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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Dallas Cowboys team photographer set to auction historic image collection

The photographs of long-time Dallas Cowboys team photographer Ron St. Angelo – some 100,000 images — will head to the auction block next month to be sold in one lot through Lelands.com.

Here’s the catch — one bigger than anything Michael Irvin ever hauled in — they’re selling in one lot. And the buyer gets the copyrights.

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By the Box: 2008 Press Pass Elvis by the Numbers

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …

2008 Press Pass Elvis by the Numbers cards (hobby box)
Suggested Retail Price:
$70
Packs per box:
28
Cards per pack:
6
Cards in this box: 162
Base set completion: 80 of 80 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 46

Insert/short-print cards found:
36

Elvis Master Pieces memorabilia (combined autograph and memorabilia odds are 1:14) — 2. No. MP1 Japanese Kimono, No. MP3 Plaid pajamas.

Co-star autographs (combined autograph and memorabilia odds are 1:14) — 1. No number Barbara Eden (produced for 2007 Elvis Is set). Read More »

More 2008 Donruss Threads preview images

Here are a few more slideshows showing inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards from 2008 Donruss Threads, which hits hobby shops this week:

First, the Kings …

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Now, the autographs …

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Donruss unveils huge Sports Legends product set for December (updated)

Donruss announced plans Monday for a multi-sport set coming in December called Americana Sports Legends – a product that will feature more than 150 of the top athletes of all time.

Legends will include autograph and memorabilia cards from athletes in all sports — baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, auto racing, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling and even several Olympians. Each five-card pack will carry a suggested retail price of $10.

The cards of NFL players and those in collegiate uniforms are fully licensed by the NFL and by the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The set branches off from the Americana inserts of the same name. While that insert set included just a handful of athletes, this set will include, according to Donruss, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Don Mattingly, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Knute Rockne, Larry Bird, Dick Vitale, Dennis Rodman, Bill Walton, Dean Smith, John Wooden, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Phil Esposito, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Mike Bossy and others.

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Card gallery: 2008 Donruss Threads Americana

Here is the first of a few galleries for the 2008 Donruss Threads product, which hits hobby shops this week. This gallery shows off the Baseball Americana inserts, which come in standard, autographed and game-used versions where possible.

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Look for a couple more galleries this afternoon right here and on Beckett.com.

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.

What does Evan Longoria have to do to avoid Eva?

There’s no doubt that one baseball player’s cards are hotter than anyone else’s right now — but no matter what Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria does, somebody somewhere will trot out a tale of the tape comparing him to ABC Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria.

Who am I to disappoint?

vs.
Burst onto the scene in MLB with the Tampa Bay Rays in April, finishing his first season with an appearance in the World Series in October 2008. One-line
career
summary
Burst onto the scene as a member of ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives in October 2004.
The No. 3 overall draft pick in 2006 is a former member of the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits Also on sports resume Married to San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker
“Longo” and the dude who already has hit a boatload of home runs this postseason Also known as … “Gabrielle” and Eva Longoria Parker
A few — but not the one that matters — his 2006 Bowman Chrome autograph (above) Cards
in my
collection?
None. How can she not yet have a trading card? I mean, come on she only attends 82,000 Spurs games a year where 3.8 million photographs are taken every time she moves — or thinks about — moving
1,227 items
currently for sale
eBay stat 325 items
currently for sale
A perfect BGS 10 professionally graded copy of his rookie card for $1,500 eBay highlight A shirt and tank top Longoria reportedly wore on MTV’s TRL for $300 (Blurry authentication photograph included.)
$200 and up right now on eBay Rookie
card is worth?
What rookie card?
He played for the Class AAA Durham Bulls, which Costner made famous when he played Crash Davis in “Bull Durham.” Kevin Costner
ties?
According to The Oracle of Bacon, Kevin Bacon starred with Kevin Costner in JFK. Bacon starred with Jim Cody Williams in Rails & Ties (2007), who starred in Lower Learning (2008) with Longoria. (Don’t worry, I never heard of those films, either.)
$1,850 for an Orange Refractor autograph from 2006 Bowman in BGS 9.5 grade. Rookie
card last sold for
Again … what rookie card? (Maybe Donruss can get on this for Americana III?)
He’s pretty much a babyface, so I’d say low. Intimidation factor She’s stands 5-2 — so you really don’t wanna mess with her.
He sent her a Rays T-shirt. Wikipedia (and the Hartford Courant) says … She sent him a bottle of champagne.
We’re willing to bet there’s a (cursed?) cover appearance in his future. Sports Illustrated ties? Just stop what you’re doing and read this.
He’ll be all over FOX in the coming weeks. TV ties
Um, other than the obvious ABC gig, it depends whether there’s a Spurs game on.
Uh… Eva Longoria? Not to be confused with … Uh… Evan Longoria?
Well, if we had to bet, the American League Rookie of the Year for starters … Awards Um … just a few.
A World Series title. (Maybe.) What it will take to end these comparisons?
All male sports writers and bloggers vanish from the face of the earth? (Nah, that wouldn’t do it, either.)

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.

Card Gallery: 2008 Topps Sterling football

It won’t hit hobby shops until early next year, but here’s a look at the upcoming Topps Sterling football set.

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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.

First Look: 2009 Press Pass NASCAR cards

Press Pass has released images of its 2009 NASCAR set. Here is a look at a few of the insert cards — but not the basic set — for the product which arrives in hobby shops in December.

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Card Gallery: 2008 Donruss Threads insert cards

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the cards coming in the 2008 Donruss Threads set that hits hobby shops later this month.

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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.

Rookie Leatherheads: Why didn't anyone think of that?

If you’ve been over to Beckett.com this morning you probably have seen a preview gallery for Upper Deck SP Authentic football, which arrives in hobby shops early next year.

Among the inserts in the set will be Rookie Leatherheads, which feature a slice of a photo-shoot worn leather football helmet and an autograph of a few top rookies. Since the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere began several years ago, there have been many memorabilia cards tried — remember the Fleer’s Touch Football cards in 2000? — but this one is so simple and pretty cool not to have been done before.

This one I really like — and I’m pretty sure that other collectors will agree.

No word on whether George Clooney will make a surprise appearance in the set.

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.

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 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. They’re not the most valuable — just the most interesting or odd items that come to mind, ones that seem to capture the 1980 team the best.

1. Pete Rose‘s May 28, 1979, Sports Illustrated cover (above). Sure, it pre-dates the 1980 season, but there’s no doubting what Rose meant to the Phillies’ championship. It’s his first cover appearance in a Phillies uniform (he had three afterward) and is the best.

2. Bake McBride‘s 1974 Topps rookie card (click for a closer look) won’t cost you more than a couple bucks. Sure, it shows him in a Cardinals unform, but when’s the last time you heard of a guy named Bake? His full nickname? Shake and Bake. His real name? Arnold. Now you know why he’s cool. What made him really cool in the 1980 World Series was his 7-for-23 performance at the plate. He drove in 5 RBIs in the Series, second to only a guy you might have heard of — Michael Jack Schmidt.

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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.

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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.

Series 4 of the set will hit stores in February with more than 50 exclusive paintings, an archive set made of never-before-seen Galaxy art autographed cards of several artists, sketch cards as well as cards featuring art from Star Wars movie posters, comic books and elsewhere.

Here’s a look at a couple more images from the set.

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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.

“Smith battled some health issues late last year and it took him a little longer than he expected to finish all the signatures,” Donruss Marketing/PR Director Scott Prusha said. “He wanted to fulfill those redemptions for collectors and worked hard to get them done — we appreciate all those that have hung in there while we worked hard to complete the signing.”

The Hall of Famer won 879 games as a coach, which ranks second all time, and won a pair of national championships coaching North Carolina.

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.

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.

The move means that Baseball America’s 2008 Minor League Player of the Year will not have cards in future Bowman products as Topps signs players to individual contracts to appear on its cards.

And after Wieters makes his big-league debut, Topps and Upper Deck will be able to produce standard cards (if he is signed by Topps), but no autographed or memorabilia cards — unless they negotiate for his rights, which would be lucrative, through Razor.

“We took a shot and we are taking a shot that is unprecedented,” said Razor President Brian Gray. “This could basically change the whole game.”

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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.

And among some images released for Upper Deck’s upcoming Hot Prospects basketball set on this week was this card — a Michael Jordan Road to Springfield autograph.

If you’re a Jordan collector — and we know there are a few of you — be sure to be ready for more than a few M.J. releases in the next year when he becomes eligible and just might get into the Hall.

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.

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.

For those who don’t know what a Hell in a Cell match is — it’s a steel cage match where the cage has a roof and anything goes. One of the most brutal matches in WWE history — Mick Foley vs. Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998 — is included. Simply put, It’s shocking.

WWE has three notable DVD sets (click for a closer look) coming this fall, including Viva La Raza: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero (Nov. 11), The Twisted, Distrubed Life of Kane (Dec. 9) and Edge: A Decade of Decadence (Dec. 23). Guerrero, who died in 2005, remains one of the most popular performers in WWE history, while Kane and Edge are long-time stars who really haven’t had the DVD spotlight shine on them.

These wrestler-specific documentary DVDs have made up a good piece of the WWE market in recent years. In 2007, WWE shipped more than 4 million DVDs and had more then $53 million in revenue from DVD sales alone.

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.

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 …

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/cf84d400b7

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.

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  …

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Sweet pulls: Collector finds Bill Russell treasure in Topps Treasury

Ever wonder what some of the bigger pulls out of brand new products look like?

Of course you do. (We all do. Trust me.)

But have you ever found one of those monster cards yourself? We want to know.

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.

Want to know what he said about landing this big one? Look for it in the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Look for the November issue of BSCM in stores this week.

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.

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.

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

If you haven’t seen previews for the upcoming movie The Spirit (the latest from Frank Miller, the guy who created Sin City and 300), don’t worry, you will.

What you may not have seen is that the movie, which opens on Christmas Day (see the trailer here), will have a trading card set produced by Inkworks.

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

Who might end up in the set?

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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.

A quick glance shows a solid cast of baseball players young and old — and a few impressive additions from the Americana ranks.

Base Set – Commons / Autographed
Rookies Hobby / Rookie Class

Parallels:
Green Century Proof (# to 250)
Silver Century Proof (# to 100)
Gold Century Proof (# to 50)
Platinum Century Proof (# to 25)
Signatures Gold (# to 999 or less)
Signatures Platinum (# to 25 or less)     Bats (# to 500 or less)
Jerseys (# to 500 or less)
Prime Jerseys (# to 25 or less)

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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.

And, of course, you can own diecast replicas of all three. (Click on the cars for a closer look.)

Bobby Labonte will drive the No. 43 Petty Enterprises Dodge Charger in the race, a car adrorned by a pink ribbon paint scheme (or wrap if you prefer).

Kyle Busch will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry in the race with several shades of pink M&M’s on his car as well as a couple of the famous characters.

Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 19 Dodge Charger for Gillett Evernham Motorsports — a predomiantly black car with pink flames.

Each of these diecasts can be found at NASCAR.com and a portion of the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

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.

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.

Why? A few key points in my mind …

1. The season’s underdog team — the Tampa Bay Rays – came from worst to first and are facing the defending World Series champs, the Boston Red Sox. Storyline wise, it doesn’t get better than this, does it?

2. It’s prospects vs. established stars. We all know who should win in a match-up like this — the Red Sox, a team that has established stars (and some young talent) against the Rays, a team of elite prospects and, frankly, castoffs from elsewhere. Does that sound a bit like the 2004 Red Sox? In some ways, perhaps …

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