Monthly Archives: October 2008

My top 10 greatest 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series team items

With the Philadelphia Phillies headed back to the World Series, it’s prime time to examine the best items from around the last time they won it all — in 1980. Here are my picks for 10 key items to own if you’re a Philly fan who’s still waiting for your team to equal its past success.

Texas softball star Cat Osterman among several notable players in upcoming Elite Extra Edition set

University of Texas and USA Softball star Cat Osterman will have her first widely distributed trading card in the upcoming Donruss Elite Extra Edition, which hits hobby shops on Nov. 19. But she’s definitely not the only noteworthy addition to the set.

Topps revisits popular Star Wars Galaxy line

Topps announced this week that it will produce a new Star Wars Galaxy set, which long-time collectors would remember as an all-artwork line that was introduced back in 1993.

Elite Extra Edition Dean Smith autographs are now live

Dean Smith’s 2007 Elite Extra Edition Collegiate Patches autograph cards have been signed and are on the way to collectors.

Razor signs Matt Wieters to exclusive autograph deal – with a bit extra

Razor Entertainment signed an exclusive autograph deal with top Baltimore Orioles prospect Matt Wieters on Wednesday that prevents other companies from producing cards and autographed cards until a year after he makes his debut on a major league (25-man) roster.

Michael Jordan: A hint of what's on tap from Upper Deck …

A certain someone you might have heard of just might be among the next class of inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

WWE has several notable DVDs in the works

Among the DVDs arriving in stores today is World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hell in a Cell three-disc set. Sure, you might think wrestling is fake (it’s fixed), but there’s nothing fake about the brutal matches that are included on this collection.

Fear Nick Swisher's Thunderbolt!

Nick Swisher didn’t have amazing numbers in his debut season with the Chicago White Sox, but that’s not stopping him from doing some work on the side. Check this out …

Upper Deck set to bring All-Star Vinyl to masses

Upper Deck’s popular line of sports figures — All-Star Vinyl — soon will expand into a larger series of 10-inch figures available at retail stores. While it appears they will be produced for several sports, here’s a look at the NHL line set to hit stores in February …

Sweet pulls: Collector finds Bill Russell treasure in Topps Treasury

Rick Jackson of Swartz Creek, Mich., found this gem — an autographed Bill Russell magenta (1/1) printing plate out of 2008-09 Topps Treasury Basketball.

McFarlane Toys unveils latest Cooperstown Collection Sports Picks baseball figures

McFarlane Toys released images for the latest in its popular Cooperstown Collection line of SportsPicks action figures and there are a few inclusions that are worthy of Hall of Fame plaques.

Inkworks' upcoming The Spirit trading card set has plenty of potential

The latest Frank Miller comic book movie, The Spirit, which opens on Christmas Day will have a trading card set produced by Inkworks.

While an autograph lineup has not yet been set, the cast for this movie is full of performers whose signatures would be in demand.

Donruss releases Threads checklists and images

Donruss released the checklist for its upcoming Threads baseball set on Friday — and here it is in its entirety.

NASCAR drivers go pink to support breast cancer research

Three NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will drive pink cars Saturday night in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in support of breast cancer research.

What makes the ALCS perfect for the hobby?

Of the two remaining baseball playoff series, for me the American League Championship Series is the one that’s most important for the hobby.

Manny Ramirez will bleed Dodger Blue in Upper Deck Update (and elsewhere)

Manny Ramirez doesn’t yet have a Los Angeles Dodgers card, but don’t worry — he will undoubtedly have several update set appearances in his new threads. Here’s what his card in the upcoming Upper Deck Update boxed set (arriving in hobby shops on Nov. 11) will look like.

Card Gallery: 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Mystery Cuts

Upper Deck will begin shipping the 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Mystery Cuts cards early next week. Here’s a sneak preview at a few of the cards heading out to collectors’ hands …

Topps signs exclusive card deal with UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA company

Topps announced on Friday that it has signed an exclusive deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship to produce trading cards of past, present and future UFC competitors starting next year. The deal lasts through May 2011. Topps promises that each card — UFC 1 through the upcoming UFC 91 featuring Randy Couture vs. former WWE star […]

Razor releases checklist for debut baseball card set

The Razor Entertainment Group released its final checklist for its inaugural baseball set, 2008 Razor Signature Series Baseball on Thurday.

NLCS Game 1 starters — It's no match on cardboard

With Game 1 of the National League Championship Series set for later tonight (8:22 p.m., FOX) in Philadelphia, one thing’s for certain about this pitching matchup. It ain’t even close on cardboard.

Clint Malarchuk has another really bad day

Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk — best known for suffering a gruesome cut to his throat during an NHL game in 1989 — accidentally shot himself in the chin with a .22-caliber rifle, according to The Buffalo News.

Did you know … John Lennon edition

Did you know II: Cards from the 1964 Topps Beatles set, despite their age, are immensely affordable? Check eBay and you can find more than a few examples for less than the price of a CD. (And you can find graded cards from the set for less than the cost of the white album.)

Topps executive's collection to hit auction block

Robert Edward Auctions will handle the collection of long-time Topps executive and hobby pioneer Sy Berger when it hits the auction block next year.

Donruss reveals its Dallas Cowboys Kids Fan Club cards

Donruss announced Wednesday that it is producing a special six-card set exclusively for the Official Dallas Cowboys Kids Fan Club.

Edward Norton's Incredible Hulk autograph, James Bond set top Rittenhouse Archives news

An expansion set for the latest Incredible Hulk movie is available for purchase at What really makes it noteworthy? It includes an Edward Norton autograph. It’s not every day that an Oscar-nominated actor signs for a trading card set or any kind.

"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair set to make rare autograph appearance

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, a 16-time world heavyweight champion who retired after his loss at WrestleMania XXIV earlier this year in Orlando, Fla., will appear at the fifth-annual Ringside Fest on November 1 in New York City.

Ken Griffey Jr.'s first White Sox cards coming next month

The first cards of future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. in a Chicago White Sox uniform are set to arrive in several sets hitting stores in November.

Negro League Baseball Museum commissions artwork honoring Jackie Robinson

The Negro League Baseball Museum of Kansas City has commissioned baseball photographer Don Marquess to produce a print honoring Jackie Robinson.

Big Papi's bed sells for big bucks (all for charity, of course)

The autographed bed of Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz sold for $10,000 last week as part of a charity auction.

Who knew Upper Deck's Obama-McCain Predictor card would be so economically accurate?

With the second of three Presidential debates between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain tonight in Nashville and the economy in turmoil, it’s interesting that the Upper Deck Presidential Predictor card released earlier this year could be so accurate.

McFarlane Toys adds Slash to its Guitar Hero toy line

McFarlane Toys announced Monday that Guns N Roses guitarist Slash will have his own Guitar Hero-styled toy to along with other previously announced figures for the popular musical video game.

McFarlane Toys announces Jackie Robinson Day commemorative Sports Picks toys

McFarlane Toys recently announced that it will produce a special three-pack of 6-inch Sports Picks baseball figures highlighting Jackie Robinson Day.

Hey, MMA fans… do you have this Gina Carano collectible?

Donruss and GameStop have teamed up to produce a pair of trading cards featuring MMA stars Gina Carano and Randy Couture, who are starring in the Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 video game for Xbox 360 or PC.

Donruss examines NASA's history in new Americana set

Donruss has taken its Americana line to new heights — into outer space — with an 18-card set documenting the history of NASA that is only available at a pair of Texas-based Presidential libaries.

Wondering about Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon's early baseball cards?

One of Major League Baseball’s best stories this year has been the worst-to-first performance of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays under the guidance of manager Joe Maddon. Sure, we’re all aware of the rookie cards of Evan Longoria and late-season call-up David Price (not to mention the several other players with big potential). But what […]