Posted on October 27, 2014 – 10:21 am | Author: Justin Grunert
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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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Posted on October 24, 2014 – 3:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.”
Posted on October 23, 2014 – 12:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.”
Posted on October 21, 2014 – 12:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.”
Posted on October 20, 2014 – 2:29 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Latest News | Euroleague Basketball, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
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 »
Posted on October 16, 2014 – 3:41 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball, Panini America | Comments (0)
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 »
Posted on October 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Tegata, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
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 »
Posted on October 6, 2014 – 2:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Football | Andrew Luck, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, EJ Manuel, Eric Berry, game-used, game-used memorabilia, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, nfl, Panini America, Panini Authentic, Ryan Tannehill, Wes Welker | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on October 6, 2014 – 11:33 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Washington Nationals | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on October 6, 2014 – 11:05 am | Author: Justin Grunert
Beckett Updates, Football, News Categories | football | Comments (0)
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.
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)
Posted on October 5, 2014 – 12:57 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Auction News, Beckett Updates, News Categories, Vintage News | Babe Ruth, Beckett Auctions, Mickey Mantle | Comments (2)
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 »
Posted on October 3, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | Astros, Billy Hamilton, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, derek jeter, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, MLB, MLB playoffs, Omar Vizquel, Panini America, Stephen Strasburg, Tigers, Topps, Ty Cobb, World Series, Yankees | Comments (6)
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?
2. Would you buy an autograph of AL home run king Nelson Cruz?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on October 3, 2014 – 1:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates | 2015 Topps WWE, Topps, WWE | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on October 3, 2014 – 12:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2014 Upper Deck CFL, Canadian Football League, CFL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
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 …
Posted on October 3, 2014 – 7:21 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball, Panini America | Comments (0)
It is not going to take long for the first premium basketball card brand to hit the shelves this season and at a first glance, 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified looks to be loaded with plenty of hits.
With each five-card pack containing one parallel card along with either an autograph or memorabilia card, Totally Certified cuts right to the chase and offers up a lot that will be of interest to player collectors. Boxes will contain four packs and there is an average of one autograph per box while the rest of the packs are set to contain memorabilia cards.
What else can be found in 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 9:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Topps Stadium Club, Barack Obama, David Ortiz, MLB, MLB Network, photography, Topps | Comments (5)
They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but how important is a photo in today’s sports card landscape that’s heavily populated by autographs and game-used memorabilia swatches (and plenty more)?
The arrival of 2014 Topps Stadium Club this week makes this question even more interesting as the 200-card base set is full of non-traditional photographs — a nod to the brand’s 1991 roots that included portraits tuxedo-clad pitchers and plenty of striking images.
The David Ortiz Presidential Selfie Card along with Barack Obama is merely a standard card in the set — and there are plenty of fun ones like it. (Go look up Evan Gattis, Ted Williams, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan and Lou Gehrig cards for some striking images.)
So, all that said, we simply want to know … does the photo make the card?
Tell us in the comments below and take our poll so we know how you feel about the topic.
Your Turn: Grade the photo editing in 2014 Topps Stadium Club
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 5:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Ben Aguirre | Guest Commentary
It’s often said that baseball is an unforgiving sport. The mere fact that a success rate of 30 percent at the plate — or a .300 batting average — is often the benchmark for a good hitter is indicative of this.
But when it comes to the hobby of collecting baseball cards, the sport often seems very forgiving, at least for most players.
Players are not perfect. They are human. They make mistakes and then they “make mistakes,” a phrase often thrown around immediately after a player confesses or is caught doing something they shouldn’t have.
Drinking and driving? “It was a mistake.”
Missing the team flight due to excessive partying? “It was a mistake.”
Caught with performance-enhancing drugs in your system? “It was a mistake.”
In the last decade or so, baseball has taken a big hit with PED scandals. This is not news. Jose Canseco, once one of the game’s most-feared sluggers, opened Pandora’s Box in the early 2000s when he released his self-penned book Juiced, which opened the flood gates detailing — at least in Canseco’s words — the rampant PED use in the sport, including a self-admission.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection, autographs, baseball cards, game-used memorabilia, Hall of Fame, Immaculate Collection, MLBPA | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 2:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, Football, News Categories | 2014 Certified, nfl, Panini America | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Certified from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 2:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 1/1, 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection, autographs, Box Break, game-used memorabilia, Panini America | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 11:39 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks, Panini America, Panini Prizm, Prizm | Comments (0)
Baseball’s latest crop of draft picks will be showcased on an even larger rainbow as Panini America released the basic information on its 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards.
Packing three autographs, three serial-numbered Prizms and two more Prizms in every 12-pack hobby box, the second year of the product will include some additional new features as well when it arrives on Nov. 12.
New this year will be Powder Blue (/199), Purple (/149), Blue Mojo (/75) and Orange (/60) parallels with new autograph finds as well — Midnight Ink Mojo Diecuts (/50) and Finite Diecut Prizms (/25).
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 11:13 am | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2014 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Topps, Trish Stratus, Undertaker, WrestleMania, WWE, WWE Divas | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 2, 2014 – 7:58 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Beckett Updates, Hockey, News Categories | 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
A few weeks ago, Beckett reported on the special 3-D inserts that were popping out of packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey from Upper Deck and there was a great deal of mystery surrounding the cards.
Seeded at long and unpublished odds, the cards have performed well on the secondary market and collectors were wondering if their favorite stars and legends were part of the 42-card set.
Luckily, Upper Deck has finally released a complete checklist and it can be found after the jump. Read More »
Posted on October 1, 2014 – 5:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, Breaker Central, News Categories | 2014 Bowman Chrome, autographs, Kris Bryant, Refractors | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on October 1, 2014 – 3:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates, News Categories | 2015 Topps Museum Collection, MLB, Museum Collection, Topps | Comments (2)
Topps is promising another trip to the Museum.
The company revealed the first looks and the basics for 2015 Topps Museum Collection on Wednesday, a hit-based product with one autographed or Relic in every pack of every four-pack box that arrives on April 1.
Every box includes one autograph, one auto Relic, one quad Relic and one jumbo Relic as has been the norm in previous years.