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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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Box Busters: 2013 Topps Five Star Football cards

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Beckett Football editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Five Star Football.

Who are the most valuable 2014 NFL prospects so far?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Are you ready for some football? Well, at least the NFL Draft.

The 2014 draft kicks off on Thursday in New York City. The NFL is bringing in more prospects than ever, and collectors are looking forward to something to make them forget about the 2013 season.

Many of the top prospects are being widely collected already with Leaf, Press Pass, Sage and Upper Deck cards hitting the market before these players have been picked up by an NFL team. The most collectible player so far has been Johnny Manziel by far. Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Sammy Watkins come in the next grouping but by a lot less.

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First look: 2014 Bowman Sterling Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The Bowman brand is utilized to highlight rookies and prospects – and 2014 Bowman Sterling Football will celebrate the upcoming season’s rookies.

Bowman Sterling will contain five cards in every pack with six packs in every box.

Each pack will contain three base cards, an autograph and a relic card. Each box will yield four rookie autographs, one rookie autograph relic, one rookie autograph patch, six dual relics or dual patches, and one box topper hit.

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What is the best football Rookie Card of all-time?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football cards have featured different designs over the years. We have seen colorful cards, simple ones, tall boys. We have collected Rookie Cards with memorabilia, autographs, and short-prints that were hard to chase.

But one thing never changed – no matter what year, the player made the card.

Here’s a list of some of the most iconic football Rookie Cards throughout the decades. Check out these cards and let us know your favorites in the poll below.

1933 Sport Kings #4 Red Grange

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First look: 2013-14 Upper Deck Quantum Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Upper Deck was poised to release Quantum football cards last year, but the company decided to hold off and wait a season.

Now, 2013-14 Upper Deck Quantum Football is scheduled to come out in time for the NFL Draft featuring this year’s and last year’s NFL prospects.

Each box of 2013-14 Upper Deck Quantum Football will contain two packs with six cards in each, a regular pack and a bonus 2014 rookie pack. The regular pack will contain three autographs and a memorabilia card. The Bonus Rookie Pack will contain one 2014 Quantum Rookie Card numbered to 175 or less.

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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.

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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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