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Panini offers exclusive World Cup Prizm parallels through eBay

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.

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Panini Prizm World Cup autographs bring new signers to collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Panini’s FIFA World Cup Prizm set includes more than soccer stars

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Ripping Retail: 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup soccer

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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 …

Panini hosts World Cup party with soccer star Cobi Jones

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.”

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps MLS soccer cards

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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 …

 

Card Chat: Collectors talk about checklists and buying habits

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Can we get final checklists sooner? Manufacturers say ‘no’

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Panini to eliminate player-specific redemptions and add patch database

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want to see your collection in Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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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.

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First look: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm soccer cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First Look: 2014 Topps Chrome soccer cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite “other” card?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … the “other” sports and other collecting options

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Majority rules.

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?

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2. Have you bought cards that were made outside the U.S. or made for release elsewhere?

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Topps English Premier League Gold Premier



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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 …

Beckett 20 Questions on … collecting autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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?

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Topps helps group breakers get kicking on Premier Gold soccer product

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Holiday Gift Guide for sports collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Family’s love of collectibles turns into a family business

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.

But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.

“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”

That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.

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Topps adds Mexican National Team cards to upcoming Major League Soccer set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps is adding some extra futbol into its next Major League Soccer release.

The exclusive licensee of MLS announced on Wednesday that its 2014 Topps MLS set will include players from the Mexican National Team, which is World Cup bound after downing New Zealand 4-2.

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