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Category Archives: Football

First look: 2014 Topps Platinum Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The upcoming football rookie autographs get into full swing with the release of 2014 Topps Platinum in November.

Each box of Topps Platinum will contain 20 packs with five cards in each pack. Each box will also have three hits of an autograph refractor patch and two autographed Rookie Cards. In addition, collectors will find five X-Fractor parallels, one Black Refractor parallels and one Platinum Die-Cut in every box.

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Panini signs Johnny Manziel to autograph, memorabilia deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Johnny Manziel has signed an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Panini Authentic, the company announced on Monday.

Panini Authentic is the memorabilia arm of Panini America. It features signed items such as footballs, helmets and jerseys. Manziel joins other exclusive Panini Authentic players such as basketball’s Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and football’s Andrew Luck and EJ Manuel.

The deal also includes a multi-year agreement for autographs on trading cards, but that portion is not an exclusive. His first Panini cards will appear in 2014 Score.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Showbound football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Showbound football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Topps Prime Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When it comes finding unique memorabilia from football players, 2014 Topps Prime Football should be a place to look. Relic cards will feature socks, footballs, gloves, wristbands and more.

Each box of 2014 Topps Prime Football will contain two autographs and two relic cards. Each box will have 10 packs with five cards in every pack.

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Michael Sam’s first trading cards hit the market

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Michael Sam’s first autographs have hit the secondary market.

His autographs from Press, Sage and Upper Deck are slowly making their way on to eBay. These cards aren’t commanding Johnny Manziel autograph type of numbers, but Sam’s cards are selling decently – for a mid- to late-round defensive prospect.

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First look: 2014 Topps Finest Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

With the focus on quarterbacks heading into the 2014 football draft, it’s no surprise companies will highlight the gunslingers as much as possible.

Topps is adding a new feature in 2014 Topps Finest Football, Quarterback Quartet Autograph Patch Books Cards. Certainly, players such as Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and AJ McCarron will be included in these cards.

Each pack of 2014 Finest Football will contain five cards. There will be six packs in each mini box with two packs in each master box.

Each master box will contain a Finest Rookie Refractor Autograph Patch card, and an Autographed Finest Refractor Jumbo Relic Card. There will also be two Atomic Refractor rookies and two Fantasy’s Finest Cards.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … military on sports cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Plenty of metaphors and cliches get tossed around when it comes to the sports world, and many of them parallel military action — referring to our pastimes as battles, combat and so much more.

For some players on the field in the past and present, the comparisons might be ironic as there are many sports stars who also served in the military or have military ties of some sort. There are far more out there than Pat Tillman, Roger Staubach or David Robinson. We see it on our cardboard and collectibles from time to time — enough that we’ve opted to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to exploring what’s out there for the niche and one that those collectors serving in the military might find interesting, too.

Heck, even virtual collectibles like ToppsBunt cards found in virtual packs on its popular app have military subsets. There, it’s a 10-card Hall of Fame Heroes set that notes Hall of Famers’ military service, including Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams. It seems the military nods — whether its camo parallels or cards from military backed athletes or events — are everywhere.

As part of the issue, we want to hear what you think of a few things when it comes to creative cards and more with a new set of 20 Questions … after the jump.

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Leaf creates Johnny Manziel predictor cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

What team is going to draft Johnny Manziel?

Who knows? But Leaf Trading Cards is making contest out of it with 2014 Leaf Johnny Manziel Predictor Packs.

And the only place to get these cards is on eBay.

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Panini discloses short-prints for 2013 Contenders Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of the details that belongs to Contenders Football is that many of the cards are short-printed (and super short-printed). But Panini America kept most of that information secret until now.

Panini released the exact production numbers for base Rookie Cards in 2013 Contenders Football.

If a player is not listed below, the card is not an SP.

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Leaf Originals Football recalls 1948, 1960 designs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf’s football products seem to be a hit with collectors with its early 2014 offerings. Of course, the 2014 NFL prospects may help with that.

It recently released 2014 Leaf Originals featuring the 1948 Leaf design and keeping the colors simple like the original, and the 1960 Leaf design.

Johnny Manziel is easily the top player in the set with many of his autographs selling for more than $100. However, most other autographs have sold below that threshold unless the card is a 1-of-1. But getting $50-$75 for an autograph of Jadeveon Clowney or Teddy Bridgewater for a non-licensed product is not bad.

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Box Busters: 2013 Fleer Retro football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013 Fleer Retro football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2014 Panini Hot Rookies Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America is changing things with 2014 Hot Rookies Football, a hobby-only release.

It isn’t producing typical a product with typical pack configurations, but each hobby box will have four packs with entirely different makeups.

Pack 1: 32 base cards.
Pack 2: 10 Rookie Cards
Pack 3: Five inserts (including an autographed memorabilia card)
Pack 4: Three autographs

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First look: 2014 SAGE Autograph Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Sa-Ge is getting out at least one more product before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The newest release features more than 50 prospects in 2014 SAGE Autograph Football. The prospects include Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, Jadeveon Clowney and Michael Sam.

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Panini America signs Teddy Bridgewater to autograph and marketing deal

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is banking on Bridgewater this season.

The Texas-based NFL card-maker announced Wednesday that former Louisville quarterback and likely top draft pick Teddy Bridgewater has signed a card and autographed deal with the company. He’ll also appear on packaging and work with the company’ marketing and social media projects.

“Fans and collectors are eagerly anticipating the 2014 NFL Draft class and Teddy Bridgewater is a big reason why,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “Rookie Cards drive the trading card industry every year and, as a result, 2014 is shaping up to be a spectacular season for sales of Panini America NFL trading cards. We’re excited about our relationship with Teddy and what that partnership will mean for our business.”

His first cards will arrive with 2014 Score coming in June.

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Your Turn: Which athletes and cards with military ties are most memorable to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.

It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.

For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.

Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.

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Who would sign for my version of Golden Age? How about these five for starters …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

A new baseball season is officially here, though on cardboard we’ve been going for a few months now. We’ve seen the newest from Topps Heritage, Museum Collection and more from the fully licensed Topps offerings, while Panini America has been a tad quieter on the baseball card front with the just popular revival of Donruss active and plenty of teasers for its next set, Prizm, telling us that it’s on its way.

That got me thinking, though. We’re also likely to soon see teasers for the next chapter of Golden Age, the third installment of cards featuring the “nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America.” It’s that added extra in there — entertainers and newsmakers — along with an autograph (or two) in every single box that’s made the brand one of my favorites the last couple of years.

That got me thinking … which five autographs would I want to see in this year’s set?

Well, here goes …

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First look: 2014 Topps Inception Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps’ first 2014 high-end NFL product will come out in August with 2014 Inception.

Topps will include three hits in every box with at least two autographs. The third hit will be either a Jumbo Jersey or Patch Relic Card. Each box will also include two veteran base cards and two veteran parallels.

The base set will consist of 100 NFL veterans with 10 short-print variations featuring veterans in images from their rookie season. Parallels for the base set include Green, Purple, Magenta, Red, Blue, and Framed Printing Plates.

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Upper Deck offers incentive packs for Fleer Retro Football

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck is offering collectors an incentive to open 2013 Fleer Retro Football.

Collectors who buy three boxes of 2013 Fleer Retro through an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer will be eligible to receive a free autograph bonus pack, the company announced Wednesday. Fleer Retro Football is schedule to come out April 2,

Each incentive pack contains three autographed cards from 2013 rookies that are exclusive to these packs.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Gallery Edition football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Gallery Edition football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2013 National Treasures Football officially rolls out

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of the most popular football products on the schedule officially came out today.

National Treasures football has eight cards in each box with three autographs, three memorabilia and two base or parallels.

Read more: First look: 2013 National Treasures Football

Here’s a look at some of the hits that have been pulled in 2013 National Treasures. After checking out the images, hit the comments and let us know what you think.

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