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How do you know it’s game-used? The Smell Test

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How do you know a Miami Dolphins game-used jersey is real when it’s shipped to Panini America to make its way into football cards?

The Smell Test.

Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds witnessed it first-hand for The Game-used Issue of the magazine that can be found in hobby shops and other stores now.

First Look: 2014 Limited Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Releasing: December

Limited returns with its familiar high-end look. The design is clean and this year’s release looks to have plenty of foil accents to make it pop. The Rookie Phenoms cards are always a big draw for Limited. These will be numbered to 299 or less and feature an oversized patch and autograph. Judging from the preview renderings, the autographs will be on stickers. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Prizm football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2014 Panini Prizm in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Does ESPN’s Cleveland Issue get collectors and The National wrong … or right?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

LeBron. Johnny Bench Football. Draft Day on DVD. The recent National Sports Collectors convention.

Those are a few signs that Cleveland rocks these days when it comes to the sports world, but yet another might be ESPN The Magazine’s “Cleveland Issue” — a magazine that (oddly) features Derek Jeter on its cover but explores many of the narratives putting the focus on the city these days.

One item that didn’t make the issue — but it’s online for all of us to see — is an online-exclusive piece by Mini Kimes that takes us all back to the NSCC, which is described as “a 500,000-square-foot yard sale dreamed up by middle-aged men with childlike hobbies.”

Maybe it progresses from there, maybe it doesn’t — I’ll let you decide and tell us below — but its focus on Cleveland and its misery might be more apt than its take on the hobby — one that I see as a big business and a hobby, too. It’s fueled by the interest of fans of all types and all tastes.

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.

Panthers Rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin Participates in POD Signing

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was the first NFL player to participate in the hobby shop signing appearance in the 2014 Panini Player of the Day promotion. Benjamin signed autographs for fans and collectors yesterday at Cardiac Sports Cards in Cary, N.C. Part of the promotion is players appearing at hobby shops for a meet-and-greet and autograph session.

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BSCM Bonus: More game-used memorabilia pieces from inside Panini America’s vault

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

IRVING, Texas | The national treasures that make their way into collectors’ hands via Panini America’s trading cards or its game-used memorabilia division, Panini Authentic, are locked away behind two massive locked doors at the heart of the company’s headquarters.

Inside, you’ll find row after row of what has to be one of the world’s largest and most-lavish closests. It’s a collection that has priceless and memorable items lining racks at every turn. You’ll see numerous bats and sticks resting comfortably in bins right alongside shelves that are lined with helmets in one area — and then you’ll find countless storage tubs (and also even more racks) lined with clear coded baggies filled with flattened, cut and sorted jersey remnants awaiting their future cardboard homes in another.

But that’s not how you can truly experience the authenticity found inside. For that, you just need to check the area for new deliveries. If you ever wanted to know whether a jersey straight from the Miami Dolphins is real, all you’ll have to do is find the box and open the sealed bag inside.

Then, you’ll simply need your sense of smell.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 5

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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 Week 5.

Veteran of the Week:
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
(Eight receptions, 226 yards, two touchdowns)

Sunday was a historic day for the Denver Broncos. It saw Peyton Manning throw for 479 yards and four touchdowns. Almost half of those yards belong to their star wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas. Thomas started the year off in a slump, going into Sunday’s game, he had only 141 yards and one touchdown. Demaryius Thomas broke out of that slump in a huge way in a 41-20 win against the Arizona Cardinals. He set a new Broncos’ receiving record with his 226 yards, beating Shannon Sharpe’s 215 yards that he set in 2002. Don’t expect a record setting performance every time, but if he can deliver more consistently his cards could see an increase in demand. It doesn’t hurt that Peyton Manning is the guy getting him the ball.

Cards to Grab:

2010 Exquisite Collection #104 JSY AU/75 ($200)
2010 Playoff National Treasures #309 JSY AU/99 RC ($200)
2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #C110 ($50)

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Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck CFL football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Certified football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Prime football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps Prime football cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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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 4.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

(24 carries, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns)

Most people didn’t expect much from the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray in the preseason this year, but four games in and Murray is on pace to have a 2,000-yard season. His 149-yards and two touchdown performance helped the Cowboys dominate the New Orleans Saints, 38-17. Murray’s cards have cooled off in the last year but if DeMarco Murray keeps dominating other team’s defenses collectors could see his cards rise back to where they used to be. 2011 Exquisite Collection is an example of this. It topped out at $250 and has dropped down to $150. It will also help if Dallas can keep winning and make the playoffs for the first time in several years.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Finest football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini NFL Player of the Day Promotion Kicks Off

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The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion is in full swing with more than 800 participating hobby shops scheduled to receive their program kits this week.

This will be the 15th year for the successful program, and the Player of the Day card set looks to be more packed than ever. This season’s set includes a 25-card base set (13 veterans, 12 rookies) and features an 18-card autographed set, player-worn memorabilia cards and, for the first time, Cracked Ice parallels with a shimmering, reflective background.

Participating hobby shops display the Player of the Day poster picturing an NFL player from the 32 different teams, plus Wild Card players. When a collector purchases a pack from a Panini card product and pulls a card of the featured player of the day or a Wild Card player, they are entered into a weekly drawing for various prizes, including Player of the Day promo packs, t-shirts and more. These winners are then entered into national drawings for a chance to win bigger prizes, including the grand prize—a day with an NFL player, a $250 shopping spree, an autograph session at the hobby shop, and a party at the winner’s home.

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You want our rare cards? We want to see your SuperCollector submissions & your deadline is Dec. 8

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We pulled a pretty sweet 1/1 Craig Kimbrel Relic booklet out of Triple Threads and a rare rookie parallel of Teddy Bridgewater out of Rookies & Stars (/5) and we want them to be yours.

BridgewaterTwo collectors will get their hands on them if they submit their SuperCollector stories for the upcoming annual SuperCollector showcase issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Your deadline is Dec. 8.

We run SuperCollector nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. This time, though, it’s our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Larry Bird cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail baseball autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

After the jump, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to enter — what to say, what to send and where.

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Box Busters: 2014 Flair Showcase football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Win a Case of 2014 Topps Fire in Topps Fire Friday Promotion

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Topps has deemed today, Friday, Sept. 19, Topps Fire Friday. Collectors around the country will have a chance to win a case of Topps Fire Football cards when it hits stores in January.

Starting today and running all weekend through Sept. 21 collectors can walk into their local hobby shop and ask that the store order Topps Fire Football. Next, take a picture of you in the hobby store asking for Topps Fire in a creative way such as holding up a sign that says “I want Topps Fire” with the store manager. Once you take the picture, tweet using both the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday & the Topps Twitter handle: @Toppscards. Or you can post a picture to the Topps Facebook page at Facebook.com/Topps using the the hashtag #ToppsFireFriday.

The entrant who submits the most creative photo will win. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23 on Topps’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. The winner will receive a case of Topps Fire Football upon release of the product in January 2015.

You can read the official rules at http://www.topps.com/firefridays

David Lee
footballeditor@beckett.com
Twitter: @FreeEnergyDude

First Look: 2014 Panini Flawless Football

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Panini is bringing is popular Flawless brand from basketball and hockey to the gridiron at the end of next month.

Releasing Oct. 31, 2014 Panini Flawless Football will feature plenty of on-card autographs and patch cards. Every card will be numbered to 25 or less.

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LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles Combine for 280 Yards 2 TDs in Monday Night Win

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Last year’s collecting attention for the Philadelphia Eagles was on quarterback Nick Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. But last night in a Monday Night Football match-up against Andrew Luck and the Colts, it was the Philadelphia running back combination of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles who commanded the spotlight in a come-from-behind win to give the Eagles a 2-0 record. In fact, the two accounted for more than 60 percent of the team’s yardage.

McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and added 23 yards receiving. Sproles, a nine-year vet who has spent the last three seasons in New Orleans, led all Eagles in receiving with 152 yards and also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sproles also had a key first down late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.

Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.

1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?

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2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?

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See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.

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Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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Your Turn: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card?

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What hasn’t made its way into a memorabilia card?

That’s a big question that may not have many answers if you’re talking about the four major sports, but the possibilities elsewhere in the sports world — and beyond — are a bit more vast.

We’ve seen plenty make its way into cardboard in the past but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Game-used Issue, we’d like to know what you’d want to see cut up and put into a memorabilia card. Maybe you’d want to see more non-traditional but historically significant pieces such as the Hindenburg from 2013 Panini Golden Age above — or maybe you’d want to see more movie props or simple things such as game-used baseballs with stitching. Tell us.

Do some thinking, get creative, and perhaps we’ll award something interesting with some memorabilia in it to one or two of our creative responders.

Q: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card? It could be anything … sports or not.

Let us know in the comments below — and we’ll run a selection of the answers in the upcoming magazine.

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.

More mem than ever: Memorabilia card total jumps 35 percent in less than three years

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary

You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.

You’d be wrong.

A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.

It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)

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Game-used memorabilia cards are still cool — if they are creative

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret to many collectors that some of the mystique of game-used memorabilia cards has worn off a bit through the years — you know, the nearly two decades since pieces of game-used items started appearing inside our cardboard.

It seems like everything has made its way from a sports field or arena and into cards — well, nearly everything — but it must be said that game-used also has begun to reinvent itself in the last few years, too. Some of the best-designed and most-creative cards of the last decade have been of the game-used variety.

And that’s a promising sign for us all.

Sure, there are still plenty of plain, white swatches that count as hits in boxes from every manufacturer, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, in some ways, the strategies of at least one company — fewer mem cards in some spots, more creative alternatives in others — have had me looking more intently at cards from sports that I might not have normally collected. Why? I like cool cardboard whether it be game-used, event-used or — gasp! — even a ManuRelic (though those aren’t as high on my radar, despite being more creative).

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1

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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 Week 1.

Veteran of the Week:

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
(448 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

After a dismal year in 2013, Matt Ryan appears to be back! He threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns( with no interceptions) in the Falcons 37-34 overtime win against division rival New Orleans Saints. The 448 yards passing sets a new Falcons franchise record. He also set a new team record for career touchdowns with 156, beating the previous record of 154. Ryan’s cards have cooled off over the last year, but if he can return to elite form expect his hobby status, and his key card values, to begin to rise again.

Cards to Grab:
2008 Playoff National Treasures #111 JSY AU/99 RC ($350)
2008 SP Authentic #300 JSY AU/499 RC ($250)
2008 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #166 ($120)

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