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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First Look: 2014 National Treasures Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

One of the most anticipated football card products every year is ready for its ninth release. Since 2006, National Treasures has built an incredibly strong brand. In fact, in the February issue of Beckett Football, we ranked the 10 current strongest brands in the hobby, considering things such as name recognition, innovation, secondary market strength and overall influence. National Treasures ranked No. 2.

The 2014 release promises to bring the high quality and deep checklist of stars and legends collectors have come to expect from the product. There are eight cards per box and four boxes per case. Each box contains (on average), two base, rookies and/or legends cards, three autographs and three memorabilia cards.

Just some of the highlights include more autographed patch rookie cards, team-oriented cards, booklet patch autographed cards, several different pieces of memorabilia including logos, NFL shield and laundry tags. There are also 75 different cut signature cards of NFL legends. Other on-card autographed cards include Notable Nicknames, Jumbo Colossal Jersey Number Patches, Colossal Brand Logo Signatures and NFL Shields. Here are some of the individual set highlights (and images):

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Jeffrey Maier’s glove hits auction via Heritage

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The kid’s glove can now be bought.

The glove that New York Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter‘s home run in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series is now up for sale via Heritage Auctions.

The catch made 11-year-old Maier a hero to Yankees fans after he nabbed the ball from the front row of the right-field stands in the field of play just above Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco. The homer tied the game.

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Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

And the Oscar goes to…

On Sunday, that phrase will be heard many times as Hollywood’s elite gather to honor those who have cranked out the best film performances of the year. Yes, it’s that time of year again as the  87th Academy Awards will commence from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, the glitz, the glamor, and the star power of that night. And, hopefully, not a Kanye appearance in sight.

This year, an eclectic group of nominees will compete for the four best-acting categories. There are first-time nominees, such as Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne, and seasoned Oscar veterans like Meryl Streep, who has racked up an impressive 19 nominations and three wins during her legendary career. From the youngest nominee, Emma Stone (26), and the oldest, Robert Duvall (84), we have a 40-year old virgin, Khan Noonien Singh, June Carter-Cash, and an American sniper. And, as Tony Stark would say, “We have a Hulk.” Well, two actually. All in all, among these 20 nominees, there are 59 nominations and six wins.

However, the most-impressive statistic in this analyst’s eyes is the number of nominees who have portrayed or will portray characters in superhero films. There are nine actors and actresses on this list: Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk) , Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man 1-3), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), and Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2). Needless to say, Marvel and DC Comics are very well represented at these Oscars.

And, one doesn’t have to look too far before finding a few key non-sports issues of these talented nominees. In no particular order, here are the top examples …

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Sunday Conversation: Theoren Fleury

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While many hockey fans fondly recall the on-ice accomplishments of Theoren Fleury, his impact on people off the ice has been even more impressive.

In 2009, he revealed that he had been sexually abused by his junior hockey coach in his autobiography, Playing With Fire, and by sharing his story, he has given strength to thousands of others. In November, his newest book hit store shelves and Conversations With A Rattlesnake was written with therapist Kim Barthel, who he calls the “Wayne Gretzky of therapy.” An examination of the impact that childhood trauma has upon our lives, it is also a discussion between both authors that seeks to help and inspire others.

Fleury recently took time off from his busy touring schedule to speak with Beckett Hockey about the book and he also revealed some of his thoughts on hockey cards and memorabilia.

Why is the book called Conversations With A Rattlesnake?

So many people think that whenever I do something, it’s about sexual abuse. I’m not that shallow. I am constantly and continually learning so that I can help people. We started at sexual abuse, but now we’re at trauma. The whole purpose of calling the book Conversations With A Rattlesnake is that a rattlesnake sheds its skin and transforms itself and reinvents itself. I’ve looked at my life and how many times I’ve had to reinvent myself, transform myself… It is a book to inspire people to talk to one another.
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Leaf Readies First 2015 NFL Draft Picks Cards

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

In mid-February, Leaf announced its first product to include the first licensed cards of the 2015 NFL Draft class. An 11-card set, 2015 Leaf Draft Football Limited Edition is being sold on eBay direct to consumer at $19.99 per set. Discounts are available for orders of 10, 20 and 50 sets.

The checklist includes most of the big names at quarterback, running back and receiver and you can discover who is included after the jump. Read More »

Elemetal readies next round of T206 legends

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for a Cy Young — or three.

Elemetal, a Dallas, Texas-based company that has fused precious metals along with sports cards, has its second subject in its line of T206 Silver Bar Baseball Greats series and it’s Young, the legendary pitcher who won 511 games in 22 seasons before he was one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame in 1939.

It’s the second offering from the company, which launched its series with a Honus Wagner one troy ounce .999 pure OPM silver bar combined with a rendition of the famed tobacco card — all encased in a tamper-proof case — back in December.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The vibrant color of 2015 Topps will be Chromed.

Topps revealed the first glimpses at 2015 Topps Chrome on Friday — the debut of a hobby staple that will arrive once again with a rainbow of Refractors for every player on Aug. 5.

Packing two autographs per box or five autographs per jumbo box, Chrome will carry a 200-card base set this year comprised of players who appeared in both Series 1 and Seires 2 of the standard Topps release.

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Beckett Auctions All-Star February Auction Now Open

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Beckett Auctions began its All-Star February Auction yesterday and the bids are steadily coming in for some fantastic hobby treasures that can become a part of your collection.

As mentioned in a previous article, Beckett Auctions is tremendously pleased to be offering up a jaw-dropping 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set where each and every one of the 132 cards has been deemed a 9.5 by Beckett Grading Services. This landmark set includes rookie cards of several Hall of Fame talents, including the highly-coveted Michael Jordan.

Hobbyists will also be pleased to see that they can acquires some rare cards from such scarce modern insert sets such as 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems (red and green), 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya, 1997-98 Finest Gold Embossed Refractors, 1996-97 Fleer Showcase Legacy Collection and 1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Copper. For those who are looking for a fine piece of memorabilia, there is a large assortment of autographed mini-helmets, helmets, jerseys, baseballs, footballs and photographs from the biggest stars of the past and present that can be bid upon before the auction closes on Sunday, February 22.

What else will collectors be able to bid on this month? Find out after the jump.

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Five MLB vets make new-team card debuts today

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Five MLB veterans who changed teams in the offseason make their debuts with their new teams today.

How? On Topps’ Spring Fever cards.

Today’s the day where participating shop owners can begin giving out Spring Fever packs to collectors who made qualifying purchases of 2015 Topps Series 1 since it arrived less than two weeks ago. Each five-card pack has a selection of cards from the 50-card set and there are autographs randomly inserted.

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First Pricing: 14-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard basketball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

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Brooks’ Miracle On Ice Memorabilia Up For Bids

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

As we approach the 35th anniversary on one of the most monumental upsets in hockey history, the Miracle On Ice, Heritage Auctions is bringing some key pieces of memorabilia from Team USA coach Herb Brooks.

Among the treasures going up on the auction block are Brooks’ personal whistle, stopwatch and sweatsuit that he wore during the 1980 Winter Olympics in addition to a collection of his personal notes on the players he led to glory and a ring he received commemorating the landmark victory. The items were consigned by the family of the late coach and they cover much of his Hall of Fame career.

“The name of Herb Brooks inspires reverence and respect in the heart of any American that remembers the ‘Miracle on Ice,’” noted Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions in a press release. “This is the first time that his family is opening their archives to make some of the coach’s treasures to the fans that admire him so deeply. It’s a compelling look at the most famous U.S. Olympic moment of them all and the man that masterminded it all.” Read More »

First Pricing: 2015 Topps Series 1

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

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NASCAR continues to explore its card options

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With NASCAR‘s season-opening marquee event just 11 days away, the racing organization’s focus on finding a replacement for Press Pass remains at full throttle.

As it stands right now, the sport isn’t without new cardboard for this year — Press Pass’ final release was its 2015 flagship set released before it closed its doors on Jan. 5. The move came after 22 years in cardboard and the company had been NASCAR’s sole trading-card licensee for several years.

Blake Davidson, NASCAR’s Vice President of Licensing and Consumer Products, told Beckett Media in an email on Wednesday that the organization is continuing to consider its options for a future trading card licensee.

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NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Corey Perry, David Desharnais & Nick Foligno

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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.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks
Perry was stellar on the ice last week as he shared the lead in scoring with four goals and six points as the Ducks gained five of the possible eight points available in the standings. He reached the 20-goal mark on the season with his performance in Carolina early in the week, tying Paul Kariya for second place in franchise history with seven such seasons. The rest of the week saw Perry netting goals against the Predators and Capitals and closing with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning. In the Beckett database collectors will find that Perry has 17 rookies and 296 autographs, all of which are still affordable on the secondary market.  For a guy in the middle of solid career his cards are priced right were they should be.

Cards to Grab:
2005-06 Upper Deck #204 YG RC, $25
2005-06 Hot Prospects #217 JSY AU RC/199, $60
2005-06 The Cup #173 JSY AU RC/199, $400

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Short-printed 2015 Topps variations get rarer — and bigger — as wall art

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The short-printed variations in 2015 Topps Series 1 that arrived last week just got a lot rarer and a lot bigger.

They’re all limited to only 10 copies apiece in jumbo form as Topps‘ latest wall art series is all about the short-prints — they’re $49.99 apiece over on Topps.com. All 25 photo variations from Series 1 are found in the newest art offering released Wednesday as 10-by-14 prints on card stock with gloss. Each one is hand-numbered.

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First Look: 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Red, White and Blue are back in packs as a standalone product for just the second time ever.

Panini America revealed its plans for 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes on Wednesday — the latest USA Baseball standalone product that will arrive in hobby shops on April 1 packing four autograph or memorabilia cards in every 24-pack hobby box. It’s the first pack-based USA Baseball release since 2013 USA Baseball Champions.

Each box will include some of the top prospects in today’s game — present-day minor-leaguers who have played for USA Baseball in the past.

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Beckett.com by the numbers: 2015 Topps Series 1

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the prices have been posted.

The 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer — and see even more — after the jump.

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Signing habits said plenty about Dean Smith

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

When the basketball ranks lost one of its biggest legends on Saturday night, I immediately thought of one card in my collection.

It wasn’t because of potential dollar signs — it was because I hadn’t taken a moment to look at it in years.

The legend was former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a teacher and an icon who won two national championships and 879 games in 36 seasons. His first NCAA title came in 1982 when his team topped Georgetown 63-62 with a last-second basket drawn up for his team’s third-leading scorer that season, a freshman named Michael Jordan. That, of course, is a moment that helped shape the career of one basketball legend — if not the game itself — as we know it today.

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San Francisco Giants selling World Series lockers via MLB Auctions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

What do you get for the San Francisco Giants fan who has everything? What might make for one different kind of MLB memorabilia card?

The answer to both just might be on the auction block right now as the Giants are auctioning off their players’ clubhouse lockers complete with a sample World Series nameplate for each one. A total of 38 lockers are up for grabs in the sales, which have more than five days remaining via MLB Auctions.

Bidding on each locker opened at $500.

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Malcolm Butler signs auto deal with Fanatics

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Super Bowl hero’s football cards are coming soon — and so are his autographs.

New England Patriots safety Malcolm Butler has signed an autograph deal with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics to bring put his autographs into collectors hands. Butler, an un-drafted rookie out of the University of West Alabama, made the game-clinching interception in Super Bowl XLIX.

A total of 14 items are available for pre-order with unframed signed 8-by-10 photos of his memorable play starting at $69.95.

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Building The List: Which auction houses do you use?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Not long ago, we asked you for your picks for which group-breakers you use as part of building The List — a selection that appears in Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Now, it’s time to do it again.

This time, we’re curious about which auction houses you use to buy your sports cards, memorabilia and more — whether it’s eBay, Heritage Auctions, Beckett Auctions, Goodwin & Co. or any of the many other options out there.

For our upcoming Auctions Issue, we’re doing another edition of The List — 50 auction houses who you should know.

Tell us who you use in the comments below. Be sure to include usernames, website addresses, Twitter handles, etc. while telling us why that option is tops to you.

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.

WWE releases a first for Sting auto collectors

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

He hasn’t had a single WWE match yet, but he has a WWE-certified autograph.

The storylines that will lead long-time wrestling star Sting, aka Steve Borden, into his first match with World Wrestling Entertainment have yet to be written, but the veteran already has signed his name on 500 photos for his first WWE-sanctioned autographs — this Survivor Series plaque that is currently for sale on WWEShop.com.

His first WWE trading cards are still to come — 2015 Topps WWE arrives on Feb. 18 and there’s not yet any word on whether he’ll have autographs there — but he’s got plenty of non-WWE appearances over the years as he has held countless championships and picked up countless more honors in a highly decorated career with the NWA, WCW and TNA. 

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Muhammad Ali’s gloves from famed fight open at $500,000

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The gloves worn by the world’s most-iconic athlete in one of the most-controversial fights of his career that spawned arguably the greatest sports photograph ever are on the auction block via Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions.

And the opening bid is $500,000.

The gloves are from Muhammad Ali‘s second fight with Sonny Liston, which came on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine, and it was a rematch of a controversial 1964 bout that saw Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, become the world champion when Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round. The rematch came at a time of backlash over Ali’s conversion to Islam and his political statements and it was a controversial fight that saw Liston lose via knockout in the first round.

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