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Category Archives: Basketball

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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Beckett 20 Questions on … military on sports cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Plenty of metaphors and cliches get tossed around when it comes to the sports world, and many of them parallel military action — referring to our pastimes as battles, combat and so much more.

For some players on the field in the past and present, the comparisons might be ironic as there are many sports stars who also served in the military or have military ties of some sort. There are far more out there than Pat Tillman, Roger Staubach or David Robinson. We see it on our cardboard and collectibles from time to time — enough that we’ve opted to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to exploring what’s out there for the niche and one that those collectors serving in the military might find interesting, too.

Heck, even virtual collectibles like ToppsBunt cards found in virtual packs on its popular app have military subsets. There, it’s a 10-card Hall of Fame Heroes set that notes Hall of Famers’ military service, including Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams. It seems the military nods — whether its camo parallels or cards from military backed athletes or events — are everywhere.

As part of the issue, we want to hear what you think of a few things when it comes to creative cards and more with a new set of 20 Questions … after the jump.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Signatures Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

The sophomore release of 2013-14 Panini Signatures will include seven new autograph subsets, but finding them won’t be easy.

Each box will come with two packs with just two cards in each pack. Every box will have will have two autographs, a Film card, a Chase insert, and a 2014 NBA Draft Exchange Card good for an XRC of a rookie from the 2014 draft.

Autographs in Panini Signatures include Film Rookie Autographs, featuring 25 2013-14 newcomers. There are also unsigned versions of these cards, and Hall Hopefuls. Of the seven new autographs inserts, Panini has included History of the Hall of Fame and Franchise Graphs.

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Panini entertains Dallas crowd with college basketball favorites

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Radio & Market Analyst

The NCAA National Championship wraps up today with the University of Kentucky against the University of Connecticut. Panini America got sports fans ready for the national title game with Panini March Memories Brunch, a roundtable discussion with six college basketball favorites at the House of Blues in Dallas.

The company also announced an exclusive agreement with NBA prospect Dante Exum, who attended the Sunday event. Exum’s basketball cards will only appear Panini products, and he agreed to sign a number of memorabilia items for Panini Authentic.

Panini gathered many former players, including Danny Manning, Ralph Sampson, Christian Laettner, Clyde Drexler, and coaches Jim Boeheim and Nolan Richardson as the panelists. The hour-long discussions ranged from great NCAA moments to game-time preparation to advice for Exum.

One of the topics hit on the University of Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison who sank a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in Saturday’s national semifinal to send the Wildcats to the championship game.

“Those big shots coming from a freshman are remarkable and I was lucky enough to hit some shots like that maybe in my career, but it was when I was a sophomore and a senior, and I missed some big shots as a freshman,” said Laettner, who is no stranger to big shots during his days with Duke.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 SP Authentic 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 SP Authentic basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Leaf Best of Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Leaf is giving basketball fans a chance to get some of basketball’s top cards in its latest “Best of” line.

The card company is coming out with 2014 Leaf Best of Basketball on May 30 with a price around $275 a box.

Each box will come with one pack per box with two cards –a buyback and a 1-of-1 Original Art Card.

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Your Turn: Which athletes and cards with military ties are most memorable to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.

It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.

For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.

Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.

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UD Black back as a standalone product

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Black is back.

Upper Deck brought UD Black back as a standalone basketball product this season. Each box comes with two packs with three cards in each pack.

The packs contain a number of different types of autographs such as Rookie Lustrous Signatures and Arena Art Booklets.

Check out the gallery below of UD Black and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 UD Black Basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj as she opens a box of 2013-14 UD Black Basketball.

To see a list of UD Black Basketball cards on eBay, click here.

Beckett Auctions begins next month

Beckett Auctions kicks off next month with an impressive first round of items.

Highlights include UFC memorabilia, autographs from Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning, and a number of high-end sports cards including a Mike Trout autograph memorabilia card and a Damian Lillard autograph.

The auction will run April 13-April 27.

Beckett’s jump into the auction world will start with dozens of lots that include a wide variety of sports and historical items.

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First look: 2014 Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Goodwin Champions is coming back with new patches, World War I relics and slew of new signers.

Each box of 2014 Goodwin Champions will come with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be three hits per box that range from a number of different elements such as autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards, Museum Relics and Goodwin Masterpieces.

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