Posted on October 31, 2008 – 3:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Philadelphia Phillies, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
A few hundred thousand fans helped the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their second World Series title on Friday and Upper Deck is hoping a few of them will be interested in the commemorative box set.
Arriving in December, the set includes 50 cards of this year’s championship team — 25 player cards, 15 season highlight cards, nine postseason highlight cards and a card of World Series MVP Cole Hamels. In addition, an oversized (3.5×5 inches) commemorative team celebration card will be included in every set.
The sets retail for approximately $20 — about the price of a typical blaster box — and are routinely a popular way for (at least one team’s) fans to cap the baseball season.
Look for a piece on the Phillies’ championship team in the December/January issue (No. 40) of Beckett Baseball arriving in hobby shops soon.
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on October 31, 2008 – 3:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars, football cards | Comments (0)
Here’s an advance look at what to expect in this year’s version of Leaf Rookies & Stars, which hits hobby shops on Nov. 12.
Posted on October 31, 2008 – 9:40 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates | | Comments (0)
If you happened to notice two baseball Hot Lists in the November issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, you’re not alone.
Click on the link below to see what you missed — a basketball Hot List.
Posted on October 31, 2008 – 9:32 am | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | Barack Obama, Cabbage Patch Kids, charity auctions, Sarah Palin | Comments (1)
Jakks Pacific created four custom Cabbage Patch Kids dolls — remember them? — as part of a charity fund-raiser on eBay.
The dolls, styled after four real-life people, were sold with all of the proceeds going to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The auctions ended today — Election Day — so that’s the only hint I’m giving you now (other than the box photo above). The bidding topped $36,000 for them all.
Who are the dolls of? Who won the election? If the box didn’t give it away, all four can be seen after the jump.
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Posted on October 29, 2008 – 2:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Hockey | 2008-09 UD Black, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Upper Deck revealed the first group of rookie exchange cards from 2008-09 UD Black on Wednesday.
Each redemption card is good for an autographed Lettermen patch which is a letter in the player’s last name. The cards will be shipped beginning in March and can be found in two-card hobby packs of Black, which carry a suggested retail price of $125.
The first group is …
Posted on October 29, 2008 – 1:24 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Billy Crystal, New York Yankees, Topps, TRISTAR | Comments (0)
For me, one of the key moments when hitting a new card shop is finding the commons bin, the bargain bin.
It’s not that I’m looking for commons — it’s those bargains that matter, those cards that are more interesting than their lowly prices or those cards that just shouldn’t be there.
Sometimes, it’s just a card that has eluded me — something I have not yet seen.
Posted on October 29, 2008 – 10:01 am | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | Baywatch, Donruss Americana, Erika Eleniak | Comments (8)
The next Donruss Americana product arrives next year — can you name the former Baywatch actress shown here signing for the set?
FInd out the answer — after the jump.
Posted on October 28, 2008 – 11:41 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Ballpark Collection, MLB, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Here is a list of short-printed cards in the 2008 Ballpark Collection baseball set as released by Upper Deck on Tuesday:
Posted on October 27, 2008 – 1:04 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2007 Donruss Elite, Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees | Comments (2)
Did you happen to pull a redemption card for card No. 130 in the 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball set?
If so, you’ll be getting an autographed card of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain in his Nebraska uniform.
Donruss will begin shipping the cards today, which were signed during a session in August. He also signed a small number of Nebraska Collegiate Patches.
Posted on October 27, 2008 – 12:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Billy Beane, Brad Pitt, Eric Chavez, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Brown, Joe Blanton, Moneyball, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Oakland A's, Scott Hatteberg, Tim Hudson | Comments (5)
Columbia Pictures recently signed a writer and director for a big-screen adaptation of the best-selling baseball book Moneyball, which explores the unorthodox scouting and business procedures of the small-market Oakland A’s and General Manager Billy Beane.
Who’s possibly in line to play Beane? Brad Pitt.
While I’m not buying that one, I’m no casting scout so I did the next best thing — I scoured the Internet for some mug shots (not the cards below) and went to myheritage.com and used its Celebrity Face Recognition software to cast the flick …
Posted on October 25, 2008 – 2:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf | All-Star Vinyl, MLB, NBA, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Upper Deck is bringing its line of All-Star Vinyl figures to the masses this winter with several series of 10-inch figures that showcase some of the sports world’s biggest names.
While we previously previewed the NHL line, here’s a look at the upcoming figures (and drawings to be used for figures) for football, baseball, basketball and perhaps a couple of other guys you might have heard of …
First, the football line, which includes San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson (above) along with …
Posted on October 24, 2008 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Hockey | McFarlane Toys | Comments (1)
The seventh and latest series of McFarlane Toys’ NHL Legends arrives in stores in November with the seven-figure lineup showcasing five greats from the past. Here are images of of them all, including Maurice “The Rocket” Richard (above).
Posted on October 24, 2008 – 2:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, scouting | Comments (1)
Brad Del Barba is a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers who has more than a few stories to tell about players he has scouted — and he enjoys hearing stories about many of the players that he didn’t.
While many of his tales are told via anecdotes and by examining baseball cards, here is the first of a few tales from him that he wanted to share with Beckett readers …
Posted on October 24, 2008 – 12:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2008 Donruss Threads, autographs, baseball cards | Comments (2)
Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …
2008 Donruss Threads Baseball (hobby box)
Suggested Retail Price: $96 ($4 per pack)
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 122
Base set completion: 98 of 100 (98 percent)
Insert/short-print cards (overall odds 1:3 packs) found: 15
— Autographed Rookies — 3. No. 74, Ruben Tejada 316/999, No. 81 Jose Tabata 382/975, Jose Ceda 679/999.
— Baseball Americana memorabilia — 1. No. BA-1 Bud Abbott 231/500.
— Diamond Kings Materials — 1. No. DK17 Drew Cumberland 129/250. Read More »
Posted on October 24, 2008 – 9:23 am | Author: chrisolds
Beckett Updates, Football | 2008 Leaf Limited, Donruss, football cards, nfl | Comments (1)
As promised with yesterday’s gallery (click here or scroll down) of higher-end insert cards from Donruss‘ 2008 Leaf Limited, here’s another gallery of cards one can expect to find in the product, which hits hobby shops next week.
Want to see more galleries from other manufacturers? Let us know and we’ll let them know.
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 8:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | autographs, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, nfl | Comments (4)
I know this isn’t the ultimate Dallas Cowboys autographed item, but it might only be trumped by a few things.
What is it? It’s a boot (duh) signed by the entire Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team and it can be yours for a mere $99.99 on dallascowboys.com.
It’s hard to imagine something you can purchase off a team Web site having more conversational value than this — anyone can find a signed football, helmet or jersey.
This? It’s classic. And almost as iconic as the star itself.
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 5:05 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2008 Leaf Limited, Donruss, football cards, nfl | Comments (0)
Check out this selection of some insert cards from the upcoming 2008 Leaf Limited NFL set that hits hobby shops on Oct. 29.
Check back Friday for another slideshow from the set showing what other cards you should expect to find.
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 3:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | college basketball, Lute Olson, press pass | Comments (0)
Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is retiring, which means there will probably be a bit more interest in Olson’s memorabilia in the short term.
The 74-year-old coach’s place in basketball history is secure. After all, he’s coached more than 20 seasons with the Wildcats — and has nearly 600 victories, four Final Four appearances and one NCAA championship.
So, what are his key trading cards?
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 3:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | autographs, Bernie Mac, Donruss | Comments (3)
We all know the reasons why trading card manufacturers use stickers for autographs. And we all know the many reasons why collectors often don’t like them.
But is this card, out of the new Donruss Threads baseball set, one example of when stickers can have a positive impact? The set hit hobby shops this week — yet Bernie Mac died in August.
So obviously there were stickers in reserve used to produce new cards. That’s better than cutting up old cards for trapped cut autographs, right?
Tell us what you think.
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 1:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Uncategorized | | Comments (0)
If you collect World Series memorabilia or are curious about what some specific Fall Classic items are worth, then you might want to check out the Beckett World Series page.
There you can download a 15-page free price guide for more than 100 years’ worth of Series programs and ticket stubs as well as pricing for press pins, phantom press pins and commemorative World Series black bats (my favorite).
Oh, and if you can’t find a specific Series item — like a 1989 World Series program at right (click for a closer look) — you can search for that, too.
Check it all out here.
Posted on October 23, 2008 – 9:13 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Jason Bartlett, Taco Bell, Tampa Bay Rays | Comments (0)
The Tampa Bay Rays let down plenty of people with their loss (albeit close) in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Jason Bartlett, culinary icon
But there is a hero.
Rays SS Jason Bartlett.
Why? His fifth-inning stolen base earned anyone in America who wants one a free taco from Taco Bell.
How do you claim it? Just make a run for the border between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 28). It’s that simple.
If you’re hungry to begin a Bartlett card collection, start with one of his 32 rookie cards from 2004.
Posted on October 22, 2008 – 4:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | Donruss Sports Legends | Comments (3)
Here’s another look at what’s coming in Donruss‘ Sports Legends product, which is set for a December release. Check out the mix of these personalities and their sports. That first card? It will be huge.
Posted on October 22, 2008 – 3:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Golf | Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Fans of Upper Deck spokesmen Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan might be interested in this one.
The company released images of its latest Pro Shots Ultimates — deluxe polyresign sculptures of memorable moments — on Wednesday with Woods’ 1997 Masters fist-pump and Jordan’s final shot from the 1998 NBA Finals up for grabs. (Click on the Jordan for a closer look.)
Posted on October 22, 2008 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | autographs, book signings | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Editor
If you’re patient and have plenty of time to wait in line, there’s one sure-fire way to get autographs of top sports figures and celebrities.
Any time someone famous decides to write a book, there’s almost always a tour. Often you just have to be in the right place at the right time, but some larger independent stores will sell signed copies of books in advance of or just after autograph appearances. (Or, if you know where to shop, you can find books that were signed without appearances because the owners have good contacts or know the authors personally.)
I have obtained books signed by football legend Joe Namath, former baseball commissioner Faye Vincent, WWE star Batista, steroids whistle-blower Jose Canseco, To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee and Forrest Gump creator Winston Groom in this way just to name a few.
No show fees. No authentication fees. No personalization fees. Just the cost of a book — and not even always that. Is it worth it? Have you seen what signed anniversary copies of Mockingbird go for? Go look… I’ll wait.
Posted on October 21, 2008 – 9:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Clerks, Kevin Smith, Sting, TNA Wrestling | Comments (5)
You ever hear that one? No? There’s no punchline, just a story …
So a dude pulls into a Best Buy parking lot to buy a Kevin Smith DVD after a hard day’s work at Beckett Media. (Busting and sorting Donruss Threads is work!) He’s just making a quick stop (no pun intended) there after previously heading to Wal-Mart only to find that said DVD wasn’t on the shelves.
Dude notices a guy walking into the door of Best Buy with a black baseball bat — and another in the parking lot with another black bat. (Dude considers Target … but goes in anyway. Dude likes baseball.)
As he walks in, dude notices note on door, something to the effect that “we’re recording inside so you’re consenting to be on film.”
First, dude checks new release DVD aisle for A Threevening with Kevin Smith. Alas, nothing — the two-disc special edition is nowhere to be found. Again.
Dude asks Best Buy Dude about dude named Smith’s DVD. Best Buy Dude says they’re all sold out. (Dude knew he should have bought it — signed — online. But now that site is sold out, too. Not cool, dude.)
What does dude find elsewhere inside the store?