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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads football

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Card Gallery: 2014 Bowman Chrome football cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Bowman Chrome football cards arrives in hobby shops today with every 18-pack box including one autograph.

Meanwhile, every fourth box will include a second autograph.

After the jump is a selection of images released by Topps to give you a taste of what’s to be found.

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Top 10: Alabama football fans who need an auto


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A pair of upcoming games in the college football world and one other major development on the college football trading card front has had this University of Alabama grad thinking.

Sure, there are a pair of football games to come soon that could lead to the school’s 16th national championship — its fourth since 2009 — but I’ve been thinking about all the possibilities for Crimson Tide cardboard. Why? Panini America is expected to have deals in place with nearly all of the major schools next year, creating a college-card push we may not have seen before in the hobby.

So, the company that took one of  Paul “Bear” Bryant’s iconic Houndstooth fedoras and made it into a card (above), might now be exploring the history and the tradition of Alabama football. There are plenty of possibilities — Paul W. Bryant Museum cards showing iconic pieces in its archives, Walk of Fame cards, Bowl game program cards, campus landmarks, stadium seat memorabilia cards, game-used cards and so much more. And, of course, there would be autographs.

The autograph front is one where another past creation of the company, the autographed celebrity cards launched about a decade ago called “Fans of the Game,” could truly make a school-centric card release even more interesting. Sure, we all expect the gridiron legends to appear in a card set — and Alabama has a few with the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and many, many more in more recent years — but a college-centric Fans of the Game inclusion could be interesting to even non-collectors.

Here’s my list of 10 iconic Alabama superfans or famous grads who would be cool certified autographs to find in packs … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 Select football cards

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Panini Boxing Day Autograph Content Revealed


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With participating Canadian stores giving out their special 2014 Panini Boxing Day packs with qualifying purchases this week, Panini America has revealed images of the strong autograph content that will be found inside. With a roster of carefully-selected athletes from the big four sports, collectors pulling them are sure to be pleased.

In addition to signed parallels of the base set cards, there will also be autographed rookie patches featuring team logos for NBA freshmen and special NFL logo cards with a pink background that tie in to the “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer campaign.

Look for a gallery of 2014 Panini Boxing Day autographs after the jump. Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 16

Week 16 Romo

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hit

Veteran of the Week:

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

(218 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 151.7 quarterback rating)

The monkey might finally be off of Tony Romo’s back. Romo was nearly perfect in his performance in Sunday’s 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. After three straight years with 8-8 seasons, the Cowboys are 11-4, and they still have a chance for a first round bye in the playoffs. On top of a huge victory, Tony Romo also passed Troy Aikman to become the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer with 32,971 career yards. Romo’s card value has cooled off in the last few years, but collectors could see a turnaround if he can lead the Cowboys to some playoff victories.

Cards to Grab:

2003 Bowman Chrome #144 RC ($50)

2003 Playoff Contenders #156 AU/999 RC ($300)

2003 SP Authentic #217 AU/1200 RC ($250) Read More »

Panini’s Boxing Day Promo Continues With Checkerboard Cards


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The slow reveal for Panini America‘s 2014 Boxing Day promotion continued on today as the company revealed some big hits that will be found inside packs in the form of a special Checkerboard design exclusive cards to with prime pieces of memorabilia.

Exclusive to Canadian Panini Roundtable dealers, packs of the 2014 Boxing Day cards will be available at participating retails and handed out as a bonus for each purchase. More details are yet to come over the next few days, but enjoy a gallery of these visually striking cards after the jump. Read More »

Panini Previews More Boxing Day Images


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a preliminary look at its 2014 Boxing Day promotion and they have shown off even more cards from this product today in advance of next week’s release that is targeted to authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores.

Today, the company shared images from the regular set found in packs along with the popular Cracked Ice parallels which will be limited to 25 copies each. With four sports represented, the player selection is perfectly targeted for the Canadian market due to the presence of many athletes who have ties to the nation – including several hockey legends. In the next few days, we can expect to see even more from them as autograph and memorabilia content is expected to be shown to the masses.

For a complete gallery, please read on after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 SP Authentic football cards

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Panini Details 2014 Immaculate Collection FB


Following the high-end football debut of 2014 Flawless, Panini released more details, and more images, for its Immaculate Collection football brand. Boxes will include six cards and will deliver five autograph or memorabilia cards.

On-card autograph memorabilia cards include Premium Patches Autographs and Premium Patches Rookie Autographs. Large patch swatches appear in Team Logo, Jersey Number and Jersey Patch inserts. Immaculate Moments highlights some of the greatest moments in NFL history. Rookie Patch Autographs will be numbered to 99 or less with Acetate parallels numbered to the player’s jersey number. Rookie Helmet Team Logos feature helmet decals from top rookies.

Other inserts will include Pro Bowl, Champions (both autographed), Immaculate Signatures Patches, and Immaculate Fours with four NFL shields on one card (numbered 1 of 1). Immaculate Collection is scheduled to release in late January. See the 10 preview images (renderings) below.

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Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

Panini America 2014 Boxing Day Hockey Legends (2)

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the wake of a successful Boxing Day promotion last year, Canadian collectors may have been wondering if Panini America would be bringing it back again in 2014 – especially without the presence of NHL and NHLPA licensing.

Today, they received some excellent news as the company will be distributing some special packs via authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores. Handed out to those that make qualifying purchases, the contents inside will include base, parallel, autograph and memorabilia cards from all four major sports with a focus on the legends of the game and other content that is strongly tied to the Canadian market.

What stores will be participating? Find out and enjoy a gallery after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014 Absolute Football


By David Lee
Editor | Beckett Football

Absolute continues its long run with a new release that celebrates the brand’s 20th anniversary. It promises to bring a lot of memorabilia variety. Each hobby box has two autographed cards, three memorabilia cards plus other inserts and parallels. The base set includes 100 veterans and 50 rookies, with four Spectrum parallel versions. One of the key inserts is Rookie Autographed Jersey Quads that features an autograph along with four memorabilia swatches. The basic version has jersey swatches, while other levels have ball, glove and shoe swatches. Rookies are also featured with larger swatches with the NFL shield, plus ball, glove and shoe patches.

Panini is packing eight players and eight jersey swatches on the Tools of the Trade 8 Player cards (10 total cards) that also have Spectrum and prime swatch parallels. Tools of the Trade Complete Rookies will have 40 cards with six swatches each from different parts of the uniform. Tools of the Trade Helmets will have 40 cards numbered to 99. Absolute Ink features 100 cards with four Spectrum parallels. The Rookie Autographs are numbered to 199 and feature 50 rookies.

More inserts, image gallery, box cost and release date after the jump.

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Panini adds Oregon Ducks to college lineup


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Oregon Ducks have their first Heisman winner — and they’ll have a new home on cardboard in 2015, too.

Panini America revealed its latest deal with a major university on Monday with the University of Oregon, which saw quarterback Marcus Mariota pick up college football’s highest honor on Saturday night.

“As the College Football Playoff nears, we are excited to announce the University of Oregon as an exclusive Panini partner,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “The Ducks have such a dynamic brand and we look forward to representing that and producing compelling trading card products for Oregon fans and all college sports fans.”

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 15

Week 15 Bryant

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

(6 catches, 114 yards, 3 touchdowns)

Dez Bryant chose the right time to have a huge game. He caught a career-high three touchdowns in the Dallas Cowboys’ 38-27 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday night’s performance was his fourth 100-yard game of the season. With Dallas closing in on winning the NFC East crown, Dez is having a career year in almost every category. He hasn’t been too hot with collectors lately, but with the kind of performances he has been putting up, along with a potential deep playoff run, we could see his value start to rise in the near future.

Cards to Grab:

2010 Exquisite Collection #100 JSY AU/75 RC ($250)

2010 Playoff National Treasures JSY AU/99 RC ($300)

2010 Topps Triple Threads JSY AU/99 RC ($80) Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Platinum football cards

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Sterling football cards

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Panini, Pop Warner extend sponsorship


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of Panini America‘s biggest youth sports initiatives will continue into the coming years as the company announced on Thursday its exclusive deal with Pop Warner will continue under a new multi-year agreement.

The company will continue to work with the Pop Warner Little Scholars and be the presenting sponsor of the Pop Warner Super Bowl. This year’s event is set for Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

“Our relationship with Panini America is an important one,” said Pop Warner Little Scholars Executive Director Jon Butler in a prepared release. “In terms of support, passion, innovation and creativity, Panini America embodies what a valued partner should be. We’re proud to call Panini America a member of our family and look forward to many more years of our partnership.”

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First Pricing: 2014 Topps Chrome Football

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By Dan Hitt | Senior Market Analyst


Beckett first pricing for 2014 Topps Chrome football is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

By all accounts, Topps Chrome appears to be the hottest football release of the year. The number of closed eBay listings is staggering for a football product, at more than 20,000, and the total interest level from bidders is enormous.

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First Look: 2014 Panini Contenders Football


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Few products in the trading card world have as dedicated a following as the annual Contenders offering from Panini America. Each year, it delivers some of the most coveted rookie cards to football collectors and it is set to hit store shelves on January 7.

With an average of five autograph cards in every 24-pack box, there is plenty of potential for a good mix of first-year players, retired legends and today’s brightest stars. At least two of those will be signed on-card by one of the 40 participants from the 2014 NFL Rookie Premiere.

What else does 2014 Panini Contenders have to offer? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Rams mascot gets Relic treatment from Topps




By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The fine print from the latest Topps release on Tuesday said it all.

Rampage was not harmed in the making of these exclusive mascot fur cards. He will continue to entertain and delight on the sidelines on Sunday and around St. Louis throughout the year.

The news? Topps has teamed up with the St. Louis Rams to produce an exclusive set of trading cards for the St. Louis Rams Kids Club — complete with a Rampage Relic featuring the mascot’s game-used fur.

“The St. Louis Rams take pride in being innovative and family focused,” St. Louis Rams fan engagement and senior mascot coordinator Clint McComb said in a prepared release.  “By working with Topps to create a mascot fur card, we’re allowing our fans to experience more of the St. Louis Rams by sharing with them a piece of who we are, literally. We wanted our Kids Club Package to include something no other team has offered and our hope is that the Rampage fur card will really excite our young fans.”

The “Defend Our Turf” set can be found at the Rams Kids Club table in Section 101 during the team’s home games against the Cardinals on Thursday and on Dec. 21 when the team takes on the Giants.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Chrome football cards

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

Week 14 MM Bell

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

(26 carries, 185 yards, 3 total touchdowns)

Le’Veon Bell has always been a good running back, but on Sunday he was on fire. With two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown reception, while running all over the Bengal defense for 185 yards, Bell seemed untouchable in the Steelers 42-21 victory. He is also going to pass 2000 yards from scrimmage very soon as well, having 1,924 already. Le’Veon Bell was one of the hottest running back rookies from the 2013 class but his card values have stayed pretty steady from the beginning. If the Pittsburgh Steelers can make a deep run into the playoffs, and Bell keeps playing at an elite level, collectors could see his value take off.

Cards to Grab:

2013 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRALB ($30)

2013 Exquisite Collection #127 JSY AU/125 ($150)

2013 Panini Contenders #221A AU RC ($60) Read More »

Panini teams with Broncos for stadium set




By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans who attend the Bills-Broncos game Sunday in Denver will receive a set of nine Panini America cards featuring the stars of the home team.

But they’ll also find something else.

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Steiner readies ‘game-changer’ autograph line




By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports says it’s going to change the autograph game with a line that it’s unveiling on Tuesday in New York City.

The project is the In Their Own Words Collection, and it will showcase more than a dozen pieces with descriptions of memorable plays or performances inscribed onto the autographed pieces. The line will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday with more than a dozen athletes on hand. The Dec. 9 event will at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal. Among those in attendance will be Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Dereck Whittenburg, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Tyree, Mike Eruzione, Doug Williams and many more who have had iconic moments and are part of the line.

“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” said Brandon Steiner, the founder of the company. “‘In Their Own Words‎’ will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”

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BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?


We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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