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First Look: 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

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 »

Your Turn: How important is a card’s photograph?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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

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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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Return of the shunned: Our hobby can be forgiving

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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.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2014 Certified football cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection basketball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

First look: 2014 Panini Prizm Perrennial Draft Picks

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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).

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Update: O-Pee-Chee 3-D Insert Checklist Revealed

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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 »

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

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.

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Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Stadium Club baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Stadium Club returns Wednesday after six years on the bench with a new array of inserts and autographs to chase as Topps revisits the venerable 1990s brand with a high-end twist.

With a new configuration of three mini boxes per overall box and six packs inside similar to Finest, Stadium Club will deliver the hits with an autograph in every single mini. It’s the first Stadium Club set since 2008, a high-end release back then. It did not return in 2009.

This time around, the base set will consist of 200 cards and here’s a small sampling of a bit of everything found in the brand … after the jump.

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Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Prime football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps Prime football cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Fleer Ultra hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Fleer Ultra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Gypsy Queen turns five next year.

Set to arrive on April 15, 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen will arrive with the latest new look and retro style for the popular brand with two autographs and two Relics per 24-pack hobby box. It also will include one 10-card mini-box as a box-topper in its fifth season of release.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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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 4.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

(24 carries, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns)

Most people didn’t expect much from the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray in the preseason this year, but four games in and Murray is on pace to have a 2,000-yard season. His 149-yards and two touchdown performance helped the Cowboys dominate the New Orleans Saints, 38-17. Murray’s cards have cooled off in the last year but if DeMarco Murray keeps dominating other team’s defenses collectors could see his cards rise back to where they used to be. 2011 Exquisite Collection is an example of this. It topped out at $250 and has dropped down to $150. It will also help if Dallas can keep winning and make the playoffs for the first time in several years.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

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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 3.

Veteran of the Week:

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

(370 yards passing, 4 touchdowns)

Another week, another dominating performance by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck threw for 370 yards, 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. After two years, he has proven one of the most consistent players in the league, putting up huge numbers week after week. The 44-17 win over Jacksonville is up there with his most impressive performances of his young career. From the moment there were Andrew Luck cards, they have been in high demand. If Luck can figure a way to make a deep run into the playoffs, could we see his values soar even higher than they already are?

 

Cards to Grab:

2012 Exquisite Collection #0 Gold AU/99 ($1,800)

2012 Panini National Treasures 301 JSY AU/99 RC ($2,200)

2012 Topps Five Star #170 JSY AU/50 RC ($350)

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Panini NFL Player of the Day Promotion Kicks Off

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The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion is in full swing with more than 800 participating hobby shops scheduled to receive their program kits this week.

This will be the 15th year for the successful program, and the Player of the Day card set looks to be more packed than ever. This season’s set includes a 25-card base set (13 veterans, 12 rookies) and features an 18-card autographed set, player-worn memorabilia cards and, for the first time, Cracked Ice parallels with a shimmering, reflective background.

Participating hobby shops display the Player of the Day poster picturing an NFL player from the 32 different teams, plus Wild Card players. When a collector purchases a pack from a Panini card product and pulls a card of the featured player of the day or a Wild Card player, they are entered into a weekly drawing for various prizes, including Player of the Day promo packs, t-shirts and more. These winners are then entered into national drawings for a chance to win bigger prizes, including the grand prize—a day with an NFL player, a $250 shopping spree, an autograph session at the hobby shop, and a party at the winner’s home.

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You want our rare cards? We want to see your SuperCollector submissions & your deadline is Dec. 8

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We pulled a pretty sweet 1/1 Craig Kimbrel Relic booklet out of Triple Threads and a rare rookie parallel of Teddy Bridgewater out of Rookies & Stars (/5) and we want them to be yours.

BridgewaterTwo collectors will get their hands on them if they submit their SuperCollector stories for the upcoming annual SuperCollector showcase issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Your deadline is Dec. 8.

We run SuperCollector nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. This time, though, it’s our annual showcase issue where we highlight 15 to 20 collectors for the world to see.

Perhaps it’s because of your massive collection of Larry Bird cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail baseball autographs. Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or any other sport … or non-sports … or whatever you can imagine.

After the jump, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to enter — what to say, what to send and where.

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Beckett Auctions “Find of the Week”

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Market Analyst & Auctions Coordinator

Beckett Auction Services (www.auctions.beckett.com) has been able to consign many items of sports hobby history since its inception earlier this year. A common theme for the current September auction is showcasing items from “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. One item in particular that caught my eye was a UNC team-signed basketball from the 1983-84 season. Some call it one of the greatest teams to be labeled as underachievers, but others just call it a solid squad with some Hall of Famers.

Signatures from this baby blue and white colored basketball with a retro Tarheel logo have the entire roster of players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Cliff Morris, Buzz Peterson, Cecil Exum, Matt Doherty, and more.   Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Good things sometimes seem to come in groups of three and the upcoming release of 2014-15 Trilogy Hockey from Upper Deck is certainly hoping to put that theory to the test once again later this year.

Arriving in time for the holiday season, Trilogy has traditionally offered up three major categories of hits since its debut back in 2003-04. This time, it’s all about autographs, rookies and memorabilia cards and there are some interesting changes that should be able to generate some interest from collectors.

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

Panini snaps my favorite player’s signing slump

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

My fellow collectors, my long national collecting nightmare is over.

A reference to a presidential address older than I am probably isn’t fitting here — nor is this a development that will change the collecting landscape once and for all because it’s not that important to that many baseball fans.

Except, it’s important to me — and maybe a few of you in the Brohio section of the ol’ ballpark in Cleveland or a few of you among his 1.72 million Twitter followers – and I’m writing it, anyway.

My collecting conundrum — call it a drought, call it a slump, call it whatever — of the last few years will soon be over as I received a tip via a top-secret Twitter DM Friday night from a source I’ll simply dub “Deep Tracy.”

The scoop? Panini America is releasing autographed cards of Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, my favorite player, in 2014 Panini Immaculate arriving on Sept. 24. They’re his first autographs (ones actually showing him on the card, anyway) since 2010, and they’re the first not on stickers since 2008. This one’s signed on what the company is calling “black tweedweave” and it was inked after the card was assembled.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.

Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.

1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?

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2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?

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See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.

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Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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