Category Archives: Beckett Updates

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 …

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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