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Category Archives: Non-Sports

Rittenhouse’s Star Trek Aliens delivers variety

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Rittenhouse boldly goes where no one has gone before with the latest release in the Star Trek card universe: Star Trek Aliens. And, like the James Bond Archives product, Star Trek Aliens is poised to be another smashing success for the company. With an eclectic array of inserts, sketches, badge relics and autographs from which to choose, collectors’ attempts to resist this product will be futile.

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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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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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Even Ozzy agrees on autograph etiquette

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If you’re an autograph collector — at least a respectful one — there’s some common sense that comes with your hobby. Sure, you want the autograph but you need to do it the right way.

Even legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne agrees about that.

“The one place that really gets me crazy is when I’m [in the middle of] a meal at some restaurant and somebody comes up to me and goes, ‘Can you sign this?'” Osbourne told the music site Blabbermouth.net. “I’m pretty okay with people [approaching me for autographs] most of the time.”

Check out Beckett editor Chris Olds‘ tale about getting Osbourne’s autograph – the right way — in this archived story of ours from back in 2010.

Marvel-ous contest time: Win our Deadpool sketch

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Next year is gearing up to be the year of Marvel. So is 2016. And 2017. And … well, you get the idea.

Last week, Marvel Films announced phase three of its movie lineup all the way into 2020 and it appears moviegoers are in for some incredible action. With an impressive list of films over the past six years — including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel Films has already solidified its stature in the industry. Now, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the horizon, it is digging even deeper into the Marvel Universe to bring audiences more intriguing characters.

New characters such as Ant-ManBlack Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and The Inhumans will make their feature film debuts. In doing so, they join an already fantastic lineup of sequels for Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Hot Releases: 2014 James Bond Archives

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Have you ever wanted to own an Aston Martin? Or, at least a piece of one?

Well, today may be your lucky day since the hottest new release in non-sports is James Bond Archives.  These cards are already creating a serious buzz among non-sports collectors.

Produced by Rittenhouse, each box contains 24 packs with six cards in every pack. The Casino Royale-themed base set has 99 cards. It is complemented by a gold parallel set  that is serial numbered to 125.

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First Look: 2015 Star Wars Illustrated Empire

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Star Wars collectors will be drawn to this one.

Topps revealed its plans for its first Force-fueled release of 2015 on Wednesday, and it will be 2015 Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back, an art-driven product that’s focused on The Empire Strikes Back and is slated to arrive on April 8.

Each 24-pack box will include a selection from the 100-card base set  with two hits per box — a mix of cards from three sketch-based sets, film Relics, printing plates and artist autographs. Each six-card pack will carry a suggested retail price of $3.99.

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First Look: 2014 Panini Country Music cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America has gone country.

Country musicians will take center stage in the latest non-sports set coming soon from Panini as 2014 Panini Country Music will pack a hit in every pack — and that’s got nothing to do with the charts.

With eight cards per pack, four packs per box and 20 boxes per case, this one will cover the big names for the genre when it arrives on Dec. 10. It also will include four hits per box with at least two of those being certified autographs. Every box will include five insert cards and two parallels.

Among those signing for the inaugural release? Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Ashley Monroe, Alabama, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker and the Eli Young Band to name a few.

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Welcome to my jungle, Axl

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Patience.

It’s a word that’s very appropriate for redemption cards — and it’s one even more appropriate for Axl Rose redemption cards. It’s also one that’s appropriate for me today as I finally received my 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autograph inked by the Guns N’ Roses singer who’s notorious for taking his time with everything from album releases to concert times.

It took 441 days from after my purchase and subsequent redeeming of the card to arrive — something not Topps’ sole responsibility and something far from my longest redemption wait because I have them outstanding from other companies that will probably never arrive. Why? At least one of the other companies no longer exists.

Patience is a word that also probably resonates well with Topps as the company reportedly had to reprint cards to suit the musician’s liking more than once because some detail wasn’t quite right for him — that’s his right — though they likely had already gone through approvals before being printed. That’s probably why Rose’s Heavy Metal auto from Archives doesn’t have the same logo as the rest of the cards in the set. That’s probably why his Ginter autos are, oddly, a dark background when the rest of the cards in the nine-year history of the brand are white.

Rock stars. You’ve got to love them.

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What’s in your Relic? Exploring some 2014 Allen & Ginter oddities

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Each and every year, Topps’ Allen & Ginter brand of baseball cards ups the ante with unusual Relics that go right alongside some of the eccentric choices found as card subjects. Here’s a sampling of the unusual Relics in this year’s set.

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What’s inside filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Allen & Ginter Relic in this year’s set? It’s no surprise, really, as he’s shown wearing one of his Edmonton Oilers-style SIR hockey jerseys and that’s what is in the card. The creator of an empire with Clerks and his other View Askew films also has a network of podcasts and SIR is an abbreviation for SModcast Internet Radio, its collective name. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Smith in a new trading card set but it is since it’s been a long time since his film Mallrats had its own card set. This hardcore hockey fan helped finance his first film by selling his comic book collection and his empire has had plenty of merch through the years, too. You can check it all out over on jayandsilentbob.com.

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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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Topps unveils Ginter artifacts

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the select few collectors who found artifacts of a different kind in their boxes of 2012 Allen & Ginter baseball cards, today is your day.

The mystery of the Ginter Artifacts cards is no more.

On Friday, Topps detailed exactly what the “unusual artifact[s] from the past” are for the N43 redemptions.

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Steve Wozniak helps create cardboard history

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

As a founding member of Apple and the creator of the first Apple computer, Steve Wozniak knows a thing or two about making history.

And with his memorabilia card in 2012 Goodwin Champions? Well, he just might have done it again.

How? Well, his memorabilia cards in the Upper Deck release don’t feature a piece of clothing — nothing that simple. They include a piece of a computer disc — a likely first for the hobby.

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Neil Armstrong’s legacy not seen on much cardboard

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, according to an NBC News report, following complications from a recent heart operation. He was 82.

On July 11, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon with Armstrong the first to set foot on the lunar surface. It was an event millions of people watched, a moment in history forever remembered by those who witnessed the event.

But when it comes to mass-produced collectibles featuring Armstrong — and in particular his autographs — there’s not a lot to choose from,  despite there being a healthy interest in NASA memorabilia and astronaut sigs.

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College ties, heroes last a lifetime

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Alma Mater Materials, School Colors, School Pride, Collegiate Collection, Topps All-American.

If you’ve collected cards for any amount of time, phrases such as these should resonate a bit as they are among many somewhat-memorable releases in the past that still just might be a tad off your radar.

But for some of us, those insert sets and product lines are among the more-memorable releases out there as they are part of a smaller segment of collecting. They are college-focused cards — glimpses at stars before they had a professional contract and a draft pick position.

They’re legends who’ll never be traded to another team, stars whose times in those particular uniforms will never fade as they age and progress through their careers.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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First look: The Walking Dead Season 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans of the The Walking Dead – comic or television series – can keep adding to their collection. The Walking Dead Season 2 trading cards are set to come out in the fall.

Cryptozoic is bringing back many of the elements that made the first installment of the cards popular with autograph and costume cards. In addition, The Walking Dead will feature sketch cards of many of the popular characters.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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Q&A with Adam Beechen, DC Comics New 52 card writer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

DC Comics The New 52 trading card line should be an exciting one for fans of the relaunched series. It comes out with fresh art, and it’s been several years since DC Comics had a dedicated set.

Beckett previewed the set earlier this week, including five exclusive preview images sent to us by Cryptozoic.

One of the unique features of the set is that it was written by DC Comics writer Adam Beechen, whose first comic for DC was Justice League Unlimited #1. Beechen previously worked with Cryptozoic’s art director David Baron on “Batman Beyond,” and recommended Beechen for the job.

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DC Comics The New 52 puts old heroes in new tales

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

DC Comics relaunched its comic book line in 2011 coming out with The New 52. All existing titles were canceled and 52 new series debuted last September with the same characters, except with some different back stories.

To go with the new look and feel, Cryptozoic is coming out with DC Comics The New 52 trading cards, featuring a 71-card base set scheduled to come out in late August. There are also two chase sets: Lanterns die-cuts and Work in Progress, which shows characters as they go from sketch to full-color images.

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Ripping Retail: 2012 Mars Attacks Heritage

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into some packs of the new 2012 Mars Attacks Heritage cards from Topps in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Will he survive the invasion? Watch and find out …

Need a checklist or OPG for the product? Click here.

Upper Deck reveals $200 a pack Marvel cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck is changing the way it does entertainment cards – at least for one release.

The company is releasing a $200 pack product, Marvel Premier, which is set to be released on October 2, UD announced today at the San Diego Comic-Con.

This probably comes as a surprise for many comic fans. Perhaps they’re used to shelling out lots of money for rare and old comic books.

However, Upper Deck thinks it has something special on its hands with a set that will feature many of Marvel’s top artists.

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A long-awaited Major League mailday

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he completes a collecting journey of sorts with a recent mailday for an item he has written about several times in the past.

What is it? What did it cost? Watch and find out …

First look: Warehouse 13: Season Three

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

How many people are SyFy Network geeks out there?

You can count me as one of them, although one of my favorites is coming off the air soon (I’ll miss Eureka).

However, another favorite from the network is Warehouse 13. The fun thing about many of these shows is there are trading cards of them on the market.

Rittenhouse Archives is also creating another set with Warehouse 13: Season Three, which comes out in October and with many of the main cast members signing autographs.

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Baseball Card Exchange to give away rarity at NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the rarest Topps baseball cards of the 1990s — if not the rarest — can be yours at the National Sports Collectors Convention Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore.

How? You’ll have to visit the booth of Lynwood, Ill.-based Baseball Card Exchange to enter a giveaway for the card.

The 1990 Topps-style card of former President George H.W. Bush shows him as a member of the Yale baseball team — a card specifically made for the president, though a very small number of the cards reportedly made their way into circulation. A total of 100 cards, No. USA1, were presented to Bush by Topps’ Arthur Shorin.

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