Category Archives: Just for Fun

Not our next Beckett Baseball cover … yet

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Will Ferrell‘s efforts to raise awareness — and funds — to fight cancer are just getting started with game-used memorabilia from each of the 10 MLB teams he played for headed to the auction block soon and an HBO special from Funny or Die coming later this year.

RealCoverwhiteToday, we’re sending the May issue of Beckett Baseball to the printer, and it will arrive in hobby shops soon with a certain hot pitcher on its cover.

No, it won’t be Ferrell, though he retired the only batter he faced on Thursday night when he was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets — his first Beckett cover.

But with all the buzz about Ferrell’s mesmerizing skills on the diamond — best outfield arm ever — and all his transactions (they’re even officially listed) I had to do more than imagine what he might look like on a Beckett Baseball cover.

It’s likely to just remain a fantasy as his spring training appearances have come and gone, his playing days over, but there’s still a chance that the former Mariner, Athletic, Cub, Angel, Red, Diamondback, Giant, Dodger, Padre and White Sox star will appear on some baseball cards later this year. I’d even boldly predict he’d appear on a Beckett Baseball Hot List if that were to happen — even though I don’t even compile that.

If it happens, though, we’ll have it covered — and we might have a cover ready to go, too.

RELATED >>> Now is the time for real Will Ferrell baseball cards

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.

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Beckett TBT: Dinosaurs Attack!

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

It is considered to be one of the most controversial non-sports sets of all-time.

In 1988, Topps decided to capitalize on Mars Attacks‘ wave of popularity and produced a prehistoric homage of sorts called Dinosaurs Attack! The basic premise of the series is a scientific experiment gone horrifically wrong and a time portal transports dinosaurs to the modern day world. Hilarity and gore ensue, of course, and we get a slew of scenes that depict every day life, just with giant dinosaurs eating everything and everyone.

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Top 5: Cards of WWE Diva Paige

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

When it comes to this year’s wrestling cards, this is her house.

The night after WrestleMania 30 last year, Paige made her WWE debut by winning the Divas Championship from AJ Lee on Raw. Ever since, she has ridden a wave of massive popularity among wrestling fans.

Now, a star of Total Divas and a two-time champion, her popularity is soaring with collectors of cardboard. The release of 2015 Topps WWE has opened the floodgates for Paige collectors, as it includes her “Rookie Card” and many firsts, including autographs, Relics and kiss cards. In a very strong product with many superstars from the past and present, such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, Paige is the hottest seller among all of them. While she doesn’t have many cards yet, here is a list of her all-time top five … after the jump.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests … start here

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

We’re presently running 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all 30 links.

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Artist uses game-used baseballs to make dress

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Spring training is the home of surprises — and we have our first for the year.

It’s a game-used dress.

Fans who attend New York Mets home spring games at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., beginning on March 6 will have a chance to own this dress, which is made from the leather shells of 130 game-used MLB baseballs.

Yep, game-used baseballs.

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Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

And the Oscar goes to…

On Sunday, that phrase will be heard many times as Hollywood’s elite gather to honor those who have cranked out the best film performances of the year. Yes, it’s that time of year again as the  87th Academy Awards will commence from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, the glitz, the glamor, and the star power of that night. And, hopefully, not a Kanye appearance in sight.

This year, an eclectic group of nominees will compete for the four best-acting categories. There are first-time nominees, such as Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne, and seasoned Oscar veterans like Meryl Streep, who has racked up an impressive 19 nominations and three wins during her legendary career. From the youngest nominee, Emma Stone (26), and the oldest, Robert Duvall (84), we have a 40-year old virgin, Khan Noonien Singh, June Carter-Cash, and an American sniper. And, as Tony Stark would say, “We have a Hulk.” Well, two actually. All in all, among these 20 nominees, there are 59 nominations and six wins.

However, the most-impressive statistic in this analyst’s eyes is the number of nominees who have portrayed or will portray characters in superhero films. There are nine actors and actresses on this list: Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk) , Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man 1-3), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), and Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2). Needless to say, Marvel and DC Comics are very well represented at these Oscars.

And, one doesn’t have to look too far before finding a few key non-sports issues of these talented nominees. In no particular order, here are the top examples …

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Win this Odell Beckham Jr. auto in the April BSCM

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If you’re plugged in online, then you might have heard about Odell Beckham Jr.‘s recent #SignMyTweet session.

If not, you should have been on Beckett.com/news last week where we told everybody about the free promotional signing by XFinity Sports where he signed a number of tweets sent to him as part of the event. If you saw it, you could have tweeted the Offensive Rookie of the Year award-winner and maybe, just maybe, received some ink.

@BeckettMedia tweeted him and got lucky. Now, one reader of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will be a winner when the tweet Beckham signed above will be given away in a future issue. Look for details in the April 2015 issue in stores next month. — Chris Olds

Your Turn: How would you spend $4.5 million in Super Bowl commercial cash?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday is $4.5 million.

That’s $150,000 a second — and for most of us that single second is more cash than we see in a year. Since we have better things to spend our money on than that — you know, we buy cards — it got us wondering how we could spend that kind of money.

Maybe we’d buy 300,000 copies of Tom Brady‘s 2000 Fleer Tradition Rookie Card. Or perhaps we’d pick off that many 2012 Panini Contenders Richard Sherman RCs since, you know, it’s his only RC.

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The Empire Strikes Gold

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Papa Jango would be proud.

On Wednesday, a Boba Fett action figure brought in a record bid of $27,221. It was one of at least 70 Star Wars action figures that was sold at the Vectis Toy Auction in the UK. This massive collection belonged to Craig Stevens, the former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club. His little bundle brought in a grand total of $63,209.

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Contest: The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a huge roller coaster ride thus far. The trials and tribulations that the post-apocalyptic family of Rick Grimes deal with are becoming more grueling and disparaging. The walkers are more disgusting and rotted than ever, resources and food are scarce, and the outsiders are more sadistic and violent. When the series returns on Feb. 8, the fate of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and everyone else looks very grim. The characters will most likely face some very emotionally draining situations. This begs the question: What have been the most emotionally draining, shocking, or tragic moments in the history of the series? Well, fear not, Walking Dead-heads! After fan feedback and in-depth research, I have listed the top 5.

**Warning: Spoilers ahead**

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The Deflategate Football Card of the Day™ is …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

As an NFL coach, Bill Belichick doesn’t have too many football cards — and he doesn’t have any game-used memorabilia cards.

But this Tom Brady 2002 Absolute Memorabilia game-used football card?

Well, it just feels special today, doesn’t it? It’s our Deflategate Football Card of the Day™ … and it’s awesome.

Tell us what you think of the card 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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Upper Deck Gets Funny In New Packs To The People

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Packs To The People is back again and going where it has never been before.

In the newest episode, Upper Deck pays a visit to the Spectacles Improv Engine, an Orange County-based comedy theatre company, and makes the cards part of the show. Host Andrew Long gets the troop members to check out 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One and the audience members also have a chance to bust some packs.

Upper Deck posted the video last night on their YouTube channel and collectors can now see some of the highlights of what was pulled by some members of the crowd that evening.

It’s National Bobblehead Day — show your bobbles

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

They’ve been around for decades, nodding along to whatever whims or tunes you presented them.

They’re bobbleheads — and today is National Bobblehead Day according to the people planning to open a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Since this one’s just for fun, we want to know … who would you want to see have a bobblehead?

If you already have your favorite, you can show us in the comments below. (You’ll never guess whose office has the display seen above.)

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 colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

 

Holiday Hockey Memories

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

Back in 1986, I was a typical 10-year-old kid hoping to find something incredible under the Christmas tree and the man in red delivered something unexpected in my stocking that year – a complete set of 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA hockey cards!

Even at the age, I was crazy about the history of the game and to get my first-ever card of Gordie Howe was a genuine thrill as I knew of his exploits on the ice. Going through those 66 cards, it was incredible to see players from the teams I had only read about. In addition to Mr. Hockey, I was able to enjoy cards of Frank Mahovlich, Bobby Hull, Robbie Ftorek and others that starred in the Rival League.

Somewhat foolishly, I ended up trading those cards away for some older hockey cards that year. Eventually, I put a complete set together once again, but I sincerely miss that set that was tucked away in my stocking. Read More »

Top 10: Alabama football fans who need an auto

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A pair of upcoming games in the college football world and one other major development on the college football trading card front has had this University of Alabama grad thinking.

Sure, there are a pair of football games to come soon that could lead to the school’s 16th national championship — its fourth since 2009 — but I’ve been thinking about all the possibilities for Crimson Tide cardboard. Why? Panini America is expected to have deals in place with nearly all of the major schools next year, creating a college-card push we may not have seen before in the hobby.

So, the company that took one of  Paul “Bear” Bryant’s iconic Houndstooth fedoras and made it into a card (above), might now be exploring the history and the tradition of Alabama football. There are plenty of possibilities — Paul W. Bryant Museum cards showing iconic pieces in its archives, Walk of Fame cards, Bowl game program cards, campus landmarks, stadium seat memorabilia cards, game-used cards and so much more. And, of course, there would be autographs.

The autograph front is one where another past creation of the company, the autographed celebrity cards launched about a decade ago called “Fans of the Game,” could truly make a school-centric card release even more interesting. Sure, we all expect the gridiron legends to appear in a card set — and Alabama has a few with the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and many, many more in more recent years — but a college-centric Fans of the Game inclusion could be interesting to even non-collectors.

Here’s my list of 10 iconic Alabama superfans or famous grads who would be cool certified autographs to find in packs … after the jump.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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The best non-sports set…that didn’t happen!

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

As collectors, most of the time we get what we want. There are a wide variety of sports and non-sports sets from which to choose. An autograph here, a relic there. A fan of collecting base sets? No problem. There are plenty out there. However, once in a great while, we anticipate the major release of a set and come up empty handed.

That happened in 2014 with the non-release of arguably the best superhero film of the year: X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is surprising since X-Men card sets (both comic and film) have been very successful in the past. Topps released sets for the first two X-Men films from 2000 to 2003 and Rittenhouse picked up the 2006 X-Men and 2009 Wolverine films. However, since then, all has been quiet on the X-Men front. No official sets were released for 2011’s X-Men: First Class or 2013’s The Wolverine.

Considering the hype behind it, it’s hard to comprehend how Days of Future Past was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list. Too much star power? Maybe. Licensing issues? Perhaps. The fact is that the major card companies missed out on a winner.

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BGS Diary Predictor: What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary (click to read) and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

That was last month’s BGS submission. For this month, we’re getting a bit interactive. He’s prepared his five cards for grading and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

November BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC (54%, 86 Votes)
  • 2011 Topps Stickers #21 Nick Swisher (40%, 63 Votes)
  • 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana RC (38%, 60 Votes)
  • 1957 Topps #35 Frank Robinson RC (37%, 59 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractors #18BC8 Bryce Harper (36%, 57 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC (35%, 56 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #JBE Dr. Jim Beckett (31%, 50 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps WWE Diva Centerfolds #1 AJ Lee (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2001 Topps Heritage #316 Cal Ripken SP (16%, 26 Votes)
  • 1971-72 Topps #4 John Johnson RC (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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Ripping Retro with Author Ken Reid

YouTube Preview ImageJoin Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche and Ken Reid, author of Hockey Card Stories as they break open packs of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. Will they try to eat 30-year-old pieces of gum? Find out at the end of this video!

Royals fan Paul Rudd gets Topps baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Actor Paul Rudd is a big Kansas City Royals backer and baseball fans have seen plenty of him on television as his team has marched to the World Series.

Now, thanks to Topps, they can get his baseball card — and all the company had to do was trade him a 1975 Topps George Brett Rookie Card to seal the deal.

Rudd has been added to packs of Topps Bunt baseball cards — the mobile app for iPhone and Android that has let collectors hunt for virtual cards and in some cases turn them into real money. (Yep, those who can’t pull them from packs buy the rights to them in online auctions just like the real cards.)

“Pretty fired up to be able to give Paul Rudd his own card in @ToppsBUNT!” tweeted Chris R. Vaccaro, who is the head of app operations for Topps Digital. “Awesome working with Paul to get this done.”

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Does Gerald Posey have MLB’s best nickname?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor  | Commentary

From the Just for Fun file … 

Sometimes a baseball card can create questions … like what might the San Francisco Giants’ All-Star catcher look like as a Kansas City Royal?

In 2012 the Royals hosted the Midsummer Classic and this Topps card with a piece of Gerald Dempster Posey III‘s All-Star jersey was the result. Now, with the Fall Classic in K.C., we have a different question for you …

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