Posted on August 27, 2014 – 1:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Soccer | 1/1, 2014 Topps Chrome MLS, Major League Soccer, MLS, soccer, Topps, Topps Chrome | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Chrome MLS soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out.
Posted on August 26, 2014 – 5:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
IRVING, Texas | Monday marked the first day of school for many down here in The Lone Star State, and on Tuesday I felt the exact same way by setting foot in a place I hadn’t been before to learn a thing or two.
I spent a half-day at Panini America‘s headquarters.
There were no first-day jitters, there was no daydreaming at what was going on outside in the 100-degree Texas heat. There was plenty inside that was piquing my collecting interest as some of the company’s plans, products and strategies were discussed for future pieces and the collectibles ideas flowed like water. My teacher list included names I had known from years of ripping packs and writing about the hobby — and a few of them were mentioned on the backs of cards that can be found in my stash. (They’re probably on yours, too.)
From the outside, the simple white building in an industrial park adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could be easily missed with some simple signage that blends in well with its neighbors — companies perhaps without the kind of magic among their inventory and readied on their own loading docks nearby. But with just a quick walking tour of Panini’s place, though, it was apparent that this spot has perhaps the perfect combination of collecting and commerce, a blend of bold ideas and brash business sense — you know, something strong, something energetic and also something intangible in the mix — to make it all happen.
It’s a place where collecting comes to life daily.
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Posted on June 12, 2014 – 12:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Panini America, World Cup | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With the launch of the World Cup, Panini America is offering soccer collectors exclusive 2014 Prizm World Cup parallels through eBay.
The “El Samba” parallels, which are just 1-of-1, are inspired by the yellow and green colors of Brazil, the home country. These cards were not used in the original product.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 9:10 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Soccer fans, it’s time to go crazy.
Today starts the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But collectors – and many diehard soccer fans – have been experiencing the World Cup for several weeks. Across the globe, fans have been putting together Panini FIFA World Cup sticker albums with billions of packs being distributed.
Panini also incorporated a card set into this year’s fun with 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup. The set included dozens of players that normally don’t get cardboard attention and even offered autographs of players that haven’t had them. With 50 autographs, Panini put together a checklist that got high praise from collectors.
Posted on May 29, 2014 – 11:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Collectors aren’t the only ones in the soccer mood. With the FIFA World Cup ready to begin next month, athletes are enjoying the global event too.
Panini released 2014 FIFA World Cup Prizm soccer cards this year. The cards featured dozens of soccer players from across the globe. But one interesting subset has caught collectors’ attention – Fans of the Game.
This autograph subset included just two names: football’s Andrew Luck and basketball’s Kobe Bryant.
Posted on May 23, 2014 – 8:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Soccer | 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Panni America, soccer, World Cup | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a four-pack hanger pack of 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup soccer cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on April 11, 2014 – 6:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil stickers, Cobi Jones, World Cup | Comments (0)
NEW YORK CITY – Brazilian music. Shimmying dancers. Martial artists.
It was a party. Yet not the type you wold expect when it comes to sports collectibles. But with the World Cup in Brazil this year, it might be the only way to celebrate.
Panini hosted a World Cup party at Modell’s in Time Square on Thursday. The event featured everything soccer fans needed to get pumped for the international sporting event from lively entertainment to soccer stickers.
But the event represents more than a marketing moment for Panini. It signifies the growth of soccer in the United States by having a party in the middle of Times Square, showing that the sport isn’t in the background any longer.
“Even this is different,” said U.S. soccer star Cobi Jones. “Panini is putting out stickers and not just in the Spanish-based stores. This is another example. People want to be part of the World Cup experience.”
Posted on April 4, 2014 – 5:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps MLS soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on March 21, 2014 – 3:19 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Checklists can be a hot topic. Some collectors clamor for them, others are more nonchalant about the whole thing.
But one thing they have all noticed is how checklists don’t seem to come out until at least release day. It’s rare that a final checklist is released early, but a lot of that has to do with getting autographs back from athletes and finalizing paperwork and information from printers.
Collectors had a discussion about checklists on Twitter on Thursday night. See their reactions and what group late checklists seems to affect most.
Posted on March 20, 2014 – 5:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | 2014 Industry Summit, checklists, Panini America, The Industry Summit, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
LAS VEGAS – When it comes to checklists, one question always comes up – why can’t we get them sooner?
This was one of the hot topics during a manufacturer panel that featured representative from Topps, Upper Deck and Panini America at the 2014 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.
Collectors and dealers may not like the answer. It seems the earliest companies can get a final checklist is the day of pack out because the biggest hurdle is the autographs.
Posted on March 18, 2014 – 1:15 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer | 2014 Industry Summit, Panini America, Panini Rewards, patch database, Redemptions, The Industry Summit | Comments (15)
LAS VEGAS – Panini America is upping its digital game.
It introduced Panini Rewards and a patch database at the 2014 Industry Summit on Tuesday.
The biggest element from Panini Rewards is that Panini is eliminating player-specific redemptions. Collectors will instead get a card with a point value where collectors can then go on the Panini site or app to redeem the points for cards available.
The program will begin May and be available on smartphones (IOS and Android) and on its website.
Posted on March 17, 2014 – 3:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
We haven’t been seeing enough of collectors’ passions in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so here’s another call for SuperCollectors.
We run them nearly every month in the magazine, setting aside space for your stories, your photos and your information. Later in the year, we’re likely to do 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 Barry Larkin cards — or perhaps it’s for your stash of hundreds of through-the-mail 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.
What are the steps for entry? Click the link below.
Posted on February 20, 2014 – 4:25 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm, 2014 World Cup, Alexi Lalas, Clint Dempsey, Lionel Messi, Panini America, Pele, Ronaldo, soccer cards | Comments (4)
World Cup soccer will be here soon enough. So Panini America is getting ready for the tournament with a new card release – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm.
The set will feature 24 packs with six cards in each pack. The base set will contain 200 cards with players from all 32 qualifying teams. The World Cup starts June 13 and ends July 12.
The set will feature autographs from many top soccer players. The autographs, which boast a checklist of around 50 players, will have Prizm Signatures (numbered to 25 or less) and Black Prizm Signatures (1-of-1). Some autographs will also include Combo Signatures featuring more one than one player and are numbered to 10 or less.
Announced singers include Lionel Messi, Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Alexi Lalas and others.
Posted on February 10, 2014 – 10:31 am | Author: chrisolds
Soccer | 2014 Topps Chrome MLS, MLS, soccer, Topps, Topps Chrome MLS | Comments (1)
Chrome is coming to the pitch.
Topps revealed the first glimpses at its next Major League Soccer set on Monday and it’s 2014 Topps Chrome that will arrive in August.
Each 24-pack hobby box will be packing three autographs inside when the first Chrome MLS set arrives on Aug. 20. While a set size was not announced, the base set will include MLS stars, members of the Mexican National Team as well as up-and-coming MLS prospects.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We all have our favorite players an our favorite cards from the stuff that seemingly everybody collects — or at least stuff everyone is familiar with — from the Big Four sports.
For the upcoming “Others Issue” of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, though, we want to hear about your cherished cards from the sports that aren’t baseball, football, basketball or hockey — or at least not the typical stuff from those sports.
Better yet, we want you to show us your favorites — as long as they aren’t the norm — show us and tell us about your favorite card or set in the comments below.
Posted on January 15, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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That might be the best way to describe the sports card landscape and collecting habits these days. The sports that the most people like get the most attention and the most products — and that means that more people probably will own the key cards compared to some of the “other” sports that aren’t the Big Four of baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
And that might be the key to future potential — the oddball stuff of today could be much tougher to find tomorrow if there’s somehow more interest to be seen in sports that aren’t king on cardboard right now. While many a prospector is ripping case after case of the chromed-out stuff, there are far fewer likely buying soccer, wrestling and Olympic brands. There have to be far fewer autographs of some of the “other” sports’ biggest names — you know, the sports that don’t have 20-some products released each year. It’s a compelling thought as tastes always seem to change — just like the stars in the sports world.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at some of those other sports. As part of “The Others Issue” we’ll showcase your thoughts on this — and more. Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below — only after you respond to our latest 20 Questions.
1. Have you bought sports cards that are not from baseball, football, basketball or hockey?
2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on January 10, 2014 – 1:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Topps English Premier League Gold Premier soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside these high-end packs? Watch and find out …
Posted on December 10, 2013 – 6:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Few things in the trading card industry these days — except maybe licensing — are as vital as the autograph.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll once again be taking a look at autographs. Among the selections, of course, will be 20 Questions.
We want to know what you think about certain things when it comes to autographs in the hobby as well as know what kind of collections you might be building. (Be sure to tell us more if you need to in the comments below.)
1. Do you consider yourself an autograph collector?
2. How many autographs do you own?
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 6:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Soccer | 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold, Cristiano Ronalde, Premier League, soccer, Topps | Comments (0)
With Topps‘ first high-end Barclays Premier League soccer product set to arrive late this month, the company has come up with an incentive for group breakers to kick-start their breaks of the 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold.
It’s giving away a pair of game-used Cristiano Ronaldo cleats to the breakers whose video gets the most views.
Four others will receive prizes ranging from free wax to other autographed items.
Posted on December 5, 2013 – 10:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Buying gifts for a sports card or memorabilia collector can be tough if you’re not one yourself. They say things like top loaders and penny sleeves, and you have no idea what they’re talking about.
Let’s make things a little easier with Beckett’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for collectors.
1. Pay Pal Gift Card
It’s one of the simplest presents you can get a card collector. Many of them probably shop on eBay for singles or even hobby boxes. A PayPal gift card will allow them to pick up anything they want.
2. A hobby box
Don’t be afraid to ask the collector in your family what their favorite sport is – then head over to a hobby shop and pick up a hobby box of their sport. Many of these will be in the $100 range. Most hobby shops clerks are willing to help you pick the right box, but the important information is usually listed on the sides of the boxes. It will tell you how many packs, autographs and what collectors can expect to find inside.