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Ripping Retail Retro: A 1980 Topps cello pack

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds ripped a cello pack of 1980 Topps baseball cards on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago for yet another Ripping Retail Retro video.

Ripping Retail Retro: A pack of 1982 O-Pee-Chee

Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds picked up a few older packs and boxes to rip for you on camera while at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

NSCC gallery: Autographs aplenty

We all know how important the autograph is to the collecting world these days, and it’s more than obvious that’s the case if one strolls the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Ripping retail retro … at The National

Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds decided that his first wax purchase at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention would be a big one … a box of packs that cost him about two cents apiece.

Ripping Retail: Olds’ 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway haul (so far)

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he opens his mail from a 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway shipment. It wasn’t his first, but this one was done for gags — and UPS made it extra special.

Box Busters Preview gallery: 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hits Series 2

If you’re a fan of big hits and prospects — and that’s it — you just might find what you’re looking for in the second installment of In The Game’s baseball line.

Coming soon … Moneyball and its memorabilia

With any new release, there will be marketing campaigns, which in the past meant materials that ultimately become memorabilia.

For the New York Yankees fan who has it all …

If you know a New York Yankees fan who has it all, you might need to see this.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter blaster boxes in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

Collector Box Busters: Two Ginter boxes at the shop

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds was at Nick’s Sports Cards where he witnessed a collector rip open two boxes of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball.

Steiner Sports signs David Price to DJ3K auto deal

Steiner Sports announced on Thursday that the Tampa Bay Rays starter who gave up career hit No. 3,000 to the New York Yankees shortstop has signed a deal with the company to autograph items related to the home run he served up to Jeter last Saturday.

There are plenty of firsts when it comes to presidential autographs …

First, there were cut autographs of former U.S. Presidents, but now in 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter there’s another first. Well, sort of.

Box Busters warm-up: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards in a warm-up for our official Box Busters video to come on A&G sometime soon.

Panini: We’re making Elite Extra Edition this year

As the rumors continue to swirl regarding baseball licensing news — whether a card company will be awarded some type of license by the MLB Players Association — Panini America announced a little something on Tuesday night during the Midsummer Classic.

Bryce Harper’s Futures Game items heat up auction

The batting helmet and cap used by the 18-year-old Washington Nationals outfield prospect during his 0-for-4 day at the Futures Game as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities have hit the auction block and they’re in demand.

You know you want one … and it needs a nickname

We’ve seen some interesting MLB All-Star Game commemoratives through the years with brilliantly painted Statues of Liberty and Mickey Mouses in the colors of MLB teams as part of the All-Star festivities and merchandising.

Topps’ final Allen & Ginter autograph checklist includes new names

With the arrival of one of its most-popular baseball card lines a week away, Topps took the time Wednesday to tout Allen & Ginter’s ecclectic autograph checklist comprised of everyone but baseball players.

Decade of Documentation: MLB Authentication program hits milestone

Beckett Baseball recently caught up with Michael Posner, the MLB Authentication Program Manager, for a trip down Memory Lane and to revisit some of the basics of the program for newcomers to the hobby.

Onyx Authenticated readies two more Preferred Players Collection baseball products

Onyx Authenticated’s debut release of Preferred Players Collection, a boxed memorabilia product, has been well-received — so much so it’s now getting the Ernie Banks treatment. As in “let’s play two.”

MLB stars design their own shirts for baseball fans

After two months of talking, designing and meetings, fans have an opportunity to own clothing designed by some of baseball’s biggest stars.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Pro Debut MiLB cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Original Dick Perez painting of Derek Jeter from BSCM’s Art Issue hits auction block

If you saw the recent Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, then you saw the original painting by the famed Dick Perez on its cover showcasing New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Upcoming Goodwin Champions baseball set includes paintings, presidents … and even more bugs

We’re in the heart of the baseball season, so Upper Deck is right in the thick of its baseball release calendar as well.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage, err Randy Poffo, may not have had a baseball card but … I found something else

I hit the Buy It Now button, knowing full well that I could be quite disappointed in an inexpensive but trivial purchase — but I wanted a piece of Poffo, the baseball player, to go with my 1994 Action Packed Macho Man autograph.

First look: 2011 Topps Finest baseball cards

Topps revealed the basic product information and preview images for its 2011 Topps Finest baseball card set on Friday and there’s one notable thing missing — the manufactured letter patch autographs.

First look: Topps unveils MLB Sticker Collection

Topps unveiled its plans for its 2011 MLB Sticker Collection, a 300-plus sticker release that just might entice collectors of all ages — ok, maybe younger ones — to peel and fill up an album full of today’s stars, yesterday’s legends and more.

First 2011 Bowman Harper autograph sale tops $1,000

There will be plenty of big pricetags attached to the autograph cards of 18-year-old Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in the coming days as his highly sought-after first Nationals autographs are found in 2011 Bowman.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Bowman baseball blaster boxes

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2011 Bowman baseball blaster boxes in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Remember, everybody … Thursday is Sheen-co de Mayo!

Tonight will be Sheen-Co De Mayo at the ballpark — at least in Lake Elsinore, Calif. — and the bobblehead doll seen here will enter the memorabilia market.

Card Gallery: 2011 Topps Tribute baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor Our Box Busters video fried and went to video purgatory — it happens … but we’ll re-film another soon — but we didn’t want to wait to show off some of what was inside one box of 2011 Topps Tribute. A definite highlight was the Lou Gehrig card seen […]

Charlie Sheen’s winning streak sure means one thing … more memorabilia

Charlie Sheen’s eccentricity — can we safely call it that … or is it merely a winning streak? — of late has meant one thing amidst the hustle and bustle of the Violent Torpedo of Truth tour.

Artist Monty Sheldon pulls back curtain on 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen inclusion

Topps’ latest retro baseball card set — the inaugural Gypsy Queen release — will include many things that will make collectors think “retro,” but one inclusion in the forthcoming set is far from oldschool.

Ever wanted to land memorabilia straight from prospects? That’s where Onyx comes in … (updated)

Landing an unquestionably authentic item of a promising prospect before he’s a star? That takes some work — unless the prospect is a member of the Onyx Authenticated team.

Topps confirms 2011 Heritage Baseball SPs and variations

On Thursday Topps made all the guessing games end as it confirmed a group of variations in 2011 Topps Heritage.

Here’s your chance to enter the Beckett Baseball Topps 60th Anniversary ring contest

If you’ve seen the latest issue of Beckett Baseball, then you likely know all about our contest to win one of the rare Topps 60th Anniversary rings between now and Oct. 1.