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Box Busters: 2014-15 Black Diamond

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini adds Ichiro Suzuki to autograph roster




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First it was Derek Jeter. Then it was Barry Bonds.

Now it’s Ichiro Suzuki‘s autograph that is back in packs.

Panini America officially detailed its plans for buyback autographs of the Japanese baseball legend on Thursday — his autographs are the first he’s ever signed for the company.

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Box Busters: 2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek Aliens

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Rittenhouse Star Trek Aliens in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How much did this Willie Mays rookie sell for?


This SGC 92 (8.5) specimen of Willie Mays1951 Bowman Rookie Card was big hit at the auction block this week through Goodwin & Co. because there’s only one copy out there that grades higher from that company — and, of course, because it’s a Mays RC.

How much do you think it sold for? Tell us by taking the poll below.

How much did it go for? (Pick the one you think is closest.)

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You can find out its final sale price in Auction Watch in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.


“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is latest WWE Icon


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A beer-guzzling, attitude-fueled WWE legend is the latest star to get the McFarlane Toys treatment.

His name is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and he’s the star of the newest 23-inch tall resin statue display in the WWE Icons line from the long-running toy-maker. The premium piece comes with a swatch of the ring apron from WrestleMania 17 in Houston, Texas, where the home-state hero took on The Rock and won the WWE championship.

The statutes are limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies and sell for $295. A limited run of 50 autographed statues already has sold out at $395 apiece.

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Durant Makes His Return To NBA Action


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After missing the first 17 games of the year, Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the hardcourt, but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell 112-104 to the New Orleans Pelicans and their record plummeted to a disappointing 5-13.

For the NBA’s reigning MVP, though, the game itself proved to be a fairly productive one as he was eased back into the lineup and racked up 27 points in just under 30:00 of play. Coming back from a fracture in his right foot that delayed the start to his 2014-15 season, he went 9-for-18 and nailed three of his eight three-point attempts as well. Read More »

Breaking down the 2014 Topps High Tek patterns

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By Brian Fleischer | Senior Market Analyst

The newest edition of Topps Tek released today in the form of 2014 Topps High Tek and with it comes a base set featuring 12 different background patterns — some more difficult to find than others.

While secondary market information is still sparse, we’ve scoured eBay and have been able to determine 11 of the 12 background patterns. Please note that the descriptions listed below are subject to change. The cards are printed on clear acetate, so the blue and black colors shown are the background of the scans, and not printed on the actual card. We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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Jean Beliveau Leaves A Cardboard Legacy

Beliveau RC

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Late last night, millions of hockey fans were shocked by the news that the legendary Jean Beliveau had passed away at the age of 83. One of the greatest players of the Original Six era, he was an iconic captain of the Montreal Canadiens for a decade and was a part of 10 Stanley Cup championships during his Hall of Fame career.

However, it was the legacy he left behind off the ice that made a greater impact with countless individuals as he carried himself with a tremendous amount of class and grace that has rarely been matched. For collectors, the loss is devastating as he was a link to one of the greatest eras in hockey history and he was praised by many for his willingness to sign autographs and often connect with his fans on a personal level.

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Introducing Beckett SuperSeller


Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of Beckett SuperSeller – an industry-leading online tool that allows you to easily list cards on eBay at a fixed price, using Beckett’s online Organize tool. For as low as 10 cents per listing, you can begin using the service, or purchase a monthly package based on your individual listing needs. Included with each listing is a pre-built title, a custom description using attributes and data from the Beckett database, plus access to the Beckett stock photo system. Each listing can be customized with one user-uploaded photo.

Monthly packages are available starting at $24.99/month, which includes 500 FREE eBay fixed price listings. Need more listing power? Then consider the Beckett SuperSeller Gold package, which includes 5,000 FREE eBay fixed-price listings per month. And because of our unique relationship with eBay, we can help users with requests to raise their listing limits on eBay when using Beckett SuperSeller. During the checkout process to purchase SuperSeller, you will be asked to fill out some information about yourself that will be shared with eBay. You can start listing immediately, and any expanded listing limits can be approved in just a few days.

For more information on Beckett SuperSeller or to purchase a listing package, go to www.beckett.com/super-seller 

For questions on Beckett SuperSeller, contact Bill Sutherland at superseller@beckett.com.

First look: 2015 Topps Finest baseball cards




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Finest will return in 2015 with some new features but the same iconic feel and format that it’s carried for years.

That was the main thought Tuesday as Topps teased 2015 Topps Finest, which arrives on June 3 with two autographed cards in each master box. Each mini box will contain six packs of five cards.

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NHLPA Auctions Off Jerseys for Goals & Dreams


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the past 15 years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has helped thousands of children worldwide have an opportunity to play hockey through its NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. As part of this celebration, fans and collectors have a fantastic opportunity to help out through a series of special auctions featuring some historically significant game-used jerseys.

The NHLPA will be holding a multi-city tour over the next few months and the first stop took place in St. Paul, MN on November 18. Each stop of the tour includes a visit from current players and ambassadors and a donation is made to local programs. The first group of auctions, which are being held via the Frozen Pond website, will benefit Defending the Blue Line and Hastings Minor Hockey and includes memorabilia from local heroes Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Mike Modano.

This season, the Goals & Dreams fund anticipates donating a projected $750,000 in new hockey equipment that will benefit grassroots hockey programs throughout the world. Since its inception, more that $22,000,000 in donations have played a big part in helping 70,000 children participate in the game. Read More »

Leaf Announces 2014 Holiday Pack Promotion

Leaf Holiday Pack

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the season of giving upon us, at least one card company is getting in on the action and spreading some goodwill to collectors, dealers and distributors with special 2014 Leaf Trading Cards Holiday Packs.

Dealers and customers that purchase boxes of specific 2014 products released by Leaf Trading Cards will get two free packs which will contain either an autograph card, memorabilia card or a printing plate. Collectors are encouraged to visit their local card stores to ask about this offer and get an opportunity to participate in this limited promotion. Read More »

BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?


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 December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

Topps adds Rusney Castillo & more to Tribute



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is already adding to the lineup for next year’s edition of Topps Tribute. 

One of those additions is Boston Red Sox rookie Rusney Castillo, who is now in the fold for autographs.

Another expanded lineup in this one, according to the company, is the Milestone Baseball Relics list that will include 40 players with game-specific memorabilia swatches complete with MLB Authentication stickers. They will include baseballs from Masahiro Tanaka’s first start, Albert Pujols’ 500 home-run game, and Clayton Kershaw’s debut game to name a few as well as World Series baseballs for Buster Posey and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. 

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Preview Gallery: 2014 Topps High Tek


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of the more-unique creations of the late-1990s is back on Wednesday and it’s Tek from Topps.

This time, it’s called Topps High Tek and it will be a hobby-only release with an autograph in every one-pack box.

You can see a selection of preview images as well as a few autographs from early online sellers — after the jump.

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The best non-sports set…that didn’t happen!


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

As collectors, most of the time we get what we want. There are a wide variety of sports and non-sports sets from which to choose. An autograph here, a relic there. A fan of collecting base sets? No problem. There are plenty out there. However, once in a great while, we anticipate the major release of a set and come up empty handed.

That happened in 2014 with the non-release of arguably the best superhero film of the year: X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is surprising since X-Men card sets (both comic and film) have been very successful in the past. Topps released sets for the first two X-Men films from 2000 to 2003 and Rittenhouse picked up the 2006 X-Men and 2009 Wolverine films. However, since then, all has been quiet on the X-Men front. No official sets were released for 2011’s X-Men: First Class or 2013’s The Wolverine.

Considering the hype behind it, it’s hard to comprehend how Days of Future Past was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list. Too much star power? Maybe. Licensing issues? Perhaps. The fact is that the major card companies missed out on a winner.

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Your Turn: Which group-breakers do you use most?


A wall of football wax from a single group-break mixer on a recent weekend.

We’re compiling a list of 50 most-notable group-breakers for an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want your input.

Simply put, we want to know which group-breakers you use the most.

Tell us, in the comments below, who gets your business on the group-breaking front.

Please include their name, location, website handle, Twitter handle and your reason for breaking there.

We’ll have more on group-breaks, including a 20 Questions on the trend, in the days to come.

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Top 5: Martin St. Louis Cards To Own

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

The New York Rangers got a big 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday and Martin St. Louis made history that day by becoming the 81st player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with a second period goal on netminder Steve Mason.

One of the most under-appreciated and perhaps undervalued stars in the hobby, St. Louis has quietly made a case for eventual enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame with a lengthy list of accomplishments that includes three Lady Byng Trophy nods, a scoring title, a Hart Trophy win and a Stanley Cup championship.

Since making his debut in the 1998-99 season, the six-time NHL All-Star Game participant has been featured on over 2,300 cards that appear in the Beckett.com database with a total value of $27,383.54 (excluding rarities). Read on after the jump to discover five of the best. Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 13

Luck Week 13

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

(370 yards passing, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception)

The number one draft pick from 2012 has lived up to the hype thus far in his young career.  Andrew Luck is even breaking records that Peyton Manning set with his tenth 300-yard passing game of the season. On Sunday, Luck threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins. Luck has seen some of his cards start to cool off lately, even though he has already eclipsed 4000 passing yards for the season. Andrew Luck is one of the few elite quarterbacks in the NFL and collectors should always be looking to add his cards to their collection. If he can take his team to the playoffs again, and make a deep run, we might see his card value rise back to the numbers we are used to seeing.

Cards to Grab:

2012 Exquisite Collection #0 Gold AU/99 ($1,800)

2012 Panini Contenders #201A AU/550* RC ($800)

2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #1 SP ($800) Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Panini’s Jason Howarth



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Jason Howarth is the Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about the industry, its challenges, his New England Patriots and plenty more.

Check it out in our Sunday Conversation. 

What’s the most-interesting trend you have seen in the industry lately — and what makes that stand out?
I’d say this was a trend — but it has evolved into the creation of a whole new segment in the hobby and it’s here to stay — case-breaking. I know some people feel that case-breaking is bad for the hobby, but you have to give the guys that are doing it right their due. They open volumes of product and showcase cards in programs that previously might have been overlooked. Case-breaking also brings in lapsed collectors back into the hobby and reignites their passion to collect.

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What’s “Money Manziel” worth to you?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Topps Chrome has arrived for football fans, and it’s got a few surprises in store.

A notable one? Johnny Manziel autos — on multiple types of cards — with the added inscription “Money Manziel.”

Topps announced this inclusion 10 days ago — and now that it’s a reality pulled from packs by collectors there are some serious asking prices for these rarer cards.

Our question for you … what’s “Money” worth to you? Take our poll and sound off in the comments below …

What's Money Manziel worth to you?

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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 @chrisolds2009.

Upper Deck Offers NHL Team Patches in Blasters


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While it has been out for a few weeks now, 2014-15 Upper Deck Series One keeps on delivering surprises as it was announced earlier this week that certain blaster boxes of the product would contain special Team Logo patches that have not only added some strong value, but they also have created a definite buzz for team collectors and those trying to make a master set.

Available only through NHL team stores, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and online through the UpperDeckStore.com website, each specially-marked blaster box will contain two patches along with packs of the recent release. No matter if you are a casual collector or an intense hobbyist, putting together a set of all 30 patches is sure to be a big challenge. Read More »

Introducing BGS Black



BGS Black is here.

Since 1999, the search for the elusive BGS Pristine 10 has been the quest for every person that submits cards for grading or buys cards for their collection.

Beckett Grading Services is now upping the challenge.

Today, Beckett introduces the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector.

A card worthy of four “10” subgrades is worthy of a special label. Starting today, each card that reaches this quad-10 level will receive a special black label showing that the ultimate grade has been reached. The black label is for modern cards only — and not valid for any BVG cards (1980 and older).

For more information, including recasing your quad 10s, reviewing your current BGS 10s or new submissions, contact your BGS representative by clicking here.

BGS Diary: Vintage, booklets, Dr. Beckett & more


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five 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 of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Crown Royale football

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Join Beckett Football’s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Crown Royale in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …