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Rams mascot gets Relic treatment from Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The fine print from the latest Topps release on Tuesday said it all.

Rampage was not harmed in the making of these exclusive mascot fur cards. He will continue to entertain and delight on the sidelines on Sunday and around St. Louis throughout the year.

The news? Topps has teamed up with the St. Louis Rams to produce an exclusive set of trading cards for the St. Louis Rams Kids Club — complete with a Rampage Relic featuring the mascot’s game-used fur.

“The St. Louis Rams take pride in being innovative and family focused,” St. Louis Rams fan engagement and senior mascot coordinator Clint McComb said in a prepared release.  “By working with Topps to create a mascot fur card, we’re allowing our fans to experience more of the St. Louis Rams by sharing with them a piece of who we are, literally. We wanted our Kids Club Package to include something no other team has offered and our hope is that the Rampage fur card will really excite our young fans.”

The “Defend Our Turf” set can be found at the Rams Kids Club table in Section 101 during the team’s home games against the Cardinals on Thursday and on Dec. 21 when the team takes on the Giants.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Chrome football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

(26 carries, 185 yards, 3 total touchdowns)

Le’Veon Bell has always been a good running back, but on Sunday he was on fire. With two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown reception, while running all over the Bengal defense for 185 yards, Bell seemed untouchable in the Steelers 42-21 victory. He is also going to pass 2000 yards from scrimmage very soon as well, having 1,924 already. Le’Veon Bell was one of the hottest running back rookies from the 2013 class but his card values have stayed pretty steady from the beginning. If the Pittsburgh Steelers can make a deep run into the playoffs, and Bell keeps playing at an elite level, collectors could see his value take off.

Cards to Grab:

2013 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRALB ($30)

2013 Exquisite Collection #127 JSY AU/125 ($150)

2013 Panini Contenders #221A AU RC ($60) Read More »

Panini teams with Broncos for stadium set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans who attend the Bills-Broncos game Sunday in Denver will receive a set of nine Panini America cards featuring the stars of the home team.

But they’ll also find something else.

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Steiner readies ‘game-changer’ autograph line

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports says it’s going to change the autograph game with a line that it’s unveiling on Tuesday in New York City.

The project is the In Their Own Words Collection, and it will showcase more than a dozen pieces with descriptions of memorable plays or performances inscribed onto the autographed pieces. The line will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday with more than a dozen athletes on hand. The Dec. 9 event will at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal. Among those in attendance will be Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Dereck Whittenburg, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Tyree, Mike Eruzione, Doug Williams and many more who have had iconic moments and are part of the line.

“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” said Brandon Steiner, the founder of the company. “‘In Their Own Words‎’ will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”

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BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 13

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

(370 yards passing, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception)

The number one draft pick from 2012 has lived up to the hype thus far in his young career.  Andrew Luck is even breaking records that Peyton Manning set with his tenth 300-yard passing game of the season. On Sunday, Luck threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins. Luck has seen some of his cards start to cool off lately, even though he has already eclipsed 4000 passing yards for the season. Andrew Luck is one of the few elite quarterbacks in the NFL and collectors should always be looking to add his cards to their collection. If he can take his team to the playoffs again, and make a deep run, we might see his card value rise back to the numbers we are used to seeing.

Cards to Grab:

2012 Exquisite Collection #0 Gold AU/99 ($1,800)

2012 Panini Contenders #201A AU/550* RC ($800)

2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #1 SP ($800) Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Panini’s Jason Howarth

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Jason Howarth is the Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about the industry, its challenges, his New England Patriots and plenty more.

Check it out in our Sunday Conversation. 

What’s the most-interesting trend you have seen in the industry lately — and what makes that stand out?
I’d say this was a trend — but it has evolved into the creation of a whole new segment in the hobby and it’s here to stay — case-breaking. I know some people feel that case-breaking is bad for the hobby, but you have to give the guys that are doing it right their due. They open volumes of product and showcase cards in programs that previously might have been overlooked. Case-breaking also brings in lapsed collectors back into the hobby and reignites their passion to collect.

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What’s “Money Manziel” worth to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Topps Chrome has arrived for football fans, and it’s got a few surprises in store.

A notable one? Johnny Manziel autos — on multiple types of cards — with the added inscription “Money Manziel.”

Topps announced this inclusion 10 days ago — and now that it’s a reality pulled from packs by collectors there are some serious asking prices for these rarer cards.

Our question for you … what’s “Money” worth to you? Take our poll and sound off in the comments below …

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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 @chrisolds2009.

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Crown Royale football

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Join Beckett Football’s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Crown Royale in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Breaking: Online Price Guide Plus released

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Beckett Media is pleased to announce its most significant Price Guide development in a decade – Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

Subscribers to Beckett Online Price Guide Plus will gain full access to our extensive raw market sales information database through their standard Online Price Guide interface. But what does this do, exactly, for the collector or dealer?

Thousands of bits of raw card sales data are accumulated every day inside the Beckett database. This raw information forms the basis for the data analyzed by pricing staff to produce and publish Beckett Price Guides. For nearly three decades, the pricing information released in our print and Online Price Guides was enough to satisfy the majority of collector and dealer demand for market pricing. While Beckett pricing data is still the best source of information for buyers and sellers, there have been an increasing number of cards released into the market that fall outside the scope of our traditional coverage — hence the need for Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

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Candlestick’s 16s come in handy for NSD, Montana

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Joe Montana helped fill a lot of seats in the old Candlestick Park and now ol’ No. 16 is doing something else with them.

He’s signing them — but only seats with the number 16 on them –as part of a deal that National Sports Distributors, Montana and the city set up.

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the project here.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

(8 receptions, 120 yards receiving, 0 touchdowns)

Josh Gordon made is return to the gridiron on Sunday, and he showed everybody that he has still got it! Even though he didn’t play a single down all season, Gordon looked ready to play. His return comes at the best time for the Browns who are fighting for the AFC North title. Josh Gordon’s 120 yards receiving helped the Browns secure a victory over the Atlanta Falcons, 26-24. Since his suspension, Gordon’s cards have taken a hit in value. A perfect example of that is his Panini Contenders rookie autograph card. Its peak value was $80 and they are now valued at $50. Now that he has shown that he is back and playing at a high level, collectors might start getting interested in picking up his cards again.

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Key BGS 10 Peyton Manning hits auction block

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the greatest NFL quarterback’s greatest early cards is hitting the auction block.

A Pristine BGS 10 copy of Peyton Manning‘s 1998 SP Authentic Die Cuts card — one of only two cards to receive that grade — has hit the auction block via St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co. It’s a parallel of the future Hall of Famer’s top Upper Deck Rookie Card — and it’s limited to only 500 copies. The auction runs until Dec. 3.

Ungraded, the cards typically sell for as much as $800. This one is quite different with it being just a single .5 away from a perfect 10 grade.

“This card grade represents what Peyton Manning is all about — achieving perfection,” said Rob Springs, the Acquisitions Manager for Beckett Auctions. “This is an outstanding modern-day card of possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play the game and we are excited that it is a part of the Goodwin November auction.”

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Weekend Warriors: Alabama vs. Auburn – who wins the hobby?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The Alabama Crimson Tide vs. the Auburn Tigers, aka The Iron Bowl, is a week away and that means the bitter rivals and their fans will be doing plenty of talking from here until the end of the fourth quarter on Nov. 29.

Oh, who are we kidding … they’re always talking each other down because that’s what rivals do.

For a new feature, we’re trying something new — Weekend Warriors — where you can assess rival teams, rival players or other combatants who have trading cards with our series of questions and our open forum for collectibles-related trash-talking in the comments below.

After the jump are nine more ways for you to assess the Alabama-Auburn rivalry and its cardboard — and you have the final say on who wins in the hobby.

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1. Alabama-Auburn Heisman Trophy winners: Who's most-collectable?

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Click on “read more” to cast the rest of your votes.

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Panini’s Black Friday Starting To Shape Up

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

We are barely a week away from the biggest shopping weekend of the year and collectors are gearing up for Panini America‘s annual holiday season tradition – their ever-popular Black Friday promotion.

Over the past couple of weeks, the company has been leaking out details about their 2014 Panini America Black Friday promotional set and packs are expected to loaded with cards that are sure to be heavily chased and may even become the cornerstones of some collections.

Starting on Friday, November 28, collectors will converge on hundreds of their favorite card stores in order to participate in the program and bust some packs or they can visit iCollectPanini.com if they do not have a hobby shop that is participating in the program. Naturally, there is an opportunity to pull autographs and memorabilia along with tough parallels from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What does Panini America have planned for hobbyists on Black Friday? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck signs exclusive deal with Notre Dame

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of college football’s most-storied programs is sticking with Upper Deck.

Notre Dame has signed a multi-year deal to have its trading cards made by the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company beginning this spring.  The deal will include sports cards beyond just the gridiron.

“The University of Notre Dame boasts an impressive list of athletes as alumni and has one of the most passionate fan bases in college sports” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck, in a prepared statement. “Over the last five years, we have built a strong partnership with Notre Dame and we continue to be dedicated to producing the most creative and innovative collectibles for Notre Dame fans to enjoy.”

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Panini acknowledges additional Flawless mistakes

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Thirty-seven cards of five NFL players in 2014 Flawless have event-worn material mislabeled as game-used material on cards, according to Panini America.

The company announced the developments on Thursday as a result of its findings earlier this week that other cards in the product were mislabeled.

“This week’s experiences, while not ideal, have only strengthened our focus, our desire and our commitment to doing things the right way every time; mistakes happen, they’re part of any human process,” said a statement issued by the company. “We are truly sorry about these mistakes; but we are grateful that our collectors were able to shed the light on this issue to allow us to look deeper into what went wrong in the process. Our intent is always to get it right and properly identify whether a patch is event-worn or game-worn. We evaluated the ‘event-worn’ vs. ‘game-worn’ strategy on a number of occasions — and while this process is much more detailed — and have determined that this was a better scenario than just identifying every patch as ‘player-worn.’ As always, we are committed to making this right for consumers.”

According to the Panini announcement today, cards of Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson Jr., Cam Newton, Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill were mislabeled in Flawless’ Patches insert. According to the company, they are:

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Box Busters: 2014 Limited football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Totally Certified football

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

WIN a Panini POD Jimmy Garoppolo 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: New England Patriots Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo autographed photo (pictured above)
How to Win: Simply tweet a message about your local hobby shop. The tweet must include these three tags: @BeckettMedia @PaniniPOD #NFLPOD
Winner chosen Saturday, Nov. 22.

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 Saturday, Nov. 22.

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Sources: Panini close to near-exclusive in college card market

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis

The changes coming to the college trading card landscape in 2015 are going to be even more dramatic than anticipated, according to industry sources.

Panini America‘s wave of new deals signed with top schools in the last few weeks has reportedly gotten even larger. Industry sources tell Beckett Media that nearly all of the country’s 60-plus major colleges and universities — and nearly 300 schools in total — have signed multi-year deals with Panini, positioning the Dallas-based manufacturer to operate under a near-exclusive in the college-card market for the rest of the decade. That expansion would effectively end any broad collegiate engagement for Upper Deck, which has held an exclusive Collegiate Licensing Company license for the past five years.

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Beckett Football Turns 25!

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The first issue of Beckett Football Card Magazine was published 25 years ago this month. That iconic picture of Bo Jackson staring you down on the cover is one of the most recognized images in the industry.

A quarter of a century is very long run in the publishing business (287 issues). The magazine has carried the name of Beckett Football for 10 years, and it has presided over nearly every major change, innovation, controversy and flop in the football card hobby. So much changed 25 years ago in 1989. Score and Pro Set burst on the scene after decades of dominance by Topps. It was becoming clear that rookies would fuel the hobby, and they have ever since. The 1990s saw rapid growth, and tons of new brands and ideas. Some had staying power and others, well, not so much. It’s interesting to look through those early issues and see price changes moving up or down by 20 cents or a dollar.

There have been so many incredible cards since 1989. To celebrate 25 years of Beckett Football, and 25 years of countless hobby innovations, the December issue (on sale now) presents the 25 most impactful football cards since 1989. It was not an easy list to come up with. Most of the cards are no-brainers, but many key cards had to be left off. It’s a fascinating trip through two and a half decades of hobby evolution. This also inspired this month’s cover pictured above.

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Poll: What’s your take on multi-piece mem cards?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

When Panini America revealed its first looks at the 20th anniversary edition of Absolute last week, it included one card that piqued my attention.

Why? Eight players’ jersey swatches on a single front — now that’s a Tools of the Trade card.

For some time I have wondered why card companies don’t go with more pieces on cards rather than larger pieces — this is something that Donruss did heavily with its TOTT cards back in 2004 and 2005 Absolute Memorabilia and they were cards that got me to finally dig into a brand with a higher-end price.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like the idea of more of less just because it’s a more-sophisticated feeling card. (At least to me.)

Tell us what you think in the poll below or share your thoughts in the comments.

Your Take: Do you like having several swatches on a single card?

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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 @chrisolds2009.

USA Today examines Panini America’s college push

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Panini America‘s push into the college ranks includes more than 220 schools that will allow the company to use their trademarks on rookie and prospect cards as well as produce college-specific card sets.

Panini VP of Marketing Jason Howarth offered insight on how the deal works to USA Today Fields of Green’s Nick Zobel, who took a look at the deal.

“The way the process works is that the rights we have with the school are tied to utilizing the school logos and marks,” Howarth said in the piece. “That means school insignia and mascots. The partnerships do not give us rights to players.”

That means all those college stars from those schools in football and basketball will have their first Rookie Cards arrive (once their college careers are over) with views as seen on the field or court. That means the baseball players from those schools will appear in hobby staples such as Elite Extra Edition just as they were seen on the diamond.

What that doesn’t mean is that Panini can make any card it wants of any player in the history of the school — at least not without that person’s permission and, of course, not before they are done playing.