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Category Archives: Basketball

Can we get final checklists sooner? Manufacturers say ‘no’

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – When it comes to checklists, one question always comes up – why can’t we get them sooner?

This was one of the hot topics during a manufacturer panel that featured representative from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini America at the 2014 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

Collectors and dealers may not like the answer. It seems the earliest companies can get a final checklist is the day of pack out because the biggest hurdle is the autographs.

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2014 Industry Summit: Panini America discusses new products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – With Panini’s Tuesday announcement revolving around its new rewards program, some of the other tidbits from its 2014 Industry Summit corporate address could have been missed.

Panini started by admitting 2013 was a mixed year for the company, plenty of which had to do with football. Football is a rookie-driven sport and the tail of the 2012 season (which comes out in 2013) did well while a weaker 2013 rookie class didn’t drive sales.

However, Panini expects that to turn around with a 2014 football class that features Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney and others.

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Basketball: By having an exclusive with basketball, it allows Panini to create specific types of memorabilia cards such as the Christmas Day game-used shorts cards that will appear in Immaculate and National Treasures Basketball. These cards feature unique patches that Panini will utilize in those brands.

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Panini’s Mark Warsop discusses new redemption reward system

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – When Panini America announced its new reward system for redemptions on Tuesday, collectors immediately had a list of questions.

Panini has created the system to replace player-specific redemptions (read more). Beckett Media spoke with Panini CEO Mark Warsop following the announcement with many questions that collectors submitted through Twitter to Beckett Editor Susan Lulgjuraj.

Q. Will the Reward system replace all the hits in a product?

A. No, only when a card that was planned into a program that would have ordinarily been a redemption will be a Panini Rewards card, unless we are running a specific promotion and we want to add rewards just to reward the consumer.

All the regular hits will be in the program. It just replaces the redemption.

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Panini to eliminate player-specific redemptions and add patch database

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Panini America is upping its digital game.

It introduced Panini Rewards and a patch database at the 2014 Industry Summit on Tuesday.

The biggest element from Panini Rewards is that Panini is eliminating player-specific redemptions. Collectors will instead get a card with a point value where collectors can then go on the Panini site or app to redeem the points for cards available.

The program will begin May and be available on smartphones (IOS and Android) and on its website.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want to see your collection in Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.

We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.

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Leaf acquires the rights to Sportkings

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Leaf has acquired the rights to Sportkings.

Leaf CEO Brian Gray told Beckett Media at the 2014 Industry Summit that his company is working on a new release, which is slated to come out around the 2014 National Sports Collector Convention.

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Panini adds a twist to Titanium Basketball retail packs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Collectors buying retail packs of 2013-14 Titanium Basketball will notice something different from its hobby counterpart.

Along with a configuration of one pack for $20, there will be five different versions of Titanium Rookie Memorabilia cards. Each retail pack will come with two of these cards, two base and one numbered star or Rookie Card, Panini announced on Wednesday.

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Beckett 20 questions on … errors & variations

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RELATED: What’s your favorite error or variation card? Tell us here … 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s no secret which sports card most people think of when one says “error card” — it’s the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken.

However, there are many errors and variations found on cardboard for all sports through the years beyond those caused by a moment of bad judgment and a renegade marker – enough that we figured we’d try and take a look at the subject in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

These days where the print runs are much shorter, most variations are made on purpose as intentional nods to the past such as those found in the Topps Heritage baseball set arriving this week. Others these days are made to add a chase or some added challenges to building a set, while a smaller few are mistakes that get fixed for whatever reason. It seems that baseball sets have had the most corrections by far through the years, but the gremlins have struck in all sports and even some non-sports releases.

Then, of course, there are the Honus Wagners (T206) and Alex Gordons (2006 Topps) of the world — cards that were made and then removed, sparking interest in those cards that should not be. For this issue, we’re curious about your feelings about some of these approaches and which types of errors made in the past are the most appealing as a collector. Here are our latest 20 Questions — and the results will appear in the upcoming issue.

1. Do you think the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken card is the most-famous error card in hobby history?

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2. Do you actively hunt errors and/or variations as a collector?

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See the rest of the questions about errors and variations … after the jump.

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Sports Card Album aims to be the photosharing app for card collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What happens when there isn’t an app you want?

Some people go out and create one.

That’s what Sergio Dubois did when photosharing software wasn’t what he needed for his card collection. Instead of being able to see a full card, sites were only allowing thumbnail images or cutting off pictures so users couldn’t see full cards.

Dubois decided to do something about it. He paid a friend who is a developer to create a program that suited his needs. In the end, he got Sports Card Album.

The process started nearly one year ago. It launched with a free website where users joined in a beta program to work through the glitches to get the working site ready. On Tuesday, Sports Card Album launched an iPhone app. An Android app is in the works.

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Companies prepare promo cards for 2014 Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The four-day 2014 Industry Summit begins on Sunday with dealers, card companies, distributors and licensors heading to Las Vegas to discuss the hobby.

There are seminars and breakout sessions and meetings. This is a chance for companies to explain what they plan on doing over the next few months, giving dealers a preview of what’s to come.

But one of the biggest things people get out of the Industry Summit is swag. Dealers get promo cards and items from different companies. Many of these items carry a premium and dealers can sell them to recoup the cost of going to the Summit or throw it in their collection.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Crusade Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini has added more chase elements to Crusade basketball cards.

In 2013-14 Panini Crusade Basketball, three new color variations have been included in the popular Crusade design.

Collectors can find 18 Crusade cards in every box. The new colors are Teal (numbered to 249), Orange Die-Cut (numbered to 99) and Purple (numbered to 49). Other parallels include Blue, Red (numbered to 349), Gold (numbered to 10), Green (numbered to 5) and Black (1-of-1).

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball

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Beckett Basketball editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball — stick around until the end to watch the big hit.

Box Busters: 2013-14 Elite Basketball

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Beckett Basketball editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Elite Basketball cards.

Initial autograph guests announced for 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Tickets are on sale for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

The National will be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Tickets start at $18 (for a single day) and range all the way to $279 for the SuperVIP package, which includes entry to all five days, free parking, first-in-live privileges for autograph guests, early admission and more.

The National has already announced some autograph guests for this year’s show, and the list is bound to get longer.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports card error or variation?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

People make mistakes.

If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.

Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)

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First look: 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Upper Deck is putting out 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball out in May with a new configuration.

Each box will come with 18 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be two autographs in every box. Collectors will have a chance to find autographed buybacks.

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First look: 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

SP Authentic will release with new inclusions this year with floor cards from LeBron James’ high school, Ultimate Collection cards and more.

The LeBron James Supreme Court Floor cards feature a piece of James’ high school floor where he won two state titles. There are five parallels, including a signed version, and are tough pulls, falling at a rate of just three per case.

There are three autographs in every box, including one By The Letter Signature numbered to 75 or less.

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South Bay’s high-end basketball buyback product out this week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

South Bay Baseball Cards will release 2014 Super Break Deluxe Edition Basketball this week.

The Super Break will be available in a limited quantity with just 200 boxes made. Each box will contain 10 items – nine buybacks and one original sketch card.

The price tag comes in around $3,400.

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Leaf, ITG apparently not invited to the Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With the Industry Summit less than a month away, it seems two vendors from last year’s meet up will not be in attendance.

Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game Inc., will not have booths set up.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting vintage

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.

It’s vintage.

Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.

Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.

For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?

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2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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