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Category Archives: Just for Fun

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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