Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday

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Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (June 13) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

First Look: 2015 Topps Premier Gold

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

All of the top talent from the Barclay’s Premier League is back again in a premium trading card release this December as Topps produces the sophomore edition of its high-end Premier Gold product, which saw a successful debut last year.

As a special new twist for 2015, legends have been added to the roster and each display box will contain 10 mini boxes that will yield four base cards along with either an autograph, relic or autographed relic card.

What else is in store for collectors breaking 2015 Topps Premier Gold? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Ripping Retail Retro: 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Luxe

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even though the current NBA season is in its final days, Panini America will still be busy in the coming weeks and months finishing out their production schedule with several high-end releases. This year, they have added an all-new product to the mix and 2014-15 Panini Luxe promises to be an exciting new part of their lineup that is expected to deliver plenty of autographs and colorful memorabilia pieces.

Arriving on store shelves in mid-July, Luxe will contain four premium cards per pack and three of them are hard-signed autographs. The other item inside is a jumbo prime memorabilia card and some of them will be die-cut. On top of that, every card is sequentially numbered to 99 copies or less.

What is expected in packs of 2014-15 Panini Luxe? Find out more and view an extensive gallery after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Ripping Retail Retro: 1985 Topps baseball cards

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1985 Topps cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

Beckett Auctions ‘Championship Quest’ opens Sunday

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Beckett Auctions is proud to open its June 2015 auction titled “Championship Quest” on Sunday. There are several showcased items this month, most notably the 2014 Topps Triple Threads Dual Cut Signature Relics card featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This masterpiece is a beautiful copy of the item, which is a 1/1 and has been graded a BGS 9.5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this piece of history.

This month Auctions also has more items from the highly touted Benanti Collection including several 1968 Topps 3-D Test Proof cards, many unopened packs of 1971 Kellogg’s baseball and more. This current auction runs until June 21st at 9 p.m. Central with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

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Topps adds NBA hopefuls to Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s Allen & Ginter set from Topps will be the home of autographs from legendary fictional fighters named Rocky Balboa and Thunderlips as well as future baseball Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki.

It will also include four potential NBA stars.

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Panini prepares NBA Finals promotion

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

While basketball fans around the world prepare to watch the opening game of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, collectors will be able to enjoy a special bonus courtesy of Panini America in the form of special promotional packs that will contain some seriously limited autographed cards.

Those that make a qualifying purchase on iCollectPanini.com will receive a one-card pack for every $100 spent on the site and every card inside is numbered to 25 copies or less. Some of them will be one-of-one HyperPlaid parallels which could prove to be very popular on the secondary market. The roster of signers includes a strong mix of current stars, hot rookies and revered legends and they will only be available while supplies last.

What will you need to break to receive one of these packs? Look for an extensive gallery and find out more after the jump. Read More »

NBA Finals bring out superstar prices

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By Derek Ficken | Basketball Market Analyst | Commentary

The NBA Finals are quickly approaching, and the basketball market has been ramping up for a classic match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Many story lines are swirling around including this being the first Finals appearance since 1975 for the Warriors, as well as LeBron James coming home and potentially leading the Cavs to their first NBA championship in franchise history.

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Panini Father’s Day promo returns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Now in its fourth straight year, Panini America‘s Father’s Day promotion has been a solid success for retailers and the company has released early details regarding what will be coming out of these popular packs once they start to hit local card stores next week.

Drawing from three different sports, many of today’s biggest stars and prospects will be present and accounted for as part of a 60-card set along with plenty of limited memorabilia cards. Traditionally handed out as a bonus to collectors purchasing Panini products, they also can act as a way for fathers to bond with their children over a pack of cards.

What are some of the cards included in 2015 Panini Father’s Day packs? Look for more information and a base set gallery after the jump. Read More »

First look: 2015 Bowman Draft baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Reinvigorated.

When 2015 Bowman Draft arrives in November, that’s one word that Topps used to describe the forthcoming prospect release. What will make it so? “Additional insert subsets, compelling prospect content and a variety of Chrome autograph cards,” according to the company.

Just like in the past, though, every 24-pack hobby box will include one autographed card when it arrives in hobby shops on Nov. 25.

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Joey Gallo shines in MLB debut

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Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo did not disappoint the home fans in his Major League debut last night. The 2012 first round pick was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-4 with four RBI and a walk. Baseball America rated Gallo the 15th-best prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season, following a 2014 season in which he 42 home runs and drove in 106 runs between High-A and Double-A. In 34 games at Double-A Frisco this season, Gallo was hitting .314 with nine home runs and 31 RBI before an Adrian Beltre trip to the disabled list opened the door for his big league debut.

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Panini announces Contenders Draft Picks auto SPs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Football card collectors have eagerly awaited the big reveal from Panini America regarding which autograph cards are short printed in 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks – the first product produced under its recent deal with Collegiate Licensing Company.

Panini has declared that over 500 cards from 11 different autograph sets in this release have been declared either short prints or super short prints and they are limited to either 250 or less or 50 copies or less, respectively.

Which cards will be a challenge to pull? Look for a full breakdown after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Panini Clear Vision

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

An all-new football release, 2015 Panini Clear Vision is all about the acetate and Panini America is going to make some waves in the hobby since it will include the first rookie cards of this year’s freshman class where they are pictured with their pro clubs.

Each three-card pack is expected to deliver one hit that draws from a large pool of rookie, parallel, insert, memorabilia or autograph cards in addition to the debuting glass cards which could be a major hit with collectors once it is released on July 29. It is definitely something that the football card market could embrace as it has some fresh concepts and plenty of ink from big names.

What else is in store for those breaking 2015 Panini Clear Vision? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Topps adds Thunderlips autos to Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was Rocky Balboa, now there’s Thunderlips.

Hulk Hogan is signing autographs for the 10th edition of Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards, according to tweets from Celebzdirect, the Florida-based agency that handled Hogan’s signing.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1978-79 Topps hockey

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1978-79 Topps hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

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Box Busters: 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Avengers: Age of Ultron cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Want to win one of the cards mentioned in the video? Tell us what you think of the movie in a comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random to receive the Vision sketch card. A winner will be selected before July 1.

Topps blows up its 2014 Premier Gold set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

A few months ago, Topps released its sophomore Premier Gold Soccer effort and the stars of the Barclay’s Premier League are back once again with a special oversized edition that may generate some excitement among fans and collectors.

There will be four different types of set available and it includes all 150 base cards along with 10 New Signings, 20 Captains and 20 Future Stars inserts. The basic edition is limited to 199 copies and it retails in the Topps online store for $100. Measuring 5″ x 7″, there also three other scarcer parallel sets coming in Green (numbered to 99), Purple (numbered to 49) and Black (numbered to 10). Retail prices on those collections will be $150, $250, and $500, respectively.

What else will collectors receive when they purchase a set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Custom card creator’s secondary hobby leads to autograph signing at Jose Canseco’s house

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Tanner Jones is a dedicated collector of Jose Canseco cards — so much so he makes his own custom cardboard that includes game-used pieces and dream combinations that haven’t been done before.

It’s the kind of stuff that really didn’t exist when baseball’s bad boy was bashing homers during the summers of his prime in the past. It’s also a hobby that helps Jones fill in the gaps for cards from years where Canseco wasn’t a force in the hobby, allowing him to more fully document — and collect — the slugger’s career.

How did it start?

“I was sick of the virtual eight-year Canseco-less drought where very few cards were produced of him. I deeply love the new designs the big companies have been putting out over the past several years, and wanted to see Jose in them,” said the 35-year-old graphic designer from Tomball, Texas. “One night, I printed up a 2013 Topps card with Canseco on the Yankees and posed it with other 2013 Topps cards. After cutting it out with scissors, I posted it [online] as a gag.

“People figured it out right away. It got me to thinking, ‘What if I really put some time into this?’ As the owner of a small web/graphics firm for 15 years, I wanted to do my own designs, too. Now people tell me all the time I’m creating pieces much better than what the big companies are doing. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure thankful for the compliments.”

Jones’ hobby of creating fantasy cards for fun recently reached a new plateau when an idea he had turned into a reality. The idea? What if he could get Canseco to sign a number of his cards, sign even more pieces to be used for future cards and maybe even wear/use a few more items to spawn creative memorabilia cards never before seen?

Well, it happened — and it happened as part of a family road trip with a stop at the former Bash Brother’s home in Las Vegas of all places where he and his family spent time with Canseco and his girlfriend, Leila Knight, fed their tortoises, had cupcakes and played some blackjack with specially created cards.

Here is just part of Jones’ story, which he has shared on the Beckett.com forums and elsewhere online. It’s his story in his own words … after the jump.

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NASCAR licensing VP says card deal progressing

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A dozen races into the Sprint Cup season, NASCAR‘s search for a replacement for Press Pass continues.

Blake Davidson, NASCAR’s Vice President of Licensing and Consumer Products, told Beckett Media in an email on Thursday that the organization is still gaining traction on a deal with a future trading card licensee.

“Still finalizing a new agreement in the space,” he said. “Making good progress, but not there quite yet.”

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Topps puts Hurricane Sandy Relic into Pro Debut

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012 it caused an estimated $68 billion in damage — a total only topped by Hurricane Katrina, according to the Department of Commerce.

One of many victims of the storm was the Staten Island Yankees baseball team, the short-season A-ball squad for the New York Yankees that helped relief efforts in the area.

Why does this matter to collectors a few years later? Well, Topps has included a piece of a “Hurricane Sandy damaged dugout mat” as a Fragments of the Farm Relic in 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards that arrived in hobby shops yesterday. It’s a Relic that’s unique — What’s a dugout mat, anyway? — and it’s also a reminder of the past. It’s part of a stadium Relic set that just might be one of the more-unique memorabilia releases made.

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BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds 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 June and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (June): What will Olds submit?

  • 1961 Topps #2 Roger Maris, $250 (48%, 75 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Chrome WWE Atomic Refractors #51 Paige, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Heritage Black Back #399 Nick Swisher, $N/A (41%, 65 Votes)
  • 1972 Topps #79 Carlton Fisk RC, $50 (38%, 59 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC, $12 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 2013 Panini Cooperstown Signatures #5 Johnny Bench /90, $60 (27%, 43 Votes)
  • 1983 Madison Muskies Fritsch #13 Jose Canseco, $N/A (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All American Chrome #15 Joe Namath /555 $10 (22%, 35 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #366 Mark McGwire, $12 (21%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps #296 Randall Cunningham RC, $6 (19%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

Upper Deck divulges plans for National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

As we get closer to the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, trading card companies are getting ready to reveal details about their redemption programs and booth activities and Upper Deck has beat them all to the punch in letting collectors know what they can expect in Chicago from July 29 to August 2.

For their redemption program, the company is bringing back Prominent Cuts and the set will focus on sports and entertainment personalities. Participating collectors will not only be able to easily finish the set due to its availability throughout the show, but they could pull some limited autograph cards or even one of six one-of-one cut signature cards depicting a deceased Chicago sports legend.

What else does Upper Deck have planned for the National? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage High Number baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Heritage High Number is back in packs beginning on Sept. 23.

Topps revealed the details on 2015 Topps Heritage High Number on Wednesday, a product that makes a return in pack form for the first time since 2009. Topps released the Heritage update in packs in 2008 and 2009 along with a few basic Topps Update cards in every pack before placing the season-capper into boxed set form in 2012, which has been the routine since then.

This second helping of the 1966 Topps design will include one autograph or Relic in every 24-pack hobby box with a base set that begins with card No. 501 and adds 225 more cards to the overall set. This allows for 2015 call-ups to get their shot on a retro-styled Heritage card.

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Newest Goodwin auction opens with rare pieces

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The Goodwin & Co. Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LX Auction is now open for bidding and has some rare pieces of hobby history.

Key pieces from The Benanti Collection will be up for sale including an uncut 3-D sheet from the 1968 Topps Baseball Test issue, which features 12 cards, including the legendary Roberto Clemente and two unissued cards. Also from the collection is a 1968 Topps 3-D Test Issue of Bart Starr, which might be one of the rarest football cards ever. This is the only known copy and has the company Xograph printed on the reverse side.

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Your Turn: Pick The NHL Award Winners

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Once the Stanley Cup Final draws to a close next month, the best players in the game will convene on Las Vegas as the NHL prepares to hand out the hardware to those who have put forth a fantastic effort during the 2014-15 season.

Readers of Beckett Hockey can voice their opinions as to who they think should win these prestigious awards and if they support their choices in the comment section below, they could be quoted in an upcoming issue.

Who do you think deserves to receive the sport’s major awards?

Who do you predict will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player?

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1986-87 Topps hockey cards

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1986-87 Topps hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Football collectors will bidding a fond farewell to Topps this season, but that does not mean that the company is holding back by any stretch with the announcement that they are once again producing a special mini edition of their ever-popular Chrome product.

Set for release on December 18, the company is looking to end the brand’s run in the most spectacular way possible by providing hobbyists with a strong mix of rookies, retro variations, autographs, and a vast array of parallels in each box of 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football.

What is slated to be found in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NFLPA releases Rookie Premiere participant list

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Will your top NFL rookie be among those with event-used memorabilia cards and autographs when the first 2015 NFL products arrive?

Now’s the day you can find out.

The NFL Players Association released the list of  more than 40 top rookies who will be in attendance at the signing session and photo shoot known as the NFLPA Rookie Premiere First held back in 1994, it’s the annual event where players gather to sign autographs for future products and be captured in their pro uniforms for the first time. This year’s event begins Thursday in Los Angeles and Topps and Panini America will be there.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is the best opportunity for our partners to engage early on with the next wave of the NFL’s marketing stars,” said Ahmad Nassar, President, NFL Players Inc., in a  prepared release. “Beyond providing a platform to learn about the business of football and benefits of their union as they game plan for their new careers, Rookie Premiere gives players a chance to showcase their personalities so that the NFLPA team can use that insight to connect the right players with the right brands to tell their story.”

See the full list of attendees … after the jump.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … this season and its cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The MLB All-Star Game will be here before you know it — but at least there’s plenty of time remaining in the baseball card season. We figured we’d take a moment and allow you to assess both in our latest 20 Questions.

1. Who is your hobby MVP so far this season?

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2. Who is your hobby Rookie of the Year so far this season?

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First Look: Cryptozoic DC Comics Super-Villains

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

In the DC Comics universe, it seems that for every super hero, there is a super villain waiting in the wings to create havoc. Whether they are robbing a bank or committing some elaborate and crazy prank, many of these mayhem makers have gained a huge following among readers and they are now getting a trading card product of their own thanks to the team at Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Scheduled for release this week, Cryptozoic DC Comics Super-Villains is loaded up top quality art focusing on these characters and collectors busting boxes will have an opportunity to pull some memorable cards – including sketch cards from top artists.

What else will be coming out of boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Rittenhouse Archives has been the home of trading cards based on the long-running series of James Bond films in recent years and the world’s greatest spy will be returning for another cardboard retrospective next month with 2015 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives.

Featuring a look back at several different Bond adventures from different eras, this product will be loaded up with two autograph cards per box and the lineup of signers is rather impressive. In addition to former leading men Roger Moore and George Lazenby, collectors could also potentially pull autographed cards of such notables as Christopher Lee (The Man With The Golden Gun), Teri Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies) and Dolph Lundgren (A View To A Kill).

What Bond films are covered in this release? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contenders Draft Picks variations revealed

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By Justin Grunert | Football Market Analyst

Panini America recently released its first collegiate product of the year: Contenders Draft Picks.

This rendition of Contenders has the familiar short-printed photo variations, in both the base set and parallels, that collectors have come to know, love and chase.

In an online exclusive, most of the photo variations have been identified and are now detailed in the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The image on the right is the short-printed photo variation.

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