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BGS Black sparks added interest in perfect 10s

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been nearly a month since Beckett Grading Services launched BGS Black — a simple new label that notes perfect BGS 10 Pristine cards that have four perfect 10 subgrades with a striking black flip.

The new label has sparked a premium for sales of perfect cards, a move that BGS Director Jeromy Murray said has also prompted a number of previously graded perfect cards to be re-submitted for the new label and a number of other cards that came up just .5 short on one subgrade to be sent in for re-examination.

“[Our] feedback is that the label is demanding a premium over the standard 10s, which is good news,” Murray said.

One real-world example of this can be seen with the perfect 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant card above. It sold on eBay for $3,000. That’s more than double the amount of three previous BGS 10 copies of the same Blue Refractor have sold for on eBay. One sold for $1,406 in late-August, another sold for $1,130 in November and one went for $1,028 — also in August.

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Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with NHL Network analyst and retired player Dave Reid at a recent NHL Alumni Tour stop in Belleville, Ontario. During his playing days, the former Stanley Cup champion was known for his passion for hockey cards and offered some of his thoughts on the hobby. Be sure to look for a complete profile of him that will be published in an upcoming issue.

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Beckett Media acquires auction leader Goodwin & Co.

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DALLAS (Dec. 16, 2014) – Beckett Media, the collectible industry’s most-trusted brand, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Goodwin & Co., a leading sports auction house. As part of the transaction announced today, Bill Goodwin, president of St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co., will join the Beckett management team under a long-term agreement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill Goodwin and Goodwin & Co. Auctions to the Beckett family,’’ said Sandeep Dua, president of Beckett Media. “This is an important step forward for Beckett, and expands our unparalleled commitment to the industries we serve.’’

Goodwin & Co. (www.goodwinandco.com) has conducted more than 50 highly successful “Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons’’ auctions during the past 15 years. Bill Goodwin, one of the industry’s most respected vintage card experts, has sold more than $100 million in sports cards in his incomparable career. He also served as co-host of the landmark 1995 National Convention.

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Panini Teases 2014 Immaculate Football

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Panini teased it’s upcoming debut release of 2014 Immaculate Football with 11 autographed card images that arrived this week. No other information was given for the product. From the looks of the cards, it will be pretty high-end in the league, at least in quality, with Flawless and National Treasures. More information will be posted as soon as we learn more. For now, enjoy this sneak peek.

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Draft baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Draft in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

BVG 5.5 1952 Topps Mantle Variant Highlights December Auction

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This year, Beckett Auctions has gone to great lengths to bring collectors some incredible and rare treasures and for their December event, one of the hobby’s most coveted cards is up for bids and the action on the BVG 5.5 1952 Mickey Mantle “B” version is expected to be intense when it starts at 12:00 CST on Sunday afternoon.

“When it comes to our hobby, this is truly one of the most iconic cards and is held in a very high regard,” said Beckett Auctions Acquisitions Manager Rob Springs. “This particular copy has the highest BGS/BVG grade ever given for this variation and we are very excited to be able to present it to our auction customers. We anticipate the card to bring somewhere in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.”

For collectors unaware of why this card is so unique, it is a small variation where the stitching on the number circle on the back of the card points right instead of left and last “E” in Mantle’s facsimile signature on the front stops instead of curling up.

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Top 5: Baseball players on new teams … so far

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The MLB Hot Stove is quite warm this week with several moves that could spark interest in the baseball cards of a few key players.

Believe it or not, that’s not as easily done as it is said with a collecting landscape that often hinges upon rookies and key guys collectors can bank on. In other words, key moves might not resonate as much on cardboard as they might in the standings for players who aren’t seen as The Next Big Thing.

But, that said, here are five players whose change of scenery might spark some new interest in their cardboard.

1. Yoenis Cespedes — traded to Detroit Tigers
Top5CespedesBouncing from team to team typically doesn’t help the demand for a player’s cardboard, but Cesepedes has gone from Oakland to Boston to Detroit in less than a year. Some might say he’s now in a better location — though the Tigers did give up a decent name (Rick Porcello) to get him.

He has plenty of cardboard for Tigers fans to now consider — also a plus — but most of it shows him in green.

If Cespedes performs well, they might not care. Or, it could be a scenario much like Miguel Cabrera where his current-team autographed cards are more in-demand than those from the past.

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Contest: Win more Dragon Ball Z!

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Buckle up, gamers, because we are giving away more Dragon Ball Z.

The relaunch of this product by Panini America has been a huge hit and to celebrate this wonderful occasion, we are going to select two more lucky winners to each receive a booster box and a pre-constructed starter deck of 2014 Dragon Ball Z.

All you have to do in order to win is write a comment in the section below. Please tell us your Dragon Ball Z stories. Why did you start collecting DBZ? Have you been an avid collector of DBZ since the beginning? Have you had a chance to buy the new version of DBZ? What do you like about the new DBZ? We want to hear it all!

Winners will be selected before Monday, Dec. 15. Good luck!

Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with Hockey Hall of Fame member and author Chris Chelios about his career and thoughts about collecting sports memorabilia. Be sure to look for a complete feature on him that will be published in the February, 2015 issue.

You have recently released your autobiography with respected hockey writer Kevin Allen, which has been titled Made In America (Triumph Books) in the United States and Overtime (HarperCollins) in Canada. What spurred you to make the decision to tell your story?

“The biggest reason that I wanted to do it was, after the Hall of Fame, I had abut 100 people up there. It was pretty much as many tickets as I was able to get. The book was a way of acknowledging people and thanking them for helping me along the way, from basically my childhood and through hockey and everything. From what I have heard so far, the feedback has been good. People that I have mentioned in it have contacted me and said how grateful they were and for them, it was exciting to be a part of it.”
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Detailing Topps Tek’s patterns

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

After examining thousands of images on eBay, we believe that some of the patterns found in 2014 Topps High Tek are exclusive to  the American League players, others are exclusive to the National League players, while others feature players from both leagues. Multiple email requests for confirmation from Topps have gone unanswered, so we’re reaching out to the Beckett community to confirm or dispute our findings.

Now, it’s only been a few days since the product went live, so it’s possible for some of our conclusions to be found untrue, but there are hundreds of examples of some of these patterns on the secondary market and we’ve yet to find one that disputes what we’ve found.

Please note that it appears the Wave and Spiral Bricks patterns are widely available and are likely to be combined into one base set in the Beckett Online Price Guide, as will the parallels. Also, based on how they are pictured on their base cards, Topps has considered Robin Yount, Jon Singleton and George Springer AL players, while Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jean Segura and Ryan Braun are considered NL players. Taking into account what league they were in during their careers, this would make sense.

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Breaking down the 2014 Topps High Tek patterns

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By Brian Fleischer | Senior Market Analyst

The newest edition of Topps Tek released today in the form of 2014 Topps High Tek and with it comes a base set featuring 12 different background patterns — some more difficult to find than others.

While secondary market information is still sparse, we’ve scoured eBay and have been able to determine 11 of the 12 background patterns. Please note that the descriptions listed below are subject to change. The cards are printed on clear acetate, so the blue and black colors shown are the background of the scans, and not printed on the actual card. We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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Introducing Beckett SuperSeller

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Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of Beckett SuperSeller – an industry-leading online tool that allows you to easily list cards on eBay at a fixed price, using Beckett’s online Organize tool. For as low as 10 cents per listing, you can begin using the service, or purchase a monthly package based on your individual listing needs. Included with each listing is a pre-built title, a custom description using attributes and data from the Beckett database, plus access to the Beckett stock photo system. Each listing can be customized with one user-uploaded photo.

Monthly packages are available starting at $24.99/month, which includes 500 FREE eBay fixed price listings. Need more listing power? Then consider the Beckett SuperSeller Gold package, which includes 5,000 FREE eBay fixed-price listings per month. And because of our unique relationship with eBay, we can help users with requests to raise their listing limits on eBay when using Beckett SuperSeller. During the checkout process to purchase SuperSeller, you will be asked to fill out some information about yourself that will be shared with eBay. You can start listing immediately, and any expanded listing limits can be approved in just a few days.

For more information on Beckett SuperSeller or to purchase a listing package, go to www.beckett.com/super-seller 

For questions on Beckett SuperSeller, contact Bill Sutherland at superseller@beckett.com.

The best non-sports set…that didn’t happen!

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

As collectors, most of the time we get what we want. There are a wide variety of sports and non-sports sets from which to choose. An autograph here, a relic there. A fan of collecting base sets? No problem. There are plenty out there. However, once in a great while, we anticipate the major release of a set and come up empty handed.

That happened in 2014 with the non-release of arguably the best superhero film of the year: X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is surprising since X-Men card sets (both comic and film) have been very successful in the past. Topps released sets for the first two X-Men films from 2000 to 2003 and Rittenhouse picked up the 2006 X-Men and 2009 Wolverine films. However, since then, all has been quiet on the X-Men front. No official sets were released for 2011’s X-Men: First Class or 2013’s The Wolverine.

Considering the hype behind it, it’s hard to comprehend how Days of Future Past was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list. Too much star power? Maybe. Licensing issues? Perhaps. The fact is that the major card companies missed out on a winner.

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Introducing BGS Black

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BGS Black is here.

Since 1999, the search for the elusive BGS Pristine 10 has been the quest for every person that submits cards for grading or buys cards for their collection.

Beckett Grading Services is now upping the challenge.

Today, Beckett introduces the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector.

A card worthy of four “10” subgrades is worthy of a special label. Starting today, each card that reaches this quad-10 level will receive a special black label showing that the ultimate grade has been reached. The black label is for modern cards only — and not valid for any BVG cards (1980 and older).

For more information, including recasing your quad 10s, reviewing your current BGS 10s or new submissions, contact your BGS representative by clicking here.

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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The Return of Dragon Ball Z Contest

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After a five year absence, Dragon Ball Z has returned.

Resurrected by Panini America, the new DBZ promises to offer smoother game play while still adhering to the same elements that made it a cult favorite.

To celebrate this occasion, we will be giving a box away to one lucky winner.

Simply leave a comment in the comments section below. Are you excited for the new DBZ product? Perhaps you’ve already purchased some packs or a box. Tell us what you think about it.

We will randomly select a winner from all entries received before Wednesday, Dec. 10. Good luck.

 

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

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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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BGS Black … it’s coming soon

 

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Black Friday is the day where many of you will battle the shopping crowds for the latest and greatest deals — the one day a year where shopping becomes a sport and you become the competitor. However, we have one thing that Beckett Media want you to watch for right here on Beckett.com that Friday morning.

Black.

It arrives on Nov. 28.

Mariano Rivera visits fans in South Korea

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Future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera visited Seoul, South Korea, as part of a promotional tour for JBL headphones and Beckett Grading Services’ Dongwoon Lee was there along with a few collectors who got to meet MLB’s career saves leader.

Check out the images … after the jump.

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First Look: 2014-15 SPx

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

SPx is back for basketball collectors and it might be better than ever – especially for those that have been enjoying Upper Deck’s roundball releases as of late.

Arriving on store shelves in January, this brand has not been a part of the company’s lineup since 2008-09 and there have been some improvements that are sure to appeal to many hobbyists. Propelled by the presence of one strong hit in every five-card pack, it looks at the latest players to make the jump to the pro level along with a rarely-matched selection of collegiate legends.

What will collectors find in packs of 2014-15 Spx? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Topps reveals 2014 All-Star Rookie Team

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Eleven baseball players have been honored — and next year their Topps baseball cards will be enhanced with a trophy.

Topps announced its 56th-annual All-Star Rookie Team on Friday, and it includes only one of the this year’s Rookie of the Year award-winners, Jose Abreu. NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom did not get the right-handed hobby honor as that went to New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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Give us this day our Walking Dead…

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Every year, Thanksgiving brings about a childhood reminiscence that makes me crave my mom’s homemade noodles, pecan pie, and that big gobbling critter I would come to know as Tom Turkey. However, this year, I’m craving something a little different: crossbows, katanas and walkers.

This year, for the first time, The Walking Dead will drop its mid-season cliffhanger on us during Thanksgiving weekend. And, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than watching Daryl put down some walkers with arrows from his trusty quiver. Or, seeing Michonne carving up zombies like she’s slicing up the holiday’s seasonal bird.

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First look: 2014 Panini USA Baseball set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The latest edition of Panini America‘s USA Baseball offerings is here and it’s got plenty of the Red, White and Blue.

And some Cubbie Blue, too.

The annual USA Baseball boxed set is set to arrive on Dec. 3 with top MLB prospect and future Chicago Cub Kris Bryant among the headliners as he’s a USA Baseball alum. Each set will include 77 standard cards showing the 25 members of the College National Team, 19 members of the 18-U team, 19 members of the 15-U team and 14 other basic cards. Then, of course, there will be one Red & Blue Prizm card, seven autographs and two materials cards per set for a total of 87 cards per factory set.

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Top 5: Jose Abreu Rookie Cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s just a matter of time — a few hours — before Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The formal presentation begins at 6 p.m. Eastern on the MLB Network, but we won’t waste any time … he’s a lock to win.

The Rookie of the Year award is, arguably, the one that matters most to collectors today — moreso than the MVP or Cy Young votes because Rookie Cards (and prospect cards) are much more sought-after in today’s always-evolving cardboard landscape. After a rookie season that included 36 homers and 107 RBI along with a .317 average, Abreu is a lock for the award — no offense to the other finalists, Dellin Betances and Matt Shoemaker — they just can’t compete.

Want one statistical reason he’s a lock? His homer total was topped only by Nelson Cruz, Chris Carter and Giancarlo Stanton this season. That’s it among all major-leaguers.

With all that said, here are my picks for the top five Abreu Rookie Cards — of the 20 that he has so far — to track down. See them all … after the jump.

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