Tag Archives: Non-Sports

Look for a historic Box Busters — 1993 MTG Alpha — soon

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary On Monday, Beckett Media will bear witness to a monumental occasion. Magic The Gathering super collector Adam Cai will be breaking open a starter deck from the 1993 MTG Alpha series on a special edition of Box Busters. He will be doing so on behalf of […]

Final Update: Funko readies for Comic Con

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary San Diego Comic Con is a little less than a month away and all the hype surrounding Funko and its exclusives has the vinyl collectors in a frenzy. There will be plenty of variety as Funko has been announcing SDCC releases. The ten waves have […]

Promo sets are only Jurassic World card options

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary Jurassic World opened last night to much fanfare among moviegoers. I was there and it was two hours of amazing dino action. However, one thing you won’t find much of is Jurassic World cardboard. None of the major card companies acquired a license to produce […]

Peeking inside Panini Americana’s auto checklist

Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter and Shannon Elizabeth — If you know your View Askew films then you know this trio to be three-fourths of the gang from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back who knocked off the Colorado Diamond Exchange while Jay and Silent Bob freed all the animals from the Provasik testing lab. Chrissy, Sissy and Justice can all now be found with certified autographs in the same place.

Beckett Contest: Star Wars Second Chance Giveaway

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst This past weekend, Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim was a huge hit with dealers, collectors, and Star Wars fan boys and girls. Beckett even got in on the action by giving away a box of Star Wars Rebels and a limited edition Star Wars Funko […]

Star Wars Celebration Giveaway

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst This weekend is a celebration. Or, as Yoda would say: “A celebration this weekend is.” As everyone knows by now, Star Wars Celebration is enjoying huge success this weekend. A little bit of everything for the passionate Star Wars aficionado. Celebrities, panels, cosplaying, and more merchandise than […]

Opening Day: Star Wars Celebration 2015

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst Today, the Force is awakening in Anaheim, California. Star Wars Celebration kicks off today at the Anaheim Convention Center with all the fanfare and hype that you would expect in the Star Wars Universe. Actors, producers, artists, cosplayers, and collectors alike will partake in this glorious […]

Contest: DBZ Heroes and Villains

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst It’s contest time once again, and we are celebrating the release of 2015 Dragon Ball Z Heroes and Villains. But, we’re not just giving away one box of DBZ. We’re in such a great mood that we’re not only going to give away a box of […]

Beckett TBT: 1996 Amalgam

  By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst Nearly 20 years ago, the writers and artists of both DC and Marvel came together to give comic book collectors something special: Amalgam Comics. The basic idea was to create a series of comic books that merged two characters, one each from the  Marvel and […]

Contest: Legendary Fear Itself

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst The only thing we have to fear… Upper Deck‘s newest Marvel deck-building game is an expansion of the current Legendary series, which has included titles devoted to such franchises such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Fantastic 4. However, Fear Itself follows the Marvel story […]

Hobby Q&A: Mars Attacks Occupation

 By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst Ack ack ack, ack ack! Mars Attacks has been one of the most iconic non-sports card sets over the last 50-plus years. From the original set in 1962 to the most recent iteration, 2013 Mars Attacks: Invasion, it has gained a cult following that so few […]

Beckett TBT: Dinosaurs Attack!

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary It is considered to be one of the most controversial non-sports sets of all-time. In 1988, Topps decided to capitalize on Mars Attacks‘ wave of popularity and produced a prehistoric homage of sorts called Dinosaurs Attack! The basic premise of the series is a […]

First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst They’ve been rock stars for 65 million years and counting. Now, Upper Deck has announced the release of 2015 Dinosaurs. With vivid imagery and a variety of inserts and relics, this product could appeal to children and adults alike. The hobby configuration is 20 packs per box […]

First Look: 2015 Wacky Packages

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst This summer, things will once again get a little wacky. Topps announced last week the release of 2015 Wacky Packages. This is by far the longest-running parody series in non-sports with the first release coming in 1967. Even though releases had thinned out in some decades more than […]

Is Buffy the Empire Slayer next?

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary Wooden stakes and charms vs. lightsabers and Force lightning? Most likely not. However, it was announced yesterday that Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of the 1990s horror hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer will don the headphones and mic to do voiceover work for a character on Star […]

Top 5: Notable Leonard Nimoy cards

By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary “Live long and prosper.” These words will forever resonate with Trekkers, Trekkies and anyone who is even remotely familiar with the world of science fiction. It is Beckett’s sad duty to report that the world has lost a television icon. Leonard Nimoy, most notable […]

Hobby Q&A: Sketch card artist Jason Crosby

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.

Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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 […]

Marvel Films and Spider-Man together at last

- – By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary It’s official. Spidey is coming home. Late yesterday, Marvel.com announced that they have reached an agreement with Sony Films to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a momentous merger that will greatly impact superhero films for years to come. […]

Building The List: Where do you buy your vintage?

For our upcoming Vintage Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re doing a vintage edition of The List — 50 vintage dealers who you should know. Maybe you buy from a certain dealer on eBay or use a certain dealer on a certain site? Maybe you buy from an established dealer who has a website or a storefront and you think they do a good job and the world should know about them? Tell us.

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

It’s hard to comprehend how this blockbuster was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list.

Rittenhouse’s Star Trek Aliens delivers variety

Rittenhouse boldly goes where no one has gone before with the latest release in the Star Trek card universe: Star Trek Aliens.

Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards

It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it is right here, too. Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about mem cards.

First Look: 2013 Topps 75th anniversary (with preliminary checklist)

Topps is celebrating an anniversary this December — its 75th anniversary of making cardboard of any kind — and it’s all culminating in a single take-a-look back product that’s all about pop culture and Topps’ place in it documenting it via cardboard.

Non-sports cards provide innocent, sentimental fun – and sometimes value, too

It’s easier to describe what non-sports cards aren’t – cards depicting mainstream athletics – than what they entail. Movies. Scenery. Bugs. Art. TV. World leaders. Lingerie models. Pop music. Broadcasters. Historical figures. Superheroes.

Beckett 20 Questions: Collecting game-used

Here, we present 20 questions — some serious, some fun — that we want to know your answers for.

Preview of multi-panel sketch cards in Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier

The time is almost here for Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier.

First look: 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends

Panini America’s latest chapter of its popular Americana line of non-sport cards arrives this summer with 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, a product that will return to a more traditional format, too.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show set for April 21-22

Non-sports cards are having a major show of their own this month with new products, Bench Warmer models and bigwigs from the card companies.

Box Busters: 2012 Star Trek Complete TNG Ser. 2

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Star Trek Complete The Next Generation Series 2 cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Rittenhouse Brady Bunch

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a set of 2012 Rittenhouse Brady Bunch cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Davy Jones’ career can be remembered via music, television … and trading cards

Davy Jones, one of the four members of the 1960s band The Monkees, died on Wednesday at age 66, leaving a career chronicled via music, television shows and, of course, trading cards.

Ripping Retail: 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition)

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition) in search of a Whitney Houston card or two in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Ripping off Ripping Retail: 2011 Topps American Pie … and bonus Bieber!

We know you guys love some of the stuff that Chris Olds rips into in his Ripping Retail videos … now, Beckett Media contributing editor Susan Lulgjuraj gets into the act.

Moneyball is almost here … and collecting the movie’s memorabilia won’t be too tough

The newest piece of Moneyball memorabilia is this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, which features Brad Pitt on the cover. This is sure to be a popular item for sports-minded autograph seekers to get signed.