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Breaking: Online Price Guide Plus released


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


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

(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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BGS Black … it’s coming soon



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.


It arrives on Nov. 28.

Mariano Rivera visits fans in South Korea


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


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…


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


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


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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Inside this year’s Gaming Almanac + Zoe Saldana contest


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

The latest Beckett Gaming Almanac is here. Released on Oct. 24, this edition has more info and more pricing — and this was my first crack at editing and developing the content for Beckett’s 5th almanac and I’m happy to give you an inside look.

This edition of the almanac was a Herculean task. We’ve never dealt with so much information in such little time. However, we’re happy to report that you can look forward to a much cleaner, more complete almanac. Some of the features are meant to be more convenient to the reader. This year, we have a much improved guidewords system on each page. It lists the year and name of the product that starts on that particular page. Therefore, it’ll be easier to leaf through and find the sets you need. We’ve also cleaned up the clutter with parallel sets by inserting multipliers in the header of their parent base sets, rather than provide an entirely separate header for said parallel set.

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CHL Cards Return to Post Cereals in 2014-15

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the years, Post has produced a variety of hockey-related premiums ranging from plastic marbles to trading cards. Some of these items have grown in value over time, but regardless of investment potential, there is something to be said about sitting down to watch your morning sports highlights while munching on a bowl of cereal and getting some hockey cards as well.

Last season, the company partnered with the Canadian Hockey League to create a special offer where fans could redeem a special code printed inside of the box and they would receive four trading cards in the mail. For 2014-15, the promotion has changed slightly as consumers will be able to cut out the cards off the backs of the boxes and not have to wait to get them. Naturally, this makes the cards condition-sensitive but most collectors are likely to leave the panels intact.

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Box Busters with Slipknot’s No. 3

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Before metal band Slipknot hit the stage Friday night here in Dallas for the latest stop on their “Prepare for Hell” tour, there was one thing on the minds of two members from the Grammy-winning band and one of its photographers.

They wanted to visit Beckett Media.

Why? Because when they aren’t masked musicians putting on a show Shawn Crahan (aka Clown or No. 6) and Chris Fehn (aka No. 3) are serious baseball card collectors along with their creative cohort Bobby Tongs, who helps document things along the way.

How serious? Their tour just began last week and they’d already rocked a few card shops — so much so they had an extra room at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton Thursday night purely for pack-ripping. (Rock n’ roll!)  Another example? Fehn carried four yet-to-be-scratched Topps redemption cards in his wallet, and he brought a box full of new pulls — some of which ended up in BGS slabs this afternoon. Meanwhile, Tongs got his 2014 Bowman Chrome Jose Abreu autograph slabbed — and it came back a Pristine 10. Clown brought with him a baseball signed by future Hall of Famer — and Rolling Stone photographer — Randy Johnson that will end up in a BGS balldome.

It’s not every day we get rock stars who have sold 16 million albums with a No. 1 album on the charts showing up at Beckett — and they talked cardboard, music and more for three-hours plus with everyone who was interested. We might have rocked their world — they left very happy — but they rocked ours, too, because they’re big collectors.

Here’s Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds ripping some wax and talking cards and music with No. 3 in our latest episode of Box Busters. 

BGS 9.5 1984-85 Star Jordan Highlights Next Beckett Auction

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With the 2014-15 NBA season in full swing, basketball fans are talking about their favorite stars and rookies and Beckett Auctions is ready to celebrate as well by delivering cards and collectibles featuring some of the best hoops stars from the past and present. In fact, we are offering up one of the most fantastic hobby finds ever with the only 1984-85 Star Co. Michael Jordan XRC that has been graded 9.5 by Beckett Grading Services – and no other copy has been graded higher!

The introductory bid for this cardboard treasure? A steep $50,000, but it’s a small price to pay for what could be the greatest single copy of this card to ever come to auction.

“We are very excited to add this landmark card to our November Hardwood Heroes auction,” said Rob Springs of Beckett Auctions.”The Star #101 has always had a little extra hobby mystique surrounding it and the fact this particular copy has been graded a BGS 9.5 is phenomenal. This is the only copy that has been graded a 9.5, and there is none higher. This would truly be the centerpiece of someone’s Jordan collection.”

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First Look: 2014 Topps Five Star Football


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Five Star will return, fittingly, for a fifth release in 2015. Topps Five Star football debuted in 2010.

Each box will include one autographed memorabilia, multi-player autograph, Silver Signatures Autograph or a Golden Graphs Autograph. Boxes also feature four Five Star Autographed cards plus one other Five Star Autographed card, Cut Signature, Legends Relic or a 1 of 1 Relic.

The Five Star Autographs feature up to 100 veteran stars, legends and rookies. There is a Rainbow parallel numbered to 25 and a 1 of 1 parallel. Silver Signatures and Golden Ink are signed in silver and gold in, respectively and have several parallel levels: Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange and Red numbered to 25 down to a 1 of 1 level. More sneak peek card images after the jump…

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Fox Sports examines Beckett Media



Do you know all there is to know about Beckett Media? Fox Sports writer Eric Malinowski bets you don’t.

In this piece, he takes a look back at the company’s origins, its place in the hobby in the boom years of collecting and takes a stab at where Beckett Media is today.

It’s worth checking out.

Stratus Signing Leads Beckett Plans for Toronto Expo


The Beckett Media booth will be a busy place at the 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto next weekend as collectors will have an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of publications, submit their cards for Beckett Raw Card Review or Graded Card Review and even meet a pro wrestling legend who will be making a special appearance.

Naturally, Beckett and its staff members in attendance will be offering the latest issues of our magazines at the booth and they can be purchased for $10 in U.S. funds or $12 in Canadian currency. In addition to the recently-released Beckett Baseball and Beckett Football publications, collectors will get an exclusive opportunity to pick up the new issues of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball before they hit store shelves.

Additionally, the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus will be on sale in conjunction with her appearance at the booth on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Collectors should be reminded that this will be the only item she will be signing during her time there and her autograph and the corresponding certificate of authenticity are free when you purchase the magazine. Supplies will be limited, so it is best to come to the booth early in order to secure your opportunity to meet one of the most popular wrestlers of all-time.
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Madison Bumgarner: 5 Key Cards


Coming as a surprise to no one, Madison Bumgarner culminated his outstanding 2014 postseason in fitting fashion – by collecting the 2014 World Series MVP trophy. Bumgarner finished the postseason with 4-1 record with 45 strikeouts and a 1.03 ERA. In the World Series, he was 2-0 with 0.43 ERA and a save in the Series clinching seventh game.

Bumgarner cards have been smoking hot for the last several weeks, as collectors have been clamoring to add some Bumgarner cardboard to their collections. But with nearly 1,500 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide,  sifting through the secondary market looking for Bumgarner gold can be a daunting task.

Below, you’ll find five key Madison Bumgarner cards. Some are autographed, some are not. Some are expensive, some are inexpensive. All are worthy of a spot in your collection.


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Panini details Jeter buyback auto plans


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As teased during the weekend, new Derek Jeter autographs are coming to baseball card packs.

Now we know more as Panini America unveiled its plans Wednesday — and it’s a multi-set and multi-year campaign that begins with buyback cards in the upcoming 2014 Classics product which arrives on Nov. 19. The cards in that one will be from the 2001 and 2002 Classics sets.

A selection of past Donruss/Playoff brand cards have been signed and authenticated with a Steiner Sports sticker. The buybacks date back to 1999. Panini promises them to be released in an “extremely limited” volume and there will be more to come in the company’s 2015 releases.

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Beckett Book Review: Hockey Card Stories


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This fall, readers have once again been treated to another great selection of hockey books, but there is one that has been standing out for collectors and that is Ken Reid‘s Hockey Card Stories.

Delivering the tales behind some of the most iconic hockey cards from the 1970s and 1980s, the author takes his audience back to their youth in an entertaining way.

Reid, the co-anchor for Sportsnet Central, is no stranger to collecting as he avidly broke open packs of hockey cards as a youth. Even as a teen, he remained close to the industry as a part-time dealer alongside his brother in their native Nova Scotia. He talked with Beckett Hockey about his roots in the hobby and what inspired the book.

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First Look: Trish Stratus’ BSCM cover


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a milestone for her, a collectable for you — one you can get signed if you attend an upcoming card show.

It’s the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and she’s WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, a seven-time women’s champ and Topps‘ Queen of WrestleMania. She’ll be signing the magazines at the Beckett Media booth in 11 days at the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine makes its public debut at the show with the Toronto native featured on what is the 100th cover appearance of her career. The two-hour autograph session will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Fans who buy a copy will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited and there’s no additional fee for her autograph.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 8

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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 8.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

(40/49, 522 yards, 6 touchdowns)

Big Ben had a day for the record books. He became the first quarterback ever to throw for over 500 yards in a game twice. Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns for four different receivers on Sunday in a 51-34 domination of the Indianapolis Colts. Ben Roethlisberger has been having an off year on the field, as well as on cardboard. While he can’t be expected to throw for 500 yards every game, if he can play at an elite level again, his value could go up in the future.

Cards to Grab:

2004 Bowman Chrome #111 AU/199 RC ($250)

2004 Playoff Contenders #106 AU/541* RC ($300)

2004 Ultimate Collection #127 AU/150 RC ($300)

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College licensing deals offer glimpse into game


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A licensing announcement from one sports card company and a subsequent statement from another this week offered collectors a peek behind the curtain about the maneuvering that helps bring their treasures to life.

In this case, it’s all about the cardboard depicting the college ranks.

On Thursday, Panini America revealed it had signed deals with three major schools — Miami, Kentucky and Georgia — with promises of more school-specific agreements to come. On Friday, Upper Deck issued a statement saying that its deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company signed back in 2010 will continue into next year while also warning that “mismanagement of the collegiate trading card license could destroy the stability that this market has come to rely on, and flood the market with an excess of products that hold little or no value.”

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Panini signs deal with three universities


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is going back to school.

The card company has signed exclusive deals with three major universities — the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami — and will use their trademarks in upcoming card products that include NBA, NFL and MLBPA releases. According to a company release, there will be more schools’ deals announced soon.

“This is a significant announcement not just for us, but for the entire trading card industry,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “Some of the most-collectible players that we work with across all sports are closely associated with these three universities and we’re genuinely excited to be able to honor their collegiate accomplishments in our products.”

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