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Category Archives: Basketball

Goldin Auctions says Jordan family won’t dispute UNC items

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Goldin Auctions received attention recently when it announced four pieces of unique Michael Jordan memorabilia were up for auction.

These pieces included a recruiting letter from University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith; a recruiting letter from assistant coach Bill Guthridge (both from 1980); Jordan’s UNC diploma; and Jordan’s UNC undergraduate academic record.

However, just days after the announcement, Jordan’s mother Deloris Jordan told ESPN the items were not legitimate because she had the original documents in storage.

However, Goldin Auctions announced today that it has taken steps to ensure that the “clear and undisputed title will pass to the winning bidder of each of the four UNC Michael Jordan items, including confirmation that neither Michael Jordan nor his family will dispute said title.”

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Carmelo Anthony has a Rookie Card for every point he scored on Friday — 62

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the New York Knicks struggling this season, Carmelo Anthony has had to stand in front of his locker trying to explain the woes.

Anthony was once again the center of attention on Friday night with reporters clamoring to talk to the Knicks star, but for an entirely different reason.

Anthony scored 62 points, setting a New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden record, against the Charlotte Bobcats. He did it in less than 39 minutes and sat for most of the fourth quarter.

The Madison Square Garden scoring record was held by Kobe Bryant. He did it five years ago when he dropped 61 points against the Knicks.

Anthony was part of the 2003 draft class that featured LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Denver Nuggets before being traded to New York during the 2010-11 season.

Anthony has 4,623 cards, according to the Beckett.com database, and more than 1,000 autographs.

An even more astonishing number – Anthony has 62 Rookie Cards. Sixty-two.

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Does Greg Oden’s return mean it’s time to get his cards out of storage?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

It might be time to find those Greg Oden cards you hid in a box in the back of your closet.

Oden made his return to the NBA on Wednesday night after missing four years due to injuries (micofractures, broken knee cap) and personal problems. He scored six points in eight minutes for the Miami Heat against the Washington Wizards.

And the first time he got the ball, Oden dunked it.

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Ivan Lovegren’s web series looks at the funny moments in collecting

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Ivan Lovegren’s love of cards started like many other collectors. He got a pack of cards as a child and love for the hobby blossomed.

Opening a pack of cards isn’t where the fun ends. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that don’t always work in your favor, but are enough for a good laugh – or video series – down the road.

Lovegren has created “The Breaks,” a web series looking at the funny, but not always good, moments of collecting through the ups and downs.

“Most of the ideas come from my own experiences – I have this horrible tendency to somehow make every mistake once, and that’s how I learn,” Lovegren said. “For example, (the second) episode has to do with me justifying a low-ball bid on a case of 2013 Topps Inception, but who can ever stop at just one bid?”

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Chatter Up with Beckett Media’s Chris Olds … tonight on the Beckett Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. There will be prize for active chatters during the two-hour session.

Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there right now if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.

First look: 2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

The sophomore edition of Panini Intrigue will hit the shelves in April.

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball will have 11 cards per box, including four hits and five Intriguing Players cards.

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Michael Jordan’s UNC diploma and recruiting letters up for auction


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

A number of unique Michael Jordan items have hit the auction block.

The Jordan “23 Collection” includes his University of North Carolina diploma, recruiting letters from UNC coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge, and his college transcript, which will be auctioned by Goldin Auctions through Feb. 7.

The items were obtained from a public storage locker that went to public auction, according to Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. These items were part of Jordan’s Chapel Hill restaurant “23,” and when it closed, they were put into the public storage unit.

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First look: 2013-14 Titanium Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is bringing the Titanium name to basketball.

After using the name in hockey, Panini will release 2013-14 Titanium Basketball in late February.

Each hobby box will contain five packs with four cards in each pack. There will be a hit per pack with two autographs and three memorabilia cards in every box.

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CONTEST: Tell us your 2014 collecting resolutions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

New year, new goals.

That’s what many people talk about once the clock rolls to midnight and a brand new year is here. But, first, let’s take a look back at my 2013 goals and see how I did.

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Collectors create web series based on the hobby


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Ever feel like your collecting habits could make for a TV show?

Well, one collector is putting together a web series based on many moments we have had in the collecting world.

“The Breaks” will follow actor Ivan Lovegren as collecting tries to destroy his life.

What do you think of the first episode of  ”The Breaks”?

Richard McWilliam dies, Mastro pleads guilty, Panini gets Lillard: A look at the top stories from 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The last year had some memorable moments in cards – good and bad.

The trading card industry lost a giant while families bonded over cards. Even though we all collect cards for different reasons, it’s the one thing that brings us together.

We share our collections through different avenues, trade with people halfway around the world and get a sweet joy when we watch the next generation opening packs of cards.

Here’s a look back at some of the top moments from card and memorabilia collecting in 2013.

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Salt Lake City collector nabs every Flawless Rookie Card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Adam Gray hasn’t collected a set some time.

He usually focuses on singles or ripping and flipping. But the longtime basketball collector was intrigued by 2012-13 Flawless basketball from Panini America.

After looking at previews – and using his basketball collecting expertise – he decided the Rookie Cards from the most expensive box of cards would be his.

“Rookie Cards have always driven the hobby,” Gray said. “These are the rarest rookie basketball cards part of a base set that have ever been made. It was a challenge for me to put that together. I obviously liked the look of the cards, but it was about the rarity.”

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Totally Certified Basketball cards


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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Totally Certified basketball.

Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Timeless Treasures basketball cards


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Beckett Basketball Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball.

Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on the Beckett Media Facebook page

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Join Beckett Baseball’Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. There will be prize for 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 — yes, there will be Chatter Up on Christmas night! (Olds is dedicated … or something.)

Newest Upper Deck employee cards feature Michael Jordan autograph

By Dan Good | Contributing Writer

Many companies give holiday bonuses, a token of appreciation for hard-working employees.

Those bonuses come in numerous forms – usually a check or gift card, maybe a fleece or sweatshirt.

And then there’s Upper Deck, which this year gave its employees Michael Jordan displays featuring an autographed card and piece of the United Center floor. A few of the displays have already popped up online.

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The King and S.I. — New Jersey collector pursues lifelong autograph project


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“The S.I. King” Scott Smith has a collecting mission — to get the autograph of every person who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That, of course, includes Swimsuit Issue models Elle Macpherson — and he’s amassed more than 94 percent of cover subjects in the near 60-year history of the weekly magazine.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Imagine a collecting challenge that spans decades into the past and has at least one new autograph addition arriving every single week.

That’s the life of Scott Smith, and it’s been that way for years now.

His quest? To get every issue of Sports Illustrated — the weekly magazine that has been around since 1954 — autographed by its cover subject. That’s nearly 60 years’ worth of magazines as S.I. will celebrate its diamond anniversary this August, and it’s a project that started for “The S.I. King” way back in 1982.

“My grandmother gave me a subscription to S.I. in 1973, and I collected and saved every issue and stacked them up in my closet,” said the 49-year-old former investment banker from New Jersey. “Like any kid who saves anything, I saved every issue. Wayne Gretzky‘s Sportsman of the Year was the first signed S.I. I got when he passed through town playing against the Devils. Went to Oilers team hotel in New Jersey.”

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First look: 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

A popular name is showing up in the NBA for the first time.

Panini America is bringing 2013-14 Pinnacle to NBA cards in mid-January with 10 30-card packs in each hobby box.

Each hobby box will have two autographs and a memorabilia card.

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Michael Jordan ‘flu game’ sneakers sell for more than $100K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Someone spent more than $100,000 for a pair of shoes.

The sneakers Michael Jordan wore during his famous “flu game” sold for $104,765 through Grey Flannel Auction Thursday.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.

We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)

1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?

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2. How many autographs do you own?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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