Posted on May 18, 2012 – 7:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Comic books, Cryptozoic Entertianment, Dark Horse Comics, Dell, Gold Key, Marvel, Tarzan, Tip Top | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
Tarzan is remembered for his unique pets and hearty yell while banging on his chest. We still remember him and can mimic his mannerisms.
But Tarzan is old. Really old.
The character first appeared in 1912. Think about that — this is its 100th anniversary, and Tarzan has appealed to all these generations via movies, TV shows and books that have all been made in honor of the first comic Tarzan of the Apes.
Now, the iconic character is coming to trading cards in special set by Cryptozoic. The set, scheduled to arrive this summer, will highlight the last 100 years of comics, books and movies.
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Posted on May 14, 2012 – 7:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 James Bond 50th Anniversary, autographs, Denise Richards, Famke Jansen, Halle Berry, James Bond, non-sports cards, Rittenhouse Archives, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton | Comments (3)
Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2012 James Bond 50th Anniversary cards from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
(Need a checklist or OPG for this product? Click here.)
Posted on May 14, 2012 – 11:42 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Rittenhouse Spartacus, 2012 Spartacus Gods of the Arena, Lusy Lawless, Premium Pack, Rittenhouse Archives, Spartacus | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a premium pack of 2012 Spartacus Gods of the Arena cards from Rittenhouse in this latest edition of Box Busters.
(Need an OPG for this product? Click here.)
Posted on May 14, 2012 – 11:40 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Upper Deck Marvel Super Hero Squad, Avengers, Card Games, Comic books, gaming, Marvel Comics, Wolverine | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on May 7, 2012 – 2:58 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Comic books, Ghost Rider, Legends of Marvel, Marvel Comics, Rittenhouse Archives | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on April 26, 2012 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Non-Sports | books, Garbage Pail Kids, mars attacks, New York Yankees, Topps books, Wacky Packages | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on April 26, 2012 – 9:02 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Topps, Wacky Packages | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on April 25, 2012 – 9:38 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Garbage Pail Kids, Topps | Comments (8)
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.
Posted on April 23, 2012 – 11:56 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Isaiah Triforce Johnson, Pete Bouvier, Twin Galaxies, Video Games, Walter Day | Comments (1)
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.”
Posted on April 22, 2012 – 10:42 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Bob Newhart, Lauren Holly, Mark Harmon, NCIS, Pauley Perrette, Rittenhouse Archives | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on April 20, 2012 – 3:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports | Blowout Cards, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
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.
Posted on April 17, 2012 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, astronauts, Dwight Eisenhower, Kerri Strug, Non-Sports, Panini America, Sally Ride | Comments (2)
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.)
Posted on April 16, 2012 – 2:10 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | artists, Len Brown, mars attacks, Sketch cards, Topps | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on April 11, 2012 – 11:10 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | music memorabilia, Notorious BIG, Platinum League Trading Cards, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Tupac Shakur | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on April 2, 2012 – 4:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Non-Sports, Philly non-sport show, Video Games | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 4:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble, Captain America, Iron Man, Upper Deck, Video | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 5:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on March 20, 2012 – 10:16 am | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | 2011 Goodwin Champions, Animal Kingdom, featured, Grant Sandground, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 1:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Star Trek Complete The Next Generation Series 2, Non-Sports, Rittenhouse Archives, Star Trek | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 6, 2012 – 1:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | autographs, Non-Sports, Rittenhouse Archives, The Brady Bunch | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on February 29, 2012 – 8:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | 1966 Monkees Series A, 2011 Pop Century, autographs, Davy Jones, music memorabilia, Non-Sports, The Monkees | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 10:37 am | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Baseballcardbust, Comedic Cards, Fun with Trading Cards, Hobby Challenge, Hockey Forums | Comments (3)
I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.
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 »
Posted on February 17, 2012 – 11:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition), box breaks, George Michael, Madonna, MC Hammer, music memorabilia, Non-Sports, Pro Set, R.E.M., Ripping Retail, Rolling Stones, Vanilla Ice, Whitney Houston | Comments (5)
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 …
Posted on February 17, 2012 – 12:48 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports | baseball cards, basketball cards, Blowout Cards, football cards, wax boxes | Comments (12)
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.
Posted on February 14, 2012 – 12:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | #collect, autographs, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, featured | Comments (40)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.