Category Archives: Non-Sports

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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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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Cryptozoic celebrates Tarzan’s 100th anniversary

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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