Category Archives: Non-Sports

Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Super Hero Squad

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Marvel Super Hero Squad gaming cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Fourth series of Legends of Marvel arrives in summer

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Super heroes are on most people’s minds right now. With The Avengers coming out and Free Comic Book Day, the hype around the mystical characters is pretty high.

Hoping to capture some of that magic is Rittenhouse Archives as the non-sport trading card company recently released news on its fourth series of Legends of Marvel.

Each set contains three characters and nine total cards.

Series 4 features Thing, Ms. Marvel and Ghost Rider. It will come out July 11.

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Topps revisits old cards through books

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Topps is taking collectors on a tour through its history with a series of books dedicated to trading cards.

The latest book visits the 100 greatest cards in New York Yankees history. Yankee Greats by author Bob Woods features baseball cards from players such as Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter. Woods includes only Topps cards in this book.

“From The Topps Company’s first baseball card set, the quirky “Red and Blue” cards, to their latest series, millions of fans have been able to celebrate the game and players through the familiar photos-on-cardboard format,” a press release from the publisher said.

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Wacky Packages back for another series

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Wacky Packages are back for another series.

The set originated in the 1967 and was brought back to life by Topps in 2003. Since then, Topps has put together new series of Wacky Packages (including erasers) and even brought back to life some of the old series with Wacky Packages Flashbacks.

Series 9 will come out in late July parodying many popular products, including video games and apps.

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New Garbage Pail Kids series inspired by cards of old

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Topps is returning this year with a new series of Garbage Pail Kids.

The last original series came out in 2007, according to Topps Editor Colin Walton. Since then, Topps has produced Garbage Pail Kids Flashbacks, reliving some of the old cards we loved as children.

The new set is going to be fun and inspired by the cards of old.

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Twin Galaxies produces video game trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Twin Galaxies has been the record keepers of video game history for the last 30 years.

But what good is knowing high scores, world champions and iconic arcade games without a way of sharing that knowledge. The company that holds the video game record books has come out with a trading card set commemorating the history of video games.

“The video game industry is huge,” said Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show on April 21. “It’s bigger than music and sports. But there has never been a set of trading cards to honor the champions.”

Until now.

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Rittenhouse shows off NCIS sigs at Non-Sports Show

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | NCIS is one of the country’s most popular television shows. The military crime fighters are coming to trading cards this June.

Rittenhouse Archives is producing a card set that will capture the first 72 episodes in NCIS’s history.

At the Philly Non-Sports Card Show, Rittenhouse displayed many of the autographs that will be found in the product, which includes many fan favorites.

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Blowout Cards settles court case with Upper Deck

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Blowout Cards has settled its lawsuit against Upper Deck that had alleged that the Carlsbad, Calif.-based card company’s distribution policies introduced last year were illegal under antitrust laws and “manipulated the pricing of its products.”

As a result, The Fantastic Store, Blowout’s retail storefront in Chantilly, Va., has been granted Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer status and can sell the company’s products. Meanwhile, the long-running BlowoutCards.com online storefront does not sell current Upper Deck products at this time.

Beckett Media caught up with Blowout owner Thomas Fish for a quick Q&A about the case and what it might mean for collectors.

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First look: 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America‘s latest chapter of its popular Americana line of non-sport cards arrives this summer with 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, a product that will return to a more traditional format, too.

Each 18-pack box will include three autograph or memorabilia cards  as well as nine inserts and a parallel card when it arrives on July 11. There will be 10 cards per pack and 16 boxes per case, according to the company’s announcement on Tuesday.

The product will include a mix of Olympic athletes, military heroes, Astronauts and more — including four Dwight D. Eisenhower Army uniform cut autographs. (Need an Americana checklist or OPG? Click here.)

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Mars Attacks co-creator Len Brown autograph added to set; Gallery of Martian artists cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The 50th anniversary of the Mars Attacks will be here shortly. These iconic cards have spawned a movie, toys and many, many nightmares.

It’s a story that people have talked about for a generation.

The creation of Mars Attacks Heritage has already been announced, but Topps announced a surprise addition:

Autograph cards from co-creator Len Brown.

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New hip-hop card set to be released in May

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The hip-hop world is jumping into the trading card realm, putting 100 artists on cards and giving away millions of prizes in the process.

Platinum League Trading Cards will be released May 1 in retail outlets across the country.

The cards will look like typical trading cards with pictures on the front and stats on the back, including a bio and career highlights. However, Green Media, the company releasing the cards, is also adding another component by including QR codes that will feature never-before-seen videos of the artists. The codes can be scanned by mobile devices that lead to a specific website.

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Philly Non-Sports Card Show set for April 21-22

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Non-sports cards are having a major show of their own this month with new products, Bench Warmer models and bigwigs from the card companies.

The Philly Non-Sports Card Show will be held April 21 and 22 at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Penn.

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Cryptozoic to release Smallville Seasons 7-10 trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Smallville has been off the air for more than a year, but 10 glorious seasons of the show has created a passionate, dedicated fan base.

Cryptozoic is releasing the missing sets for those fans. Seasons 7-10 are coming out this spring after Inkworks released the individual sets. Let’s take a quick look at what the Smallville Seasons 7-10 set is going to bring.

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Animal Kingdom cards challenge hobby trends

 

Update (April 19, 2013): Check out a Beckett Select Auction for one of these sets here.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Finding The Next Big Thing is a challenge for all of the hobby’s card manufacturers.

What is it? That’s a question that could have a few answers — but it’s an item that will help spark sales of wax boxes without breaking the bank for manufacturers. And, it’s something that’s not an autograph or piece of game-used memorabilia as the acquisition fees for those items just don’t seem to be getting smaller … and the secondary market seems to flounder on them at times, too.

But Upper Deck may have found something with its four-per-case Animal Kingdom embroidered patch cards from 2011 Goodwin Champions as the rarer cards in the set from the multi-sport product have been commanding hundreds of dollars in online auctions for some time now.

Without a single dollop of ink or jersey swatch involved.

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Box Busters: 2012 Star Trek Complete TNG Ser. 2

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Star Trek Complete The Next Generation Series 2 cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2012 Rittenhouse Brady Bunch

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a set of 2012 Brady Bunch cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Davy Jones’ career can be remembered via music, television … and trading cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.

Davy Jones, one of the four members of the 1960s band The Monkees, died on Wednesday at age 66, leaving a career chronicled via music, television shows and, of course, trading cards.

Jones sang lead vocals on the band’s final No. 1 hit in the U.S., “Daydream Believer,” and, of course, was one of the key targets of hijinks — as the little guy — during episodes of the band’s television show, which ran for parts of three years and won two Emmys. According to Billboard, the band sold more albums than the Rolling Stones and The Beatles combined in 1967.

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Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Why so serious?

Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.

For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »

Ripping Retail: 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition)

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition) in search of a Whitney Houston card or two in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside this affordable non-sports gem? Watch and find out …

Online giant Blowout Cards opens a shop

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sometimes it pays to go against the grain — and Blowout Cards is trying just that.

While countless hobby shops have closed their doors in recent years to focus on selling inventory online, one of the industry’s leading online sellers is doing the exact opposite.

Blowout is opening a card shop.

Beckett Media caught up with Blowout’s Thomas Fish to talk about the company’s new shop in Chantilly, Va., which recently opened with a soft launch in advance of a March 1 grand opening.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re preparing this year’s edition of The Autograph Issue for Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want to know just one thing from you at the moment.

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Maybe it’s a signed ball or a signed piece of scrap paper from a random meeting. Maybe it’s a certified autograph of a superstar — or maybe not even a sports autograph at all.

Tell us — and be sure to include your name and location, which will appear with your answer in the next issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Whitney Houston’s legacy also seen on cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Six-time Grammy winning singer and film star Whitney Houston died on Saturday at age 48 leaving behind an immense legacy in pop culture.

And it’s a life that’s also reflected on trading cards.

Her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 1991 was a memorable moment as the United States fought in the Gulf War, and it was captured on a 1991 Pro Set football card, No. 350. The card was a strong seller at the time — purely from its novelty as a card that was quite different from the others (along with some star power) — and it will likely be an item that gets attention in the wake of this evening’s news.

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Box Busters & Contest: 2012 Essential Elvis

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis packs in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win a box? Watch and find out …

Beam me up, Scotty: A number of James Doohan autos to hit the market

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With all the different Star Trek series and movies, Trekkies have had their favorite characters over the years. But the original always seems to have a special place with fans even if they grew up watching Jean-Luc Picard running the show.

Rittenhouse is releasing the second series of Star Trek: The Next Generation trading cards at the end of February, but one of the most popular cards is cut autograph from James Doohan. That’s Scotty to all you non sci-fi nerds.

It’s unclear how many of Doohan’s cards will be in the set, but the picture released by Rittenhouse shows at least 30 cards.

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First look: 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Bugs, meteorites and Mars.

That’s not your typical assortment of finds in a hobby box, but Goodwin Champions has never been typical with its hits. This is a product that started a craze with its Entomology Cards where actual bugs were inside shadow boxes.

This year’s Upper Deck Goodwin Champions brings back the entomology cards, but also collectors will have an opportunity to find rocks from meteorites and Mars, and memorabilia pieces from museums, including Civil War and Presidential memorabilia.

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The Martians are coming: Mars Attacks returns for 50th anniversary

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Remember when the Martians invaded Earth? With their huge heads and ginormous eyes encased in a glass helmet? Fans of the Mars Attacks series remember it all too well. But it’s been 50 years since the Topps science fiction trading card set came out.

Mars Attacks spawned dozens of merchandising options from comics to re-issued sets to toys. The series was so interesting and obscure, film director Tim Burton adapted the storyline into a movie in 1996.

It’s time again to remember when the Martians attacked. In conjunction with the 50-year anniversary Topps is releasing a commemorative set.

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Upper Deck gets political in World of Sports

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The race for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States is on its way with primaries and caucuses already held in several states. Every week, there’s a new debate with candidates are stumping across the nation looking for support.

Upper Deck has joined the political fray with trading cards featuring many of the Republican candidates such as Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. In addition, UD also created a Barack Obama card to be included in this insert set that will be found in World of Sports.

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Famous Fabrics creates Presidential cut set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Presidents of the United States have romantic, polarizing pasts. We remember some as great men and others have simply been forgotten.

But to rise to President is a great achievement, one that will be recorded and taught to children everywhere. Presidents and those associated with the White House have their own group of collectors, chasing after rare products and coins that depict their images.

Famous Fabrics is releasing a set that should appeal to a broad group of collectors on Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies and respective associates – aptly named 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The product is scheduled to be released mid-February.

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The BSCM Art Issue: One sketch card artist that you must absolutely see to believe

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re prepping this year’s Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and one of the features in the issue set to arrive next month will be my picks at 10 artists who are changing the game when it comes to sketch cards.

You know, those one-of-a-kind pieces of art found on a 2.5- by 3.5- inch canvas — real art commissioned by card companies for you to find in packs.

Picking 10 is much easier said than done but one absolutely stands out from the pack — and we’re not just talking sports artists here. Check out the video above for the creation of a single sketch card by Los Angeles-based artist NAR! … it’s unreal, yet as real as it gets.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

BIG INK, BIG BUCKS: Blowout Cards’ Thomas Fish isn’t just serious about sports cards

A preview of an item in the upcoming Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve ordered sports cards on the Internet, you probably bought them from him.

If you’ve been to a larger regional show or The National, you’ve probably seen him — a somewhat unassuming big guy with a shaved head and a goatee (or some two-day scruff) working with his team in a gray Blowoutcards.com T-shirt and pair of shorts.

But what you may not know about Thomas Fish — one of the card industry’s leading dealers and leading marketers of the hobby — is that he’s dead serious about something else, too.

Original comic book art. That’s his other hobby and an area of investment — and it’s a business that’s booming.

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Your Turn (BSCM Art Issue): Who are your favorite art sets or artists?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s installment of The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is nearly upon us and we want to know who you like.

You know, as in artists.

Odds are you have a favorite player — that’s easy — but do any past art-focused card sets stand out to you? Do you have a favorite sketch card artist? How about any paintings or other pieces in the sports world?

Tell us all about them in the comments below. We’ll run a selection of the best answers in the upcoming issue.

We’ll have several interesting stories about artists with sports ties included in the issue — and a few surprises in store similar to last year’s cover art by the famed Dick Perez. (Find the back issue here.) But first things first … we want to know who you like.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Other options for doggone 2012 Allen & Ginter

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Topps may have left some collectors howling on Wednesday when it teased one of the insert sets in its soon-to-be-announced 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

The insert? Man’s Best Friend — a collection of dog breeds all noted on the style of the 1880s tobacco cards that did, indeed, include unusual sets just like this.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who is familiar with tobacco cards from the past — nor with anyone who has indulged in a little Ginter since Topps’ revival of the brand in 2006. In fact, I think many a collector “gets” Ginter and its inclusions — though I might fall in line with many who have been at times overwhelmed by the mini madness that meant too few baseball players and too many inanimate objects.

But don’t think for a second that I feel this one is for the dogs. It’s got legs. Throw me a bone here before you decide to attack and let me tickle your cat fancy for a bit with some other Ginter-dog past realities and future possibilities.

 

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Preview gallery: Vampire Diaries autographs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Vampire Diaries trading card comes out on January 20 with a complete autograph checklist.

The cards don’t just feature a few actors, but nearly a full cast from the CW show – 20 cards.

The wardrobe checklist is also 20 cards long. For a full checklist from Cryptozoic, click here.

Meanwhile check out the gallery after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 World Stars baseballs

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 World Stars boxes from Brothers Inc. in Japan in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out. Each box should contain one autographed baseball … maybe more.

Want to see more artballs — and get the lowdown on how to order them if you’re not in Japan? It’s after the jump.

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