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Posted on March 12, 2014 – 3:57 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Panini Titanium Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Panini America | Comments (4)
Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Panini Titanium Hockey.
Posted on March 12, 2014 – 1:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey | 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken, baseball cards, Billy Ripken, Donruss, error cards, Errors, errors and variations, Score, Topps, Upper Deck, variations | Comments (5)
RELATED: What’s your favorite error or variation card? Tell us here …
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It’s no secret which sports card most people think of when one says “error card” — it’s the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken.
However, there are many errors and variations found on cardboard for all sports through the years beyond those caused by a moment of bad judgment and a renegade marker – enough that we figured we’d try and take a look at the subject in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
These days where the print runs are much shorter, most variations are made on purpose as intentional nods to the past such as those found in the Topps Heritage baseball set arriving this week. Others these days are made to add a chase or some added challenges to building a set, while a smaller few are mistakes that get fixed for whatever reason. It seems that baseball sets have had the most corrections by far through the years, but the gremlins have struck in all sports and even some non-sports releases.
Then, of course, there are the Honus Wagners (T206) and Alex Gordons (2006 Topps) of the world — cards that were made and then removed, sparking interest in those cards that should not be. For this issue, we’re curious about your feelings about some of these approaches and which types of errors made in the past are the most appealing as a collector. Here are our latest 20 Questions — and the results will appear in the upcoming issue.
1. Do you think the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken card is the most-famous error card in hobby history?
2. Do you actively hunt errors and/or variations as a collector?
See the rest of the questions about errors and variations … after the jump.
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Posted on March 12, 2014 – 12:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports | collecting, Sports Card Album, technology | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
What happens when there isn’t an app you want?
Some people go out and create one.
That’s what Sergio Dubois did when photosharing software wasn’t what he needed for his card collection. Instead of being able to see a full card, sites were only allowing thumbnail images or cutting off pictures so users couldn’t see full cards.
Dubois decided to do something about it. He paid a friend who is a developer to create a program that suited his needs. In the end, he got Sports Card Album.
The process started nearly one year ago. It launched with a free website where users joined in a beta program to work through the glitches to get the working site ready. On Tuesday, Sports Card Album launched an iPhone app. An Android app is in the works.
Posted on March 11, 2014 – 11:24 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | 2014 Industry Summit, Panini America, Panini Black Box, press pass, Upper Deck, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary | Comments (4)
The four-day 2014 Industry Summit begins on Sunday with dealers, card companies, distributors and licensors heading to Las Vegas to discuss the hobby.
There are seminars and breakout sessions and meetings. This is a chance for companies to explain what they plan on doing over the next few months, giving dealers a preview of what’s to come.
But one of the biggest things people get out of the Industry Summit is swag. Dealers get promo cards and items from different companies. Many of these items carry a premium and dealers can sell them to recoup the cost of going to the Summit or throw it in their collection.
Posted on March 10, 2014 – 1:07 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey, NHL, Panini America | Comments (1)
Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey.
Posted on March 5, 2014 – 2:24 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2013-14 SPx Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 SPx Hockey by Upper Deck.
Posted on March 4, 2014 – 2:15 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey, NHL, Tomas Hertl, Upper Deck, Young Guns | Comments (3)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Sometimes checklists don’t tell the whole story for a trading card set.
Upper Deck may have included at least one parallel in Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey that is not included on the checklist – Young Guns acetate parallels.
A few collectors and dealers found the stealthy hit on the first day of the release.
There are Young Guns Exclusives (numbered to 100), High Gloss or Spectrum (numbered to 10), Printing Plates (1-of-1) parallels, and Canvas Young Guns inserts on the CL, but no mention of the acetate cards.
Posted on March 3, 2014 – 1:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Your Turn | 1989 Upper Deck, 1990-91 Hoops, Dale Murphy, error cards, Errors, Errors & variations, Michael Jordan, mistakes, Sam Vincent | Comments (32)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
People make mistakes.
If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.
Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)
Posted on March 3, 2014 – 9:19 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Contenders Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Panini America | Comments (1)
The last edition of Contenders Hockey will come out in late March.
Panini America announced 2013-14 Contenders Hockey over the weekend, and showed off one of its final NHL-licensed trading card sets in the last year of its NHL, NHLPA contract.
Contenders will contain 18 packs in every box with five cards in each pack. There will be at least four autographs in every box.
Contenders is known for its Rookie Tickets and Panini will ensure that is in the forefront of the last Contenders release. Up to 125 Rookie Ticket signers will be included with rare photo variations
Posted on February 28, 2014 – 9:30 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Upper Deck Series 2 is scheduled to release next week with the second half of the Young Guns Rookie Cards.
The Series 2 checklist includes Aleksander Barkov, Brendan Gallagher and Martin Jones. The checklist features 50 new Rookies Cards.
The most popular Young Guns from the first series included Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Hertl, Nail Yakupov, Seth Jones and Sean Monahan.
Here’s a complete Young Guns Series 2 checklist:
Posted on February 28, 2014 – 8:30 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | hockey cards, NHL, NHLPA, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
Upper Deck’s exclusive trading card deal with the NHL and NHLPA, which was announced Thursday, drew a range of reactions from collectors and dealers. Some are intrigued to see what Upper Deck will do, while others enjoyed the competition in the marketplace with Panini America.
“I’m very excited to see Upper Deck back as a major card company again with an exclusive license,” said collector Mitch Kalman of Herndon, Va. “They have been an innovator of technology dating back to the early ‘90s with holograms, booklets, etc. Upper Deck brings a lot of great ideas to the industry.”
Not all collectors were as optimistic as Kalman. Upper Deck and Panini shared the marketplace over the past four years. Panini brought brands such as Score and Crown Royale back while adding Prime and Dominion.
“I don’t think an exclusive or monopoly is a good thing for consumers in any business, no matter who controls it,” said Wayne Frazer of The IceBox Cards and Collectibles in Barrie, Ontario. “I have no issue with Upper Deck ‘winning’ over Panini — I was rooting for both to continue rather than just one.”
Posted on February 27, 2014 – 4:10 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Adam Larry, hockey cards, NHL, NHLPA, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
When Upper Deck, the NHL and NHLPA announced an exclusive trading card deal on Thursday, many collectors wondered why.
The NHL has been a two-company league for the past four years with UD and Panini America.
However, one of the biggest reasons is that handling one company is easier than dealing with multiple entities, cutting the maintenance in half while still maintaining an acceptable level on cards. While years and money were not disclosed, the NHL and NHLPA likely wouldn’t cut into their revenue by 50 percent by eliminating one of their partners.
Adam Larry, NHLPA Director of Licensing, thnks that early on there will be less products after a Double Rookie Class year. However, Upper Deck will determine the exact amount of products that will be created — which Upper Deck has not yet determined.
“Of the benefits, one of the big ones is being able to control number of products a little better,” Larry told Beckett Media. “One of the things we were hearing is there was probably a little too much product out there right now.”
Posted on February 27, 2014 – 1:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | exclusive trading cards, NHL, NHLPA, Upper Deck | Comments (20)
The NHL, NHLPA and Upper Deck have entered into an exclusive trading card deal.
The deal, announced by Upper Deck today, will take effect next season for multiple years, but the length of the deal with not disclosed.
Posted on February 19, 2014 – 3:44 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, NHL Stadium Series, Steiner Sports | Comments (0)
The helmet New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wore during the Stadium Series is up for auction through Steiner Sports.
The helmet features images of New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.
Posted on February 19, 2014 – 3:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Dr. Brian Price, In The Game Trading Cards, Industry Summit, Kevin Isaacson, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (31)
With the Industry Summit less than a month away, it seems two vendors from last year’s meet up will not be in attendance.
Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game Inc., will not have booths set up.
Posted on February 18, 2014 – 2:18 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Watch as Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of KHL hockey trading cards by SeReal.
Posted on February 14, 2014 – 8:41 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey, Pro Wrestling | 2011 Fall Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, 2014 Spring Expo, Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Theo Fleury | Comments (0)
Canada’s most popular sports card show announced its initial autograph signings for the Spring Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.
Names include some of Philadelphia Flyer favorites, recent Calgary stars and a WWE Legend.
Posted on February 14, 2014 – 7:58 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Artifacts, 2013-14 NHL Artifacts, double rookie class, hockey cards, Nathan MacKinnon. Tomas Hertl, nhl double rookie class, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
The checklist is ready for Upper Deck’s 2013-14 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions.
Upper Deck released Artifacts last September before the official Double Rookie Class could be included on cards. That means this year’s rookies such as Nathan MacKinnon and Tomas Hertl were kept out of the product – initially.
But collectors knew that the Artifact rookie redemptions would be good for those players. Sure enough the checklist includes MacKinnon, Hertl, Calgary’s Sean Monahan, Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba.
See below for a full checklist of unsigned and signed Rookie Redemptions from Artifacts.
Posted on February 13, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | baseball cards, basketball cards, football cards, hockey cards, Vintage cards | Comments (17)
When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.
Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?
Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.
For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.
So, all that said …
What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?
What do you like about vintage cards?
What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?
Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards in the comments below.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. 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 February 10, 2014 – 4:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 In The Game Used, hockey cards, In The Game, In The Game Used, itg | Comments (0)
In The Game is bringing back a former product. The Canadian card company is releasing 2013-14 In The Game-Used, 10 years after the original.
The product will feature four cards, all with game-used memorabilia. Each box will have four game-used memorabilia cards: a Single, Double, Triple and Quad Game-Used Memorabilia cards.