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First Look: 2014 Leaf Q

Ichiro

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

This year, Leaf Trading Cards has been busy putting out products that cater to a variety of collectors and with their upcoming release, 2014 Leaf Q, they are seeking to make a serious impact in the super-premium market once it hits store shelves in early January.

Featuring some of the biggest names in the sporting world, Q is an intriguing new effort that attempts to deliver nothing but significant hits thanks to a roster that includes such legends as Nolan Ryan, Magic Johnson, Mario Lemieux and Mike Tyson along with active stars and prospects like Ichiro, Roger Federer, Andrew Wiggins and Johnny Manziel. Each pack will contain 11 or 12 cards and at least 10 of them will be autographed.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2014 Leaf Q? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Lance Armstrong has eluded major cardboard

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Seven-time Tour de France winner and noted cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has decided he’s not going to fight steroid charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a move that could strip him of his record seven titles and bar him from cycling in any capacity for the rest of his life.

The news announced on Thursday night won’t have an immense impact on cardboard, but Armstrong, 40, does appear on a total of eight cards in the Beckett.com database. He’s never appeared on a certified autograph — standard or cut sig — and has just two scarce and unpriced memorabilia cards, a pair of 1/1s from Sportkings in 2008 and earlier this year.

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Box Busters: 2012 Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Goodwin Champions boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck adds Civil War items to Goodwin

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes are usually the focus of the trading cards we collect. Basketball and baseball stars. Football and hockey legends.

Upper Deck is taking a different approach to 2012 Goodwin Champions – which still showcases athletes – by taking a look at America’s history. One of the highlights in this year’s product are the Museum Relics, but this time with a Civil War theme.

Goodwin Champions released today, and collectors have a chance to obtain relics from the Civil War era. Some of the artifacts are buttons, hat insignias and Confederate currency.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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Do you have Olympic fever? Check out what everything is worth right here …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The world’s showcase event, The Olympics, are nearing their close on Sunday but there’s little doubt that one shade can be used to describe the meteoric movement on some of the key autographs from this year’s Topps Olympic card set.

Golden.

We’ve seen it already with the autographs of emerging stars such as American swimmer Missy Franklin — the world’s spotlight and those watching can make what had been an affordable autograph one that’s suddenly not — and with the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team set the only place to find autographs of many Olympic stars? Well, it means those cards can fluctuate wildly.

At the link below, you can download a price guide for the entirety of the product, a sampling of what you’ll find for everything here on Beckett.com for everything that’s there every single day if you have an Online Price Guide.

Click here to download a free comprehensive 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic price guide.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

AT THE NATIONAL: Dick Perez attends his first NSCC

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

All those Diamond Kings and Turkey Reds later, and  Dick Perez  has finally attended his first National.

“I’ve been to other card shows and signings, but never the National before,” the iconic artist said Friday, during an autograph signing at the Legendary Auctions booth.

Perez signed autographs and shared stories, with his work displayed around him. One book showed a  Roberto Clemente  painting that was inserted – in jigsaw puzzle form – in packs of 1987 Donruss.

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AT THE NATIONAL: VIP packages sell out

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

For the first time in the 33 years of the National Sports Collectors Convention the Super VIP and VIP packages have sold out, said NSCC organizer Mike Berkus on Friday.

Part of the reason is the special giveaways only available to VIPs, which includes promos cards and free autographs.

“Our customers are very loyal,” Berkus said. “If you look at other elite programs around the country they reward their customers. It’s OK to sell out.”

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AT THE NATIONAL: Upper Deck rewards casebreakers with prizes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – Casebreakers are big fans of the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. They get their fair share of redemption packs with the amount of product they open.

Upper Deck is making redemptions worthwhile for these big spenders by giving away prizes for collectors breaking select 2012 Upper Deck cases.

Prizes range from autograph cards and memorabilia to hobby boxes of 2012 products.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Group case breakers open more nearly 200 Panini redemption packs

 

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – Not everyone can make it to the National Sports Collectors Convention. Money, distance and work are all things that can get in the way.

But a community of collectors on YouTube and BlogTV have found a way to be here without actually being here.

About 125 collectors have joined a group break to get as many Panini America redemptions as possible. Only about 30 or so of the group will make it out this weekend, but as of Thursday afternoon, they have ripped 180 wrapper redemption packs after buying two cases of 2011 Prime Cuts.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Palmer, Schoendienst, Youngblood, Finch, Robinson unavailable for autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There is a slight change to the autograph schedule at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Jim Palmer, Red SchoendienstJack Youngblood, Jennie Finch and Frank Robinson will not be signing, according to tweets by TRISTAR Productions’ official account.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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Missy Franklin’s ink tops Justin Bieber’s

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Missy Franklin stands an imposing 6-foot-1 but she’s just 17 years old and a fan of Justin Bieber.

Oh, and she’s also an Olympic gold medalist, winning the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, who might be looking for another possible medal tonight during the London Games.

And that has meant added attention to her autographed cards in the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team product that is the place of all places to find certified autographs of the stars of this year’s games (as long as they wear red, white and blue).

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A look at Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Ryan Lochte beat out the field in the 400 individual medley, which included Olympic swimming Golden Boy Michael Phelps, he became The Guy. Essentially Lochte became a household name and not a commercial break goes by without seeing him swimming to London.

Sure, Phelps is the most popular and his sponsorships with Subway probably won’t go away anytime soon. However, Lochte won the first gold of the Olympics for the Americans. While Phelps took fourth in the same race.

Collectors looking to snag a couple of Lochte’s cards are in luck. Lochte is featured in 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team, but his first card came in 2007.

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UD offers redemption pick up and raffle at NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Getting a redemption cards is probably one of the least favorite things of the hobby. Having to hold on to it for months, even years, is even worse. But they are part of the business.

However, maybe collectors can do something about it.

Upper Deck is including a program for redemptions at its booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention from Aug. 2-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This isn’t the first time UD has offered this service. It started at the 2012 Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo in Toronto.

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Sportkings announces NSCC VIP and redemption programs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you like games, the Sportkings booth may be the spot for collectors at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Each VIP bag will have a redemption card that can be exchanged for the Sportkings’ Corporate Booth for nine random Sportkings Puzzle cards from nine subjects. These National exclusives won’t be the only thing Sportkings is giving away as the company will also include a product redemption program.

Want to know who is included in the program? You can read more after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Beginnings II

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2012 Marvel Beginnings II by Upper Deck. Watch to see two grown men nerd out over the Marvel Universe. Oh, and the cards are awesome, too.

Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?

 

 

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, June 15 …

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.

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

Some Topps Olympic autos already look golden

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A half-dozen or so U. S. Olympians featured on Topps cards already have captured the hearts of more than a few Americans more than two months before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

How do we know? They’re already going for gold.

It’s apparent just by looking at the values of their autograph cards found in packs of 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team as the basic autographs for seven cards (showcasing six athletes) have reached or topped the $100 plateau since the product’s release. (Need a checklist or OPG to find out what your cards are worth? Click here.) And that’s not including rarer parallel cards.

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Box Busters: 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team & Hopefuls

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team & Hopefuls boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps offers extra autos in new Olympic product

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re interested in going for the gold autographs in Topps‘ new Olympic card set, then the company did you one better.

The company announced on Thursday that its newly released 2012 U.S. Olympics Team & Hopefuls product now includes an additional autograph every other hobby box.

The set was previously announced to have one autograph, one Relic and a commemorative Relic per box.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.