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Beckett Auctions Celebrates Legends of Baseball in October

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For enthusiasts of fine sports memorabilia, there is nothing to get one’s blood flowing like a chance to own something rare and special. Beckett Auctions is almost ready to let the bidding begin on its October event and there will be something for everyone to consider.

Starting today, collectors have an opportunity to take their shot at acquiring some prime pieces. This month, we are celebrating baseball’s greatest legends and the treasures are something to behold – including a jaw-dropping 2005 SP Legendary Cuts card featuring cut signatures from the iconic Babe Ruth and Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee that pays tribute to one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.

With the recent landmark $1 million sale of a contract bearing the signatures of both these baseball legends, this card is certain to get a lot of attention from bidders.

What are some of the other fantastic highlights of the October auction? Take a look after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Baseball 20 Questions … on the 2014 season and its cardboard so far

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The regular season is over and the preseason is in full swing — but we’re not even close to done on cardboard.

Take a break from the action and check out our latest 20 Questions on the best players of 2014 as well as offer your take on today’s cardboard and more.

1. In what year did American League batting champ Jose Altuve make his MLB card debut?

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2. Would you buy an autograph of AL home run king Nelson Cruz?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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First look: 2015 Topps WWE wrestling cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A tribute to Hulk Hogan, tape Relics and a memorabilia card tied to the birth of “Austin 3:16.”

Those are just some of the things you’ll find in the next Topps WWE card set coming on Feb. 11 as Topps unveiled 2015 Topps WWE, its flagship product for its exclusive pro wrestling license, on Friday.

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Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck CFL football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck CFL cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It is not going to take long for the first premium basketball card brand to hit the shelves this season and at a first glance, 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified looks to be loaded with plenty of hits.

With each five-card pack containing one parallel card along with either an autograph or memorabilia card, Totally Certified cuts right to the chase and offers up a lot that will be of interest to player collectors. Boxes will contain four packs and there is an average of one autograph per box while the rest of the packs are set to contain memorabilia cards.

What else can be found in 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Your Turn: How important is a card’s photograph?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but how important is a photo in today’s sports card landscape that’s heavily populated by autographs and game-used memorabilia swatches (and plenty more)?

The arrival of 2014 Topps Stadium Club this week makes this question even more interesting as the 200-card base set is full of non-traditional photographs — a nod to the brand’s 1991 roots that included portraits tuxedo-clad pitchers and plenty of striking images.

The David Ortiz Presidential Selfie Card along with Barack Obama is merely a standard card in the set — and there are plenty of fun ones like it. (Go look up Evan Gattis, Ted Williams, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan and Lou Gehrig cards for some striking images.)

So, all that said, we simply want to know … does the photo make the card?

Tell us in the comments below and take our poll so we know how you feel about the topic.

Your Turn: Grade the photo editing in 2014 Topps Stadium Club

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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.

Return of the shunned: Our hobby can be forgiving

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By Ben Aguirre | Guest Commentary

It’s often said that baseball is an unforgiving sport. The mere fact that a success rate of 30 percent at the plate — or a .300 batting average — is often the benchmark for a good hitter is indicative of this.

But when it comes to the hobby of collecting baseball cards, the sport often seems very forgiving, at least for most players.

Players are not perfect. They are human. They make mistakes and then they “make mistakes,” a phrase often thrown around immediately after a player confesses or is caught doing something they shouldn’t have.

Drinking and driving? “It was a mistake.”

Missing the team flight due to excessive partying? “It was a mistake.”

Caught with performance-enhancing drugs in your system? “It was a mistake.”

In the last decade or so, baseball has taken a big hit with PED scandals. This is not news. Jose Canseco, once one of the game’s most-feared sluggers, opened Pandora’s Box in the early 2000s when he released his self-penned book Juiced, which opened the flood gates detailing — at least in Canseco’s words — the rampant PED use in the sport, including a self-admission.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2014 Certified football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

First look: 2014 Panini Prizm Perrennial Draft Picks

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball’s latest crop of draft picks will be showcased on an even larger rainbow as Panini America released the basic information on its 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards.

Packing three autographs, three serial-numbered Prizms and two more Prizms in every 12-pack hobby box, the second year of the product will include some additional new features as well when it arrives on Nov. 12.

New this year will be Powder Blue (/199), Purple (/149), Blue Mojo (/75) and Orange (/60) parallels with new autograph finds as well — Midnight Ink Mojo Diecuts (/50) and Finite Diecut Prizms (/25).

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Update: O-Pee-Chee 3-D Insert Checklist Revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A few weeks ago, Beckett reported on the special 3-D inserts that were popping out of packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey from Upper Deck and there was a great deal of mystery surrounding the cards.

Seeded at long and unpublished odds, the cards have performed well on the secondary market and collectors were wondering if their favorite stars and legends were part of the 42-card set.

Luckily, Upper Deck has finally released a complete checklist and it can be found after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is promising another trip to the Museum.

The company revealed the first looks and the basics for 2015 Topps Museum Collection on Wednesday, a hit-based product with one autographed or Relic in every pack of every four-pack box that arrives on April 1.

Every box includes one autograph, one auto Relic, one quad Relic and one jumbo Relic as has been the norm in previous years.

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Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Stadium Club baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Stadium Club returns Wednesday after six years on the bench with a new array of inserts and autographs to chase as Topps revisits the venerable 1990s brand with a high-end twist.

With a new configuration of three mini boxes per overall box and six packs inside similar to Finest, Stadium Club will deliver the hits with an autograph in every single mini. It’s the first Stadium Club set since 2008, a high-end release back then. It did not return in 2009.

This time around, the base set will consist of 200 cards and here’s a small sampling of a bit of everything found in the brand … after the jump.

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Ripping Retail: 2014 Topps Prime football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2014 Topps Prime football cards in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Fleer Ultra hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Fleer Ultra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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First look: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Gypsy Queen turns five next year.

Set to arrive on April 15, 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen will arrive with the latest new look and retro style for the popular brand with two autographs and two Relics per 24-pack hobby box. It also will include one 10-card mini-box as a box-topper in its fifth season of release.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 4.

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Veteran of the Week:

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

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Most people didn’t expect much from the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray in the preseason this year, but four games in and Murray is on pace to have a 2,000-yard season. His 149-yards and two touchdown performance helped the Cowboys dominate the New Orleans Saints, 38-17. Murray’s cards have cooled off in the last year but if DeMarco Murray keeps dominating other team’s defenses collectors could see his cards rise back to where they used to be. 2011 Exquisite Collection is an example of this. It topped out at $250 and has dropped down to $150. It will also help if Dallas can keep winning and make the playoffs for the first time in several years.

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