Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
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Posted on October 7, 2013 – 3:12 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 Topps MLS, MLS, soccer, Topps, World Cup soccer | Comments (6)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Topps will add a focus on the World Cup with 2014 Topps MLS releases next year.
Each box of 2014 Topps MLS will contain 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack. There will also be three autographs and three relics in every box.
Topps MLS is scheduled to come out the week of March 12
Here’s a breakdown of the product:
Posted on September 13, 2013 – 9:33 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Gaming, Hockey, Non-Sports, Soccer | 2013 Amerca's Pastime, 2013-14 Prizm hockey, 2014 World Cup, 2014 World Cup Prizm, GTS Distribution, KaiJudo, Magic the Gathering, Marvel Comics, Marvel NOW!, Panini America, Theros, Thor: The Dark World, Ultra Pro, Upper Deck Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast | Comments (2)
GTS Distribution hosted its Northeast Open House on Thursday, inviting dozens of dealers.
Several companies, including Panini America, Upper Deck and Wizards of the Coast presented news and upcoming products to the dealers at the Hilton in Newark, N.J.
Here’s a roundup of the news from the presentation.
Posted on August 9, 2013 – 12:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold, English Premier League cards, EPL, soccer cards | Comments (17)
Topps is expanding its soccer product to the English Premier League.
In mid-December, Topps is scheduled to release a high-end soccer product with 2013-14 Topps Premier Gold. The hit-per-pack product will contain 10 packs with five cards in each pack – meaning every box will have 10 hits: five autographs and five memorabilia cards.
The EPL set will include past and present players.
Posted on August 6, 2013 – 7:08 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013 Topps MLS, Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill | Comments (2)
Topps announced MLS Extra Time Redemption #3 will be Clint Dempsey.
The Seattle Sounders striker returned to Major League Soccer this week after spending six years in the English Premier League. The MLS Extra Time Redemption cards will feature Dempsey’s autographs on the MLS Maestros design.
Posted on July 19, 2013 – 3:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Soccer | 2013 Topps MLS, MLS, soccer | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps MLS soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 25, 2013 – 9:29 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | Cristiano Ronaldo, In The Game, soccer, Sportkings, World Cup | Comments (4)
Sports fans will be seeing an influx of Cristiano Ronaldo autographs – a long awaited card.
In The Game announced the international soccer star signed for Sportkings Series F, which will come out in late July. The signatures are on-card as well.
“This is a huge signing for ITG,” said Beckett senior market analyst Brian Fleischer. “Along with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the best soccer player in the world. Besides his ability on the field, his collectability is intensified by having played for two of the most popular clubs in the world in Manchester United and Real Madrid. That, coupled with the scarcity of his certified autograph, makes this signing a sure fire winner for ITG.”
Posted on May 24, 2013 – 7:51 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly two months away, and now is the time for collectors to get started with their planning.
Tickets for the massive autograph pavilion go on sale to the public today at 7 p.m. ET. This year’s show takes place July 31-August 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
There are a number of stars from many sports signing at the National.
Top stars include baseball’s Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas, Roberto Alomar and Chipper Jones; football’s Eric Dickerson and Frank Gifford; boxing’s Sugar Ray Leonard; hockey’s Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito; NBA rookie Damian Lillard and soccer star Mia Hamm.
Posted on May 22, 2013 – 9:08 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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In The Game, Inc., and Sport Kings LP are merging as one company.
The companies owned by Dr. Brian Price were kept separate, but they will now be one, Price announced today.
“By making this acquisition, I will be able to continue the production of the Sport Kings brand as the consolidation of the brand into the ITG family makes it easier to move forward with future releases,” Price said on his blog. “In the past websites, marketing and sales were kept separately causing confusion in the marketplace, this acquisition removes that confusion.”
Price will move forward with the Sportking series releasing Series F this summer before the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
Posted on May 15, 2013 – 4:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Beckett Media has launched a set of apps in the Google Play store for Android systems.
The apps will allow you to download each Beckett magazine issue with news, reviews, the latest price guides and more. Each issue in the Google Play store will cost $7.99.
The magazines include Beckett Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Sports Card Monthly.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 3:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, MMA, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | 1991 Pro Line, 1993 Maxx, Barry Bonds, Beckett Sports Card Monthly Families Issue, Bobby Bowden, brothers in sports, Cal Ripken Jr., college football, Eli Manning, families in sports, Father's Day, Gina Carano, Gordie Howe, Jose Canseco, Karl Malone, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant parents, Lisa Leslie, Mia Hamm, Mike Ditka, MLB twins, Peyton Manning, Richard Petty, top families in sports, Vince McMahon, WWE | Comments (8)
With Mother’s Day just passed and Father’s Day on the radar, we figured now might be the time for the latest Beckett 20 Questions.
Oh, and the upcoming Families Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly had a bit to do with that, too, where we’ll explore the family ties that go along with sports and collecting and take a look at some of the notable fathers, sons, mothers and daughters who share cardboard with us all. (Need a player checklist or OPG? Click here for our new player directory to find it fast.)
Also, we’d like to know … who got you started into collecting? Tell us in the comments below — after you offer your take on the latest 20 Questions.
1. DId a family member get you into collecting?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on May 13, 2013 – 12:56 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013 Topps Major League Soccer, Jeff Heckman, MLS, MLS trading cards | Comments (6)
Topps and Major League Soccer announced an exclusive license agreement on Monday.
The license is for trading cards, player stickers, sticker albums and other collectibles.
“Exclusive is definitely something that is important for us,” said Topps brand manager Jeff Heckman. “We look to grow the category certainly. That is something that is important to us.”
Posted on May 9, 2013 – 10:15 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2013 Topps Major League Soccer, 2013 Topps MLS, MLS, soccer | Comments (25)
As soccer grows in the United States, card companies are looking to tap into the market.
Topps has secured a licensed with Major League Soccer and will produce its first MLS cards this summer.
Each hobby box will have 24 packs with 10 cards in each pack. In addition, there will be two autographs and three relic cards in every box.
Posted on March 12, 2013 – 11:47 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly
We’ve made our picks for our 20 favorite sports movies in the past, but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly — The Sports Movies Issue — we want to hear from you.
If you have pride in your Yankees film, if you have a field of dreams out back — or maybe just a sandlot — or if you just like the money shown to you (on DVD, of course), then we want to know about it.
Heck, if you collect items relating to your favorite film, even better … tell us about that, too.
Tell us, in a comment along with your name and location … What is your favorite sports movie … and why?
It can be any sport, any era … we want to know. Make a compelling case and you just might see your response in the next issue.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on January 17, 2013 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Air Jordan, autographs, baseball cards, Colorado Rockies, featured, Lance Armstrong, memorabilia, Michael Jordan, MLB, money, Nike, Panini America, Ronda Rousey, Sea Monkeys, Superman, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (23)
If there’s one thing that’s on the minds of collectors besides “What’s new?” and “What’s it worth?” it’s the old standby of the last 15 or so years.
“How many hits?”
While the use of autographs and memorabilia cards in products have revolutionized the hobby, what we call hits seems to meander in meaning from person to person. To some, it’s just those autos and mem cards. To others, it might include cards of other types. The hits have included everything from some star shortstop’s autograph to a piece of Superman’s cape — and seemingly everything else, too.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to focus on “The Hits” — whatever they might be — and here is the latest batch of questions — some serious, some fun — that we’re curious about on the subject. Check them out … after the jump.
Posted on January 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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, Jan. 25 …
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.
Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.
Posted on December 31, 2012 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | @RGIII, Alabama football, Andrew Luck, Bear Bryant, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Cal Ripken Jr., cam newton, derek jeter, Emmitt Smith, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Nolan Ryan, The National, Tim Tebow | Comments (3)
With Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we intentionally take a step back away from the obvious — we leave that for the single-sport magazines — and instead delve into bigger topics that we feel are timed best to what’s going on, what’s coming up or what’s on the minds of collectors.
In short, it’s where we give readers a little more to read about your hobby each and every month.
Here’s a look back at its offerings of 2012 via its covers.
Posted on December 28, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 1980 men's Olympic team, 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, Albert Pujols, Damian Lillard, Ichiro, Lolo Jones, Mike Eruzione, Mike Tyson, Miracle on Ice, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Sarah Palin | Comments (8)
Bringing together an iconic group of athletes to sign for a product is an ambitious task, but one Leaf has taken on again.
In 2012 Legends of Sport, Leaf has assembled popular athletes and pop culture figures to fill out the set, including international baseball stars, Olympic athletes and even a former Vice Presidential hopeful.
The set includes more than 150 subjects.
Legends of Sport is scheduled to come out at the end of January and each box will contain three autograph cards.
Posted on December 20, 2012 – 5:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Golf, MMA, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | CFL, Danica Patrick, featured, Japanese baseball, Leaf, Lolo Jones, NASCAR, Olympics, Panini America, PGA, Tiger Woods, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck, WWE, XFL | Comments (22)
We all know that the collecting world has changed immensely in the last 20 years with explosive growth and massive shrinkage for the mainstay types of sports — baseball, football, basketball and hockey — at varying times as card companies came and went and as labor strife took its toll on fans’ heartstrings.
But, at the same time, one could argue that the “other” sports out there have seen plenty of growth, too, as more and more sports — and some sort-of sports — have made their appearances on cards. You may not find them in every shop or every card aisle at retail every day, but they are out there and they have their passionate collecting bases that keep those products coming back year after year.
In the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll take a look at those sports that don’t normally get as much attention — racing, MMA, soccer, boxing, Olympic sports, wrestling, tennis, rodeo and more. Here are 20 questions that we hope you’ll take the time to answer to appear in this next issue.
1. Do you actively collect something other than the "big four" (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) sports?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on December 6, 2012 – 5:21 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats, Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman | Comments (5)
Upper Deck had an error in its numbering on some of the hits in 2012 All-Time Greats, which released this week.
The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.
The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10 (one of the cards is pictured above).
Here is the entire list of Letterman cards in the product with the correct numbering.