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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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Box Busters: 2012 Game of Thrones & NCIS

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Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Game of Thrones and a premium pack of 2012 NCIS from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for Game of Thrones? Click here.)

(Need a checklist or OPG for NCIS? Click here.)

Andy Griffith dead at 86

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor | Commentary

The world is somberly whistling that familiar tune today, as television star Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. Official reports indicate that he died this morning at his home in Dare County, N.C.

Today we pay hobby homage to the lovable, deliberate southern lead on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

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The Walking Dead trading cards continues with a tribute to the comics

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Walking Dead didn’t start as a hit cable television show. The origins of the show started with comics in 2003.

Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore – who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard in the seventh issue – got together to create a story about a zombie apocalypse. The story follows survivors of the apocalypse and what they do to get through it.

Cryptozoic had a hit when it issued trading cards from the television show’s first season. The company is coming back with the second season on trading cards, which will be released in the fall.

But the celebration of The Walking Dead continues with a trading card set devoted to the comics, where it all started. The Walking Dead Comic Book Trading Cards are scheduled to be released at the end of July.

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Now you can be one of the Garbage Pail Kids

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Have you ever pictured yourself as a character from Garbage Pail Kids? Stinky Sam or Tearful Theresa?

Topps is giving GPK fans a chance to become an authentic character in a future release.

In October, an original GPK series will be released, which was announced on Beckett in April with a slate of photographs. Golden tickets will be randomly inserted into the new product for lucky winners.

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True Blood trading cards are on the way

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

For someone who doesn’t have cable, it’s tough to get into television shows that aren’t on Hulu or NetFlix. (Yeah, I’m one of those people who hasn’t had cable in years.) So what do people like us do?

Well, when we get to stream TV shows, we watch. I buy a couple of shows on Amazon too if it’s something I love watching. But books are big. I read a lot.

That’s how I first got into True Blood. I read the books by Charlaine Harris that started Sookie Stackhouse’s life among the vampires. As I read the books, I pictured Sookie and Eric and Bill looking the characters from the show because that’s how I know them.

However, there is a difference with the television show and the books. The stories have diverted and True Blood is becoming a completely different world with the same characters. Good thing too because I think the books are geared toward women.

True Blood has become a show that appeals to both genders and that makes Rittenhouse’s new set easy to make because of the widespread appeal. Read More »

Box Busters: 2004 Alias Season 3 (Inkworks)

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2004 Alias Season 3 cards from Inkworks in this retro edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this one? Click here.)

Box Busters Retro: 2006 Smallville Season 5

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2006 Smallville Season 5 cards from Inkworks in this retro edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or OPG for this product? Click here.)

Fringe trading cards arrive this week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Fringe is one of the more popular shows on television. But there is a difference in fans when it comes to it and many other shows on TV.

There’s no watching Fringe just a little bit or catching an episode if you happen to be going through the channels.

It’s all or nothing with Fringe, which creates some great fans.

Cryptozoic captured the best of the show’s first two seasons on cards for a product that arrived this week.

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Biggest Stars Wars trading card set … Ever?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Star Wars fans get ready.

Topps is putting together a comprehensive trading card set featuring events from the full saga – all six episodes down to 350 base cards.

Star Wars Galactic Files.

The names says it all. A list of characters, factions, vehicles, creatures from all six films, The Clone Wars and the expanded universe, which includes comics, novels and more.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.

We hope you can top them.  You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Beginnings II

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2012 Marvel Beginnings II by Upper Deck. Watch to see two grown men nerd out over the Marvel Universe. Oh, and the cards are awesome, too.

Box Busters Retro: 2008 Topps Heroes Series 1

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2008 Heroes Series 1 from Topps in this retro non-sports edition of Box Busters. 

What will he find inside … besides a 1/1 sketch card? Watch and find out …

(Need a checklist or an OPG for one of the past Heroes sets from Topps? Click here.)

How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

Game of Thrones cards arrive next month

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the hottest television shows in the last year has been HBO’s Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s books.

A series like this has captured the imagination of so many people with its intrigue, violence, love and politics. Of course, it’s going to get the trading card treatment.

Rittenhouse Archives is readying its release of Game of Thrones Season One. The product, filled with autographs and shadow box cards, is scheduled to come out on June 6.

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