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Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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2. Pick one: Sticker auto or no auto.

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Top 12: Military-themed sports sets to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re gung-ho to start a military segment of your sports card collection, it won’t be tough as there are many ways you can go about it and many, many options out there for you to explore. Besides collecting players who have military ties — or perhaps even NASCAR drivers who have been sponsored by branches of the Armed Forces — there are also many complete brands or insert sets from the sports card world that have a service focus.

Here are a dozen places for you to start.

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1991 Topps Desert Shield >> 792 cards $7,043
Back in 1991, Topps created a standalone foil-stamped product that paralleled its baseball set. The Desert Shield cards were all 792 standard cards with an added foil stamp — but they might as well have been gold for collectors. Why? They were produced to be given away to those in uniform, and many of those people might not have cared about cards. That, in part, explains the big price tag here. These cards also are heavily counterfeited with fake foil stamping, so buy graded copies of key cards if you’re chasing them. The biggest card here? Chipper Jones’ debut — a $300 card raw, much more if it’s graded. Interestingly, this isn’t the only military-only issue from Topps at that time as it made a 30-card Commanders of the Hill set that was only sold along with Coca-Cola on bases back in 1993.

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WR Allen Hurns Named Finest Mystery Rookie Auto Redemption

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Topps has announced Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns as the Mystery Rookie Autograph Redemption player in 2014 Topps Finest Football. Hurns is currently tied for most touchdown catches (5) among rookies. Yesterday against the Dallas Cowboys, he hauled in 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Look for first pricing on 2014 Finest in the December issue of Beckett Football, on newsstands now!

David Lee
Editor, Beckett Football
Twitter: @FreeEnergyDude

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 10

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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 NFL Week 10.

Veteran of the Week:

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

(140 yards rushing, 4 touchdowns)

Beast Mode was out in full force on Sunday against the New York Giants. Marshawn Lynch scored a career best four touchdowns while he rushed all over the Giants’ defense. His first three scores were all goal line scores but his fourth was a 16 yard rush where he made up for a fumble on the previous play. Marshawn Lynch has exactly 3,800 cards in the Beckett database; most of them are at the Unlisted Star level. His autographs are very accessible for collectors to buy, but if he keeps tearing apart defenses it is only a matter of time before we could see his value rise.

Cards to Grab:

2007 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs ($50)

2007 Exquisite Collection #131 JSY AU/99 RC ($150)

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Your Turn: Do you like history on sports cards?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Berlin Wall, a symbol of Communist oppression and the Cold War, fell 25 years ago this weekend — the next year, Pro Set featured NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the Wall on a card in 1990 Pro Set because two NFL teams played in Germany.

Since then, the Berlin Wall has had a lot of cardboard appearances as sports card set inclusions have continued to evolve. Right now, the Wall itself has 42 cards in the Beckett database — and all of this leads to a simple question … Do you like history on your sports cards?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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.

Auction Watch: Auburn gem, Jeter’s glove & BGS

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A Collegiate Shocker | Chris Davis’ 2013 Iron Bowl helmet
One of the most-outrageous finishes in college football the last few years can be found on the field of the 2013 Iron Bowl — aka the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. This helmet was worn by former Auburn Tiger Chris Davis, who is now a San Diego Charger, during his endzone-to-endzone shocker to win the game. College football fans can be rabid — especially in the SEC — and this helmet is a high-priced example when it hit the auction block via Goldin Auctions. It collected 21 bids and sold for $47,190.

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Devon Still’s jerseys still selling strong

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

He’s a 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, a product of Penn State and a dad.

And it’s that last part that’s why Devon Still‘s No. 75 jersey is among the top sellers in the NFL right now.

He has started just seven games in three seasons but his jersey ranks 11th in overall sales. Why? The Cincinnati Bengals donated all proceeds from the sales of his jerseys last month — a cancer awareness month in the NFL — to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer research.

Why? Still’s 4-year-old daughter Leah is battling cancer.

Tonight, the Bengals will present a check for more than $1.3 million to Leah and other cancer patients during an on-field ceremony during the team’s game with the Cleveland Browns. According to an ESPN story, Saints coach Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys — and the New England Patriots cheerleaders wore jerseys on the field when playing against Cincinnati. Those jerseys were then signed by the cheerleaders and sold for $250 apiece on eBay to benefit cancer research.

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Panini adds 200-plus schools to portfolio

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America has added even more to its college portfolio.

How much more? More than 220 universities have signed on to have their trademarks used on an exclusive basis on upcoming Panini trading cards, the company announced.

The biggest names on the list? Mississippi State, Baylor, NC State and Kansas State, though schools represented by LRG, or Licensing Resource Group (click to see list), make up the bulk of the additions. Among those schools are Memphis, Marquette, St. John’s and Temple. The news comes on the heels of the company announcing its initial deals on Oct. 23.

“This has been an exciting few weeks for Panini America and the future of licensed college trading cards and we’re proud to be at the forefront of a new era,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO, on its blog. “We now have more than 225 universities signed to exclusive, multiyear trading card agreements – our unmatched retail distribution, commitment to marketing and ability to feature professional players in collegiate trading card products through our group player rights will lead to new growth in the collegiate collectibles category and all of our partners recognize that.”

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Upper Deck Brings CFL Players, Author to Toronto Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is less than 48 hours away, but Upper Deck has added even more to attract collectors to their booth by announcing that three CFL players and Ken Reid, author of Hockey Card Stories, will be making appearances during the three-day extravaganza in Toronto.

There will be plenty of collectors at the show who are fans of the Canadian Football League and due to the response from hobbyists to the set, it makes sense that they bring in a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and two players from the Toronto Argonauts to participate in free signing sessions.

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Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Turkey Red football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2014 Topps Turkey Red football cards in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 9

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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 9.

 

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

 

Veteran of the Week:

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

(288 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins dismantled a tough Chargers defense on Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns and moving the football with ease. While Tannehill’s top cards have been largely overlooked this season, we could see an increase in activity given the magnitude of the Dolphin’s victory. Tannehill is a 2012 rookie and is currently ranked fourth behind other Draft class QB’s Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffin III in terms of card values.

 

Cards to Grab:

2012 Exquisite Collection #145 JSY AU/99 ($200)

2012 Panini Contenders #204A AU/550* RC ($80)

2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #109 SP ($200)

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First Look: 2014 Topps Five Star Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Five Star will return, fittingly, for a fifth release in 2015. Topps Five Star football debuted in 2010.

Each box will include one autographed memorabilia, multi-player autograph, Silver Signatures Autograph or a Golden Graphs Autograph. Boxes also feature four Five Star Autographed cards plus one other Five Star Autographed card, Cut Signature, Legends Relic or a 1 of 1 Relic.

The Five Star Autographs feature up to 100 veteran stars, legends and rookies. There is a Rainbow parallel numbered to 25 and a 1 of 1 parallel. Silver Signatures and Golden Ink are signed in silver and gold in, respectively and have several parallel levels: Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange and Red numbered to 25 down to a 1 of 1 level. More sneak peek card images after the jump…

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Valor football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Win Panini POD Odell Beckham Signed 8×10

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion has already reached hundreds of hobby shops and countless collectors with giveaways and player appearance signings. In partnership with the successful program, we will be giving away autographed items that are part of the promotion through the Beckett Media Twitter feed.

This Week’s Giveaway: New York Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. autographed 8×10 photo (pictured above)
How to Win: Simply Tweet a picture of your favorite Panini New York Giants card. Winner chosen Friday, Oct. 31. The tweet must include these three tags: @BeckettMedia @PaniniPOD #NFLPOD

If you do not have a Twitter account it is easy and free to create one at Twitter.com. One winner sill be chosen at random on Monday, Oct. 27.

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John Brown: And Other Collectible Breakouts

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By Justin Grunert | Beckett Football Price Guide Analyst

John Brown was the hero in Arizona on Sunday afternoon. With 1:20 left on the clock, Brown caught a 75-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer to put the Arizona Cardinals ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles. The final score of the game was 24-20, moving the Cardinals to 6-1 on the season.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 8

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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 8.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

(40/49, 522 yards, 6 touchdowns)

Big Ben had a day for the record books. He became the first quarterback ever to throw for over 500 yards in a game twice. Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns for four different receivers on Sunday in a 51-34 domination of the Indianapolis Colts. Ben Roethlisberger has been having an off year on the field, as well as on cardboard. While he can’t be expected to throw for 500 yards every game, if he can play at an elite level again, his value could go up in the future.

Cards to Grab:

2004 Bowman Chrome #111 AU/199 RC ($250)

2004 Playoff Contenders #106 AU/541* RC ($300)

2004 Ultimate Collection #127 AU/150 RC ($300)

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Upper Deck issues statement on CLC status

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck‘s exclusive card license with the Collegiate Licensing Company that began in 2010 will remain in place into next year, the company said in a statement Friday — a response to the news that Panini America had signed a trading card agreement with three major universities.

“Upper Deck continues to be fully committed in creating the most innovative, high quality collegiate trading cards ever produced. Previously, collegiate cards were only interspersed into professional trading card sets by the large manufacturers, and referred to as ‘Professional Prospect cards,'” the company said in a statement posted on its blog. “Over the last four years, Upper Deck has taken collegiate cards to a whole new level … In addition, Upper Deck has expanded well beyond the boundaries of traditional college sports to include a wide array of both men’s and women’s athletic programs that have never been featured on trading cards.”

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Panini signs deal with three universities

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is going back to school.

The card company has signed exclusive deals with three major universities — the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami — and will use their trademarks in upcoming card products that include NBA, NFL and MLBPA releases. According to a company release, there will be more schools’ deals announced soon.

“This is a significant announcement not just for us, but for the entire trading card industry,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “Some of the most-collectible players that we work with across all sports are closely associated with these three universities and we’re genuinely excited to be able to honor their collegiate accomplishments in our products.”

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WIN a Signed Kelvin Benjamin Panini POD Photo

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion has already reached hundreds of hobby shops and countless collectors with giveaways and player appearance signings. In partnership with the successful program, we will be giving away autographed items that are part of the promotion through the Beckett Media Twitter feed.

This week’s giveaway is the Kelvin Benjamin autographed photo pictured above. To enter for your chance to win, simply Tweet a message with a link to this post with these three tags: @BeckettMedia @PaniniPOD #NFLPOD

If you do not have a Twitter account it is easy and free to create one at Twitter.com. One winner sill be chosen at random on Monday, Oct. 27.

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Box Busters: 2014 UD Conference Greats

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini readies Black Friday promotion

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America‘s Black Friday program is returning next month — and it’s including even more new players than ever.

What’s new? Salute to Service camo swatch rookies for starters — all in a program that will be limited to no more than 40,000 total packs distributed only via Panini Roundtable stores.

The basic set will consist of 65 cards capped by 29 rookies whose cards are limited to only 499 serial-numbered copies. On top of that, 15 rookies will have memorabilia cards limited to only 99 copies.

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Introducing … the game-used wallet?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

“What’s in your wallet?” has a very different meaning now.

Thanks to Berkeley, Calif.-based Tokens & Icons, there is a whole new line of game-used memorabilia out there with the practical in mind for the sports collector with everything from stadium seats to game-used jerseys making their way into high-end everyday objects that can be used.

Or should we save them to be collected?

Either way, the creativity from the company goes far beyond the $150 Alabama Crimson Tide game-used football jersey wallet seen above — in fact, Tokens & Icons is producing items for MLB, the NHL, selected college football and basketball teams, golf, tennis, the PGA Tour, vintage arenas and even the famed horse-racing venue Churchill Downs.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 7

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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 7.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

 

Veteran of the Week:

Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

(22/26, 318 yards, 4 touchdowns)

There is a new all-time passing touchdown leader! Peyton Manning started Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers needing three touchdowns to beat Brett Favre’s record and it took just two quarters to set the record. The record breaking touchdown was an eight yard pass to Demaryius Thomas. That was just part of a four touchdown day for Peyton as the Broncos went on to blowout the 49ers 42-17. After five MVP’s, a Super Bowl victory, and countless records, Manning has made himself the most bankable player on cardboard. While his cards have always sold well, breaking this kind of record could heat up the market for Peyton’s best cards.

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Playbook’s coach ink: Cardboard perfection?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

I’ve often found examples of cardboard that make me stop and look — and then ask myself why that was the case.

More often than not, there’s some touch that makes the card great. It could be a photo, a color choice or a perfectly balanced design.

A card that caught my attention Thursday when it was teased by Panini America has all of that and more. It’s this Bill Parcells card to be found in packs of 2014 Panini Playbook football cards, which will arrive in hobby shops next week.

It’s got two great photos, an advanced design and the smartest inclusion of them all — a play drawn up by a coach in a booklet card … in a product called Playbook.

It’s smart and creatively done on all fronts. It makes me want to buy football cards. Tell us what you think in the comments below — and grade this card in our poll.

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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.

Trent Dilfer is Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter Ambassador

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Super Bowl XXXV champion and ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer will serve as special ambassador and coach for Panini America’s Super Bowl XLIX Kid Reporter contest.

Now in its second year, the Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter contest awards one lucky collector with a dream trip to the Super Bowl and the opportunity to serve as Panini’s official reporter for Super Bowl Media Day. This year, Dilfer will provide the winner with one-on-one media training in advance of Super Bowl XLIX Media Day.

“I love what Panini America has done with the Super Bowl Kid Reporter promotion and am honored to be involved in such a meaningful way this year,” Dilfer said. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky kid and his family – and it’s an opportunity that’s made available just by buying packs of Panini America NFL trading cards.”

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