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Category Archives: Basketball

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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RareInk offers NBA All-Star Game art set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the All-Star Game slated for this weekend, RareInk has created a special 10-piece art set for some of NBA’s top stars.

The set features the starting lineup of the East and West All-Stars, including LeBron James, Steph Curry and Blake Griffin.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini’s flagship basketball product looks to be knighted on in its third release.

2013-14 Panini Basketball will hit the shelves in early April with hobby and retail exclusives available throughout the product.

Panini will include two autographs in every hobby box with 24 packs and 10 cards in each. When it comes to retail, there will be one hit (auto or memorabilia card) in regular boxes, which will have 24 eight-card packs.

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Your Turn: What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.

Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?

Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.

So, all that said …

What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?

What do you like about vintage cards?

What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?

Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards in the comments below.

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.

Michael Jordan’s UNC memorabilia sells for nearly $55K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Michael Jordan’s college memories fetched big bucks this weekend.

A number of unique college items once belonging to Jordan sold at auction on Sunday for nearly $55,000 at the 2014 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction.

A recruiting letter addressed to Jordan from University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith sold for $27,010 and Jordan’s UNC diploma sold for $20,786. In addition, a recruiting letter from UNC assistant coach Bill Guthridge sold for $4,731 and a copy of Jordan’s college transcript sold for $1,894.

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First look: 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Court Kings is back after a four-year hiatus, combining art and photography in Panini’s latest basketball offering.

The 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball set will feature four different rookie designs, taking inspiration from many modern sports artists

The set will have 5×7 box toppers along with 10 cards in each box, including an autograph, a memorabilia card and three inserts.

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Chatter Up with Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds … Wednesday on our 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 one-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.

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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