Category Archives: Soccer

2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer marks the card maker’s debut with the high-profile European league. It’s also further proof that the sport’s place in the hobby is growing as it joins Topps’ existing portfolio of Premier League and MLS sets and Panini’s soccer products, not to mention sets from other companies like Futera.

Packaged in a mini box format, each 2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer master box promises a pair of autographs. Master boxes consist of two six-pack mini boxes.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps Apex soccer cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Apex soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2015 Select Soccer First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It might not be called Prizm directly, but 2015 Select Soccer builds on a lot of the elements that made 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup one of the biggest sets in the entire hobby that year.

Using a chromium-style design similar to Prizm and an international focus, 2015 Select Soccer brings with it lots of color. Twelve-pack boxes deliver three autographs or memorabilia cards and eight Prizm parallels. Breaking it down to the pack level, each has either a hit, a serial-numbered Prizm parallel or variation.

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Top Six: Collecting USA Soccer hero Carli Lloyd

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst | Commentary

For the first time since 1999, the United States Women’s National Team are World Cup Champions. Throughout the tournament stellar defending and six goals from midfielder Carli Lloyd insured that USWNT would be adding a third star — one for each of their World Cups — to their jerseys.

Lloyd’s performance in Sunday’s Final will go down as one of the greatest World Cup performances in history. Scoring three times between the third and 16th minute – including one from midfield – she set the tone for a game the United States dominated. She was awarded Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and the Silver Boot for finishing second in scoring, behind Germany’s Celia Sasic. While Sasic and Lloyd both scored six goals in the tournament, Sasic was awarded the Golden Boot because she played fewer minutes. Her World Cup Winners medal will surely be the centerpiece of her already crowded trophy room, which also includes two Olympic gold medals and World Cup bronze and silver medals.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Premier Gold

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

All of the top talent from the Barclay’s Premier League is back again in a premium trading card release this December as Topps produces the sophomore edition of its high-end Premier Gold product, which saw a successful debut last year.

As a special new twist for 2015, legends have been added to the roster and each display box will contain 10 mini boxes that will yield four base cards along with either an autograph, relic or autographed relic card.

What else is in store for collectors breaking 2015 Topps Premier Gold? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Topps blows up its 2014 Premier Gold set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

A few months ago, Topps released its sophomore Premier Gold Soccer effort and the stars of the Barclay’s Premier League are back once again with a special oversized edition that may generate some excitement among fans and collectors.

There will be four different types of set available and it includes all 150 base cards along with 10 New Signings, 20 Captains and 20 Future Stars inserts. The basic edition is limited to 199 copies and it retails in the Topps online store for $100. Measuring 5″ x 7″, there also three other scarcer parallel sets coming in Green (numbered to 99), Purple (numbered to 49) and Black (numbered to 10). Retail prices on those collections will be $150, $250, and $500, respectively.

What else will collectors receive when they purchase a set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Panini FIFA Women’s World Cup Stickers

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

In June, the world will be sending its best to Canada as the nation hosts the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and collectors from around the globe are set to seek out their idols through a highly-anticipated sticker collection coming from Panini.

For decades, the company has produced stickers for soccer stars and they are truly a world-wide phenomenon. This is the second time that the women’s tournament will be celebrated in this manner and the debut release four years ago in Germany was a big hit. With nearly 500 stickers to place inside the official album, putting a full collection will certainly be a challenge.

“We take enormous pride in joining this year’s program to celebrate and help create additional awareness and excitement for the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said Panini’s Group Licensing Director Peter Warsop. “We have already had many fans of the game reaching out to us from all over the World in anticipation of a sticker album being launched and we are delighted to be providing this to them. The German hosted event in 2011 was very successful in all respects, which has prompted us to extend our marketing and distribution of this year’s collection from just the host nation to around 25 countries.” Read More »

Topps Creates Oversized Sets For All MLS Teams

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 2015 season is in full swing for the stars of Major League Soccer and on the heels of their popular flagship product, Topps has taken those cards and created special oversized team sets.

Priced at just $14.99 each, the team sets will include each respective base set card from 2015 Topps MLS. They measure 5″ x 7″ and all 20 teams are now available through the company’s online store. Read More »

Topps offers oversized Sounders cards and prints

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Fans of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders have much to cheer about this season with a respectable 3-2-1 record after their first six games this season, but they can also can bring the excitement of the game home with them through some special oversized offerings that have recently been released by Topps.

Topps has produced a complete team set of 5″ x 7″ cards that parallel all of the Sounders players appearing in the 2015 MLS base set. Available for $14.99 plus shipping, it is made up of 13 cards and includes top talents in forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins along with other favorites like midfielder Andy Rose and goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Major League Soccer

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Major League Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps Apex Soccer

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Topps is looking to take its Major League Soccer products to a new level this year and with the release of 2015 Topps Apex Soccer, their first high-end venture into the world’s most popular sport.

Scheduled for an August release, collectors will find many of the biggest MLS names inside each box, which contains two mini boxes that are expected to yield one autograph card each. Those that break a master box will also be guaranteed one sequentially numbered Crest Jumbo Relic or a Dual Relic.

What else can fans expect from 2015 Topps Apex Soccer? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Topps Releases First David Villa MLS Autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

David Villa is regarded as one of the world’s greatest soccer stars and his first autograph cards in a New York City FC uniform have been coming out of packs of the recently-released 2015 Topps MLS product.

Now in his first year with the expansion club, Villa’s international and club experience includes a FIFA World Cup with Spain in addition to UEFA Champions League and La Liga crowns. Spain’s all-time leader in goals, he signed with NYC FC last year and is their first team captain. He also scored the first goal in franchise history against Orlando City SC back on April 8.

How many different certified autograph cards of Villa are on the market? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini teases Flawless lines for soccer, Kentucky basketball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Flawless is coming to the pitch and the college hardcourt.

Panini America‘s most-deluxe brand will have both soccer and college basketball cards coming in the future, the company teased on Tuesday at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

A Kentucky Wildcats edition is likely to include stars from the past and the present for the dominating program with the likes of Anthony Davis, John Wall, Pat Riley, Dan Issel, Adolph Rupp, Frank Ramsay and Tubby Smith among the tentative inclusions.

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First Look: 2015 Donruss soccer cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports fans around the world have a new card set to collect.

Panini America revealed this week the first glimpses at 2015 Donruss Soccer, a follow-up release to the popular World Cup set last year. This time around, it’s the Donruss aesthetic that gets its chance at the action on the pitch with one autograph and a healthy selection of inserts inside every 24-pack hobby box.

Set to arrive on April 15, the base set will include more than 100 cards with the stars in their respective clubs. Each card will have seven parallels to chase, including Bronze Press Proofs (/299), Silver (/199) and Golds (/99). There will be three parallels per box. Also to be chased are 25 photo variations in the basic set where players are seen in their national team uniforms.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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2. Pick one: Sticker auto or no auto.

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UDA launches Lionel Messi Collection

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Autographs from one of soccer’s biggest stars can now be found with Upper Deck Authenticated.

The company revealed its line of Lionel Messi autographed memorabilia on Wednesday with all items featuring the 27-year-old Argentina and FC Barcelona striker — a four-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which goes to the world’s best player.

“Upper Deck Authenticated has a reputation of providing fans with the world’s greatest memorabilia, and we are thrilled to add products signed by the world’s greatest fútbol star to that portfolio,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck, in a prepared statement.

Five of the items in the line are limited to less than 50 copies. The cheapest is a $999 “Colors of the Game” photo limited to just 50 pieces, while his Barcelona autographed Tegata handprint is limited to just 20 and sells for $7,499. All five pieces can be seen at www.upperdeckstore.com/Messi.

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First look: 2015 Topps MLS soccer

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps‘ next season of Major League Soccer kicks off on March 25 when 2015 Topps MLS arrives in stores.

It’s the third year of Topps’ MLS deal and the latest version will include two autographs and two Relics in every hobby box along with a selection of cards from the 200-card base set and a smattering of insert cards, too.

Oh, and every hobby box will include a fifth hit — an autographed Relic — too.

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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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Your Turn (BSCM 331): Show your school colors … who do you collect?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of college collecting.

While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside The College Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about how your school ties tie into what you collect and how you collect.

I finished my college days at the University of Alabama — a school that has produced many Hall of Famers on the gridrion (both college and pro), produced quite a few MLB and NBA stars, and even some stars in the literary and media world. My collection is all over the map from my days down there — and it’s a collection with plenty of variety beyond just the football greats. (I’ll have plenty to potentially write about in that issue.)

But that’s for later. We want to know about your college collecting habits.

Give us your name and location and answer the following questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.

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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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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Soccer

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck readies NSCC wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck unveiled its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and the custom-designed set will include changes at autographs from some of the biggest names on the company’s roster.

Collectors who buy five brands from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show will receive an UD voucher that is good for a single NSCC pack after those five are opened at the company’s booth.

The eligible products include 2011-12 SP Game-Used, SP Authentic and SPx hockey along with 2011 College Football Legends as well as these 2012 products: Upper Deck football, SPx football, SP Signature Edition baseball and Upper Deck Soccer.

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Upper Deck unveils its NSCC VIP card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck is headed to Baltimore for the National Sports Collectors Convention and it’s bringing along some cards for you.

Well, if you’re a VIP that is.

The company will produce a six-card show-exclusive set for the event set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore, and it showcases some of the biggest names in the company’s athlete spokesman stable.

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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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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?

 

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, June 15 …

Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.

An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

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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 »

If you’re a SuperCollector, we want your story!

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

Summer 2012 update: All collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball and a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today! (Click on the page above to read the sample submission.)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors this summer and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for that issue of the magazine, 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.)

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 Upper Deck World of Sports

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Bryan Hornbeck and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

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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 »

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.

Collector Challenge: Create a Super Bowl Commercial for the Hobby

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Let’s face it. Trading cards have been pushed to the back burner in the wake of the internet, video games, and many, many other advancements in the entertainment revolution. It’s been quite some time since the world has seen a sports card commercial on prime-time television, and there’s a good chance that we won’t see one on Super Bowl Sunday.

But it’s time to take a stand.

A stand against what though?  Technology? The internet? Of course not. It’s not really a matter of opposing the obstacles that have decreased hobby popularity, but an opportunity to use what we now have our disposal. Tons of collectors have caught on, started blogs,  created websites and started posting video breaks for the world to see. But there’s still room to grow.

Big picture, card collecting isn’t in quite in the limelight. But with a little DIY creativity  it could be.

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Product preview: Upper Deck World of Sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s wide world of sports out there and Upper Deck is aiming to get it all down on cardboard.

Where? In its  latest World of Sports release that’s set to arrive on Feb 21, a 2011-branded product that will include stars from baseball, football, basketball, hockey soccer and beyond.

Oh, and it will include three autographs and memorabilia cards per 24-pack box, too.

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Your Turn (BSCM): What’s your favorite type of game-used memorabilia card?

By Chris  Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It seems like everything has been made into a memorabilia card through the years — though some items moreso than others.

Now, we want to know which ones stand out to you … which types of cards you’d want to see in future card sets?

We’re not wanting a dream list or a who’s who of sports legends. We simply want to know …

What types of game-used memorabilia cards would you like to see more of (in any sport)?

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Numbers crunching: Memorabilia cards have made their mark on hobby

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The first memorabilia cards arrived 15 years ago with the novel idea that a smaller piece of something big and valuable could still be a pretty big deal.

Turns out they were right.

Since 1996, memorabilia cards might have built a bit more of a love-hate relationship with some collectors as the once-treasured cards have become a bit of a mainstay — almost an unexciting expectation — in today’s products. While jerseys make up most memorabilia cards these days, countless kinds of items have been chopped up and placed into cardboard. Everything from jerseys to stadium walls, towels, artificial turf and even game-used dirt have found their way into cards for fans to caress, obsess about and collect as a way to get closer to the sports that they follow.

While we’ll use a bit more time and space elsewhere — in the February 2012 Beckett Sports Card Monthly — to focus more on game-used memorabilia and items, we took time today to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about game-used memorabilia cards.

The statistics? Well, they are quite telling …

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