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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Philadelphia Phillies fans will need the World Series commemorative set

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 colds@beckett.com.

Preview: 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars NFL

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.

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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 colds@beckett.com.

Missing a basketball Hot List? Get it here …

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.

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Updated: Cabbage Patch Kids charity auction election ends with Sarah Palin winning big

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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The first 2008-09 UD Black NHL rookie redemptions are …

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 …

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Is Billy Crystal hiding in your commons bin?

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.

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Guess who's signing for Donruss Americana …

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.

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Upper Deck releases Ballpark Collection short-print list

Here is a list of short-printed cards in the 2008 Ballpark Collection baseball set as released by Upper Deck on Tuesday:

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Joba Chamberlain's 2007 Donruss Elite autographs ship today

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.

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Casting Moneyball — the movie

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 …

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Upper Deck's All-Star Vinyl retail lines include plenty of star power

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 …

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McFarlane Toys' latest NHL Legends series drops next month

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).

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Brewers scout shares his tales from the field

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 …

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By the Box: 2008 Donruss Threads baseball

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)
Duplicates: 9

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 »

Card gallery: 2008 Leaf Limited football

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.

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Want to see more galleries from other manufacturers? Let us know and we’ll let them know.

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 colds@beckett.com.

Is this the ultimate Dallas Cowboys autographed item?

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.

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 colds@beckett.com.

First look: 2008 Leaf Limited football insert cards

Check out this selection of some insert cards from the upcoming 2008 Leaf Limited NFL set that hits hobby shops on Oct. 29.

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Check back Friday for another slideshow from the set showing what other cards you should expect to find.

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 colds@beckett.com.

Arizona's Lute Olson retires — now's the time to track down that key memorabilia

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?

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A positive example for sticker autographs?

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.

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 colds@beckett.com.

World Series: What's it worth? Can't find it? Try this tool …

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.

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 colds@beckett.com.