Category Archives: Non-Sports

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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Box Busters: 2012 James Bond 50th Anniversary

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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.)

Box Busters: 2012 Spartacus Gods of the Arena

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

(Need an OPG for this product? Click here.)

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 …