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Inside this year’s Gaming Almanac + Zoe Saldana contest

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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.”

What else is up for bid starting on November 2? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014 Topps Five Star Football

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Trish Stratus to sign for Beckett at Expo

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It should be a Stratusfying card show.

WWE Hall of Famer and seven-time women’s champion Trish Stratus will sign copies of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly at the Beckett Media booth one night only during the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine will make its public debut at the show next month with the Toronto native appearing on its cover, which is the 100th cover appearance of her career. Show attendees who buy a copy of the magazine at the booth for the two-hour session beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited.

“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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Upper Deck Adds Euroleague License

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The presence of European players with their pre-NBA teams in North American card sets is something that has not been utilized to its fullest potential over the years, but Upper Deck is looking to change things up as they announced today that they have entered an exclusive trading card agreement with Euroleague Basketball.

“Euroleague Basketball welcomes Upper Deck to our growing family of global partners with the launch of Euroleague Basketball trading cards and game-worn memorabilia collections,” said Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO. “This agreement provides a unique opportunity to bring the best basketball in Europe to fans across North America, and we are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Upper Deck.”

Upper Deck plans to begin adding the Euroleague stars to all of their basketball products starting in early 2015 and the players will be featured on autograph and game-used memorabilia cards as well. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has released early details about their always-popular Prizm release and this season, it should soar to new heights thanks to a fantastic rookie class and plenty of the parallels that have made the brand a hit in recent years.

Scheduled to arrive in stores on December 3, 2014-15 Panini Prizm has garnered a reputation for being a strong product and this year looks to carry on that tradition. With a new configuration that sees one hit per pack and the added challenge of shortprinted base cards, there should be something to satisfy most basketball card fans.

What can collectors expect to find in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The passage of time can have an interesting impact on even the most valuable and coveted of trading cards and Upper Deck created something special a little over a decade ago when they released their Exquisite Basketball product for the first time. Today, that issue is regarded with even more reverence by collectors and its success carries forward with the final release of the company’s 2013-14 schedule.

Expected on store shelves in early November, 2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball is a bonafide high-end release that offers up a solid mix of autographs and memorabilia along with plenty of innovation that is sure to make some waves.

What can collectors expect to find in boxes of this product? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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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Baseball’s postseason teams get concert treatment in latest Topps Wall Art offering

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The postseason darlings — and postseason dogs — have their day in the latest Topps Wall Art offering.

The latest line of posters is the Topps Concert Poster series, which emulate the colorful but simple concert posters and fliers of the past. They highlight eight postseason teams with two versions of poster per team — one with familiar team colors and one with a tri-color design.

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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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Beckett Auctions Celebrates Legends of Baseball in October

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For enthusiasts of fine sports memorabilia, there is nothing to get one’s blood flowing like a chance to own something rare and special. Beckett Auctions is almost ready to let the bidding begin on its October event and there will be something for everyone to consider.

Starting today, collectors have an opportunity to take their shot at acquiring some prime pieces. This month, we are celebrating baseball’s greatest legends and the treasures are something to behold – including a jaw-dropping 2005 SP Legendary Cuts card featuring cut signatures from the iconic Babe Ruth and Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee that pays tribute to one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.

With the recent landmark $1 million sale of a contract bearing the signatures of both these baseball legends, this card is certain to get a lot of attention from bidders.

What are some of the other fantastic highlights of the October auction? Take a look after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Baseball 20 Questions … on the 2014 season and its cardboard so far

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The regular season is over and the preseason is in full swing — but we’re not even close to done on cardboard.

Take a break from the action and check out our latest 20 Questions on the best players of 2014 as well as offer your take on today’s cardboard and more.

1. In what year did American League batting champ Jose Altuve make his MLB card debut?

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2. Would you buy an autograph of AL home run king Nelson Cruz?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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First look: 2015 Topps WWE wrestling cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A tribute to Hulk Hogan, tape Relics and a memorabilia card tied to the birth of “Austin 3:16.”

Those are just some of the things you’ll find in the next Topps WWE card set coming on Feb. 11 as Topps unveiled 2015 Topps WWE, its flagship product for its exclusive pro wrestling license, on Friday.

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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 …