Category Archives: Beckett Updates

Sunday Conversation: Panini’s D.J. Kazmierczak

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D.J. Kazmierczak, right, with Joe Namath during Panini’s NSCC VIP Party last year.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

D.J. Kazmierczak is Panini America‘s Vice President of Sales and we recently caught up with him for a chat about group-breaking for an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

He is also the subject of this week’s Sunday Conversation …

How important has group-breaking been for your company?
We were the first company to recognize the opportunity that group-breaking provides the industry. It has been a methodical process figuring out the management of that part of the category. But it is important to our business.

Do you have any estimates about product volume or revenue increases you could attribute to the trends?
We have a lot of quantifiable data. But I don’t want to share specifics because it can always be taken out of context. Let’s just say that group breaking certainly accelerates the velocity of sales on certain products.

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First Pricing: 2014 Select Football

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By Dan Hitt | Beckett Football Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014 Select football is now live to all subscribers to the Beckett Football Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

2014 Select football is a continuation of last year’s successful relaunch of the brand produced on foilboard with a variety of Prizm parallels. This year, Select has been beefed-up to include a much wider range of inserts and parallels (14 in all) as well as predictor-type cards for teams competing for the Super Bowl title and players competing for the MVP and offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year Awards. These exchange cards are reminiscent of the 1990s-era Stadium Club and Upper Deck predictor cards and have bee garnering plenty of secondary market interest. For example, Odell Beckham Jr., the odds on favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, is trading at $30-$60 while the Super Bowl favorite Seahawks card is valued at $15.

Access or purchase your Online price Guide subscription now to view complete 2014 Select football pricing.

http://www.beckett.com/price-guides/football

Second Chance Contest: The Year of DBZ!

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Since its re-release, the momentum of Dragon Ball Z has been nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve had a few successful giveaways and we aren’t stopping.

Our most recent giveaway was a Facebook exclusive in which we served up five booster boxes and two starter decks to seven lucky winners. Now, we are having a second chance drawing and we are giving away five more booster boxes.

Just leave a comment below and tell us anything about Dragon Ball Z. A triumphant come-from-behind win at a DBZ tournament perhaps? Or, maybe just fond memories of playing with family members and/or friends? We want to hear them and we will select five lucky winners to receive a booster box of Panini America’s 2014 DBZ.

All comments must be made before January 16. Good luck!

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday

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Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Jan. 3) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is, of course, open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

 

Beckett Baseball Best of 2014 Awards: Vote now!

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for us to make our selections for the best baseball cards of the year, and we want your help.

While we’ll continue to argue about the highlights of 2014 — with a couple brands still to come in the next week or so — we want your votes for your highlights. We’ve prepared ballots for the notable categories below — and offered your chance to write-in votes on other categories, too.

Your picks for the Best of 2014 will appear alongside ours in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

Product of the Year (excludes repack/buyback-based brands)

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See the rest of the ballots … after the jump.

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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.

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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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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.”

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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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