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Category Archives: Basketball

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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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.)