Category Archives: Basketball

First look: 2013-14 Innovation Basketball

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini is adding a few extra elements to 2013-14 Innovation Basketball with new inserts and subsets.

Each six-card pack will have two autographs and one memorabilia card. In addition, there will be one View cards, a Stained Glass insert and an additional insert.

The autographs include Top Notch Autographs (numbered to 325 or less) and Foundations Ink (numbered to 199 or less), both with Gold parallels (numbered to 25 or less). New autograph subsets to Innovation include Main Exhibit Signatures and Main Exhibit Signature Rookies, which have a shadowbox design.

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Which Rookie Card have you always found interesting — and why?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Do you have one Rookie Card that you just find more interesting than all of the rest? If so, tell us why and we might showcase your answers as part of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly that’s all about rookies.

For myself, the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC has taken on that spot for me after it being held by the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie or his 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies first minor-league issue for years.

Why?

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Upper Deck supersizing shadowboxes for UDA

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck created shadowbox inserts in 2009 SPx Football. The cards incorporated three layers of acetate to create a 3-D look.

It has used these shadowboxes in several products incorporating autographs into the design as well. UD is bringing this element to Upper Deck Authenticated, its autographed memorabilia arm.

The new collectible pieces will measure 16-by-20 inches with a large base that it could be displayed standing up or hung on a wall. Upper Deck will continue with the 3-D look and add an autograph to the middle layer.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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#CardChat: Panini Rewards replacing redemptions

Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj hosts a weekly chat every Monday on Twitter with collectors discussing different hobby topics.

This week’s topic centered on Panini’s new reward system,which it announced at the 2014 Industry Summit last week.

To read more on the topic, click here. You can also read a Q&A with Panini CEO Mark Warsop here.

Join #CardChat every Monday at 3 p.m. ET on Twitter. In the meantime, check out the responses from this week’s lively conversation.

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New Upper Deck Master Collection set puts together 30 great athletes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.

Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.

The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.

Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).

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Card Chat: Collectors talk about checklists and buying habits

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.

But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.

Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.

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Box Busters: 2014 Industry Summit Panini Black Box

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Beckett’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a Panini Black Box from the 2014 Industry Summit.

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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