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Category Archives: Football

Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck Exquisite football

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Join Beckett Football’Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Exquisite  in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 SPx football cards

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

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Distributor Sports Images discontinues sports card portion of business

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.

The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.

Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.

“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”

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First look: 2014 Topps Strata Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Strata Football is all about the layers and context. The hits are made with bringing multiple elements to one card, and that won’t change for 2014 Topps Strata Football.

Each box will have three hits: two autographs, including, a Clear Cut Autograph Relic card, and a relic card. There will also be five die-cuts in every box. Each pack will hold six cards with 18 packs in every box.

Case hits include one Strata Signature Relic card, one Clear Cut Autograph Patch card and three Strata Patch cards.

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First look: 2014 Elite Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America will feature 2014 rookies in the NFL uniforms in Elite Football.

Each box of 2014 Elite Football will contain 20 packs per box with five cards in each pack. Each box will also have four hits per box and three Rookie Cards numbered to 999 in each box.

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine and online editor

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Are you a seasoned editor who can report and write for online as well as plan and execute print projects, too?

Beckett Media is seeking an editor with extensive deadline experience who can do it all for print and the Web — following beat responsibilities on a daily basis, while also overseeing all aspects of multiple monthly publications from start to finish. Throw in maintaining a strong social media presence, too.

Candidates should have a firm journalism background as well as strong knowledge of sports cards and memorabilia. Contributing to and planning/editing for all publications would be expected.

Candidates will need to be able to meet weekly deadlines, handle editing and overseeing other responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with other editors and designers on their titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Box Busters: 2014 Panini America Father’s Day promo packs + Timeless Treasures basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

If you love Topps Chrome Football cards, Topps is hoping you’ll enjoy it just a bit smaller. Topps is introducing 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football, which is set to come around Christmas.

Each box of 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football will have 24 packs with four cards in each pack. There will be one mini Rookie Autograph card per hobby box.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … Cleveland and the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.

We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.

1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?

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2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?

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The release of 2014 Score Football signals the start of the Panini Rewards program

The first NFL-licensed football trading card set isn’t scheduled to come out until Wednesday, but that has never stopped people from listing cards early on eBay.

2014 Score Football has June 11 release date, but a few people on eBay have gotten their hands on the product early, giving collectors a sneak peek. As expected, Score relies heavily on the 2014 rookie class.

But what is more intriguing than the release of Score this week is the start of Panini’s point system meant to replace redemptions.

Panini Rewards points cards are randomly inserted into packs of 2014 Score.

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First look: 2014 Flair Showcase Football cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck has used Flair Showcase in Fleer Retro products the past two years. Now, the brand is getting its own release.

Upper Deck will release 2014 Flair Showcase Football in September with 12 packs in every box and six cards in each pack.

Each box will contain one autograph and one memorabilia card along with another hit of either an autograph patch, a Jambalaya insert or a Precious Metal Gem. Collectors will also find four Row 0 cards, two Legacy parallels and three Metal Universe cards in every box.

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The case of the Teddy Bridgewater changing autograph

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

How many autographs will we see from Teddy Bridgewater this year?

Right now, the count is at 3.5.

Obviously, his autograph at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere is legit. The cards were signed by Bridgewater with representatives from Panini and Topps on hand. Yet, since the start of the 2014 football card season there have been a few variations on Bridgewater’s autograph.

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Panini brings back Father’s Day promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America’s Father’s Day Promotion is back.

The program began in 2012 with collectors heading to hobby shops to buy Panini products and getting free Father’s Day packs in return. The packs featured exclusive cards and rare parallels.

This year’s offerings include Diamond-embedded cards, Cracked Ice parallels, Green Prizm parallels from 2013 Select Football (numbered to 15), memorabilia and autographs cards.

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine designer for sports titles

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Are you a seasoned publications designer?

Beckett Media is seeking a design editor with extensive deadline experience to design covers, interior features and departments for all five of its monthly titles — Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Candidates will need to be able to meet deadlines, handle prepress responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with editors on these five titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Panini’s FIFA World Cup Prizm set includes more than soccer stars

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Collectors aren’t the only ones in the soccer mood. With the FIFA World Cup ready to begin next month, athletes are enjoying the global event too.

Panini released 2014 FIFA World Cup Prizm soccer cards this year. The cards featured dozens of soccer players from across the globe. But one interesting subset has caught collectors’ attention – Fans of the Game.

This autograph subset included just two names: football’s Andrew Luck and basketball’s Kobe Bryant.

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Topps and Panini preview upcoming autos while at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFLPA Rookie Premiere began this week. The event puts together more than 30 of the top rookie prospects with NFL-licensed trading card companies.

Topps and Panini America use this event to get autographs for upcoming releases and a number of those
“event-worn” jerseys you see in products throughout the season. Both companies have been showing off what is going on behind the scenes, giving collectors a sneak peek.

Check out pictures the companies tweeted from the event below.

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First look: 2014 Score Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini’s 2014 Score Football will have new features added to its retail set.

2014 Score Football will have 24 packs of 12 cards each in every box. Collectors should find one autograph or memorabilia card in each retail box.

The retail boxes will have more inserts that last year. Overall, collectors should find 15 inserts, four parallels and six Hot Rookies retail cards in every box.

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First look: 2013 Upper Deck Exquisite Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck’s 2013 Exquisite football will feature some of the newest NFL prospects.

Each box of 2013 Exquisite will have five autographs including a Rookie Autograph Patch Card and a 2014 Rookie Autograph. Signers for the 2014 autographs include Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans and others.

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First look: 2014 Topps Triple Threads Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Triple Threads is popular product among football Rookie Card collectors. It’s a high-end release that showcases autographs and relic cards.

The 2014 Topps Triple Threads edition is no different, but times Topps is calling it “high-end redefined.” Each mini box will contain six or seven cards – depending on the mini box – with two hits inside each. There are two mini boxes in every master box.

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First look: 2014 Topps Valor Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Valor Football themes involve around strength and honor – words used to describe heroes.

Topps is using those themes in 2014 Topps Valor Football. Each box will have one autographed relic card, one autograph, one jumbo relic and one patch card.

The Valor Autographs will include about 50 players with five players playing off names with Speed (numbered to 99), Strength (numbered to 75), Courage (numbered to 50), Discipline (numbered to 25) and Heart (1-of-1).

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