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LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles Combine for 280 Yards 2 TDs in Monday Night Win

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Last year’s collecting attention for the Philadelphia Eagles was on quarterback Nick Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. But last night in a Monday Night Football match-up against Andrew Luck and the Colts, it was the Philadelphia running back combination of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles who commanded the spotlight in a come-from-behind win to give the Eagles a 2-0 record. In fact, the two accounted for more than 60 percent of the team’s yardage.

McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and added 23 yards receiving. Sproles, a nine-year vet who has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, led all Eagles in receiving with 152 yards and also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sproles also had a key first down late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.

Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.

1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?

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2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?

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See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.

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Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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Your Turn: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card?

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What hasn’t made its way into a memorabilia card?

That’s a big question that may not have many answers if you’re talking about the four major sports, but the possibilities elsewhere in the sports world — and beyond — are a bit more vast.

We’ve seen plenty make its way into cardboard in the past but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Game-used Issue, we’d like to know what you’d want to see cut up and put into a memorabilia card. Maybe you’d want to see more non-traditional but historically significant pieces such as the Hindenburg from 2013 Panini Golden Age above — or maybe you’d want to see more movie props or simple things such as game-used baseballs with stitching. Tell us.

Do some thinking, get creative, and perhaps we’ll award something interesting with some memorabilia in it to one or two of our creative responders.

Q: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card? It could be anything … sports or not.

Let us know in the comments below — and we’ll run a selection of the answers in the upcoming magazine.

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.

More mem than ever: Memorabilia card total jumps 35 percent in less than three years

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary

You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.

You’d be wrong.

A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.

It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)

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Game-used memorabilia cards are still cool — if they are creative

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret to many collectors that some of the mystique of game-used memorabilia cards has worn off a bit through the years — you know, the nearly two decades since pieces of game-used items started appearing inside our cardboard.

It seems like everything has made its way from a sports field or arena and into cards — well, nearly everything — but it must be said that game-used also has begun to reinvent itself in the last few years, too. Some of the best-designed and most-creative cards of the last decade have been of the game-used variety.

And that’s a promising sign for us all.

Sure, there are still plenty of plain, white swatches that count as hits in boxes from every manufacturer, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, in some ways, the strategies of at least one company — fewer mem cards in some spots, more creative alternatives in others — have had me looking more intently at cards from sports that I might not have normally collected. Why? I like cool cardboard whether it be game-used, event-used or — gasp! — even a ManuRelic (though those aren’t as high on my radar, despite being more creative).

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 1.

Veteran of the Week:

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
(448 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

After a dismal year in 2013, Matt Ryan appears to be back! He threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns( with no interceptions) in the Falcons 37-34 overtime win against division rival New Orleans Saints. The 448 yards passing sets a new Falcons franchise record. He also set a new team record for career touchdowns with 156, beating the previous record of 154. Ryan’s cards have cooled off over the last year, but if he can return to elite form expect his hobby status, and his key card values, to begin to rise again.

Cards to Grab:
2008 Playoff National Treasures #111 JSY AU/99 RC ($350)
2008 SP Authentic #300 JSY AU/499 RC ($250)
2008 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #166 ($120)

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NFL Play 60 Kids Have Thier Own 2014 Topps Cards

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

To celebrate kids across the country who are staying active for 60 minutes a day and leading healthy lifestyles, Topps and NFL PLAY 60 are partnering to include several Play 60 kids in 2014 Topps Football.

The collection will specifically feature the 2013 NFL Punt Pass and Kick Champions, the 2013 Super Bowl Contest local winners and PLAY 60 mentors on cards, featuring NFL players who are ambassadors for PLAY 60 in their communities. The PLAY 60 mentor cards feature NFL players from every team who have taken time out of their busy schedule to support and champion the PLAY 60 cause.

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David Lee Returns as Beckett Football Editor

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

When I was 12 years old the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, I was playing football and collecting football cards. It was a perfect time for football to be ingrained into my DNA.

Back then collecting was visiting my local hobby shops and weekend shows chasing down Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards, and telling myself I’d never be able to afford the Topps Nolan Ryan RC.

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Upper Deck to Release 25th Anniversary Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This week, collectors heading to their local card store or particiating in an authorized group break featuring Upper Deck products are in for a surprise treat coming in the form of special 25th Anniversary Promo Packs.

The five-card packs will contain a special 110-card base set from several sports designed in the same manner as the landmark 1989 Upper Deck Baseball release. Seeded once per pack is one of 40 different additional 1989 Themed Rookie Cards that include such young talents as Byron Buxton, Nathan MacKinnon and Johnny Manziel.

If that was not enough, there are over 70 different Autograph Parallel cards to track down and they are limited to between 25 and 125 copies each. Combined with the ever-popular Printing Plates, they will be coming out of packs at an attainable 1:17 rate. Read More »

Trading Card Industry Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini's Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini’s Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks.

As you would expect, the videos are priceless.

The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge from Upper Deck that was accepted by The Topps Company. Take a moment after the jump to watch and consider making a donation of your own as the post ice-bath expressions from Topps Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sports & Entertainment, Doug Kruep and Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin are incredible. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Topps football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Inception football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Inception in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

A half-day where the magic happens … visiting Panini America’s headquarters

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

IRVING, Texas | Monday marked the first day of school for many down here in The Lone Star State, and on Tuesday I felt the exact same way by setting foot in a place I hadn’t been before to learn a thing or two.

I spent a half-day at Panini America‘s headquarters.

There were no first-day jitters, there was no daydreaming at what was going on outside in the 100-degree Texas heat. There was plenty inside that was piquing my collecting interest as some of the company’s plans, products and strategies were discussed for future pieces and the collectibles ideas flowed like water. My teacher list included names I had known from years of ripping packs and writing about the hobby — and a few of them were mentioned on the backs of cards that can be found in my stash. (They’re probably on yours, too.)

From the outside, the simple white building in an industrial park adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could be easily missed with some simple signage that blends in well with its neighbors — companies perhaps without the kind of magic among their inventory and readied on their own loading docks nearby. But with just a quick walking tour of Panini’s place, though, it was apparent that this spot has perhaps the perfect combination of collecting and commerce, a blend of bold ideas and brash business sense — you know, something strong, something energetic and also something intangible in the mix — to make it all happen.

It’s a place where collecting comes to life daily.

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What’s the impact of Panini America’s NFL Players exclusive? Check back with us in 2020 …

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Panini America’s Mark Warsop and NFLPI President Keith Gordon discuss the new deal between the companies that begins exclusively in 2016.

By Kevin Isaacson | Commentary

CLEVELAND | NFL general managers have a pat response when questioned about the current-year draft class: “Ask me in five years.”

Same is true in the sports card industry, especially as it pertains to licensing decisions. Any change in licensing prompts countless Chicken Littles to bemoan the hobby’s demise and activates even more glad-handers hoping to ingratiate themselves with the current manufacturing “winner.”

This month, the “winner” is Panini America, courtesy of its recently announced exclusive NFLPI deal. But the reality is the same, whether the topic is Upper Deck in hockey, Topps in baseball or any other licensing move: It is fun to debate, but we won’t know the full impact for at least five years!

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Box Busters: 2014 Rookies & Stars football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Rookies & Stars in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Elite football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Elite in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. 

Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.

“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”

On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”

In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.

While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.

How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click a second time for a larger view)

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.

 

At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

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Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.