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Cryptozoic releases Downton Abbey trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

PBS doesn’t usually get a big following for its shows – and, no, Sesame Street doesn’t count in this case – but Downton Abbey hit the mainstream TV world.

How much so? Cryptozoic released trading cards for the first two seasons today.

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First look: 2014 Leaf Bettie Page Collection

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the most popular pin-up models of the 1950s has been featured on a number of trading card products. The latest will be 2014 Leaf Bettie Page Collection.

Each box will include 24 packs with six cards in each pack, and one hit per box. Each base set will contain 72 cards with two inserts: Queen of the Pinups (a 16-card set) and Calendar Girl (12-card set on a calendar design).

The hits will include cut autographs (one or two per case) to Hair cards, Wardrobe cards, and 1-of-1 Sketch cards.

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Cryptozoic previews Breaking Bad autograph cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Breaking Bad was one of the most popular television shows of 2013. It ended last year with millions of fans watching the end of Walter White’s time as a drug king.

Cryptozoic Entertainment recently announced it obtained the license to create trading cards for the TV show. The cards should be out in late June.

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Your Turn: Which athletes and cards with military ties are most memorable to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.

It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.

For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.

Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.

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First look: Topps 2014 Doctor Who Trading Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The doctor is in.

Topps is releasing Doctor Who Trading Cards by the end of the year.

Each box will have 24 packs with eight cards in each pack, and will include two hits in every box.

Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The new set will include 200 base cards with four subsets: characters, aliens, villains and gadgets. There are three parallels of each with Blue (numbered to 199), Red (numbered to 99) and Gold (numbered to 50).

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Who would sign for my version of Golden Age? How about these five for starters …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

A new baseball season is officially here, though on cardboard we’ve been going for a few months now. We’ve seen the newest from Topps Heritage, Museum Collection and more from the fully licensed Topps offerings, while Panini America has been a tad quieter on the baseball card front with the just popular revival of Donruss active and plenty of teasers for its next set, Prizm, telling us that it’s on its way.

That got me thinking, though. We’re also likely to soon see teasers for the next chapter of Golden Age, the third installment of cards featuring the “nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America.” It’s that added extra in there — entertainers and newsmakers — along with an autograph (or two) in every single box that’s made the brand one of my favorites the last couple of years.

That got me thinking … which five autographs would I want to see in this year’s set?

Well, here goes …

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Late Night host Seth Meyers has fun with trading cards

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Late Night host Seth Meyers enjoyed one of his favorite hobbies on Wednesday night by opening packs of trading cards.

In one of the show’s segments, Meyers showed off packs of Clark’s Trading Cards with topics that ranged from “Silver Screen Sweeties” to “Facebook Favorites.” There were several decks showing off real celebrities such as Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak in “Hosts with the Most” and fictional characters in “Moms who Yell.”

Meyers had a little fun with trading cards, and that stick of gum that comes in every pack.

Beckett Auctions begins next month

Beckett Auctions kicks off next month with an impressive first round of items.

Highlights include UFC memorabilia, autographs from Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning, and a number of high-end sports cards including a Mike Trout autograph memorabilia card and a Damian Lillard autograph.

The auction will run April 13-April 27.

Beckett’s jump into the auction world will start with dozens of lots that include a wide variety of sports and historical items.

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First look: 2014 Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Goodwin Champions is coming back with new patches, World War I relics and slew of new signers.

Each box of 2014 Goodwin Champions will come with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be three hits per box that range from a number of different elements such as autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards, Museum Relics and Goodwin Masterpieces.

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First look: 2014 Wax Eye Stupid Heroes Trading Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Wax Eye is coming out with a new trading card release poking fun at comic book super heroes.

The first series of 2014 Wax Eye Stupid Heroes Trading Cards will come out in October with 110 cards, 55 designs with A and B variants.

The set will be written and illustrated by Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages artists, including Neil Camera, Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata.

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Card Chat: Collectors talk about checklists and buying habits

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.

But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.

Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want to see your collection in Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.

We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do 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 Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail 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.

What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.

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Sports Card Album aims to be the photosharing app for card collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What happens when there isn’t an app you want?

Some people go out and create one.

That’s what Sergio Dubois did when photosharing software wasn’t what he needed for his card collection. Instead of being able to see a full card, sites were only allowing thumbnail images or cutting off pictures so users couldn’t see full cards.

Dubois decided to do something about it. He paid a friend who is a developer to create a program that suited his needs. In the end, he got Sports Card Album.

The process started nearly one year ago. It launched with a free website where users joined in a beta program to work through the glitches to get the working site ready. On Tuesday, Sports Card Album launched an iPhone app. An Android app is in the works.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports card error or variation?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

People make mistakes.

If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.

Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)

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Actor autographs announced for Marvel – Captain America 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck announced the autograph singers for Marvel – Captain America 2. The signers include actors and artists.

Actor Autograph cards will be tough pulls falling at a rate of one in every 480 packs. One of the biggest names from the autograph checklist includes Cobie Smulders, who became famous from How I Met Your Mother. She plays Maria Hill in the Avengers franchise movies.

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Star Trek Movie trading cards release next week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rittenhouse Archives’ newest product, 2014 Star Trek Movie trading cards, comes out next week on Feb. 26.

The set features the 2009 Star Trek movie and Star Trek Into the Darkness from 2013. Each box will come with 24 packs and six cards in each pack.

There are two autographs in every box and the autographs list is extensive with all the top actors included such as Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock).

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First look: 2014 Marvel Universe trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Marvel Comics is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year

Rittenhouse Archives is joining the party. In 2014 Marvel Universe, the first part of the 75th anniversary cards will be featured as case hits. The 75-card set will be distributed throughout Rittenhouse products this year with the first 25 cards appearing in 2014 Marvel Universe.

Each box of 2014 Marvel Universe will come with 24 packs and five cards in each pack. Each box will also include one color sketch card of a top hero or villain from the Marvel world such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and others. More than 100 artists will contribute to the set.

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Wacky Packages to get the chrome treatment from Topps

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Wacky Packages is getting the chrome treatment.

Some of the first Wacky Packages releases will be included in 2014 Wacky Packages Chrome with the original 1967 series, 1973 Series, and 1973 Series 3.

Wacky Packages Chrome will include standard Refractors, Blue Refractors (numbered to 50, hobby only), Gold Refractors (numbered to 25, hobby only) and 1-of-1 Superfractors.

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Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Original Series 2 out this summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Garbage Pail Kids chrome cards will be back this summer

Topps will release 2014 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Original Series 2 on July 31 featuring 42 characters.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting vintage

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly

It’s easily a driving force in the hobby, a mainstay of collecting and it’s got nothing to do with the current card companies’ creations, the headlines or even much to do on the field today.

It’s vintage.

Walk the aisles at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see plenty of it in cards, memorabilia and much more. Walk into a good hobby shop, and you will find plenty of it, too, but that’s becoming less of the norm all the time.

Some of the biggest cards from 1980 and before (what Beckett terms “vintage”) can’t quite compete with the shiny autograph-enhanced cards or game-used booklets of today, but they’re never going to go out of style for the highest-grade specimens of the biggest and most-significant cards.

For our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at vintage stars, vintage values and a few selected vintage cards. As part of that package we want your take on vintage in this, the latest Beckett 20 Questions.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector or own a decent amount of vintage cards?

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2. Which sports do you collect when it comes to vintage? (Select all that apply.)

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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