Posted on January 26, 2015 – 3:29 pm | Author: Matt Bible
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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary
Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a huge roller coaster ride thus far. The trials and tribulations that the post-apocalyptic family of Rick Grimes deal with are becoming more grueling and disparaging. The walkers are more disgusting and rotted than ever, resources and food are scarce, and the outsiders are more sadistic and violent. When the series returns on Feb. 8, the fate of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and everyone else looks very grim. The characters will most likely face some very emotionally draining situations. This begs the question: What have been the most emotionally draining, shocking, or tragic moments in the history of the series? Well, fear not, Walking Dead-heads! After fan feedback and in-depth research, I have listed the top 5.
**Warning: Spoilers ahead**
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Posted on January 2, 2015 – 9:19 am | Author: Matt Bible
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Since its re-release, the momentum of Dragon Ball Z has been nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve had a few successful giveaways and we aren’t stopping.
Our most recent giveaway was a Facebook exclusive in which we served up five booster boxes and two starter decks to seven lucky winners. Now, we are having a second chance drawing and we are giving away five more booster boxes.
Just leave a comment below and tell us anything about Dragon Ball Z. A triumphant come-from-behind win at a DBZ tournament perhaps? Or, maybe just fond memories of playing with family members and/or friends? We want to hear them and we will select five lucky winners to receive a booster box of Panini America’s 2014 DBZ.
All comments must be made before January 16. Good luck!
Posted on December 11, 2014 – 11:20 am | Author: Matt Bible
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Buckle up, gamers, because we are giving away more Dragon Ball Z.
The relaunch of this product by Panini America has been a huge hit and to celebrate this wonderful occasion, we are going to select two more lucky winners to each receive a booster box and a pre-constructed starter deck of 2014 Dragon Ball Z.
All you have to do in order to win is write a comment in the section below. Please tell us your Dragon Ball Z stories. Why did you start collecting DBZ? Have you been an avid collector of DBZ since the beginning? Have you had a chance to buy the new version of DBZ? What do you like about the new DBZ? We want to hear it all!
Winners will be selected before Monday, Dec. 15. Good luck!
Posted on December 1, 2014 – 1:27 pm | Author: Matt Bible
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As collectors, most of the time we get what we want. There are a wide variety of sports and non-sports sets from which to choose. An autograph here, a relic there. A fan of collecting base sets? No problem. There are plenty out there. However, once in a great while, we anticipate the major release of a set and come up empty handed.
That happened in 2014 with the non-release of arguably the best superhero film of the year: X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is surprising since X-Men card sets (both comic and film) have been very successful in the past. Topps released sets for the first two X-Men films from 2000 to 2003 and Rittenhouse picked up the 2006 X-Men and 2009 Wolverine films. However, since then, all has been quiet on the X-Men front. No official sets were released for 2011’s X-Men: First Class or 2013’s The Wolverine.
Considering the hype behind it, it’s hard to comprehend how Days of Future Past was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list. Too much star power? Maybe. Licensing issues? Perhaps. The fact is that the major card companies missed out on a winner.
Posted on November 26, 2014 – 10:01 am | Author: Matt Bible
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After a five year absence, Dragon Ball Z has returned.
Resurrected by Panini America, the new DBZ promises to offer smoother game play while still adhering to the same elements that made it a cult favorite.
To celebrate this occasion, we will be giving a box away to one lucky winner.
Simply leave a comment in the comments section below. Are you excited for the new DBZ product? Perhaps you’ve already purchased some packs or a box. Tell us what you think about it.
We will randomly select a winner from all entries received before Wednesday, Dec. 10. Good luck.
Posted on November 25, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Black Friday is coming and we want this limited-edition 2014 Donruss factory set from Panini America to be yours.
How can you own it?
Tell us your favorite player in the set in a comment below. (Yep, it’s that easy.)
We’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received before next Tuesday (Dec. 2).
Inside this sealed set will be an autograph or memorabilia card as well as all of the standard cards from the two-series release.
While you're here ... grade this set!
Posted on November 17, 2014 – 9:29 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It’s no secret that Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is among the top MLB prospects for 2015 — so much so he’s likely going to grace our February 2015 issue of Beckett Baseball when it heads to the printer early next month.
It’s no secret that he’ll be No. 1 on our prospects list as well.
But here’s a secret we’re going to let you in on right now in advance of the issue where you’ll find this exact same contest. We want the card above — his BGS 9.5 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft auto — to be yours.
How? Tell us in the comments below which MLB rookie or prospect you’re watching closest for next season.
Be sure to include your name and email address (can’t contact you if you win without it) and we’ll pick a winner at random from all entries received here (and via the instructions in the next issue of Beckett Baseball) before Feb. 1.
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on November 10, 2014 – 5:22 pm | Author: Matt Bible
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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst
Every year, Thanksgiving brings about a childhood reminiscence that makes me crave my mom’s homemade noodles, pecan pie, and that big gobbling critter I would come to know as Tom Turkey. However, this year, I’m craving something a little different: crossbows, katanas and walkers.
This year, for the first time, The Walking Dead will drop its mid-season cliffhanger on us during Thanksgiving weekend. And, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than watching Daryl put down some walkers with arrows from his trusty quiver. Or, seeing Michonne carving up zombies like she’s slicing up the holiday’s seasonal bird.
Posted on November 10, 2014 – 11:39 am | Author: Matt Bible
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The latest Beckett Gaming Almanac is here. Released on Oct. 24, this edition has more info and more pricing — and this was my first crack at editing and developing the content for Beckett’s 5th almanac and I’m happy to give you an inside look.
This edition of the almanac was a Herculean task. We’ve never dealt with so much information in such little time. However, we’re happy to report that you can look forward to a much cleaner, more complete almanac. Some of the features are meant to be more convenient to the reader. This year, we have a much improved guidewords system on each page. It lists the year and name of the product that starts on that particular page. Therefore, it’ll be easier to leaf through and find the sets you need. We’ve also cleaned up the clutter with parallel sets by inserting multipliers in the header of their parent base sets, rather than provide an entirely separate header for said parallel set.
Posted on November 3, 2014 – 3:56 pm | Author: Matt Bible
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Next year is gearing up to be the year of Marvel. So is 2016. And 2017. And … well, you get the idea.
Last week, Marvel Films announced phase three of its movie lineup all the way into 2020 and it appears moviegoers are in for some incredible action. With an impressive list of films over the past six years — including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel Films has already solidified its stature in the industry. Now, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the horizon, it is digging even deeper into the Marvel Universe to bring audiences more intriguing characters.
New characters such as Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and The Inhumans will make their feature film debuts. In doing so, they join an already fantastic lineup of sequels for Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.