30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Cleveland Indians

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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.

Today, we’re launching 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 your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Los Angeles Angels

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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.

Today, we’re launching 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 your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Chicago Cubs

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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.

Today, we’re launching 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 your instructions.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The next Star Wars release of 2015 arrives in August — and it’s a collection of everything Star Wars so far.

It’s 2015 Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith — a follow-up to the 2014 release that explored the Star Wars canon via Chrome that arrives on Aug. 5

Carrying a $3.99 per pack suggested retail price. this one will include 24 packs per hobby box — one designed for Jedi and another designed for Sith — but with two hits inside all of them. There will be one Chrome medallion and a second hit from an array of autographs, printing plates and sketch cards.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Donruss in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Note: Save your wrappers — Panini America has a redemption program planned.

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Jonathan Quick, Henrik Sedin, Max Pacioretty

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should take notice of their cards.

Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings
Posting a 3-0-0 record with a .959 save percent average and a 1.33 goals against average, Quick was on fire last week. He began the week with 21 saves in an outing against the Lightning as the Kings outlasted Steven Stamkos and the Bolts in a 3-2 victory. He followed that performance up by doubling his saves as the Kings beat the Avs 4-1. Quick ended the week with a victory over the rival Sharks at Levi’s Stadium in a 2015 Stadium Series game which extended the Kings winning streak to seven games. Quick is no stranger on the collecting front either. He has three Rookie Cards all of which will cost you a pretty penny on the secondary market.  The hardest to find of these is his Be A Player which is numbered to 99.

Cards to Grab:
2007-08 Be A Player #247 RC/99, $300
2007-08 SP Authentic #177 RC/999, $200
2011-12 Crown Royale Veteran Silhouette Patch Autographs #32 /25, $120

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Latest Topps wall art line meshes Finest with metal

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The latest line of MLB wall art from Topps is one that takes a popular brand from the past and blows it up onto metal prints.

The brand is 1993 Finest and there are 162 new offerings all printed on metal beginning today only on Topps.com.

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First Look: 2015 Diamond Kings baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

After a decade-long break, the standalone Diamond Kings brand of baseball cards is back and it’s bringing with it one of the biggest names in sports history.

Panini America revealed the first glimpses at a revisited DK set on Tuesday as 2015 Diamond Kings is set to return in late April packing two autograph or memorabilia cards in every 12-pack hobby box. But among its biggest inclusions? Diamond Kings will mark the first appearance of Babe Ruth in a Panini product.

Yep, that guy.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage checklist

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The checklist for this year’s Topps Heritage baseball card set is here from Topps and the trip down memory lane will include some surprises as we revisit 1966 in the packs of today.

Among them? Cut autographs of Dick Clark, Fats Domino and Red Skelton alongside autographs of Bryce Harper, Mariano Rivera, Rusney Castillo and Sandy Koufax.

Back this year will be action image variations and throwback uniform cards where photographs showcase retro threads worn regularly in MLB. Also back from a few years ago are color swaps where the color design is altered on some rarer cards.

At retail there will be 15-card tributes to Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax — A Legend Begins will be Ryan cards in Target packs, while Koufax will have his A Legend Retires cards found at Walmart.

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What errors might be in 2015 Topps Heritage? Start with a look back at 1966 Topps …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

With the release of the final checklist for 2015 Topps Heritage coming any day now in advance of the product’s arrival next Wednesday, we’ll know a bit more about the ways Topps is adding a chase to this year’s throwback issue, which is a re-imagining of the 1966 Topps brand.

We already know that we’ll have throwback uniform and action image variations on top of the more-standard 75 short-printed cards in the set. We’ll find out precisely what those cards are the second a checklist arrives.

But the rarer error variations? Those aren’t typically revealed, so now it’s time to guess on which cards in this year’s set will have variations based on mistakes made back in 1966.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Fire football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Fire in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps prepares first Star Wars wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There has been an awakening — and on Tuesday collectors can feel it.

No, it’s not The Force Awakens just yet, but Topps is readying a look at the past of Star Wars with a new line of wall art coming Tuesday only on Topps.com.

It’s a five-piece series reproducing the original wrappers from the 1977 trading card releases — only this time they’re much larger and more durable than their wax-paper debuts.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 10th edition of Triple Threads might have more in store than ever — and some cards do.

Topps revealed the first glimpses at 2015 Topps Triple Threads on Monday and it includes four “Deca” sets that include 10 swatches among multiple-panel booklets as a nod to this being the 10th edition of the long-running memorabilia-loaded brand.

It will arrive on Sept. 16 with the familiar two-pack box format and, like in past years, there will be two types of packs. Version 1 will include three base cards, two parallels, a Triple Relic and a Unity auto Relic. Pack Version 2 will include three base, two parallels, one signed Triple Relic and a Unity Relic.

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Upper Deck signs several top NFL prospects

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

The NFL Combine is underway in Indy, and the NFL Draft is about two months away. To usher what looks to be another exciting rookie class deep in talent and hobby appeal, card companies are gearing up the first draft picks cards of 2015. Upper Deck recently announced the signing of many top prospects to card deals.

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper, Bryce Petty, Ameer Abdullah and several others have signed to appear on collegiate-licensed cards from Upper Deck. This includes many autograph deals.

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Muhammad Ali’s gloves sell for $956,000

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

On the 50th anniversary of their controversial second fight, the gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston packed even more punch and the result was the same — a knockout.

They sold for $956,000 during a Heritage Auctions sale in New York on Saturday night.

The buyer chose to remain anonymous, whole the gloves were consigned by Seth Ersoff, a Los Angeles-based collector who bought them from the family of the boxing commissioner who handled the famed fight.

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Sunday Conversation: Card artist Mike James

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Mike James is a veteran sports card artist who has had his work appear in several different card sets through the years. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A for our latest Sunday Conversation

mug-MikeJamesHow long have you done sketch cards and what is your art background?
The first set that I worked on for a card company was for Be A Player back in 2003-04. It was an insert set called Brush With Greatness — not exactly sketch cards — they were a series of paintings that were made into a card set, but still a very cool thrill for me. I have been doing on-card art for various sets for the past three or four years now. Up until the past six months or so, the sets that I worked on were for In The Game and Famous Fabrics. Some of the coolest original art cards I did for them were for Ultimate Memorabilia (starting with Ultimate 11), Sportkings and Famous Fabrics’ Music, Music, Music. I also got to do some really unique 1/1 cards for the Industry Summit. I have degrees in both fine arts and graphic design — both of which have served me very well.

How would you describe your style or your approach — and what makes you different than the next artist?
For the most part, I try to make my art as realistic as possible. I have always been very particular about trying to get in as much detail as I can with the portraits that I do. As for what makes my work different than any other artist — I think it all comes down to style. I’m sure every artist has a different approach to their own work, but there are so many fantastic artists creating work with so many different styles. It’s pretty amazing to me, really, how much good solid work is out there now … especially given the small format required for the finished pieces — 2.5 by 3.5 is not a lot of space to capture the details, especially where there are other graphic elements on the cards!

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Ronda Rousey auction ends at $10,103

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Analyst

Apparently, $10,000 isn’t a stretch at all.

Beckett.com reported on Friday that a 2012 Topps Finest Red Refractor Autograph 1/1 of Ronda Rousey  was up for auction on eBay. The auction was at $5,900 after 56 bids.

Well, the auction has concluded and the card has sold. The final number is staggering and has most likely set a record for autographed UFC cards if it is paid for — $10,103.

Upper Deck Confirms Chris Osgood Error Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With National Hockey Card Day taking place throughout the United States tomorrow, collectors will be busting plenty of special promotional packs containing 25th Anniversary Retro Young Guns – but there will be one card that will look a bit strange to anyone that remembers watching Chris Osgood during his days with the Detroit Red Wings.

A post on Upper Deck‘s blog has stated how this error card came about and noted their plans to satisfy any collectors who would like a corrected version.

“We became aware during the production process that the card of Chris Osgood featured an incorrect photo that was mislabeled with our photo vendor. In reality the player depicted is Tim Cheveldae. We were too far along in the production process to pull those cards from the packout and get a corrected Osgood card in, but we did create a corrected version of the Osgood Young Guns Tribute rookie card that is available now.”

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Beckett Auctions “All Star” Auction Ends Sunday

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Media

Beckett Auctions current auction is in its last few days before it closes for good on one-of-a-kind items like a complete BGS 9.5 set of 1986-87 Fleer Basketball, a Rawlings/Adirondack bat featuring 41 HOF signatures including Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Don Drysdale, and many more! The auction ends Sunday, February 22nd at 9pm CST, with a 15 minute extended bidding window on certain items.

Among the highlights are some high valued Mickey Mantle cards such as his 1958 Topps #150 BVG 7, 1963 Topps #200 BVG 6.5, and plenty of autographed encapsulated baseballs from players like Mantle, DiMaggio, Jeter, and many more!

Fortunately for Basketball collectors, there are plenty of items ranging from $15 to $25k that fit your price range. Everyone has been paying close attention to the 1986-87 Fleer complete set, but there are also other complete sets including 2011-12 Exquisite Collection Dimensions Shadowbox Autographs, or even a near complete set of 2011-12 Exquisite Collection UD Black College Vault Autographs.

Here are some non-basketball items that are being showcased in this month’s auction as well:

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Beckett Auctions lands Texas t-card find

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A collection of more than 60 rare tobacco and caramel baseball cards has been unearthed by a Texas collector with the cards graded via Beckett Grading Services in advance of a Beckett Auctions sale that launches next month.

The find includes several rare Hindu Red-backed T206 cards along with many big names from baseball’s past — many are the only or highest-graded cards to be encapsulated by BGS, the grading division of Beckett Media. Also included in the find are a pair of 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards.

“This ‘Texas T-Card Find’ belonged to the consignors dad’s uncle,” said Rob Springs, the business lead for Beckett Auctions, the auctions division of Beckett Media. “He was born in the early 1900s and was pretty much a bachelor all his life, so upon his death, all of his collection went to the consignor’s dad. He collected all of the cards himself and since he worked for Hershey’s, he did a lot of traveling and collecting along the way, which is where they believe a lot of the cards came from.”

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This June, hockey fans will be watching the 2014-15 NHL season wind down with the Stanley Cup Final, but those that collect cards will have something new to bust while watching the action on the ice as Upper Deck is set to release its latest edition of Ultimate Collection.

With an all-new configuration which sees the number of cards per pack increase from four to six, each pack of 2014-15 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection will include one base card and one 2004-05 Retro card along with four autograph or memorabilia hits.

What else can be found in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Sting makes WWE card debut — with even more to be found in Walmart packs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sting has his first WWE trading cards with the arrival of 2015 Topps WWE this week, but collectors will find even more for the wrestling icon if they shop around.

Like at Walmart.

Collectors who rip into jumbo packs of the product found at Walmart will have a shot at an autographed cards found only in those packs. An autographed Relic will be found only in retail blaster boxes, while a standard Relic will only be found in blasters sold at Walmarts.

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Rousey card could be knockout acquisition

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Analyst

Even in the card world, Ronda gets a little rowdy.

A seller on eBay is auctioning what could be a record-setter for UFC trading cards — the 2012 Topps Finest UFC Red Refractor Autograph 1/1 of then-UFC rookie fighter, Ronda Rousey.

Yes, just like Rousey, this card is one-of-a-kind. The blue-ink signature is crisp on the card’s scarlet trim and the photo shows her hand being raised in victory, as she has no doubt pummeled another fighter. Now, her card is set to pummel the secondary market. As it currently stands, the card has a high bid of $5,900 after 56 bids.

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Five Questions … about Topps Heritage

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Up next for Topps on its 2015 baseball card release calendar is Topps Heritage, a hobby powerhouse that has been going for 15 years now on the simple idea of replicating past with today’s players.

This year’s design is from 1966 — and it arrives on March 4 with the look and feel of yesteryear but with today’s better printing, autographs and memorabilia cards, too.  While we still have plenty of time before its arrival — or even the first look at a checklist — we were curious to hear your thoughts on Heritage this year as well as past years.

Take our poll and feel free to leave your comments below.

1. Are you typically a fan of Topps Heritage?

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2. How would you grade the design for the 1966 set?

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3. Will you be buying Topps Heritage?

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4. Will you be buying more or less Heritage this year?

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5. What has been your favorite past year redone via Heritage?

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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.

Upper Deck Reveals Series 2 Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 slated to hit the hobby next week, many collectors have been discussing the players that they are hoping to see as a part of its popular Young Guns subset. This afternoon, Upper Deck revealed its list of the rookies that made the cut and the list is full of young prospects that are making an impact this season.

The company had previously teased the fact that Tampa Bay Lightning freshman Jonathan Drouin was going to be a part of this release and revealed that they were also including minor league veteran Rob Zepp, who is the oldest goalie to earn a win in their first NHL game.

Who else made the cut? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck and Basketball – Where Do They Go From Here?

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The recent announcement that Panini America was taking over as the sole and exclusive trading card licensee for the Collegiate Licensing Company has sent shockwaves throughout the hobby and immediately collectors wondered: How would this announcement impact Upper Deck?

Just before press time for the next issue of Beckett Basketball, we received a statement from Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin regarding their future plans for basketball cards.

“Upper Deck has no plans to abandon a category the company helped create. The basketball market is undoubtedly better with Upper Deck in it. The company continues to enjoy an exclusive relationship with LeBron James and Michael Jordan, which will not change as Upper Deck continues to find ways to deliver fans compelling basketball products. Upper Deck will continue to aggressively look at licensing opportunities that will allow the company to resume a leadership position in the category.” Read More »

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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Carolina Hurricanes To Hold Trading Card Giveaway

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fans of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes are in for a treat tomorrow evening as the team is holding a trading card giveaway that comes compliments of Upper Deck. While the Hurricanes currently reside at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, they will be facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have lost 21 of their past 23 games.

Limited to the first 10,000 fans coming through the gates, the six-card checklist will feature All-Star Game participant Justin Faulk, Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal, Cam Ward, Eric Staal and rookie Victor Rask. In order to receive a special seventh card of sophomore Elias Lindholm, fans need to purchase a pack of Upper Deck cards at the team store, The Eye.

It should also be noted that this is Family Night as well and packages are available that include discount tickets and concessions for four people. The team is also holding a Diaper Drive and those that donate a package of diapers will be entered into a draw for autographed prizes that include a team-signed jersey.

Hobby Q&A: Sketch card artist Jason Crosby

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports Analyst

Not so long ago, in hay fields a few states away, 38-year-old artist Jason Crosby grew up just like any other Georgia kid, splashing in the mud and running through the woods. He also had an affinity for watching and playing sports, citing Dale Murphy and Mark McGwire as some of his heroes. As an aspiring artist, he grew up drawing those heroes. He majored in art with a focus on graphic design at the University of Georgia and worked in design for four years before beginning full-time free lance illustration in 2005. It was only a couple of years ago that he “fell into” the sketch-card world. The South Carolina-based artist’s unique style and penchant for creating sports crossovers of non-sports cards has made him one of the hottest new sketch artists in the card business.

Did you collect cards or comics when you were younger?
Collecting cards is what I did as a kid and well into college! I can’t tell you how many hours I spent memorizing every stat off  the back of cards, attending shows and visiting my local card shop. It is how my dad and I bonded. He couldn’t tell you the best card from the set of who were the hot players, but looking back as an adult, he did it so we could have fun together. He passed away several years ago so he never got to see me work on sketch cards for companies he’d recognize such as Topps, Upper Deck, etc. I know he’d be proud. I used to design and illustrate my own sports cards using photographs I’d take of my friends playing backyard baseball. We’d keep up with stats for each game and for the season. I’ve always been a sports card nut!

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First Look: 2015 Donruss soccer cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports fans around the world have a new card set to collect.

Panini America revealed this week the first glimpses at 2015 Donruss Soccer, a follow-up release to the popular World Cup set last year. This time around, it’s the Donruss aesthetic that gets its chance at the action on the pitch with one autograph and a healthy selection of inserts inside every 24-pack hobby box.

Set to arrive on April 15, the base set will include more than 100 cards with the stars in their respective clubs. Each card will have seven parallels to chase, including Bronze Press Proofs (/299), Silver (/199) and Golds (/99). There will be three parallels per box. Also to be chased are 25 photo variations in the basic set where players are seen in their national team uniforms.

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NBA Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: LaVine, Whiteside, Teague

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Zach LaVine – PG – Minnesota Timberwolves
Winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

If you paid attention to the All Star festivities this past weekend, you knew that the rookie from UCLA stole the entire show. Zach LaVine had a lot of hype coming out of college, but fell on a bit of a cold streak with a Minnesota team that had plenty of young stars to share a limited amount of minutes. You have seen him in most, if not, all of Panini’s 2014-15 products. With Panini Gold Standard just coming out, his autographs have started out on a high note with his JSY AU/149 selling at $80 and his 2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs card, currently at $100, is now reaching prices close to $160. It’s not a big jump compared to a player like Hassan Whiteside, but the collectors who invested high in LaVine should see a slight rise in his overall value. With the exposure of of this past All Star weekend, you would be smart to jump on his lower value autographs and see where it takes him into next year with a potential repeat in the Slam Dunk contest. Look into his cards like 2014-15 Totally Certified Rookie Roll Call Autographs ($25) or his 2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures ($25) and hopefully reap the benefits down the road.

Key Cards to Collect:
2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs #RZL ($100)
2014-15 Prestige Prestigious Premieres Signatures #PPZL ($25)
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard #219 JSY AU/199 RC ($60)

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NHL Hobby Stars Of The Week: Marian Hossa, Tyler Toffoli, Pekka Rinne

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should take notice of their cards. Below are the three stars of last week.

Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks forward led the league with five goals last week and was tied for second with six points. Early in the week Hossa netted two goals each in a shootout loss to the Coyotes and in an overtime loss to the Canucks. Later in the week he posted another multi-point game against the Devils where he had an assist and put one in the back of the net as well (1-1-2) as the Blackhawks cruised to a 3-1 victory in New Jersey. On the collecting front it’s interesting to note that he only has six Rookie Cards in the Beckett database and 313 autographs, and given that he has been in the NHL since the 97-98 season that seems surprising. He does however have a following on the secondary market and can be had at a reasonable price point.

Cards to Grab:
1997-98 Donruss Preferred #162 RC, $30
1998-99 SP Authentic Sign of the Times #MH AU, $20
2010-11 Dominion All Decade Autographs #16 AU/50, $20

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Box Busters: 2014-15 SPx hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 SPx from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Your Turn: Does this A-Rod autograph matter?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Alex Rodriguez has signed plenty of autographs during his 20-year career in Major League Baseball but the one he penned on Tuesday might be the most important one of all for some fans.

Some fans.

On Tuesday, the New York Yankees slugger released a hand-written letter apologizing for his actions of the last few years with the Biogenesis case, his suspension and the public rancor he has caused with his team.

“I served the longest suspension in the history of the league for PED use,” Rodriguez wrote. “The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball.

“I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball.”

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BGS Diary: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for February — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2, $N/A
This year’s USA Baseball set is one that I ripped in volume — as in multiple cases. I managed to track down one last case of this one recently and pulled a pretty notable card of the Cincinnati Reds infielder during what turned out to be a career year. These cards can be somewhat condition sensitive with their high-gloss and their colored edges and the inset cut autograph, so I figured this one would simply “feel” better to me if it were in a slab. It’s a rare green-ink version and the auto graded a 10.
Pop Report: Since there are only two copies of the card, this one has little competition. The pop report shows it being the lone slabbed card, though I swear I saw its twin in a BGS slab on eBay earlier this year.

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