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Unannounced 3-D Cards Found in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Some lucky collectors busting packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee have uncovered rare 3-D insert cards that Upper Deck decided to put in as a special unannounced surprise.

For the third year in a row, the O-Pee-Chee brand has featured a special set that was not revealed to the public prior to release and the hobby has reacted to them positively once again.

In 2012-13, there were Deckle Edge inserts that came at incredibly long odds and they were similar to inserts that came in second series O-Pee-Chee packs during the 1970-71 season. Last year, Upper Deck once again dug back into the brand’s lush history and made a Glossy set that echoed the one-per-pack inserts from the 1977-78 campaign. Read More »

First “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn memorabilia card can be found in Triple Threads

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

He hasn’t pitched in years, has control issues and, well, he’s even admitted to PED use back in the day — but now he’s got himself an official game-used Topps baseball card.

Cleveland Indians legend and Major Leaguer Ricky Vaughn, aka Charlie Sheen, has his first memorabilia card ever thanks to Topps and it arrived in hobby shops today in 2014 Topps Triple Threads.

Nestled between Robinson Cano and Troy Tulowitzki on the Triple Threads Jumbo Plus Relics checklist is Vaughn, aka Wild Thing, and an image of a card released by Topps shows it to be a 1/1 Ruby parallel of the standard (limited to three copies) card. No other listings for the movie character appear on the checklist, though it’s possible more appearances could be had since Topps previously announced it had acquired a Vaughn jersey, which appears to be from the filming of Major League 2.

Major League autographs appearing in this year’s edition of Topps Archives were in big demand earlier in the year with the Sheen card the priciest, selling for as much as $700.

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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.

Your Turn: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card?

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What hasn’t made its way into a memorabilia card?

That’s a big question that may not have many answers if you’re talking about the four major sports, but the possibilities elsewhere in the sports world — and beyond — are a bit more vast.

We’ve seen plenty make its way into cardboard in the past but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Game-used Issue, we’d like to know what you’d want to see cut up and put into a memorabilia card. Maybe you’d want to see more non-traditional but historically significant pieces such as the Hindenburg from 2013 Panini Golden Age above — or maybe you’d want to see more movie props or simple things such as game-used baseballs with stitching. Tell us.

Do some thinking, get creative, and perhaps we’ll award something interesting with some memorabilia in it to one or two of our creative responders.

Q: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card? It could be anything … sports or not.

Let us know in the comments below — and we’ll run a selection of the answers in the upcoming magazine.

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.

More mem than ever: Memorabilia card total jumps 35 percent in less than three years

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary

You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.

You’d be wrong.

A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.

It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche as he breaks open a box of 2013-14 Ultimate Collection Hockey from Upper Deck.

What will he find inside? Let’s find out…

Game-used memorabilia cards are still cool — if they are creative

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret to many collectors that some of the mystique of game-used memorabilia cards has worn off a bit through the years — you know, the nearly two decades since pieces of game-used items started appearing inside our cardboard.

It seems like everything has made its way from a sports field or arena and into cards — well, nearly everything — but it must be said that game-used also has begun to reinvent itself in the last few years, too. Some of the best-designed and most-creative cards of the last decade have been of the game-used variety.

And that’s a promising sign for us all.

Sure, there are still plenty of plain, white swatches that count as hits in boxes from every manufacturer, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, in some ways, the strategies of at least one company — fewer mem cards in some spots, more creative alternatives in others — have had me looking more intently at cards from sports that I might not have normally collected. Why? I like cool cardboard whether it be game-used, event-used or — gasp! — even a ManuRelic (though those aren’t as high on my radar, despite being more creative).

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Beckett Auctions lands Babe Ruth-Harry Frazee dual cut autograph

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HISTORICAL DUAL AUTOGRAPH CARD OF BABE RUTH/HARRY FRAZEE HIGHLIGHTS BECKETT AUCTIONS’ OCTOBER LINEUP

A one-of-a-kind autograph card linking the two principles in the sale of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1920 highlights the October 2014 Beckett “Legends of Baseball’’ Auction.

The 2005 SP Legendary Dual Cuts Autograph numbered 1/1 features cut signatures of Ruth and former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, the man who sold Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 along with a reported $300,000 in loans that Frazee used to help finance one of his Broadway plays. The deal remains the most lopsided in baseball trade in history. The year he was sold, Ruth went on to slug 54 home runs – then a single-season record. Frazee died in 1929 and his signature remains in high demand to those wanting a piece of this unique history.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 1.

Veteran of the Week:

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
(448 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

After a dismal year in 2013, Matt Ryan appears to be back! He threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns( with no interceptions) in the Falcons 37-34 overtime win against division rival New Orleans Saints. The 448 yards passing sets a new Falcons franchise record. He also set a new team record for career touchdowns with 156, beating the previous record of 154. Ryan’s cards have cooled off over the last year, but if he can return to elite form expect his hobby status, and his key card values, to begin to rise again.

Cards to Grab:
2008 Playoff National Treasures #111 JSY AU/99 RC ($350)
2008 SP Authentic #300 JSY AU/499 RC ($250)
2008 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #166 ($120)

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Beckett Media seeks ad sales team member

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Are you interested in working for the leading publisher in the world of collectibles?

Beckett Media is seeking someone to join our advertising sales team. Send your cover letter and resume to Bill Dumas at bdumas@beckett.com.

NFL Play 60 Kids Have Thier Own 2014 Topps Cards

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

To celebrate kids across the country who are staying active for 60 minutes a day and leading healthy lifestyles, Topps and NFL PLAY 60 are partnering to include several Play 60 kids in 2014 Topps Football.

The collection will specifically feature the 2013 NFL Punt Pass and Kick Champions, the 2013 Super Bowl Contest local winners and PLAY 60 mentors on cards, featuring NFL players who are ambassadors for PLAY 60 in their communities. The PLAY 60 mentor cards feature NFL players from every team who have taken time out of their busy schedule to support and champion the PLAY 60 cause.

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THE DANDY DOZEN: The priciest* Bowman Chrome baseball autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Ever wonder which Bowman Chrome prospect/rookie autos (excluding parallels*) are the most expensive?

Mike Trout is the second player of the bunch to have his standard Bowman Chrome debut auto top the $1,000 mark — and he’s the only one to do it that’s not serial-numbered. Tops on the list, of course, is Albert Pujols‘ 2001 card that is limited to just 500 copies.

The rest of the crew is a who’s who of recent hot players — from Nats teammates Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg to Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig. You also can’t forget a pair of cards from this year’s biggie, Kris Bryant.

Here are the top 12 cards …  after the jump.

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David Lee Returns as Beckett Football Editor

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

When I was 12 years old the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, I was playing football and collecting football cards. It was a perfect time for football to be ingrained into my DNA.

Back then collecting was visiting my local hobby shops and weekend shows chasing down Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards, and telling myself I’d never be able to afford the Topps Nolan Ryan RC.

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Upper Deck Creates Heroic Inspirations Card for Goalie Josh Harding

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Today marks the release of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee from Upper Deck and the annual collector favorite will see the company’s Heroic Inspirations campaign gets a new twist with the insertion of a special inscribed and autographed card from Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November, 2012, Harding had to briefly step away from the game and made a triumphant return to the ice against the Dallas Stars on January 20, 2013 as he turned back all 24 shots to earn his seventh career shutout. Due to his remarkable comeback, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is annually give to a player that demonstrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 2013-14, he registered the best save percentage and goals-against average in the league despite missing a large chunk of action due to health issues.

Naturally, he has become a true inspiration for not just hockey fans, but also the MS community. Upper Deck was moved to pay tribute to his courage in the face of adversity and made the decision to create a “Heroic Inspirations” trading card that Harding has autographed and inscribed.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2014 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 3 Part 2 trading cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 3, Part 2 cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

In The Game’s Made To Order Program Coming To An End

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For over a decade, some of the most desired cards among hockey collectors have been from the Made To Order program that was a major part of several In The Game brands.

Made To Order was a true game-changer as it allowed collectors to submit the redemption cards to In The Game and they would receive a special 1/1 card featuring a player of their choosing. The cards began to appear in 2001-02 as part of Ultimate Memorabilia 2nd Edition and the program expanded over time to include varying themes over a wider array of products that included Between The Pipes, Heroes & Prospects and Sportkings.

“All redemption programs must come to an end and with the amalgamation between In The Game, Inc. and Leaf Trading Cards, now was the time for the Made To Order redemption program,” said In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price. “Remember, some of these cards are more than ten years old.” Read More »

First Look: 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75 Years baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Panini America‘s annual Hall of Fame baseball card set is going high-end.

The company formally revealed the basic product inclusions and images for 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75 Years on Tuesday, and it’s a single-pack box that includes twice as many autographs per box than its predecessor, Cooperstown.

This time around, Hall of Fame will include 12 cards in a box with two Hall of Famer autographs, four cards numbered to 75 or fewer copies and six other cards — one Elite Series, one Dominator, one Crusade, one Diamond King and two other cards — per box. It is set to arrive on Oct. 8.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … Hot baseball players, hot prospects & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As the regular season winds down and the pennant races heat up, this year’s true movers and shakers will begin to emerge on cardboard.

With our latest 20 Questions, we want to know what you think of the hobby’s key players, key cards and key product developments.

1. Who is your hobby MVP this season?

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2. Who gets your Hobby Rookie of the Year vote?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click “Read More” … )

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Beckett Exclusive: Panini Unveils Immaculate Sneak Peek Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The release of 2013-14 Panini Immaculate is just around the corner and Panini America has given Beckett Basketball an exclusive preview of some of its all-new Sneak Peek cards that are certainly going to capture the attention of collectors once the product hits store shelves this Friday.

With an oversized piece of game-worn sneakers from many of the greatest names from the past and present, this collection of 1/1 cards is perhaps the largest of its kind in the history of the trading card hobby. The roster includes such stars and legends as Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving.

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