on to dealers and/or collectors as prizes or incentives.

The packs will contain exclusive parallels of Purple View, Purple Rookie, All Purple Views, Light Blue Stained Glass, Light Blue Rookie Stained Glass and All Light Blue Stained Glass.

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine designer for sports titles

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Are you a seasoned publications designer?

Beckett Media is seeking a design editor with extensive deadline experience to design covers, interior features and departments for all five of its monthly titles — Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Candidates will need to be able to meet deadlines, handle prepress responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with editors on these five titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Panini’s FIFA World Cup Prizm set includes more than soccer stars

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Collectors aren’t the only ones in the soccer mood. With the FIFA World Cup ready to begin next month, athletes are enjoying the global event too.

Panini released 2014 FIFA World Cup Prizm soccer cards this year. The cards featured dozens of soccer players from across the globe. But one interesting subset has caught collectors’ attention – Fans of the Game.

This autograph subset included just two names: football’s Andrew Luck and basketball’s Kobe Bryant.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Crusade basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Crusade basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013-14 Panini Select Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Select basketball is coming back for another go-around from Panini.

The second year 2013-14 Select Basketball will feature new Purple and Blue Prizm parallels and a chance at autographs.

Each box will come with 14 packs with six cards in each pack. Each box will have two autographs, two memorabilia cards and six Prizm parallels.

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First look: 2013-14 Innovation Basketball

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini is adding a few extra elements to 2013-14 Innovation Basketball with new inserts and subsets.

Each six-card pack will have two autographs and one memorabilia card. In addition, there will be one View cards, a Stained Glass insert and an additional insert.

The autographs include Top Notch Autographs (numbered to 325 or less) and Foundations Ink (numbered to 199 or less), both with Gold parallels (numbered to 25 or less). New autograph subsets to Innovation include Main Exhibit Signatures and Main Exhibit Signature Rookies, which have a shadowbox design.

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Which Rookie Card have you always found interesting — and why?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Do you have one Rookie Card that you just find more interesting than all of the rest? If so, tell us why and we might showcase your answers as part of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly that’s all about rookies.

For myself, the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC has taken on that spot for me after it being held by the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie or his 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies first minor-league issue for years.

Why?

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Upper Deck supersizing shadowboxes for UDA

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck created shadowbox inserts in 2009 SPx Football. The cards incorporated three layers of acetate to create a 3-D look.

It has used these shadowboxes in several products incorporating autographs into the design as well. UD is bringing this element to Upper Deck Authenticated, its autographed memorabilia arm.

The new collectible pieces will measure 16-by-20 inches with a large base that it could be displayed standing up or hung on a wall. Upper Deck will continue with the 3-D look and add an autograph to the middle layer.

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Manufacturers looking for ways to handle growing group breakers

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Want a chance at a hit from a high-end product? Collectors have turned to online group breaks as a way to satisfy that craving.

It may be tough for some collectors to spend $500 on a box of cards, but a $50 slot in a group break is a more affordable gamble. Group break collectors can walk away with big-money cards or get “skunked,” the term collectors use when they wind up with nothing from a break.

Despite opposition from some hobby shops and manufacturers, group breaks are gaining appeal. The explosion of group breaks started a couple of years ago. It has become part of the National Sports Collectors Convention and The Industry Summit, with breaks happening live on camera.

Group breaks occur every night at various price points as the cards are shown off on camera.

While group breaks have become another collecting option, they have also become a place of concern for longtime hobby shop owners. Group breaks are often streamed online, showing breakers opening cases on YouTube or BreakersTV. This means a collector with a PayPal account doesn’t have to leave the house and can watch their breaks online. A few days later, their cards are in the mailbox.

The topic of group breaks was addressed at The Industry Summit in Las Vegas in March with representatives from Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck discussing the craze with a room full of hobby shop owners.

“Obviously, group breaks in general are a positive in terms of being able to expose people to products they wouldn’t normally see,” said Topps’ Vice President of Sales, David Reel. “It’s something that is going to continue to grow.”

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Your Turn: Which new rookies — in any sport — are you collecting?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new crop of NFL rookies aligned with their teams, a new MLB season under way and both the NBA and NHL drafts coming soon, there’s a lot of potential brewing for collectors of rookies and prospects.

For the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re curious about who you are going to collect — in any sport.

Tell us in the comments below … which rookies are getting your hobby dollars?

We’ll showcase a selection of the most-interesting answers left here in the issue.

Which NFL rookie is most-worthy of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover?

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Beckett 20 Questions on … rookies and busts

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Johnny Manziel slid all the way to the 22nd pick in this year’s NFL Draft, some collectors had to wonder what was up with their red-hot pre-draft cards of Johnny Football.

Well, so far, they’re still hot — even though he’s headed to the quarterback blender called the Cleveland Browns.

Johnny Football’s story got us thinking about rookies who just couldn’t miss in the past — and many of those who did miss, too. We’re curious as to what you’re thinking about Manziel and more about rookies of today and yesterday.

Here are our latest 20 Questions …

1. Would you put your money into a Johnny Manziel autograph?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click on “read more.”)

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Beckett Auctions features iconic cards, autographs, memorabilia and more

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Beckett Auction’s May event kicks off today at noon CT.

This month’s collection features hundreds of lots with more than 50 autographed sports jerseys including Robert Griffin III, Barry Sanders and Terry Bradshaw.

There are also dozens of sports cards with autographs from Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, Kirby Puckett, and memorabilia cards of Red Grange and Lou Gehrig.

Two of Michael Jordan’s earliest cards are featured with his iconic 1986-87 Fleer #57 (7.5 BGS) and 1984-85 Star #101 XRC (BGS 6.5) up for grabs.

Click here for more information on this month’s Beckett Auctions.

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Ripping on the Street: NBA fans rip some basketball cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Derek Ficken as he gives a few basketball fans a chance to rip into Panini Prizm and Fleer Retro basketball cards in this Ripping on the Street video.

Box Busters: 2013-14 Fleer Retro basketball

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Fleer Retro basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis becoming one of the hobby’s top stars

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

When Anthony Davis is playing, you can’t look away.

His facial hair draws you in first, the most famous unibrow since Bert of “Sesame Street” fame.

You keep watching because of his talent, a unique blend of tough interior play with a shooter’s finesse. He carries a bit of Dirk Nowitzki’s court presence.

Like his unibrow, Davis – a power forward and center for the New Orleans Pelicans – is unique. And like his unibrow, Davis is growing into his own, realizing his blue-chip potential in his second NBA season. Davis led the league in blocks per game in 2013-14, the

youngest player to do so since they started keeping track in the 1970s. He also finished among the leaders in double-doubles, points and rebounds.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Intrigue basketball

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Intrigue basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Next season’s basketball cards look even better with the addition of Jabari Parker

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday, adding to an already stacked draft class for 2014. While at Duke, Parker had 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in 30.7 minutes of play as a freshman.

Parker is expected to be a top-three pick with only draft experts picking Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins ahead of him in nearly every mock draft. This 2014 draft is poising to be a good one with a number of guys with great talent making their intentions known.

Some of the other top prospects include Wiggins, Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, Australian native Dante Exum, and Oklahoma’s Marcus Smart. This is a much better class than the group a year ago.

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