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NFL Play 60 Kids Have Thier Own 2014 Topps Cards

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

To celebrate kids across the country who are staying active for 60 minutes a day and leading healthy lifestyles, Topps and NFL PLAY 60 are partnering to include several Play 60 kids in 2014 Topps Football.

The collection will specifically feature the 2013 NFL Punt Pass and Kick Champions, the 2013 Super Bowl Contest local winners and PLAY 60 mentors on cards, featuring NFL players who are ambassadors for PLAY 60 in their communities. The PLAY 60 mentor cards feature NFL players from every team who have taken time out of their busy schedule to support and champion the PLAY 60 cause.

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David Lee Returns as Beckett Football Editor

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

When I was 12 years old the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, I was playing football and collecting football cards. It was a perfect time for football to be ingrained into my DNA.

Back then collecting was visiting my local hobby shops and weekend shows chasing down Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards, and telling myself I’d never be able to afford the Topps Nolan Ryan RC.

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Upper Deck to Release 25th Anniversary Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This week, collectors heading to their local card store or particiating in an authorized group break featuring Upper Deck products are in for a surprise treat coming in the form of special 25th Anniversary Promo Packs.

The five-card packs will contain a special 110-card base set from several sports designed in the same manner as the landmark 1989 Upper Deck Baseball release. Seeded once per pack is one of 40 different additional 1989 Themed Rookie Cards that include such young talents as Byron Buxton, Nathan MacKinnon and Johnny Manziel.

If that was not enough, there are over 70 different Autograph Parallel cards to track down and they are limited to between 25 and 125 copies each. Combined with the ever-popular Printing Plates, they will be coming out of packs at an attainable 1:17 rate. Read More »

Trading Card Industry Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini's Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini’s Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks.

As you would expect, the videos are priceless.

The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge from Upper Deck that was accepted by The Topps Company. Take a moment after the jump to watch and consider making a donation of your own as the post ice-bath expressions from Topps Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sports & Entertainment, Doug Kruep and Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin are incredible. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Topps football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Inception football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Inception in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

A half-day where the magic happens … visiting Panini America’s headquarters

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

IRVING, Texas | Monday marked the first day of school for many down here in The Lone Star State, and on Tuesday I felt the exact same way by setting foot in a place I hadn’t been before to learn a thing or two.

I spent a half-day at Panini America‘s headquarters.

There were no first-day jitters, there was no daydreaming at what was going on outside in the 100-degree Texas heat. There was plenty inside that was piquing my collecting interest as some of the company’s plans, products and strategies were discussed for future pieces and the collectibles ideas flowed like water. My teacher list included names I had known from years of ripping packs and writing about the hobby — and a few of them were mentioned on the backs of cards that can be found in my stash. (They’re probably on yours, too.)

From the outside, the simple white building in an industrial park adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could be easily missed with some simple signage that blends in well with its neighbors — companies perhaps without the kind of magic among their inventory and readied on their own loading docks nearby. But with just a quick walking tour of Panini’s place, though, it was apparent that this spot has perhaps the perfect combination of collecting and commerce, a blend of bold ideas and brash business sense — you know, something strong, something energetic and also something intangible in the mix — to make it all happen.

It’s a place where collecting comes to life daily.

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What’s the impact of Panini America’s NFL Players exclusive? Check back with us in 2020 …

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Panini America’s Mark Warsop and NFLPI President Keith Gordon discuss the new deal between the companies that begins exclusively in 2016.

By Kevin Isaacson | Commentary

CLEVELAND | NFL general managers have a pat response when questioned about the current-year draft class: “Ask me in five years.”

Same is true in the sports card industry, especially as it pertains to licensing decisions. Any change in licensing prompts countless Chicken Littles to bemoan the hobby’s demise and activates even more glad-handers hoping to ingratiate themselves with the current manufacturing “winner.”

This month, the “winner” is Panini America, courtesy of its recently announced exclusive NFLPI deal. But the reality is the same, whether the topic is Upper Deck in hockey, Topps in baseball or any other licensing move: It is fun to debate, but we won’t know the full impact for at least five years!

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Box Busters: 2014 Rookies & Stars football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Rookies & Stars in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Elite football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Elite in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. 

Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.

“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”

On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”

In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.

While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.

How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click a second time for a larger view)

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.

 

At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

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Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.

Where is it now: The infamous Evan Mathis Twitter hoax receipt

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Kirk Keith is a serious Alabama football collector, and he’s got a legendary piece of new Crimson Tide memorabilia that’s not so serious — but still pretty cool.

MathisIn June, Philadelphia Eagles lineman — and serious sports card collector Evan Mathis pulled off a pretty impressive Twitter hoax that some in the national media latched onto and ran with as an example of an apparent plight faced by NFL rookies. Keith now owns the piece of memorabilia that was the key to it all, complete with the autograph of the Alabama alum.

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with him at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland to talk about the infamous dinner receipt that tore up Twitter faster than a hungry guard at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.

Check out the video above, and then we’ll ask the $64,000 question … what’s it worth?

Take our poll or tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Your Turn: Which new rookies will you collect?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new NFL season coming quickly, we’re getting our first glimpses of the latest players in their new threads on the field.

Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and more newcomers from this year’s draft have taken their first plays against exhibition opponents, giving us our first chances to gauge their cardboard superiority against something concrete. Some might have wowed us, some might not.

For the upcoming second-helping of a Rookies Issue of BSCM this year (the first was just a few months ago), we want to know who you’re collecting for newcomers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Tell us which rookies you’re collecting in the comments below … we’ll run a selection of your answers in the upcoming issue.

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 Auctions Puts Pieces of Hobby History Up For Bid in August

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With each passing month, Beckett Auctions continues to pick up momentum as many major pieces of hobby history are on the block and ready to go to the highest bidder.

The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one. Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.

After the jump, we’ll learn more about some of the tremendous items collectors may bid on starting at noon Central on Aug. 10.
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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Sunday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With another National Sports Collectors Convention coming to an end, most attendees are hopefully returning home with items that they have desired for years.

The quest for the perfect collectible is a challenge most hobbyists embrace and there is a good chance that many walked away with positive feelings about their experiences over the past few days in Cleveland. The Beckett Media team certainly enjoyed meeting with collectors from all over the world and hearing about their experiences.

The 2014 National Treasure Hunt closes with five more unique items and you can read more about them after the jump.

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Panini America and Broadway Joe create a memory-making experience

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

CLEVELAND | I went to the National Sports Collectors Convention seeking something memorable, but what I got on Saturday night was priceless.

It was better then any autographed photo from any guest in attendance at the Panini America VIP Party. It wasn’t anything found in a coveted two-card NSCC promo pack being shredded en masse by those in attendance inside the home of the Cleveland Browns hoping for something rare, something pricey.

What I got was a moment I’ll never forget — and a moment where, honestly, I can’t even remember all the details. It was a whirlwind of emotion, surprise and the surreal.

Joe Namath handed me his Super Bowl ring.

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On the breaker beat at the NSCC — five basics we should know

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum.  The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.

The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned.  The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.

The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.

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Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.

From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.

We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.

Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Thursday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

No matter what sport you collect, there is a very good chance that you will be able to find something that appeals to your particular tastes at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the next few days, Beckett Media will be going on a treasure hunt on the show floor to track down some items that will run the gamut from obscure to drool-inducing.

Let’s take a look at five of these great collectibles after the jump.
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