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Beckett 20 Questions on … military on sports cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Plenty of metaphors and cliches get tossed around when it comes to the sports world, and many of them parallel military action — referring to our pastimes as battles, combat and so much more.

For some players on the field in the past and present, the comparisons might be ironic as there are many sports stars who also served in the military or have military ties of some sort. There are far more out there than Pat Tillman, Roger Staubach or David Robinson. We see it on our cardboard and collectibles from time to time — enough that we’ve opted to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to exploring what’s out there for the niche and one that those collectors serving in the military might find interesting, too.

Heck, even virtual collectibles like ToppsBunt cards found in virtual packs on its popular app have military subsets. There, it’s a 10-card Hall of Fame Heroes set that notes Hall of Famers’ military service, including Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams. It seems the military nods — whether its camo parallels or cards from military backed athletes or events — are everywhere.

As part of the issue, we want to hear what you think of a few things when it comes to creative cards and more with a new set of 20 Questions … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 In the Game’s Between the Pipes

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Join Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj as she opens a box of 2013-14 In The Game’s Between the Pipes.

First look: 2013-14 In The Game’s Lord Stanley’s Mug hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The biggest celebration in hockey happens when a player finally gets to hold The Stanley Cup Trophy high above his head. There might be no greater moment in hockey.

In The Game is celebrating hockey’s championship with 2013-14 Lord Stanley’s Mug.

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Gallery: Upper Deck shows off newest cards from 2013-14 Fleer Showcase Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck’s Fleer Showcase Hockey will hit the shelves in less than two weeks. Upper Deck got some of the cards in hand and showed off a number of them including Precious Metal Gems, rare inserts and patch cards.

Check out the gallery below to see the latest additions to 2013-14 Fleer Showcase Hockey.

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Upper Deck creates Heroic Inspirations trading card for cancer survivor

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck has been making trading cards of everyday people. They don’t need to be a celebrity, throw a ball well or skate the ice with blazing speed. Instead, Upper Deck is honoring others for dealing with harrowing situations or the way they give back to their communities.

The latest to get a “Heroic Inspirations” trading card from Upper Deck is Jaclyn Murphy.

In 2004, when she was 9 years old, Jaclyn was diagnosed with malignant brain tumor and given a 30 percent chance of survival. During her treatments, she became friends with members of the Northwestern lacrosse team, a perfect match since Jaclyn loved the sport.

Jaclyn inspired the team while they had a positive impact on her life. Northwestern went on to win its first lacrosse national title that year.

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Your Turn: Which athletes and cards with military ties are most memorable to you?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Fleer produced an 80-card set documenting the career and the life of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams back in 1959, it included something that wasn’t all that common for sports cards at the time but is something that we’ve seen a little bit more of in recent years.

It included a selection of cards showcasing the Hall of Famer’s time in the military.

For those who don’t know, Williams missed parts of five baseball seasons — three from 1943-1945 in the Navy reserves for World War II where he learned to be a pilot and then part of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In his second stint, he was a fighter pilot serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.

Williams is far from alone as many stars from that era missed time serving in the military.

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Upper Deck presents the Black Diamond Draft

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors who pulled a Black Diamond Draft Card have no idea what they are going to get.

Sure, they know they are getting one of 25 cards – but the players still remains a mystery. Players on the checklist include Nathan MacKinnon, Tomas Hertl, Aleksander Barkov and Sean Monahan.

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First look: 2013-14 Rookie Anthology Hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Updates to all of Panini’s hockey products will be out in May with 2013-14 Rookie Anthology Hockey.

The updates will find collectors with new chase elements in products such as Prizm, Crown Royale and Titanium. However, Rookie Anthology will also be the home to 2013-14 Dominion hockey cards with Rookie Autograph Patches, Peerless Patches and Rookie Ensigns.

Each box of Rookie Anthology will have 10 packs with five cards in each pack. There will be four hits in every box with at least two autographs.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 In The Game Used

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Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 In The Game Used. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

First look: In The Game’s 2013-14 Between the Pipes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

He Shoots, He Saves!

Collectors know that moniker from In The Game’s Between the Pipes products.

The next incarnation comes out April 17 with at least four hits in every box. The set dedicated to hockey goalies will come with 18 packs and nine cards in each pack.

The 2013-14 Between the Pipes base set will consist of 150 players with three subsets: Stars of the Game, CHL Prospect and Greats of the Game.

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Beckett Auctions begins next month

Beckett Auctions kicks off next month with an impressive first round of items.

Highlights include UFC memorabilia, autographs from Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning, and a number of high-end sports cards including a Mike Trout autograph memorabilia card and a Damian Lillard autograph.

The auction will run April 13-April 27.

Beckett’s jump into the auction world will start with dozens of lots that include a wide variety of sports and historical items.

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First look: 2014 Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Goodwin Champions is coming back with new patches, World War I relics and slew of new signers.

Each box of 2014 Goodwin Champions will come with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be three hits per box that range from a number of different elements such as autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards, Museum Relics and Goodwin Masterpieces.

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New Upper Deck Master Collection set puts together 30 great athletes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.

Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.

The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.

Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).

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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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2014 Industry Summit: Panini America discusses new products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – With Panini’s Tuesday announcement revolving around its new rewards program, some of the other tidbits from its 2014 Industry Summit corporate address could have been missed.

Panini started by admitting 2013 was a mixed year for the company, plenty of which had to do with football. Football is a rookie-driven sport and the tail of the 2012 season (which comes out in 2013) did well while a weaker 2013 rookie class didn’t drive sales.

However, Panini expects that to turn around with a 2014 football class that features Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney and others.

Product information

Basketball: By having an exclusive with basketball, it allows Panini to create specific types of memorabilia cards such as the Christmas Day game-used shorts cards that will appear in Immaculate and National Treasures Basketball. These cards feature unique patches that Panini will utilize in those brands.

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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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Leaf acquires the rights to Sportkings

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

LAS VEGAS – Leaf has acquired the rights to Sportkings.

Leaf CEO Brian Gray told Beckett Media at the 2014 Industry Summit that his company is working on a new release, which is slated to come out around the 2014 National Sports Collector Convention.

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Full list of Sports Card Expo signers announced

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Sports Card Expo has announced its final autograph lineup for the May show.

Friday’s guests include Tom Barrasso, Joe Daley and Andy Moog.

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