Category Archives: Non-Sports

First Look: 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next Star Wars release of 2015 arrives in August — and it’s a collection of everything Star Wars so far.

It’s 2015 Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith — a follow-up to the 2014 release that explored the Star Wars canon via Chrome that arrives on Aug. 5

Carrying a $3.99 per pack suggested retail price. this one will include 24 packs per hobby box — one designed for Jedi and another designed for Sith — but with two hits inside all of them. There will be one Chrome medallion and a second hit from an array of autographs, printing plates and sketch cards.

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Topps prepares first Star Wars wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There has been an awakening — and on Tuesday collectors can feel it.

No, it’s not The Force Awakens just yet, but Topps is readying a look at the past of Star Wars with a new line of wall art coming Tuesday only on Topps.com.

It’s a five-piece series reproducing the original wrappers from the 1977 trading card releases — only this time they’re much larger and more durable than their wax-paper debuts.

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Sunday Conversation: Card artist Mike James

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Mike James is a veteran sports card artist who has had his work appear in several different card sets through the years. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A for our latest Sunday Conversation

mug-MikeJamesHow long have you done sketch cards and what is your art background?
The first set that I worked on for a card company was for Be A Player back in 2003-04. It was an insert set called Brush With Greatness — not exactly sketch cards — they were a series of paintings that were made into a card set, but still a very cool thrill for me. I have been doing on-card art for various sets for the past three or four years now. Up until the past six months or so, the sets that I worked on were for In The Game and Famous Fabrics. Some of the coolest original art cards I did for them were for Ultimate Memorabilia (starting with Ultimate 11), Sportkings and Famous Fabrics’ Music, Music, Music. I also got to do some really unique 1/1 cards for the Industry Summit. I have degrees in both fine arts and graphic design — both of which have served me very well.

How would you describe your style or your approach — and what makes you different than the next artist?
For the most part, I try to make my art as realistic as possible. I have always been very particular about trying to get in as much detail as I can with the portraits that I do. As for what makes my work different than any other artist — I think it all comes down to style. I’m sure every artist has a different approach to their own work, but there are so many fantastic artists creating work with so many different styles. It’s pretty amazing to me, really, how much good solid work is out there now … especially given the small format required for the finished pieces — 2.5 by 3.5 is not a lot of space to capture the details, especially where there are other graphic elements on the cards!

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Hobby Q&A: Sketch card artist Jason Crosby

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports Analyst

Not so long ago, in hay fields a few states away, 38-year-old artist Jason Crosby grew up just like any other Georgia kid, splashing in the mud and running through the woods. He also had an affinity for watching and playing sports, citing Dale Murphy and Mark McGwire as some of his heroes. As an aspiring artist, he grew up drawing those heroes. He majored in art with a focus on graphic design at the University of Georgia and worked in design for four years before beginning full-time free lance illustration in 2005. It was only a couple of years ago that he “fell into” the sketch-card world. The South Carolina-based artist’s unique style and penchant for creating sports crossovers of non-sports cards has made him one of the hottest new sketch artists in the card business.

Did you collect cards or comics when you were younger?
Collecting cards is what I did as a kid and well into college! I can’t tell you how many hours I spent memorizing every stat off  the back of cards, attending shows and visiting my local card shop. It is how my dad and I bonded. He couldn’t tell you the best card from the set of who were the hot players, but looking back as an adult, he did it so we could have fun together. He passed away several years ago so he never got to see me work on sketch cards for companies he’d recognize such as Topps, Upper Deck, etc. I know he’d be proud. I used to design and illustrate my own sports cards using photographs I’d take of my friends playing backyard baseball. We’d keep up with stats for each game and for the season. I’ve always been a sports card nut!

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Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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

And the Oscar goes to…

On Sunday, that phrase will be heard many times as Hollywood’s elite gather to honor those who have cranked out the best film performances of the year. Yes, it’s that time of year again as the  87th Academy Awards will commence from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, the glitz, the glamor, and the star power of that night. And, hopefully, not a Kanye appearance in sight.

This year, an eclectic group of nominees will compete for the four best-acting categories. There are first-time nominees, such as Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne, and seasoned Oscar veterans like Meryl Streep, who has racked up an impressive 19 nominations and three wins during her legendary career. From the youngest nominee, Emma Stone (26), and the oldest, Robert Duvall (84), we have a 40-year old virgin, Khan Noonien Singh, June Carter-Cash, and an American sniper. And, as Tony Stark would say, “We have a Hulk.” Well, two actually. All in all, among these 20 nominees, there are 59 nominations and six wins.

However, the most-impressive statistic in this analyst’s eyes is the number of nominees who have portrayed or will portray characters in superhero films. There are nine actors and actresses on this list: Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk) , Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man 1-3), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), and Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2). Needless to say, Marvel and DC Comics are very well represented at these Oscars.

And, one doesn’t have to look too far before finding a few key non-sports issues of these talented nominees. In no particular order, here are the top examples …

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Marvel Films and Spider-Man together at last

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

It’s official. Spidey is coming home.

Late yesterday, Marvel.com announced that they have reached an agreement with Sony Films to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a momentous merger that will greatly impact superhero films for years to come.

The basic outline of the agreement will allow Marvel Films to use Spider-Man in their film franchises, such as The Avengers, Captain America, and Iron Man. This “new Spider-Man” will first appear in a Marvel Films production, which will be followed up by a Sony-produced Spider-Man film. While Marvel is granted access to Spider-Man for cameo and ensemble appearances, Sony still maintains all property rights and final creative control over the character.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Feb.): What will he submit?

 

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in February and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

February BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2000 Absolute #195 Tom Brady RC /3,000 (77%, 98 Votes)
  • 2014 Immaculate Collection Immaculate Ink #16 Nick Swisher /15 (57%, 73 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Metal #352 Bob Gibson (45%, 57 Votes)
  • 2006-07 USA Baseball Sig. Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2 (36%, 46 Votes)
  • 2015 Country Music Signatures Blue #40 Sara Evans /299 (32%, 41 Votes)
  • 2014 Pop Century #BAJLA Joey Lauren Adams (31%, 39 Votes)
  • 2000 Playoff Contenders #113 Shaun Alexander AU RC (30%, 38 Votes)
  • 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #243 Chris Matthews RC (27%, 34 Votes)
  • 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Army All-American Bowl Prismatic Silver #ATATJY T.J. Yeldon AU /50 (22%, 28 Votes)
  • 2005-06 Topps Style Fan Fav. Auto Chrome #JJ J.J. Johnson /10 (17%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

Beckett 20 Questions on … a bit of everything

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a busy time of year with a new wave of baseball coming, the Super Bowl on tap and plenty of new cardboard arrivals.

For this latest edition of 20 Questions, we’re tackling, well, a little bit of everything. Tell us what you think below …

1. What percentage of your cards do you buy at auction?

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2. Which of these auction platforms do you use most?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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The Empire Strikes Gold

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Papa Jango would be proud.

On Wednesday, a Boba Fett action figure brought in a record bid of $27,221. It was one of at least 70 Star Wars action figures that was sold at the Vectis Toy Auction in the UK. This massive collection belonged to Craig Stevens, the former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club. His little bundle brought in a grand total of $63,209.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Country Music + contest

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Country Music in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Want to win a box? Tell us what you think of this product and we’ll randomly pick a winner from all who leave a comment between now and Feb. 15.

Contest: The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

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

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a huge roller coaster ride thus far. The trials and tribulations that the post-apocalyptic family of Rick Grimes deal with are becoming more grueling and disparaging. The walkers are more disgusting and rotted than ever, resources and food are scarce, and the outsiders are more sadistic and violent. When the series returns on Feb. 8, the fate of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and everyone else looks very grim. The characters will most likely face some very emotionally draining situations. This begs the question: What have been the most emotionally draining, shocking, or tragic moments in the history of the series? Well, fear not, Walking Dead-heads! After fan feedback and in-depth research, I have listed the top 5.

**Warning: Spoilers ahead**

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First Look: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of Panini America‘s core non-sports brands, Americana, is back after a three-year hiatus.

Set to arrive on April 8, the sixth edition of the non-sports line is back to its original roots with celebrities the main thrust of a brand that will have four hits — at least two autographs — in every 10-pack hobby box. Collectors can also look for eight inserts and six parallels per 50-card box. (The most-recent Americana set was released in 2012 with a focus on Olympians, presidents, military figures and Astronauts branded as “Heroes and Legends.”)

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Beckett By the Numbers: Martin Luther King Jr.

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How many cut-autograph cards — or for that matter how many trading cards in general — does Martin Luther King Jr. appear on?

Find out by clicking here.

Box Busters: 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into a box of 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps hopes The Warriors fans come out and collect

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A cult classic now has a trading card set.

Topps‘ previous plans for The Warriors was to include cards for the 1979 movie in packs of last year’s Topps Archives baseball release, but they were removed from production because of an error.

The company revealed its newest release on Wednesday and, this time, there are 16 cards in a 5- by -7-inch set recapping characters, gangs and moments in the film.

It’s available for $19.99 only on Topps.com.

See them all … after the jump.

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Cryptozoic to replace stamped Katie Cassidy autos

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The rubber-stamped autographs are being replaced.

Cryptozoic Entertainment announced Sunday that it will be replacing autographed cards of Katie Cassidy from its 2014 Supernatural Seasons 1-3 set that appear to have been “signed” with a rubber stamp. It’s a card that had been regularly selling for around $100 — the second-most-popular card in the 20-card set based on its value, though a few cards are too rare to price.

“We have had numerous discussions with Katie Cassidy’s agent, and we have determined that her autograph cards were mechanically produced with a stamp,” said a statement released by the company. “We are deeply sorry that we did not detect these stamped autographs ourselves and that we inserted them into our product. We are taking all the necessary steps to make sure that this type of problem does not happen again.”

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EW’s Star Wars scoop comes via Topps card mocks

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Millions of people have seen the teaser for the next Star Wars movie coming next year, but there were a lot of details yet to be revealed for the next chapters of the legendary science-fiction franchise.

The simplest details? The names of the new characters.

On Thursday, Entertainment Weekly learned some of the details when Lucasfilm released to the magazine a series of retro-styled trading card mocks similar to the Topps cards of the past. (The franchise has had Topps cards since the beginning.)

Is it marketing for a real card set or just a viral/retro marketing approach? We’ll have to wait and see — but you can expect there will be plenty of merchandise (and toys) for the next generation of the franchise.

Who are the latest characters? You can find out here …

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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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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