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Posted on December 14, 2013 – 12:02 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Heroic Inspiration cards, Jack Hoffman, Jaden Schwartz, Mandi Schwartz, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
The latest person to appear on an Upper Deck Heroic Inspiration card is Mandi Schwartz.
Schwartz, a former Yale University hockey player, died in 2011 at the age of the 23. She was diagnosed with cancer her junior year in college in 2008.
Upper Deck has put other inspirational people on cards including 9-year-old Jack Hoffman, who is in cancer remission, and UD officials wanted to include one in Upper Deck Series 1.
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Posted on December 13, 2013 – 5:47 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, Upper Deck, Upper Deck employee cards | Comments (4)
By Dan Good | Contributing Writer
Many companies give holiday bonuses, a token of appreciation for hard-working employees.
Those bonuses come in numerous forms – usually a check or gift card, maybe a fleece or sweatshirt.
And then there’s Upper Deck, which this year gave its employees Michael Jordan displays featuring an autographed card and piece of the United Center floor. A few of the displays have already popped up online.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 4:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey | autograph collecting, autographs, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, BSCM, Elle Macpherson, magazines, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Scott Smith, Sports Illustrated, The S.I. King, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (6)
“The S.I. King” Scott Smith has a collecting mission — to get the autograph of every person who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That, of course, includes Swimsuit Issue models Elle Macpherson — and he’s amassed more than 94 percent of cover subjects in the near 60-year history of the weekly magazine.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Imagine a collecting challenge that spans decades into the past and has at least one new autograph addition arriving every single week.
That’s the life of Scott Smith, and it’s been that way for years now.
His quest? To get every issue of Sports Illustrated — the weekly magazine that has been around since 1954 — autographed by its cover subject. That’s nearly 60 years’ worth of magazines as S.I. will celebrate its diamond anniversary this August, and it’s a project that started for “The S.I. King” way back in 1982.
“My grandmother gave me a subscription to S.I. in 1973, and I collected and saved every issue and stacked them up in my closet,” said the 49-year-old former investment banker from New Jersey. “Like any kid who saves anything, I saved every issue. Wayne Gretzky‘s Sportsman of the Year was the first signed S.I. I got when he passed through town playing against the Devils. Went to Oilers team hotel in New Jersey.”
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 1:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball, Panini America, pinnacle | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
A popular name is showing up in the NBA for the first time.
Panini America is bringing 2013-14 Pinnacle to NBA cards in mid-January with 10 30-card packs in each hobby box.
Each hobby box will have two autographs and a memorabilia card.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 11:57 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2013 football rookie cards, 2013 Topps Turkey Red Football, football cards, Topps | Comments (0)
Beckett Football Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013 Topps Turkey Red, a Topps.com exclusive.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 9:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf | 2014 Leaf Legends of the Link, golf, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Leaf is bringing signed tournament cards to a new golf set.
Each box of 2014 Legends of the Links Golf will contain a cut autograph (single or double) and tournament-used signed scorecards.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 9:25 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | flu game, Grey Flannel Auctions, Michael Jordan | Comments (0)
Someone spent more than $100,000 for a pair of shoes.
The sneakers Michael Jordan wore during his famous “flu game” sold for $104,765 through Grey Flannel Auction Thursday.
Posted on December 12, 2013 – 8:47 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football, Non-Sports | 2013 Strata Football, 2013 Topps Strata Football, Santa Claus, Topps | Comments (14)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Ho ho ho!
Topps is bringing Santa Claus to collectors this year.
Santa Claus autograph relic cards have popped up in 2013 Topps Strata Football. No, Santa isn’t one of the many backup quarterbacks this year. The Santa Claus cards are an extra addition to Strata.
Posted on December 11, 2013 – 5:43 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | baseball cards, New York Yankees, Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners | Comments (18)
The baseball offseason can make your head swirl as you try to watch all the moves being made. Guys get traded to division rivals while others are signing big contracts to move across the country.
But what happens when one of your favorite players on your favorite team decides to pack his bags?
As a collector, you probably have a decent stash of his cards, including autographs and memorabilia. And that’s where my friend Marie Pecora found herself. She has close to 400 unique Robinson Cano cards with more than 51 autographs in her collection.
The day Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, I immediately thought of her and what she planned to do with her Cano collection.
Her first response involved some sort of bonfire, but she has since calmed down – kind of.
Posted on December 11, 2013 – 10:43 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | hockey, Nathan MacKinnon, Olympic, Sean Monahan, Team Canada | Comments (1)
Throughout the past couple of years, collectors have found cards from Team Canada in Upper Deck hockey products.
Team Canada is one of the most successful international teams with many of hockey’s top stars on the roster. Upper Deck created a comprehensive set dedicated to this team alone in 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey.