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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


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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NFLPA confirms players attending the 2014 Rookie Premiere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFLPA has confirmed the list of attendees heading to the Rookie Premiere this year.

It features 36 players such as Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney.

Every year, the NFLPA Rookie Premiere is used by card companies to secure elements for future releases such as autographs and jerseys. There are also pictures taken of players in their new uniforms, giving the companies a chance to capture action and head shots – no Photoshop required.

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


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.


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Panini America signs Jadeveon Clowney to trading card deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Jadeveon Clowney has signed an autograph and card deal with Panini America, the company announced on Friday.

The defensive end was the top overall draft pick selected by the Houston Texans.

“It’s rare for a defensive player to generate so much excitement and capture so much interest from trading card collectors; the fact that Clowney has illustrates just how dynamic and talented he really is,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “His presence – on both Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards – in our complete line of 2014 NFL trading card products is just one more reason we’re so optimistic about the immediate and long-term future of our NFL business.”

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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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First look: 2014 Topps Chrome Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps didn’t wait long to give the newest NFL rookies the chrome treatment. The trading card company previewed 2014 Topps Chrome on Thursday.

Chrome is one of the top products every year when it comes to rookie autographs. Each box will have one rookie autograph with the possibility of hitting rare refractors. There will be 24 packs with four cards in each pack.

The rookie autograph parallels will consist of Refractor (numbered to 150), STS Refractor (numbered to 99), BCA Refractor (numbered to 75), Black Refractor (numbered to 25), Pulsar Refractor (numbered to 15), Gold Refractor (numbered to 10), Red Refractor (numbered to 5), and Superfractor (1-of-1).

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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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Upper Deck to have interactive show and giveaway tonight

Ever wonder what card company officials think of upcoming prospects? Upper Deck is giving a chance for collectors to get feedback from its employees.

Using Breakers.TV, Upper Deck is holding a discussion on 2014 football rookies at 7 p.m. ET.

There will also be giveaways. To participate, contestants have to email UpperDeckMarketing@upperdeck.com with your full name, shipping address and phone number before 5 p.m. ET today. The event will take place LIVE on BreakersTV from 7-8 p.m. ET.

Upper Deck officials will also discuss upcoming products.

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Your Turn: Which new rookies — in any sport — are you collecting?


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


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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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click on “read more.”)

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Box Busters: 2013 Upper Deck Quantum football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013 Upper Deck Quantum football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Auctions features iconic cards, autographs, memorabilia and more


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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