Posted on June 14, 2014 – 3:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Charlie Sheen, Cleveland Indians, Dennis Haysbert, Major League, Pedro Cerrano, ReelBats.com, Topps | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If you thought the Major League madness was over, well, think again.
The 25th anniversary of the film that brought Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and Roger Dorn to life has generated some red-hot baseball cards from Topps this summer — and the commemorative items for the fictional Cleveland Indians team just keep coming with the latest coming from Florida-based ReelBats.com.
They’re 25th anniversary Cerrano mini bats.
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Posted on June 14, 2014 – 9:05 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Stanley Cup Final, Alec Martinez, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings, Marian Gaborik, Stanley Cup | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
This year’s Stanley Cup Final may not look like a hard-fought contest between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers in years to come, but this series was close with three of the five games going into overtime. In the end, the Los Angeles Kings came out on top winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Only one game didn’t have suspense, but it doesn’t matter now. The Kings managed to get that magic goal when it counted, winning each of the three overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final.
Some players shined, others will find new life in the hobby.
Here are the players who might be getting a bit more cardboard love this offseason:
Jonathan Quick | Goalie
Quick became popular after Los Angeles’ first Stanley Cup win. His Rookie Cards sky rocketed in value and collectors wanted to own a piece of the Kings netminder. A second title in just three years may give his cards another boost. He even managed a shutout in Game 3 in the Final.
Posted on June 13, 2014 – 1:46 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football Cards, football, nfl, Topps | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
If you love Topps Chrome Football cards, Topps is hoping you’ll enjoy it just a bit smaller. Topps is introducing 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football, which is set to come around Christmas.
Each box of 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football will have 24 packs with four cards in each pack. There will be one mini Rookie Autograph card per hobby box.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 5:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps Sabermetrics, baseball cards, MLB, Sabermetrics, Topps | Comments (9)
Look closely at the backs of some of your 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball cards and you might not recognize the stats headers on some of the cards — or maybe even the stats themselves.
That’s because they are short-printed Sabermetrics variation cards.
While the full details about these cards continue to trickle in, we simply want to know what you think about this cardboard twist.
Tell us in the comments below.
Your Turn: Do you want Sabermetrics on your baseball cards?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, National Sports Collectors Convention | 20 Questions, 2014 National, autographs, Beach Boys, Chief Wahoo, Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cy Young, Dolph Ziggler, ESPN, Family Guy, Greg Oden, Hall of Fame, Heisman Trophy, Jim Brown, LeBron James, National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Ohio State University, Panini America, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sister Mary Assumpta, Topps, TRISTAR, Upper Deck, WWE | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.
We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.
1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?
2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?
See the rest of our questions … after the jump.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Upper Deck is bringing back an old name into the hockey market.
In September, 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey will release as a standalone product after five years. Each box will come with 18 packs with six cards per pack.
Fleer debuted Ultra during the 1992-93 season for hockey. Upper Deck produced an Ultra set in 2009-10, and included Ultra cards in its Fleer Showcase and Retro revivals over the past couple of years.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 12:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Panini America, World Cup | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With the launch of the World Cup, Panini America is offering soccer collectors exclusive 2014 Prizm World Cup parallels through eBay.
The “El Samba” parallels, which are just 1-of-1, are inspired by the yellow and green colors of Brazil, the home country. These cards were not used in the original product.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 10:15 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Upper Deck MVP, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sam Tageson, San Jose Sharks, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
When the San Jose Sharks signed Sam Tageson to a one-day contract in March, people took notice. He was just 17 years old, but he wasn’t a superstar.
Tageson has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and he may need a heart transplant one day. The Sharks signed Tageson with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As though skating out of the huge Shark Head and standing with San Jose during the national anthem in a March game wasn’t enough, Tageson got his own Young Guns card from Upper Deck. The company recently revealed the card to Tageson during a charity event, and a limited number of cards will be placed in 2014-15 MVP Hockey, which is scheduled to come out in August.
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 9:10 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Soccer | 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franz Beckenbauer, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Panini America, Pele, Roberto Baggio | Comments (3)
Soccer fans, it’s time to go crazy.
Today starts the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But collectors – and many diehard soccer fans – have been experiencing the World Cup for several weeks. Across the globe, fans have been putting together Panini FIFA World Cup sticker albums with billions of packs being distributed.
Panini also incorporated a card set into this year’s fun with 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup. The set included dozens of players that normally don’t get cardboard attention and even offered autographs of players that haven’t had them. With 50 autographs, Panini put together a checklist that got high praise from collectors.
Posted on June 11, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 Topps, 2014 Topps Series 2, baseball cards, MLB, Peanuts, Snoopy | Comments (5)
Snoopy and Joe Mauer on a baseball card.
Makes perfect sense, right?
Collectors tearing into packs of 2014 Topps Series 2, which officially arrived today have found a short-printed version of card No. 125 (which is actually a Series 1 card) in the packs — a card with the Minnesota Twins star sharing his card with the Peanuts icon.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013-14 Panini Innovation, NBA, Panini America, Panini Innovation | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Innovation basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Golf | 2014 SP Game-used Edition, golf cards, PGA, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 SP Game-used Edition golf in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 11:11 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1955 Topps, baseball cards, Bryce Harper, derek jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, mike trout, MLB, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Topps.com | Comments (2)
If you’re a fan of 1955 Topps baseball cards, then the company’s latest creation is for you.
It’s Topps‘ latest series of wall art prints — and this time they showcase active players on the memorable horizontal design.
Sixty-two players are available on 10-by-14 prints that are printed on 16-point retro-style card stock. Those cost $24.99 and can only be found on Topps.com.
For card collectors, there’s an extra twist, though.
Posted on June 9, 2014 – 3:11 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2014 Score Football, Panini America, Panini Rewards | Comments (6)
The first NFL-licensed football trading card set isn’t scheduled to come out until Wednesday, but that has never stopped people from listing cards early on eBay.
2014 Score Football has June 11 release date, but a few people on eBay have gotten their hands on the product early, giving collectors a sneak peek. As expected, Score relies heavily on the 2014 rookie class.
But what is more intriguing than the release of Score this week is the start of Panini’s point system meant to replace redemptions.
Panini Rewards points cards are randomly inserted into packs of 2014 Score.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 9:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2014 MLB Draft baseball cards, Bowman, Leaf Trading Cards, MLB draft, Panini America, Perfect Game All-American Classic, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
When the Houston Astros selected 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken with the first pick in this year’s MLB Draft on Thursday night, he immediately had a new fan base that probably can’t wait to seek out his cardboard.
The irony? They already can.
Thanks to the proliferation of pre-professional prospecting products and other All-Star inclusions, many players in this year’s draft — 28 of the first 41 players selected — already appear on cardboard and have certified autographs.
Aiken? Thanks to his presence on USA Baseball squads as well as appearances in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and other prep events, he already appears on 72 cards in the Beckett.com database valued (excluding rarities) at nearly $200 total.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 7:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 1967 Topps test issue, MLB, My Hero Collection, Topps, Topps Wall Art, Topps.com | Comments (12)
Who’s your baseball hero? He might be among the players in Topps‘ latest vintage-style wall art offering.
The “My Hero Collection” is one of the largest offerings yet with 50 players from the past and present represented on a design reminiscent of the 1967 Topps test issue.
This time around, though, they are 11-by-17 prints printed on 18-point chipboard that are serial-numbered to 99 copies and cost $49.99 apiece on Topps.com.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 1:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Preferred, basketball cards, NBA, Panini America | Comments (3)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
Only autographs and memorabilia cards will be included in 2013-14 Panini Preferred.
Each box will have just four cards with three autographs and one booklet card. The set will include 600 on-card autographs.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 1:31 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2014 WNBA Trading Cards, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike, Rittenhouse Archives, Stefani Dolson | Comments (4)
The yearly release of WNBA trading cards is coming in August from Rittenhouse Archives.
This year’s set will be limited to just 500 factory sets of 100 base cards.
Posted on June 4, 2014 – 3:15 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2014 Flair Showcase Football, football cards, NCAA, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
Upper Deck has used Flair Showcase in Fleer Retro products the past two years. Now, the brand is getting its own release.
Upper Deck will release 2014 Flair Showcase Football in September with 12 packs in every box and six cards in each pack.
Each box will contain one autograph and one memorabilia card along with another hit of either an autograph patch, a Jambalaya insert or a Precious Metal Gem. Collectors will also find four Row 0 cards, two Legacy parallels and three Metal Universe cards in every box.
Posted on June 4, 2014 – 1:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | apps, baseball cards, gaming, Hobby Q&A, MLB, phone apps, sports apps, Topps, Topps Bunt, virtual baseball cards | Comments (23)
There’s a whole new type of collector out there with more than a million users and 75 million sports cards that you simply won’t find in the best of hobby shops or in any retail store aisle — unless you’re on a smartphone.
Some of these fans are paying real money on eBay for virtual collections of cards — collecting pixels if you will — while others are using their real money to buy tokens for virtual packs all contained on the app. In fact, more than 50 million packs have been sold.
They’ve been sold to collectors of cards on Topps Bunt, the virtual card platform and application from Topps, which has seen plenty of growth in its two years on the field.
“It’s remarkable. We knew these digital cards would have value like physical cards, but things have picked up very quickly,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, who is the head of app operations for Topps Digital. “It’s a credit to the platform and the Topps name holding weight in the digital world.”
Today, Topps launched Bunt for Android, further expanding its possibilities for growth. We caught up with Vaccaro to learn even more about Bunt.