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Contest: Win more Dragon Ball Z!

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Buckle up, gamers, because we are giving away more Dragon Ball Z.

The relaunch of this product by Panini America has been a huge hit and to celebrate this wonderful occasion, we are going to select two more lucky winners to each receive a booster box and a pre-constructed starter deck of 2014 Dragon Ball Z.

All you have to do in order to win is write a comment in the section below. Please tell us your Dragon Ball Z stories. Why did you start collecting DBZ? Have you been an avid collector of DBZ since the beginning? Have you had a chance to buy the new version of DBZ? What do you like about the new DBZ? We want to hear it all!

Winners will be selected before Monday, Dec. 15. Good luck!

National Hockey Card Day Is Back Again In 2015

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The celebration continues for Upper Deck‘s 25th season of making trading cards licensed by the NHL and NHLPA and collectors on both sides of the border will reap the benefits when they visit their local hobby shop for the 2015 editions of National Hockey Card Day.

Canadian hobbyists will get to obtain free packs first with a purchase on February 14 and the set will be comprised of 15 cards. A week later, American collectors are able to take advantage of the free packs and will have a unique group of 15 cards to track down.

Both promotions will also have a special 16th Memorable Moments card that is available as a gift with purchase and it is the only way to complete the set. As expected, there will also be random autograph cards inserted much like previous years. Read More »

Your Turn: Which legends would you want paired?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We all know Roger Maris‘ story of 61 in ’61 and we all know whose record he toppled.

Today, Topps‘ high-end Five Star brand arrived with a Relic pairing Maris and Babe Ruth — something that, believe it or not, hasn’t happened all that often in the modern era of cardboard. In fact, the players have only been paired up on 50 items in the Beckett.com database.

Want memorabilia cards? On that front there are only 30 previous cards to choose from and nearly all of them are limited to far fewer than 50 copies per card.

It’s an impressive one and it got us thinking … which duos would you like to see on a card?

Tell us in the comments below.

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.

First Pricing: 2014 Topps Chrome Football

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By Dan Hitt | Senior Market Analyst

 

Beckett first pricing for 2014 Topps Chrome football is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

By all accounts, Topps Chrome appears to be the hottest football release of the year. The number of closed eBay listings is staggering for a football product, at more than 20,000, and the total interest level from bidders is enormous.

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First Look: 2014 Panini Contenders Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Few products in the trading card world have as dedicated a following as the annual Contenders offering from Panini America. Each year, it delivers some of the most coveted rookie cards to football collectors and it is set to hit store shelves on January 7.

With an average of five autograph cards in every 24-pack box, there is plenty of potential for a good mix of first-year players, retired legends and today’s brightest stars. At least two of those will be signed on-card by one of the 40 participants from the 2014 NFL Rookie Premiere.

What else does 2014 Panini Contenders have to offer? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It’s back – and it looks like it might be even better than ever.

Preliminary details about 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard were released today and basketball collectors are in for a treat with all of the improvements that Panini America has implemented this season.

Releasing on January 21, each pack of Gold Standard will contain 10 cards and five of those will be either autographs or memorabilia cards. At least four of those cards will feature autographs, which means that this product has the potential to deliver some serious value on a consistent basis. One of the four signed cards will be an Autographed Rookie Jersey and for the first time, every card in the product is serial-numbered – a move that will satisfy many collectors.

What else can be found inside of these premium packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett 20 Questions on … group breaks & rookies

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will explore two subjects in one — and they are two subjects that are among the most-talked-about in today’s hobby.

One is group-breaking and the other is rookies.

In the issue, we’ll take a look at 10 of the hottest rookies of the past year in a few sports — and we’ll also take a look at 50 breakers as well as the trend itself.

As part of this package, we have another edition of 20 Questions where we want your input on it all.

1. Have you participated in a group break?

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2. Do you plan to participate in a group break?

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Rams mascot gets Relic treatment from Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The fine print from the latest Topps release on Tuesday said it all.

Rampage was not harmed in the making of these exclusive mascot fur cards. He will continue to entertain and delight on the sidelines on Sunday and around St. Louis throughout the year.

The news? Topps has teamed up with the St. Louis Rams to produce an exclusive set of trading cards for the St. Louis Rams Kids Club — complete with a Rampage Relic featuring the mascot’s game-used fur.

“The St. Louis Rams take pride in being innovative and family focused,” St. Louis Rams fan engagement and senior mascot coordinator Clint McComb said in a prepared release.  “By working with Topps to create a mascot fur card, we’re allowing our fans to experience more of the St. Louis Rams by sharing with them a piece of who we are, literally. We wanted our Kids Club Package to include something no other team has offered and our hope is that the Rampage fur card will really excite our young fans.”

The “Defend Our Turf” set can be found at the Rams Kids Club table in Section 101 during the team’s home games against the Cardinals on Thursday and on Dec. 21 when the team takes on the Giants.

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“Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn among Five Star surprises

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ third edition of Five Star arrives Wednesday and it’s packing a few surprises worthy of a high-end brand.

One is “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn in the Relic lineup — something that already has an impressive array of bat knobs and nameplates to be found for past stars as well as MLB legends.

A second one?

MLB-related autographs for legends who aren’t known for their time on the baseball diamond. Get a glimpse at them all — as well as a checklist — after the jump.

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Hobby Q&A: David Cone revisits his perfect game

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By Will Levith

NEW YORK | For years, Steiner Sports has been thinking outside of the box when it comes to memorabilia (Yankees Stadium dirt, anyone?), so when the company unveiled its latest product, the “In Their Own Words” autograph line, on Tuesday morning at Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal, it pulled out all the stops.

As previously reported, the line features photographs of famous moments in sports history inscribed (and then signed, of course) by the athletes who experienced them.

Founder and chief executive officer Brandon Steiner brought together a star-studded cast from all of the major sports to talk about their moments. Attendees included baseball legends Frank Robinson, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Cone and Keith Hernandez; basketball greats Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman and Larry Johnson; hockey stars Brian Leetch and Mike Eruzione (of “Miracle on Ice” fame); David Tyree, the recipient of “The Catch” in Super Bowl XLII, and several others.

Steiner played the part of MC, roasting many of the athletes himself. One of which was Cone, who played first for the New York Mets before donning pinstripes and pitching the “moment” he ended up inscribing — a perfect game on July 18, 1999, at a packed Yankee Stadium.

“[It was] Yogi Berra Day,” remembered Cone. “Yogi and George Steinbrenner had a feud that had gone on for 15 years or so, they finally made peace, there was a big No. 8 painted behind home plate, and the next thing you know it, at the end of the day, I finished with 88 pitches. If you believe in baseball gods and the mystique of Yankee Stadium … I mean, this is all in the [inscribed] photo. It was an incredible day.”

Beckett had a chance to talk to a number of the players on hand at the press conference (look for a feature in an upcoming magazine), but we wanted to give you a little taste beforehand. Here’s our Hobby Q&A with Cone …

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First look: 2015 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ second series of its 2015 flagship set is already in production.

The longest-running manufacturer of MLB-approved cardboard offered the first looks and basic details of 2015 Topps Series 2 on Tuesday, which will arrive on June 17 packing one autograph or Relic in every 36-pack box. HTA Jumbo boxes will pack one autograph and two Relics per box.

Like its Series 1 predecessor slated to arrive soon, it will be a larger set than in recent years with 350 cards in the series.

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Auction Estimator: How much will this Mantle fetch?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s one of the most-iconic baseball cards of all time — but don’t call it a Rookie Card.

The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is one of the hobby’s most-coveted cards of the bubble-gum era, an iconic want of Baby Boomers and younger baseball fans alike.

This BGS-graded card is one of only 11 cards with the “B” variation to be slabbed — and it’s the highest of the bunch. It’s headed to the auction block this weekend via Beckett Auctions where it should grab some attention.

But right here, right now, we’re curious about what you think it might sell for.

How much for The Mick?

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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.

What’s your best haul from a group break?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Group breaks have become big business in the last few years, and we’re taking a look at them in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

One thing we want to see are what one or two key cards you have landed while doing a group break. Maybe it’s something legendary like a Ty Cobb memorabilia card — or maybe it was a legendary haul of Gavin Escobar autographs all found in the same case.

Either way, we want to hear about it — no matter what the player or sport.

In the comments below, show us an image (link) of your best pull, what it might have cost you (if you remember) and where you got it from. 

We’ll run some of the most-notable finds in the issue.

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.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Chrome football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

(26 carries, 185 yards, 3 total touchdowns)

Le’Veon Bell has always been a good running back, but on Sunday he was on fire. With two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown reception, while running all over the Bengal defense for 185 yards, Bell seemed untouchable in the Steelers 42-21 victory. He is also going to pass 2000 yards from scrimmage very soon as well, having 1,924 already. Le’Veon Bell was one of the hottest running back rookies from the 2013 class but his card values have stayed pretty steady from the beginning. If the Pittsburgh Steelers can make a deep run into the playoffs, and Bell keeps playing at an elite level, collectors could see his value take off.

Cards to Grab:

2013 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRALB ($30)

2013 Exquisite Collection #127 JSY AU/125 ($150)

2013 Panini Contenders #221A AU RC ($60) Read More »

First Look: 2014 Elite Extra Edition baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A prospecting staple returns in January.

Panini America released the first looks and basic details for 2014 Elite Extra Edition on Monday, the foilboarded home of baseball’s top prospects for more than a decade. This time around, there will be six autographs per 20-pack hobby box when it arrives on Jan. 7.

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Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with Hockey Hall of Fame member and author Chris Chelios about his career and thoughts about collecting sports memorabilia. Be sure to look for a complete feature on him that will be published in the February, 2015 issue.

You have recently released your autobiography with respected hockey writer Kevin Allen, which has been titled Made In America (Triumph Books) in the United States and Overtime (HarperCollins) in Canada. What spurred you to make the decision to tell your story?

“The biggest reason that I wanted to do it was, after the Hall of Fame, I had abut 100 people up there. It was pretty much as many tickets as I was able to get. The book was a way of acknowledging people and thanking them for helping me along the way, from basically my childhood and through hockey and everything. From what I have heard so far, the feedback has been good. People that I have mentioned in it have contacted me and said how grateful they were and for them, it was exciting to be a part of it.”
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Panini teams with Broncos for stadium set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Fans who attend the Bills-Broncos game Sunday in Denver will receive a set of nine Panini America cards featuring the stars of the home team.

But they’ll also find something else.

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Steiner readies ‘game-changer’ autograph line

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports says it’s going to change the autograph game with a line that it’s unveiling on Tuesday in New York City.

The project is the In Their Own Words Collection, and it will showcase more than a dozen pieces with descriptions of memorable plays or performances inscribed onto the autographed pieces. The line will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday with more than a dozen athletes on hand. The Dec. 9 event will at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal. Among those in attendance will be Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Dereck Whittenburg, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Tyree, Mike Eruzione, Doug Williams and many more who have had iconic moments and are part of the line.

“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” said Brandon Steiner, the founder of the company. “‘In Their Own Words‎’ will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Prizm basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini’s Black Friday impact estimated at $1.5M

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We all know Black Friday is a day that packs a punch for both retailers and consumers — but how big?

One way to estimate its power is Panini America‘s Black Friday program, and the company announced on Friday that it’s program has once again generated more sales for hobby shop owners than in previous years.

How much? Something to the tune of $1.5 million — click here to read more.

Box Busters & Gallery: 2014 Panini USA Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2014 Panini USA Baseball box set in this edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

After the jump, you can see a full gallery of card images — front and back — from the set. It’s literally everything except the hits found in this particular set.

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Brodeur’s Back

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last night, Martin Brodeur returned to NHL action as a member of the St. Louis Blues and while the league’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts looked a bit rusty between the pipes, fans were excited to see him back on the ice. While facing the Nashville Predators in his new mask and sweater, he made 20 saves in a tight 4-3 loss.

This afternoon, Upper Deck revealed the future Hall of Famer will be featured on his first cards with the Blues in 2014-15 SPx Hockey. They will be a part of the regular base set and also the holographic tribute to their 1997-98 SPx set.

One of the most collectible goaltenders in the hobby, Brodeur has appeared in trading card sets since the 1990-91 season and appears on over 7,000 different cards in the Beckett.com database with a total value of over $177,000 (excluding rarities). Read More »

Detailing Topps Tek’s patterns

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

After examining thousands of images on eBay, we believe that some of the patterns found in 2014 Topps High Tek are exclusive to  the American League players, others are exclusive to the National League players, while others feature players from both leagues. Multiple email requests for confirmation from Topps have gone unanswered, so we’re reaching out to the Beckett community to confirm or dispute our findings.

Now, it’s only been a few days since the product went live, so it’s possible for some of our conclusions to be found untrue, but there are hundreds of examples of some of these patterns on the secondary market and we’ve yet to find one that disputes what we’ve found.

Please note that it appears the Wave and Spiral Bricks patterns are widely available and are likely to be combined into one base set in the Beckett Online Price Guide, as will the parallels. Also, based on how they are pictured on their base cards, Topps has considered Robin Yount, Jon Singleton and George Springer AL players, while Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jean Segura and Ryan Braun are considered NL players. Taking into account what league they were in during their careers, this would make sense.

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Upper Deck showcases international collector

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While some collectors may think that a product made in the United States stays in the United States, the action in the U.S. sports world captures the attention of fans from around the world.

And that means collecting cardboard can be a global game.

Upper Deck knows this and is showcasing the story of a high-end golf collector who’s based in Japan on its company blog.

Click here to see his collection and hear his story.